Padres Minor League Notebook: 6-5-10

The DSL Padres are no-hit on Saturday. Mike Baxter and Sean Kazmar deliver offensively. Wynn Pelzer walks seven but allows zero runs. Daniel Robertson hits a grand slam while Brad Brach closes the door quickly. John Hussey is hammered in a short outing.

Portland (21-35) won 9-6 over Reno (Diamondbacks)

Mike Baxter delivered three hits, including his eighth double, and drove in two across five at-bats. Both of his RBI came with two outs. He was, however, caught stealing for the fourth time in 16 attempts. Baxter came into the game with two RBI over his previous 13 games. He is hitting .313 this month after batting just .210 across 29 games in May. Baxter has a .180 average with runners in scoring position.

Sean Kazmar hit his 12th and 13th doubles of the year, driving in one and scoring once on a night that saw the squad go 5-for-14 with runners in scoring position. It was his second multi-hit game in the last three from the infielder who has batted in six different slots in the lineup. Kazmar has a .326 average with runners in scoring position. This was the second time he has secured multiple extra-base hits in a contest.

San Antonio (27-27) won 4-0 over Springfield (Cardinals)

Wynn Pelzer walked seven batters and tossed just 44.6 percent of his pitches for strikes but came away unscathed over five innings, yielding three hits and hitting a batter but holding the opposition without a hit in seven at-bats with runners in scoring position, netting a pair of double play grounders. The right-hander had walked 14 over his first 10 starts. He has allowed one earned or less in six of his last seven starts.

Nathan Culp provided a pair of scoreless innings of relief, yielding three hits while getting five grounders, including one of the double play variety. It was the left-hander's second relief appearance in Double-A. His last relief outing came on August 9, 2008 but that was a piggyback for a rehabbing San Diego pitcher. His last real relief appearance came on July 16, 2006 while with Eugene.

Lake Elsinore (37-19) won 10-5 over Modesto (Rockies)

Dan Robertson hit a grand slam while batting out of the three-hole in the lineup and ended the day with five RBI. He also singled and walked while scoring twice. It was the first grand slam of his career. The outfielder is hitting .404 with runners in scoring position and .441 with runners in scoring position and two outs for the season and upped his RBI tally to 31.

Brad Brach earned his minor league leading 21st save of the season, retiring the final two batters on a double play grounder after coming in with the bases juiced with Nuts. It was his first double play in 26 appearances. Brach has stranded nine of the 10 runners he has inherited this year. He has allowed runs in three of his outings while holding the opposition to a .192 average against.

Cole Figueroa extended his on base streak to 37 games with a double and three walks.

Fort Wayne (28-29) lost 10-1 to Beloit (Twins)

John Hussey was lifted after 2.2 innings with seven runs in, all earned, on eight hits and three walks. Four of the hits went for extra bases, including a three-run homer. It is the sixth time that he has allowed four runs or more. Hussey has surrendered 12 runs on 18 hits and four walks across his last 7.1 innings. He has allowed a homer in three straight games and has seen 21 of the hits he has yielded over 11 starts go for extra bases.

Dean Anna had three hits and accounted for the lone TinCaps run. All three of his knocks were doubles, pushing his two-bag total to 10 for the year. The club was, however, 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Anna has a seven-game hitting streak, collecting six extra-base hits across it with six RBI and four runs scored. Thirteen of his 24 hits have gone for extra bases.

DSL Padres (0-4) lost 6-0 to DSL Cubs

The DSL Padres were kept without a hit on Saturday. The managed three walks, two coming from third baseman Gabriel Quintana. They were also hit by a pair of pitches. The squad had more errors, however, than base runners, as five miscues were recorded. As a team, they are batting .158 through four games with 21 hits in 133 at-bats while striking out 41 times.

Uber Paz was on the hook for five runs, three earned, on seven hits across three innings. The right-hander also allowed a homer, the second the team has given up on the year. Paz went 1-5 with a 5.08 ERA across 14 games, including six starts, for the DSL Padres a season ago. He allowed 30 hits and 21 walks in 37.1 innings, holding the opposition to a .214 average.

Freddys Henrique worked a scoreless inning to close out the game, striking out one. He has allowed one hit over two games thus far. Henrique is in his third season in the DSL, going 1-4 with a 4.70 ERA across 51.2 frames a year ago. He allowed 59 hits, walked 11 and struck out 40 over that time. The opposition stole 16 bases in 20 atttempts and hit .285 overall.

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