Padres Minor League Notebook: 5-19-10

Wynn Pelzer

Wynn Pelzer has a no-hitter over five; Is Kellen Kulbacki ready to get hot? Jorge Reyes is sharp across six while Cole Figueroa extends his on base streak. John Hussey wins his fourth and Jonathan Galvez gets it done offensively but not so much defensively.

Portland (17-22) had a scheduled day off

San Antonio (19-19) won 5-1 over Corpus Christi (Astros)

Wynn Pelzer carried a no-hitter through five innings but was removed when his pitch count reached 83 pitches, thanks in part to the four walks he issued. The right-hander also hit a batter and struck out five with 45 pitches going for strikes. After posting a 7.88 ERA in April for the Missions, Pelzer has notched a 0.79 ERA during four May starts to lower his season ERA to 3.72. He has held the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .179 average.

Brandon Gomes saw the no-hitter disappear with a one out hit in the sixth. The right-hander did strikeout the side around the single he surrendered. He worked a perfect seventh, punching out his fourth. Gomes has fanned 10.8 batters per nine innings this season. He has allowed two runs over his last 12.1 innings and has held right-handed hitters to a .132 average.

Kellen Kulbacki notched two hits in four trips from the cleanup spot, hitting his fifth double and scoring twice. Coming into the game, the outfielder had been myriad in a 2-for-29 slump over his previous 13 games, scoring twice with eight strikeouts. Three of his last four hits have gone for extra bases.

Lake Elsinore (27-14) won 5-3 over Stockton (A's)

Jorge Reyes improved to 5-2, yielding an unearned run on five hits and a walk while striking out six. The right-hander also induced 10 ground ball outs, including his fourth double play grounder of the year. He has not allowed a homer yet this year. Reyes has allowed two earned runs or less in five of his eight starts.

Cody Decker smacked his eighth homer of the year, hitting a three-run homer in the third inning. He also drew a walk. The first baseman is hitting .352 with a .295 on-base percentage over his last 17 games, smoking seven homers and six doubles with 15 RBI. His 23 extra-base hits lead the California League and stand tied for seventh in the entire minor leagues.

Cole Figueroa notched a pair of singles in four trips, driving in his 26th run and scoring once. He also added his ninth stolen base on a day that saw the squad take five. The infielder has reached base in 22 straight games, the longest active streak in the circuit. He has scored 18 runs and driven in 18 over the course of the streak.

Vince Belnome extended his on base streak to 21 games with a 2-for-4 game.

Fort Wayne (19-21) won 3-1 over South Bend (Diamondbacks)

John Hussey improved to 4-1, yielding one run on two hits across six innings. The right-hander struck out three and induced seven ground ball outs, including his sixth double play grounder of the year, while not walking a batter. It is the fourth time he has allowed two runs or less in eight starts. He has given up four runs or more in his other four outings.

Jonathan Galvez scored two of the three TinCaps runs, singling and drawing a walk while stealing second base twice to give him nine thefts on the year in 10 attempts. He did, however, commit his 19th fielding error of the year. He has made an error in three straight and four of his last five. Galvez entered the game with a .872 fielding percentage.

Everett Williams cracked his ninth double of the season, his lone hit in four at-bats. That hit drove in two to push his RBI total to 20. He did strikeout twice and has fanned 48 times in 117 at-bats this year, good for 41 percent of the time. Williams is hitting .288 with runners on base but just .185 with the bases empty.

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