Padres Prospect Report: August 2, 2009

Wade LeBlanc is solid but is denied a win, as Edwin Moreno takes his second loss in a row. Luis Durango's second RBI nets a walk-off win. Nick Schmidt is hit hard in the first and can't recover. Brad Brach gives up a rare run and it ends in a Fort Wayne loss. Steve Garrison continues his comeback trail.

Portland (45-63) lost 2-1 to Sacramento (A's)

Wade LeBlanc yielded one run on three hits and a pair of walks across 5.2 innings, striking out three and notching nine ground ball outs during an 80-pitch performance. The left-hander has given up one run or less in four of his last six starts but has taken the loss in two of those and earned a no-decision in a third. This marked the sixth time in 16 starts that LeBlanc has given up three hits or less.

Entering the game in a 1-1 tie in the top of the ninth, Edwin Moreno surrendered a one-out solo homer to the recently traded Brett Wallace – taking his third loss of the season. It was the second straight game that he has taken the loss and given up a homer. Moreno has allowed runs in seven of his 25 appearances, giving up a homer in five of those outings. Left-handed hitters are swatting .347 off him on the season with four homers.

San Antonio (15-22, 54-52) won 6-5 over Frisco (Rangers) in 11 innings

Luis Durango reached base four times with three walks and a single in seven plate appearances but it was his fielder's choice with the bases juiced in the bottom of the 11th that ended the game. He had two RBI on the night, giving the leadoff hitter 21 for the season. It was his first multi-RBI game since April 28. Durango has drawn a team leading 60 walks this season compared to 56 strikeouts.

Cory Luebke returned from the disabled list and tossed 70 pitches over 3.1 innings, yielding one run on four hits and a walk while striking out two and netting seven fly ball outs. On the disabled list since straining a hamstring in his July 12 start, Luebke has given up just two earned runs in Texas League play. He has held the leadoff hitter to a .178 average and has allowed one earned in his last 11.1 innings.

Lake Elsinore (18-20, 57-51) lost 10-2 to High Desert (Mariners)

Nick Schmidt was battered for five runs on six hits in the opening frame. He would exit the game after four-plus innings, allowing eight runs on 14 hits while striking out two. Four of the hits went for extra bases, including a pair of homers. Schmidt's previous high for hits allowed this season had been seven. The southpaw has surrendered six homers in eight starts after not giving up a long ball in Fort Wayne.

James Darnell reached base four times, notching three hits, including a pair of doubles, and a walk but did not figure into the scoring. The third baseman has collected four extra base hits in his last three games. He extended his on base streak to 24 games. He is hitting .354 over the life of the streak with 15 extra base hits, 14 walks and 22 RBI.

Fort Wayne (28-7, 73-33) lost 3-2 to Beloit (Twins)

Simon Castro allowed one run over five innings, yielding four hits and a walk while striking out a half-dozen in a no-decision. It is the third straight game that he has given up one run or less, but the right-hander has only one win over that span. Castro has a 2.55 ERA over his last seven starts, surrendering 11 runs over 35 innings of work while striking out 50. His 12 strikeout lead the Midwest League.

Brad Brach suffered his third loss of the season, giving up a run on one hit and a walk in a tie game in the ninth inning. It was the second time in three games that he has allowed runs after not allowing any runs in his previous 18 appearances. Brach has allowed five hits over his last three innings after giving up just three hits in his previous 19 frames. Brach has held the leadoff hitter of the inning to a .136 average.

Eduardo Perez allowed one run on two hits while striking out three across three innings. Both hits went for extra bases, including a solo homer in the seventh that tied the game at 2-2. Since giving up seven runs in his first 5.2 innings, Perez has compiled a 2.59 ERA over his last 42.1 innings. The homer was just the second he has allowed this season – both solo shots.

Eugene (18-24) had a scheduled day off

AZL Padres (3-4, 16-19) lost 6-3 to AZL Giants

Steve Garrison, who hadn't pitched since June 23 in his continued recovery from surgery, went two innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out three. The left-hander has given up five runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out 10 across 11 innings in the desert. His longest outing to date was the three innings he tossed on July 5.

Stalyn Valdez suffered his third loss of the season, giving up five runs, four earned, on four hits across 2.1 innings. The right-hander also hit a batter, recording five outs in the air. He had not allowed more than two runs in any outing. Valdez has surrendered runs in six of his 11 appearances, going at least two innings six times. The opposition is hitting .333 off him this year.

DSL Padres (21-32) had a scheduled day off

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