Padres Prospect Report: July 16, 2009

Yamid Haad has hit well since joining Portland. Evan Scribner gives up runs in four straight games. Wynn Pelzer walks six in a loss. Eduardo Perez starts and takes the loss. Miles Mikolas is in trouble each inning but the offense is solid; errors and homers, however, doom the Emeralds. Corey Adamson contributes in the AZL. Adan Velazquez hits two in a loss.

Portland (43-49) won 8-4 over Salt Lake (Angels)

Yamid Haad had three hits in four trips, including a double. He also scored a pair of runs and notched a two-out RBI. Haad, who played for Portland during the 2003 and 2004 seasons, is 8-for-18 with two walks in his first five games with the Beavers this year, notching a hit in each affair. Haad played in 42 games with West Tennessee of the Double-A Southern League, hitting .231 with 14 extra base hits, 18 RBI and 15 runs scored before coming to the Padres.

Joe Thatcher picked up his first save of the season, working an inning and one-third scoreless and striking out two. The left-hander picked up three saves a season ago with Portland and has 31 in his minor league career. Thatcher has allowed three earned runs across 19 innings of work, stranding all eight runners he has inherited in Portland. He has given up runs in three of his 18 appearances.

San Antonio (9-10, 48-41) lost 4-3 to Midland (A's)

Evan Scribner took his third loss of the year, coming in during a tie game and surrendering an unearned run. He did not allow a hit and walked one. Two errors to open the frame, including one by Scribner led to the run. Scribner has given up runs in four straight games – the first time this year he has allowed runs in more than two consecutive. He has allowed runs in eight of his last 11 outings.

Nathan Culp was given a no-decision after allowing two runs on three hits and four walks while fanning one across five innings. The left-hander notched seven ground ball outs. Culp has given up two runs or less in three of his last four and six of his last eight. The southpaw has walked three or more in three of his 17 starts – accounting for 11 of his 17 total free passes on the season.

Lake Elsinore (9-12, 48-43) lost 4-1 to Stockton (A's)

Wynn Pelzer lasted just 4.2 innings, giving up three runs, one earned, on three hits while walking a career-high six. Pelzer struck out the side after a leadoff single in the first and ended up with five strikeouts in the game. Pelzer has issued three or more free passes on five occasions this season. It is also the fifth time he has failed to make it through five innings – four of those coming in games where he walked three or more.

Felix Carrasco drew a walk in the second inning but was caught stealing. He also broke up a no-hitter with nobody out in the fifth, doubling in a run. His 14th error of the season, however, led to two unearned runs. Carrasco has stolen five bases in 10 attempts but has been thrown out on successive days. The first baseman has six hits in his last 11 at-bats with three walks and six RBI.

Fort Wayne (16-4, 61-29) lost 7-4 to Clinton (Rangers)

Eduardo Perez made his first start of the season, giving up three runs on six hits, a hit batsman and a balk across three innings while striking out four. Perez made nine starts for the GCL Dodgers last season, posting a 3-1 record with a 2.56 ERA across 45.2 innings. In 16 relief appearances this season with the TinCaps, he had gone 2-0 with one save and a 3.58 ERA across 32.2 innings.

Jaff Decker reached base four times, smoking his 10th homer in the opening frame and adding his 13th double while scoring twice. The outfielder also pegged a runner at second base for an outfield assist. It is the third time this season that Decker has notched multiple extra base hits in a game. Eight of his 10 homers have been solo shots. Decker has six outfield assists on the season.

Dan Robertson had a hit in each of his four at-bats, adding his 11th double and three singles but did not figure into the scoring. Robertson also gunned down a runner at second base – his fourth outfield assist of the year. It was his seventh game with three or more hits and second four-hit night. He had been hitting .234 over his previous 14 games but owns a .439 on-base over his last 15.

Eugene (12-14) lost 8-7 to Salem-Keizer (Giants)

Miles Mikolas gave up three runs on 10 hits, dancing out of trouble in nearly every frame. He struck out three and only saw runs cross in the fifth when a Dean Anna missed tag at second base to extend an inning. Although an error was given the tag cannot be assumed, making the runs earned. He would then surrender a single and homer. Mikolas saw runners reach scoring position in every inning except the first.

"I got in trouble a couple of times keeping the ball up," Mikolas said. "I was able to bare down. I didn't worry about the runners on base and just tried to get outs.

"My curveball is usually my out pitch. I was able to keep that ball down. I used that to get out of my jams."

