Padres Prospect Report: August 14, 2009

Aaron Poreda gives up five for the third straight game. Anthony Contreras is a hero again – this time in an unlikely role. Nick Schmidt can't go five again. Eduardo Perez can't hold a lead. Jon Berger is dynamite again in Eugene. Cody Decker homers twice as his hot hitting continues.

Portland (49-70) lost 5-0 to Omaha (Royals)

Aaron Poreda allowed one run over his first six innings before surrendering four more in the seventh. He was pulled after 6.2 with five runs in on five hits and six walks while fanning four. He also tossed a pair of wild pitches. The left-hander has walked 11 batters across his last two outings and 14 in the 14 frames he has worked in Portland. He has given up five runs in all three of his starts with the Beavers.

Jon Ellis worked a scoreless inning on a night that saw the Portland offense manage just three hits. The right-hander walked one while netting three ground ball outs. Ellis has had five straight scoreless appearances and has allowed runs in 19 of his 45 outings on the season. He has stranded 19 of the 24 runners he has inherited this year. Ellis has walked 4.2 batters per nine innings pitched.

San Antonio (21-27, 60-57) lost 6-3 to Springfield (Cardinals) in game one, won 3-2 in 10 innings in game two

Cory Luebke was charged with his first Texas League loss, giving up five runs on five hits and three walks while fanning three across five innings. The left-hander had surrendered three earned runs over his first 21.1 innings with San Antonio. He has yielded three walks or more twice in six outings and has yet to work more than five frames. The southpaw is holding left-handed hitters to a .194 average against.

Matt Buschmann went five strong, giving up four hits and one run while fanning three and notching four ground ball outs in a no-decision. Since his last start with the Missions, Buschmann had made four relief appearances over 8.2 innings. Over that span he allowed eight runs on 14 hits and three walks for an 8.31 ERA. It is the sixth time in 21 starts that he has given up two runs or less.

Anthony Contreras was the hero again on Friday in an unlikely role. With the team playing extra innings the previous night and a doubleheader on Friday, the infielder was asked to man the mound in the 10th inning while the game was tied at 2-2. He retired the side in order on two groundouts and a strikeout and picked up the win when San Antonio scored in the bottom half. It is the fourth time in five relief appearances this season that he has thrown scoreless ball and the first time he has not allowed a hit.

Lake Elsinore (21-27, 60-58) lost 6-3 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Nick Schmidt was charged with five runs, four earned, on eight hits and three walks while also plunking a batter across 4.1 innings. Schmidt has had five games in 10 starts where he has failed to make it through five innings, including three straight outings. He has allowed 17 runs on 30 hits and five walks across his last 12.2 innings, amassing three losses. He has issued three or more walks five times since joining the Storm.

Matt Clark hit his eighth homer of the season, collecting two of the Storm's four hits. His homer, a two-run shot in the ninth, tied him for the minor league system lead with James Darnell who hit one earlier in the game. Both have 19 homers across two leagues. Five of Clark's homers with the Storm have come with men on base and 11 across two leagues have been with runners on. He has notched 86 RBI this season.

Fort Wayne (34-13, 79-39) lost 6-5 to Great Lakes (Dodgers)

Dexter Carter went five innings in a no-decision, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks while fanning seven and recorded six ground ball outs. All three runs scored on a fourth inning homer. Carter has allowed 10 homers this season. The right-hander leads all of minor league baseball with his 161 strikeouts on the season across two leagues. He has given up three hits or less six times this year.

Eduardo Perez suffered the loss, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks across 2.1 innings. The right-hander surrendered two extra base hits, including a solo homer. Perez has given up runs in five straight appearances, going at least two innings in each. Over that 12.1 inning span he has allowed 10 runs on 19 hits. The long ball he allowed was his third of the season and second in his last four outings.

Adam Zornes and Dan Robertson were ejected in this game.

Eugene (24-30) won 7-0 over Yakima (Diamondbacks)

Jon Berger tossed bullets across seven innings, yielding six hits while fanning a half-dozen. He also notched nine ground ball outs. The right-hander has allowed one run or less in four of his six starts in the Northwest League while not walking a batter in three starts. It marked the eighth time in 11 starts over two leagues that he has given up two runs or less.

Chris Fetter picked up his third save of the season, yielding a lone single over two innings while striking out four to preserve the Emeralds fourth shutout of the season. The right-hander extended his scoreless streak to 14.2 innings in Northwest League play, striking out 25 over that span. He is holding the opposition to a .157 average with Eugene.

AZL Padres (7-9, 20-24) won 5-2 over AZL Rangers

Cody Decker swatted a pair of homers, his Arizona League leading 12th and 13th – belting a solo shot in the fourth and adding a two-run blast an inning later. It is the second time this season that Decker has gone yard twice in a game. The first baseman leads the league with 50 RBI, is second in the circuit with 56 hits, is tied for second in doubles, leads with 29 extra base hits and tops the league in slugging percentage.

James Needy posted zeroes across four innings, working to one over the minimum due to a single surrendered while striking out three. The right-hander out of Santee has not allowed a run over his first six innings in professional ball, allowing three hits while fanning a half-dozen. All of the hits he has allowed have been singles.

DSL Padres (23-40) was not available for inclusion in this report

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