Padres Prospect Report: July 25, 2009

Val Pascucci hits two homers to pace Portland. San Antonio repeats Friday, as Evan Scribner blows his second straight save. Brad Chalk scores the walk-off winner. Fort Wayne loses, as Allan Dykstra breaks out from a long slump. Vince Belnome and Edinson Rincon help Eugene to a win. John Hussey is shelled while Cody Decker racks up more RBI. Ariel Familia continues the hot hitting.

Portland (45-55) won 8-3 over Salt Lake (Angels)

Val Pascucci hit a first inning three-run homer for a team that welcomed four recruits from Eugene and San Antonio to help fight the flu infection spreading through the team. The first baseman than smacked a two-run blast in the third, giving him 12 bombs on the season. He ended the day with three hits. Pascucci has eight RBI over his last two games and is hitting .310 in 23 games with Portland. Pascucci last hit multiple homers in a game on May 16 while playing with Albuquerque.

Seth Johnston, moved up to Portland earlier in the day, made his Triple-A debut as the designated hitter. After grounding into a double play in his first at-bat, Johnston notched a single before hitting a two-run homer in the fifth. Johnston hit .241 across 82 games with the Missions, hitting eight homers with 19 extra base hits total and knocking in 41 while scoring 32 times. The homer was his third with runners on base.

The Beavers ended up with 16 hits, getting multiple hits from six regulars. Six players scored a run.

San Antonio (13-16, 52-46) lost 5-4 to Midland (A's)

Corey Kluber surrendered two runs on four hits and five walks across six innings, striking out four while getting called for a balk on a 102-pitch night that resulted in a no-decision. It is the second straight start in Double-A that he has given up two runs or less and the ninth time across two leagues. He has walked three or more eight times on the year, issuing a free pass to five twice now.

For the second game in a row, Evan Scribner suffered a blown save, which sent the game into extra innings. The right-hander allowed four hits, including three doubles, in the frame and was saved from also picking up a loss when the defense gunned down a runner at home for the final out of the frame. Scribner would work a scoreless 10th. It is the second time this season that he has blown successive save opportunities – both stints coming over his last eight games. He has allowed runs in six of his last nine and 10 of his last 16.

Craig Cooper had four hits in five trips, including a pair of doubles to push his total to 25 on the year, scoring a run and driving in one. It was his 10th game with three or more hits. Cooper is third in the Texas League in hits, fourth in average, tied for fifth in doubles, and third in on-base percentage. This was the fourth time he has notched multiple two-baggers in a contest and fifth time he has secured multiple extra base hits.

Lake Elsinore (14-16, 53-47) won 6-5 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Brad Chalk accounted for three of the six Storm runs, singling in a run in the third and scoring in the sixth and singling and scoring the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as part of a four-hit night. The outfielder extended his hitting streak to six games. He has scored a run in four straight and has an RBI in five of his last seven. Chalk is fourth in the California League with his 74 runs scored.

Craig Italiano allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits, a hit batsman, and a walk across four innings, striking out five and notching six ground ball outs. It was the first time since joining the Storm that he has worked more than two innings. The Ohio native has held the opposition to a .178 average with the Storm and sports a 3.65 ERA through six outings. Italiano had a 5.63 ERA across 16 starts with Stockton.

Fort Wayne (23-5, 68-30) lost 3-2 to Burlington (Royals)

The TinCaps entered the game winners of 36 of their last 42 contests and winners of eight straight before the loss.

Chris Fetter allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks across six innings, striking out a half-dozen and notching seven ground ball outs in a loss. The right-hander had not given up more than two runs or four hits in any of his first six professional starts across two leagues. He has fanned six or more three times and uncorked his third wild pitch of the year as well.

Allan Dykstra scored both runs for the TinCaps. The first baseman walked in the second and scored on a single and doubled two innings later before coming around on another single. Dykstra has gone 20 games without a multi-hit contest, notching seven hits in his previous 60 at-bats entering the game – a .117 average. He has scored two runs or more 13 times this season.

