Padres Prospect Report: July 3, 2009

Mike Ekstrom continues to hold opponents at bay. Seth Johnston hits a walkoff homer to win it. Matt Clark has been on fire with Lake Elsinore. Blake Tekotte goes yard as he continues to sizzle. David Erickson can't hold a lead in his first blown save. Cameron Monger has the game-winning hit for the AZL Padres. Jean Corpas struggles as a starter.

Portland won 8-4 over Tacoma (Mariners)

Vince Sinisi pounded out two hits, including his sixth double, en route to a two-RBI game – both coming with two outs. The first baseman also scored a pair of runs. He did, however, comit his third error of the year. Sinisi has just nine RBI through 33 games and only two multi-RBI games. He also has just six extra base hits to his credit.

Mike Ekstrom needed just 10 pitches to pick up his 10th hold of the year. The right-hander struck out one and notched a pair of fly outs in his lone inning of work. Ekstrom has given up just one run over his last 17.1 innings and has held the opposition to a .197 average in Triple-A. He has given up just seven hits in 45 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

San Antonio won 4-3 over Northwest Arkansas (Royals)

Seth Johnston hit a game-winning walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending a two-run blast into the night to give the Missions the victory. Johnston had come on as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, grounding out. It was Johnston's first homer since June 5 and that came in a pinch-hit appearance. He has notched five RBI across his last four games. Of his six homers, two have come with runners on base.

Evan Scribner gave up a run in the top half of the ninth inning and was in line to receive the loss but ended up improving his record to 5-1. He allowed two hits and a walk during a tie game. The right-hander has given up runs in four of his last six appearances but just nine of 32 overall. He has held right-handed hitters to a .158 average and has allowed one hit in 22 at-bats with runners on and two outs.

Lake Elsinore won 11-4 over Lancaster (Astros)

Matt Clark hammered out four hits and drew a walk in six plate apprarances, smacking a pair of foubles, scoring three times and driving in two. Clark has five doubles and nine extra base hits in nine California League games. He has scored five runs over his last three games and is hitting .447 with 17 hits in 38 at-bats since joining the Storm.

Andy Parrino went 2-for-4 with a double – his 11th – and a walk. The infielder also plated four runs – all with two outs. Parrino had been hitting .176 over a 17-game span until a recent three-game stretch has seen him go 6-for-10 with three walks. He has struck out 49 times in 171 at-bats in the California League but has gone three games without whiffing.

Aaron Breit got the start in place of an injured Jeremy McBryde and worked three innings, giving up one run on two hits and two walks while striking out three. Breit had posted a 3.07 ERA across 27 relief appearances this season. Breit came into the game with 38 career starts under his belt – his last coming on July 6, 2008 with Fort Wayne, the last of a string of four straight losses in the starting rotation.

Fort Wayne won 7-3 over Dayton (Reds)

Blake Tekotte hit his 10th bomb of the season, a one-out shot in the third inning. He ended up reaching base three times with a walk and a double while scoring twice. The center fielder extended his hitting streak to 14 games. He has notched 11 extra base hits over that span – twice smacking a pair of extra base hits in the same game. Tekotte has five RBI in his last three games. He is hitting .371 over his last 27 games.

Erik Davis improved to 7-3, giving up one run on one hit, two walks and a hit batsman over five innings, striking out two and notching seven ground ball outs. It is the second game in a row that he has given up one run and the fifth time in seven starts that he has allowed two runs or less. He has given up two or fewer hits while going five or more innings twice. Davis has kept the leadoff man of an inning to a .267 on-base percentage.

Eugene lost 4-3 to Everett (Mariners)

Ty Wright's two out single in the fourth plated a pair of runs – giving him his first two RBI of the season. It ws his lone hit on a 1-for-4 night. The outfielder came into the game with two hits in his first 19 at-bats with the Emeralds – with both of those hits coming in one game. Two of his three hits have come with runners in scoring position.

David Erickson suffered the blown save and the loss, giving up two runs, one earned, on two hits in his bid to finish the game out. Erickson had successfully closed out his first three save opportunities. The right-hander had not allowed a run over his first 6.2 innings, giving up just two hits while striking out seven.

Jerry Sullivan did not allow a run over two innings, giving up two hits, a hit batsman, and two walks while striking out three. He also stranded an inherited runner. He has given up one run over his first four innings of professional work. Sullivan went 8-3 with a 3.12 ERA (34 ER/98.0 IP), 27 walks, 116 strikeouts and two complete games in 15 starts this season for Oral Roberts. A junior in 2009, he limited opponents to a .253 batting average while recording 10.65 strikeouts per 9.0 IP. Sullivan was named First-Team All-Summit League following the season.

AZL Padres won 3-2 over AZL Athletics

Cameron Monger's single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth brought home a win for the AZL Padres, scoring Julian Alvarez who walked with one out. The outfielder had three hits on the day, including a double, while also scoring a run. It is the third time in his last four games that he has netted at least three hits and the fifth time in his last seven that he has secured a multi-hit game. Monger also has an RBI in four of his last five.

Rafael Arias picked up the win, working a scoreless inning. He struck out two in the frame and notched a ground ball out, retiring the side in order. Arias has worked four scoreless frames to open the season, giving up two hits while striking out seven. He has twice retired the side in order and has not faced a situation with a runner in scoring position.

Jon Berger worked six frames, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out seven. He also collected eight ground ball outs but did toss a wild pitch. Berger has allowed two runs or less in each of his three starts but has just one win on his resume. The right-hander has also struck out seven twice n the year, fanning 18 in 15 frames. He is holding right-handed hitters to a .163 average.

DSL Padres lost 12-6 to DSL Nationals

Jairo Gomez drew four walks – part of the 14 free passes drawn by the DSL Padres team. Thy only managed two hits, however. He also scored one of their runs and stole his fourth base of the season. Gomez has drawn six walks over his last three games after netting four free passes in his first 18 contests. The infielder has struck out at least once in eight straight games.

Jean Corpas took the loss, as every pitcher allowed at least two runs. Corpas gave up four runs, three earned, on three hits and three walks. Two of the hits he allowed left the yard. He also tossed two wild pitches across four frames. Corpas has posted a 5.79 ERA across three starts while netting a 3.72 ERA in three relief appearances. He has thrown a wild pitch in five straight, tallying six across that time span.

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