Padres Prospect Report: June 25, 2009

Matt Antonelli goes yard in a loss. San Antonio gives up three hits but still takes a loss. Ali Solis has been an RBI machine for the Storm. Fort Wayne gets contributions from Blake Tekotte and Drew Cumberland. Nate Freiman breaks out but Pedro Hernandez is hammered hard again. Steve Garrison returns to the hill in the AZL. Erick Ojeda continues to throw well in the DSL.

Portland (34-39) lost 8-6 to Reno (Diamondbacks)

Michael O'Connor was on the hook for six runs, five earned, on eight hits and three walks across five innings, striking out two. The left-hander has given up eight runs on 11 hits in 7.1 innings since joining Portland. The opposition hit .309 off him while he was with Syracuse of the International League earlier this season, as he surrendered more hits than innings pitched in three of his seven starts. It is the third time he has given up four or more runs this season across two leagues.

Matt Antonelli hit his third homer of the season, shooting a three-run blast to left field in the third. The second baseman also drew a walk and scored two runs out of the leadoff spot. It was the first time this year he has hit first in the order, spending most of his time hitting eighth. Antonelli has a pair of three-RBI games across his last three and three such contests in his last seven. He is 10-for-26 – a .385 average – across his last 10.

San Antonio (0-2, 39-33) lost 1-0 to Corpus Christi (Astros)

Although the team surrendered just three hits, the Missions still wound up with the loss – thanks to a throwing error by Mitch Canham. Brandon Gomes was the victim, suffering his first loss of the year after yielding an unearned run on one hit and a wild pitch while fanning one. Gomes has tossed five wild pitches this season, three coming in his last six appearances. He has allowed runs in 13 of his 33 appearances with three of those netting only unearned runs.

On a day that Mat Latos was named to the Futures All-Star game, the right-hander yielded one hit over five innings, netting one strikeout while garnering seven ground ball outs. He was lifted after throwing just 49 pitches, including 75.5 percent of them for strikes. It is the third time he has gone at least five innings while not allowing a run in seven Double-A starts and the fifth time he has given up one run or less. He has also allowed one hit in three of his San Antonio starts and is holding the opposition to a .199 average.

Luis Durango was also named to the Futures All-Star game to be played on Sunday, July 12th at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Lake Elsinore (1-0, 40-31) won 5-3 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Corey Kluber surrendered three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out six and tossing two wild pitches across six innings to even his record at 6-6. The right-hander has issued a free pass to three or more seven times through 15 starts. He came into the game having uncorked four wild pitches all year. Kluber has given up three runs or less while going at least six innings six times this season.

Ali Solis had an RBI single and added a sacrifice bunt to score a run as part of a night that included a walk and a run scored. He also was 1-for-3 in catching base runners attempting to steal. The backstop now has 16 RBI in 19 California League games, including three straight multi-RBI games where eight runs have crossed. He has three sacrifice bunts on the season. Solis has thrown out 10 of the 21 base runners attempting to steal on him while with the Storm.

Fort Wayne (1-0, 46-25) won 8-4 over South Bend (Diamondbacks)

Blake Tekotte reached base three times with a pair of hits and a walk. He hit his eighth homer of the season on a 0-1 pitch in the second and notched four RBI and three runs scored on the day. Tekotte has a seven-game hitting streak where he has notched five multi-hit games. He has six extra base hits over that span with three homers, nine RBI and nine runs scored.

"He was being aggressive with his fastball and in my first at-bat, he walked me but wasn't afraid to come inside. The first pitch I fouled straight back, as I wasn't ready for it. He came right back and tried to hit the same spot and I caught it pretty good. I wanted to be aggressive with that first fastball."

"He has been swinging the bat well the last couple of weeks," manager Doug Dascenzo said. "When he gets a good pitch to hit, and he makes good contact, sometimes it goes a pretty good ways."

Drew Cumberland, hitting second, executed a perfect hit-and-run in the opening frame and had three hits, including his first bomb of the season. He also had two runs scored and two RBI. Cumberland also stole a base but was picked off first base as well. The shortstop is 11-for-11 in stolen base attempts but came into the game with four hits in his last 40 at-bats.

"I was looking for a good first pitch and it happened to be right there. A nut finds a squirrel every now and then. It felt good to actually get it."

"I was trying to get a steal. He had a short leg kick and Tom Tornicasa told me to watch the pick from the catcher. When it happened, I was kicking myself for not paying attention. I saw the ball go high and then him turn my way – I knew I was caught."

