Padres Prospect Report: May 19, 2009

Josh Banks is dynamite in relief and Sean Kazmar tops the Mendoza Line. Cory Luebke pitches a gem and Lance Zawadzki steals the show in Cliff Floyd's first game on rehab. Simon Castro tosses his best outing of the season and Matt Clark provides the heroics in the ninth.

Portland (20-20) won 5-1 over New Orleans (Marlins)

Wade LeBlanc was lifted after two innings due to a strict pitch count, tossing 31, including 23 for strikes. The left-hander missed his last start due to biceps tendonitis. He allowed one run – coming on a solo homer – on two hits and struck out one. LeBlanc is giving up 1.7 homers per nine innings pitched this season, although five of the six he has surrendered have been solo blasts. He has kept the opposition to a .207 average with runners in scoring position.

Josh Banks came on in relief and delivered six innings of shutout ball to move to 2-3 – giving them eight straight wins over New Orleans. The right-hander allowed two hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out five, working to one batter over the minimum. Since giving up four runs in his first outing of the year, Banks has allowed five earned runs over 30 innings – a 1.50 ERA. He has gone five innings or more and allowed one run or less in three outings. The Beavers bullpen has a scoreless streak of 14.1 innings.

Sean Kazmar reached base three times with a walk, single and double – the two-bagger netting him an RBI. He also scored a run. The shortstop pushed his average above .200 to .202 for the first time this season. He has in the midst of a six-game hitting streak where he is 8-for-19 with three doubles. Both of his multi-hit games have come during the current streak. With two errors on the year, Kazmar ranks second in the Pacific Coast League amongst shortstops with a .978 fielding percentage.

San Antonio (18-20) had a scheduled day off

Lake Elsinore (22-17) won 4-1 over Lancaster (Astros)

Lance Zawadzki hit his 10th homer of the year – matching his career totals across 156 games. This bomb came in game 28 for the Storm. The shortstop also doubled in a run in the fourth. It is the fifth time this year that he has recorded multiple extra base hits in a game. Zawadzki is tied for second in the California League in homers and is third in RBI and slugging percentage. He is hitting .412 with runners in scoring position but seven of his homers have come with the bases empty.

Cory Luebke moved to 4-2 on the year, tossing seven innings of one-run ball. The southpaw allowed six hits, walked one and struck out six. He also picked off a runner at second base. The left-hander has allowed two runs or less in five of his eight starts and has not given up a homer all season. He has kept the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .191 average and a .208 on-base percentage.

Cliff Floyd began a rehab assignment with the Storm, playing as the designated hitter and batting third. The slugger has been on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder and a right knee injury. Floyd went 1-for-4, singling in his last at-bat. Floyd went 11-for-32 this spring with the Padres, notching three doubles, a homer and five RBI across 15 games. Floyd is a career .279 hitter with 233 homers across 1,611 games while playing for seven major league teams.

Fort Wayne (25-13) won 6-3 over South Bend (Diamondbacks)

Drew Cumberland returned to the field after missing time with a strained right quad, showing no ill effects before being removed in the bottom of the seventh. The shortstop stole three bases from the two-hole in the lineup, singled, drew a walk, scored a pair of runs and knocked in his 10th run. Cumberland, who had been out of action since April 26, is a perfect 7-for-7 in the stolen base category. His three thefts matched a career-high set on April 14 last season. It was the fifth time in 15 contests that Cumberland has scored twice in a game.

Simon Castro was lights out across five innings of relief, pitching to just one over the minimum. He yielded one hit, did not walk a batter and struck out four. It is the fourth time this year that he has given up one run or less while going at least 4.1 innings. Since issuing 10 walks in his first three starts, Castro has allowed five over his last five outings. He has held right-handed hitters to a .163 average.

Matt Clark doubled in the eventual winning run in the top of the ninth and came around to score the third TinCaps run, providing the margin of victory. Clark also added a run-scoring single in the seventh to cap a two-RBI night. He struck out in his other three at-bats. He has had nine games with multiple RBI and is 4-for-8 with three runs scored and a pair of walks over his last two. Clark has, however, fanned 41 times in 139 at-bats this year.

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