Padres Prospect Report: June 26, 2009

Tim Stauffer grabs a win in his first start; Peter Ciofrone contributes to a doubleheader sweep. Cedric Hunter nets four hits; Brian Joynt hits a grannie. Beamer Weems continues his streak. Stiven Osuna tosses five scoreless; Dan Robertson has three RBI. Bo Davis has three hits; Chris Wilkes takes his second loss. Five unearned push Simon Berroa to loss two. Hans Wilson has three hits.

Portland (36-39) won 10-3 over Reno in game one, won 2-0 in game two

Tim Stauffer earned the opening game win, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out six across five innings. He tossed 76 pitches, including 50 for strikes. Two of the three hits went for extras while one left the yard. Stauffer worked exclusively out of the pen with San Antonio, going 1-0 with one save and a 1.89 ERA across 12 outings. He allowed 13 hits and four walks in 19 frames, striking out 12.

Peter Ciofrone went 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and two runs scored in the opener. The outfielder also added a two-run double in the nightcap. Ciofrone finished the doubleheader with three hits in seven trips, including a pair of extra base hits. He scored two runs and drove in three. Ciofrone is 5-for-11 over his last three and his pair of multi-hit games in successive games was the first time he accomplished the feat this season – coming in games 46 and 47.

San Antonio (1-2, 40-33) won 10-7 over Midland (A's)

Cedric Hunter pounded out four hits, including a pair of doubles, in five at-bats. He also scored a run, notched two RBI and stole his fifth base. The outfielder has five multi-hit games in his last seven while scoring a run in eight of his last 10. Hunter is 21-for-66 over his last 15 games, a .318 average, with 10 RBI and 13 runs scored.

Brian Joynt hit a grand slam in the second inning – his third homer of the season – and reached base three times, adding a walk and a single while scoring twice. Joynt has three straight multi-hit games and six in his last seven. The outfielder is 3-for-5 with the bases loaded this year and is hitting .382 across his last 19 games with nine extra base hits and 15 RBI.

Cesar Carrillo picked up the win despite allowing seven runs across five innings. He gave up nine hits, three going for extra bases, and yielded five runs in the opening frame. The win was his second in a row after not earning a victory since May 8. Carrillo has given up four runs or more in three straight and in nine of his 15 starts overall.

Lake Elsinore (2-0, 41-31) won 11-6 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Beamer Weems extended his on base streak to 33 games, going 2-for-3 with a walk while getting plunked by a pitch. He added his 10th double, scored twice and notched four RBI. The shortstop also swiped his seventh base in 12 attempts. Weems is 33-for-100 over the streak with 18 RBI, 24 runs scored and a 29-to-17 walk-to-strikeout ratio. Weems has been on base in all but one of his 53 games played in the California League.

Sawyer Carroll went 1-for-3 with two walks and two RBI hitting out the three-hole, giving him RBI in each of his first two California League games. The Midwest League All-Star MVP hit .316 with the TinCaps prior to his promotion, netting 26 extra base hits, 43 runs scored and 40 RBI. He also drew 40 walks compared to 57 strikeouts and stole 14 bases in 19 attempts.

Fort Wayne (2-0, 47-25) won 11-2 over South Bend (Diamondbacks)

Blake Tekotte homered for the second time in as many games, fourth time in his last seven and ninth time this season. The center fielder went 2-for-4, scored a pair of runs and added a sacrifice fly to give him two RBI. He has scored five runs across his last two games and 11 in his last eight. He also has 11 RBI in his last seven. His homer came during an eight-pitch at-bat and on a 1-2 count.

"He has great stuff," Tekotte said of his homer off Wade Miley. "I was trying to battle. He threw some great sliders low and away. I was trying to get a piece of it. I had some not so great swings and managed to get a piece of it. Then he left one a little up and in and I was able to take advantage of that."

"The guys swung the bat well and had great at-bats," manager Doug Dascenzo said. "They ran the bases aggressively. (Justin) Baum going from home to second and (Cole) Figueroa in the ninth inning with a hustle double. That is the kind of game these guys have to play and they did a nice job."

Dan Robertson had two hits in five trips and three RBI, including a two-run bloop single on a broken bat. The outfielder has an RBI in four straight and seven of his last eight. He is hitting .500 with the bases loaded this year and .400 with runners in scoring position. He also made a stellar defensive play to gun down a runner at second base.

"I am just trying to get a ball to the middle of the field," Robertson said of his approach with the bases loaded. "The guy was a supplemental first-round pick so you want to get after him early. He broke my bat – but it fell."

