Padres Prospect Report: June 23, 2009

Brian Lawrence gives up 10 hits in a Portland loss. San Antonio clinched the first half division title. The All-Stars were on display in Lake Elsinore and for Fort Wayne. Bo Davis has a solid debut and Chris Fetter takes the hill in an Emeralds loss. Jon Berger takes the loss in the desert, as the AZL Padres get shutout again. Juan Herrera pitches a gem in the DSL but the squad loses.

Portland (34-38) lost 4-1 to Reno (Diamondbacks)

Brian Lawrence surrendered four runs on 10 hits, a plunked batter, and a walk across six innings, striking out five in a 96-pitch effort. Lawrence gave up just one run his first time out for the Beavers. Last season, the right-hander gave up double-digit hit totals three times and allowed at least eight hits in seven of his 15 starts for the Richmond Braves of the International League.

Jose Lobaton had the only hit that mattered, smashing his third homer of the season in the eighth inning. The backstop has just five RBI across 33 games but is 19-for-55 – a .345 average - across his last 15 games with seven multi-hit games. He has upped his average from .158 to .250. Four of his eight extra base hits on the season have come across his last eight contests.

San Antonio (39-31) won 3-2 over Corpus Christi in 11 innings

With the first half division crown already wrapped up thanks to a Midland loss, the Missions put a punctuation mark on the first half title by getting a run in the eighth to tie the game at 2-2 and netting one in the 11th.

Mitch Canham led off the 11th inning with a solo homer – his second bomb of the season. The backstop had two hits on the day, netting a double earlier in the contest. Canham has homered in two of his last three games and has notched five extra base hits across his last five. Canham has registered seven RBI in his last three and nine in his last five. He has three straight multi-hit games.

Rolando Valdez worked two scoreless frames, yielding a walk while securing four fly ball outs to earn his first win of the season. The right-hander's efforts were part of 5.1 scoreless frames thrown by the bullpen. After walking one batter in his first 17.1 innings, the right-hander has issued eight free passes across his last nine frames, including a walk yielded in each of his last six outings. He has given up three runs in his last 12 frames, lowering his ERA from 6.28 to 4.44.

Lake Elsinore (39-31) had a scheduled day off for the All-Star game

Cory Luebke earned the starting nod for the California League All-Stars and posted a pair of scoreless frames. He gave up two hits and walked two while striking out three.

Jeremy McBryde threw a scoreless frame, working a 1-2-3 inning. He needed just nine pitches to work through the inning. Wynn Pelzer also worked a perfect frame, striking out two and netting a ground out on eight pitches.

Bryan Oland was charged with a run on one hit while striking out one. The hit – a triple – eventually led to a blown save in a one-run game. Logan Forsythe went 0-for-2 with a strikeout.

Fort Wayne (45-25) had a scheduled day off for the All-Star game

Anthony Bass picked up the victory for the East All-Stars in a 6-4 game. He worked a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk while striking out two.

Zach Herr earned a hold, giving up a walk and getting a ground out. Brad Brach finished the game, giving up a hit and striking out the final batter of the game.

Sawyer Carroll picked up four singles in as many at-bats, scoring once. He also stole two bases. James Darnell went 1-for-1 with a double, a walk and an RBI.

Eugene (1-3) lost 6-5 to Yakima (Diamondbacks)

Chris Fetter, a ninth-round pick by the Padres this year, got the starting nod and worked two innings, giving up one run on two hits and two walks while striking out three. He also tossed a wild pitch. Fetter finished third at Michigan in career victories (28), just ahead of Steve Howe (1977-79), and in strikeouts (281), seven behind leader Jim Burton (1969-71). He earned his second consecutive first-team All-Big Ten selection after going 7-3 with 103 strikeouts and 17 walks in 94 innings last season.

Bo Davis, a 24th-round pick, made his debut and reached base three times. He had two hits, including a triple, and was hit by a pitch while scoring twice and stealing a base. Davis led Southern Miss in batting average at .359 and home runs with 14 while slugging .627 and an on-base percentage of .481. He has four triples this season, giving him 15 for his career, which is a new school record, breaking the previous mark of 13 set by Chad Herbert. He also stole 10 bags in 12 attempts and sported a 46-to-43 walk-to-strikeout ratio.

Jeff Ibarra was tagged for a run without allowing a hit – sort of. The left-hander hit two batters and yielded a walk across 2.1 innings, striking out two and seeing a run cross his ledger. Ibarra worked mainly in relief roles over the past two years for Lee University. He finished 2009 with a 4-1 record and a 3.44 earned run average in helping the Flames to a third-place finish in the World Series and an overall record of 53-14.

AZL Padres (0-3) lost 5-0 to AZL Dodgers

Jon Berger, a 33rd-round pick by the Padres, gave up two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out seven across four innings. Berger made 15 appearances for the Aztecs in 2009, including 14 starts, compiling a mark of 4-5 with a 5.83 ERA. Over his 88 innings of work, he struck out 72 while walking only 12. His dozen bases on ball allowed ranked him 12th in the nation in walks allowed per nine innings (1.23) and he did not walk more than two batters in any contest in 2009.

Andrew Bovich, signed as an undrafted free agent on June 20, 2009, worked two innings, giving up one run on three hits while netting four ground ball outs. The senior left-hander posted a 13-1 record with Point Loma-Nazarene across 17 starts with five complete games and a 1.79 ERA. In 120.2 innings he allowed 110 hits, walked 28 and struck out 66.

Andrew Morton, also signed as an undrafted free agent on June 20 out of Belmont Abbey College, made his debut. The left-hander surrendered two runs on three hits while striking out a pair across two innings, netting three ground ball outs. The southpaw went 9-2 with a 3.76 ERA across 17 outings, including 12 starts, this season. In 91 innings he allowed 100 hits, walked 20 and struck out 70.

DSL Padres (10-10) lost 6-5 to DSL Tigers

Adan Velazquez picked up a pair of hits in four trips – the lone player to record a multi-hit game. Both of the hits went for extra bases, including his first homer of the season. Velazquez entered the game with just two extra base hits on the season through his first 16 games. His last three hits have gone for extras, although he is hitting just .155 on the season with two multi-hit games to his credit.

Marlon Claveria allowed five runs, four earned, on three hits, two hit batsmen and three walks across 2.2 innings. After not allowing any runs in his first outing, the Guatemala native has given up 11 runs on 14 hits, three hit batters and five walks across his last 9.1 innings. The leadoff man of the inning is reaching base at a .500 clip off the right-hander.

Juan Herrera tossed five scoreless innings, yielding three hits and a walk while striking out two and netting six ground ball outs. The right-hander has strung together 10 scoreless frames and has yielded just two earned across 16 frames. The Dominican native has given up just two hits in 17 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

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