Padres Prospect Report: May 24, 2009

Sean Kazmar continues to roll while Chris Britton continues to get steamrolled. Cedric Hunter has four hits but Cesar Carrillo can't hold an early three-run lead. Cory Luebke is brilliant over eight strong and has help from Angel Mercado. Allan Dykstra has turned the corner and Matt Clark is still driving the runs in.

Portland (22-22) lost 8-6 to Nashville (Brewers)

Sean Kazmar extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a solo homer in the sixth. He also added a second RBI with a ground out in the eighth. Kazmar has upped his average from .143 to .216 across the life of the streak, going 12-for-32 – a .375 average – with five extra base hits. The shortstop has struggled with men on base, hitting .140 in those situations through the season. Kazmar leads Pacific Coast League shortstops with a .982 fielding percentage.

Wade LeBlanc went five innings, giving up three runs on nine hits without a walk while striking out four. The southpaw threw 84 pitches after missing a start and being placed on a pitch count in his previous outing. Four of the hits went for extras, including a solo homer. LeBlanc has gone five games without notching a decision. The homer he allowed was his seventh – six of those, including the one on Sunday, have been solo shots.

Christopher Britton took the loss, surrendering four runs, three earned, on four hits and a walk in his lone inning. He tossed 26 pitches. The opposition is hitting .406 off the right-hander across two leagues with 39 hits in 20.2 innings. Britton sports a 2.27 WHIP across Double-A and Triple-A this season and carries a 10.45 ERA through 15 appearances. The opposition has 15 hits in 34 at-bats with runners in scoring position, a .441 mark.

San Antonio (22-21) lost 4-3 to Frisco (Rangers)

The Missions scored three runs in the opening frame, sending eight batters to the plate. Unfortunately, they would not score the rest of the day. Cedric Hunter led off the game with a single – part of a four hit afternoon. He has batted out of the leadoff spot in three games and boasts a .400 average from that spot. Hunter is hitting .349 across his last 20 games with 15 runs scored.

Cesar Carrillo took the loss, giving up four runs, three earned, on five hits and two walks while striking out three across 5.1 innings. He tossed 91 pitches, seeing runs cross in the fourth, fifth and sixth. Carrillo hit his sixth batter of the year but also notched his seventh double play grounder. He has walked 20 batters compared to 23 strikeout on the season in 51 frames. Carrillo has struck out more than three in an outing twice in nine starts.

Tim Stauffer came on with a pair aboard and stranded both inherited runners. He went on to toss an inning and two-thirds scoreless, striking out two and not allowing a base runner. Stauffer has stranded all three runners he has inherited this year. The right-hander has allowed one run across 9.1 innings – holding the opposition to a .147 average. He has not given up a two-out hit with runners on base.

Lake Elsinore (24-20) won 6-0 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Cory Luebke earned win number five with eight innings of scoreless ball. The southpaw gave up just one hit, walked two and struck out three, netting 13 ground ball outs. The bullpen completed the Storm's third shutout of the year. Luebke has given up three runs across his last three starts and has allowed two runs or less in six of nine overall. He has held the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .196 on-base percentage.

Angel Mercado pounded out four hits, including three extra base hits, to pace the offense. He doubled twice and hit his second homer of the season while adding his third stolen base. Mercado has an RBI in three straight games and four of his six extra base hits in High-A have come over that span. Both of his homers have come when leading off an inning, where he is hitting .429. Mercado is batting just .174 with runners in scoring position for the Storm.

Logan Forsythe went yard for the sixth time this season, hitting a two-run blast in the sixth inning. He also walked in five plate appearances but did commit his seventh error of the year. Forsythe paces the California League with a .481 on-base percentage and is fourth with 34 runs scored. Since not reaching base for the first time every professionally on May 16, Forsythe is 10-for-24 with four walks. He has scored a run in four straight and has homered in two of his last three.

Fort Wayne (28-15) won 6-3 over Quad Cities (Cardinals)

Allan Dykstra reached base four times with a pair of singles and two walks. The first baseman also scored twice and recorded his 21st RBI. Dykstra is in the midst of a six-game hitting streak and has scored a run in five straight. He also has a hit in 11 of his last 12 and has been on base safely in 18 straight. Dykstra is hitting .328 over that span with 20 hits and 22 walks along with nine extra base hits.

Matt Clark carved out three hits in five at-bats, including the lone extra base hit for the TinCaps – a double. He scored once and pushed his RBI total to 33 on the season with another two on Sunday. Clark is tied for fifth in the Midwest League with 20 extra base hits and is tied for second in RBI. He has notched an RBI in three straight, plating six over that span. He has 11 games with two or more RBI.

Simon Castro picked up the victory to move to 2-2. The right-hander allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits and two walks while striking out four over six frames. Castro has not allowed more than two earned runs in four straight games and has held the opposition to two earned or less in seven of his nine outings. Castro, a righty, has held right-handed hitters to a .194 average. Castro's 2.61 ERA over his last six outings has lowered the cumulative ERA from 5.56 to 3.40.

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