Padres Prospect Report: June 13, 2009

Josh Banks continues to perform admirably in Portland. Ernesto Frieri and Tim Stauffer completed the Missions seventh shutout. Ali Solis has become an RBI machine and Bryan Oland is money as the closer. Fort Wayne whittles their magic number to two with a strong Anthony Bass performance. The DSL Padres are pounded 12-1, as Rudi Andujar struggles yet again.

Portland (32-31) won 3-1 over Fresno (Giants)

Josh Banks picked up his fifth win and third in as many starts, giving up one run on three hits and two walks while fanning three across 7.1 innings. Banks also plunked a batter for the first time this year. The right-hander tossed 103 pitches, inducing seven ground ball outs. Banks sports a 2.18 ERA across his last seven outings and has limited the opposition to two runs or less in five of his eight starts.

Jose Lobaton, who was removed from the 40-man roster last week, had two hits, including his fourth double, but did not figure into the scoring. Lobaton has five multi-hit games across his last 10, raising his average from .158 to .237. The backstop has gone 13-for-36 over that span, a .361 average. He also has two doubles in his last three after netting just a pair in his first 25 games.

Eulogio De La Cruz picked up his third save in as many chances, putting down the side in order on three ground outs. The right-hander has improved his ERA as a reliever to 2.25 after notching a 5.40 ERA as a starter. He has allowed runs in three of his 12 relief appearances, never giving up more than a single run. Saturday marked the third time that he has faced the minimum in an outing.

San Antonio (32-28) won 4-0 over Frisco (Rangers)

Ernesto Frieri pounded the strike zone across seven scoreless innings, yielding three hits and a walk while fanning six. He recorded nine ground ball outs in a 90 pitch effort that included 61 strikes. It is the third time in five starts that he has not allowed a run and the ninth time in 12 outings he has allowed two runs or less. Frieri has given up three or fewer hits six times and is holding the opposition to a .214 average.

Tim Stauffer completed the Missions Texas League leading seventh shutout – they are tied with Tulsa for that honor. Stauffer allowed one hit and a walk across two innings to pick up his first career save. Stauffer has held right-handed hitters to a .088 average on the season and has given up just four hits in 32 at-bats with runners on base. The leadoff man has reached in three of the 15 innings he has started, a .200 on-base percentage.

Seth Johnston reached base three times with a pair of singles and a walk, scoring once. It was his first multi-hit game since May 21, as the third baseman came into the game with five hits in his previous 35 at-bats, a .143 average. Johnston is hitting .346 when he plays as the designated hitter with nine hits in 26 at-bats, as he did on Saturday, but is batting .226 when he plays the field.

Lake Elsinore (35-27) won 3-1 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Jeremy Hefner allowed one run on five hits across 5.2 innings, yielding three walks and striking out eight. Four of the hits went for extra bases. He also uncorked a pair of wild pitches. Hefner had tossed three wild pitches in his first 12 starts. The right-hander has given up six runs over his last four starts, allowing two runs or less three times. He has struck out eight in three straight and in five of his 13 starts this season.

Ali Solis reached base twice, drawing a walk and clubbing his third double which scored a run – his eighth RBI in the California League. Moved up to High-A from Fort Wayne after Colt Morton was traded to Seattle, Solis also caught the only base runner attempting to steal. Solis now has 18 RBI in 25 games across two leagues, including five RBI in his last five games spread over the two leagues. Solis has thrown out eight of the 15 runners attempting to steal on him in California League play.

Bryan Oland picked up his 17th save of the year in 18 chances, allowing a hit and striking out one. He stands second in the California League in saves and extended his scoreless streak to 14.1 innings. The right-hander has given up runs in four of his 26 appearances on the season and lowered his ERA to 1.48. Oland has given up six hits in 40 at-bats with runners in scoring position, stranding a runner at third on Saturday with a strikeout and ground out to end the game.

Fort Wayne (40-22) won 7-2 over Dayton (Reds)

Fort Wayne has a magic number of two to net a postseason playoff berth and has won eight straight games. If Fort Wayne wins or Great Lakes losses combine to equal two over the next eight games, Fort Wayne is in the playoffs for the first time since 2006. The TinCaps are 11-0 against Dayton this season. They also maintained their half game lead over West Michigan for the first half crown.

Anthony Bass hurled the rock across the first six frames, yielding two runs, one earned, on five hits and a walk while striking out a half dozen. Bass has won his last three decisions, moving to 5-3 on the season. The right-hander has now allowed more than one earned in six straight starts and has given up just two earned total over that span. Bass has now limited the opposition to two runs or less in eight of his 13 starts.

Sawyer Carroll had three hits in four trips, including a pair of doubles to bring his season total to 17. The outfielder also scored a pair of runs and drove in one. It is the third time this season that the Midwest League All-Star has collected multiple extra bases in a game. Carroll is hitting .381 with runners in scoring position on the season, pounding out 29 hits in 76 at-bats.

Allan Dykstra's two-out single in the fifth drove in a pair, as the first baseman ended up reaching three times in four trips. While he had just one hit, he also drew a walk and was hit by a pitch, scoring twice. Dykstra did, however, commit his seventh error of the year, leading to an unearned run. Dykstra has been hit by a pitch in three straight games, getting tagged four times over that span. He also upped his walk total to 51 for the season – a number that ranks third in the entire minors.

DSL Padres (7-5) lost 12-1 to DSL Rockies

Freddys Henrique suffered his second loss, as he was on the hook for eight runs, four earned, on nine hits and a hit batsman while striking out six across four innings. Henrique has allowed 13 runs on 14 hits and two walks over his last seven innings. The opposition is hitting .380 off him and has put the leadoff man on in seven of the 11 innings he has started.

Rudi Andujar faced five batters in the sixth and all would reach. The right-hander was charged with just two runs on two hits and three walks. He also allowed two inherited runners to score. Luckily for him, teammate Francisco Flores was able to get the last two outs without anyone scoring. It is the second time in three outings that he has not recorded an out. He has allowed runs in all three appearances, giving up three hits and eight walks in two-thirds of an inning.

Luis Domoromo recorded two of the DSL Padres four hits and its lone RBI in the third inning. It is his first multi-hit game since the DSL Padres opener and snapped a 1-for-25 skid that saw his average drop to .121. Even with the two hits, Domoromo is hitting just .162. He does sport a 12-to-12 walk-to-strikeout ratio and is now hitting .217 with runners in scoring position.

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