Padres Prospect Report: June 6, 2009

Will Inman has his first solid start in Portland but it goes for naught. Nathan Culp propels the Missions to a shutout while Kellen Kulbacki gets his first three-hit game. Everth Cabrera accounts for four runs but Wynn Pelzer surrenders seven. Erik Davis puts in another solid start and Jaff Decker breaks out of his biggest slump ever.

Portland lost 2-1 to Reno (Diamondbacks) in 10 innings

Will Inman faced 21 batters in six innings of work, giving up one run on four hits without walking a batter and striking out one. The right-hander tossed just 77 pitches, inducing 11 ground ball outs in a no-decision. The right-hander had allowed 13 runs on 23 hits and six walks over his first 15.1 innings of Triple-A work. He has allowed two runs or less in six of his 12 starts across two leagues.

Edwin Moreno, working his second inning after a scoreless ninth, allowed a run after issuing a leadoff walk. A sacrifice, hit by pitch, and single followed to score the lead run. When Portland could not come back in the bottom half of the tenth, Moreno was saddled with the loss. The right-hander has given up three runs in 11 appearances with the Beavers. Saturday marked the second time he has been used in more than an inning of work. He has allowed a base runner in every one of his appearances.

Eliezer Alfonzo accounted for the lone Portland run, hitting a solo homer in the seventh inning. He has homered in successive games and has nine bombs this year. Six of those dingers have been solo shots. Alfonzo has been on base in 12 straight with a hit in 11 of those contests. He is 19-for-48 over that span – a .396 average – with 14 RBI and eight extra base hits.

San Antonio won 5-0 over Arkansas (Angels)

Nathan Culp improved to 3-5 after tossing blanks across seven frames – the bullpen finished off the Missions fourth shutout of the year. The southpaw yielded five hits and a walk while striking out one. He netted 11 ground ball outs in an 88-pitch effort. It is the second time this year he has gone seven innings without allowing a run and the sixth time he has given up two runs or less in 11 overall. He has given up at least four runs in his other five starts.

"Culp did a great job of mixing it up," Arkansas manager Bobby Magallanes said. "He didn't have any patterns. He didn't double up on too many pitches. He really got in on right-handers with his cutter and he moved in and out on us without any kind of pattern."

Kellen Kulbacki had three hits to lead the Missions offense, tripling, scoring a run and driving in two. Over his last two games, the outfielder is 4-for-8 with three RBI. Prior to that, Kulbacki had been in a 17-game slump with seven hits in 58 at-bats for a .121 average. This is just the second time all year that he has notched a multi-hit game and the triple was his fourth extra base hit on the year.

Brian Joynt, fresh off the disabled list, also netted his first triple of the year and plated a pair of runs – his first two RBI of the season. Playing outfield for the first time this year, Joynt collected just his second extra base hit in 11 games this season. He has yet to notch a multi-hit game and has fanned 15 times in 42 at-bats, averaging once every 2.8 at-bats.

Lake Elsinore lost 7-5 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Wynn Pelzer surrendered four first inning runs en route to a seven-run outing across 4.2 innings. The right-hander allowed nine hits, walked three, and plunked a pair while striking out four. Pelzer has now allowed 18 runs, 17 earned, in the opening frame of 11 starts – a 13.90 ERA; he has given up 23, 20 earned, in every other frame combined – a 3.78 ERA. Pelzer has allowed at least six runs in three straight games.

Everth Cabrera accounted for four of the Storm runs on a night that saw the shortstop play second base for five innings and record three hits, including a triple, and a walk. Cabrera scored twice, stealing second and third base in the first inning, and drove in a pair of runs. The Nicaragua native has been on base eight times in four rehab games. He had gone 4-for-13 with the Padres before his injury.

The Storm bullpen worked 4.1 scoreless innings with Matt Teague taking an inning and one-third of that. The left-hander stranded two inherited runners while giving up one hit and striking out one. Teague has stranded 10 of the 15 runners he has inherited on the year. He has allowed runs in 10 of his 20 appearances this year, going more than an inning in 13 outings.

Fort Wayne won 5-1 over South Bernd (Diamondbacks)

Erik Davis earned his fifth victory, tossing six innings of one-run ball on two hits and three walks while striking out four. The right-hander did plunk three batters but notched nine ground ball outs. Davis had his one batter all season long before Saturday's contest. The Stanford alumnus has notched a 1.80 ERA in two starts after posting a 4-1 mark with a 3.57 ERA as a long reliever.

Jaff Decker had three hits – all singles – in four trips, driving in a pair of runs on a day the TinCaps went 5-for-12 with runners in scoring position. He broke a 0-for-11 slump – the longest stretch in his career that he has gone without a hit. Decker is reaching base at a .571 clip with the bases empty, including a .400 average, but is batting just .162 with runners in scoring position through 37 at-bats.

Stiven Osuna pitched to the minimum across his two innings of work, striking out three to pick up his second hold. The right-hander has posted a 3.00 ERA in three relief appearances after notching a 5.40 ERA across nine starts. He has struck out nine in his last five innings. Even with his perfect outing on Saturday, the leadoff man of the inning has reached with a .435 on-base percentage off Osuna.

DSL Padres versus DSL Tigers postponed due to rain

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