Padres Minor League Notebook: 6-19-10

Ernesto Frieri continues to impress. Luis Martinez breaks up a no-no in the seventh. Nick Vincent and Colt Hynes provide innings as the All-Star break hits. Nate Freiman, Danny Payne, and Jeudy Valdez go nuts over two, but Hayden Beard implodes. Matt Jackson suffers the blown save and loss after Matt Lollis dominates. Gabriel Quintana and Yoan Alcantara continue to rake.

Portland (25-43) lost 7-4 to Tacoma (Mariners)

Radhames Liz surrendered five runs on eight hits across three innings in his second game back from the disabled list while recovering from a sore shoulder. The right-hander allowed a pair of homers, accounting for three of the runs. It is the second time this year he has seen the opposition go deep twice off him. He had allowed four runs over his previous 15.2 innings.

Ernesto Frieri lowered his ERA to 1.86 by retiring the side in order while fanning one. The right-hander has held the opposition to a .115 average on the year, giving up 11 hits in 29 innings of work. He has notched a flawless outing in 12 of his 26 appearances. Frieri has seen just 16 at-bats with runners in scoring position on the year, yielding two hits.

San Antonio (34-33) lost 8-3 to Midland (A's)

The Missions were no-hit through the first 6.1 frames before Luis Martinez broke through with a single. Martinez reached base twice, adding a walk, and scored two of the three San Antonio runs out of the two-hole in the lineup. The backstop came into the game with seven hits in his previous 44 at-bats.

Jeremy Hefner dropped to 5-4, giving up six runs, four earned, on eight hits and three walks while fanning four across 5.2 innings. He left with two men on and both would come around to score. It was just the second time all season that he has allowed more than three earned runs. He has given up two earned or less in six straight coming in. Martinez has not driven in a run since May 24.

Lake Elsinore (46-24) lost 6-3 to San Jose (Giants)

Nick Vincent was called upon early as the starter's get some rest with the All-Star break pending. He worked the third and fourth innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk. It was the seventh time in 23 appearances that Vincent has allowed a run. He has gone more than an inning 14 times this year. The right-hander has given up multiple runs five times.

Colt Hynes was the fourth of five relievers used. The left-hander worked a perfect frame, striking out a pair. Hynes is tied for fourth in the league with 28 appearances – with two of his teammates ahead of him. The southpaw has allowed runs in eight of his outings, giving up more than one earned just once. Hynes has also stranded seven of the nine runners he has inherited.

Fort Wayne (35-34) lost 9-8 to South Bend (Diamondbacks) in game one, won 14-3 in game two

Staked to a 6-3 lead going into the bottom of the sixth, Hayden Beard imploded again, giving up five runs, all earned, on one hit, a hit batsman and three walks in one-third of an inning. It was the second straight outing that has seen him lifted after one-third of an inning. He has given up nine runs on five hits, a hit batsman and three walks across that span. Beard has allowed 16 runs over his last 5.1 innings.

Nate Freiman reached in all four of his game one plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with a double, a homer, and a walk. The homer, a solo shot, was his sixth this year. He also scored three runs but did commit his fourth error of the year. The first baseman would also go 2-or-5 in the nightcap with an RBI. Freiman is hitting .326 with the bases empty this year while hitting .217 with runners in scoring position.

Jeudy Valdez collected four hits in the second game, hammering his 22nd double while adding four RBI to push his RBI tally to 39. He also stole his 17th and 18th bases – coming in 27 attempts. He went 1-for-4 with a double in the first game. The second baseman leads the Midwest League in two-baggers and is tied for fifth in the circuit with 45 runs scored.

Danny Payne went 6-for-9 across the doubleheader, going 2-for-4 with two RBI in the first game and adding four hits in the nightcap, falling a homer shy of the cycle. He scored four times in the second contest and added two more RBI. The leadoff hitters has multi-hit games in three of his last four, has scored nine times in his last five games and has a four-game RBI streak, plating seven over that time.

Eugene (1-1) lost 2-1 to Vancouver (A's)

Matt Lollis allowed just one single and a walk across six solid innings. He pitched to one over the minimum, striking out four and netting seven ground ball outs. He retired 11 straight at one point. The right-hander tossed just 8.2 innings last year for the AZL Padres after coming to terms late. He posted a 5.19 ERA across six games, giving up eight runs, five earned, on 11 hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Matt Jackson, in his return engagement to Eugene, worked a perfect eighth and was called upon to work the ninth to preserve a one-run lead. He would allow two runs on three hits, a two-out double followed by a single and a throwing error. The right-hander went 3-7 with a 4.97 ERA across 18 games, including 11 starts for Eugene. In 58 innings, he allowed 64 hits, walked 12 and struck out 44.

Tyler Stubblefield hit a solo homer with two outs in the sixth inning to account for the lone Eugene run. Stubblefield, selected in 22nd round this year after being taken by the Braves in round 33 during the 2009 MLB Draft, hit .285 at Kennesaw State with 11 doubles, nine homers and 34 RBI across 54 games. He was also a perfect 20-for-20 in stolen bases.

DSL Padres (7-10) won 7-4 over DSL Orioles

Yoan Alcantara swatted his third homer of the year, hitting a two-run blast in the eighth. He also singled in a run and scored three times. The outfielder has reached base safely in 16 of his 18 games this season and has an extra-base hit in three straight. He has five multi-hit games and is hitting .400 after a 1-for-14 start.

Gabriel Quintana pounded out a pair of doubles in four trips, giving him eight two-baggers on the season. He scored twice and knocked in one. He also stole his fourth bag of the year, taking home as part of a double steal. The third baseman has reached base safely in all 18 of his games and his eight doubles lead the Dominican Summer League. Quintana has a hit in 16 of the 18 and has driven in a run in five of his last seven.

Eddy Rivera picked up his second save of the year, working a scoreless ninth. He walked one, plunked a batter, and struck out two. The right-hander out of the Dominican Republic has worked four straight scoreless outings since giving up six runs in a three-run starting gig. He has allowed runs in two of his eight outings, as 10 runs scored in those two games. Rivera has hit eight batters and walked 11 in 11.1 innings but has given up just six hits.

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