Padres Minor League Notebook: 4-12-10

It was a clean system sweep from the top on down. Radhames Liz starts it and Ernesto Frieri closes the door in a 1-0 shutout. Corey Kluber was dynamite and Luis Martinez reached five times. Jorge Reyes makes his first California League start a successful one. Nate Freiman continues to knock them in.

Portland (3-2) won 1-0 over Colorado Springs (Rockies)

Radhames Liz worked five scoreless frames to earn the win, yielding three hits while striking out eight in an efficient 65-pitch outing. The right-hander split the 2009 season across three leagues, including the bigs, last year in the Baltimore Orioles system. Liz went 0-1 with a 8.22 ERA across six spring appearances.

Ernesto Frieri preserved the shutout and earned his first save of the season, striking out the side in order. It was his first save since September 3, 2007 while with Lake Elsinore. The right-hander spent last year with San Antonio, going 10-9 with a 3.59 ERA as a starter. Frieri did not allow a run in 2.1 innings this spring for the big league club.

The Beavers managed just three hits on the day and the only run to score came on a Craig Stansberry RBI sacrifice fly while hitting for Liz in the sixth. Both of his RBI this season have come without the benefit of a hit. Stansberry hit .269 with 41 RBI in 118 games last season for the Beavers. Stansberry went 1-for-3 with two RBI at camp for the Padres.

Alexis Lara was moved up to Portland from Lake Elsinore to take the spot of Adam Russell.

San Antonio (2-3) won 5-1 over Tulsa in 10 innings

Corey Kluber allowed one run on a single hit and two walks while striking out eight across five innings in a 77-pitch performance but took a no-decision. It was the fourth time in his career that he has gone at least five frames while yielding one hit – the last coming over seven frames in Lake Elsinore on an April 19, 2009 start. Kluber went 2-4 with a 4.60 ERA across nine starts for the Missions a season ago. Kluber also notched a single and executed a sacrifice.

Luis Martinez reached base in all five of his plate appearances, collecting four hits, including two doubles, and an intentional walk. He also scored a run and notched an RBI – plating the final run of a four-run tenth inning. The backstop has an RBI in four straight games and a four-game hitting streak that includes five extra-base hits.

Bryan Oland pitched a pair of scoreless innings – part of five run-free frames from the bullpen. Five of the six outs he recorded came by way of the strikeout. The right-hander has struck out eight through four innings this season. Oland went 7-2 with 28 saves and a 3.10 ERA for Lake Elsinore last season, fanning 68 in 58 innings.

Lake Elsinore (3-2) won 4-2 over Lancaster (Astros)

Jorge Reyes made his first California League start and worked 6.2 innings, surrendering two runs on six hits and a walk. He struck out three and notched 14 ground ball outs, including a pair of double play grounders, while also picking a man off first base. Reyes went 1-1 with a 1.38 ERA for Eugene, netting five double play grounders in 13 innings.

Michael Collins went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in the fourth to get the Storm on the board. The backstop also picked off a runner at second base. The Australian split last season between San Antonio and Portland after spending his first eight minor league seasons in the Angels organization. He hit .240 with three homers last season with the Missions.

Allan Dykstra's second hit of the year produced his first RBI of the season. The first baseman is 2-for-14 to begin the year. Dykstra hit .226 across 125 games with the TinCaps last year, notching 60 RBI with 71 runs scored. He also had a 104-to-103 walk-to-strikeout ratio. He has just one walk thus far this season.

Jon Berger was moved up from extended spring training to take the spot of Lara who was pushed to Portland.

Fort Wayne (3-2) won 5-4 over West Michigan (Tigers)

Nate Freiman reached base four times in five trips with three singles and a walk. He drove in two runs to give him six on the season. The first baseman has reached base safely in each of his five games with four multi-hit games. He also has an RBI in four of the five, despite entering the game with a hit with runners in scoring position.

John Hussey worked five innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks while fanning four in a no-decision. Both runs came with two outs in the fifth. He also recorded seven ground ball outs. The right-hander, who missed all of 2008, went 2-2 with a 10.20 ERA across 30 innings for the AZL Padres last season. In 30 innings he allowed 44 hits and 28 walks. This was the first time he has gone five innings and allowed two runs or less since August 2, 2007.

Rymer Liriano collected three hits in five trips, including a pair of doubles. He notched an RBI, scored a run and stole his first base of the season. He was, however, caught stealing for the second time and committed his first error. Four of his five hits on the year have gone for two-baggers – half his double output from all of last year.

Dean Anna, playing right field was credited with an outfield assist for the final out of the game, hitting cutoff man Jonathan Galvez who gunned down the runner at home plate.

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