Padres Prospect Report: July 29, 2009

Cesar Carrillo makes his first start in Portland in over two years. Stephen Faris is back in the San Antonio rotation. Aaron Breit is solid in Lake Elsinore but gets a no-decision. Dan Robertson keys a Fort Wayne win. Edinson Rincon is a key component to a Eugene victory. Yair Lopez has the top streak this season for the DSL Padres.

Portland (45-59) lost 8-4 to Las Vegas (Blue Jays)

Cesar Carrillo, who led the Texas League in innings pitched at the time of his promotion, suffered the loss, giving up five runs, four earned, on six hits and two walks while fanning a half-dozen over six innings. His last start in Portland came on April 30, 2007 – a start that led to him landing on the DL for the rest of the season and undergoing surgery. He had allowed two runs or less in four straight starts with San Antonio – going at least seven innings in each.

Seth Johnston homered in the second and fifth innings – both solo shots – to give him four homers through six Pacific Coast League games. The third baseman has 10 hits since joining the Beavers and six have gone for extra bases. The right-handed hitter now has 12 homers across two leagues – all but one coming off right-handed pitching. After hitting five bombs in his first three months, Johnston has connected for seven over his last 21 contests.

San Antonio (14-19, 53-49) lost 8-1 to Corpus Christi (Astros)

Stephen Faris was back in the rotation for the first time since June 24. After making 12 relief appearances and posting a 3.14 ERA, the right-hander was saddled with his Texas League leading 11th loss of the campaign, giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits and a walk while striking out four over four. Faris has yielded 10.6 hits per nine innings pitched for the year.

Brandon Gomes finished out the game with two scoreless frames, yielding one hit while striking out three. The right-hander has not allowed a run over his last 10 innings of work, yielding four hits while fanning 12. He has given up just two earned over his last 20 frames, lowering his ERA from 5.12 to 3.35. Gomes has whiffed 11.74 batters per nine innings pitched, recording a strikeout in 15 straight relief appearances – 11 of which were an inning or less.

Lake Elsinore (16-18, 55-49) lost 3-1 to Inland Empire (Dodgers)

Aaron Breit tossed one-run ball over five innings, giving up three hits, walking five and striking out 10 in a no-decision. It is the second time in five starts that he has recorded double-digit strikeout totals and the fourth time in his last five that he has fanned at least seven. Breit's five walks allowed were a season-high. He has posted a 3.14 ERA across six starts.

Allen Harrington took his sixth loss, despite not allowing a hit. He walked two and hit a batter over two frames, striking out a pair. The left-hander has taken the loss in each of his last two games and three of his last four. Harrington, who had not hit a batter all year, has seen 100 base runners across 45.1 innings of work. He has posted an 8.49 ERA across his last 28 appearances.

Fort Wayne (26-5, 71-31) won 4-2 over Wisconsin (Brewers)

Dan Robertson had half of the TinCaps six hits, smacking a pair of doubles, scoring a run and driving in two. The outfielder also swiped his 15th bag of the season. It is the second time this season that he has notched multiple extra base hits in a game - the last coming on April 11. Robertson is hitting .329 with runners in scoring position on the year and is hitting over .300 in three straight months after a .204 April.

Stiven Osuna allowed two runs on four hits and four walks across five innings, striking out three and recording five ground ball outs. Osuna has allowed two runs or less in seven straight starts and 12 of 16 overall. The right-hander is 5-0 with a 1.39 ERA over his last six starts, allowing six runs, five earned, on 18 hits while fanning 27 in 32.1 innings.

Eduardo Perez could not get the hold over three innings, surrendering one run, but did pick up his fourth win. He allowed three hits and a walk while fanning three. The right-hander has gone at least two innings in 10 straight outings, earning three wins over that span. Perez has compiled a 2.70 ERA over his last 15 appearances, giving up 11 earned over a span of 36.2 frames while striking out 32.

Eugene (18-21) won 11-10 over Spokane (Rangers)

Edinson Rincon came around to score the winning run in the top of the ninth after notching his third hit of the game. He scored three times, collecting a pair of singles and his ninth double while driving in one. It was his fourth multi-hit game in the last five while he has scored nine times in his last six contests. The third baseman is second in the Northwest League with a .349 average and is tied for first with 30 RBI. He is also third in on-base percentage and tied for second in slugging percentage.

Nate Freiman hit a sacrifice fly with one out in the ninth to bring home the eventual game-winner. He also drew a walk and added a run-scoring single. Freiman is fourth in the league with his 29 RBI – behind two teammates – and has six RBI over his last five games. The sacrifice fly was his first of the season and the Emeralds seventh as a team. Freiman is hitting .314 with runners in scoring position.

After the bullpen blew a 9-2 lead, David Erickson came on in the ninth with a margin of one and closed the door by retiring the side in order, striking out one, to earn his seventh save in nine opportunities. Erickson has allowed runs in four of his 15 appearances but only three earned have crossed. He has held the leadoff hitter of the inning to a .071 average while allowing just three hits in 19 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

AZL Padres (14-17) had a scheduled day off

DSL Padres lost 7-4 to DSL Tigers

Yair Lopez had two hits in five trips, sending a three-run blast over the wall in the third inning – his third homer of the season. The outfielder extended his hitting streak to 14 games where he is 22-for-54 – a .407 average – with seven extra base hits, 10 runs scored and 10 RBI. It is the longest hitting streak of the year for any DSL Padres player. Lopez has eight multi-hit games over that span and has raised his average from .236 to .288.

Freddys Henrique suffered his fourth loss, giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits across five innings. The right-hander struck out two and notched seven ground ball outs. Henrique has posted a 7.23 ERA with three losses across five relief outings while notching a 3.60 ERA in five starts.

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