Padres Prospect Report: June 20, 2009

Matt Buschmann drops his eighth. Lance Zawadzki has six hits and Seth Johnston drives in five. Cory Luebke gets win number eight. Fort Wayne wins two, as Eduardo Perez and Nick Schmidt are stellar while Sawyer Carroll and Adam Zornes do the job at the dish. Pedro Hernandez gives up a grand slam in the Eugene opener and Edinson Rincon has three RBI. Freddys Henrique has a bounce back performance.

Portland (33-37) lost 4-0 to Las Vegas (Blue Jays)

Matt Buschmann gave up three runs on 10 hits and a walk while striking out three across six innings in a loss. The right-hander saw men in scoring position in all but one frame. It was the second game in a row and fourth time on the year that he has given up double-digit hit totals. It is the sixth time in 14 starts that he has given up three runs or less but just the fifth time it has been a quality start. His eight losses are tied for the Pacific Coast League lead.

Drew Macias went 2-for-4 with his eighth double of the year. The outfielder also gunned down a runner at home in the fourth. The outfielder came into the game with five hits in his previous 45 at-bats, seeing his average drop from .257 to .211. The slide comes since he was hit in the hand during an at-bat on June 2. The double was his first extra base hit since June 1. Macias has five outfield assists on the season.

San Antonio (36-31) won 18-7 over Midland (A's)

Seven players recorded at least two hits, eight scored a run and seven had RBI, as the Missions recorded a season-high in runs scored and hits (20).

Seth Johnston had a bases clearing double during a six-run fourth. The third baseman had two hits in nine at-bats with the bases loaded prior to that double and upped his RBI total to nine in those situations this season. Johnston also added a two-run single to push his RBI total to five for the game – a career-high – during a nine-run sixth and had three hits on the night. It is his second three-hit night of the season.

Lance Zawadzki set a career-high with six hits – all singles – while scoring four times and driving in one. He also swiped his second base in Double-A and fifth of the year in six attempts across two leagues. He notched four hits in a game three times last season with Fort Wayne, the last coming on August 7, his previous high. Zawadzki has four straight multi-hit games, going 13-for-17 over that span. He has pushed his average from .246 to .365 in the process.

Mitch Canham hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning, his first homer of the season coming in game 51. The backstop ended the day with two hits in four trips along with a sacrifice fly. He drove in four runs and scored a pair. Canham came into the game with eight hits in his previous 42 at-bats, a .190 average. He has 12 extra base hits on the season with just five in his previous 39 contests.

Lake Elsinore (38-31) won 10-1 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Brad Chalk hit a three-run homer in the second inning, his first bomb of the season. It was his lone hit on a 1-for-5 night but a pitch hit him for the fourth time this year. Normally in the leadoff spot, Chalk hit second on Saturday. The outfielder is hitting .369 with runners in scoring position this season with a .411 on-base percentage as compared to his .275 average with the bases empty.

Cory Luebke yields an unearned run across five innings, giving up three hits and a walk while striking out two to improve to 8-2. He recorded nine ground ball outs and the unearned run scored due to his error. Luebke has allowed two runs or less in eight straight starts and in 11 of his 14 overall. This is the fourth time the southpaw has given up three hits or less. Luebke leads the California League with 88.1 innings of work, averaging 6-1/3 innings per start.

Danny Payne clubbed a pair of extra base hits, smacking his third homer of the year in the seventh and notching his eighth double. Payne also drew a walk and scored three times. The outfielder is hitting .294 over his last 15 games with six of his 13 extra base hits on the year coming over that span. Payne is hitting .307 with the bases empty as compared to his .147 mark with runners on base.

Fort Wayne (45-24) won 7-3 over South Bend (Diamondbacks) in completion of suspended game, won 4-1 in game two (seven innings)

Sawyer Carroll collected three hits in the opener and drew a walk, scoring a pair of runs and driving in two. The homer was his fifth, but he did get caught stealing for the fifth time in 19 attempts. Carroll has three three-hit games in his last six and nine such games on the year. Over his last 45 games, Carroll is hitting .356 with 34 runs scored, 26 RBI and 20 extra base hits.

Eduardo Perez picked up the win – his second – tossing four innings of scoreless ball. The right-hander worked to the minimum, retiring all 12 batters he faced and struck out two. The Venezuelan native has given up one earned run over his last 14 innings, lowering his ERA from 9.53 to 3.20 in the process. He has held the opposition to a .212 average and has struck out 10 in his last 12 frames.

Nick Schmidt improved to 4-0, yielding an unearned run on three hits, a hit batsman and a walk across five innings while fanning five. The left-hander has given up one earned run in his last 31.1 innings. Over that span he has given up 17 hits while striking out 35. He has lowered his ERA from 6.64 to 2.79 in the process. Across his last 22 innings, the opposition is hitting .145 off him.

Adam Zornes went 2-for-3 with walk and a second inning double – his eighth – that scored a pair. It was his fifth multi-RBI game of the year. It was his fourth multi-hit game of the season and first since May 5. The backstop came into the game with one hit in his previous 28 at-bats. Zornes has struck out in 42.2 percent of his at-bats, fanning 49 times in 116 at-bats.

Eugene (0-1) lost 5-4 to Salem-Keizer (Giants)

Pedro Hernandez got the Opening Day nod after spending the previous year in the Dominican Summer League. The left-hander gave up a grand slam as part of a five-run fifth. He was on the hook for five runs, four earned, on five hits and a hit batsman while fanning three. Skipping a level, Hernandez went 7-2 with a 1.42 ERA across 14 games, including eight starts, for the DSL Padres a season ago. In 63.1 innings, he allowed 50 hits, walked just six and struck out 74. He held left-handed hitters to a .185 average.

Edinson Rincon singled in a pair in the fifth and added another run-scoring single in the seventh. Rincon finished with three hits and a walk while driving in three. Rincon did, however, commit his first error of the year. The third baseman hit .308 across 23 games with the AZL Padres a season ago. He has two extra base hits over that time but notched 19 RBI thanks to a .429 mark with runners in scoring position.

Tyson Bagley worked three scoreless innings, giving up one hit and two walks while notching six fly ball outs. Bagley went 1-0 last season for the Emeralds while posting a 3.57 ERA across 22 games, including six starts. He allowed 31 hits in 40.1 innings but also walked 27. Bagley fanned 50 while holding the opposition to a .203 average against.

DSL Padres (9-9) won 3-0 over DSL Tigers

Jeury Castillo toed the rubber for five scoreless frames. The Dominican Republic native surrendered three hits, did not walk a batter and struck out four. Castillo had walked at least two while giving up at least two runs in each of his first three outings. Castillo has held the opposition to a .196 average on the year and has given up just two hits in 22 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Freddys Henrique improved to 1-2, working to one over the minimum in four scoreless frames. He gave up one hit and struck out four, recording six ground ball outs. The Venezuelan right-hander had given up eight runs on nine hits in his previous outing and 13 runs on 14 hits across his previous seven innings. The leadoff man of the inning has reached base in seven of the 15 frames he has started.

Yair Lopez reached base twice with a single and a walk, recording the only RBI of the game for the DSL Padres. The outfielder also stole his fifth base. While Lopez has just 13 hits through 18 games, the Dominican native sports a .450 on-base percentage thanks to his 24-to-12 walk-to-strikeout ratio. Lopez has drawn two or more walks eight times this year.

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