Padres Prospect Report: June 5, 2009

Walter Silva isn't very good but Kyle Blanks bails him out with two homers. Cesar Carrillo gives up three over six. Cory Luebke pitches a complete game, getting help from Logan Forsythe and Colt Morton. All-Star Zach Herr gives up four runs, as does Alexis Lara, after Nick Schmidt tossed blanks. Freddys Henrique is battered across three while Carlos Garcia continues the hot start.

Portland (28-28) won 9-8 over Las Vegas (Blue Jays)

Kyle Blanks hit a three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to complete a six-run inning that brought the Beavers back from an eight-run deficit. It was one of two homers for Blanks, giving him a season-high four RBI and 11 bombs on the year. The slugger also drew two walks. Blanks had just one homer in his previous 22 games. It was his first multi-homer game since August 30, 2008 with San Antonio. Blanks came into the game hitting .229 over his previous 33 games.

Walter Silva lasted just 3.1 innings before getting the hook. The right-hander allowed seven runs, six earned, on eight hits and two walks while also plunking a batter. He left with a pair on – though neither would score. It is the second straight game the Mexico native has given up seven runs, bringing his tally to 14 runs on 20 hits in his last 9.1 innings. Silva has given up seven first inning runs in seven starts, including surrendering one run on Friday.

Scott Patterson was the beneficiary of the run support and also pitched out of a jam. The right-hander stranded two inherited runners and threw scoreless ball over an inning and one-third, retiring all four batters he faced. Patterson has stranded all six runners he has inherited. He has given up runs in eight of his 23 appearances this year, although this was just the seventh time all year he has not walked a batter in a relief outing. Patterson has allowed three hits in 31 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

San Antonio (26-27) lost 5-3 to Springfield (Cardinals)

Cesar Carrillo was on the hook for three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three across six innings. The right-hander tossed 89 pitches, inducing eight ground ball outs. Carrillo has walked 4.2 batters per nine innings this season with 30 in 64 frames; one of the walks he issued on Friday came around to score. The opposition is hitting .306 off him with runners in scoring position.

John Hudgins took the loss – his third – giving up two runs on two hits and a walk while fanning two in his lone inning. Hudgins came into the contest having worked nine straight scoreless appearances that spanned 10 innings and one run yielded in his previous 16 frames. He allowed just three hits in his last 10 innings and right-handers had a .121 average off him. The double he yielded on Friday was just the fourth extra base hit he has yielded.

Brandon Gomes breezed through his frame on seven pitches, including six for strikes. The right-hander induced two ground outs and a fly out. Gomes has a streak of six straight scoreless innings. Over that time he has recorded all three of his double play grounders. Gomes has faced the minimum in eight of his 24 appearances and is holding the opposition to a .175 average with the bases empty.

Lake Elsinore (30-24) won 6-1 over Inland Empire (Mariners)

Cory Luebke pitched a complete game – the first of his career – giving up one run on five hits, a hit batsman, and a walk while striking out a career-high 10 to move to 6-2. The left-hander has allowed three runs over his last four starts, spanning 30 innings while not allowing more than one run in any contest. It is the eighth time in 11 starts that he has allowed two runs or less. He has held the leadoff man of the inning to a .211 on-base percentage.

Logan Forsythe reached base twice with a walk and a double – the hit knocking in two runs to cap a four-run seventh. He extended his hitting streak to seven games and his on base streak to 16 contests. He has reached base safely in 48 of his 50 games with the Storm, leading the California League with a .479 on-base percentage – which sits second in the entire minors. His 46 walks are third best mark throughout the minors.

Colt Morton hit his first homer of the season, hitting one over the center field wall to open the second inning. Morton has an extra base hit in four straight games and has notched a run scored, an RBI and a walk in three straight. Six of his eight hits this year have gone for extra bases. He has collected five RBI, despite a 1-for-9 mark with runners in scoring position.

Fort Wayne (32-22) lost 9-2 to Lansing (Blue Jays)

Zach Herr, named to the All-Star game earlier in the day along with Brad Brach, Anthony Bass and outfielder Sawyer Carroll, took the loss, giving up four runs on four hits while striking out two in an inning of work – including a two-run jack. Herr has given up homers in back-to-back games after yielding just one bomb over his first 22 appearances. In the seven games he has given up runs, Herr has allowed multiple runs six times.

Nick Schmidt's outing was wasted, as the left-hander tossed scoreless ball over five innings. He allowed four hits and a walk while striking out five. The southpaw has not allowed an earned run over his last 14.1 innings, lowering his ERA from 6.64 to 3.89. Schmidt is striking out 10.5 batters per nine innings and has held right-handers to a slim .189 average.

Alexis Lara was also on the hook for four runs, three earned, on three hits, a hit batsman, and a walk. Like Herr, Lara also surrendered a two-run homer. The right-hander has given up seven runs on five hits and four walks over his last two innings of work. In 46 appearances across three leagues entering the season, Lara had not allowed a homer; he has given up four already this year in 20 outings. He has given up multiple runs six times out of the eight games someone has touched home.

DSL Padres (3-3) lost 7-6 to DSL Yankees

Freddys Henrique took the loss, surrendering five runs on five hits and two walks across three innings of work. The right-hander had given up one run over four innings in his first outing this season. The Venezuela native saw action in six games for the DSL Padres last season, posting a 1.56 ERA while battling through injuries. He allowed just three runs on six hits in 17.1 innings while fanning 17.

Jairo Gomez slugged his first homer of the year, hitting a two-run shot in the second inning for his lone hit of the game. Gomez, a second baseman out of the Dominican Republic, has just three hits on the season through 16 at-bats but has managed to plate five runs with two multi-RBI games. Gomez did leave two runners in scoring position with two outs on Friday.

Carlos Garcia had three hits, including a double, in four trips, an RBI and a walk. He also stole his third base in as many attempts. The outfielder has three multi-hit games through his first six and has been on base in every game. Garcia also has drawn seven walks for a .571 on-base percentage. The 20-year-old drew just 18 walks in 62 games last season and had never owned a three-hit game.

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