Padres Minor League Notebook: 4-17-10

Craig Cooper and Chris Denorfia lead the Portland offense. Cedric Hunter is off to a solid start after bombing last year. Dan Robertson and Allan Dykstra pace the Storm offense. Nate Freiman continues his hot start and Jason Hagerty nets three RBI.

Portland (5-5) won 13-6 over Fresno (Giants)

Radhames Liz labored across three-plus innings, tossing 80 pitches before he was removed. The right-hander allowed three runs on four hits and four walks. He threw 53.8 percent of his pitches for strikes after hurling 70.8 percent strikes in his first outing of the year. Liz' four walks were the most he has allowed since walking five on June 20, 2009 while with Bowie of the Double-A Eastern League.

Craig Cooper reached base four times via a single, a walk and a pair of doubles. The first baseman also scored a pair of runs and notched two RBI. It is his fifth multi-hit game of the 10-game season and the fourth time he has collected multiple RBI. Six of his 13 hits have gone for extra bases, as he is 13-for-31 to begin the campaign.

Chris Denorfia came on as a defensive replacement in the sixth inning. After singling in his first at-bat, Denorfia capped a five-run ninth with a three-run homer. He has five multi-hit games to begin the year and is 15-for-35 across 10 games. The homer was his first, giving him six extra-base hits. He is 3-for-4 with runners in scoring position.

San Antonio (5-4) lost 4=2 to NW Arkansas (Royals)

Wynn Pelzer rebounded from the worst start of his career but still suffered his second loss, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk while fanning seven. Four of the hits went for extra bases. The right-hander has never lost more than two in a row at any point during his career. He has given up seven extra-base hits already this year.

Cedric Hunter went 2-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, a triple and his second stolen base of the year. The outfielder has fanned just once in 31 at-bats this season compared to three walks. He has a hit in all but one of the games he has registered an at-bat and owns four extra-base hits. Hunter is batting .455 when he leads off an inning.

Mike DeMark worked an inning and one-third scoreless, striking out one. He also stranded a pair of inherited runners. He has not allowed a run in 3.1 innings this year. The right-hander went 2-3 with one save and a 3.15 ERA across 60 innings and 57 appearances a season ago for San Antonio. He stranded five of the eight runners he inherited a year ago.

Lake Elsinore (6-4) won 8-7 over High Desert (Mariners)

Moved into the cleanup spot, Dan Robertson went 3-for-4 with a double and a sacrifice fly. The outfielder drove in three runs to push his RBI total to nine. He also stole his first base of the year. Robertson has an RBI in five of his last six games and is 5-for-8 with runners in scoring position to start the campaign.

Allan Dykstra went 2-for-5 with a pair of singles, a run scored and two RBI. The first baseman did, however, commit his second error of the year and lined into a double play. It was his first multi-hit game of the year. Dykstra had started the season with three hits in his first 28 at-bats. All five of his hits this year have been singles.

Aaron Breit earned his second hold of the year, working a scoreless inning. He struck out one, allowed a single and induced a double play grounder. The right-hander has allowed one run across seven innings to begin the season. Breit made 27 relief appearances a season ago for the Storm, posting a 3.07 ERA.

Fort Wayne (6-4) won 6-2 over Lake County (Indians)

Nate Freiman collected two hits in five trips, including his third homer of the season – a solo shot in the fifth inning – to extend his hitting streak to six games and on base streak to 10. Freiman is 16-for-38 to begin the year with six extra base hits. He has an RBI in three straight and seven of 10 overall.

Jason Hagerty went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, matching his career-high by driving in three runs. His double in the openindg frame stakes the TinCaps to a 2-0 lead. The backstop has a hit in five straight games but has not had a multi-hit game this season. Hagerty had seven multi-RBI games a season ago with Eugene, driving in three on July 1 against Everett.

John Hussey earned his first win above short-season with five innings of two-run ball. He allowed three hits, two for extra-bases, and struck out one while netting six ground ball outs. Hussey's last tour in full season ball came in 2007 with Fort Wayne where he went 0-5 with a 7.50 ERA across six starts.

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