Padres Prospect Report: June 1, 2009

Mike Ekstrom picks up a much-deserved win while Brett Dowdy pounds out a grand slam. Luis Durango makes the winning play – on defense – and Ernesto Frieri is lights out. Wynn Pelzer is shellacked while Cole Figueroa plates three in a close game. Alvaro Aristy goes yard and Pedro Martinez has a professional first.

Portland (25-27) won 12-10 over Fresno (Giants)

Mike Ekstrom worked 2.1 scoreless innings to pick up his third win of the year – the only Portland pitcher not to surrender any runs. He gave up one hit and struck out two while stranding two inherited runners. Ekstrom has kept 14 of the 16 runners he has inherited this year off the plate. He has allowed two runs over his last 18 innings and sports a 1.15 ERA as a reliever.

Brett Dowdy hit a grand slam in the second inning as part of a seven-run frame. It was his only hit of the game on a 1-for-6 night but did the most damage. The utility man came into the game with one hit in five at-bats with the bases loaded. His last grand slam came on August 24, 2008 while with the same Beavers club. Eight of his 13 RBI have come over two games.

Will Inman nearly gave away a six-run lead in the fourth when five runs crossed. In 3.2 innings, the right-hander saw six runs cross on eight hits and three walks and a hit batsman while striking out three. Six of the eight hits went for extra bases, including a homer. He has given up five homers and 13 extra base hits in three Portland starts; the Virginia native surrendered 10 extra base hits and three homers over eight starts in Double-A San Antonio.

San Antonio (25-25) won 2-1 over Arkansas (Angels)

Luis Durango may not get the tally in the books but it was the center fielder that earned the save. With the bases loaded and one out in the ninth, Durango – playing in – took a shallow pop in the air and fired it home slightly up the third base line to nail Ben Johnson at the plate, ending the game and giving San Antonio the win. The outfield assist was his fifth, tying him for fourth most in the Texas League. Durango also tripled – his first of the year – and scored a run.

Ernesto Frieri mowed down the opposition for six scoreless innings, giving up three hits and two walks while striking out five in an 85-pitch effort that resulted in a no-decision. It was the eighth time in 10 outings that he has allowed two runs or less and the seventh time he has given up one run or less. Frieri has held the opposition to a .216 on-base percentage to leadoff an inning and has given up just two hits in 20 at-bats with runners in scoring position and two outs.

Evan Scribner picked up his ninth save of the year in 10 opportunities, but it wasn't easy. He loaded the bases with one out before getting a double play line out. He walked two for the second time this year – after going 12 frames without issuing a free pass. Scribner has faced the minimum in seven of his 20 appearances this year. He has not given up a hit or an RBI in five at-bats with the bases loaded this season.

Lake Elsinore (28-23) lost 9-8 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Wynn Pelzer was tagged for eight runs, six earned, on 10 hits and a walk across five innings of work, striking out two, hitting a batter and tossing a wild pitch. After not giving up more than three earned runs since his first outing, Pelzer has given up six or more over his last two. He has allowed 14 runs on 17 hits and four walks over his last 8.1 innings, spiking his ERA from 3.55 to 5.00.

Cole Figueroa, who missed over a month due to a leg injury that also affected him last season, went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI from the fifth spot in the order. It is the first time since Opening Day that the infielder has pushed his average above .205. He came into the game with one double and four RBI on the season. He is, however, hitting .333 with runners in scoring position while posting a .176 mark with the bases empty.

Logan Forsythe went 2-for-3 with a double, triple, two runs scored and two RBI. He also added his first sacrifice fly of the season and was hit by a pitch for the seventh time. The third baseman has three multi-hit games in his last four and has been on base in 13 straight games. Monday was the third time he has notched multiple extra base hits in a contest. He has struck out just once in his last nine games while collecting nine hits and nine walks.

Fort Wayne (31-19) had a scheduled day off

DSL Padres (2-0) won 18-7 over DSL Tigers

Two games into the season and Alvaro Aristy already has seven RBI. The shortstop hit a two-run homer – his first as a professional. He went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk. Both of his hits came during a 12-run fourth. As the second batter of the inning, he went yard, and followed up with a two-run single. He is 4-for-7 to begin the year.

Manuel Nuno went 1-for-3 with a double, three RBI, three walks and three runs scored. The first baseman has drawn six walks through two games with four RBI and five runs scored. Nuno played in 59 games for the DSL Padres a season ago, hitting .183 with 26 RBI. He drew 31 walks compared to 65 strikeouts for a .317 on-base percentage. He drew three walks in a game twice all of last year and his three runs scored bested any one game total from a season ago.

Pedro Martinez got the start, allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits – including a two-run homer. The left-hander accomplished a feat he hadn't done all last year – not walking a batter in one of his outings. Martinez walked 41 batters last season in 49.1 innings. Across 15 games, including eight starts, with the DSL Padres, Martinez posted a 5.11 ERA. He did limit the opposition to a .219 average against.

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