Jerry Sullivan gave up a long tree-run homer to right field on a 2-1 fastball in the bottom of the eighth – the second homer he surrendered on the night – that erased a two-run lead. Sullivan allowed five runs, four earned, on four hits in two frames. Eight of the 12 hits he has surrendered this season have gone for extra bases. He has allowed seven runs on nine hits and two walks over his last 5.2 innings.

Matt Vern went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Two of his three hits came on 1-2 counts, including a triple that led to his RBI and a run scored when an errant throw went into the dugout. After hitting .172 during his first eight games, Vern has hit .333 over his last 11 contests. Vern has two triples in his last three games and has scored four times with three RBI over that span.

"I have been working on a lot of stuff and trying to work so I can feel comfortable up there mechanically," Vern said. "When you feel good, you can just go to your approach and trust the things you are doing. The things I have been doing help me slow the ball down and help me see it better. It has given me a better chance to put the bat on the ball.

"I didn't see pitches I wanted to swing at and with two strikes they left a couple of mistakes and I just tried to hit the ball hard."

A chance to win their fifth in a row and close the gap between the Emeralds and the division leaders to five games went for naught. Although the box score shows only one unearned run, two errors really led to seven unearned. Dean Anna failed to apply a tag in the fifth inning at second base and a single and homer followed, leading to three runs. Edinson Rincon failed to turn a double play with one out in the eighth. A single and homer followed, putting the Emeralds down one after entering the frame with a 7-4 lead.

"We played like this the first week of the season," Eugene manager Greg Riddoch said. "You want a three-run inning – we will kick it around. You want a four-run inning – here you go. Seven runs out of the eight.

"Tomorrow is another day."

"It is a disappointing loss because we were on a winning streak," Mikolas said. "I don't think it will get us down. We shouldn't lose a game like this but we will bounce back. This group of guys bounce right back. We will come back stronger."

"We really try and take it one game at a time," Vern said. "You hate to lose this one. I felt we did well offensively. We were patient at the plate and put good swings on pitches we could hit.

"We made a few mistakes on defense – it was one of those games that snowballed. They had a couple of big innings because of that and it is tough to win.

Chris Fetter was promoted to Fort Wayne after the game.

"It is extremely exciting," Fetter said. "They are a great team up there and for them to think I can go up there and contribute says a lot.

"It is also a little homecoming. It is about an hour and half from my hometown. Maybe I will get family and friends to come out and see me. I am excited."

What does he have to do to be successful?

"To keep doing what I have been doing," Fetter said. "I am not going to try and change. You can't press and try and do too much."

AZL Padres (10-11) lost 5-4 to AZL Cubs

Corey Adamson reached base three times with two singles and a walk in four trips. The left-handed hitting outfielder out of Australia also scored twice. Adamson, inked during the July 2 bonanza of 2008, was playing in just his second game in the states. The 17-year-old went 0-for-3 with a walk in his debut performance on Wednesday.

Gabe DeHoyos worked two scoreless innings to begin the game, giving up a walk and striking out two. He worked to one over the minimum in his second rehab outing. DeHoyos did give up an unearned run in his first outing three days prior. The right-hander has allowed just one run on 10 hits across 16 innings with Triple-A Portland. He has walked nine and hit three batters with the Beavers.

Simon Berroa dropped to 0-3, giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits and a walk while striking out one across three innings. The right-hander was also called for two balks and has committed four balks on the season. Just one of the 20 hits he has surrendered in 15.1 innings has gone for extra bases, although the opposition is hitting .308 off him with runners on base.

DSL Padres (16-23) lost 9-6 to DSL Nationals in 12 innings

Adan Velazquez smashed a pair of homers – both solo shots. He went yard in the second inning and again in the bottom of the 12th. The second baseman has three homers on the year – all coming over a 10-game span. Velazquez has a five-game hitting streak and a hit in nine of his last 10. He is 14-for-37 over his last 10 – a .378 average – with eight extra base hits, seven RBI and eight runs scored. Velazquez also swiped his seventh bag in nine attempts but did make his third error of the season.

Freddys Henrique gave up four runs on eight hits and a walk while tossing a wild pitch across 2.2 innings. He did pick off a runner but also saw a runner steal a base. The opposition is hitting .331 off him this season with 42 hits in 29.2 innings. The leadoff man of the inning is 12-for-29 – a .414 average – while lefties are batting .372 off him. He has allowed 14 extra base hits.

Jose Paulino suffered the loss, giving up three runs, one earned, on one hit and three walks while fanning three. The DSL Padres committed six errors on the day and only one of the four runs in the 12th was earned. The Dominican native has walked 15 batters this season in 12 innings while also hitting five and tossing five wild pitches. Nine of the free passes he has issued have come with men in scoring position. He has not allowed an extra base hit this year.

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