Padres Prospect Report: August 1, 2009

Josh Banks pitches well but the Beavers lose. Anthony Contreras pitches well but his appearance on the hill is never good. Sawyer Carroll adds five more RBI to his ledger. Dan Robertson singles in two for a walk-off win. Emmanuel Quiles homers twice and Jerry Sullivan is great but the Emeralds lose. Adys Portillo gives his best outing to date. Adan Velazquez continues his hitting in the DSL.

Portland (45-62) lost 4-2 to Sacramento (A's)

Josh Banks allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits and a walk while striking out three across an efficient seven innings – tossing just 85 pitches on the night. He recorded nine ground ball outs in the no-decision. Banks, who posted a 7.15 ERA over six games with San Diego, has a 2.85 ERA in 19 games, including 10 starts, with Portland. He has not had a losing decision in Triple-A since May 14. This is the third time in his last four starts that he has given up two runs or less while going at least seven frames.

Edwin Moreno surrendered a two-run homer to the second batter he faced in the ninth inning to break a 2-2 tie. It was the fourth homer he has surrendered in Pacific Coast League play, accounting for five of the eight runs he has allowed across 24 appearances. He has given up just two other extra base hits – both doubles. Moreno has allowed runs in six of his outings with the Beavers and entered the game with one run allowed over his previous 9.1 innings.

San Antonio (14-22, 53-52) lost 10-3 to Frisco (Rangers)

Scott Rice, a loser in three of his last five appearances, surrendered four runs on three hits and a walk across two-thirds of an inning. The left-hander also saw one of the two runners he inherited come around and score. Rice has given up runs in five of his last six appearances, allowing 12 runs on 10 hits, two hit batsmen, and six walks over that 6.2-inning span to raise his ERA from 5.23 to 7.90.

For the fourth time this season, Anthony Contreras came on to pitch an inning. Originally entering the game as a pinch-runner and striking out in his lone at-bat, the utility player – who has seen time at six different positions – gave up one hit in his inning, striking out one. Contreras has worked scoreless ball in three of his four appearances on the hill, giving up six hits and three walks in four innings.

Lake Elsinore (18-19, 57-50) won 17-7 over High Desert (Mariners)

Sawyer Carroll doubled in a run in the opening frame and added a two-run double an inning later. He also singled in the fourth but was caught stealing second base. Carroll also added a sacrifice fly – his sixth productive out across two leagues. His fifth and final RBI of the day came on a bases loaded walk in the ninth. It was the second time in three games that he has notched four or more RBI. He has notched an RBI in 22 of his 34 California League games, plating 42 over that span. His 82 RBI on the season leads the organization.

Brad Chalk collected four hits in six at-bats, all singles, and scored three times while driving in three. The outfielder also stole his 29th base in 34 attempts. He is third in the league in steals, second in runs scored with 83, moved into first in hits with 135 and is tied for eighth with a .322 batting average. Chalk has scored 33 runs over his last 31 games, touching home at least once in nine of his last 11.

Fort Wayne (28-6, 73-32) won 6-5 over Beloit (Twins)

Dan Robertson singled in a pair with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth to cap a three-run rally that gave the TinCaps the victory. It was his second hit of the night. The outfielder is 4-for-10 with the bases loaded, registering 11 RBI. Robertson is hitting .337 with runners in scoring position, upping his RBI total for the season to 51.

Jaff Decker reached base in three of his four plate appearances, drawing a walk and notching his 18th and 19th doubles of the season. The outfielder also scored a pair of runs. Decker is in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak, going 11-for-28 with six walks and getting plunked by a pitch for a .514 on-base percentage. Decker has hit at least .293 in each of his last three months after a .238 start to the campaign in April.

Alexis Lara improved to 3-0, tossing a pair of scoreless innings while striking out three. He retired all six batters he faced. The right-hander has extended his scoreless streak to 16 innings. Over that span he has given up seven hits and four walks while fanning 21. He has faced the minimum in four of his last five outings, working two innings twice. Lara has allowed one run over his last 29 innings of work.

Eugene (18-24) lost 10-7 to Spokane (Rangers)

Jerry Sullivan recorded 10 of his 12 outs by way of the strikeout, striking out the side around a walk in the third and fanning the side again in the fourth around a walk. His night ended after four innings, yielding one run on two hits and two walks and a hit batsman. The right-hander's previous high for strikeouts was five in a game. He has allowed one run over his last nine innings of work and has a 2.25 ERA as a starter.

Emmanuel Quiles bested his homer total from a season ago in one night. He hit second bomb of 2009 in the fifth inning – a two-run blast – and added a solo shot in the ninth. Quiles had just one homer in all of 2008 and came into the game with one this season. It was the first time this season he has notched more than a single RBI in a game. The backstop has been on base in 21 of his 23 games played with the Emeralds and has scored five runs in his last five games. He went 0-for-2 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal and has nabbed 10-of-29 on the season, good for 34.5 percent.

Vince Belnome bounded into the league lead with his eighth homer – breaking a tie with seven other Northwest League combatants. His fourth hit of the night, and the fifth time he reached base, plated two to cap a three-RBI night. Belnome also vaulted into the circuit lead in RBI with 35. He has reached base safely in all but three of his 41 games played. His .432 on-base percentage is fourth best in the league.

AZL Padres (3-3, 16-18) won 8-2 over AZL Indians

Adys Portillo worked six strong innings, giving up one run on four hits and a walk while striking out five and recording eight ground ball outs to pick up his first professional win. The right-hander has allowed two runs or less in two straight and four of his last five. He has lowered his ERA from 6.92 to 4.46 in the process.

Jonathan Galvez hit his fourth homer of the season – a solo shot – and secured his 13th double – good for second in the Arizona Rookie League - on a two-hit night that included three runs scored and his 11th stolen base in 16 attempts. It was his 11th multi-hit game of the season and the fourth time he has connected for multiple extra base hits in the same game. Galvez is fourth in the circuit with a .440 on-base percentage.

Cody Decker had two hits in four at-bats with a walk, a double – his 11th – an RBI and a run scored. The first baseman is tied of the league lead with 22 , extra base hits, paces the circuit with a .707 slugging percentage, his 10 homers and 39 RBI, is tied for second with 44 hits and ranks third with 29 runs scored. Decker has an RBI in five straight games and extended his hitting streak to 13 games.

DSL Padres (21-32) won 12-9 over DSL Reds

Aaron Sillas had two hits in four trips and was hit by a pitch. As the designated hitter, he doubled, notched a pair of RBI and scored three times. The RBI were his first since he notched his lone RBI on June 17. The multi-hit game was also a season first but he has scored five times over his last two games. He came into the game with four hits in his previous 30 at-bats.

Adan Velazquez added three more hits to his resume, connecting for his eighth double, scoring a run and driving in two, one coming courtesy of a sacrifice fly. He was caught stealing for the third time in 12 tries. Velazquez has 10 hits in his last three games with four extra base hits, nine RBI and six runs scored. He has 30 hits in his last 71 at-bats, a .423 average.

Ulises Gutierrez improved to 3-0, tossing scoreless ball across the final two innings while yielding one hit. It is the second time in a row he has gone two innings after not working as much in any of his first eight outings. Gutierrez has not allowed an earned run over his last 9.1 innings and has held the opposition to a .171 average. He has also stranded nine of the 13 runners he has inherited on the year.

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