Padres Prospect Report: July 28, 2009

Eulogio De La Cruz gets a start and looks good. Matt Buschmann gets a win in San Antonio. Nick Schmidt posts blanks over six. Simon Castro is brilliant again. Matt Jackson and John Hussey get early hooks in their respective starts. Felix Cabrera made two more errors.

Portland (45-58) lost 8-0 to Las Vegas (Blue Jays)

Eulogio De La Cruz recorded his first start in Portland since May 16, going five strong and allowing two runs on three hits and a walk while tossing 64 pitches. The right-hander posted a 5.40 ERA across three starts early in the season, giving up eight runs on 12 hits and 10 walks over the course of 11.2 innings. In 28 relief appearances, De La Cruz posted a 2.43 ERA with five saves, giving up nine runs in 29.2 innings.

Mike DeMark came on with the bases loaded and two outs in the final frame and got the final out via strikeout. He has not allowed a run over 2.1 innings with the Beavers. DeMark has stranded eight of the 11 runners he has inherited this season. The right-hander posted a 3.14 ERA across 46 games with San Antonio, giving up 41 hits in 48.2 innings while striking out 45.

San Antonio (14-18, 53-48) won 5-4 over Corpus Christi (Astros)

Lance Zawadzki had a pair of run-scoring singles in four trips. It was his RBI single in the seventh, which turned out to be the eventual game winner. The shortstop has 65 RBI for the season and is hitting .322 with runners in scoring position with the Missions after batting .357 in similar situations with the Storm. Zawadzki came into the game hitting .200 in his previous 24 games.

Matt Buschmann evened his record at 1-1 in Double-A play, giving up four runs on seven hits across six innings while striking out four. Five of the hits went for extra bases and one left the yard. It was his first win since June 9. The right-hander has allowed a homer in eight of his last nine starts. Buschmann also went 1-for-2 at the plate with a double and a run scored. He is 4-for-15 with three extra base hits this season.

Lake Elsinore (16-17, 55-48) won 6-4 over Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Nick Schmidt posted zeroes across six innings, giving up four hits, issuing two walks and hitting a batter while striking out five. The southpaw has allowed two runs or less in four straight games, giving up five runs over a 19.2 inning span since allowing 17 runs in his first 13.1 California League innings. It is the 12th time across two leagues that he has given up two runs or less.

Luis Martinez was the lone player to record a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. The backstop went 0-for-1 throwing out base runners attempting to steal. Martinez has thrown out 34 of the 94 base runners attempting thievery, a 36.2 success rate. He came into the game with one hit in his previous 13 at-bats. Martinez, who hit .171 in Triple-A across 11 games, is batting .280 in High-A.

Fort Wayne (25-5, 70-31) won 4-2 over Wisconsin (Brewers)

Blake Tekotte reached base four times out of the leadoff spot, going 3-for-4 with a walk. The center fielder hit his 11th homer – a solo shot to leadoff the first – and had two RBI. It was his first leadoff homer of the season. Tekotte entered the game hitting .162 in the opening frame with a .269 on-base percentage. He also stole his 24th base in 32 attempts. Tekotte has reached base in 17 straight games.

Simon Castro earned his seventh win, tossing five innings of scoreless ball. The right-hander yielded one hit, plunked a batter and struck out nine. Castro has given up just two hits over his last 10 innings of work, striking out 15 and not walking a batter. He has not issued a free pass in four of his last five starts and has five straight winning decisions. Castro leads the Midwest League with 119 strikeouts.

Eugene (17-21) lost 10-3 to Spokane (Rangers)

Matt Jackson lasted just an inning and two-thirds, giving up five runs, two earned, on seven hits in his shortest outing of the season. After not allowing runs over his first 15.1 innings, the right-hander has surrendered 15 runs on 25 hits and three walks over his last 18 frames. While he has kept the leadoff man of an inning to a .176 on-base percentage, the opposition is hitting .286 off him with runners in scoring position.

Jason Codiroli hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning to account for all of Eugene's runs. He also had a single and a walk in five plate appearances. The homer was his first since hitting two in his first three games. Codiroli has reached base safely in nine straight games and has a hit in 13 of his last 15, raising his average from .167 to .265. The center fielder has scored a run in four straight games and is hitting .341 with runners on base.

AZL Padres (14-17) lost 9-1 to AZL Royals

John Hussey was yanked after an inning and one-third with seven runs already in on six hits, two walks, a hit batsman and a wild pitch. The right-hander surrendered two homers – both to the same hitter. It is the third time this year he has given up seven runs in an outing, as Hussey has given up 14 runs on 12 hits and three walks over his last 3.2 innings. He has seen 67 base runners across 27 innings – an average of 2.48 per inning pitched.

Cody Decker had two hits – both of the extra base hit variety. The first baseman notched his ninth double and added to his Arizona League Leading total with his 10th homer. Decker is tied for the circuit lead with 19 extra base hits. He has gone yard in three of his last four games and extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He has scored a run in six straight and eight of his last nine.

DSL Padres (19-30) lost 3-0 to DSL Yankees2

Erick Ojeda gave up two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three across five innings. He also tossed two wild pitches in taking the loss – his first since June 4. The Colombia native has tossed seven wild pitches this season, including one in four straight games. Ojeda had allowed 16 runs on 23 hits and six walks over his previous 14 innings of work.

Felix Cabrera committed two more errors while playing third base and shortstop, bringing his total to 20 for the season. The errors have come in 35 games in the field. He has made five miscues in his last three games and has three multi-error games. Cabrera also went 0-for-4 at the dish with three strikeouts. He has struck out three or more times three times in his last 13 games.

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