Padres Minor League Notebook: 7-31-10

Mike Baxter hits a homer in a Portland win. Logan Forsythe drives in two during a blowout. Dan Robertson hits his second grand slam of the year. Pedro Hernandez is brilliant but isn't rewarded. Josh Cephas continues to excel – now in Eugene. Adam Schrader is also not rewarded. Luis Tejada paces the DSL Padres offense.

Portland won 5-3 over Salt Lake (Angels)

Greg Burke struck out the side in his inning of work to earn his 10th hold of the season. Burke came into the game having allowed 15 runs, 11 earned, on 23 hits and three walks across his previous 8.2 innings. He has posted a 7.84 ERA across his last 20 appearances. Burke has allowed runs in 14 of his 41 appearances, giving up multiple runs in eight of those.

Mike Baxter reached base three times and put the Beavers ahead early with a two-run homer. He also notched a single and a walk. The outfielder has gone 14-for-29 with seven walks, six extra-base hits, 13 runs scored and eight RBI. Baxter has collected 22 multi-hit games this season for the Beavers. He is batting .280 with runners on.

San Antonio won 11-4 over Frisco (Rangers)

Brad Chalk notched three hits – all singles – out of the nine-hole, scoring a pair of runs while driving in one. After batting .173 across his first 39 games, Chalk is batting .263 over his last 25. He has an RBI in two straight while reaching base safely in seven of his last eight. Chalk is batting .220 in 41 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Logan Forsythe drove in a pair of runs with a two-out single while adding two walks. The second baseman also scored twice. He has four RBI in his last three games but has managed to collect just 26 RBI over 72 games overall, despite hitting .294 with runners in scoring position and .315 with runners on base. Forsythe is batting .295 off left-handed pitching while hitting .244 off righties.

Lake Elsinore won 14-3 over Visalia (Diamondbacks)

Dan Robertson hit a grand slam during a seven-run fifth inning. The outfielder also added a single and a walk while touching home three times. Robertson is 5-for-10 with the bases loaded this season, hitting two homers while driving in 15 runs. He is batting .339 with runners in scoring position. Robertson came into the contest hitting .221 this month after batting over .300 in every other month this year.

Robert Lara hit his seventh homer of the season in the eighth inning, a two-run blast. He also drew a pair of walks while adding a single, scoring three times. Lara extended his hitting streak to six games; he is 8-for-21 over that span with four RBI. The backstop is hitting .328 with runners in scoring position.

Fort Wayne lost 2-1 to Great Lakes (Dodgers)

Pedro Hernandez delivered six innings of one-run ball. He allowed four hits and a walk while striking out one in a no-decision. The lone run came via a solo homer. The left-hander has given up just one earned over his last 15 innings of work and has allowed one run or less in four of his eight starts while pitching at least five innings. He has a 2.92 ERA as a starter while notching a 4.63 ERA in relief.

Miles Mikolas took the loss to drop to 5-3, allowing one run on two hits in an inning and two-thirds. A two-out single put runners on the corners in the bottom of the ninth and a wild pitch ended the game. The right-hander had not allowed a run in his previous nine innings coming into play. He has given up runs in 15 of his 43 appearances this season.

Eugene lost 9-1 to Spokane (Indians)

Adys Portillo dropped to 1-4, giving up four runs, three earned, on three hits and five walks across three innings. He also tossed two wild pitches while striking out five. The right-hander has issued 25 free passes in 33.1 innings, walking three or more in six of his eight starts. This also marked the fourth time that Portillo has allowed four runs or more.

Josh Cephas made his Northwest League debut, working a scoreless inning by setting the side down in order. The right-hander has thrown four innings with the AZL Padres, striking out five while not allowing a hit and facing one over the minimum thanks to an error. A 34th-round pick out of Southern Nazarene in 2009, Cephas went 5-2 with a 4.14 ERA in his final season, striking out 69 in 45.2 innings.

AZL Padres lost 4-3 to AZL Reds

Tyler Norwood suffered the blown save and the loss, giving up two unearned runs on a hit and a walk across one-third of an inning. Two of the AZL Padres five errors came in the final frame. The right-hander has seen five unearned runs come across during his watch. Left-handed batters are hitting .417 off him early in the year while righties are batting .172.

Adam Schrader yielded one run on three hits across six innings while hitting one batter. He struck out five and notched nine ground ball outs. Schrader has allowed two runs or less in four of his six starts, going at least five innings in each. He has not walked a batter over his last 17 frames while fanning 14. Schrader has not allowed a homer through 39.1 innings.

DSL Padres won 14-13 over DSL Orioles

Luis Tejada reached base three times and scored each time. He went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks out of the eight-hole in the lineup. Tejada, who owns a .344 on-base percentage on the year, is hitting .282 over his last 21 games after hitting .190 over his first 22. The first baseman/center fielder is batting .346 with runners in scoring position.

Alvaro Aristy collected his third double of the season and drew three walks out of the leadoff spot. The shortstop also scored three runs and drove in one. Aristy had drawn 19 walks compared to 20 strikeouts. Despite a .183 average in 19 games, he owns a .388 on-base percentage. He has drawn two or more walks in five contests, including each of his last two.

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