Padres Prospect Report: July 15, 2009

Chad Huffman is 1-for-2 and Scott Patterson allows a run. Corey Kluber gives up four in a loss. Nick Schumacher does his work in relief while Blake Tekotte continues to sizzle. Nick Greenwood is dynamite again and Jason Codiroli and Edinson Rincon contribute. Cameron Monger is hitting well and John Hussey struggles with command. Yair Lopez does it with offense and defense.

Portland (42-49) had a scheduled day off for the All-Star Game

Scott Patterson gave up one run on one hit in his lone inning of work. A leadoff triple by Austin Jackson came around to score on a sacrifice fly. Outfielder Chad Huffman went 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored.

San Antonio (9-9, 48-40) had a scheduled day off

Lake Elsinore (9-11, 48-42) lost 5-1 to Stockton (A's)

Corey Kluber gave up four runs on five hits and two walks across 6.2 innings while striking out eight. Four of the five hits went for extra bases, including two homers that accounted for three of the runs. Kluber, who has given up nine homers in 19 starts, has allowed multiple homers three times this season. Kluber leads the entire minor leagues with 124 strikeouts, pending the night's action, and is among the leaders in strikeouts per nine innings with a 10.27 mark.

Keoni Ruth had three of Lake Elsinore's seven hits but did not factor into the scoring. The second baseman did commit his sixth error of the season on an errant throw. Ruth has five hits in his last nine at-bats after seeing an 0-for-11 mini-slump. He is hitting .305 with the bases empty since joining the Storm and .237 with runners on base. Ruth is hitting .284 at home this season and .250 on the road.

Lake Elsinore Storm manager Carlos Lezcano was ejected in the sixth inning.

Fort Wayne (16-3, 61-28) won 3-1 over Clinton (Rangers)

Anthony Bass, who is having his pitched limited over the next few outings to limit his season total, worked one scoreless inning before being pulled in favor of Michael Watt. Watt would work 4.2 innings, giving up one run on two hits and five walks while striking out four to pick up his fifth win. The left-handed Watt has allowed four earned over his last 22.2 innings. He has won three straight outings.

Nick Schumacher delivered an inning and one-third scoreless, giving up one hit and two walks while striking out two. The right-hander also stranded two inherited runners and lowered his season ERA to 1.36. Five of the first nine runners he had inherited have scored. Schumacher has given up runs in six of his 20 outings across 33 innings, not allowing more one run in any game.

Blake Tekotte registered three hits, falling a homer shy of the cycle while scoring a run. The outfielder also notched his 21st stolen base of the season in 28 attempts. He has swiped three straight since being last caught on July 2. Tekotte is hitting .356 over his last 37 games with 20 extra base hits. He has driven in 30 over that span while scoring 29 times.

Infield coordinator Gary Jones is managing the team while Doug Dascenzo has been given a few days off.

Eugene (12-13) won 7-2 over Salem-Keizer (Giants)

Nick Greenwood went a career-high seven innings, giving up one run on three hits – all singles – and a pair of walks while striking out three. The left-hander recorded 12 ground ball outs en route to victory during a 78-pitch outing. The Rhode Island alumnus has not allowed more than one run in any start and sports a 1.01 ERA on the season. He has limited the opposition to five hits in his last 13 innings of work.

"Coming in, I really didn't feel like I had my good stuff," Greenwood said. "I wasn't throwing as hard as I usually do but had more movement on my pitches. Coming in, we knew they were a free-swinging team and I was able to get ground balls out there."

"He is dirty," center fielder Jason Codiroli said. "His balls moves so much. I don't think he can throw a straight pitch. He hit his spots and pitches to contact. He gets us back in the dugout, which is good because we are always on our toes ready to make plays for him. The kid is a stud."

"Ground balls – even the hits he allowed were ground balls," Riddoch said. "We try to peach about pitching – ground balls. It takes a whole lot of ground balls to turn into runs. When you elevate the ball – like we have – hanging changeups and curveballs, those are balls in the gap for crooked numbers. Living proof of what happens when you keep the ball down."

