Padres Prospect Report: July 21, 2009

Brian Lawrence is hit hard in a loss. Mike DeMark hasn't been the same of late. Matt Clark hits a homer and James Darnell does everything but homer. Miles Mikolas has his best start but still loses. Tom Porter suffers a hard luck loss in a 1-0 game. Carlos Garcia snaps out of a huge funk.

Portland (44-53) lost 11-5 to Reno (Diamondbacks)

Brian Lawrence suffered the loss, giving up seven runs on 10 hits and six walks across six innings. The right-hander tossed 109 pitches on the night, giving up three extra base hits, including a homer. It is the second time this year he has given up double-digit hits. Lawrence had issued six free passes in his first six games.

Danny Putnam accounted for four of the five Portland runs, scoring after being hit by a pitch in the sixth and hitting a bases loaded double to clear the bases in the eighth. The outfielder has seven RBI in his last four games and is hitting .333 with runners on base with five extra base hits. Putnam is 5-for-10 across four teams with the bases loaded this year.

San Antonio (12-12, 51-43) lost 6-4 to Frisco (Rangers)

Mike DeMark was charged with four runs on an error, one hit, and two walks over one-third of an inning to suffer his third loss of the year. The right-hander has allowed 11 runs over his last 11 appearances on 15 hits and seven walks, spanning 9.2 innings of work. Prior to the recent stretch, DeMark had allowed just five earned runs over his first 38 innings of work.

Craig Cooper was the lone hitter to notch a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with his 23rd double and an RBI. Cooper did, however, commit his 11th error, leading to an unearned run. The first baseman has notched a double in three straight games and his 23 two-baggers are tied for fifth-most in the Texas League. Cooper is also fourth in the circuit with 64 RBI and fourth in average while standing third in hits.

Lake Elsinore (12-14, 51-45) won 10-7 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Matt Clark hit a three-run homer in the opening frame to put the Storm up early. The first baseman also drew two walks and scored a pair of runs. Clark has three homers in his last three games, scoring four times and driving in five over that span. He has drawn two walks in three different games for the Storm but has fanned at least twice in six contests.

James Darnell had four hits in five trips, falling a homer shy of hitting for the cycle. The third baseman drove in two and scored a run. Darnell has seven RBI over his last five games and has two games with three or more hits in his last three. He is 14-for-38 over his last 10 games – a .368 average – to raise his season mark in the Cal League from .186 to .272.

Bryan Oland, in a non-save situation, gave up three runs on four hits while fanning one in his lone inning of work. It is the second time this season he has given up three runs in a non-save situation. Oland has surrendered just four runs in save situations and one run with the game tied. Oland had allowed runs in one game since May 10 – a span of 29 appearances.

Fort Wayne (20-4, 65-29) had a scheduled day off

Eugene (14-17) lost 6-2 to Tri-City (Rockies)

Miles Mikolas suffered his third loss of the season, giving up one run on eight hits while tossing two wild pitches and striking out four across six innings. The right-hander did secure two double play grounders. While he has allowed 29 hits in 18.1 innings, only four have gone for extra bases. Left-handed hitters are batting .439 off him in 41 at-bats while righties are hitting .268.

Tyler Mead worked to three batters and gave up three hits. He would leave without retiring a hitter and all three would score. Mead has worked just three innings this season – spending nearly a month on the shelf after suffering a setback in his return from injury. The right-hander has pitched in four games, not recording an out in two of those. He has given up eight runs on six hits, six walks, two hit batsmen and two wild pitches in three innings.

AZL Padres (12-13) lost 1-0 to AZL Indians

Tom Porter took the loss, yielding one run on three hits and a walk while tossing two wild pitches and hitting a batter across five innings. He struck out three and induced six ground ball outs. Porter has allowed two runs over his last eight innings of work. The right-hander has held the opposition to a .129 average with runners in scoring position in 31 at-bats.

Deiber Sanchez contributed three innings of scoreless ball, surrendering four hits, tossing a wild pitch and striking out two. He also induced four ground outs. The Colombian right-hander has not allowed an earned run over his last 9.2 innings of work, striking out 15. He has given up three hits in 22 at-bats with runners in scoring position and is holding the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .176 average.

Cody Decker had two of the AZL Padres five hits and the first baseman also drew a walk in four trips. Decker, who leads the Arizona Rookie League in RBI with 27, stands third in the circuit with a .617 slugging percentage and fourth with 31 hits. He has seven multi-hit games over his last 11 and is hitting .415 over his last 14 games. He is hitting .361 with runners in scoring position.

DSL Padres (18-26) won 8-4 over DSL Diamondbacks

Carlos Garcia reached base three times, collecting a walk and a pair of extra base hits. The outfielder hit his fifth homer of the season – a three-run blast in the fourth – and notched his fifth double while scoring twice. Garcia came into the game with nine hits in his previous 73 at-bats – a .123 average – which dropped his season average from .345 to .228.

Adan Velazquez had three hits, including his fifth double, and scored twice. He also stole his eighth base in 10 attempts. He has been successful in five straight theft attempts. Velazquez has upped his average to .239 on the season – the highest it has been since going 1-for-4 in his first game of the year. He is 13-for-37 – a .351 average – over his last 10 games after opening the year with a .181 mark over his first 21.

Esteban Javier recorded his first save of the season, working 2.1 scoreless innings and facing the minimum. He struck out one and recorded four ground ball outs while stranding three inherited runners. Of the 20 runners he has inherited on the year, just four have scored against the left-hander. He has kept the last eight he has inherited in check. Javier has given up four hits in 25 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

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