Padres Prospect Report: June 21, 2009

Sean Kazmar and Matt Antonelli spawned a ninth-inning comeback. Michael Collins had four hits and four RBI in a key San Antonio win. Ali Solis hits a grand slam and Danny Payne continues his hot-hitting ways. Erik Davis is clobbered in the second, ending any thought of a win. Chris Wilkes is perfect through four but not the fifth. John Hussey returns to the hill in the AZL.

Portland (34-37) won 10-9 over Las Vegas (Blue Jays)

Will Inman surrendered five runs on 10 hits across six innings. The right-hander tossed 90 pitches, striking out four. He gave up four extra base hits, including a homer. The right-hander has allowed five runs or more in each of his last three starts and in four of his last five. The homer was the 10th he has allowed in seven Pacific Coast League starts. Only once since coming to Triple-A has he notched a homer-free game.

Sean Kazmar reached base four times from the nine hole in the lineup, notching a pair of singles, a double and a walk. He drove in four on the day and stole his third base in four attempts while scoring a run. Kazmar has been on base in nine of his last 10 games, going 10-for-34 with six walks for a .400 on-base percentage. He has secured three multi-RBI games across his last eight. His final hit capped a five-run ninth, as the bottom half of the lineup collected nine hits, two walks, seven RBI and five runs scored.

Luis Martinez, playing in his first game above High-A, came to bat with two men on and the Beavers down by two with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. The backstop recorded his third hit of the game in five at-bats to load the bases. Martinez was hitting .290 across 46 games with Lake Elsinore and extended his hitting streak to six games. Martinez had a 27-game on base streak from late April till early June where he hit .337 with a .417 on-base percentage.

Matt Antonelli hammered his second double of the game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth with the Beavers down by two and the bases loaded. The two-bagger cleared the bases and gave Portland a one-run lead. It was his third hit of the night – all going for extra bases and he also drew a walk and scored a pair of runs. It was his second three-hit night across his last five and the second time he secured three RBI over that span. Six of his 10 extra base hits have come across his last eight games.

San Antonio (37-31) won 8-5 over Midland (A's)

The Missions entered the game in a first place tie with Midland with three games till the conclusion of the first half and picked up a game on the A's affiliate with the win.

Michael Collins hit a three-run blast in the seventh – his third bomb of the year – and finished with four hits and four RBI. Collins was credited with his third passed ball of the year. All three of his homers have come with runners on base where he is hitting .326 – as opposed to his .196 mark with the bases empty. The catcher came into the game with five hits in his previous 32 at-bats.

Cedric Hunter had two hits in five trips, including his third triple of the season. The outfielder also scored a pair of runs out of the two-hole in the lineup. Hunter has scored a run in five straight games and in eight of his last 10. He has hit .178 out of the two-hole in the lineup while hitting .317 when he bats elsewhere in the lineup. Hunter has been on base in each of his last 15 games.

Lake Elsinore (39-31) won 11-6 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Ali Solis keyed a five-run ninth inning with his grand slam – his second homer in the California League. He came on in a defensive switch and was 1-for-2. The homer was his first hit in seven at-bats with the bases loaded across two leagues. Solis has six RBI in his last two games and while he is hitting .222 with runners in scoring position for the Storm, the backstop has 14 RBI in 18 games.

Danny Payne reached base four times, going 2-for-3 with a pair of walks. One of his hits left the yard for a solo homer, his fourth, and he scored two runs. The outfielder also swiped a pair of bags to give him eight for the year in 13 attempts. Payne has homered in successive games and has successive multi-hit contests. Across his last 18, Payne is hitting .315 with a .464 on-base percentage.

Beamer Weems extended his on base streak to 31, one shy of Logan Forsythe who extended his streak to 32 with a single. Weems reached base three times – all on walks, scored a run and drove in one. The shortstop is hitting .303 across his last 32 games with 26 walks. He is second in the California League to Forsythe with a .464 on-base percentage.

