Padres Minor League Notebook: 7-5-10

Rocky Gale

The DSL Padres are on the wrong side of a perfect game. Craig Cooper drives in two but has two errors. Drew Cumberland is hitting in Double-A too. Cody Decker and Allan Dykstra provide a nice combo. Jason Hagerty has been on in 29 straight. Rocky Gale gets praise by a former teammate. Rob Gariano tosses five scoreless but the offense sputters.

Portland (32-52) lost 7-6 to Las Vegas (Blue Jays)

Craig Cooper had a pair of singles in five at-bats, driving in a pair of runs – both with two outs. Cooper, playing first base, did, however, commit a pair of errors on the same play, leading to two unearned runs. Cooper came into the game hitless in his previous 14 at-bats while netting two hits in his last 30. After hitting .338 in April, Cooper has hit .195 since.

Cedric Hunter notched three hits, all singles, out of the leadoff spot. The outfielder scored two runs and drove in one. Hunter has notched four multi-hit contests in 10 overall with the Beavers. He has also scored multiple runs five times. Hunter has touched home 45 times. He is 9-for-16 when batting first in the order at the Triple-A level.

San Antonio (5-6, 40-41) won 6-4 over Tulsa (Rockies)

Drew Cumberland doubled his Double-A RBI total from three to six with two base hits that drove in a trio of Missions. The shortstop has three multi-hit games over his last four, going 8-for-18 over that time with four RBI. Cumberland is hitting .338 with runners in scoring position across two leagues. This was the third time he has notched three or more RBI.

James Darnell, dropped to the sixth spot in the lineup, was 2-for-4 with a solo homer, his fifth of the season. The third baseman did, however, commit his eighth fielding error. It was his first homer in Double-A since May 3. Darnell is 6-for-15 over his last four games after collecting nine hits in his previous 44 at-bats with the Missions, a .205 average. He has committed three errors in his last four games.

Lake Elsinore (5-7, 51-31) won 12-6 over Visalia (Diamondbacks)

Cody Decker reached base in five of his six plate appearances, going 3-for-4 with a pair of walks. The first baseman scored twice and recorded four RBI, three coming via his 16th long ball. He is fifth in the California League with 35 extra-base hits. Decker came into the game hitting .168 over his previous 25 contests.

Allan Dykstra pounded out three singles in five trips, scoring twice and driving in his 34th run on a day that saw the Storm go 7-for-21 with runners in scoring position. The first baseman has reached base in 10 straight games with four multi-hit contests over that span. He has posted a .419 on-base percentage across his last 21 games with a .265 average.

Fort Wayne (6-5, 42-39) lost 8-7 to Bowling Green (Rays)

Jason Hagerty has reached in 29 straight games, the second best mark in the Midwest League, thanks to two walks and a pair of singles on Monday. The catcher drove in one and notched three runs scored. Hagerty also has an 11-game hitting streak where he is 17-for-43, a .395 average, with nine walks, eight extra-base hits, 11 runs scored and eight RBI.

Matt Jackson allowed one run on one hit and two walks across three innings – the lone blow a solo homer, which tied the game at 7-7. The right-hander has given up one run on three hits in five innings with the TinCaps after allowing two earned runs across six innings with the Emeralds. He has limited the opposition to a .195 average against across two leagues.

Nick Schumacher suffered the loss, dropping to 2-4. The right-hander gave up one run on two hits and a walk while fanning one in the ninth inning. His last two losses have come in non-save situations. Schumacher has allowed runs in 10 of his 30 relief appearances, including three of his last five. The leadoff hitter of the inning has reached at a .400 on-base percentage clip.

Eugene (8-10) lost 7-6 to Everett (Mariners)

Rocky Gale contributed a pair of hits in three at-bats, including his second double, while adding a pair of RBI. He went 0-for-2 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal and has tossed out two of the eight thieves on the year. Gale has driven in five over his last two games and has three multi-hit contests in is last five.

"I owe it all to him," New York Yankees 11th-round selection Zach Varce said of his personal success. "We called our own games, and nothing could get by him, which gave me confidence that I could throw a ball in the dirt to get a guy to chase and he would block it. He is the most athletic catcher I have ever seen and makes unbelievable plays look easy. He caught all of my starts except for one, and would come in as a defensive replacement when I would come in to close if he wasn't in the game already."

Dexter Carter worked a pair of scoreless innings, working to the minimum while striking out two. The right-hander has given up runs in three of his seven relief outings with the Emeralds. Carter has held the opposition to a .176 average against in the Northwest League and has walked just two. Carter walked 24 in 38 innings while with Fort Wayne.

AZL Padres (4-8) lost 4-0 to AZL Cubs

Rob Gariano posted zeroes across five innings, yielding three hits and a pair of walks while fanning one in a no-decision. He also induced seven ground ball outs, including a double play grounder. He has induced three rally killers this season. Gariano had allowed 11 runs on 13 hits and three walks across his first six innings of work. The strikeout was his first of the year.

Matt Combs had one of the AZL Padres three hits, collecting a single in three at-bats but getting caught stealing. He went 2-for-3 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal and has gunned down 4-of-11 on the year. Combs has recorded a hit in all four of his games with an RBI in three of four. He has, however, struck out eight times in 14 at-bats.

DSL Padres (9-18) lost 13-0 to DSL Rockies

Jayson Aquino of the DSL Rockies tossed a perfect game against the DSL Padres. He faced the minimum, as the only player to reach base, Fabel Filpo via an error, was thrown out while attempting to steal. The DSL Padres had four errors and a passed ball in the loss.

Filpo has been thrown out in three of his four stolen base attempts this year. He went 0-for-3 this day and has struggled with a .156 average on the year. Filpo had an error in the game and has a miscue in successive contests. He is in a 0-for-11 slump, grounding into two double play grounders. Filpo has drawn just six walks on the campaign for a .208 on-base percentage.

Andres Cornelio suffered his third loss, giving up eight runs, four earned, on five hits, three walks, three hit batsmen and a wild pitch in four frames. The Dominican Republic native has given up 27 runs on 21 hits, 21 walks, six wild pitches and six hit batsmen across 23.2 innings this season. He has walked three or more four times and has allowed four runs or more four times in six outings.

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