Edinson Rincon took a 2-2 curveball and launched it into the left field grass with two outs in the second – capping a five-run frame. While the third baseman committed his seventh error of the year, he also made several nice plays around the bag. Rincon ended the day with two hits and was plunked by a pitch. He has homered in two of his last four games and owns 10 multi-hit games in 19 overall.

"My approach – I saw a good pitch and stayed back on it," Rincon said of his homer. "I have been working on this. I was able to hit it."

"He missed the one double play ball because he was trying to go to second before he caught the ball but then came back and made some real nice plays," manager Greg Riddoch said. "He continues to improve and continues to hit."

"I put pressure on myself to make the double play," Rincon said of the error. "I wanted to throw the ball fast. I am improving defensively and need more practice. I am improving a little at a time."

"He has come a long way," Greenwood said of Rincon's defense. "The leadoff hitter hit a little dinker and he made a great barehanded play. A great game. Then a nice two-run homer."

Jason Codiroli went 2-for-4 with two runs scored an an RBI. His infield single with the bases loaded started the five-run rally. The outfielder also swiped his fourth bag in five attempts. He is 6-for-21 with three runs scored and two RBI since burning his batting gloves. At the time of the cleansing, Codiroli was in a 0-for-22 slump.

"To be honest, we had been struggling with guys on base," Codiroli said. "It was nice to get the job done. It paid off – we didn't just score in one inning. We put pressure on the entire time and got the win.

"I have to get on base – getting hits is only half of my game. Get on base for the big guys to drive me in and make things happen. It felt good to do that. I am starting to see the ball really well."

"The inning was a little long," Greenwood joked. "You have to take the runs when they give them to you. I was able to put up a couple of zeroes for them."

Bo Davis broke his hand in two places and is expected to miss anywhere from 4-to-6 weeks and perhaps the rest of the season.

AZL Padres (10-10) lost 6-3 to AZL Rangers

John Hussey was on the hook for five runs, four earned, on five hits and five walks across five innings, striking out two and tossing a pair of wild pitches. The right-hander surrendered two extra base hits, including a homer. Hussey has issued 17 free passes in 19.2 innings and has allowed 12 runs on 14 hits and seven walks. Seven of the 20 hits he has given up this year have gone for extra bases.

Cameron Monger went 3-for-5 with a double but did not figure into the scoring. The center fielder also swiped two bags to give him 13 on the season in 14 attempts. It is the third time this season he has secured at least two thefts in a game. Monger has eight multi-hit games through 18 overall and has scored 18 runs on the year. Monger also added an outfield assist, throwing out a runner at second.

Drew Bovich worked two scoreless frames, striking out two and inducing two ground outs. The left-hander has allowed runs in three of his five games but no more than one run in any outing. He has not walked a batter through eight innings. Bovich went 13-1 with a 1.79 ERA at Point Loma Nazarene. In 120.2 innings, he allowed 100 hits, walked 28 and struck out 66. He held the opposition to a .228 average against.

DSL Padres (16-22) won 8-3 over DSL White Sox

Erick Ojeda went 5.2 innings, giving up three runs on nine hits while tossing a wild pitch and striking out five in a no-decision. Left-handed hitters are swatting .357 off the Colombian right-hander and the leadoff man of the inning sports a .393 on-base percentage. He has a 3.12 ERA in four starts and a 5.59 ERA in three relief outings.

Ruben Mejia earned his first save of the season, working three innings of scoreless ball, yielding three hits and striking out one while netting seven ground ball outs, including one double play grounder. The Dominican native has posted a 3.18 ERA across 11.1 relief innings while posting a 5.54 ERA across 13 innings as a starter.

Yair Lopez reached base three times via a walk, single and double. The outfielder knocked in a pair and scored a run while also stealing his 12th base in 17 attempts. Lopez notched an outfield assist as well, ending the second by gunning down a runner at home – his third assist of the season. While he has a .246 average on the season, Lopez is batting .294 with runners in scoring position.

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