"(Matt) Clark and (Sawyer) Carroll leave and Tekotte and Cumberland take over the power spots," Dascenzo joked.

Simon Castro went five innings to pick up his fifth victory. He allowed four runs on a season-high nine hits and two walks while striking out six. This is the third time he has allowed four or more runs. Castro has given up more than seven hits just twice this season and is holding the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .247 average.

"In the first inning, I was figuring out what I had today," Castro said of his two walks yielded after getting the first out of the game. "The umpire was tough on me the first inning. I threw a couple of pitches I thought were strikes but it is fine. That is baseball. I couldn't throw my fastball for a strike in that inning, but it got better and I was able to locate it better."

"Castro was throwing good early on and they started to get aggressive later on," Dascenzo said. "They do a lot with the hit-and-run and we have to watch out for that. They pushed a few runs across on him."

Eugene (1-5) lost 12-6 to Yakima (Diamondbacks)

Pedro Hernandez was hammered to the tune of five runs on eight hits and a walk across 2.1 innings – hitting a batter, tossing a wild pitch and getting nicked for a balk. Hernandez has given up 10 runs on 13 hits across 5.1 innings in the Northwest League, allowing at least five runs in both starts. The Venezuelan native did not allow more than two earned runs in any of his eight starts last season for the DSL Padres.

Joey Railey had four hits in five at-bats, including a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Railey had been 0-for-8 with an RBI across two leagues coming into the contest. Railey split last season between Eugene and the AZL Padres. With the Emeralds, the second baseman hit .219 across 21 games with nine runs scored. In Peoria, Railey batted .255 across 18 contests with seven runs scored and eight RBI.

Nate Freiman, an eight-round pick this season, had three hits, including a pair of doubles, but did not figure into the scoring. The first baseman came into the game with one hit in his first 21 at-bats in professional ball. Freiman led Duke University in batting average (.352), home runs (20) and RBI (62) for the third straight year, earning second team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors. He broke the Blue Devils' all-time home run record as a senior and became only the second player in school history to hit 20 home runs in a season.

AZL Padres (0-4) lost 3-2 to AZL Mariners in 11 innings

Steve Garrison was back on the hill and went five innings, giving up two unearned runs on three hits and three walks while fanning seven and recording five ground ball outs. It was his first competitive action since August 14, 2008 while with San Antonio. The left-hander went 7-7 with a 3.82 ERA last season for the Missions across 24 starts. In 129.2 innings he allowed 123 hits, walked 37 and struck out 108. Garrison underwent surgery in October.

Brett Holland tossed a pair of scoreless innings, giving up two hits and netting five ground ball outs. A 49th-round pick by the Padres, Holland went 9-5 with one save, a 3.24 ERA and 114 strikeouts on the year for Texas-Tyler. His 114 strikeouts were the third most in all of Division III. Holland ended his four-year career as Patriot with a 27-5 record and a lifetime ERA of 3.07. He will go down in the UT-Tyler record books as the Patriots' all-time strikeout leader with 284.

Juan Chavez took the loss, giving a run on two hits, a walk and a hit batsman across one-third of an inning. Chavez had tossed a pair of scoreless innings in his season debut. The right-hander went 3-3 with a 4.45 ERA across 15 games, including seven starts, with the DSL Padres a season ago. He allowed 46 hits in 60.2 innings, walking 13, hitting five batters and tossing 13 wild pitches.

DSL Padres (11-11) won 5-4 over DSL Diamondbacks

Adan Velazquez collected two of the DSL Padres three hits and scored one of their runs, as four RBI came without the benefit of a base knock. The second baseman also swiped his fourth bag of the season. Velazquez matched a season high with his three-game hitting streak and is 5-for-11 to raise his average from .130 to .185. He has scored a run in three straight and five of his last six.

Ruben Mejia went five strong, giving up two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out a half dozen. He gave up a pair of extra base hits, including a homer. Mejia has given up four earned runs on 11 hits across his first 16 innings of work. He has notched three double play grounders in his last two games, including one on Thursday. Right-handed hitters are batting .156 off him.

Erick Ojeda earned his second win of the season, surrendering two runs, one earned, on three hits and a wild pitch while striking out three. Ojeda has allowed seven runs on the season but just two have been earned. He has held the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .167 average. Thursday marked the first time he did not hit a batter across four outings.

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