Padres Prospect Report: May 17, 2009

Brian Lawrence returns – and earns a win in Portland. Nathan Culp is money across seven and is backed by Eric Sogard. Corey Kluber strikes out 14 but still takes the loss. Fort Wayne clinches, seeing Allan Dykstra and Blake Tekotte go deep. The DSL Padres are swept – and two losses can be attributed to Jairo Gomez.

Portland (33-34) won 5-3 over Tacoma (Mariners)

Brian Lawrence worked six innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits and a walk while striking out three to pick up the win. Lawrence, a 17th-round draft pick of the Padres in 1998, posted a 6-6 record and 5.55 ERA in 16 games for Triple-A Richmond in 2008. His career includes nine games with the Beavers in 2001, their first season back in the PCL, where he went 1-3 with a 3.80 ERA. He pitched in parts of five seasons for San Diego, making 30 starts in four straight seasons and winning 49 games for the Padres.

Scott Patterson worked a scoreless frame, working to the minimum in a 12-pitch inning that included a strikeout. The right-hander has averaged 20 pitches per inning pitched on the year and has allowed runs in nine of his 28 appearances. Patterson has worked to the minimum in eight of his outings. He has given up just three hits in 34 at-bats with runners in scoring position this year.

San Antonio (34-30) won 6-1 over Corpus Christi (Astros)

Nathan Culp yielded two hits across seven innings, giving up an unearned run and striking out one to earn his third straight win. The left-hander recorded 10 ground ball outs across his 91-pitch effort. Culp also netted a single at the dish. Culp has not given up an earned run in three straight outings, extending the streak to 21 innings. Over that span he has given up just 11 hits while netting three double play grounders.

Eric Sogard pounded out three hits and notched a season-high four RBI. He singled in a run in the opening frame and added a bases clearing double during a four-run fourth. Sogard did commit his eighth error of the season. The second baseman is hitting .373 across his last 15 games with 13 runs scored and nine RBI. He also has eight multi-hit games over that span.

Lance Zawadzki reached base four times via a walk, two singles and a double. He also scored a run but was charged with his third error in Double-A and sixth this year across two leagues, leading to an unearned run. After hitting 10 homers and 18 extra base hits in 36 games with Lake Elsinore, Zawadzki has clubbed seven doubles with no homers at the Double-A level through 17 games. He has scored a run in four of his last five contests.

Lake Elsinore (37-29) lost 3-2 to Bakersfield (Rangers)

Corey Kluber struck out a career-high 14 across seven innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk to take his sixth loss. The 14 strikeouts are a system high, topping the 12 Mat Latos had this week. He recorded seven straight outs by way of the strikeout from the end of the second through the fourth. It is the sixth time he has notched at least eight strikeouts in a game, giving him the overall lead in the entire minors with 93, pending the night's action.

Beamer Weems upped his average to .300 for the year, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. It is the first time he has seen the .300 barrier since the third game of the year. Weems has notched four multi-hit games in his last five and extended his on base streak to 27 games. He is hitting .338 over the life of the streak with a .500 on-base percentage. He has scored 20 runs during that time with 12 RBI.

Logan Forsythe pushed his on base streak to 28 games with a single – giving him two streaks this year of at least 27 games. The third baseman is hitting .337 over the life of the streak with a 25-to-17 walk-to-strikeout ratio. He has also scored 16 runs and driven in 16. Forsythe leads the entire minor leagues with his 58 walks and is second overall with his .477 on-base percentage.

Fort Wayne (42-24) won 12-2 over West Michigan (Tigers)

Clinching a playoff berth, Allan Dykstra pounded out three hits, including his fourth homer of the year. The first baseman also scored three runs. It is his second three-hit night of the season. The San Diego native has notched 19 extra base hits through 59 games. While he is hitting .209 for the year, Dykstra sports a .389 on-base percentage thanks to 51 walks.

Blake Tekotte reached base four times and added a sacrifice bunt. The leadoff hitter drew a walk, smoked his sixth homer and added a pair of singles, scoring twice and driving in three. It is his second straight three-hit night, upping his average to .236 – the highest it has been since May 6. The outfielder is hitting .316 across his last 15 games with 10 runs scored and a 12-to-6 walk-to-strikeout ratio.

Nick Schumacher picked up his third win of the year, working 3.2 scoreless innings. The right-hander yielded one hit over that span, striking out four. He also stranded three inherited runners, netting seven ground ball outs. Schumacher has won his last outings and has given up one earned over his last 14.1 innings. He has given up runs in three of his 10 outings, going at least two frames in seven of those. He has held the opposition to a .143 average with runners in scoring position.

DSL Padres (7-9) lost 7-5 to DSL Tigers in game one, lost game two 13-4

For the second straight game, three runs in the final frame – all unearned – gave the other team a victory. On Wednesday, just like the previous day, Jairo Gomez fielding error led to a loss. The tying run scored on his error this day and one batter later the game ended on a homer. Gomez made two miscues on the day and has six for the season – with four coming across his last four games. Gomez also went 0-for-3 at the dish but scored a run.

Esteban Javier was the hard luck loser, getting tagged for the three unearned runs on one walk and a homer while fanning one. He has not given up an earned run across nine innings of work this season while holding the opposition to a .125 average. The homer was the first extra base hit he has yielded on the year. He has yet to give up a hit in 10 at-bats with runners in scoring position and has stranded six of the seven runners he has inherited.

Severino Perez worked three innings, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk while striking out three and inducing a double play grounder. In his first outing, he worked a scoreless frame while walking one. Besides an injury setback that took time away from his debut last year, Perez was suspended for 50 games in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

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