Padres Prospect Report: May 22, 2009

Will Inman makes his Triple-A debut and Vince Sinisi ties the game in the bottom of the ninth. Mike Baxter collects five hits and four RBI to help the Missions win a slugfest. Corey Kluber allows all four of his runs in one inning, as the offense struggles mightily. Eduardo Perez makes his system debut while Dan Robertson and Jeudy Valdez do damage from the top of the order.

Portland lost 5-4 to Nashville (Brewers) in 11 innings

Will Inman went 5.2 innings in his Triple-A debut, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits and two walks while striking out a season-high nine in a 104-pitch effort. Four of the six hits went for extra bases, including a pair of solo homers. The right-hander went 4-1 with a 3.05 ERA across eight starts with Double-A San Antonio. In 44.1 innings, he allowed 33 hits, walked eight and struck out 36.

Vince Sinisi came through with a pinch-hit single in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at 4-4. Sinisi missed the first 40 games of the season while on the disabled list with a wrist strain. In two previous seasons with Portland (2007-08), Sinisi compiled a .297 batting average with 33 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs, 70 RBIs and 66 runs scored in 160 games. Sinisi has played in more than 80 games just once during his six-year career.

Emil Brown reached base four times, going 3-for-4 with a walk. He also collected his 13th double and hit an eighth inning homer – a solo shot. He reached third base in the bottom of the ninth but would be stranded. All of Brown's homers have been solo shots. The outfielder came into the game hitting .180 over his previous 14 games. Ten of his last 15 hits, however, have gone for extra bases.

San Antonio won 9-8 over Frisco (Rangers)

Mike Baxter was a perfect 5-for-5 on Friday night, scoring a pair of runs, notching his 17th double, and driving in four. Baxter also swiped his fourth bag. Baxter leads the Texas League in doubles and stands third with 35 RBI. His .350 average also stands fifth – with two teammates in front of him. Baxter is 20-for-51 with runners in scoring position – a .392 average. He has a multi-hit game in three straight and five of his last seven.

Luis Durango reached base four times and scored each time. He had two hits and a pair of walks while adding his 21st stolen base of the year in 30 attempts. Durango has been caught seven times in his last 14 attempts after stealing 13 in his first 15. It is the seventh time this season he has scored multiple runs in a game. The outfielder has upped his on-base percentage to .437 on the season – fifth best in the Texas League – and his 356 average stands fourth.

Evan Scribner picked up his eighth save of the year in nine opportunities, giving up a hit and striking out two. The right-hander has allowed runs in four of his 17 appearances this season while holding the opposition to a .173 average against. Right-handed hitters have batted just .122 off him and he has held opponents to two hits in 15 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Lake Elsinore lost 4-1 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Corey Kluber was on the hook for four runs on eight hits and two walks over seven innings, striking out five. All of the runs scored in the fourth inning, including one off the bat of All-Star Vladimir Guerrero. Kluber has given up four runs or more in four straight outings, surrendering five runs or more three times. The opposition is hitting .478 off him with runners in scoring position and two outs.

Neil Jamison worked a pair of scoreless innings, giving up one hit while notching four ground ball outs. It was the first time this season that the right-hander has gone at least an inning and two-thirds without allowing a run. He had given up runs in each of his three previous outings of that length or more. Jamison has allowed runs in five of his nine appearances with Lake Elsinore.

Colt Morton had one of just three Storm hits – with one also coming off the bat of Cliff Floyd and the third a Yefri Carvajal single – and was the only one to score. Morton touched home thanks to a passed ball. Morton also threw out one of the two runners attempting to take an extra base. Morton has scored a run in three straight games and four of five overall. He had one string of four straight that he scored in last season with Portland – not scoring in more than two straight during any other stretch across two leagues.

Fort Wayne won 13-7 over Beloit (Twins)

Dan Robertson put four more hits on the board in six at-bats, hitting his third homer and driving in two. Robertson did, however, commit his first error of the year that helped lead to four unearned runs. Robertson now has seven RBI in his last three games and has homered in two of his last three. Robertson has also scored in five straight, going 11-for-23 over that span.

Eduardo Perez made his system debut, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks across an inning and two-thirds while striking out one. He was pulled with a man on – an inherited runner that would not score. Perez, acquired in the Greg Maddux deal last season, had been in extended spring. The right-hander is 7-8 with a 3.50 ERA across 92.2 innings across four minor league seasons, striking out 84.

Jeudy Valdez went 3-for-6 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored out of the leadoff spot. The infielder is hitting .310 across six games when he bats out of the leadoff spot, notching four doubles and nine hits over that span. All four of the two-baggers have come over his last three games. Valdez has recorded three multi-hit games in his last five after netting four such games in his first 32.

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