Padres Prospect Report: May 12, 2009

Cesar Ramos pitches a complete game but is still saddled with a loss. Mike Baxter drives in three and Jesus Lopez has two hits in a single inning. Lance Zawadzki plates four to creep among the league leaders and Brad Chalk is smoking. Anthony Bass is roughed up while Sawyer Carroll remains hot.

Portland (16-17) lost 2-1 to Oklahoma City (Rangers)

Cesar Ramos pitched a complete game and still ended up with his third loss. He gave up two runs on six hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out five in a 94-pitch effort that saw 71 percent of his pitches go for strikes. It is the second straight game that Ramos has worked at least seven innings while allowing two runs or less. He has given up two runs or less while going five in four of his seven starts.

Will Venable notched the lone multi-hit game for Portland, registering two of Portland's five hits and scoring the lone run. Venable has scored four runs over his last two games but came into this recent stretch with a .189 average over his previous 10. The outfielder has struck out 33 times this season and has not gone more than two games without whiffing.

Kyle Blanks plated the sole Beavers run with a single in the sixth to give him a team leading 23 RBI. The first baseman is hitting .371 with runners in scoring position with 13 hits in 35 at-bats. Blanks has, however, notched more extra base hits with the bases empty – hitting seven with nobody on as opposed to the six he has smacked with men on base.

San Antonio (14-18) won 10-5 over Corpus Christi (Astros)

Nine of the Missions 15 hits came during an eight-run seventh. Jesus Lopez led the assault, singling as the second batter of the frame and adding a RBI double to cap the scoring. Those were his only hits of the day, as he did leave a pair of runners in scoring position in the fourth. Lopez' RBI came with two outs, as seven of the 13 RBI he has this season have come with only one out to spare. He is hitting .385 with RISP and two outs.

Mike Baxter pounded out his 11th and 12th doubles of the season – putting him in a tie for the Texas League lead in that category. He also drove in three to give him a team leading 25 RBI on the season. It is the second time in four games that Baxter has driven in three. He has produced three contests with at least two extra base hits and has notched four doubles over his last four games. Baxter has reached base safely in each of his last 14 games.

Will Inman allowed three runs on three hits and a walk across 5.1 innings, striking out two in a no-decision. The right-hander also hit three batters – the same amount he had plunked through his first six starts. Inman, who led the Texas League in walks last season, is issuing 1.69 walks per nine innings pitched through seven starts. He has held right-handed hitters to a .193 average and has yielded just two hits with runners on base and two outs.

Lake Elsinore (18-14) won 8-5 over Lancaster (Astros)

Lance Zawadzki jumped into the top five in the California League in RBI after collecting four on Tuesday. He doubled in two in the fourth and added another two-bagger that scored a pair an inning later. It was the fifth time in 21 games that Zawadzki has plated three or more runs. He has notched multiple extra base hits in successive games and three times overall on the year. All three of his doubles have come in the last two contests.

Colt Hynes worked an inning and one-third, giving up a walk and striking out one after being promoted from Low-A Fort Wayne. Hynes also stranded two inherited runners, allowing Corey Kluber to pick up the win. The left-hander went 2-0 with a 1.62 ERA across 13 appearances with the TinCaps. Hynes has kept 10 of the 12 runners he has inherited this season from scoring across two leagues.

Brad Chalk had three hits in six at-bats, as eight of the nine Storm hitters notched a hit and seven scored a run. Chalk was one of those who scored a run and drove in his 16th run. The outfielder has a five-game hitting streak with three games that have produced three hits. After hitting .191 over his first 14 games, Chalk has gone 25-for-64, a .391 average, over his last 14. He has six RBI over his last five games and is a perfect 11-for-11 in stolen bases.

Fort Wayne (21-10) lost 7-3 to Great Lakes (Dodgers)

Sawyer Carroll notched two hits in four trips while also adding a run scored. It was his seventh multi-hit game across his last 10, as the red hot outfielder is hitting .528 over that span with a .622 on-base percentage. Carroll is 19-for-36 during the month of May with a 9-to-6 walk-to-strikeout ratio. He has scored a run in six of his last eight.

Anthony Bass dropped to 2-3 on the year after allowing five runs, four earned, on eight hits and three walks while striking out two in four frames. The right-hander has lost his last three decisions and has given up nine runs on 14 hits, including three homers, across his last eight innings. Bass had allowed seven runs total over his first five starts and has seen his ERA climb from 2.19 to 3.86.

Nick Schmidt returned to action after ending up on the disabled list with elbow inflammation after his April 27 start. He worked one inning of relief, giving up one run on two hits while striking out two. Schmidt sports a 6.11 ERA across five outings and has seen left-handed hitters swat .412 off him early in the season. Right-handed hitters have batted .204 off the southpaw.

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