Padres Prospect Report: June 28, 2009

Chad Huffman's homer provide the only runs in a loss. Ernesto Frieri is pounded and given an early exit. Lake Elsinore scores 33 in a record-setting game. Fort Wayne wins its 10th straight at home and we have reaction from Anthony Bass' gem. Jason Hagerty makes a statement in his debut. AZL Padres get their first win.

Portland (36-41) lost 3-2 to Colorado Springs (Rockies) in 10 innings

A day after driving in three with a 2-for-4 night, Chad Huffman staked the Beavers to a 2-0 lead with his 11th homer of the season. It was the fifth time this year he has gone yard with runners on base. Prior to Saturday, Huffman had been myriad in a 2-for-43 slump over a 13-game span – a .047 average. His average had dropped from .269 to .227. Huffman ended the day with two hits in four trips.

Brian Lawrence allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits and a walk while striking out five and netting a double play grounder across eight innings in a no-decision. Lawrence has now had two games where he has allowed two runs and one earned sandwiched around a four-run game. While the opposition is hitting .282 off him, he has kept them to a .158 average with runners in scoring position.

San Antonio (1-4, 40-35) lost 7-4 to Midland (A's)

Midland scored in each of the first three innings off Ernesto Frieri before he was removed, having thrown 78 pitches, in his shortest outing of the season. The right-hander was on the hook for five runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out four. It marked just the second time all year he has given up five or more runs. Frieri had surrendered four runs across his previous three starts and seven over his last five.

Logan Forsythe continues to reach base at a steady clip. The third baseman went 2-for-4 with a walk, a triple, a run scored and an RBI. He has been on base in each game since joining Double-A, extending his on base streak to 36 games across two leagues. He is sporting a .588 on-base percentage with the Missions, notching six hits and four walks in four games. He reached base 2.18 times per game with the Storm.

Lake Elsinore (3-1, 42-32) won 33-18 over High Desert (Mariners)

The Storm scored eight runs in the opening frame and by the second inning every member of the squad had scored a run. The Storm finished with 32 hits, breaking the California League record of 29 shared by Stockton (Aug. 1, 1993) and Rancho Cucamonga (Aug. 10, 1997). Lake Elsinore was one run scored away from setting a California League record, which was set in 1947 by Fresno with 34. Two years ago, the Storm scored 30 runs in a win over Lancaster.The 51 combined runs is a new Cal League record, with the previous mark set at 44.

Felix Carrasco set a new career-high with six RBI, going 4-for-7 with a walk, two doubles and a triple. The first baseman also scored four times. His previous high had been four RBI – something he has accomplished four times in his career, last occurring on May 7. Carrasco has a hit in five straight and five extra base hit in his last four. He is hitting .333 with runners in scoring position.

Matt Clark, who led the Midwest League with his 55 RBI before his promotion, had five hits on Sunday, including a pair of homers, as the first baseman fell a double shy of the cylcle. Clark, who hit 11 homers with Fort Wayne, scored seven times, had a pair of walks and drove in five. Clark has a hit in each of his four games with the Storm and has scored at least one run in each of those games. He also has a three-game RBI streak.

Jeremy McBryde was charged with a career-high 11 runs on a career-high 13 hits and a walk while striking out six across 4.2 innings. The right-hander surrendered seven extra base hits, including three homers. It is the second time in three games he has allowed at least eight runs but the third time in 13 outings overall that he has yielded five or more. McBryde has given up two homers four different times in his career but had never surrendered three.

Fort Wayne (4-0, 49-25) won 7-0 over South Bend (Diamondbacks)

Anthony Bass retired the first 15 batters he faced and allowed just one hit across seven innings to move to 7-3. The right-hander struck out six and was called for a balk – working to one above the minimum and getting out of a situation where a man was on third with one out. Bass set a quick pace, taking little to no time between pitches. Bass has won four straight and has given up three earned runs over his last eight starts, twice holding the opposition to a single hit. Bass leads the Midwest League in ERA at 1.95.

"When I was getting strike one on most of the batters I was facing, I knew it would be a good day," Bass said. "Strike one was my motto. I was getting my slider for strike three but all three pitchers were working well."

"Awesome," manager Doug Dascenzo said. "Seven innings and 82 pitches – it doesn't get any better than that. A tremendous job."

"The best performance of the year," pitching coach Tom Bradley said. "Lights out. He got ahead, located all three pitches very well – showed a lot of guts to get out of the inning after a questionable balk call. Outstanding. He mixes his pitches, used his changeup a lot more, his slider was terrific. He has pitched great the last month.

