Padres Prospect Report: June 10, 2009

Mat Latos has another stellar outing, picking up win number six across two leagues while Eric Sogard lights up the airwaves. Cory Luebke is looking for his third weekly honor with another strong outing. Nick Schmidt has been posting zeroes with regularity. Carlos Garcia has been on a mission since the season began in the DSL.

Portland (30-30) had a scheduled day off

San Antonio (29-28) won 8-4 over Frisco (Rangers)

For just the second time since joining Double-A, Mat Latos allowed a run. Like last time – it was only one run. He worked five innings, giving up a season-high six hits and two walks while fanning three in an 87-pitch effort. Latos has allowed one run or less in all eight of his starts across two leagues, moving to 6-0 between them. Latos has allowed three runs in 48 innings of work this year, a 0.56 ERA.

Eric Sogard accounted for four of the eight San Antonio runs. The second baseman reached base three times with a walk, single and double, scoring each time. He also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Sogard extended his hitting streak to 11 games, giving him six multi-hit games over that span along with 13 runs scored. Sogard has scored a run in eight of his last nine games. He has 17 hits in his last 42 at-bats, a .405 average.

John Hudgins worked a pair of scoreless innings to pick up the save, his first of the season and first since May 13, 2004 when he earned one of two saves that season with Stockton of the California League. Hudgins retired all six batters he faced, striking out one. The right-hander has allowed three runs on nine hits across his last 20 innings of work.

Lake Elsinore (34-25) won 3-1 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

All-Star Cory Luebke improved to 7-2 with seven innings of one-run ball. The southpaw yielded seven hits and two walks while striking out five and snagging nine ground ball outs – including a pair of double play grounders. Luebke, who has won Pitcher of the Week twice the last three times the award has been handed out, has given up two runs or less in six straight starts, yielding six runs total over a span of 42.2 innings where he is 5-0. He has induced seven rally killers this year.

Felix Carrasco accounted for two of the three Storm runs, hitting three singles in four trips. It was his fifth inning single that scored a pair – the difference in the ball game. The first baseman is 5-for-8 over his last two with three RBI, snapping a 1-for-16 stretch. He has seven three-hit games through 45 games. Carrasco has struck out once every 3.2 at-bats this season, striking out 54 times in 171 at-bats.

Fort Wayne (37-22) won 2-1 over Dayton (Reds)

Nick Schmidt posted six more scoreless innings on his ledger. The southpaw yielded three hits and a walk while hitting a batter and striking out a career-high nine to move to 3-0. He has not allowed an earned run over his last 20.1 innings – giving up just 13 hits while striking out 25. Schmidt has posted a 2.77 ERA across nine starts with 46 strikeouts in 39 innings. The lefty has held right-handed hitters to a .189 average against.

Stiven Osuna picked up his third hold since moving into the bullpen. The right-hander posted a pair of scoreless innings, walking two and striking out three. In four relief outings, Osuna has given up two runs on four hits across eight innings while striking out 13. In a starter's role, Osuna surrendered 30 runs on 47 hits and 14 walks in 36.2 innings for a 5.40 ERA. He has held the opposition to a .190 average with runners in scoring position and two outs.

Blake Tekotte drew a bases loaded walk to score the first Fort Wayne run and added a third inning single. He extended his on base streak to 13 and Tekotte notched RBI in successive games for the first time since April 11-13. Since striking out 38 times across his first 47 games, he has fanned just once, compared to five walks, across his last eight games. Tekotte is 0-for-3 with the bases loaded this season with both of his RBI coming from a pair of walks.

DSL Padres (6-4) lost 4-3 in game one to DSL Tigers, won game two 8-2

Carlos Garcia went 3-for-5 across the doubleheader, netting a pinch-hit RBI single in the opening contest and going 2-for-4 with a solo homer, two RBI, two runs scored and a walk in the nightcap. Garcia, who has struck out three times in 30 at-bats compared to 10 walks, has six RBI in his last four games. He is 8-for-15 with runners in scoring position. Garcia is reaching base 2.3 times per contest.

Uber Paz took the game one loss, giving up four runs, three earned, on three hits and two walks while striking out two across three innings. Paz, a Nicaraguan native, had posted bullets across his first four innings of work. He has tossed a wild pitch in each of his outings and the leadoff man has been on base in four of the seven innings he has started.

Carlos Pimentel picked up his first win of the season in the second half, tossing 3.1 scoreless innings while yielding two hits and three walks while fanning two. He also stranded an inherited runner. Pimentel has stranded three inherited runners through three appearances. The right-hander has issued four walks in his last two outings but is holding the opposition to a .118 average. He has not allowed a hit with runners in scoring position.

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