Padres Prospect Report: July 5, 2009

Wade LeBlanc has another strong game in Portland and Mike Baxter adds support. Mitch Canham has the eventual game-winner in a pinch-hit appearance. Beamer Weems has reached in all but two games. Michael Watt is masterful, as Fort Wayne wins again. Edinson Rincon ties it with his run and Emmanuel Quiles puts Eugene ahead in the 10th – only to lose. Wande Olabisi hits a grand slam in a thrashing.

Portland (39-45) won 3-1 over Colorado Springs (Rockies)

Wade LeBlanc improved to 2-5, giving up one run on two hits and a walk across seven innings, striking out six. It is the fifth straight start that he has allowed two runs or less but he has taken three losses over that span. LeBlanc has allowed two runs or less in seven of his 12 starts but has been the victor in just two. The southpaw has given up three hits or less while going at least five frames in three outings.

Mike Baxter had three hits out of the leadoff spot in the lineup, smacking his second homer in as many games and third in Triple-A. The outfielder also scored twice. Baxter has scored a run in five straight games and is 7-for-14 with four runs scored across three games when hitting out of the top spot. He is batting .414 when he bats first in an inning with a .433 on-base percentage.

San Antonio (5-5, 44-36) won 3-2 over Tulsa (Rockies)

Mitch Canham came on as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and delivered a run-scoring single – the eventual game-winner. The backstop is hitting .269 with runners in scoring position on the season. Eight of his 33 RBI have come in the seventh inning or later this season. Canham has 15 RBI over his last 20 contests after netting 18 over his first 43.

Ernesto Frieri worked six innings, giving up two runs on six hits – all singles - and three walks while striking out three during an 82-pitch outing. It is the 12th time in 16 outings that the right-hander has given up two runs or less. It is the fifth time this season he has accomplished the feat and earned either a no-decision or a loss.

Lake Elsinore (6-5, 45-36) won 10-4 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Beamer Weems, whose 35-game on base streak ended on June 28, extended his hitting streak to six games. The shortstop has been on base in all but two games this season across two leagues across a span of 63 games. Weems went 1-for-3 with two RBI, a run scored and two walks on Sunday. He owns a 52-to-41 walk-to-strikeout ratio on the year and a .452 on-base percentage. He is hitting .357 with runners in scoring position.

Corey Kluber gave up two runs – but neither was earned – over 5.2 innings. The right-hander allowed six hits and a walk while striking out six – increasing his foothold on the California League lead in the category with 111 on the season. He is striking out 10.3 batters per nine innings and averaging nearly six innings per start. Kluber evened his record at 7-7. Kluber has allowed two runs or less in seven of his 17 starts.

Felix Carrasco cranked out four hits in five trips, including his third triple. The first baseman also notched three RBI, pushing his total to 50 for the season. Carrasco is hitting .337 with runners in scoring position. He is hitting .343 over his last 18 games with 12 RBI and 10 runs scored. The slugger has not hit a homer, however, since May 13.

Fort Wayne (9-1, 54-26) won 4-1 over Great Lakes (Dodgers)

Justin Baum singled in a run in the opening frame and added a sacrifice fly in the seventh to give him two RBI for the day. The sacrifice fly scored Drew Cumberland from second base, as he hit it to the warning track and the outfielder made the catch while diving. Baum has reached base safely in eight of his nine games in the Midwest League, reaching base 15 times over that span. He is hitting .308 with runners in scoring position since joining Fort Wayne after hitting .143 in those situations with Lake Elsinore.

Michael Watt delivered six innings of scoreless ball. The left-hander gave up three hits, plunked a batter, did not issue a walk and struck out six. Watt had worked five innings on two occasions but had never worked into the sixth. He has given up two earned runs or less in five of his last six starts but three of those were less notched in less than five innings of work. Watt lowered his ERA as a starter to 5.08.

Rob Musgrave worked a pair of scoreless frames, yielding a walk and striking out two to pick up his first hold of the season. The left-hander, who moved into the bullpen after a May 29 start, spent three weeks on the disabled list, and was not used over the last week because of solid starting pitching, has given up one run over his last four innings. Musgrave posted a 6.57 ERA across nine starts.

Blake Tekotte extended his hitting streak to 16 games and his on base streak to 34 with a 1-for-3 game that included a walk, a run scored and an RBI.

Eugene (6-9) lost 9-8 to Boise (Cubs) in 10 innings

The first four batters reached against Miles Mikolas with three singles and a hit batsman and four runs crossed, as the right-hander gave up all six of his base runners in that frame – four hits, a walk and a hit batsman. He worked a perfect second before being lifted. The 20-year-old has given up six runs on eight hits and a walk over his last 3.2 innings of work.

The Emeralds exploded for five runs in the top of the ninth to send the game into extra innings. Edinson Rincon scored the tying run after singling with one out to keep the rally going. Rincon went 2-for-5 with a walk and two runs scored. Rincon was also thrown out a home in the eighth. Rincon has four multi-hit games through his first 10 and has drawn 10 free passes compared to seven strikeouts.

Emmanuel Quiles hit his first homer of the year in the top of the 10th to stake Eugene to a one-run lead. He ended the night 2-for-5 with two runs scored. He did have a passed ball and went 0-for-1 catching base runners attempting to steal. Quiles hit one homer last season – netting the round-tripper on July 23 with Eugene. The backstop began the year with a five-game hitting streak and has three multi-hit games through eight contests.

AZL Padres (5-6) won 17-4 over AZL Brewers

Wande Olabisi, hurt in a June 27 game after netting a single, was back in the lineup on Sunday. The outfielder hit a grand slam in the fifth inning – his first homer as a professional. He also had an RBI ground out to give him five RBI for the game, pushing his total to six for the season. Olabisi had three hits – all singles – across his first 14 at-bats. The homer was his only hit, but he would score twice after drawing a walk.

Ty Wright began the year in Eugene but was sent down to Arizona this weekend. Playing as the designated hitter, Wright went 3-for-5 with a triple, an RBI and two runs scored – matching his hit total from his six-game stint with the Emeralds. The outfielder went 3-for-22 in Eugene and scored just one run. He did notch two RBI in his final game with the Ems.

Cody Decker pounded out a pair of doubles, scoring one with a ground-rule variety two-bagger in the seventh and capping a five-run frame in the eighth with his second double to clear the bags, giving him four RBI on the night. He had a chance for more but grounded into a force out with the bases loaded in the third and had a failed sacrifice with two on in the fifth.

DSL Padres (12-18) had a scheduled day off

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