Padres Minor League Notebook: 7-4-10

Ernesto Frieri continues the mind-boggling numbers. Nathan Culp lasted one-third of an inning and took the loss. Jeremy McBryde is back in California. Fort Wayne overcomes a nine-run deficit to give newcomer Jason Adams the win. Rymer Liriano is seeing the talent bloom in Eugene. Adam Schrader pitches a gem for the AZL Padres.

Portland (32-51) won 5-4 over Las Vegas (Blue Jays)

Mike Baxter notched his seventh triple of the year as part of a 2-for-4 game that included three RBI. He is tied for second in the Pacific Coast League in three-baggers. The outfielder came into the game hitting .195 at PGE Park, where the game was held, across 40 games while hitting .333 on the road across 37 contests.

Ernesto Frieri, the lone Portland All-Star representative, earned his 16th save in 18 opportunities, striking out the side around a single. The right-hander has tossed scoreless ball over his last 12.2 innings, giving up four hits and three walks while striking out 12. He has yielded 13 hits across 34.2 innings this season, a .115 average.

San Antonio (4-6, 39-41) lost 7-5 to Tulsa (Rockies)

Nathan Culp took his fifth loss against one win, giving up five runs, all earned, on four hits and a walk across one-third of an inning. He left the game with the bases full and all would score. The southpaw has surrendered 10 runs on 21 hits and three walks across 12 innings as a reliever, seeing the opposition hit .389 off him. He was 1-4 with a 4.44 ERA across eight starts for the Missions.

All-Star game MVP Luis Martinez drove in two runs with a single and added a walk in four trips out of the five-hole, pushing his RBI total to 16 on the year. The backstop has a .301 average with runners on base as compared to his .237 mark with the bases empty. Martinez is 11 for his last 37, after going 6-for-50 in his previous 13 games.

Lake Elsinore (4-7, 50-31) lost 8-4 to Visalia (Diamondbacks)

Jeremy McBryde returned to the California League, working two innings. He allowed one run on three hits and a hit batsman while fanning one. The right-hander went 6-3 with a 4.54 ERA across 75.1 innings last year with the Storm before back spasms took the rest of his season. McBryde had allowed one run on two hits and a walk for the TinCaps and one run on two hits for the AZL Padres earlier this season.

Juan Oramas suffered his first loss across two leagues on Sunday, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk across two innings, as he sees his innings limited. He gave up a two-run homer in the opening frame – just the third homer he has allowed. Both previous bombs, coming in one game, had been solo shots. Oramas had allowed two runs or less in all but one outing and had never allowed more than three earned.

Fort Wayne (6-4, 42-38) won 12-11 over Bowling Green (Rays)

Jason Adams picked up the win in his system debut, working a scoreless inning on two hits. Adams, the brother of Padres pitcher Mike Adams, was signed out of a tryout camp. Originally signed as a free agent in 2006 by the St. Louis Cardinals, Adams has been out of baseball since 2007 when he underwent elbow surgery. He went 2-1 with a 2.51 ERA and one save for Johnson City of the Appalachian League in 2006, striking out 19 in 14.1 innings. He worked three games in the Independent League in 2007 before the injury occurred.

Jeudy Valdez' chopper into left field with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth pushed two runs across, including the winning run to provide the walk-off – one of five runs scored in the frame. The single came after a dropped pop up by the catcher. He also added a sacrifice fly to give him three RBI for the game. The infielder has a hit and an RBI in seven straight games. He is 12-for-31 with 10 RBI over that stretch, giving him 51 RBI for the year.

Nate Freiman began the ninth inning rally with a leadoff single. He was 2-for-4 on the day with a walk. He also scored three runs out of the five-hole. The first baseman has reached in 21 straight games with a hit in eight consecutive. Freiman is hitting .341 over the life of the streak with a .426 on-base percentage, collecting 12 extra-base hits, scoring 17 runs and driving in 12.

Jason Hagerty extended his on base streak to 28 games with a single and two RBI.

Eugene (8-9) lost 5-1 to Everett (Mariners)

Rymer Liriano hit his fourth double and fourth triple of the year, scoring the lone Emeralds run. He was, however, caught stealing for the third time in Northwest League play, all coming over his last three games. Liriano has collected a hit in 11 of his last 12 and has seven multi-hit games in 16 contests for Eugene. Liriano has an extra-base hit in five straight, scoring a run in each.

Xavier Esquivel allowed three runs on two hits and a walk across an inning and one-third, striking out two. All three came across on a homer – the second extra-base hit he has given up on the season. He did strand an inherited runner. The right-hander has given up runs in three straight games after tossing scoreless ball in his first two.

AZL Padres (4-7) won 5-2 over AZL Royals

Adam Schrader earned his first win as a professional, yielding two hits and a walk across a half-dozen scoreless frames. The right-hander struck out four, induced eight ground ball outs and hit a batter. The Minnesota native has not allowed an earned run over his first 13.1 innings with the AZL Padres, striking out 15 while allowing just six hits.

Mykal Stokes led the way with three hits in five trips out of the leadoff spot, plating his fourth run of the year with a single. The outfielder is 5-for-10 in his last two games after beginning the year with two hits in his first 21 at-bats. Stokes is 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position to begin the year and 2-for-17 with the bases empty.

Corey Adamson was in on a pair of runs, collecting two singles in four trips and scoring each time. It is the third time in eight games that he has recorded a multi-hit game, and he doubled his run scored total after touching home once over the first seven. He is 7-for-15 with runners on base compared to a .063 average with the bases empty. Adamson has struck out 14 times in 31 at-bats.

DSL Padres (9-17) had a scheduled day off

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