Padres Prospect Report: May 17, 2009

Cesar Ramos pitches another solid game and is rewarded this time. Will Inman has another magical outing while Mike Baxter provides the offense. Corey Kluber is hit hard and Neil Jamison has been hit hard all year. Anthony Bass finds his groove while Nick Schumacher makes a solid debut.

Portland (18-20) won 3-2 over New Orleans (Marlins)

Cesar Ramos allowed one run on three hits and three walks while striking out two across 5.1 innings, moving to 2-3 on the year. He had one mistake pitch that resulted in a solo homer during an 84-pitch afternoon. Ramos also singled and scored in the pivotal third. The southpaw has allowed two runs or less in five of his eight starts but has lost two of those contests. Ramos has held the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .239 on-base percentage.

All of Portland's runs came in the third inning and Matt Antonelli had a hand in all of it. He had a two-run, two-our double and came around to score on a subsequent single. They were the first two RBI of the season for the second baseman. He has four hits in his first 26 at-bats to begin the year, although he has scored a run in four straight. Antonelli has yet to draw a walk in six games and has fanned just once.

Edwin Moreno moved into the closer's role on Sunday and notched his first save of the year, giving up one hit in a scoreless ninth while also turning a double play. Moreno posted a 0.61 ERA across 14.2 innings with the Padres this spring, giving up four hits and a walk while fanning 13. The right-hander had 18 saves a season ago in Portland and 26 overall across two leagues.

San Antonio (17-20) won 2-0 over Corpus Christi (Astros)

Will Inman twirled the rock magically over seven innings, yielding just two hits and a walk while striking out seven in an 86-pitch effort to earn his fourth victory. It was the third time this year he has allowed three hits or less, although he did plunk his seventh batter of the year. The Texas League leader in innings pitched with 44.1 has walked just eight batters this season after leading the circuit a year ago. Inman has held the opposition to a .186 average with runners in scoring position.

Evan Scribner finished off the Missions second shutout of the season. Needing just six pitches, the right-hander struck out one and retired the side in order to earn his sixth save of the year. Scribner has allowed runs in three of his 14 relief appearances and is holding the opposition to a .153 average. He has faced the minimum in three of his last four outings and six overall.

Mike Baxter was responsible for all of the scoring, plating a run and scoring another. He had three hits, including a pair of doubles. His 16 doubles pace the Texas League – three more than his closest competitor. He is also third in the circuit in extra base hits with 18. Ten of his doubles have come over his last 12 games, as the outfielder is hitting .353 over his last 16.

Lake Elsinore (21-16) lost 7-3 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Justin Baum went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a run scored, and an RBI. He was also cited for his fourth error of the year. Baum has consecutive multi-hit games for the first time this season with an RBI in three straight and four runs scored over his last three. A right-handed hitter, Baum is hitting .342 off lefties but just .191 off righties. While he is hitting .320 with runners on base, Baum has a .167 average with runners in scoring position.

Corey Kluber suffered his third loss, giving up five runs, three earned, on eight hits and a walk while striking out eight and netting seven ground ball outs. After allowing two runs or less in four of his first five starts, Kluber has been on the hook for five runs or more in his last three. He did match his season-high for strikeouts but the opposition has notched a .313 average off him with runners in scoring position.

Neil Jamison worked two-thirds of an inning, exiting after surrendering a two-run homer. He was also called for a balk. The right-hander has given up runs in four of his seven appearances with the Storm, allowing 15 hits and three walks in 9.1 innings. Across two leagues, Jamison has yielded 26 hits and 14 runs in 15.1 frames. Jamison gave up one homer across 29 appearances a season ago; he has given up two in his last four outings.

Fort Wayne (23-13) won 5-1 over South Bend (Diamondbacks)

Anthony Bass evened his record at 3-3, yielding two hits and a walk while striking out four and getting eight ground ball outs across six scoreless frames. It is the third time this year that he has worked scoreless ball over six frames while yielding three hits or less. Bass has seen the leadoff man of an inning reach base at a .436 clip but has held the opposition to a .233 average with runners in scoring position.

Nick Schumacher, replacing Tom Davis who went on the disabled list with an elbow injury, worked two scoreless innings, giving up three hits, hitting a batter, and striking out two. Schumacher split last season between short-season Eugene and the Arizona Rookie League, going 4-2 with a 4.02 ERA across 25 appearances. In 40.1 innings, the right-hander gave up 39 hits, walked eight and struck out 38.

Allan Dykstra didn't record a hit but still managed to drive in a pair of runs. The first baseman plated a run with a sacrifice fly in the third and added a bases loaded walk for his second RBI. Dykstra drew two free passes on Sunday and has drawn 33 walks in 34 games. While he is hitting .206 on the season, Dykstra maintains a .409 on-base percentage. He is also hitting .375 with the bases loaded with nine RBI in eight at-bats.

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