Padres Prospect Report: June 16, 2009

Will Inman gives up two more homers, bringing the total to nine in six starts. Cesar Carrillo gives up four runs in a loss while Mike DeMark continues his streak without an earned run. Keoni Ruth pounds out four RBI in a Storm win. Blake Tekotte and Dan Robertson each collect three hits but the TinCaps lose. Amaury Ceren gives up three in the ninth to take the DSL Padres loss.

Portland (32-34) lost 7-5 to Tacoma (Mariners)

Will Inman was on the hook for five runs on six hits, two walks and a hit batsman over seven innings, striking out four. All five runs scored in the first two frames, four of those runs coming on a pair of homers. He retired nine straight after giving up a leadoff hit in the third. Inman has allowed nine homers in six Pacific Coast League starts, allowing multiple homers four times. He has given up five or more in three of his last four.

Chad Huffman had two hits in four trips, including his 10th homer – a solo shot in the eighth. Playing first base, Huffman did ground into a double play for the third time this season. He came into the game hitting .190 when he plays the field at first base – compared to a .286 average when he plays in left field and had been in a 1-for-16 slump. Huffman had also gone 22 games without a homer before Tuesday's bomb.

San Antonio (33-30) lost 4-3 to Corpus Christi (Astros)

Cesar Carrillo took his fourth loss of the campaign, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks while fanning three. He did net a pair of double play grounders, giving him 11 rally killers this season. The right-hander also hit a batter and uncorked a wild pitch during a 92-pitch effort. Carrillo has now walked 27 on the season but has struck out 37.

Mike DeMark worked a scoreless frame, giving up a walk and striking out two. The scoreless outing extended his scoreless streak to 20.2 innings. Over that time, the right-hander has given up 11 hits and struck out 21 but has walked 11. DeMark has held the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .194 on-base percentage. He has also given up just six hits in 49 at-bats to left-handed hitters.

Cedric Hunter had two hits in four trips, singling in a run in the third and adding an RBI triple in the fifth. Hunter has been on base in 11 straight games. He has three multi-hit games in his last five and has four RBI across his last three. After hitting .195 across his first 18 games, Hunter is batting .295 over his last 41 contests. The triple was his 11th extra base hit in 59 overall.

Lake Elsinore (37-28) won 8-2 over Bakersfield (Rangers)

Wynn Pelzer allowed two runs on seven hits, a walk and a pair of hit batsman, striking out eight. He recorded eight ground ball outs, including a double play grounder. Pelzer has notched three rally killers in his last three starts after netting one in his first 10. He has given up two runs or less in six of his 13 starts and has struck out seven or more in five outings.

Keoni Ruth had three hits out of the cleanup spot in the lineup and four RBI – netting run scoring singles in the first and second and a two-run double in the sixth. Ruth has three multi-hit games across his last four and five in his last eight. He came into the contest with seven RBI in the California League before adding a season-high. In the six games he has batted fourth across two leagues, Ruth has eight RBI.

Brad Chalk reached base three times with a pair of singles and his 11th double. He also scored twice and stole his 19th base in 21 attempts. The leadoff hitter has secured four straight multi-hit games with a double and a run scored in three straight. The outfielder is hitting .317 out of the leadoff spot in the lineup with 37 runs scored in 48 games.

Fort Wayne (41-24) lost 6-3 to West Michigan (Tigers)

Blake Tekotte pounded out three hits out of the leadoff spot, including his first triple of the season. The outfielder scored once, as the first five men in the batting order reached base 14 times. Tekotte also swiped a pair of bags to give him 15 on the season in 18 attempts. It was his second three-hit game this year, both coming across his last nine games. Tekotte is hitting .283 over his last 14 contests with a .409 on-base percentage.

Dan Robertson had three hits in five trips. The outfielder was in on every run, scoring once and plating a pair with a single in the seventh and his sixth double in the ninth on a night where the Fort Wayne hitters went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position. It is the second game in a row that he has notched three hits and Robertson upped his average with runners in scoring position to .366.

Erik Davis dropped to 5-2, giving up three runs on five hits and four walks while hitting a batter and striking out three across 4.1 innings. He left with the bases loaded but none of those runners would be charged to his ledger. The right-hander had seen the opposition reach base in four of the six chances he has had with the bases loaded. Davis has issued three or more walks in two of his last three games.

DSL Padres (7-7) lost 6-3 to DSL Tigers in a rain shortened game

The game was called after the top of the ninth, a frame that saw the DSL Tigers score three times. Armaury Ceren was charged with all three runs, although none of them were earned, and took the loss. He gave up one hit and a walk across two-thirds of an inning, seeing all three runs score after he left the game. Ceren, ironically, had given up just one hit in 10 at-bats with runners in scoring position on the season. He has given up runs in two of his five appearances but has not allowed an earned run over his last four innings.

Juan Herrera posted zeroes across five innings, yielding four hits, two walks and a hit batsman while striking out three and netting seven ground ball outs – including his first double play grounder of the year. The right-hander has given up just two earned runs across 11 innings of work. He has held the opposition to a .143 mark with runners in scoring position.

Carlos Garcia had one hit in three at-bats and was hit by a pitch. In the game as the designated hitter, he also stole his fourth and fifth bags of the year in as many attempts. It is the second time this year he has swiped two bags in a game. Garcia has been on base in all but one of his 12 games and sports a .542 on-base percentage thanks to 15 hits and 10 walks.

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