Padres Minor League Notebook: 6-8-10

Mike Baxter hits for the cycle and then some while Brad Chalk adds four hits. Cole Figueroa continues to amaze and scores the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Jerry Sullivan is hit hard in the shortest start of his career. Bryan Rodriguez has a short exit in the DSL.

Portland (22-37) won 13-8 over Reno (Diamondbacks)

Mike Baxter hit a two-run homer in the first inning en route to hitting for the cycle – the first player in the system to accomplish the feat this year. The outfielder had five hits and even drew a walk, collecting six RBI to push his season tally to 19. The first baseman/outfielder has gone 14-for-35 over his last eight games with seven extra-base hits, six runs scored and nine RBI.

Brad Chalk hammered out four hits in six trips, including a pair of doubles. He also scored three times and stole his second base in Triple-A. The outfielder is 9-for-15 over his last four games with five runs scored. Chalk, batting leadoff, is 5-for-9 when he leads off an inning for the Beavers and has a .406 average through 11 games with Portland.

Aaron Cunningham fell a homer shy of hitting for the cycle, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI. He also gunned down a runner at third base. Eight of his last 12 hits have gone for extra bases with five doubles, a triple, and two homers. Cunningham has reached in nine straight games with 11 hits and six walks.

San Antonio (28-28) had a scheduled day off

Lake Elsinore (40-19) won 2-1 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Cole Figueroa pushed his on base streak to 40 games with a single and a walk, also pushing his hitting streak to 13. He also added a sacrifice bunt. He singled to open the ninth and scored on a bases loaded base hit. Figueroa scored both Storm runs. He is 8-for-17 with a .591 on-base percentage in the ninth inning this season, scoring seven times. Across his last seven games, Figueroa is 13-for-23 with seven walks – a .667 on-base percentage.

Juan Oramas allowed one run on a half-dozen hits across six innings, striking out six and not walking a batter. He also notched seven ground ball outs and picked off a runner at first. The left-hander has allowed two runs or less in six straight outings and has held the opposition to a .213 average in California League play.

Fort Wayne (29-30) lost 12-5 to Kane County (A's)

Jerry Sullivan was on the hook for six runs on 10 hits across an inning and two-thirds – the shortest start of his career. The right-hander also walked a batter. He gave up four straight hits to open the game and six of the seven batters he faced in the second frame reached. It is the second time this year he has given up six runs and the first time he has allowed double-digit hits. He has allowed six runs total over his previous four starts.

Jon Berger came on with a pair of inherited runners and got the final out without further harm coming to Sullivan. He went on to allow two runs on six hits, a hit batsman and a wild pitch over his next two innings, striking out two. Berger had gone 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA across 13 games and 25 innings for Lake Elsinore, allowing 37 hits while walking just three.

DSL Padres (1-5) lost 11-7 to DSL Reds

Bryan Rodriguez was lifted after an inning and two-thirds after six runs were in on seven hits and a pair of walks. He also struck out two in taking his first loss. Rodriguez had allowed just one hit across three innings in his first outing of the season. The opposition is now 5-for-7 off him with runners in scoring position.

Andres Cornelio gave up four runs, two earned, despite allowing just one hit across three innings. Six walks, however, killed him. He also uncorked three wild pitches. While Cornelio has surrendered just two hits in 7.2 innings, six runs have crossed against him, thanks to seven walks, a hit batsman and four wild pitches.

Cristhofer Martinez reached base in all five of his plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with three walks. He also scored a run. Martinez did, however, commit his third error of the year. The shortstop had just two hits in his first 18 at-bats and had not drawn a walk, striking out four times. He has committed a fielding gaffe in three of his last four games.

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