Padres Prospect Report: May 15, 2009

Arturo Lopez is back in Portland and pitching much better at the Triple-A level. Craig Cooper continues to rack up the bases while Ernesto Frieri impresses again. Logan Forsythe leads the league in several categories and Luis Martinez continues his hitting ways. Jaff Decker's on-base percentage is off the charts again but Nick Schmidt blows a save opportunity and Zach Herr takes the loss.

Portland (16-20) lost 3-2 to Oklahoma City (Rangers)

Emil Brown plated both Portland runs, grounding out with the bases loaded in the top of the third and hitting a double to score a run in the fifth. The outfielder is tied for fourth in the Pacific Coast League with 12 doubles. Brown is hitting .214 over his last games and doesn't have a multi-hit game over his last 10.

Walter Silva took the loss, giving up three runs on seven hits and three walks while fanning one in four innings. He tossed 76 pitches, including 47 for strikes. Since joining Portland, Silva has not made it out of the fifth inning, throwing at least 68 pitches in his last two games. He has walked eight in 11.1 innings and the opposition is hitting .375 off him with runners on.

Arturo Lopez was back in Portland after a brief stint with the big league club. The left-hander worked two scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out two. While Lopez has a 2.76 ERA in 16.1 innings of Triple-A play, the southpaw posted a 19.29 ERA across four appearances with San Diego. In 2.1 innings for the Friars, the Mexico native allowed five runs on seven hits, three walks and a hit batsman.

San Antonio (16-19) won 9-3 over Midland (A's)

Craig Cooper extended his on base streak on Friday to 29 games. The first baseman singles and hit a two-run homer – his third. He also scored a pair of runs and added his fourth stolen base of the season. Cooper has netted eight multi-hit games across his last 13 and is hitting .410 over his last 15. He has scored five runs in his last three games and 13 in his last 13.

Anthony Contreras singled in a pair in the fourth to cap a five-run frame. He also added a sacrifice fly to net him three RBI on the day. It was his second three-RBI game this season. While Contreras has a .188 average with the bases empty, he is hitting .320 with runners in scoring position. His three sacrifice flies lead the team.

Ernesto Frieri improved to 4-1, giving up one run on two hits and four walks while striking out five across five innings. The right-hander threw 99 pitches before exiting. Frieri has allowed two runs or less in six straight starts and has allowed one run or less in five of those outings. It is the second time in three starts that he has walked four or more. He has given up just three hits in 27 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Lake Elsinore (20-15) won 8-5 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Logan Forsythe cracked his fourth homer as part of a two-hit night that included a double, a walk, and an RBI. He has drawn a walk in five straight games – the third time this season he has accomplished the feat. Forsythe leads the California League with a .487 on-base percentage and is tied for the circuit lead with 29 runs scored. His 33 walks on the season are eight more than the next closest player in the league.

Luis Martinez extended his hitting streak to 12 games, going 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI. It was his fourth straight multi-hit game, although he was 0-for-2 throwing out base runners attempting to steal. He is now 17-for-38 throwing out thieves on the base paths. Martinez has 20 hits, including six doubles, in his last 48 at-bats. The backstop did not have an extra base hit over his first 14 games.

Bryan Oland recorded his California League leading 12th save, shutting the door by allowing one hit and striking out one. He has blown just one save on the season and has allowed runs in four of his 16 appearances. Five of his registered saves have spanned more than inning and he has stranded nine of the 11 runners he has inherited. Oland has struck out 9.95 batters per nine innings to begin the season.

Fort Wayne (21-13) lost 9-7 to Great Lakes (Dodgers)

Jaff Decker paced the offense with three hits and a walk, notching a double and a homer. The outfielder scored two runs and had three RBI. Decker has extended his on base streak to 16 games and sports a .513 on-base percentage to begin his Low-A career. This was the first time this season that he has notched multiple extra base hits in a game. All four of his homers have come with the bases empty – where he is hitting .448. Decker is, however, batting just .105 with runners in scoring position.

Nick Schmidt suffered a blown save, giving up two runs on one hit and four walks across two-thirds of an inning. Since giving up three runs over his first eight innings, the left-hander has allowed 12 runs on 14 hits over his last 10.1 frames, seeing his ERA jump from 3.38 to 6.87. Left-handed hitters are swatting .389 off him with a .542 on-base percentage.

Zach Herr suffered the loss, giving up two runs – but none earned – on two hits while striking out two in an inning and one-third. He also stranded two inherited runners. Since not giving up a run across his first 12 appearances and allowing just three hits over that span, the left-hander has surrendered runs in three straight, totaling six runs on eight hits. He does own a 13.5 strikeouts per nine innings ratio.

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