Padres Prospect Report: May 31, 2009

Walter Silva is pounded to the tune of 12 hits and seven runs while Matt Antonelli hits his first homer of the year. Nathan Culp takes loss number five while the red-hot Mike Baxter keeps it up. Jeremy McBryde has been consistent as can be while Yefri Carvajal drives in three. Matt Clark pounds out a pair of homers and Drew Cumberland adds three more hits to his ledger.

Portland (24-27) lost 8-4 to Fresno (Giants)

Walter Silva was on the hook for seven runs, six earned, on 12 hits across six innings, striking out five. Five of the hits he allowed went for extra bases, including a solo homer in the fourth. Silva did not allow double-digit hit totals all of last year in the Mexican League. The last time he allowed 10 or more hits came on June 21, 2007 while playing for Sultanes de Monterrey of the Mexican League. Thirteen of the 32 hits he has given up in Triple-A have gone for extras. Silva went 1-for-2 at the dish and scored the first Portland run.

Matt Antonelli scored the third and final run with a solo homer –his first of the year – in the ninth inning. The second baseman also drew a pair of walks on a 1-for-2 day. Antonelli came into the game with 10 hits in his first 66 at-bats and had been 3-for-28 over his previous eight games. He now has eight walks drawn compared to seven strikeouts in 18 games. Antonelli has just one multi-hit game this season.

Scott Patterson yielded one run on three hits and a walk while striking out two across a pair of innings. It marked the second time this year through 21 appearances that he has allowed runs in successive outings and the first time he has given up earned runs in consecutive games. Patterson has, however, allowed five runs over his last 6.1 innings after giving up four in his first 17.1 frames. He is sporting a 1.77 WHIP with 19 walks and 23 hits allowed in 23.2 innings.

San Antonio (24-25) lost 6-2 to Arkansas (Angels)

Nathan Culp surrendered four runs on 10 hits over 5.1 innings, striking out two and not walking a batter, dropping to 2-5 on the campaign. Three of the hits went for extra bases, including a fifth inning solo homer. It is the first time this season that Culp has given up double-digit hit totals after seeing it happen twice a season ago. He has surrendered more hits than innings pitched in seven of his 10 starts.

Mike Baxter had three of the Missions six hits, falling a homer shy of the cycle and scoring a run. With two more extra base hits, including his 22nd double, Baxter moved to within one of the Texas League leader in that category with 26. He also matched teammate Craig Cooper for the minor league lead in hits with 72 and batting average at .379. Over a hitting streak that has reached 12 games, Baxter is 25-for-42 – a .595 average.

Rolando Valdez worked two scoreless innings, working to the minimum and fanning two. While he issued a walk, the right-hander also netted his first double play grounder of the season. The walk was just his third allowed in 19.1 innings. The Mexico native has allowed one run over his last 9.1 innings, striking out eight to lower his season ERA from 8.10 to 4.66. It is the third time in nine outings that he has worked to the minimum.

Lake Elsinore (27-22*) Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Jeremy McBryde gave up a single run on four hits and a walk while hitting a batter and striking out four across 6.2 innings. The lone run came on a solo homer in the sixth. McBryde also picked off a runner at second. The only runs he has allowed over his last two outings have come on solo blasts. He has allowed two runs or less in seven of his nine outings, going at least five innings six times. It is the sixth time he has allowed four hits or less.

Yefri Carvajal notched three of the four Storm RBI. He singled in a pair with two outs in the first and added a run-scoring single in the third. The outfielder also stole his fifth base of the year in nine attempts. Carvajal has extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Over the course of the streak he is 16-for-43 – a .372 average – with six extra base hits. Carvajal came into the contest with an extra base hit in three straight and four of his previous five.

Brad Chalk contributed three hits, including his seventh double, out of the leadoff spot, adding a walk, two runs scored and an RBI. He also stole his 17th base of the year in as many attempts. It is the ninth time this season that the outfielder has recorded three or more hits in a game. Twelve of his 13 extra base hits on the year have come in his last 25 contests. Chalk is hitting .367 with runners in scoring position and has 21 RBI batting out of the leadoff spot.

Fort Wayne (31-19) won 12-5 over Burlington (Royals)

Matt Clark went yard twice, hitting a three-run homer in the opening frame and adding a two-run shot in the fifth as part of a three-hit, five-RBI game. He also scored three times and drew a walk. Clark pushed himself into the Midwest League lead with 41 RBI and is tied for fifth with 24 extra base hits. It was the first time he has hit two homers in a game as a professional. All seven of his homers have come across his last 30 games after not hitting one in his first 16.

Drew Cumberland added three more hits to his resume, netting a pair of singles and a double. He also drew a walk, scored twice and notched an RBI. Cumberland did, however, ground into a double play for the second time this season. Cumberland has eight hits in his last 13 at-bats and sports a 12-game hitting streak. He is hitting .423 over the life of the streak with a .483 on-base percentage. Cumberland has drawn 14 walks compared to 11 strikeouts.

Erik Davis got the start in place of Rob Musgrave who was moved to the pen and gave up three runs in an inning of work this day. Davis was on the hook for two runs, one earned, on four hits and two walks while striking out five. The right-hander has held right-handed hitters to a .186 average while lefties have managed to hit .326 off him. Davis has limited the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .154 average in 26 at-bats, striking out 11 of those.

DSL Padres (1-0) had a scheduled day off

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