Eugene (16-19) lost 10-9 to Boise (Cubs)

Nick Greenwood allowed five runs, four earned, on nine hits over seven frames. He did not walk a batter, tossed a wild pitch and struck out five. It was Greenwood's throwing error that led to the unearned run. It was the first time this season that the left-hander has given up more than one earned run in an outing. Greenwood had surrendered six runs total in his first six starts and just three earned. Of the 29 hits he has surrendered this season just four have gone for extra bases – including two on Saturday – and he has yet to allow a homer.

Edinson Rincon notched a pair of singles and two walks in five plate appearances while scoring twice and knocking in one. The third baseman also stole his second base of the season in as many tries. Rincon is third in the Northwest League in batting average (.346), third in RBI (27), fourth in on-base percentage (.462), and third in slugging percentage (.579). He is hitting .357 over his last 23 games.

Vince Belnome hit his sixth homer of the season – a two-run shot in the seventh – and reached base four times with three hits and a walk. The infielder also scored three times. Belnome has reached base safely in all but two of his 34 games and has 11 multi-hit games. The Pennsylvania native leads the Northwest League with 32 runs scored and is reaching base 1.9 times per game.

AZL Padres (13-15) lost 9-6 to AZL Dodgers

John Hussey was charged with seven runs – all earned – on six hits and a walk across 2.1 innings. He struck out three while yielding three extra base hits. It is the third time in his last four outings that he has given up five or more runs. Twelve of the 31 hits he has allowed on the season have gone for extra bases and the right-hander has issued 24 walks in 25.2 innings. Hussey holds a 2.14 WHIP on the season.

Cody Decker hit his Arizona Rookie League leading eighth homer of the season – a two-run blast in the sixth. He ended the day with a pair of hits and three RBI, giving him a circuit leading 32 on the season. The first baseman extended his hitting streak to eight games in the process. He is 10-for-24 with six runs scored and 10 RBI over the life of the streak. Decker is hitting .355 over his last 20 games with 27 RBI.

Cesar Ramos worked a pair of scoreless innings, working to the minimum and striking out three. It was the first time since beginning his rehab that he has not allowed a run, as the left-hander allowed three runs on five hits in his first two outings. Ramos allowed two runs or less in six of his 10 starts with the Portland Beavers, holding the opposition to a .220 average with runners in scoring position.

DSL Padres (19-27) lost 3-1 to DSL Tigers on Friday

Felix Cabrera had two hits, including his third double, and knocked in the only DSL Padres run with two outs in the second. It was just the third multi-hit game of the year across 33 contests for the infielder. He does have a hit in four straight games and has reached base safely in 17 straight. While Cabrera has a .188 average on the year, he also sports a .365 on-base percentage thanks to 21 walks; he has also been hit by seven pitches.

Francisco Flores contributed an inning of scoreless ball, retiring the side in order on two ground ball outs and a fly out. The Mexico native has given up runs in two of his nine appearances this season. He has surrendered two hits and one unearned run in eight of the outings – giving up four hits and two in the other outing. The right-hander has held right-handed hitters to a .174 average and has not allowed a hit with runners on and two outs.

Marlon Claveria suffered the loss, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three. The right-hander has surrendered 39 hits in 28.1 innings, as the opposition is hitting .351 off him. The leadoff hitter of an inning has a .452 on-base percentage off the Guatemala native. Claveria is 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA across four starts.

DSL Padres (19-28) lost 8-7 to DSL Tigers

Juan Herrera went four-plus innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits and a pair of walks while striking out three in a no-decision. The leadoff hitter of the inning has a .459 on-base percentage off the right-hander, reaching in 17 of the 37 innings he has started. Herrera has posted a 3.48 ERA across five starts while notching a 5.27 ERA in four relief appearances.

Ariel Familia had one hit but drove in three with his bases loaded double. The outfielder also scored a run. After hitting .154 over his first 11 games, Familia has hit .325 over his last 13 with five doubles, a homer, 12 runs scored and 10 RBI. He is hitting .417 with runners in scoring position and is 1-for-2 with a walk with the bases loaded.

Adan Velazquez had two hits in four trips, scoring a run and driving in one. The infielder is hitting .333 over his last 11 games with six of his 14 hits going for extra bases. He has scored nine runs over that span while driving in five. Velazquez, who has batted everywhere from third through ninth in the order, does not have a first inning hit this season.

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