Fort Wayne (45-25) lost 8-3 to South Bend (Diamondbacks)

Erik Davis gave up nine hits and eight runs in the bottom of the second and was done by the end of the fourth. He surrendered 10 hits on the day in a loss that set career-highs in hits and runs allowed. Davis had given up eight runs total in his first four starts and saw his overall ERA spike from 3.43 to 4.70 – the highest it has been all season. The opposition is hitting .327 off him with runners in scoring position

Colin Lynch contributed a pair of scoreless innings, giving up two hits while striking out a pair and recording four ground ball outs. Lynch has given up one run across 6.2 innings of work, holding the opposition to a .217 average. He has held the opposition hitless in seven at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Adam Zornes collected three hits, including his ninth double, and drove in one of the three TinCaps runs. He also went 0-for-1 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal. His three hits are a season-high and gave him multi-hit games in successive contests for the second time this year. He has contributed an RBI in three straight. Zornes has thrown out 12 of the 55 runners attempting to steal, good for 21.8 percent.

Eugene (0-2) lost 8-4 to Salem-Keizer (Giants)

Chris Wilkes had a perfect game through four, retiring the first 12 he faced. A leadoff double in the fifth spawned a five-run frame – with all runs going on Wilkes' ledger. He gave up six hits and struck out four while netting eight ground ball outs. Wilkes went 0-1 with a 10.13 ERA across three outings with Lake Elsinore, giving up six runs across 5.1 innings on nine hits and four walks. Wilkes was 7-1 last year for the AZL Padres, giving up one run or less in seven of his 10 starts.

"Things were working for me real well," Wilkes said. "I could put my pitches where I wanted; my slider and changeup were working real well and I was beating them in on the fastball, then in the fifth is when I went away from going in on them, and that's when they started getting those little bloop hits and broken-bat singles."

Tyler Mead gave up a hit on the very first pitch he threw and hit a batter with his second pitch. He would walk the third batter he faced before getting pulled from the game. Mead had not thrown a pitch in a game since August 28, 2007 – missing the entire 2008 season to injury. All three runners would score. Mead went 2-4 with a 4.34 ERA in 2007 for the AZL Padres. In 58 innings he allowed 64 hits and 23 walks while striking out 39.

Griffin Benedict went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI on a night that saw the Emeralds finish 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. He did go 0-for-1 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal. A 16th-round pick by the Padres out of Georgia Southern, Benedict led his team with 14 homers while clubbing 17 doubles. He also scored 67 runs and notched 65 RBI, walking more times than he struck out (34-to-31). He was one of two players in the program's history to record 60 runs scored and 60 RBI in successive years.

AZL Padres (0-1) lost 10-5 to AZL Royals

John Hussey worked a scoreless inning, issuing two walks while striking out one. It was the first time Hussey has worked in a game since September 4, 2007 with the Eugene Emeralds. He missed the 2008 season due to injury. Hussey split 2007 between Fort Wayne and Eugene. With the then Wizards, the right-hander went 0-5 with a 7.50 ERA across six starts. In Eugene, Hussey went 4-5 with a 6.66 ERA across 22 games, including seven starts.

Daniel Garce reached base three times with a walk, a single and a double. The third baseman also scored a run and had an RBI. He did, however, commit two of the five AZL Padres errors. Garce hit .193 last season for the DSL Padres across 58 games. He had six extra base hits in 181 at-bats and compiled a 17-to-61 walk-to-strikeout ratio. Garce played mostly second base and shortstop a year ago, making 17 errors.

Stalyn Valdez took the loss, giving up two runs on three hits across two innings, both coming on a two-run bomb in the eighth. Valdez went 1-6 with a 4.30 ERA across 13 games, including eight starts, for the DSL Padres a season ago. In 58.2 innings he allowed 61 hits and 16 walks while fanning 44. He gave up just three homers over that span and limited the opposition to a .203 average with runners in scoring position.

DSL Padres had a scheduled day off

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