Padres Minor League Notebook: 5-20-10

Lance Zawadzki has been streaking since returning to Portland. Matt Clark is getting hot, hitting a go-ahead homer for the Missions. Aaron Breit blows a save opportunity while Brad Brach rests. News from extended.

Portland (18-22) won 6-5 over Oklahoma City (Rangers)

Radhames Liz gave up two runs on four hits, two hit batsman and four walks across 5.2 innings. He also struck out five. Both runs crossed in the sixth during a game that saw him toss 101 pitches. The right-hander has given up two runs or less all five starts where he has pitched at least five innings. This is the second time he has crossed the 100-pitch threshold and the second time he has walked four batters and the second time he has a hit pair of batters.

Lance Zawadzki collected three hits in four trips, including a double. The shortstop also scored twice. Zawadzki is 7-for-14 with a walk since returning to the Beavers with a pair of doubles and a homer. He has scored five runs in his last four games. Zawadzki had started the year with a .162 average in the Pacific Coast League, upping it to .220 with his recent streak.

Ernesto Frieri picked up his ninth save in 10 opportunities, striking out one while retiring the side in order on 14 pitches. The right-hander has struck out 13.5 batters per nine innings at the back end of the bullpen. He has given up just one hit through 18 innings to right-handed batters and has allowed one hit in 10 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

San Antonio (20-19) won 7-3 over Corpus Christi (Astros)

Matt Clark had three hits but none better than the three-run homer in the seventh inning that turned a tie game into a 6-3 lead. The first baseman has homered in three of his last four games and four of his last six. Nine of his 19 RBI this season have come over the last six. It was the third time this year he has amassed three or more hits.

Andy Parrino reached base three times out of the leadoff spot, drawing a pair of walks and hitting a two-run homer off former Padres prospect Jared Wells. The infielder, playing second base this game, has hit three of his four homers over his last six games. It was the first time this year that he has hit out of the leadoff spot.

Mike DeMark picked up his first victory of the season, stranding two inherited runners over an inning and two-thirds. The right-hander struck out three while retiring all five batters he faced to lower his season ERA to 0.60. He has stranded all four runners he has inherited this year. DeMark has worked more than an inning in three of his last five appearances after doing that just once in his first seven.

Lake Elsinore (27-15) lost 7-5 to Stockton (A's)

Anthony Bass allowed three runs on six hits and a walk across 5.2 innings, striking out seven and notching seven ground ball outs. Two of the runs scored after he was taken out of the game. He also picked off a runner at first base. It was the second time this year that he has struck out more batters than innings pitched. Bass has allowed three runs or less in five of his last six starts.

Aaron Breit faced five batters in the ninth inning and all reached base. Four hits and an error by Breit started off the inning and four runs would be charged to his ledgers, three earned, without an out being recorded. Breit has lost two straight games, allowing seven runs on six hits and a walk. He has been credited with four blown saves, although he had yet to allow a run in the ninth inning coming into this contest.

Drew Cumberland reached base three times via a pair of singles and his eighth double of the year. The leadoff man, playing second base this day, also scored three times. Cumberland has scored 35 times in 32 games, including seven over the last four contests, placing him second in the California League in runs scored. He is also hitting .414 with runners in scoring position.

Cole Figueroa and Vince Belnome extended their on base streaks to 23 and 22 games, respectively.

Fort Wayne (19-21) had a scheduled day off

Extended Spring

Adys Portillo could be headed for a Simon Castro like progression through the system. One of the areas that have seen marked improvement is the repeatability of his delivery. Where he was mechanical in the past, Portillo is showing more fluidity in extended spring and has looked sharp overall. He can still be prone to methodical movements that cause him to lose his rhythm, but the blueprint is there for future success.

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