Padres Prospect Report: JUne 7, 2009

Josh Banks posts a solid start and Eliezer Alfonzo goes yard for the third straight game. Ernesto Frieri gives up three runs while Mitch Canham drives in one during a San Antonio loss. Logan Forsythe hits the game winner – one of three extra base hits for him. Jaff Decker piles on five RBI and Allan Dykstra homers.

Portland (29-29) won 6-4 over Reno (Diamondbacks)

Josh Banks moved to 4-3, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks across seven innings. Both runs came on a homer in the fourth during Banks' 96-pitch effort. Banks has won his last three decisions. As a starter, the right-hander has posted a 3.58 ERA across seven outings. This is the fourth time he has given up two runs or less. Banks also went 1-for-2 at the dish and is 3-for-6 on the year.

Eliezer Alfonzo homered in his third straight game – his 10th – as part of a three-hit night that included two RBI and two runs scored. The backstop has three multi-hit games in his last four and upped his on base streak to 13 games. Over those 13, Alfonzo has collected eight multi-hit games, six homers, 16 RBI and eight runs scored.

Eulogio De La Cruz picked up his second save of the year, giving up one run on one hit while striking out two. Two wild pitches in the ninth allowed the run to score. The right-hander has given up runs in six of his 12 appearances, although three of those were starts. In nine relief appearances, the Dominican native has posted an ERA of 3.00, giving up eight hits and four walks while fanning 11. He has registered seven double play grounders in 20.2 innings.

San Antonio (27-28) lost 3-2 to Arkansas (Angels)

Ernesto Frieri took the loss to drop to 5-3, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out three in 5.2 innings. He also uncorked a pair of wild pitches – something he had done just twice through his first 10 outings. Frieri topped the 100-pitch plateau for the first time this year, tossing 105. For the year, he has tossed 65-percent of his pitches for strikes. He has held the leadoff man of an inning to a .211 on-base percentage.

Mitch Canham was one of two players to record a multi-hit game and the only player to notch an extra base hit, tripling in the sixth to knock in a run and scoring on a subsequent single. Both of Canham's triples have come across his last six games. The backstop, however, has just 10 extra base hits on the year through 44 games without a homer. Canham is hitting .290 with runners on base.

Brandon Gomes worked out of a jam to strand two inherited runners and went on to toss an inning and one-third scoreless, allowing a walk and striking out one. He has increased his scoreless streak to 8.1 innings. Gomes has allowed runs in nine of his 25 appearances this season and has stranded his last three inherited runners after the first four he inherited had scored. The right-hander has held right-handed hitters to a .190 average.

Lake Elsinore (31-25) won 8-7 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Logan Forsythe ended the game with one swing in the bottom of the ninth, hitting his seventh homer of the year with one out. It was one of three extra base hits for the third baseman that also scored a run and had two RBI. He extended his on base streak to 18 games where he is 24-for-66 – a .364 average – with 15 walks and three hit by pitches for a .500 on-base percentage. It is his second on base streak of at least 18 games this season. He has seven extra base hits in his last seven games.

Corey Kluber gave up a grand slam in the first inning and went to allow five runs on five hits and five walks while fanning five across four innings in a no-decision. Kluber has given up a double and homer in three at-bats with the bases loaded this season, accounting for six RBI. It is the fourth time he has allowed five runs or more in 12 starts. He has given up homers in successive games after allowing two bombs in his initial 10 starts.

Beamer Weems went 1-for-2 with two RBI after coming on in relief of Luis Rodriguez. The hit preserved his current on base streak, moving it to 20 games. He has had two on base streaks of at least 19 games this year. He it hitting .309 with 17 hits in 55 at-bats during the current run with a .479 on-base percentage, thanks to a 15-to-8 walk-to-strikeout ratio. Weems is hitting .333 with runners in scoring position compared to a .220 mark with the bases empty.

Fort Wayne (34-22) won 11-2 over South Bend (Diamondbacks)

Jaff Decker had two hits in five trips with a walk, driving in five runs and scoring twice. He hit a two-run homer in the fifth – his eighth - and hit a long single that cleared the bases in the eighth. The five RBI set a career-high. Decker has just a .184 batting average with runners in scoring position but is 3-for-7 with nine RBI with the bases loaded. Decker leads the Midwest League with a .471 on-base percentage.

Matt Clark pounded out two extra base hits, smacking his 20th double of the year and adding his eighth homer, driving in one and scoring twice. Clark's 20 doubles rank second in the Midwest League behind former Padres farmhand Kyler Burke, and his 28 extra base hits rank three behind the league leader. Clark extended his hitting streak to 10 games where he has five multi-hit contests and eight extra base hits.

Allan Dykstra hit his third homer of the season, a two-run shot in the fifth, and scored twice thanks to a walk. The homer snapped a 1-for-29 slump that saw his average drop from .235 to .200. Dykstra did draw nine walks over that span. Despite a .202 average overall, the first baseman sports a .392 on-base percentage. His 48 walks are tied for third most in the entire minors.

DSL Padres (3-3) had a scheduled day off

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