Padres Minor League Notebook: 7-14-10

We have reaction from reliever Ernesto Frieri on his call-up to the San Diego Padres. Allan Dykstra and Jaff Decker sparked a ninth inning rally. Edinson Rincon has been hitting of late. Keyvius Sampson and Chris Tremblay propel Eugene. Corey Adamson and Jorge Minyeti are the offense.

Portland (34-56) had a scheduled day off for the All-Star game

Ernesto Frieri was the lone Portland representative. He did not pitch in the game and will be called up to San Diego. We caught up with Frieri at the All-Star game.

On going to the big leagues:

Frieri: They called me and let me know I am flying to San Diego (Thursday) morning. That is magnificent news. I am so happy about it. I can't wait to get to San Diego and spend some time with that bullpen. They have been magnificent.

On what he has learned since making his MLB debut last year with San Diego:

Frieri: Last year, I got a chance in the big leagues and only threw two innings. What I learned is baseball is the same. You have to make your pitches, know the hitter, and learn from all of the guys – watch what they do, watch how they get people out, and try and do the same thing.

On if he will be nervous this time around when you go to San Diego:

Frieri: Not really. I have tasted it. I am familiar with it. This is my third year on the 40-man roster so I have been around the Padres for a long time. I am ready for it. I have been working really hard to get this chance. Now that I have it, I want to take advantage.

On whether he knows where he will fit into the bullpen:

Frieri: No, not yet. They told me that as soon as I get there they are going to let me know everything, what role. I just want to pitch. I don't care what role – middle, late, closer, whatever. I want to get the chance and show what I can do.

San Antonio (9-10, 45-43) had a scheduled day off

Lake Elsinore (10-10, 56-34) won 8-7 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Anthony Bass pitched to one over the minimum on Wednesday morning across five innings, that lone runner coming around to score. He gave up two hits, netted a double play grounder and struck out four in the no-decision. Bass has allowed two runs or less in seven of his last eight and 11 of 17 overall this season. He has given up more than three earned twice all year. This is the sixth time that Bass has given up three hits or less.

Allan Dykstra delivered two hits, including his 14th double while also driving in runs 39 and 40 on the year. His ninth inning double tied the game at 7-7. The first baseman has reached base in 17 straight games, going 15-for-60, a .250 average, with 14 walks. He had drawn a free pass in six straight games coming in. Dykstra is 6-for-22 with five RBI in the ninth inning of games.

Jaff Decker had three hits, including his 10th double, while adding two runs scored. His double in the bottom of the ninth sparked a two-run rally and the walk-off win. He is hitting .306 over his last 32 contests with nine multi-hit games. Decker has scored multiple runs in three of his last four and has reached 16 times over his last seven.

Fort Wayne (9-10, 45-44) lost 4-2 to Cedar Rapids (Angels)

Edinson Rincon was the lone player to collect a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI on a night that saw the club go 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Rincon has an RBI in three straight and owns a .310 batting average over his last 36 games with nine doubles, five homers, 23 runs scored and 20 RBI. He has raised his average from .220 to .259 over that time frame.

Matt Jackson went 3.2 innings in relief, allowing two runs, one scoring after he was gone, on four hits. He struck out four and notched five ground ball outs. The right-hander had allowed one run on five hits across his first eight innings of work in the Midwest League. Jackson has amassed a 2.55 ERA across two leagues and 17.2 innings. He had not allowed more than three hits in any previous outing as a long reliever.

Eugene (12-14) won 3-1 over Tri-City (Rockies)

Keyvius Sampson did not allow a hit across five innings but did walk four and see one run cross while moving to 3-0. The right-hander struck out four and notched eight ground ball outs, including a double play grounder. Sampson has allowed one run or less while going at least five innings in four of his six starts. His four walks was one fewer than he had allowed in his first 24 innings. Sampson has notched four rally killers this year.

Chris Tremblay pounded out two more hits, this time out of the leadoff spot, in four trips. The infielder, playing second base, also drove in a pair of runs, pushing his RBI tally to 13. Tremblay has three multi-hit games in the last four and has four RBI in the last two. He is 10-for-21 with runners in scoring position after going 2-for-2 in those situations on Wednesday.

AZL Padres (7-12) won 6-4 over AZL Angels

Adam Schrader stranded the bases loaded in the opening frame and went on to work five scoreless frames. The right-hander yielded four hits and walked two while striking out four. It was the third time in the last four outings that he worked scoreless ball while tossing at least four frames. Schrader has struck out 9.67 batters per nine innings pitched.

Jorge Minyeti doubled in two runs in the fifth and added his third RBI with a bases loaded single in the ninth. He had three hits on the day and scored a run. The infielder, who has 10 errors on the season which has limited his playing time, has five multi-hit games on the year and sports a .489 on-base percentage with eight walks compared to six strikeouts.

Corey Adamson added the other three AZL Padres RBI, smacking a run-scoring single in the fifth and adding a bases loaded knock in the ninth to cap the team's run total. It was the outfielder's third multi-RBI game and second multi-hit game in the last three. Adamson has struck out 21 times in 55 at-bats – 38.2 percent of the time – while drawing seven walks.

DSL Padres (12-21) lost 4-2 to DSL Orioles1

Uber Paz allowed just one hit but two runs crossed, one earned. He also yielded a pair of walks and hit a batter across five frames, striking out five and netting five ground ball outs in the no-decision. The right-hander has held the opposition to a .205 average against with runners in scoring position. He has allowed two hits or less in two of his five starts and two runs or less in three outings.

Rudi Andujar suffered from poor defense and a lack of control. In three innings, the right-hander did not allow a hit but two unearned runs cross, as he issued five free passes – seeing his record go to 0-4. It is the second time in as many games that he has walked five. Andujar has walked three or more in six of his nine outings, never going more than four innings and three times going two innings or less yet still walking three or more. The wild pitch he issued on Wednesday was his 10th of the campaign.

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