"I felt pretty good – it did cross my mind but I tried not to think about it," Bass said of his potential for a no-hitter or perfect game.

"He did a great job," Zornes said. "Honestly, when he was warming up, he didn't seem like he had his best stuff. He was lights out. He used all three pitches and we did a good job of moving in and out and mixing up two-strike pitches. When he needed to bury it, he buried it. When he needed to come in he did. It was a lot of fun to catch."

"I like working at a quick tempo because my defense doesn't want to be sitting out here," Bass said of working quickly. "We want to start hitting."

"He works really fast and keeps you on your toes," infielder Cole Figueroa said of Bass. "It keeps the defense in the game."

Kevin Hansen laid down a picture perfect bunt to that was meant to be a sacrifice but ended up as a hit. It was his lone hit of the day but helped opened the door for their big seven-run inning. Hansen is hitting .277 on the year with 20 runs scored across 46 games, largely spent out of the eight- and nine-hole. He has scored a run in six of his last nine.

"That is my role," Hansen said. "I know my role. I am not going to be the guy to bash one into the gaps typically. Bunting I part of my game and something I need to be sharp at. It is something I work out so I can contribute whenever possible."

"That is how they have to play," Dascenzo said. "This group is more of a put the ball in play, hustle type of offense. They are doing a tremendous job of it right now."

Adam Zornes drew a leadoff walk to open their seven-run sixth and had an RBI single in his second at-bat of the frame, as the TinCaps sent 12 men to the dish. The backstop has a hit in five of his last six games with an RBI in each one of the contests he has notched a knock. He also has walked five times over his last six games while striking out just three times. He had fanned 48 times in his first 30 games.

"The leadoff walk by Zornes started it off," Dascenzo said. "It kind of snowballed on them."

"I feel a lot better at the plate," Zornes said. "My timing is there and my approach is getting better. I feel comfortable seeing pitches. It is all starting to come together."

"We have an excellent team," Bass said. "We have to keep it going."

Eugene (3-6) won 5-4 over Everett (Mariners)

The Emeralds were no-hit through five until catcher Jason Hagerty opened up the frame with a double to center. Hagerty went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Both of his hits went for doubles. Hagerty had a breakout year in 2009, finishing with a .315 average, 14 home runs, 60 RBI and 58 runs scored. Starting all 60 games for the Hurricanes, Hagerty spent most of the season at first base but also saw some time behind the plate and in the outfield. He led the `Canes in RBI, triples (3), slugging percentage (.630), extra-base hits (32), total bases (126) and walks (43). His 43 walks in 60 games as a junior came after he drew just 21 walks in 76 games in his first two seasons in Coral Gables.

Chris Fetter allowed one run on three hits across five innings, striking out six and recording three ground ball outs. He retired nine in a row at one point. Fetter has given up five hits and two walks through seven innings of action, seeing just a pair of runs cross while striking out nine. Fetter has not given up a hit with runners in scoring position this year. He has held right-handed hitters to a .125 average.

Kyle Loretelli reached base three times, getting plunked by a pitch while adding a single and double. The outfielder also notched a pair of RBI – his first two of the season. In 2009, Loretelli, a two-time all-region second team pick from Modesto, hit .323 in 52 games and had 14 homeruns, 53 RBIs, 14 doubles and a .646 slugging percentage to land on the all-CCAA first team for the second straight season. He also stole 13 bases and drew 32 free passes via walks (20) and hit-by-pitches (12). Loretelli's presence in the lineup helped lead the Cal-State Stanislausto their third 30-win season in four years.

AZL Padres (1-5) won 7-2 over AZL Royals

Jon Berger fired five innings of one-run ball. The right-hander allowed four hits, did not walk a batter, struck out four and induced eight ground ball outs. Berger has fanned 11 over his first nine innings of action and has held the opposition to three runs on eight hits over that span. He has walked just one batter after ranking 12th in the nation in free passes yielded per nine innings at SDSU.

Jonathan Galvez reached base in all of his plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with a walk and hit by pitch. The shortstop also notched an RBI, and stole his fifth base while getting caught once. Galvez has started the season with a six-game hitting streak, going 8-for-19. He has three RBI over his last two and has a double in each of his last two games. Galvez has stolen five bases in seven attempts this year.

Robert Poutier made his system debut and tossed a scoreless inning, striking out two while facing the minimum. Poutier had a 3-0 record with a 2.21 ERA this season for Virginia. A team co-captain , Poutier has pitched his most innings this year since his freshman season in 2005 (36.2 this year; 49.0 as freshman). He has 50 strikeouts in 36.2 innings this year, and batters are hitting .228 against him.

DSL Padres (11-13) had a scheduled day off

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