Padres Minor League Notebook: 4-18-10

Vince Belnome

Mike Baxter collects five hits and a five-run rally in the eighth falls short. Andy Parrino has a pinch-hit homer but that is the only offense San Antonio musters. Vince Belnome pounds out four hits with two homers while Anthony Bass and Nick Schumacher have dubious firsts in High Desert. Dean Anna hits a grand slam but Fort Wayne loses.

Portland (5-6) lost 7-6 to Fresno (Giants)

Nathan Culp, moved up from Double-A to take the spot of LeBlanc, gave up seven runs, five earned, on eight hits and three walks across five innings. Three runs came across with one swing of the bat. The left-hander gave up nine runs on 16 hits and four walks across two starts with the Missions. He gave up eight or more hits eight times a season ago.

Mike Baxter went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored and a stolen base, although he was also caught stealing third. The outfielder singled and scored during a five-run eighth but the Beavers fell a run short. Baxter had just one extra-base hit entering the game. Baxter has reached base in all 10 of his games to begin the season, sporting a .553 on-base percentage.

Aaron Cunningham had a pinch-hit, two-RBI triple and came around to score. Two of his three extra-base hits and three of his five RBI have come across the last two games. He is 1-for-2 as a pinch-hitter this year after receiving just one at-bat in that capacity all last season. Seven of his 10 hits this year have come with runners in scoring position.

San Antonio (5-5) lost 5-1 to Tulsa (Rockies)

Andy Parrino came on during a double-switch in the sixth and clocked his first homer – just the second San Antonio hit – to break up a shutout bid. Moved up to San Antonio when Beamer Weems was placed on the disabled list, Parrino has a hit in five of six Double-A games and has not committed an error. Six of his seven hits have come when he is ahead in the count.

Colt Hynes made his first Double-A appearance, working a scoreless inning while yielding one hit and fanning one. The left-hander had allowed two runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings for the Storm this season. Coming into the season, Hynes has held the opposition to a .265 average.

Alexis Lara made his second Texas League appearance in as many days, his third league already, despite the season being less than two weeks old. The right-hander worked a scoreless frame, retiring the side in order and has retired all six batters he has faced in Double-A. He has allowed runs in one of his six appearances – five runs crossing in that game to account for his 7.94 cumulative ERA.

Lake Elsinore (6-5) lost 10-7 to High Desert (Mariners)

Three batters into the game, the Storm was staked to a three-run lead when Vince Belnome went yard for the second time this year. The left-handed hitter followed up with a two-run blast in his second at-bat. It is the first multi-homer game of his career and established a new career-high with five RBI. Belnome ended the game with four hits, including a double to go with the homers, and three runs scored.

Anthony Bass was on the hook for six runs, all earned, on 11 hits and a walk across six innings. Four hits went for extra bases with two leaving the yard. It is the first time in his career that he has given up double-digit hits and more than five runs, and just the second time he has allowed multiple homers in a contest.

Nick Schumacher surrendered four runs on five hits and a walk across two innings. The right-hander has allowed runs in four of his five relief appearances this year and has given up nine runs, eight earned. Schumacher did not allow more than a single run in any outing last season with Fort Wayne, giving up nine runs, seven earned, total across 56.2 innings and 37 appearances.

Fort Wayne (6-5) lost 7-6 to Lake County (Indians)

Dean Anna hit a grand slam on the first pitch he saw in the second inning, smashing a ball to right-center for his first four RBI of the season. It was the second grand slam of his career, the last coming on August 29. 2009 while with Eugene – it was his lone hit in nine at-bats with the bases loaded a season ago across two leagues.

Nick Greenwood surrendered four runs, three earned, on seven hits and a walk while netting 15 ground ball outs, which included two double play grounders, across six innings of a no-decision. He also surrendered a solo homer. The left-hander allowed one homer across 66.1 innings and two leagues a season ago. He has notched four double play grounders this year after netting nine a season ago.

Stiven Osuna suffered a blown save and the loss, yielding three runs, two earned, on two hits, a pair of hit batsmen and three walks across an inning and two-thirds. Nursing a 6-4 lead, he gave up two runs in the eighth. A pair of two out walks in the ninth was followed by the game-winning single. Osuna walked 54 and hit 16 batters in 123 innings last season for Fort Wayne. Right-handed hitters are batting .500 off him early in the year.

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