Padres Prospect Report: July 11, 2009

Walter Silva struggles in the PCL. Cedric Hunter goes yard for the second time in five games. Jeremy Hefner cruises through five but the sixth isn't so kind. Colin Lynch suffers the third Fort Wayne loss in 30 games. Chris Wilkes is solid, as is Edinson Rincon. Jonathan Alia has three RBI in an AZL Padres win.

Portland (42-48) lost 8-3 to Tacoma (Mariners)

Walter Silva, who was designated and assigned to Portland after clearing waivers, was pounded to the tune of six runs on 10 hits and a walk across six innings. He surrendered five extra base hits, including a pair of homers. The right-hander went 0-2 with a 8.76 ERA across six starts with the Padres. In 24.2 innings he allowed 34 hits, walked 15 and struck out 11. The opposition hit .375 off him with runners in scoring position.

Peter Ciofrone collected a pair of hits in five at-bats, plating two of the three Portland runs. He did, however, commit his fifth error of the season – but it did not lead to an unearned run. His .199 avergae is the highest it has been since Opening Day on April 9. Playing third base, Ciofrone has notched a .324 with runners on base and two outs but is hitting just .186 with runners in scoring position on the season.

San Antonio (7-8, 46-39) lost 11-10 to NW Arkansas (Royals)

Cedric Hunter his his second homer of the season and went 2-for-5 with three RBI out of the leadoff spot. After not hitting a homer in his first 76 games of the season, the center fielder has hit two in his last five games. He has an RBI in four of his last five, driving in seven over that span. Hunter has also scored a run in 10 of his last 13.

Brian Joynt secured two hits in four trips including a sacrifice fly. The outfielder smashed his seventh double, scored twice and drove in three. He has notched three sacrifice flies on the season. Joynt came into the game with two hits in his previous 22 at-bats. During a 22-game month of June, the outfielder hit .358 with 10 extra base hits and 17 RBI.

Lake Elsinore (8-9, 47-40) lost 6-1 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Jeremy Hefner did not allow a run over the first five frames but saw the first four batters reach base in the sixth via a single and three walks before he was pulled with the bases loaded and nobody out. All would score, giving him four earned on seven hits and four walks while striking out three in five-plus. The right-hander had allowed two runs or less in four straight and six of his last seven. He had not walked more than three in any of his 16 previous starts.

Nick Vincent gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits and three walks over two innings while striking out two. He also inherited three runners – all of whom would score. Seven of the 11 runners that Vincent has inherited have scored this season. He has given up runs in six of his last nine appearances, seeing his ERA spike from 2.78 to 3.88. His three walks were a season-high and five of his 15 free passes have come across his last three games.

Fort Wayne (14-2, 59-27) lost 5-3 to Peoria (Cubs)

Drew Cumberland staked Fort Wayne to a 3-0 lead with a bases loaded double in the third inning – his eighth two-bagger of the season. They would not score again. The shortstop was also hit by a pitch but was caught stealing for the first time this season in 16 attempts. Cumberland is batting .310 with runners in scoring position and has seven RBI in his last 10 games and is hitting .324 over his last nine.

Colin Lynch took the loss – the Tincaps fourth during a 31-game span. The right-hander allowed two runs on one hit, a hit batsman, a wild pitch, and two walks over two innings while striking out three. Lynch has given up runs in three of his nine appearances and this is the second time in three outings that he has walked two. He has allowed 10 base runners in his last 3.2 innings.

Eugene (9-13) won 8-2 over Spokane (Rangers)

Chris Wilkes walked the first batter to begin the game and promptly got a double play grounder to wipe him away. Wilkes finished five frames, giving up one run on six hits and two walks while striking out four. The victory was his first of the season, as the right-hander has allowed three earned runs over his last 19.2 innings. It is the second time he has walked a pair but two double play grounders helped.

"My fastball was working," Wilkes said. "My two-seamer [fastball] was working real well; I was able to locate that for a strike, get in on the batters and then throw my changeup soft away, getting all those ground balls and flare pop ups."

Edinson Rincon broke the game open when he took a 2-1 fastball down the left field line with the bases loaded to score a pair of runs. The third baseman also hammered a 1-0 pitch over the left-center field wall for his third homer in the eighth. Rincon has a seven-game hitting streak with six multi-hit games over that span. This is the third time this season that he has notched multiple extra base hits in a game and the third time has has notched three RBI.

"I want to see the ball and hit it," Rincon said. "They were both fastballs. The pitcher had a good fastball and I wanted to wait and sit back on it so I could hit it well."

Bo Davis had two hits in four trips and also drew a walk. The outfielder scored a run and drove in one out of the leadoff spot while securing an outfield assist when he gunned down a runner at third. Davis has drawn a walk in five straight and eight of his last nine. The outfielder also has three extra base hits in his last four. He is hitting .500 with runners in scoring position.

"I am trying to come out and get base so other guys can drive me in," Davis said.

"We try and teach a good two-strike approach with the bases loaded," manager Greg Riddoch said. "Hit the ball back up the middle."

"I got a good bounce to field the ball and was able to get it out quick," Davis said of his outfield assist. "It was a good one-hop throw to get it in the right place at the right time.

"I got a little cold, that's why I had to go down there [to the bullpen] and run some," Wilkes said after the Emeralds batted around in the fourth. "It was a long inning. It might of made some affect with that little run I gave up, but you just have to stay focused and throw strikes.

"I wasn't worried about it mentally. Physical, it was a chilly night, that had a little bit to do with it."

AZL Padres (8-9) won 8-6 over AZL Mariners

Jonathan Alia pushed his RBI total to 13 with a three-run double that cleared the bases during a seven-run third. It was his first at-bat with the bases loaded. It was his only hit of the day. The first baseman has a 12-game hitting streak where he is hitting .373 with 12 RBI, eight extra base hits, and 12 runs scored. Alia is hitting .292 with runners in scoring position.

Simon Berroa allowed one run on three hits and two walks while striking out three and recording seven ground ball outs across four innings in a no-decision. The right-hander has allowed two runs over his last 10.1 innings. He is holding left-handed hitters to a .190 average and has given up five hits in 23 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

DSL Padres (14-20) vs. DSL Tigers postponed due to rain

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