Padres Minor League Notebook: 8-18-10

Jaff Decker

Radhames Liz gives up a grannie while Mike Baxter continues to rake. Nathan Culp fires seven solid, Jaff Decker hits another grand slam while Dan Robertson has five hits and Adam Schrader shouldn't be forgotten. Matt Lollis is lights out again. Ryan Hinson has a tough outing. Will Scott's debut is a success. Uber Paz is dynamite.

Portland (48-77) lost 4-2 to Round Rock (Astros)

Radhames Liz tossed scoreless ball across the first five innings before giving up a grand slam with one out in the sixth, accounting for all of the runs against. He allowed eight hits in defeat, walking one and striking out three. Liz has allowed 17 bombs on the year, including five over his last three starts, but had held the opposition to a 1-for-6 mark with the bases loaded coming into play.

Mike Baxter elevated his average to an even .300 with a 3-for-4 day that included his 25th double. He also stole his 20th base of the year in 30 attempts but did not figure into the scoring. The outfielder/first baseman has a nine-game hitting streak where he has gone 16-for-39 with nine extra-base hits. Baxter is hitting .420 over his last 18 games with 14 RBI and 15 runs scored.

San Antonio (24-27, 59-62) lost 3-2 to Arkansas (Angels)

Nathan Culp fired seven innings of two-run ball, yielding seven hits and two walks while fanning two in a no-decision. The southpaw also picked off a runner at first while netting 14 ground ball outs, including a double play. It is the fourth straight start he has allowed two runs or less and the fifth time in seven. Culp owns a 3.66 ERA across 15 starts, working at least seven innings five times.

Alexis Lara dropped to 3-4 on the season, giving up one run on one hit, a hit batsman and a walk across two innings of work, the run coming in the eighth to break a 2-2 tie. The right-hander has allowed runs in three of his last four and in 15 of his 38 appearances with the Missions. Lara has walked 17 batters in his last 17 outings across 24.2 innings.

Lake Elsinore (27-24, 73-48) won 12-2 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Reigning California League Player of the Week Jaff Decker hit a grand slam four batters into Wednesday's game. He also drew a walk before being lifted in the blowout. It is his second grand salami in three games and the third time he has cleared the bags with one swing in the last six. He has homered eight times over his last 12 with 25 RBI and 18 runs scored over that span. He is also hitting .391 during that time frame. Decker has 22 RBI in 14 at-bats with the bases juiced.

Dan Robertson started the evening off with a leadoff double and progressed from there, getting four more hits to complete his five-hit affair. He doubled twice and notched three singles, scoring four runs and driving in a pair. He did record his sixth error of the year. Robertson has had three four-hit nights this year and 10 throughout his minor league career, as this was his first professional five-hit contest. He is the 14th player to accomplish the feat in the California League this year.

Adam Schrader shouldn't be just a footnote. The right-hander out of this year's draft class allowed one unearned run on five hits and a walk across six innings, striking out two to earn the win. He also netted 10 ground ball outs. Schrader, who had not pitched above the Arizona Rookie League, is a perfect 5-0 on the year across two circuits. He has given up one run or less in five of his nine starts and two runs or less in six.

Fort Wayne (32-19, 68-53) won 5-1 over West Michigan (Tigers)

Matt Lollis worked 7.2 innings, giving up one run on five hits and a hit batsman while striking out eight to move to 3-1 in Midwest League play. He also induced nine ground ball outs, including a rally killer. He has allowed two runs or less in five straight and two earned or less in all six starts for the TinCaps. Lollis has given up just four hits in 29 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Jedd Gyorko reached base in four of his five trips, going 2-for-3 with a pair of walks. Playing as the designated hitter, he cracked his ninth double with Fort Wayne while scoring two runs and driving in one. It was the first time in 26 games with the club that he has drawn multiple walks and the second time as a professional. Gyorko is hitting .364 over his last 16 games with seven extra-base hits and 11 RBI.

Eugene (11-10, 26-33) lost 4-3 to Yakima (Diamondbacks)

Like the previous day, the bullpen turned a 3-1 lead into a deficit. Ryan Hinson was on the hook for three runs on three hits and two walks in his one-third of an inning, giving up a triple and a two-run homer. He also tossed a wild pitch. Hinson has allowed runs in all four of his outings with the Emeralds, giving up 10 runs on 11 hits and five walks across 2.1 innings. It was the second time he did not complete an inning.

Dexter Carter had allowed one run on four hits and two walks across five innings, striking out four and netting five ground ball outs. The lone run came on a solo homer for the right-hander who was in line for the win. It is the second straight outing he has allowed one run and the third time in his last five that he has given up two runs or less. He has yet to earn a decision in the Northwest League, despite making eight starts.

AZL Padres (17-28) won 8-1 over AZL Cubs

Joe Agreste reached base three times out of the cleanup spot, going 2-for-3 with his fourth triple of the year and a walk. He plated two runs to push his RBI total to 14 and scored once. The first baseman has seven RBI over his last four games and 10 over his last seven. Agreste is hitting .311 over his last 12 games with seven extra base hits and a .377 on-base percentage.

Will Scott made his professional debut after signing this past week. The 32nd-round pick out of Walter State worked 2.2 scoreless innings, yielding one hit and one walk while fanning one to pick up the win. Scott went 9-4 with a 3.71 ERA during his final collegiate season. In 87.1 innings, he allowed 74 hits and 35 walks while striking out 101, holding the opposition to a .219 average.

DSL Padres (25-40) won 5-1 over DSL Twins

Uber Paz was on the hook for an unearned run on four hits and a walk across 7.1 innings, striking out nine. The tying run scored after he had exited the game, denying him a win. The right-hander out of Nicaragua has not allowed an earned run over his last 19.1 innings, yielding nine hits while striking out 21. In nine starts, Paz has a 2.05 ERA with 26 hits allowed in 44 innings versus his 5.94 ERA in eight relief outings where he has surrendered 26 hits in 16.2 innings.

Yoan Alcantara capped a four-run eighth inning with a single to center that plated a pair. He also drew a walk in four trips and scored a run. The outfielder leads the club with 37 RBI and 22 extra-base hits while placing second with 11 stolen bases. Alcantara has scored a run in six of his last eight games with an RBI in four of his last six. He is 9-for-25 over his last eight, upping his average 15 points.

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