Padres Prospect Report: June 2, 2009

Will Venable goes yard twice – for the third time this year - and is on his way to the bigs. Corey Kluber was sharp over 6.2 in Petco and Angel Mercado launches one out of the yard. Michael Watt gets a start while James Darnell hits his seventh bomb. Marlon Claveria gets the DSL Padres' third win and Adan Velazquez triples and scored twice.

Portland (26-27) won 8-4 over Las Vegas (Dodgers)

Will Venable swatted a pair of homers, hitting a two-run homer in the opening frame and adding a three-run bomb in the sixth. It is the third time this year that he has collected two homers in a game – accomplishing the feat twice in the last seven games. His two homers with men on base matched what he had done all year – as eight of his initial 10 homers were solo shots. Venable's five RBI set a season-high. The last time he notched five RBI came on August 18, 2006 while playing with Fort Wayne.

With Scott Hairston injured and Drew Macias getting hit by a pitch in Portland's game that has forced him to get X-Rays on Wednesday, Venable has been called up to the big leagues.

Josh Banks was charged with four runs on seven hits and a season-high five walks over 5.2 innings, striking out four. He has issued a free pass to three or more on four occasions in six starts. The right-hander had surrendered four earned runs over his previous 26 innings of work – a sparkling 1.38 ERA. Fourteen of the 17 runs he has allowed have come on the road.

Eulogio De La Cruz gave up a single and a walk but also got an inning ending double play in his lone inning of work while also netting a strikeout. The right-hander has given up runs in five of his 10 appearances but has secured seven double play grounders – netting a rally killer once every three and one-third innings. De La Cruz has a 2.57 ERA in relief after posting a 5.40 ERA as a starter.

San Antonio (25-25) had a scheduled day off

Lake Elsinore (29-23) won 7-2 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Playing in Petco Park prior to the Padres game, Corey Kluber stifled the opposition over the first five innings before giving up a solo homer to open the sixth. He yielded just that run and three hits across 6.2 innings, walking three and striking out eight to move to 5-4. Kluber has allowed one run on five hits over his last 13.2 innings. He has held the opposition to two runs or less in six of his 11 starts.

Angel Mercado reached base three times in four appearances, drawing a walk, hitting a double and cranking out a two-run homer in the fourth. He also scored a pair of runs. He has gone yard in two of his last four games and has four doubles over that span. The outfielder has also notched an RBI in four of his last six, plating six over that span. Mercado had just three extra base hits and four RBI across his first 17 games with the Storm.

Everth Cabrera, on a rehab assignment after landing on the 60-day disabled list after sustaining a fractured hamate bone in his left hand in the Padres' 5-4 loss to the Phillies on April 19, had a pair of singles. He also stole second base but was thrown out trying to swipe third in the same frame. Cabrera, a 22-year-old Rule 5 Draft selection, hit .308 in 13 at-bats over six games before his injury.

Fort Wayne (31-20) lost 4-3 to Lansing (Blue Jays)

Michael Watt notched his third start of the year, giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits and a walk while striking out five across four innings. While Watt has limited right-handed hitters to a .226 average, lefties have batted .306 off the southpaw. The leadoff man of an inning sports a .429 on-base percentage. As a starter, Watt has given up 10 runs on eight hits and six walks across 9.1 innings.

James Darnell had one of just three TinCaps hits, smacking a two-run homer in the second inning – his seventh blast of the year. The third baseman did, however, commit his 16th error of the season, allowing for an unearned run to cross – the difference in the game. Darnell has homered in two of his last three games, has an RBI in three straight and a run scored in four straight. Darnell is 10-for-14 over his last four with six extra base hits, four runs scored and seven RBI.

Stiven Osuna took his sixth loss of the year, giving up one run on a solo homer – yielding two hits without walking a batter and striking out six. Osuna had started nine straight games since opening the year with one relief appearance. The right-hander posted a 2-5 mark with a 5.40 ERA in 36.2 innings as a starter, allowing 47 hits and 14 walks. The leadoff man of an inning has a .455 on-base percentage off him.

DSL Padres (3-0) won 6-2 over DSL Cubs 1

Juan Herrera worked three innings, giving up one run on two hits and a walk while striking out four. The right-hander went 0-3 with a 5.93 ERA last season for the DSL Padres. In 30.1 innings, the Dominican native allowed 25 hits while issuing 31 walks and striking out 28. He held the opposition to a .223 average against and limited them to a .167 average with runners in scoring position.

Marlon Claveria, a native of Guatemala, fired blanks over four frames, yielding four hits and two walks while striking out one and notching six ground ball outs, including a double play grounder. A 6-foot-3 right-hander, Claveria earned the victory while facing 15 batters – assisted by tagging a runner out at home on a pitch that got by the catcher.

Adan Velazquez had one hit in four trips, collecting his first triple while adding an RBI and two runs scored. The 19-year-old infielder, a Mexico native, has scored a run and notched an RBI in each of his three games to begin the year, scoring five times and adding four RBI. Velazquez has played second and third base already this year.

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