Padres Prospect Report: May 25, 2009

Matt Buschmann has successive solid outings while Craig Stansberry gets on the board. Craig Cooper hits a late homer but it isn't enough in a loss. Jeremy McBryde is money over seven strong outings and gets backing from Felix Carrasco and Yefri Carvajal. Blake Tekotte busts out while the saves pile up for Brad Brach.

Portland won 2-1 over Memphis (Cardinals)

Matt Buschmann moved to 2-4 after giving up one run on five hits and four walks while fanning five in 6.1 innings. The right-hander also hit a pair of batters but induced three double play grounders during a 93-pitch effort. He had not induced a single rally killer in his first five outings. Buschmann has allowed one run in each of his past two starts after allowing five runs or more in three straight. He has walked three or more three times this year.

Craig Stansberry reached base twice and accounted for both Portland runs. He hit a solo homer in the opening frame – his first of the year - and drew a walk and scored in the sixth. Stansberry has scored three runs over his last two games after scoring just four runs in his first 27. Stansberry had gone 13 games without an RBI but has not struck out once over his last 11.

Edwin Moreno gave up three straight singles with one out in the ninth before netting a strikeout and fly out to pick up save number three in as many opportunities. The right-hander has seen the opposition hit .310 off him during Triple-A play but has allowed just one run in seven innings. He has limited the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .167 average.

San Antonio lost 5-4 to Frisco (Rangers)

Craig Cooper capped a late bid at a comeback with a three-run homer in the top of the ninth to close within one – his lone hit of the day and fifth bomb of the season. Three of his five homers have come during day games and all have come off right-handed pitching. Cooper has an RBI in four straight, driving in nine over that span. The first baseman extended his hitting streak to eight games.

Nathan Culp dropped to 2-4 after giving up five runs, three earned, on six hits across four innings. He gave up a two-run homer during a 57-pitch outing – with all runs coring with two outs. Culp has given up five or more runs in four of his nine starts. This was the first start since May 27, 2007 while with Fort Wayne that he has not recorded a strikeout.

Mike DeMark worked a scoreless inning of relief, walking one and striking out a pair. The right-hander has not allowed an earned run across his last 11.1 innings – giving up just five hits over that span while striking out 13. He has limited the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .182 on-base percentage and is holding left-handed hitters to a .118 average. He has struck out at least one batter in nine straight outings.

Lake Elsinore won 5-1 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Jeremy McBryde won his fifth, allowing one run on four hits and a walk over seven strong. The right-hander's lone mistake went as a solo homer, as he struck out seven. McBryde did commit his second error of the year. He has given up a homer in four straight games and in six of eight overall. McBryde has limited the opposition to two runs or less in six of eight and one run or less in four of those.

Felix Carrasco had three of the Storm's eight hits, smacking his ninth double and driving in two. The first baseman had been in a 1-for-13 slump coming into the game. Carrasco has notched seven games with multiple RBI and has six games with three or more hits. The switch-hitter is batting .320 off right-handers and .267 off left-handers. Carrasco has 10 extra base hits in his last 19 games after netting seven in his first 19.

Yefri Carvajal smacked his fourth homer of the season, a solo shot in the fourth. He did, however, ground into a double play for the seventh time this season. Carvajal is in the midst of a six-game hitting streak, going 9-for-23 – a .391 average. Carvajal is hitting .474 during the fourth inning of games this season, going 9-for-19 – his best inning by far.

Fort Wayne won 7-4 over Quad Cities (Cardinals)

Blake Tekotte had two hits in four at-bats out of the nine-hole in the lineup, scoring a run and driving in two. The outfielder also swiped his 10th base of the year in 13 attempts. It had, however, been 21 games since he last attempted thievery. His multi-hit game snapped a 0-for-17 skid – plus two errors defensively - that saw his average drop under .200 for the first time since April 18.

Erik Davis earned his fourth win, giving up two runs on two hits and a hit batsman while striking out five in 3.1 innings of relief. The right-hander has given up six runs over his last 5.1 innings after allowing six runs over his first 17.1 – seeing his ERA spike from 2.08 to 3.57. He has held the leadoff hitter of an inning to three hits in 22 at-bats and is limiting right-handers to a slim .143 average.

Brad Brach picked up his 13th save in 14 chances, giving up one hit and striking out one. The hit was just the ninth he has surrendered across 21 innings of work, as he holds a 0.52 WHIP. Right-handed hitters have a .122 on-base percentage against Brach and he has held the opposition to five hits in 49 at-bats with the bases empty.

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