Padres Prospect Report: August 5, 2009

Josh Geer to Nick Hundley – in Portland – while Craig Stansberry flirts with a cycle. Matt Buschmann may have to get comfortable in relief. Cesar Ramos is in Lake Elsinore and James Darnell is sending them out. Drew Cumberland is a hit out of the leadoff spot. Nick Greenwood has another solid start and Chris Fetter nets a save. Deiber Sanchez is rocked. Luis Domoromo hits his sixth triple.

Portland (48-63) won 6-2 over Albuquerque (Dodgers)

Nick Hundley went 0-for-2 with a strikeout before exiting the game in the top of the sixth. The backstop has not played because of a wrist injury suffered when he was hit by a Chad Billingsley pitch. He has missed 42 games to date and counting. Hundley hit .236 across 41 games with the Padres, smacking 12 extra base hits, scoring 10 runs and driving in 11. Hundley threw out just four of the 45 runners attempting to steal on him in San Diego.

Josh Geer delivered six innings of one-run ball – an unearned run – on two hits and four walks while striking out five. He also induced 10 ground ball outs in a 95-pitch effort. Geer has given up four earned in 16 innings at the Triple-A level. With San Diego, the right-hander went 1-7 with a 5.96 ERA across 19 outings, including 17 starts. He surrendered 27 homers, as the opposition hit .288 off hum.

Craig Stansberry hit a leadoff homer in the first, added his 18th double in the third, notched his fourth triple in the seventh, and, with a chance for the cycle to leadoff the ninth, he walked. The second baseman scored three times and has touched home five times in his last two games with successive three-hit games. Stansberry has hit three of his seven homers in the first inning and is batting .385 when he hits out of the leadoff spot.

San Antonio (16-24, 55-54) lost 5-2 to Corpus Christi (Astros)

Nathan Culp allowed four runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out four and recording seven ground ball outs across five innings. Culp, who has not earned a win since June 17, had allowed two runs or less in four straight outings and six of his previous seven – not earning a victory in any of those outings. He has given up eight or more hits seven times this season.

Matt Buschmann allowed two hits across a pair of scoreless innings, striking out two and not walking a batter in a 24-pitch outing. It was his second straight relief appearance and his third in his last five over two leagues after starting 18 straight games. Buschmann has given up three runs on seven hits across 6.2 innings as a reliever. The right-hander has surrendered 11 runs on 19 hits in 16.2 innings with the Missions.

Lake Elsinore (19-21, 58-52) won 7-3 over Stockton (A's)

Cesar Ramos moved up to Lake Elsinore after beginning his rehab in the desert. The southpaw delivered four innings of scoreless ball, yielding five hits and a walk while striking out three and netting six ground ball outs. The left-hander allowed three runs, two earned, on eight hits in eight innings, fanning eight with the AZL Padres. He had posted seven straight innings without an earned run allowed in the AZL.

James Darnell hammered his 10th homer since joining Lake Elsinore and 17th of the year in the seventh inning, a three-run blast that gave the Storm a two-run lead. Darnell, who is tied with Matt Clark for the organizational lead in homers, pushed his RBI total to 71 on the season. Darnell extended his hitting streak to nine and his on base streak to 26 with his two-hit night. He has hit eight homers and driven in 26 over his 26-game on base streak with a .350 average.

Fort Wayne (30-8, 75-34) won 6-4 over Lansing (Blue Jays)

Drew Cumberland went 2-for-4 out of the leadoff spot with a double and two runs scored. The shortstop has hit first in the order just two times previously. He is hitting .389 with a .500 on-base percentage when he leads off an inning. Cumberland has scored six times in his last five games. He has fanned just two times in his last 39 at-bats.

Erik Davis earned his 11th win of the season, one off the Midwest League lead, giving up three runs, two earned, on six hits while striking out nine across 6.2 innings. He is tied with Jeremy Hefner for the most wins in the organization. His nine strikeouts were four more than his previous high. Seven of his wins have come as a starter in 13 overall starts. Davis has allowed two earned or less in nine of his starts.

Eugene (19-26) won 3-1 over Tri-City (Rockies)

Nick Greenwood was charged with an unearned run on three hits and two walks across five innings, striking out four and registering six ground ball outs. It is the seventh time in nine starts that he has allowed two runs or less and the seventh time he has yielded one or zero earned runs. The southpaw has allowed three hits or less while going at least five innings three times. He has given up just six extra base hits all season.

Chris Fetter picked up the save, tossing four innings of scoreless ball. He yielded one hit and a walk while tossing a wild pitch and striking out a career-high eight. The right-hander went 1-1 with a 3.52 ERA across three starts with the TinCaps. With the Emeralds, he has posted nine straight innings of scoreless ball and allowed two runs or less in every outing, going five innings or more four times.

Jason Codiroli went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored out of the leadoff spot. The center fielder also stole his 14th base but was also caught for the second time. He has reached base in 16 straight games with a hit in 14 of those contests. Codiroli is 28-for-84 over his last 22 games, a .333 average, raising his on-base percentage from .296 to .374. He has scored a run in eight of his last 11 contests.

AZL Padres (4-5, 17-20) lost 9-7 to AZL Angels

Deiber Sanchez was hammered for seven runs, five earned, on six hits and three walks – all season-highs – across 2.2 innings while also getting tagged with a balk in his first start of the year. The right-hander out of Columbia has only had two relief appearances that were shorter than this start through his first nine games. Sanchez surrendered three extra base hits in the contests and 11 of his 28 hits have gone for extras this year.

Wande Olabisi connected on a solo homer in the fifth inning, his fourth. He was the lone AZL Padres player to record a multi-hit game. It was his second homer in a four-game span and gave him an RBI in three of the four. Olabisi has four multi-hit games in the last seven games that he has notched an at-bat after netting just one over his first 18 games. He has upped his average from .180 to .236 in the process.

DSL Padres (21-36) lost 9-8 to DSL Tigers

Luis Domoromo went 1-for-4 with a walk, registering his sixth triple of the season and driving in three. It was the outfielder's first extra base hit since July 9 – a span of 23 games between. While he has six three-baggers, Domoromo has just two other extra base hits. He came into the game without a hit with the bases loaded but had drawn five walks. Domoromo had just one RBI in his previous 27 games.

Adan Velazquez reached base three times and added a sacrifice fly. The second baseman went 2-for-3 with a walk, smacking his ninth double, scoring a run and driving in two to give him 37 RBI for the season. All three of his sacrifice flies have come over his last eight games. Velazquez has 33 hits in his last 85 at-bats, a .388 average, with 23 RBI over that 22-game span.

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