Padres Prospect Report: August 6, 2009

Chad Huffman has four RBI but they are far too late to help. A walk to get to Craig Cooper? Madness. Wynn Pelzer allows a granny before settling in. Dan Robertson reaches base four times in a win. Miles Mikolas is yanked quickly after getting decimated. Adys Portillo pitches well but picks up loss six. Juan Herrera walks too many in a loss.

Portland (48-64) lost 12-7 to Albuquerque (Dodgers)

Josh Banks was on the hook for seven runs on 11 hits and two walks over six innings, striking out three. Five of the hits he surrendered went for extra bases. It is the second time this season that he has allowed more than four runs in a start and the first time he has given up double-digit hit totals. Banks has a 4.36 ERA as a starter – up from 3.72 prior to the game – and a 0.43 ERA across 21 innings as a reliever.

Chad Huffman clocked his 15th homer of the season, a three-run shot in the ninth, and added his 20th double, driving in four while also drawing a walk. Eight of his homers have come with men on base. The outfielder has drawn a walk in four straight and six of his last eight after netting just three walks over his previous 30 games. Huffman has recorded three games with multiple extra base hits.

San Antonio (17-24, 56-54) won 3-1 over Corpus Christi (Astros)

Craig Cooper had a RBI ground out in the fourth to put the Missions ahead 2-1 and added an insurance run with a bases loaded single that scored one in the eighth. The intentionally walked the previous batter to get to Cooper who notched RBI number 72. The first baseman has an RBI in five of his last six games and is 6-for-10 with nine RBI this season with the bases loaded. He is also hitting .348 with runners in scoring position.

Ernesto Frieri held the opposition to one run on three hits and two walks across seven innings, walking two and striking out five. The lone blemish was a solo homer surrendered in the fourth. It was the 15th time in 21 outings that Frieri has given up two runs or less and the 11th time he has allowed one run or fewer. It was also the eighth time the right-hander has given up three hits or less while going at least five innings.

Lake Elsinore (19-22, 58-53) lost 4-0 to Stockton (A's)

Wynn Pelzer surrendered a grand slam in the second inning but would allow just four hits over seven innings. He walked three, hit a batter and struck out eight while netting a seven ground ball outs. It was just the third time all season that Pelzer has loaded the bases and the fifth homer he has allowed in 121.2 innings. He has allowed four hits or less 14 times on the year, including eight of his last nine.

Sawyer Carroll had two of the Storm's five hits, as Lake Elsinore was shutout for the fifth time this season. The outfielder has collected 16 multi-hit games since joining the California League across a span of 37 games. His single in the third loaded the bases with one out but the Storm would not push a run home. It was the only time a runner would reach third base. Carroll is hitting .422 with runners in scoring position.

Fort Wayne (31-8, 76-34) won 12-6 over Lansing (Blue Jays)

Michael Watt allowed two runs on six hits and two walks across six innings, striking out six while notching a half-dozen ground ball outs to pick up win number six. The left-hander has won four straight decisions, allowing two runs or less in five of his last eight starts. Watt has notched a 4.16 ERA across 13 starts and 62.2 innings while posting a .306 ERA in 13 relief appearances over 32.1 frames.

Dan Robertson reached base four times, getting plunked by a pitch for the 11th time this year, drawing a walk, smacking his 18th double and grabbing a single. He also scored a run and drove in two. Robertson was credited with an outfield assist, gunning down a runner at second from his right field position. Robertson has registered eight outfield assists on the season. He has scored a run in four straight games.

Adam Zornes went yard for the sixth time this season, hitting a solo homer in the sixth. The backstop also drew a walk and scored three runs. Zornes has homered three times over his last six games and has an RBI in four of his last six. The catcher had not scored more than two runs in any of his 48 prior games this season, accomplishing that feat just twice. He did strikeout once, giving him 66 whiffs in 170 at-bats, good for 38.8 percent of the time.

Eugene (19-27) lost 6-4 to Tri-City (Rockies)

Miles Mikolas lasted just an inning and two-thirds, surrendering six runs on four hits, a walk, and a hit batsman while fanning two. It is the second straight game he has been pulled without getting out of the second frame. Mikolas has given up 13 runs on 12 hits, two hit batsmen and two walks across his last 3.1 innings. It is also the third straight game he has allowed at least six runs. The opposition is hitting .385 off him.

Tyson Bagley came on with a pair on, seeing both inherited runners score. But he did deliver 3.1 scoreless innings for his ledgers, giving up five hits, walking one and striking out five. Five of the six runners he has inherited this season have scored. Bagley has tossed scoreless ball over his last 8.2 innings and has allowed three runs over his last 14.2.

Jason Codiroli went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and two RBI out of the leadoff spot. He extended his hitting streak to seven games and his on base streak to 16 games in the process. Over his last 23 games, the center fielder has reached base at least twice 16 times. He has raised his on-base percentage from .298 to .381 during that span. The leadoff hitter is batting .454 in the first inning with five runs scored.

AZL Padres (4-6, 17-21) lost 3-1 to AZL Brewers

Adys Portillo allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits across six innings, hitting a batter and tossing two wild pitches and committing a pair of errors on pickoff plays. He also struck out a career-high eight and recorded five ground ball outs while taking his sixth loss – tied for most in the Arizona Rookie League. Portillo has gone at least five innings in five straight starts, allowing two earned runs or less four times over that span.

Juan Chavez worked a pair of scoreless innings, retiring all six batters he faced while striking out three. The right-hander has held the opposition to five hits in 29 at-bats with runners in scoring position this year while stranding all five runners he has inherited. Chavez has given up runs in seven of his 13 appearances this season. He has struck out 10.3 batters per nine innings pitched.

DSL Padres (21-37) lost 9-3 to DSL Twins

Aaron Sillas had three hits, including his fourth double, and scored two of the three DSL Padres runs out of the seven spot in the lineup. It is the second time in three games with an at-bat that he has registered a multi-hit game after not accomplishing the feat in his first 27 contests. The third baseman has scored seven runs in his last four games. Despite a .203 average, he has a .359 on-base percentage.

Juan Herrera suffered his third loss, giving up four runs on two hits, six walks, a hit batsman and a wild pitch across 2.1 innings, fanning three. He left with the bases loaded, seeing two of those runners score. The right-hander has walked four batters or more three times this season while not pitching more than three innings in any of those outings and has issued a free pass to 27 in 37.2 innings. The leadoff hitter of an inning sports a .488 on-base percentage off Herrera.

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