Padres Prospect Report: July 17, 2009

Wade LeBlanc gives up one run and takes the loss. Ernesto Frieri allows one run suffers the same fate as LeBlanc. A shutout for Jeremy Hefner and crew while Sawyer Carroll drives in four. Nick Schumacher continues to roll out of the pen. Chris Wilkes leaves the game early with injury. Adys Portillo has his best start – still a loss. Jean Corpas is solid in a DSL Padres win.

Portland (43-50) lost 2-0 Salt Lake (Angels)

Wade LeBlanc gave up one run – coming on a solo homer in the fourth – on three hits and a walk while striking out six over seven innings in a 94-pitch effort that produced seven ground ball outs. The left-hander has given up two runs or less in seven of his last eight and 10 of 16 overall. LeBlanc has, however, dropped four of the games where he has given up two runs or less.

Mike Baxter had two hits – both doubles – but would not come around to score. He had half of Portland's hits. He was the only player to reach scoring position and both of his two-baggers came with less than two outs – one of the leadoff variety. Hitting first in the order, as he did on Friday, Baxter has a .308 average. He is also hitting .356 when he leads off an inning.

San Antonio (9-11, 48-42) lost 1-0 to Midland (A's)

Ernesto Frieri allowed just a single run on four hits and two walks while striking out three in five frames but still took the loss. The lone run came on a solo homer across a 97-pitch effort. It is the ninth time he has given up one run or less in an outing and the 13th time in 18 overall that he has given up two runs or less. It is the second time he has given up one run and still taken the loss.

Brandon Gomes worked a pair of scoreless innings on a night that saw the Missions offense notch just two hits. He walked two and struck out one while notching his fourth double play grounder of the season. The right-hander has held right-handed hitters to a .188 average on the year while the leadoff hitter of an inning has a .216 average. Gomes has, however, walked 4.7 batters per nine innings pitched.

Lake Elsinore (10-12, 49-43) won 10-0 over Stockton (A's)

Jeremy Hefner yielded one hit and walked one over six scoreless frames. The right-hander induced seven ground ball outs and worked to one over the minimum. His bullpen completed the Storm's sixth shutout of the year. It is the fifth time in his last six starts that he has given up two runs or less. Hefner is 7-1 in his last eight decisions, lowering his average against from .335 to .280 over that span.

Sawyer Carroll hit his sixth and seventh doubles of the season and drew a walk in five trips, driving in four runs and scoring twice. He was also credited with an outfield assist, gunning down a runner at second base. Carroll has nine multi-hit games through his first 20 in Cal League play and has 21 RBI since joining the Storm. He is hitting .375 with runners in scoring position and .450 with runners on base.

James Darnell put the Storm up with his first inning homer – a two-run blast. Besides hitting his fourth homer in the California League, Darnell drew a pair of walks and scored twice. After hitting .186 over his first 11 games, the third baseman has gone 7-for-21 with two homers, and five walks. He is 11-for-34 with eight extra base hits when batting cleanup while batting .133 with one extra base when he hits elsewhere in the lineup.

Fort Wayne (17-4, 62-29) won 8-3 over Clinton (Rangers)

Nick Schumacher won his fourth game of the season, working a pair of scoreless innings. He yielded one hit and a walk while striking out one. The right-hander has given up five earned runs across 35 innings of work for a 1.29 ERA. He has given runs in six of his 21 outings, never more than one earned in any outing. He has held the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .250 on-base percentage.

Drew Cumberland reached base four times with three hits, including his ninth double, and drawing a walk. The shortstop scored a run but was picked off first base and committed his 11th error. He has six errors in his last 18 games after making five in his first 32. Cumberland, who is charged with a caught stealing, had stolen 15 straight to begin the year but has been caught twice in his last three games. He has recorded six three-hit games on the season.

Griffin Benedict had one hit in four trips, driving in two – his first two in the Midwest League – and scoring a run. Benedict entered the game with four hits in his first 14 at-bats with the TinCaps. Benedict went 6-for-24 with three doubles and four RBI with the Eugene Emeralds, splitting time between left field and behind the dish.

Eugene (12-15) lost 5-2 to Salem-Keizer (Giants)

Chris Wilkes was removed from the game after the first inning. He was working on his warm-up pitches to begin the second when he was removed. The right-hander tossed just 13 pitches. Al Angelucci replaced him. After walking the first batter he faced after coming into the game cold, Angelucci notched a double play grounder. He allowed one hit over three-plus innings but walked two and hit three batters. He left with two on and nobody out in the fifth but neither would score.

"My forearm towards my elbow was a little tight," Wilkes said. The concern, however, is that it might actually be his UCL that has been affected.

Vince Belnome plated the first Emerald run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning – just the fourth sacrifice fly that the Emeralds have notched this season. Belnome went 3-for-3 with a double but did make a tough decision on a slow roller towards the third base line that appeared to be headed foul. He picked up the ball and tried to throw the runner out with a man on third but was unable to catch the man at first, bringing home a run. Belnome has reached in 25 of his first 26 professional games.

"I was seeing the ball real well out there," Belnome said. "I put good swings on the ball and got my pitches to hit."

"It was still on the grass – I am just trying to make a play," he said of the grounder that scored a run near the line. "If I throw him out I am a hero – if it stays fair, the run still scores. Third base is just reaction whereas second is more mechanical."

Jeff Ibarra worked 2.2 innings, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out four. Both hits went for extra bases and he hit a batter. Ibarra did strand two inherited runners while taking his first loss of the year. The left-hander has given up runs in five of his nine outings on the season, working at least two innings in three of those. He has stranded five of the eight runners he has inherited on the year.

AZL Padres (10-12) lost 3-1 to AZL Cubs

Adys Portillo suffered his fourth loss of the year, giving up two runs on five hits, two walks and a hit batsman while striking out one and recording seven ground ball outs over five frames. It was the first time this year he has made it through five and he notched his fourth double play grounder in the last five games along the way. Portillo has walked at least two in each outing, walking 6.2 batters per nine innings.

Kurt Wideman went 2-for-3, was hit by a pitch and secured his first double, notching the lone AZL Padres RBI. The backstop also threw out two of the five runners attempting to steal on him. Wideman has four hits in three games with the rookie league club and has five RBI in his last three. All four of his hits have come with runners in scoring position while he has gone 0-for-4 with the bases empty.

DSL Padres (17-23) won 4-1 over DSL Indians

Luis Domoromo had two hits in four trips while scoring a run. The outfielder also swiped his sixth base of the season in nine attempts and added an outfield assist, gunning down a runner at first base to complete a double play. Domoromo has four outfield assists this season. The outfielder has scored four runs in his last four games but had been in a 2-for-22 slump coming into the contest.

Jean Corpas worked five scoreless frames, giving up five hits, not walking a batter and striking out three. The right-hander recorded nine fly ball outs on the afternoon. The Panama native had allowed runs or more in two straight and three of his last four. Corpas has held the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .218 on-base percentage.

Marlon Claveria worked four frames, giving up one run on five hits, not walking a batter and striking out two. Claveria picked up the save for his efforts, notching six ground ball outs. The Guatemalan native had allowed 14 runs on 13 hits and eight walks across his previous 9.2 innings. The opposition is hitting .344 off him for the year but he has lowered that number to .269 with runners in scoring position.

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