"I was being aggressive," Robertson said of his outfield assist. "I saw the ball kick off and when I was an infielder, the barehand was my forte. I knew that guy could run a little bit so I told myself when I got the ball that I had to get rid of it."

Stiven Osuna did not allow a run across five innings, yielding three hits and a trio of walks while striking out six to pick up his first win since May 21. It is the sixth time he has allowed two runs or less in a start and the fourth time he has given up one run or less while working five or more innings. In his previous two outings – in relief – Osuna gave up nine runs on 11 hits and three walks over five frames.

"He has always had good command of his changeup and breaking ball," pitching coach Tom Bradley said. "It is just his fastball. His head gets outside of his leg and it causes his upper body to spin and be out of the zone. He did a good job of recognizing that today. It was a quality outing.

"Three (of the strikeouts) were on curveballs. His curveball had good downward action on it. His off-speed pitches are fine. It is about getting better command of the fastball."

"I was focused on going pitch-by-pitch and inning-by-inning," Osuna said through a translator. "I was able to concentrate every single pitch and control the strike zone better. My changeup was working well but I was throwing all three today."

"Excellent job," Dascenzo said. "The last two outings he struggled going two innings with an upper 40 pitch count. He really stepped up today and had a nice outing. All three pitches were good. Every once and a while he gets up in the zone but that is because of his delivery. He kind of rushes a little bit and his arm can't catch up."

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

Chris Wilkes suffered his second loss in as many starts for the Emeralds. The right-hander went four innings, giving up four runs, two earned, on seven hits and two walks on a day that saw four unearned runs cross. Wilkes has given up nine runs on 13 hits across his first eight innings of work. His two walks matched a career-high set earlier this year in Lake Elsinore.

Bo Davis had a night of perfection but did not figure into the scoring. Playing as the designated hitter, Davis went 3-for-3 with two doubles and was hit by a pitch. He did get thrown out at third base trying to stretch one of his doubles into a triple to end the third. Davis has been hit by a pitch in three of his first four games. He has three extra base hits on the season and a pair of multi-hit games.

Emmanuel Quiles went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. He also threw out the only runner attempting to steal. The backstop has throw out two of the eight runners attempting to take an extra base this year. Quiles has a four-game hitting streak and is 7-for-15 over that span with a sacrifice bunt. Quiles hit .211 across 42 games with Eugene a season ago, notching five extra base hits and 11 RBI. He also drew 14 walks compared to 34 strikeouts.

AZL Padres (0-5) lost 6-3 to AZL Rangers

Rymer Liriano secured a pair of hits in four trips, notching his second double, a run scored and two RBI. The outfielder has a hit in three straight but struck out seven times in his first 13 at-bats before not fanning on Friday. Liriano hit .198 across 67 games with the DSL Padres last season, notching 24 extra base hits, including a DSL Padres record nine homers. He did strikeout in 45.7 percent of his at-bats.

Simon Berroa dropped his second game in as many starts. The right-hander allowed three runs, one earned, on one hit, a walk and a balk on a night that saw five unearned runs cross. Berroa did not record an out in his first start, giving up five runs, four earned, on two hits and three walks. The AZL Padres have made 15 errors this season with five going to Jonathan Galvez.

Luis De La Cruz contributed two scoreless frames, giving up two hits while striking out a pair. He has tossed four scoreless to open the year. Last season, the right-hander went 1-4 with one save and a 3.64 ERA across 14 outings, including nine starts with the DSL Padres. In 47 innings he allowed 38 hits and walked 30 while striking out 30.

DSL Padres (11-12) lost 5-4 to DSL Rockies

Hans Wilson had three singles in five at-bats and scored a pair of runs. He also was credited with four caught stealing on six attempts. Wilson had thrown out one of the eight base runners attempting to steal coming into the game. The Mexico native has notched a hit in six of his last seven games with the only contest not netting a hit coming in a pinch-hit appearance. Friday was his first multi-hit game.

Freddys Henrique gave up two runs, both unearned, on three hits and three walks while plunking a pair and striking out one across four innings. The Venezuela native has not had three outings where he has gone four innings and allowed one earned or less. His other two outings have seen 13 runs cross in seven innings.

Esteban Javier took the blown save and a loss. He came on with a man on in the eighth and allowed that inherited runner to score. He also gave up a run of his own on one hit and two walks while striking out three across a pair of innings. Javier had not allowed an earned run across his first 9.1 innings and had stranded eight of the nine runners he had inherited coming into the game.

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