Padres Prospect Report: August 11, 2009

Josh Banks doesn't earn a win despite allowing two runs over six. Cesar Ramos is solid in Lake Elsinore but Bryan Oland can't close shop. Adam Zornes clears the bags en route to a Fort Wayne win. Jason Hagerty has three hits, including a homer. Jhonaldo Pozo homers but sees seven steals against. The DSL Padres get a shutout, as Jean Corpas fans seven.

Portland (49-68) lost 2-1 to Round Rock (Astros)

Josh Banks suffered the loss, despite allowing two runs on six hits across six innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out four. Four of the hits he allowed went for extra bases, including a solo homer. Banks also went 1-for-2 at the dish. He has allowed two runs or less in seven of his 12 starts but has not earned the win in five of those outings. The homer was the first he has allowed since June 7.

Eulogio De La Cruz worked a scoreless seventh, pitching to the minimum in an 11-pith inning. The right-hander had given up runs in three of his previous four relief appearances. He has allowed runs in 11 of his 34 relief outings this season, sporting a 2.56 ERA out of the pen. De La Cruz has held the opposition to a .228 average this season but has yielded 32 walks.

San Antonio (19-26, 58-56) had a scheduled day off

Lake Elsinore (21-24, 60-55) lost 6-5 to Lancaster (Astros)

Cesar Ramos went five, yielding one run on four hits and four walks while fanning a trio. He also recorded five ground ball outs and the only inning he didn't allow a base runner was in the third. The left-hander has given up one run over nine innings in the California League. It was the fourth time this season across three leagues that he has walked four or more.

Chris Tremblay received his first start in the California League batting ninth. The shortstop had a two-run single in the seventh inning and scored a run to tie the game at 4-4 before the Storm took a one run lead in the same frame. Tremblay hit .227 across 34 games with the Eugene Emeralds with seven RBI – never knocking in more than one run in a game. All of his hits this season have been singles.

Bryan Oland suffered his fourth blown save of the season, giving up two hits – the game ending on a two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Two of his four blown saves have come across his last four outings. He has given up runs in four of his last five games, allowing eight runs on 11 hits across a five-inning span. Oland had given up just eight runs in his first 42.1 innings.

Fort Wayne (33-11, 78-37) won 10-5 over Great Lakes (Dodgers)

Adam Zornes had one hit in five trips, his 14th double with the bases juiced in the fourth to give him a three-RBI night. The backstop went 0-for-2 in catching base runners attempting to steal. He has thrown out 17 of the 79 base runners attempting thievery, good for 21.5 percent. Five of his last seven hits have gone for extra bases. Zornes is now 4-for-11 with the bases loaded with eight RBI.

Jaff Decker reached base three times, drawing a walk, singling, and hitting his 13th homer of the season, a three-run shot in the sixth. He also scored a pair of runs and added an outfield assist but did commit his fourth error of the campaign. He has notched eight outfield assists this season. Decker is hitting .375 over his last 11 games with four extra base hits, 10 runs scored and nine RBI.

Eugene (22-29) won 6-5 over Vancouver (A's)

Jason Hagerty had three hits in four trips, smacking his 10th double and adding his fifth homer, a two-run shot in the sixth. It is the second time this season that he has notched a pair of extra base hits in a game and the first since Opening Day. Hagerty has seven multi-hit games this year but this was the first time he notched three hits in a contest.

Miles Mikolas earned his first victory against six losses on Tuesday, giving one five runs, but only one earned, across 5.2 innings. The right-hander allowed a single run over his first five frames. He yielded six hits and a walk while striking out two and generating 11 ground ball outs. Mikolas has given up at least five runs in four straight games, allowing 27 runs on 27 hits across 13.2 innings.

AZL Padres (6-8, 19-23) lost 9-6 to AZL Indians

Jhonaldo Pozo went yard for the first time this season and the first time since August 22, 2008 with the DSL Padres, a season that saw him hit five. Seven base runners, however, were successful stealing bases off him and the lone caught stealing he was credited with was actually a pickoff from the pitcher. Pozo has thrown out seven of the 42 runners attempting to steal off him, good for 16.7 percent.

Cameron Monger reached base in all five of his plate appearances, generating four hits, including two extra base hits, and getting plunked by a pitch. Monger hit his eighth double and fifth triple in the contest while scoring twice. He was caught stealing for the fourth time this year. It is the third time this year he has secured four hits in a game. He has three triples in his last seven games.

DSL Padres (23-38) won 10-0 over DSL Nationals

Felix Cabrera reached base three times with two walks and a base knock, scoring each time out of the leadoff spot in the lineup. While he is 5-for-30 over his last nine games, a .167 average, he does sport a .395 on-base percentage thanks to 10 walks. Again, while sporting a .149 average when he leads off a frame, Cabrera does sport a .394 on-base percentage in those situations.

Jean Corpas picked up the win to move to 4-2, yielding two hits across three innings while recording seven of his nine outs by way of the strikeout, a season-high. The right-hander has given up three earned runs over his last 14.2 innings while striking out 17 to lower his ERA from 5.74 to 4.25. He has held the opposition to a .246 average with runners in scoring position for the season.

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