Padres Prospect Report: June 4, 2009

Matt Buschmann is great over five but implodes in the sixth. Nobody is hotter than the Mat Latos – Mike Baxter combination – winners of MadFriars.com Pitcher and Player of the Month for May, respectively. Simon Castro takes his fourth loss. Erick Ojeda has a solid start but the DSL Padres offense is dormant.

Portland (27-28) lost 8-6 to Las Vegas (Dodgers)

Matt Buschmann had three double play grounders through five scoreless innings but was tagged for six hits and a walk in the sixth that led to all five runs against. His final line across six innings – five runs on eight hits and three walks with two strikeouts. It is the sixth time in 11 starts that Buschmann has surrendered five runs or more. He has also walked at least three batters in five outings.

Arturo Lopez allowed three runs on four hits and a walk across an inning of work, seeing two runs cross before he recorded his first out. Lopez has allowed runs in three straight outings after giving up runs in two of his first 12 appearances. The left-hander has seen six runs cross on six hits and three walks over a 2.2 inning span. Lopez has walked 11 on the season but came into the game holding the opposition to a .174 average.

Chad Huffman's ninth inning single that scored a pair of runs began a five-run rally – as the Beavers batted around but still came up short. Huffman also added a double in four at-bats. The outfielder has three multi-hit games in his last four with three doubles; he had just three doubles across his first 47 games. Huffman is hitting .317 with runners in scoring position.

San Antonio (26-26) won 8-1 over Springfield (Cardinals)

Mat Latos continues to roll. The right-hander posted zeroes over 6.2 innings, giving up five hits and a walk while striking out eight in a 93-pitch effort to move to 2-0 in Double-A. Latos has given up one run in 17.2 innings with the Missions and two runs in 43 frames across two leagues – an impeccable 0.42 ERA in seven starts. Latos had not allowed more than three hits in any start prior to Thursday.

Mike Baxter continues to reach base at an amazing clip. The outfielder was on four times, drawing three walks and hitting a three-run homer in the top of the first. He also scored three times. Baxter extended his hitting streak to 14 games with the first inning blast. He is 29-for-50 over the life of the streak – a .580 average – with 11 walks for a .672 on-base percentage. Baxter also has 18 RBI and 16 runs scored during that span.

Lance Zawadzki had a pair of doubles in five trips, clearing the bases in the third and netting his fourth RBI with his seventh inning two-bagger. It is the third time this season he has posted a four-RBI game across two leagues. Zawadzki has netted multiple extra base hits in six different games this season – his two doubles his first extra base hits in Double-A. He did ground into his second double play with the Missions after not netting a rally killer in 36 games with Lake Elsinore.

Lake Elsinore (29-24) had a scheduled day off

Fort Wayne (32-21) lost 4-2 to Lansing (Blue Jays)

Simon Castro suffered his fourth loss of the season, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out six over a half dozen innings. The right-hander also hit a pair of batters and tossed his ninth wild pitch, but the big blow came via a three-run homer. Castro has allowed exactly three runs in five of his 11 outings, giving up one run or less four times.

Zach Herr surrendered a solo homer and a walk while fanning one in his lone inning of work. It was just the sixth time in 23 appearances that the left-hander has allowed a run and the second time he has given up a long ball. Three of his six walks on the season have come across his last four games. After throwing 13.1 scoreless innings to open the year, Herr has surrendered 14 runs over his last 12.2 innings.

Robert Lara was hitless in four at-bats and struck out a season high three times in the defeat. He has struck out five times in his last six at-bats after fanning 14 times in his first 68 times up. Lara is in a 3-for-29 slump that has seen his average drop from .244 to .189. He has just two multi-hit contests through 20 games. The backstop has thrown out 9-of-22 base runners attempting to steal – good for 40.9 percent.

DSL Padres (3-2) lost 3-0 to DSL Orioles

After scoring 39 runs in their first three games, the DSL Padres have been shutout in successive contests – limited to two hits in each. Dominican native Felix Cabrera had one of those hits – a single – but also committed his second error in as many games. Cabrera has been on base three times in two games played with a run scored and an RBI.

Erick Ojeda took the loss, despite allowing just one run on six hits across five innings, striking out three and netting eight ground ball outs. The Colombian right-hander posted a 1.21 ERA across 13 games, including four starts, a season ago for the DSL Padres. In 37.1 innings, he allowed 24 hits, walked 17 and struck out 21. He did not allow a single earned run in his nine relief appearances, giving up seven hits in 21.1 innings.

Rayner Contreras, stuck in the Dominican due to problems acquiring a visa, has gone hitless in his first 11 at-bats after going 0-for-4 on Thursday. The infielder hit .309 with High-A Lake Elsinore last season, notching 14 extra base hits and driving in 21 across 54 games. He also drew 21 walks for a .396 on-base percentage and stole 10 bases in 15 attempts. Contreras was, however, sent home for the season in early July after suffering through personal issues both in the states and the Dominican Republic.

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