Padres Prospect Report: August 10, 2009

Josh Geer and Adam Russell have rough outings. Nathan Culp and company combine for a shutout. Allan Dykstra homers but the TinCaps lose. Tyson Bagley doesn't do well in a starting role. Kurt Wideman has an RBI in four straight but he has the only one this day.

Portland (49-67) lost 15-3 to Round Rock (Astros)

Josh Geer allowed eight runs, seven earned, on 10 hits – including a solo homer – across five innings, fanning three. It is the second time in Portland that he has allowed double digit hits. Geer had allowed five runs total through his first three Triple-A starts. He has, however, allowed at least five runs in nine of his outings across two leagues. Seventeen of the 28 homers he has allowed this season have been solo shots.

Adam Russell was pounded to the tune of seven runs, all earned, on seven hits, a walk and a wild pitch in his lone inning of work. He allowed three extra base hits in the frame, including a two-run homer. The right-hander had not given up a run in his first five innings with the Beavers but by the end of the night, right-handed hitters were batting .400 off him in Pacific Coast League play.

San Antonio (19-26, 58-56) won 14-0 over Frisco (Rangers)

Nathan Culp fired blanks over five innings, yielding four hits, not walking a batter and fanning four. The left-hander notched seven ground ball outs in a 77-pitch effort that earned him his first win since June 17. The southpaw has allowed two runs or less in 10 of his last 13 starts and has tossed scoreless ball in four outings this season. Culp has a 3.15 ERA over his last 13 starts with 12 double play grounders.

Anthony Contreras pounded out his first homer of the season, a two-run blast in the third. He also had a single, a walk, two runs scored and three RBI out of the eight-hole in the lineup. It was his first multi-hit game since July 19 when he had three hits and he broke a 2-for-23 stretch. Contreras had just one walk over his last 21 previous games coming into play. The last time he scored twice in a game was June 26.

Brandon Gomes and three other relievers combined to complete the Missions 10th shutout of the season – second most in the Texas League. Gomes allowed one hit in his inning of work while netting three fly ball outs. The right-hander has given up just one run over his last 15.2 innings. This was the first time in his last 21 appearances that he has not recorded a strikeout. Gomes has held right-handed hitters to a .198 average this season.

Lake Elsinore (21-23, 60-54) had a scheduled day off

Fort Wayne (32-11, 77-37) lost 5-4 to South Bend (Diamondbacks)

Allan Dykstra hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to close the gap to one – as close as they would get. It was his ninth homer of the season on a two-hit night that included three RBI. The first baseman is 8-for-24 over his last six games with three multi-hit games, three extra base hits and six RBI. Dykstra had just three multi-hit games in his previous 55 games. He is hitting just .185 with runners in scoring position.

Erik Davis allowed four runs on four hits, four walks and a wild pitch across five innings, striking out two. All four of the hits went for extra bases with one leaving the yard. Davis has allowed just four homers on the season and 29 of his 92 hits allowed have gone for extras. It was just the third time in 14 starts that he has allowed four or more runs. He has walked three or more four times, accounting for 14 of the 35 walks he has issued in 97.2 innings.

Eugene (21-29) lost 11-5 to Everett (Mariners) in a game completed early due to rain

Tyson Bagley got the starting nod with the Emeralds looking to save tired arms that were drafted this year out of college. The right-hander lasted just one inning plus, giving up five runs on five hits and two walks while tossing a wild pitch and striking out two. Bagley posted a 6.10 ERA across six starts a season ago in Eugene and had a 0.92 ERA out of the pen. He came into the game having tossed scoreless ball in his previous 8.2 innings.

Joey Railey eclipsed his double total for the season with a pair of two-baggers on Monday. The second baseman also set a career-high with four RBI. His previous high was two RBI – a feat he has accomplished five times in his career, including twice in his previous three games. Railey has knocked in eight over a four-game span and has a five-game hitting streak where he is 10-for-20.

AZL Padres (6-7, 19-22) lost 4-1 to AZL Mariners

Deiber Sanchez took the loss, giving up three runs on six hits and a walk across 5.1 innings, striking out two. He surrendered three extra base hits, including a pair of homers – both coming during a three-run sixth. It is the second time this year that Sanchez has been taken deep twice in a game – the last time coming in a relief outing. He has a 9.00 ERA in two starts after posting a 2.25 ERA across nine relief appearances.

Kurt Wideman went 1-for-3 with a double and the lone AZL Padres RBI – his 11th in Arizona Rookie League play. The backstop went 0-for-1 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal. He has thrown out seven of the 23 runners attempting thievery, good for 30.4 percent. Wideman has an RBI in four straight games, plating five over that span. He has a hit in nine of his last 11 games.

DSL Padres (22-38) versus DSL Tigers was not reported in time for inclusion in this report

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