Padres Prospect Report: May 21, 2009

Chad Huffman goes yard for the sixth time in his last 13 while Mike Ekstrom has been a stud in relief. Ernesto Frieri continues to put in quality outings with another win. Wynn Pelzer provides the Storm with a tremendous start when they need it most. Stiven Osuna posts shutout ball while Dan Robertson and Jaff Decker pace the offense.

Portland (21-20) won 6-4 over Nashville (Brewers)

Chad Huffman banged out his ninth homer of the season – a three-run shot which tied the game at 3-3 in the fourth. The outfielder also drew a walk and scored a pair of runs. Huffman did, however, ground into a double play. Huffman has gone yard in two straight and has taken one deep in six of his last 13. He is hitting .327 over his last 16 games with 17 RBI over that span. The right-handed hitter has his seven of his nine homers off right-handed pitching.

Mike Ekstrom worked a pair of scoreless innings, working to the minimum after giving up a one out single that was wiped away by a double play grounder in his second frame. In 17 relief appearances, Ekstrom has compiled a 1.35 ERA, giving up 14 hits in 26.2 innings. The right-hander has notched a double play grounder in four straight appearances. He has given up runs in four of his relief outings but never more than a single run.

Eliezer Alfonzo smacked his sixth homer of the year in the eighth inning – a two-run blast. It was the lone hit of the day for the backstop who also threw out the only runner attempting to steal. Alfonzo has homered in successive games and has an extra base hit in three straight. He also has notched three multi-hit games in his last five. Alfonzo has thrown out six of the 24 base runners attempting to steal – good for 25 percent.

San Antonio (20-20) won 2-1 over Corpus Christi (Astros)

Mike Adams got the start – his first action since returning from surgery for a labrum tear performed on October 17. He went one inning, giving up one hit and a walk while striking out two, tossing 21 pitches. Adams posted a 2-3 record and a 2.48 ERA across 54 appearances with the Padres a season ago. In 65.1 innings, he yielded 49 hits and 19 walks while striking out 74.

Ernesto Frieri moved to 5-1, tossing scoreless ball across five innings. The right-hander surrendered one hit and a walk, striking out five. Frieri has won four straight games and five straight decisions. He has given up two runs or less in seven straight outings, going at least five frames in six straight. Frieri has allowed three hits or less in four outings.

Craig Cooper had three hits, cranking out his ninth and 10th doubles, but did not figure into the scoring. It is the second time this year he has notched multiple extra base hits in a game. Cooper has five games with three or more hits and 19 multi-hit games overall. Cooper has a .417 average this season with the bases empty and is hitting .490 when he works the count into his favor.

Lake Elsinore (23-18) won 7-2 over Lancaster (Astros)

After a 17-inning game the night before, the Storm bullpen needed a strong performance from its starter on Thursday. They got it and more from Wynn Pelzer. Given a pitch count of 105 – "how about 130" Pelzer asked the night before – the right-hander surrendered a single hit while striking out nine in his first seven innings before giving up three hits and a walk in his next two-thirds. Pelzer ended up with 10 strikeouts and eight ground ball outs while giving up two runs across 7.2 innings. It is the fourth time in eight starts that he has allowed two runs or less, as he moved to 6-1.

Cliff Floyd was the only batter the first time through the lineup that recorded an out – as the Storm notched eight hits and a walk around him. Floyd did reach in the opening frame, drawing a walk in his second plate appearance of the inning. Floyd went 0-for-3, striking out once. Brad Chalk, on the other hand, had two hits in the first inning, doubling and scoring and adding a RBI single to cap the seven-run frame. The outfielder has 32 hits in his last 86 at-bats – a .372 average. The leadoff hitter has scored 16 runs in his last 19 contests.

Colt Morton, who tied the game at 2-2 in the 16th by scoring a run, got the starting nod in place of Luis Martinez who strained a quad the night before. Morton doubled in two in his first at-bat and added a double in the fifth to cap a 2-for-4 night. Morton had been hitless in his first seven at-bats of the season and had just one start since coming off the disabled list. Morton is a career .239 hitter with 75 homers in 445 games. He also has received 16 at-bats at the major league level with San Diego.

Fort Wayne (26-14) won 7-5 over Beloit (Twins)

Stiven Osuna fired blanks over six innings to pick up his second win, yielding five hits and a walk while striking out five. The right-hander also notched 10 ground ball outs. Osuna has held the opposition to one run over his last 11 innings. He has given up one run or less while going at least five innings in three outings. The leadoff hitter of an inning is reaching base at a .487 clip versus Osuna.

Dan Robertson reached base four times, drawing a walk, singling and tripling with the bases loaded in the second inning to account for his three RBI. The outfielder also swiped his sixth base in seven attempts. Robertson extended his hitting streak to six games and his on base streak to nine. He is hitting .333 over his last 12 games with eight RBI. He has notched a multi-hit game in three of his last four with five runs scored in his last four and five RBI in his last two.

Jaff Decker cracked his fifth homer of the season, a two-run shot in the eighth. He also drew a walk, added a single and scored twice. The outfielder has reached base safely in 20 straight games, hitting .343 over that span with a .506 on-base percentage. Decker also had 15 RBI and 16 runs scored over that span, drawing 19 walks compared to 16 strikeouts. He has scored seven runs in his last five games.

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