Padres Prospect Report: May 16, 2009

Chad Huffman went yard for the fourth time in his last nine and Scott Patterson picks up his first save. Wynn Pelzer matches a career-high in netting his fifth win while Lance Zawadzki continues to drive them in. Stephen Faris takes his Texas League leading sixth loss. Jaff Decker is the catalyst and James Darnell provides the walk-off.

Portland (17-20) won 6-3 over New Orleans (Marlins)

Chad Huffman had a night of perfection, reaching base in all four of his plate appearances. The outfielder went 2-for-2 and drew a pair of walks, hitting his seventh homer of the season in the fourth. Huffman is hitting .378 over his last 12 games with four homers across his last nine. He has reached base safely in his last 12 as well, compiling more walks (9) than strikeouts (8).

Scott Patterson moved into the closer's role with the departure of Greg Burke to the big league club and picked up his first save. He allowed a pair of singles before getting the final two outs via strikeout. Patterson had been the bridge to the closer and led the team with five holds. He has allowed runs in four of his 15 outings, never yielding more than a single run. He has given up just one hit in 20 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Edwin Moreno pitched two innings in his return to Portland, giving up a walk and striking out one to earn his first hold. The right-hander tossed 23 pitches, inducing four ground ball outs. Moreno made the Padres out of spring and compiled a 1-3 mark with a 4.67 ERA. In 17.1 innings, the right-hander allowed 19 hits and walked 13 while striking out 13. He allowed runs in six of his 16 appearances.

San Antonio (16-20) lost 3-0 to Midland (A's)

On a night that no player recorded a multi-hit contest, Craig Cooper saw his on base streak end at 29 games after going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. Cooper had posted a .473 on-base percentage during the life of the streak. Eric Sogard saw his streak of 21 games reaching base safely come to an end after going 0-for-2. Sogard came on in the seventh inning as a substitute for Jesus Lopez. Sogard had posted a .452 on-base percentage during the streak.

Brian Joynt, who missed more than a month to begin the season due to back spasms he suffered during spring training, played in his second game with the Missions and went 1-for-4 with a double from his third base position. Joynt reached base three times in his first game back, going 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored. Last season in the California League, Joynt hit .304 with 42 extra base hits, 63 runs scored and 67 RBI across 76 games.

Stephen Faris was on the hook for three runs, one earned, on seven hits while striking out two across five innings – victimized by a Lopez error. The loss was his Texas League leading sixth; no other pitcher has more than four. This is, however, the third time this year that he has allowed two earned runs or less and taken a loss – not yielding more than three runs in any of those starts. The Missions have been shutout three times this year, twice coming in Faris starts.

Lake Elsinore (21-15) won 6-1 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Wynn Pelzer matched a career-high with 10 strikeouts, last accomplished on July 28, 2008 while with Fort Wayne, in picking up his fifth win. The right-hander allowed one run on three hits and two walks across 6.2 innings, netting seven ground ball outs as well. It is the third time this season he has held the opposition to one run or less and the third time he has given up three hits or less. He has given up four runs or more in three of his other four starts.

Keoni Ruth had three hits in five trips – all singles – and scored a pair of runs. The infielder also stole his second base in California League play and fourth overall. He has successive multi-hit games across two leagues. Ruth played in 17 Double-A games, hitting 309 with seven runs scored and seven RBI. He had six multi-hit games. With the Storm, Ruth has a pair of three-hit games in five overall.

Lance Zawadzki's seventh inning double plated a pair of runs, giving the shortstop 30 RBI in 25 games played. He jumped to second in the circuit in the category, despite playing in fewer games than anyone on the list. Zawadzki has eight multi-RBI games to his credit and has clubbed eight extra base hits in his last seven games with four doubles, two triples and two homers. He is hitting .452 with runners in scoring position.

Fort Wayne (22-13) won 3-2 over South Bend (Diamondbacks) in 10 innings

James Darnell drew a bases loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the 10th to provide the ‘walk' off win. The third baseman also had a pair of singles and plated a run earlier in the game. Darnell atoned for his double play grounder earlier in the contest. It is the sixth time this season that he has recorded a multi-RBI game, despite a .205 average with runners in scoring position.

Jaff Decker was the catalyst behind the victory, singling with one out in the 10th. It was his third hit of the day, as the outfielder added run scoring single in the third and a base knock in the eighth. It was his second straight game with three hits and upped his on base streak to 17 games. Decker has been on base 2.2 times per game during the streak with 20 hits and 17 walks. He is hitting .455 when he bats second in the lineup, as he did on Saturday.

Stiven Osuna worked five innings, giving up one run on five hits and a walk while netting nine ground ball outs. The right-hander did hit three batters. It was just the second time in seven starts that he has gone five innings or more and allowed two runs or less. Osuna has hit six batters this season after hitting five in 70.1 innings last season.

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