Padres Minor League Notebook: 8-12-10

Brad Brach

Nathan Culp is superb again. Jaff Decker hits a granny while Brad Brach breaks the California League saves record. Matt Lollis is solid but suffers the loss. Tyler Stubblefield drives in four during a shutout. Vladimir De La Cruz sees an error ruin his night.

Portland (46-73) had a scheduled day off

San Antonio (23-23, 58-58) won 6-0 over Arkansas (Angels)

Nathan Culp tossed bullets across six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and a walk while fanning five. He also recorded 11 ground ball outs. Culp, a winner of three straight, has allowed one earned run over his last 19 innings of work, striking out 19. It is the eighth time in his last nine starts that Culp has allowed two earned or less. The southpaw has a 3.76 ERA in 14 starts and a 6.23 ERA in eight relief appearances.

Andy Parrino notched his 22nd double of the season, plating a pair of runs during a four-run sixth. It pushed his RBI total to 42 in the Texas League. The versatile Parrino is hitting .253 with runners in scoring position and .312 with runners on base. He is a .358 hitter when he is ahead in the count but that number falls to .202 when he is behind in the count.

Lake Elsinore (24-22, 70-46) won 6-5 over Rancho Cucamonga

Jaff Decker hit a grand slam with nobody out in the fifth inning – the second time he was up with the bases juiced in the game. He walked in the opening frame in that situation, giving him a season high five RBI. He drew a pair of walks in the game but was picked off third base. Decker came into play with one hit in nine at-bats with the bases full, adding three walks. He has hit six homers over his last 14 games, giving him 13 on the season.

Brad Brach became the all-time single season saves record holder in the California League with a perfect ninth inning, striking out one to give him his 38th save of the season. It also marked the 24th time this season that Brach has not allowed a base runner during his outing – a feat he has accomplished in 45.3 percent of his outings. The right-hander has also fanned 9.9 batters per nine innings pitched.

Fort Wayne (28-18, 64-52) lost 4-1 to Lake County (Indians)

Matt Lollis was on the hook for two runs across six innings. The big right-hander allowed seven hits and a walk while striking out a half-dozen. Three of the hits went for extra bases, including a solo homer. Lollis has allowed two earned runs or less in all five of his Midwest League starts. He has held left-handed hitters to a .190 average and is limiting the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .161 on-base percentage.

Daniel Meeley was the lone member of the TinCaps to record a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4. He was also responsible for the sole RBI, plating his 16th in Midwest League play. The outfielder has collected 14 multi-hit games in 36 overall for the TinCaps. Just six of his 40 hits have gone for extra bases but he is batting .405 with runners in scoring position.

Eugene (9-6, 24-29) won 10-0 over Salem-Keizer (Giants)

Tyler Stubblefield singled in the first two frames and a bases clearing double in the seventh, giving him four RBI on his 3-for-6 evening. Stubblefield had not driven in more than a single run in any of his 34 professional games coming into play, despite hitting .321 with runners in scoring position. He had been 1-for-6 with the bases loaded before his two-bagger. It was his second three-hit contest of the year.

Rico Noel reached base four times out of the leadoff spot, going 1-for-3, drawing a pair of walks and getting plunked by a pitch. He also stole three bases, giving him eight in nine Northwest League attempts, and scored twice. He extended his on base streak to 15, going 17-for-49, a .347 average, with 13 walks. This was the first time he has stolen more than one base in a game, as the outfielder is 11-for-12 across two leagues.

Connor Powers extended his on base streak to 19 games with a double.

AZL Padres (15-25) had a scheduled day off

DSL Padres (22-37) lost 3-2 to DSL Diamondbacks

Cristhofer Martinez accounted for both DSL Padres runs, clubbing his eighth double to drive in a pair in the sixth inning. He also drew a walk. The infielder had just one RBI over his previous 12 games and is batting .143 with runners in scoring position. Ten of his 34 hits have gone for extra bases and the switch-hitter is batting .310 off left-handers.

Vladimir De La Cruz dropped to 2-4, giving up three runs, zero earned, on four hits and three walks while striking out six across 4.1 innings. Successive errors in the fifth, including one from De La Cruz, led to the unearned runs. The right-hander has walked 12 over his last 12.1 innings while holding the opposition to a .196 average overall.

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