Padres Prospect Report: June 14, 2009

Wade LeBlanc pitches well but the Portland offense doesn't awaken until the ninth. Stephen Faris helps his own cause with two runs scored but gets a no-decision with the offense exploding in the eighth. Jeremy McBryde is battered in his worst start of the year. Sawyer Carroll and James Darnell each collect four hits in an offensive explosion.

Portland (32-32) lost 2-1 to Fresno (Giants)

Wade LeBlanc posted zeroes over his first six innings of work before giving up a two-run bomb in the seventh. He worked seven, giving up just the two runs while yielding five hits, not walking a batter and punching out six. LeBlanc has given up two runs or less in three straight and five of his last six but owns just one win over that span. He has given up a homer in four of his last five, although Sunday's was just the second he has allowed all year with runners on.

John Hudgins, who was promoted to Portland this weekend, debuted with the Beavers, tossing two innings of scoreless ball while striking out two. The right-hander went 1-3 with one save and a 2.97 ERA across 27 appearances for the Missions. He held the opposition to a .164 average with 19 hits yielded in 33.1 innings but did walk 20. Hudgins surrendered just four hits in 28 at-bats with runners in scoring position in Double-A play.

The Portland offense entered the ninth inning with just two hits and a walk to their credit and got three hits and a walk, closing within one. Craig Stansberry's second hit of the game drove in the lone Portland run and the infielder was stranded at third when the game ended. Stansberry has 10 RBI in his last 13 games and is hitting .314 over his last 32 contests. Stansberry did get picked off first base after reaching on an error in the first.

San Antonio (33-28) won 11-5 over Corpus Christi (Astros)

Stephen Faris allowed three runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out three across six innings. Faris also went 1-for-1 with a walk and two runs scored at the dish and notched his first career stolen base. The Clemson alumnus has two hits in his last three at-bats with three runs scored and an RBI. Faris has allowed eight hits or more in three straight starts and has given up more hits than innings pitched in nine of his 13 starts.

The Missions outfield threw out two players at home plate on Sunday. Kellen Kulbacki gunned down a runner at the plate in the second inning after a single and Cedric Hunter recorded a double play when his ball home enabled Mitch Canham to tag out the runner to end the seventh. It was the first outfield assist of the season for Kulbacki and the fourth for Hunter. San Antonio came into the game ranked fifth in the eight-team league in team defense with a .972 fielding percentage.

Lance Zawadzki contributed a pair of hits, including his sixth double in the Texas League, and notched three RBI while scoring a run. His two-bagger in the eighth was part of a five-run rally. The shortstop, who has played third base three times with the Missions, has a six-game hitting streak where he ahs collected four doubles and six RBI. He has hit .389 with runners in scoring position since moving to Double-A.

Lake Elsinore (35-28) lost 8-4 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Jeremy McBryde suffered his worst loss of the year in taking his second loss, giving up eight runs, seven earned, on nine hits and a walk while striking out eight across 5.1 innings. McBryde had allowed three runs across his previous four starts, as the eight runs account for 31 percent of his season total of 26, seeing his ERA balloon from 2.78 to 3.53. McBryde allowed his eighth homer of the year, giving up a long ball in six of his last seven starts.

Keoni Ruth batted cleanup and netted a pair of RBI on a 2-for-5 night. He did, however, ground into a double play for the second time in California League play. Ruth has been on base in 13 of his last 14 games with three multi-hit games across his last four. He has 13 multi-hit games this season over two leagues. The infielder has amassed 18 RBI across 42 games and two leagues.

Allen Harrington worked an inning and two-third scoreless, giving up two hits and a walk while fanning one. One of the two runners he inherited, however, managed to score. Just three of the 14 runners he has inherited on the year have scored. Harrington has given up runs in 10 of his 24 appearances and is walking 4.9 batters per nine innings pitched. He has walked the leadoff man of an inning five times.

Fort Wayne (41-22) won 9-5 over West Michigan (Tigers)

Fort Wayne whittled their magic number to one with the win. Their 41 wins tied a team record for most wins in the first half of a season (1998). Fort Wayne has finished first in a half three times, the most recent coming in 2003. They are now two games up on West Michigan for the first half title with seven to play.

James Darnell pounded out a career-high four hits, including a pair of doubles to push his total to 15 for the season, scoring three times. The third baseman has 25 hits in his last 53 at-bats a- .472 average – with eight doubles, a triple and two homers. He has also scored 15 runs over that 16-game span. Darnell paces the Midwest League with his .465 on-base percentage.

Sawyer Carroll also registered four hits, falling a homer shy of the cycle. He clubbed his 18th double, his first triple, scored three times and notched three RBI. He also swiped his 11th base in 15 attempts. His four hits matched a career-high set on August 5, 2008 while with Eugene. He has seven hits in his last nine at-bats with four going for extra bases. The outfielder is hitting .392 with runners in scoring position.

Drew Cumberland was placed on the disabled list with concussion like syndromes after hitting his head on the ground while making a diving catch. Cole Figueroa was moved down from Lake Elsinore to take his spot and went 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. Figueroa was hitting .187 across 21 games with the Storm. He had collected two multi-hit games over that span and came into the game hitless in his previous 15 at-bats.

DSL Padres (7-5) had a scheduled day off

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