Padres Prospect Report: May 13, 2009

Matt Buschmann suffers another loss and hasn't been crisp all season. Cesar Carrillo struggles but Tim Stauffer looks sharp in his return to action. Jeremy Hefner is roughed up while Luis Martinez continues to hit well. Mat Latos pitches well to send the game into extras while Brad Brach faces one batter and sees the game end.

Portland (16-18) lost 5-1 to Oklahoma City (Rangers)

Sean Kazmar delivered the only run scoring hit with a single in the eighth on a night that saw Portland hitters go 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position. The shortstop also added his first double of the year. It was his first multi-hit game of the year - coming in game 25. He came into the game with four hits in his previous 30 at-bats and only one other extra base hit all season - a grand slam on April 24.

Matt Antonelli, in his second game of the year after spending the beginning of the year rehabbing a knee injury, went 1-for-4 - the same line as in his first game the day before - sans the double. The second baseman hit .215 last year across 128 games with the Beavers, netting 30 extra base hits and 39 RBI while scoring 62 runs. He had a .335 on-base percentage thanks to 76 walks. Antonelli also played in 21 games with San Diego, hitting .192 with a .292 on-base percentage.

Matt Buschmann dropped to 1-4 after allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks across 6.1 innings. The right-hander struck out two and induced 10 ground ball outs in an 88-pitch effort. It marked the fourth time in seven starts that Buschmann has given up five runs or more. He has surrendered 20 runs on 26 hits across his last 13.1 innings. The opposition is hitting a sweltering .410 off him with runners in scoring position, which includes 10 of the 16 hits he has surrendered in that situation going for extra bases.

San Antonio (14-19) lost 7-4 to Midland (A's)

Cesar Carrillo gave up a half dozen runs on seven hits, a walk, and two hit batsman across 4.1 innings. Five of the RBI were surrendered to a single batter during his 63-pitch outing. He gave up a homer – the sixth he has allowed – to tie him for second most yielded in the Texas League. Carrillo has given up at least four runs in five straight starts and five or more runs three times over that span.

Tim Stauffer was back on the hill, pitching competitively for the first time since September 1, 2007 when he gave up three runs, two earned, on nine hits over six. Stauffer had missed the entire 2008 season after having surgery to repair a torn labrum in his throwing arm. The right-hander worked 2.2 scoreless relief innings, giving up one hit and striking out two. He also stranded an inherited runner. Stauffer has had seven relief appearances in a career that began in 2004. He has a career 29-27 mark with a 4.34 ERA in his minor league career across 94 games, including 87 starts.

Craig Cooper extended his on-base streak to 27 games with a single in the opening frame that scored the first run. The first baseman also added a single to open up the ninth and came around to score. Cooper leads the Texas League with 50 hits and is third in on-base percentage. He has 16 multi-hit games across 32 overall, including each of his last three contests. Cooper is hitting .442 over his last 13 games – up from the .370 average he posted across his first 29 contests.

Missions manager Terry Kennedy was ejected in the eighth after the third-base umpire called Durango out on an attempted steal at second base.

Lake Elsinore (18-15) lost 7-4 to Lancaster (Astros)

Jeremy Hefner was on the hook for six runs, five earned, on nine hits while striking out three across five innings. The right-hander had not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his first six starts. Seven of the hits went for extra bases, including six two-baggers. He has yielded 22 extra base hits across 37.1 innings of work. Hefner has allowed more hits than innings pitched in six of his seven starts.

Luis Martinez continues to swing a hot back, upping his hitting streak to 11 games with a pair of hits, including a double. The backstop also drew a walk, added an RBI and went 1-for-2 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal. Martinez has gunned down 17 of the 36 base runners attempting to thieve off him on the season. Martinez is 18-for-44 – a .409 average – over the life of the streak with five doubles and six RBI.

Neil Jamison worked two innings, giving up an unearned run on two hits and a walk while striking out a pair. Jamison has allowed runs in three of his five appearances with the Storm and seven of his 12 across two leagues. The right-hander has had three outings without allowing a base runner, but since working a scoreless inning and one-third to open his California League season, Jamison has given up 12 hits and six runs in six innings.

Fort Wayne (21-11) lost 4-3 to Great Lakes (Dodgers) in 11 innings

Mat Latos surrendered his first run of the year, giving up a solo homer in the seventh inning. The right-hander worked seven innings, giving up jut three hits and striking out seven. Latos came in for the start of the fourth and worked into extra innings. It is the third time this year he has held the opposition to three hits or less while going at least 5.2 innings. Latos has struck better than a batter per inning and has held the opposition to a .117 average.

Brad Brach faced just a single batter before taking the loss in the bottom of the 11th. He gave up a solo homer to the first batter, ending the game on a walkoff and giving Brach his first loss of the year. Brach has surrendered just five hits all season across 13.2 innings and has allowed runs in two of his 15 appearances. The homer was the second extra base hit he has yielded and the first bomb he has allowed as a professional.

James Darnell briefly put the TinCaps ahead 3-2 with a two-run homer – his fourth – in the seventh, only to see it washed away in the bottom half. On a day that no Fort Wayne hitter managed a multi-hit game, Darnell was 1-for-4 with a walk. He has been on base in 11 straight games but has seen his average dip from .267 to .240 without the benefit of a multi-hit game. Darnell matched a season high with three strikeouts but still owns a 31-to-27 walk-to-strikeout ratio.

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