Padres Prospect Report: June 22, 2009

San Antonio moved a game closer to a first half title, despite nine runs allowed by Nathan Culp. Brian Joynt provided the game-tying homer and scored a run that put them ahead in the 10th. Eugene picked up their first win of the season with Jason Codiroli and Vince Belnome pacing the offense. Pedro Martinez is stellar for the DSL Padres while Carlos Garcia goes deep.

Portland (34-37) had a scheduled day off

San Antonio (38-31) won 12-10 over Corpus Christi (Astros)

Brian Joynt tied the game up 9-9 in the eighth inning with his second homer of the season, a solo shot, and one of three on the day for the Missions. After Kellen Kulbacki was thrown out at the plate in the 10th, Brian Joynt would score on a wild pitch to give San Antonio a 10-9 lead. The outfielder had two hits and a walk while scoring three times. Joynt has three straight multi-hit games and four in his last five games. He has notched four extra base hits over his last five, going 9-for-22 with seven runs scored.

Nathan Culp was rocked for nine runs on 12 hits, a hit batsman, and a walk across four-plus innings. The southpaw surrendered three homers – all solo shots and nine singles. It is the second time this year he has allowed nine runs in a start and the second time he has given up double-digit hits. Culp had allowed five earned runs in his previous three starts against Corpus Christi and had not given up an earned run in his previous 21 innings.

Lance Zawadzki, who was named Texas League Player of the Week on Monday, hit a grand slam in the fourth inning that gave the Missions a brief 7-5 lead. It was his lone hit of the night but gave him three hits in as many at-bats with the bases loaded in Double-A play. All three of his hits in those situations have gone for extra bases, as he has notched nine of his 18 RBI on the season with the bases juiced. His streak of five straight multi-hit games was snapped, but he is 16-for-26 over his last six.

San Antonio maintained their one-game lead over Midland, who won 4-2, heading into the first half finale on Tuesday. If they win or Midland loses, San Antonio will win the first half crown.

Lake Elsinore (39-31) had a scheduled day off

Fort Wayne (45-25) had a scheduled day off

Eugene (1-2) won 7-5 over Salem-Keizer (Giants)

Jason Codiroli led off the game with a homer for the second time in three games – one of three Eugene bombs by the beginning of the second frame. Codiroli had just one homer all of last season. He went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI, giving him four RBI – including one in each of his first three games. Codiroli hit .309 last year across 51 games with the AZL Padres. With a 31-to-33 walk-to-strikeout ratio, the outfielder sported a .422 on-base percentage. He also stole 15 bags in 22 attempts, batting mostly out of the leadoff spot.

Vince Belnome had two hits in four trips, both going for extra bases. He hit a two-run bomb in the opening frame and added a run-scoring double. A 28th-round pick out of West Virginia, Belnome hit .418 with a school record 84 RBI during his junior season. The infielder notched a team-leading .519 on-base percentage to go along with 20 doubles, drawing 42 walks compared to 35 strikeouts. His career numbers at West Virginia include a .388 average with 14 home runs and 174 RBIs, tying former Mountaineer Stan Posluszny for second place on the school's career list.

David Erickson worked a scoreless ninth to pick up the save in the Emeralds first win of the season. He gave up one hit and struck out one. He has worked two scoreless to begin the season, striking out three. Erickson, a 32nd-round pick by the Padres, went 0-2 with a 3.21 ERA across 27 appearances for UConn, saving 12 games. In 28 innings, he allowed 23 hits, walked 11 and struck out 33.

AZL Padres (0-2) lost 6-0 to AZL Indians

Julian Alvarez threw out nearly as many runners at home as the AZL Padres had hits. The outfielder was credited with a pair of outfield assists, gunning down two runners at home plate. He put a perfect relay to Ryan Skube in the first and hit his catcher square in the third to end the third. Alvarez went 0-for-3 at the dish with a walk and three strikeouts.

Simon Berroa took the loss. All five batters he faced in the top half of the first reached base before he was replaced. The right-hander issued three walks and surrendered two hits, giving up five runs, four earned. Berroa missed the entire 2008 season and was last seen pitching for the DSL Padres in 2007. In that season, he made 13 starts and went 0-9 with a 4.42 ERA. In 59 innings he allowed 63 hits, walked 22 and struck out 42.

Adys Portillo made his long awaited debut. The prized right-hander from the July 2 International signing period of 2008 contributed three innings of one-run ball. He came in with two inherited runners in the first and saw one of those come around to score. The lone run came on a solo homer, as he yielded three hits and two walks while fanning one. Three of his outs came by way of ground outs.

DSL Padres (10-9) won 8-5 over DSL Indians

Pedro Martinez picked up the victory, yielding one hit and two walks while striking out four over four scoreless relief innings. The left-hander has given up just two runs on four hits across his last 12 innings of work, striking out 10. He has held the opposition to a .132 average on the year and has not given up a hit in 10 at-bats with runners in scoring position. He has held right-handed batters to six hits in 49 at-bats.

Jairo Gomez collected a pair of doubles – his fourth and fifth of the year – and notched an RBI while scoring a run. Gomez has a four-game hitting streak where he is 6-for-16 with three doubles and two RBI. He has secured four multi-hit games on the year and is hitting .318 with runners in scoring position. All six of his extra base hits this season has come against right-handed pitchers.

Carlos Garcia smacked his fourth homer of the year, sending a two-run blast into the night in the fourth. He had three RBI on the day to give him a team-leading 21, which ranks second in the Dominican Summer League. His four homers are tied for fifth most. Garcia has homered three times over his last six games and all four have come across his last nine. He has three games with three or more RBI and has driven in 11 over his last five contests.

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