Padres Prospect Report: July 8, 2009

Brian Lawrence is solid again and Danny Putnam contributes. Aaron Breit was solid in a starting role but took the loss. Brad Brach has been downright nasty in Fort Wayne. Nate Freiman adds to his league leading total. Rymer Liriano hits a three-run blast to win it. Erick Ojeda gives up more runs than he had all year.

Portland (42-45) won 7-1 over Tacoma (Mariners)

Danny Putnam appeared in his second game in the Padres system. After going 0-for-4 in his first game, he went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Putnam also recorded an outfield assist. The outfielder hit .245 across 39 games in the Pacific Coast League with Sacremento. He had eight extra base hits, 14 runs scored and 21 RBI. Putnam also appeared in 30 Double-A games, hitting .301 with seven doubles and seven homers.

Brian Lawrence cranked out seven innings of shutout ball, yielding five hits, hitting a batter and striking out three. The right-hander tossed 97 pitches and recorded 10 fly ball outs, lowering his ERA to 2.73 and moving to 3-1 on the year. Lawrence has given up two runs or less in three of his five outings. He has averaged 6.2 innings per start with the Beavers, going at least seven innings twice.

San Antonio (6-6, 45-37) had a scheduled day off

Lake Elsinore (7-7, 46-38) lost 3-0 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Aaron Breit suffered the loss, despite allowing just two runs on five hits and not walking a batter over six frames. The right-hander struck out a career-high 10 and notched five fly ball outs. Breit has allowed three runs in nine innings of work and has a 1.29 ERA across his last 21 innings. It is his best stretch since his last few starts of the year in Fort Wayne during the 2007 season.

Nick Vincent provided a pair of scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out one. He also picked off a runner at second base and wound up working to one over the minimum. Vincent has allowed runs in 13 of his California League leading 42 appearances. He has held right-handed hitters to a .181 average on the year and .227 on-base percentage. Left-handed hitters, however, are batting .360 off him with a .412 on-base percentage.

Fort Wayne (12-1, 57-26) won 5-3 over Cedar Rapids (Angels)

Kevin Hansen notched two hits in four trips, collecting his seventh double and registering a pair of RBI. It was his first multi-hit game since June 18. Hansen has knocked in two or more runs on four ocassions this season. The infielder is hitting .356 with runners in scoring position with 21 hits in 59 at-bats. Hansen is, by comparison, batting .229 with the bases empty.

Blake Tekotte extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a 2-for-4 night that included his third triple and a run scored. The outfielder also swiped his 20th bag of the year. His streak stands second in the Midwest League this season. Tekotte is hitting .452 over the streak with six doubles, three triples, and five homers. He has also scored 18 runs and driven in 23 while sporting a .500 on-base percentage.

Brad Brach closed out the game to increase his lead in saves in the Midwest League to four with his 21st save. The right-hander hit a batter but struck out the side. Brach has struck out 12.9 batters per nine innings this year and has fanned the side five times. He has not given up a run over his last 12 innings, yielding just two hits over that span. The opposition has a miniscule .135 average off him this year.

Eugene (7-11) lost 6-3 to Boise (Cubs)

Chris Fetter gave up two runs on four hits and two walks across five innings, striking out three and recording eight fly ball outs. The right-hander out of Michigan has given up two runs or less in each of his starts and has gone at least five innings in three straight. The right-hander has not allowed more than four hits in an outing. Fetter had not walked a batter in his previous two outings.

Ryan Hinson allowed two runs on a walk, a sacrifice and a single. The Clemson alumnus has given up 12 runs on 12 hits and four walks in 8.1 innings in the Northwest League. He has allowed two runs in every outing with the Emeralds and went at least two innings in each outing prior to Wednesday's. Hinson did not give up a run in 2.2 innings of work in the California League, striking out four.

Nate Freiman contributed two hits in five trips, driving in his Northwest League leading 22nd run in the process. The first baseman has recorded an RBI in five straight games and 11 of his last 12. He also extended his hitting streak to 13 games – a Northwest League best. He is batting .389 over that stretch with all 22 of his RBI and eight runs scored. Freiman is hitting .444 with runners in scoring position.

AZL Padres (7-8) won 8-6 over AZL Royals

After giving up two runs or less in each of his first three starts, Jon Berger was on the hook for four runs, three earned, on six hits on Wednesday over five innings. He struck out five but also surrendered a triple and a solo homer. The Las Vegas native has had two games where he has not issued a free pass and sports a 23-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Rymer Liriano reached base three times, drawing a walk, notching a single, and hitting a two-out, three-run homer in the eighth inning – putting the AZL Padres up by two, which became the game-winner. The outfielder also stole his third base of the season. The Dominican native has 10 RBI in his last four games and has extended his hitting streak to 13 games, second best in the Arizona Rookie League. He is hitting .404 over the streak eith eight extra base hits.

Cody Decker reached base in all four of his plate appearances. The first baseman drew a walk and had three hits, including his sixth double. The California native also scored a pair of runs. Decker has scored six of his nine runs over his last four games and has six RBI over that span. He has four multi-hit games on the season – all coming over his last nine.

DSL Padres (13-19) lost 12-10 to DSL Diamondbacks)

Erick Ojeda was on the hook for six runs, five earned, on five hits, a walk and a wild pitch over an inning and two-thirds. Three of the hits went for extra bases, including one that left the yard for a three-run homer. The Colombia native had given up four earned runs through his first 19.2 innings this season, although the right-hander did see seven unearned cross.

Francisco Flores took the loss, giving up two runs on four hits in an inning and one-third. The Mexico native had not allowed an earned run over his first 4.1 innings, yielding just one hit. He came into the game holding the opposition to a .083 average and had stranded all seven inherited runners. He was able to get out of his first inning without much trouble but gave up three singles around a sacrifice in his next one-third of a frame.

Jairo Gomez reached base three times with a pair of singles and a walk, scoring a run and driving in two. It is the fourth time this season that the infielder has notched a pair of RBI in a game. Gomez has drawn nine walks in his last nine games after getting three free passes in his previous 15. Gomez came into the game with two hits in his previous 18 at-bats.

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