Padres Prospect Report: August 15, 2009

Mike Ekstrom takes the loss in his return to Portland. San Antonio is shutout. Luis Martinez provides some late heroics. Fort Wayne sets a franchise record for wins. Ty Wright homers and has been hot of late. Pedro Hernandez is dynamite in the desert.

Portland (49-71) lost 3-2 to Omaha (Royals)

Josh Geer allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out three across five innings. Both runs came on solo homers. It is the sixth time this season across two leagues that Geer has allowed at least two homers in a game. The right-hander has given up homers in all but four of his 24 starts. Nineteen of the 30 homers he has allowed have been solo shots. He has given up two runs or less in three of his five Portland starts.

Mike Ekstrom took the loss in his first game back in Portland after being sent down from San Diego. The right-hander allowed one run on two hits while fanning one – a solo homer accounting for the run. In 12 appearances with the Padres, Ekstrom posted a 6.38 ERA, allowing 21 hits and eight walks while striking out 19. He also stranded five of seven inherited runners. Ekstrom had given up one run in his previous 18.2 innings with the Beavers.

San Antonio (21-28, 60-58) lost 12-0 to Arkansas (Angels)

Will Inman suffered the loss, his third in the Texas League. The right-hander gave up six runs on 11 hits and a walk while tossing a wild pitch and striking out four. Inman had allowed five runs in his previous four starts with the Missions and eight runs over his last seven starts. It is the third time across two leagues that he has allowed double-digit hit totals and the eighth time in 23 starts that he has given up five runs or more.

Craig Cooper – he of the .313 average – was put on the hill for the final inning. After going 1-for-4, the first baseman/outfielder allowed three runs on two hits and two walks, hitting a batter and striking out one. Drafted in 2006, Cooper had never appeared in a game as a pitcher prior to Saturday. He has reached base safely in 14 straight games with 18 hits and nine walks over that span.

Lake Elsinore (22-27, 61-58) won 8-6 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Aaron Breit allowed two runs on three hits and five walks across five innings, fanning two and recording five ground ball outs. Both runs came across on a two-run homer. Breit has allowed two runs or less in four straight starts and seven of his nine overall but does not have a win to his credit. It is the second time he has issued at least five walks in a start and the third time he has given up at least three free passes.

Colt Hynes had not allowed a run in 8.2 innings coming into the game and got out of a jam with a man on second and one out by striking out the next two hitters. He would, however, be charged with three runs on three hits across an inning of work. Hynes has stranded 11 of the 15 runners he has inherited with the Storm. It was the first time this season across two leagues that he has allowed three earned runs in a game. He has given up runs in 10 of his 39 appearances.

Luis Martinez doubled in a pair of runs in the top of the ninth in a tie game to give the Storm the victory. It was the backstop's lone hit of the night. He also went 0-for-1 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal. Martinez is hitting .317 with runners in scoring position on the season but had just one hit in 18 at-bats in the ninth inning of games prior to the double. He has thrown out 42-of-122 base runners on the year, good for 34.4 percent.

Fort Wayne (35-13, 80-39) won 7-1 over Dayton (Reds)

The TinCaps recorded their record-setting 80th win, topping the 79 wins they notched in 1998 when the club was an affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. There are still has 21 regular season games left.

"The depth of this team has been unbelievable all year," TinCaps president Mike Nutter said. "They play with a lot of hustle and every player has worked incredibly hard to improve themselves. That's a testament to the coaching staff and the San Diego Padres' organization. We're proud of the season these guys have had so far and we're looking forward to even more memories in the playoffs."

Erik Davis recorded his 12th win, giving up one run on four hits, not issuing a walk and striking out three. The lone run scored on a solo homer, as the right-hander notched seven ground ball outs. Davis has earned a decision in all but two of his 15 starts. The is the sixth time he has given up one run or less. Davis is 7-1 with a 2.14 ERA at Parkview Field and 5-5 with a 5.69 ERA on the road. He has surrendered just two first inning runs this season.

Adam Zornes smacked his 15th double of the year, drew a walk, scored a run and drove in two go ahead runs during a four-run fourth. Each of his last five hits has gone for extra bases, hitting three homers and two doubles. Nine of his last 12 have also gone for extras. Zornes has three RBI and three runs scored over his last two games and six RBI over his last four.

Eugene (24-31) lost 8-5 to Yakima (Diamondbacks)

Mario Tabachnik received his first start of the year. The right-hander allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits and a walk across 3.2 innings, hitting a batter and striking out three. He had not allowed more than three runs or four hits in any outing as the long reliever. Tabachnik has given up 23 hits over his last 15.2 innings, raising his average against from .247 to .288.

Ty Wright had three hits in four trips out of the eight-hole in the lineup, hitting his first homer as a professional – a solo shot – and ending the day with a pair of RBI. The outfielder has scored a run in six of his last seven games and has a hit in nine of his last 10. He is hitting .325 over that span with four extra base hits.

AZL Padres (8-9, 21-24) won 7-1 over AZL Mariners

Pedro Hernandez took a one-hitter into the sixth and ended up allowing one run on two hits, a hit batsman, a wild pitch and a pair of balks while striking out eight in a victory. The left-hander has allowed one run on six hits while fanning 16 over his last 12 innings. Hernandez had just seven strikeouts in his first three outings with the club. He has given up two runs or less in four of his five outings with the AZL Padres.

Jonathan Alia was one of three hitters to record a multi-hit game. The third baseman scored a run and added an RBI on a night that saw him net a pair of singles. Alia has been on base six times over his last two games to break out of a 1-for-18 slump. The California native is hitting .333 this season with runners in scoring position.

DSL Padres (24-40) won 4-1 over DSL Reds on Friday

Pedro Martinez got the win, tossing one-run ball across five innings. He yielded four hits and a walk while striking out a season-high eight. The left-hander had given up seven runs in each of his last two starts – both losses. Martinez has held the opposition to a .178 average with the bases empty while they have hit .262 off him with runners on base.

Amaury Ceren picked up his first save, posting zeroes across four innings. He yielded four hits and struck out four while netting six ground ball outs. The right-hander has given up one run over his last 13 innings of work, striking out 11 and notching a pair of double play grounders. He has lowered his ERA from 7.27 to 3.32 over that span.

Aaron Sillas went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles, scoring twice and driving in a run to pace the offense. It was his second straight multi-hit game, boosting his average to .211 – the highest it has been all season. Sillas is 10-for-31 over his last 10 games with nine runs scored and four RBI. He had a .156 average on the season prior to the recent 10-game stretch.

DSL Padres (24-40) versus DSL Diamondbacks was not available for inclusion in this report

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