Padres Prospect Report: July 27, 2009

Seth Johnston has four hits in a win. Ernesto Frieri walks six, as San Antonio is shelled. Allen Harrington takes his fifth loss. Michael Watt gives up four runs in a no-decision. Jerry Sullivan tosses five scoreless and Nate Freiman and Matt Vern provide offense. Adys Portillo pitches well but gets no support. Adan Velazquez has a big day but the DSL Padres are swept.

Portland (45-57) won 9-7 over Salt Lake (Angels)

Seth Johnston went a perfect 4-for-4, hitting his second homer in four games in the Pacific Coast League. The third baseman also notched his second double in Triple-A. He has a hit in each of his games with the Beavers, going 8-for-13 with four extra base hits and four RBI. He did not have an extra base hit in his last nine games with San Antonio.

Danny Putnam had three hits in four trips with a sacrifice. The outfielder smacked his 13th double and his seventh homer, driving in three runs. Putnam has a seven-game hitting streak working and is batting .310 since joining Portland. He has 13 extra base hits across 17 games with the Beavers, notching an extra base hit in seven straight and one in nine of his last 10.

Chad Huffman smacked his team leading 14th homer – a three-run blast in the seventh. He also added a single and scored twice. Half of his dingers have come with men on base. Huffman is hitting .267 over his last 23 games with 12 extra base hits. The outfielder has drawn one walk across his last 12 contests.

San Antonio (13-18, 52-48) lost 10-1 to Midland (A's)

Ernesto Frieri was lifted after four-plus innings with four runs in on seven hits and six walks while striking out four in a 90-pitch effort. It is the third time this year that he has walked five or more batters – accounting for 16 of his 43 walks on the year. Frieri has given up four or more runs on five occasions across 20 outings.

Scott Rice surrendered five runs on four hits and a walk across 2.2 innings. The left-hander also hit a pair of batters and saw one of the three runners he inherited score. Rice suffered consecutive extra inning losses in his previous two outings and has given up seven runs over his last 4.1 frames. He has allowed runs in nine of his 20 appearances, allowing multiple runs five times.

Lake Elsinore (15-17, 54-48) lost 6-4 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

James Darnell reached base three times out of his four plate appearances. The third baseman hit his eighth California League homer and notched a pair of RBI after collecting a run-scoring single in the first. He also scored a pair of runs. Darnell has hit six of his homers over his last 15 games and has 15 across two leagues this season. He has reached base in 18 straight games.

Allen Harrington suffered his fifth loss of the season, giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits and two walks. He surrendered two extra base hits, including a two-run bomb. It is the 10th time this season that he has allowed multiple runs in an outing. The opposition has a 2.24 WHIP this season against Harrington. With runners in scoring position, Harrington has given up 32 hits in 74 at-bats, a .432 average.

Fort Wayne (24-5, 69-31) lost 5-4 to Burlington (Royals)

Michael Watt allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits and a walk while striking out a pair and notching 12 ground ball outs in a no-decision. Two of the runs scored on a homer and it was his error that led to the unearned run. Watt, who has not given up a run in the opening frame, has allowed 18 runs during the pivotal third inning, including one such run on Monday. The opposition's leadoff man of an inning has a .412 on-base percentage off him.

Rob Musgrave suffered the loss, giving up a run on a walk, stolen base and single in the bottom of the eighth after the TinCaps tied the game at 4-4 in the top half. The left-hander has allowed runs in five of his 11 relief appearances, posting a 5.57 ERA over that span. The opposition is 20-for-49 with runners in scoring position off Musgrave – a .408 average. He has a 1.59 WHIP on the season.

Eugene (17-20) won 10-2 over Boise (Cubs)

Jerry Sullivan worked five innings of scoreless ball, yielding three hits and three walks while striking out five. He also tossed a pair of wild pitches and notched four ground ball outs to earn his first win as a starter. The New Jersey native came into the game having allowed 10 runs on 16 hits and seven walks across 13.2 innings, as the leadoff hitter of an inning holds a .412 on-base percentage off him. All three hits were singles after seeing nine of his first 16 hits go for extra bases.

Nate Freiman hit his fifth homer of the season, hitting a solo homer in the second inning. He also added his sixth double, falling a triple shy of the cycle while driving in two. The first baseman came into the game with three hits in his previous 37 at-bats, a .081 average. It was his first three-hit night since June 25. Freiman is hitting .361 when he bats fifth, as he did on Monday and is just 4-for-46 when he bats cleanup.

Matt Vern had two hits in four trips while also drawing a walk. The outfielder belted his second bomb of the season, a two-run blast in the seventh. Vern did strikeout twice – the 13th time in 30 games that he has whiffed multiple times. Four of his last seven hits have gone for extra bases. Vern came into the game with five hits in his previous 37 at-bats, a .135 average.

AZL Padres (14-16) lost 7-2 to AZL Mariners

Cody Decker accounted for both of the AZL Padres runs, hitting his Arizona Rookie League leading ninth homer and adding to his circuit leading RBI total by also adding a sacrifice fly. The outfielder has 34 RBI in 29 games played. He has 11 multi-RBI games this season. Decker has scored a run in five straight games and seven of his last eight.

Adys Portillo allowed two runs on six hits and a walk across five innings, striking out four, tossing a wild pitch and seeing seven outs come through the air. He allowed three extra base hits, including a solo homer. Portillo, who is 0-5 on the year, had not given up a bomb since his first outing. It is the third time in his last four starts that he has allowed two runs or less.

DSL Padres (19-29) lost 10-7 in game one to DSL Yankees2, lost game two 5-3

Adan Velazquez had three hits in the opener, including a triple, and drove in three while scoring twice to account for half of the runs. He did, however, make two errors from his third base position. Moving to second base for game two, Velazquez was the lone player to record a multi-hit game, hitting his fourth homer and knocking in all three runs. Velazquez has three straight multi-hit games and is hitting .380 with eight extra base hits, 12 runs scored and 11 RBI over his last 13.

Harlen Mozo faced five batters in the fourth inning – all would reach base and all would score. He was charged with five runs, four earned, on four hits and a walk. The Colombian right-hander has allowed seven runs on 10 hits and two walks over his last three outings, spanning 3.2 innings. Prior to that, Mozo had surrendered two runs on four hits over his first five frames. Both runners he inherited scored and four of the last five have touched home.

Eugenio Reyes notched a no-decision, giving up two runs on three hits while striking out three and recording eight ground ball outs. It is the second time in his last three games that he has given up two runs or less. The Dominican native has held the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .158 average and is holding the opposition to a .217 average with runners in scoring position.

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