Padres Minor League Notebook: 6-18-10

Keyvius Sampson

Chris Stewart has an impressive streak going. Cory Luebke moves to 3-0 while Andy Parrino gets nods from teammates. Vince Belnome and Cody Decker support another fine Anthony Bass outing. Keyvius Sampson is brilliant and Rymer Liriano and Daniel Meeley are offensive forces. Rudi Andujar and Ivan Marcano are hit hard.

Portland (25-42) lost 7-5 to Tacoma (Mariners)

Tim Stauffer tossed 68 pitches across five innings, yielding two unearned runs on three hits and a walk. He struck out one and notched nine ground ball outs. In his last outing, Stauffer threw 55 pitches in an inning and one-third. He had given up eight runs on 11 hits and three walks over his previous 3.1 innings with the Beavers. The Padres do not need to make a decision on Stauffer until July 5 in his return from appendicitis.

Chris Stewart collected three hits, including his ninth double, in four trips and added an RBI out of the six-hole in the lineup. He did, however, commit his eighth error of the year, leading to an unearned run. Stewart has secured five straight multi-hit games, raising his average from .222 to .275 by going 12-for-21 with four doubles, three runs scored and four RBI. He is hitting .412 over his last 14 games.

San Antonio (34-32) won 2-1 over Midland (A's)

Cory Luebke improved to 3-0, giving up one run on eight hits and two walks across seven innings. The left-hander struck out four and notched seven ground ball outs while throwing 68.4 percent of his pitches for strikes. The southpaw has yet to allow more than one earned run in any of his six outings and has given up one earned over his last 25 frames. He has worked at least six innings in four straight.

Andy Parrino, voted as the most underrated player on the team unanimously by his teammates, went 2-for-3 with a double out of the eight-hole in the lineup. He also plated his 20th run. The switch-hitter has been on base six times over his last two games. Parrino, who has played second, third, shortstop, and left field has secured 13 multi-hit games this year.

"He wasn't here at the beginning of the year and when he came up he really did the job," Corey Kluber said of Parrino. "He is one of those guys that never takes a play off."

Lake Elsinore (46-23) won 10-0 over San Jose (Giants)

Anthony Bass struck out nine across five scoreless frames in his return to the California League, improving to 6-2. The right-hander yielded two hits and induced five ground ball outs. Bass has allowed one run or less in four straight High-A starts and eight of 13 overall. His 2.74 ERA is the third best mark in the circuit.

Vince Belnome clubbed a solo homer in the third inning and reached base in all five of his plate appearances. The third baseman drew three walks and added a single. He scored four times and drove in two, pushing his RBI total to 50. He has 12 RBI over his last 13 games, although the homer was his first since May 15. His 45 walks this year stand second in the California League.

Cody Decker reached base four times, smoking a two-run homer while falling a triple shy of the cycle. He also drew a walk while notching four RBI and scoring twice. He is tied for fifth in the league with 33 extra-base hits and is tied for second with 14 bombs. It was the seventh time this year he has secured multiple extra-base hits in a game.

Fort Wayne (34-33) vs. South Bend was postponed due to rain

The game will be made up Saturday as part of a doubleheader. Both games on Saturday are scheduled for seven innings.

Eugene (1-0) won 6-3 over Vancouver (A's)

Keyvius Sampson struck out the side after allowing a leadoff single in the first, working consistently with his fastball and flashing a dominant changeup throughout the evening. He fanned seven while yielding three hits and a walk across five scoreless frames. Sampson worked in four games across two leagues last year, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks while fanning eight across eight innings split between Arizona and Eugene.

Rymer Liriano notched the first hit and first RBI of the season for the Emeralds. Liriano also tripled to straight away center field in the sixth inning to plate a pair of runs, pushing his RBI total to three in the game. Liriano also stole a bag on a 3-for-3 day. The outfielder hit .191 across 50 games for the Fort Wayne TinCaps, hitting 11 homers, two doubles while driving in 20. He struck out 54 times in 188 at-bats.

Daniel Meeley hit a solo shot into the Emeralds bullpen down the right field line, just to the left of the 325 sign for the first home run in the Emeralds PK Park history. He also singled and scored three times. Meeley, an 18th-round pick hit .439 across 62 games at Connors State, clubbing 22 doubles and 22 homers while scoring 71 runs and driving in 94 before this season.

DSL Padres (6-10) lost 13-1 to DSL Rockies 3

Rudi Andujar surrendered seven runs, all earned, on five hits, four walks, two hit batsmen and a wild pitch across two-plus frames on Friday. He pitched to four batters in the fourth and all would reach. Despite holding the opposition to a .167 average with runners in scoring position, the right-hander out of the Dominican Republic has allowed 13 runs in 11.1 innings. He has plunked five batters and walked 13 over that span.

Ivan Marcano saw two of the three runners he inherited score and ended up allowing four runs on four hits, a walk, three hit batsmen and two wild pitches across his 3.1 innings. The Venezuelan right-hander has given up nine runs across his last 4.1 innings. He has walked eight and hit three while yielding five hits. Marcano has also seen five of the seven runners he has inherited come around to score.

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