Padres Minor League Notebook: 6-16-10

Mike Baxter has been an RBI machine of late. Wynn Pelzer allows one run and strikes out 10 but takes the loss. Erik Davis fires blanks while Robert Lara has wielded a hot stick. Robert Poutier picked up his third win with solid long relief. Jean Corpas gets a complete game shutout.

Portland (25-40) won 9-6 over Fresno (Giants)

Josh Geer allowed four runs, three earned, on 10 hits and a walk across six innings to move to 3-4. He struck out five in his 93-pitch effort and got eight ground ball outs, including a double play. Geer also went 1-for-3 at the dish with an RBI. It was the fourth straight game he has given up four or more runs and the eighth time in 14 outings. He has allowed double-digit hits three times.

Mike Baxter continues to lay it on thick, extended his hitting streak to 13 games. The outfielder/first baseman reached base four times with a walk, two singles and his 13th double of the year. He also scored three times and pushed his RBI total to 26 with a pair on Wednesday. Fifteen of his RBI have come across his current hitting streak. He has also scored a run in nine of his last 11, touching home 13 times over that span.

San Antonio (33-31) lost 1-0 to Corpus Christi (Astros)

Wynn Pelzer was on the hook for one run on three hits and four walks across six innings but took the loss. The right-hander struck out 10 and induced five ground ball outs. It was the first time this year he has reached double-digit strikeouts and the fourth time in his career. It is the sixth time he has given up one run or less in 13 starts. He has walked four or more in three straight games and four of his last six.

Texas League All-Star Cedric Hunter had two of the Missions six hits . The outfielder also stole his eighth base of the year in 15 attempts. Hunter has a five-game hitting streak with four multi-hit games across that span. He has seen his average dip below .300 for 13 games this year, including an eight-game streak in late May. Hunter is hitting .340 in June with a .450 on-base percentage.

Lake Elsinore (45-22) won 3-1 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Erik Davis pounded the zone across five scoreless innings, yielding three hits while fanning three. Eight of his outs came through the air. Davis moved to 7-2 and has not allowed a run over his last 11 innings. This marked the fifth time he has given up two runs or less and the fourth time Davis has not issued a walk.

Robert Lara delivered three hits in four trips, all singles, while scoring once and driving in one. He also threw out one of the two base runners attempting to steal. The backstop is hitting .370 over his last 10 games with a seven-game hitting streak, which includes three multi-hit games. He has scored a run in four straight and has eight RBI in his last 10.

Cole Figueroa extended his on base streak to 47 games with two hits and a walk.

Fort Wayne (33-33) won 5-4 over Dayton (Reds)

Robert Poutier improved to 3-0, giving up one hit and tossing a wild pitch across three scoreless innings. He struck out one and recorded seven ground ball outs. The right-hander out of South Korea has given up runs in four of his 15 outings, going two inning or more six times. He has he left-handed hitters to a .097 average while righties are managing to hit just .178.

All-Star Danny Payne reached base three times out of the leadoff spot, hitting a solo homer, his second, while adding a walk, a single, and two runs scored. The outfielder also swiped a pair of bags, giving him 12 thefts in 13 Midwest League attempts and 14 steals in 15 across two leagues. Payne came into the game with seven hits in his previous 45 at-bats. He is hitting .353 with runners in scoring position.

DSL Padres (5-8) won 2-0 over DSL Reds in six and a half innings

Jean Corpas tossed bullets across six innings, yielding one hit, a walk, and a hit batsman while striking out five. He worked to three over the minimum to even his record at 1-1. The right-handed pitcher has held left-handed hitters to a .150 average this year, yielding six hits in 40 at-bats. He has also limited the opposition to a .133 average with runners in scoring position.

Cristhofer Martinez hit his first extra-base hit of the season, belting a solo homer as the second batter of the game. It was one of three hits the team managed. He also drew a walk. The shortstop is hitting just .160 on the season with three of his hits coming in the opening frame. Martinez has drawn seven walks for a .263 on-base percentage.

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