Padres Prospect Report: July 20, 2009

Will Inman allows two homers while Peter Ciofrone hits a grand slam. Corey Kluber is sharp in his Double-A debut. Anthony Bass has a short debut – expected. Brad Brach saves two, as Eduardo Perez and Erik Davis star. Vince Belnome has three hits and Jason Codiroli is perfect. Cameron Monger continues to hit. Yair Lopez is about the only offense in the DSL.

Portland (44-52) won 8-7 over Reno (Diamondbacks) in 10 innings

Will Inman was pulled after three innings with six runs in on seven hits and three walks. The right-hander tossed 69 pitches, giving up two homers. Despite making eight starts in Double-A, Inman is tied for fifth in the Pacific Coast League with 15 homers surrendered. It is the sixth time he has given up multiple bombs and the sixth time he has allowed five or more runs.

Peter Ciofrone has a pinch-hit grand slam in the fourth inning – his lone at-bat in the game. The third baseman/outfielder came into the game with one hit in six previous at-bats with the bases juiced, tallying three RBI. He is 3-for-7 as a pinch-hitter this season, although Monday marked the first time he has notched an RBI in those situations. His last grand slam came on July 4, 2008 with Portland.

San Antonio (12-11, 51-42) won 2-1 over Frisco (Rangers)

Corey Kluber made his Double-A debut, tossing scoreless ball across six frames. The right-hander yielded three hits and a walk while striking out six and recording 10 fly ball outs. Kluber went 7-9 with a 4.54 ERA across 19 starts in the California League. In 109 innings, he allowed 110 hits, walked 36 and led the circuit with 124 strikeouts. Kluber has allowed two runs or less in eight of his 20 starts across two leagues.

Seth Johnston had three hits in four trips, driving in one of the two San Antonio runs. Playing left field for the fifth time this year, Johnston was caught stealing for the second time this year in six attempts. Johnston has a five-game hitting streak with Monday his first multi-hit game during the span. Johnston has 41 RBI across 79 games, hitting .219 with runners in scoring position.

Lake Elsinore (11-14, 50-45) lost 9-5 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Anthony Bass worked two innings in his California League debut, as he continues to have his pitch count throttled. He allowed one hit and struck out two. Bass exited the Midwest League with the second best ERA at 2.19 and tied for fourth with nine wins. The Midwest League All-Star allowed two runs or less in 12 of his 18 starts, going at least five innings 10 times. He allowed just three first-inning runs in his 18 outings.

Beamer Weems went 2-for-5 with his 14th double and a pair of RBI. The shortstop, batting second, also added his ninth stolen base in 14 attempts. Weems, who had a 35-game on base streak this season, came into the game hitting .232 over his previous 14 games, striking out 12 times compared to seven walks – the first time this season he has whiffed more than he struck out over such a span.

Fort Wayne (20-4, 65-29) won 4-1 in completion of suspended game over Quad Cities (Cardinals), won 1-0 in game two

Eduardo Perez got the win, yielding two hits while not walking a batter over 3.2 innings of relief work. He came on with a man on in the fifth and stranded that runner. Perez struck out three and induced five ground ball outs, including his first double play grounder of the season. He has held the opposition to a .217 average and has given up just three hits with two outs and runners on base.

Brad Brach finished things off – giving the TinCaps 4.2 innings of scoreless relief. The right-hander walked one and struck out three after closing out the nightcap, earning his 23rd and 24th saves – the top mark in the Midwest League, six more than the next closest competitor. Brach has not allowed a run over his last 17 innings of work, giving up just three hits and three walks over that span while striking out 27. The leadoff man of an inning sports a .188 on-base percentage off him.

Erik Davis posted blanks across five innings, yielding three hits and a walk while striking out five in the second game of the night, picking up win number nine. The right-hander has given up two runs or less in six of his 10 starts. Thirteen of the 26 runs he has allowed as a starter have come in two starts. Davis has won four of his last five starts. He has given up just one first inning run this year.

Dan Robertson had two hits in three trips, notching the lone extra base hit – his 13th double – and scoring the lone run. The outfielder has 10 hits over his last five games with two four-hit contests among them. He has scored a run in four straight, touching home five times over that span. Robertson is hitting .355 over his last 61 games and has drawn 14 walks compared to seven strikeouts in his last 19.

Eugene (14-16) won 9-6 over Tri-City (Rockies)

Nick Greenwood gave up three runs, but none of those were earned, on five hits and a walk, striking out seven and tossing two wild pitches across five innings. The left-hander has yet to allow more than one earned in any outing and Monday marked the first time he has allowed more than a single run during a start. He has worked five straight games where he yielded one run or less. Greenwood had not tossed a wild pitch until Monday.

Vince Belnome made up for a fielding error that led to three unearned runs with a three-hit night that included his fifth homer of the year – a two-run blast in the fifth. The third baseman also scored twice to pace the offense. Belnome has an extra base hit in three of his last four games and five of his last eight. He has reached base safely in 27 of his first 29 professional games. Both of his three-hit games have come across the last four.

Jason Codiroli had a night of perfection. The center fielder, batting ninth, went 2-for-2 with a walk and was hit by a pitch. He also scored twice and stole his sixth base in seven attempts. It was just the second time this year that he has scored multiple times. Codiroli is 8-for-22 – a .363 average with three walks and six runs scored over his last seven.

AZL Padres (12-12) won 10-3 over AZL A's

Luis De La Cruz worked a pair of scoreless innings, walking one and striking out one while netting four ground ball outs. The right-hander out of the Dominican Republic has given up runs in one of his seven appearances on the season, holding left-handed hitters to one hit and blanking the opposition in six at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Cameron Monger has a pair of singles and two RBI out of the leadoff spot. It is his fourth multi-hit game over his last six and the 10th such game of the season. Monger has seven RBI in his last seven games. The outfielder is batting .385 for the year with runners in scoring position, although he did strikeout with the bases loaded on Monday.

Jonathan Alia notches two hits in five trips – both singles – and scores a pair of runs while driving in two. It was his fifth multi-hit game of the season and the fourth time he has notched multiple RBI. He has also scored two runs four times and has been on base seven times over his last four games with four walks and three hits. Alia has nine extra base hits over his last 14 games after netting one in his first eight.

DSL Padres (17-26) lost 4-0 in game one to DSL Tigers, lost 6-2 in game two

Yair Lopez had one of the two DSL Padres hits, smacking his eighth double of the year. He also had two hits in the nightcap, including a solo homer. The outfielder upped his hitting streak to six. He has gone 9-for-24 over that span with four runs scored and four RBI. Lopez was picked off first in the nightcap. The right-handed hitting Lopez has collected nine of his 11 extra base hits with the bases empty. Lopez has scored 29 runs across his last 39 games.

Harlen Mozo surrendered one hit on four hits and a walk across three innings, striking out four. The lone run came on a solo homer in the seventh. The right-hander has allowed two earned over 8.2 innings. He has held the leadoff hitter to a .167 average and right-handed hitters are batting .185. Left-handed hitters, however, are 5-for-11 off him – accounting for all the runs scored.

Uber Paz took the game two loss, giving up five runs on seven hits across five innings while striking out three. Paz gave up three extra base hits, including a pair of homers. The right-hander had not surrendered a homer across his first seven outings. Paz has a 7.23 across his five starts, allowing 18 runs, 15 earned, on 21 hits and nine walks across 18.2 innings. In three relief outings, spanning 8.1 innings, he has given up one run.

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