Padres Minor League Notebook: 7-16-10

Mike Baxter and Kyle Phillips lead Portland. Blake Tekotte, James Darnell and the rest of the offense romp Midland. Jesus Lopez has the one to tie and Adam Zornes leads into a winner. Jason Hagerty hits a go-ahead homer in the 11th. Chase Morena makes one bad pitch in a loss. Mykal Stokes hits his first pro homer.

Portland (36-56) won 9-5 over Colorado Springs (Rockies)

Mike Baxter doubled in a run in the third and added two more RBI during a seven-run Portland seventh. Baxter clubbed a pair of doubles and added a single but was caught stealing for the eighth time this year in 22 attempts. It was the second time in four games he has notched a three-hit game. Baxter has nine games with two or more RBI.

Kyle Phillips collected four hits in five at-bats, including his sixth double of the year. He also scored once and drove in a pair. The first baseman has scored a run in four of his last five with an RBI in three of his last four. He has reached base safely in 12 of his 14 games and all of his starts. Phillips has amassed a .378 average with 11 RBI since joining the Beavers.

San Antonio (10-11, 46-44) won 17-4 over Midland (A's)

Blake Tekotte led an offense that saw every member of the squad score at least once. He reached base five times with three hits and two walks. He clubbed his second triple, hit a two-run homer and ended the day with four runs scored and five RBI. Tekotte has eight extra-base hits in 18 games with the Missions with five of his last seven hits going for extras. Despite 12 RBI, he is hitting just .143 with runners in scoring position.

James Darnell also tripled – his first – on a day that saw him collect three hits and drive in three while scoring twice. The third baseman has multi-hit games in successive contests – the first time he has accomplished the feat in Double-A this year. Darnell is hitting .298 over his last 13 games after batting .215 over his first 40 games in San Antonio.

Quintin Berry made his system debut, batting leadoff. The outfielder did not record a hit in four at-bats but did draw a pair of walks while scoring three times. Berry hit .210 across 66 games with Double-A Reading in the Eastern League before being plucked off waivers. He posted a 33-to-50 walk-to-strikeout ratio and swiped 26 bases in 29 attempts while notching 14 extra-base hits.

Lake Elsinore (12-10, 58-34) won 4-3 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Jesus Lopez' second single of the night tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth on a night that saw the team go 3-for-24 with runners in scoring position. The shortstop has reached base safely in 10 straight games with four multi-hit games. He has also scored six runs in the last five with nine RBI over his last nine.

Adam Zornes led off the 10th with his third double of the year and came around to score on a Bo Davis single. The backstop also singled in a run. Zornes has seen six of his 14 hits go for extra-bases. After starting the year with a hit in each of his first nine games, he had been in a 2-for-33 slump over his previous nine.

Fort Wayne (11-10, 47-44) won 6-4 over Cedar Rapids in 11 innings

Jason Hagerty hit a solo homer to open the top of the 11th – one of two bombs in the frame. He also singled, walked and scored a pair of runs out of the cleanup spot. The backstop has a six-game hitting streak, reaching base at least twice in every one of those games. He has four multi-hit games over that stretch and has a sizzling .431 average over his last 14 with 15 walks for a .567 on-base percentage.

Nate Freiman belted his eighth homer and 30th double en route to driving in four runs. He had three hits in five trips, upping his RBI total to 55. The first baseman has 14 games with two or more RBI. He has also registered five games with multiple extra-base hits. He is hitting .241 with runners in scoring position compared to a .341 mark with the bases empty.

Eugene (13-15) lost 3-0 to Tri-City (Rockies)

Adys Portillo went 4.2 innings and left with the bases loaded. None of those three would score, as the right-hander would not be scored upon, giving up four hits and four walks while fanning seven. It marked the first time this year that he has not allowed any runs and over the last two starts he has worked his ERA down from 7.63 to 4.86. Portillo has walked four or more three times this year.

Chase Marona stranded the bases loaded by getting the final out in the fifth with a punchout but would allow a solo homer in the next frame to take his second loss. He struck out three in his inning and one-third of work. The runners he inherited were his first as a professional. Morona has struck out 13 against two walks in nine innings of work.

AZL Padres (9-12) won 2-0 over AZL Brewers

Mark Hardy improved to 3-1, tossing scoreless ball across six innings. He yielded two hits, plunked a batter and struck out six. It is the third time this year he has allowed one run or less in five outings. The left-hander has held the leadoff man of the inning to a .111 average and .143 on-base percentage in the 28 innings he has started.

Mykal Stokes got the lone run the AZL Padres would need with a solo homer in the opening frame – one of three hits for the club and six overall on the day. The dinger was his first as a professional. Stokes is hitting .358 over his last 12 games with nine runs scored. He also boasts a .353 average with runners in scoring position.

DSL Padres (13-22) vs. DSL Cubs was not available for inclusion in this report

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