Padres Minor League Notebook: 8-13-10

Mike Baxter ties it in the ninth and Luis Durango wins it an inning later. Sawyer Carroll goes yard for the first time in a while. Vince Belnome goes deep twice while Rob Musgrave gives up four. Nate Freiman wins it with one swing. Dexter Carter is solid but the bullpen isn't. James Needy debuts. Freddys Henrique is closing them out.

Portland (47-73) won 6-5 over Albuquerque (Dodgers) in 10 innings

Mike Baxter hit a two-run homer with one out in the ninth inning to turn a 5-3 deficit into an extra innings. The outfielder has 15 homers on the season, shattering his previous high of nine set in 2008 and 2009. Baxter is 21-for-50 over his last 13 games, a smoking .420 average, with 10 RBI and 12 runs scored. Three of his homers have come in the ninth inning where he is 12-for-38 with six extra-base hits.

Luis Durango's third hit of the night and fourth time reaching base produced the game winner in the 10th. With two on and two out, he lined a ball to left to score the run from second. He notched three singles and drew a walk out of the leadoff spot, scoring once. The outfielder has reached base nine times over his last two games with five hits and four walks. He is 12-for-28 in the ninth inning and beyond, a .429 average.

San Antonio (23-24, 58-59) lost 3-2 to Arkansas (Angels)

Sawyer Carroll's seventh dinger of the year led to the Missions only runs. He hit a two-run shot in the fifth but San Antonio would manage just four hits on the day. The outfielder came into the game with just one homer over his previous 60 games and just four extra-base hits in his last 37. He is hitting .209 over his last 37 contests and has struck out 106 times, the third most in the Texas League.

Simon Castro was on the hook for three runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk across six innings, taking the loss. He also hit a batter while fanning three in his 93-pitch effort, committing his fifth error of the year as well. It was just the second time all season that the right-hander has broke the 90-pitch plateau. Castro has given up 7.4 hits per nine innings, allowing two earned over his last 17 innings.

Lake Elsinore (24-23, 70-47) lost 11-5 to High Desert (Mariners)

Vince Belnome went yard twice, hitting a two-run homer in the second inning and adding a solo bomb in the fourth. The third baseman ended the day with three hits and three RBI. It was the second time in his career that he has notched a multi-homer game, the last coming on April 18 this season. Belnome is sporting a .391 on-base percentage and owns a seven-game hitting streak.

Rob Musgrave allowed five runs on eight hits across 4.2 innings in the loss. The left-hander surrendered six extra-base hits, seeing four balls go over the fence, while hitting a pair of hitters. Musgrave had allowed one hit in his first start of the year. He came into play having allowed just 13 extra-base hits in 71 California League innings with just three balls leaving the yard.

Fort Wayne (29-18, 65-52) won 3-2 over Lake County (Indians)

Nate Freiman accounted for all of the TinCaps runs with one swing of the bat, clubbing a three-run homer in the sixth inning, giving him 14 bombs on the year and 73 RBI. The first baseman has gone yard in two of his last three games and four of his last 10. Third in the Midwest League in RBI, Freiman is also second with 131 hits and fifth with 75 runs scored while placing fourth in total bases with 205.

Danny Payne reached base in all four of his plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks out of the leadoff spot. He also added his 33rd stolen base in Midwest League play and 35th in 40 chances overall across two leagues. He is hitting just .172 when he leads off an inning and is 10-for-67 in the opening frame, a .167 average, but holds a .304 mark with runners in scoring position.

Eugene (9-7, 24-30) lost 4-3 to Salem-Keizer (Giants)

Dexter Carter went six strong, allowing one run on seven hits while fanning three and recording six ground ball outs. It is the second straight start he has given up one run but has not been given the victory. Carter has allowed at least seven hits in four of his last five starts. The right-hander has posted a 5.40 ERA in eight starts after netting a 3.72 ERA in seven starts.

Aaron Everett allowed two runs on four hits and a walk across two-thirds of an inning, eliminating a two-run lead. The right-hander has allowed runs in four of his last seven outings after throwing scoreless ball over his first 13.1 innings. This is the third time in the last six he has allowed multiple runs and at least four hits.

AZL Padres (15-26) lost 14-9 to AZL Rangers

James Needy made his season debut and lasted just one-third of an inning. The right-hander allowed four hits and a walk and was charged for all five runs, seeing two runs cross after he exited. He also took the loss. Needy went 1-1 with a 2.65 ERA across five games for the AZL Padres a season ago, giving up 14 hits in 17 innings while fanning 13.

Matt Combs smacked his second homer of the year, shooting a three-run blast into the night during a four-run seventh. He also added a double and ended the night with four RBI. He was charged with his eighth passed ball but caught both runners attempting to steal. The backstop has snared 13-of-34 base runners attempting thievery, good for 38.2 percent. Combs had gone 1-for-11 since his eight-game hitting streak. His four RBI game more than doubled his total on the year to seven.

DSL Padres (24-37) won 3-2 over DSL Reds in game one, won 7-6 in game two

Uber Paz tossed seven innings in a no-decision, allowing two unearned runs on four hits and a walk while striking out a pair. He also notched his fifth double play grounder of the season. The right-hander out of Nicaragua has allowed two earned runs over his last 17 innings of work, striking out 13 while allowing 10 hits, lowering his ERA from 4.71 to 3.54.

Fabel Filpo accounted for two of the game one runs, plating a run with a single in the second and providing a walk off single in the ninth with two in scoring position. He did commit a fielding error but threw that runner out trying to stretch the miscue into a double. It was his 11th multi-hit game of the year and the third time he has notched multiple RBI. Filpo is just 12-for-72 with runners in scoring position.

After going hitless in the opener with three strikeouts, Alvaro Aristy collected three hits in the nightcap, scoring a pair of runs. He also swiped his third base of the season in as many attempts. It is the fifth time this year the leadoff hitter has amassed multiple runs scored in a contest but just his third multi-hit game. Aristy has yet to secure a hit with runners on base and two outs.

Freddys Henrique earned his fifth save of the year in seven opportunities, working a perfect ninth while striking out one. Henrique has allowed one earned run over his last 12.2 innings, lowering his ERA from 5.79 to 2.86, striking out 15 over that span while yielding just four hits. The leadoff hitter of the inning does sport a .467 on-base percentage but he has held the opposition to a .213 mark with runners on.

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