Padres Prospect Report: August 16, 2009

Josh Banks allows one run and takes a loss. Lance Zawadzki and Logan Forsythe play important roles. Dan Robertson keys a four-run frame and Nick Schumacher stays perfect. Jeff Ibarra can't keep it tied. Deiber Sanchez is money and Cody Decker continues to thrive. Francisco Flores gives up as many runs in one outing as he had all year.

Portland (49-72) lost 1-0 to Omaha (Royals)

Drew Macias had one of Portland's three hits, smacking a double – his 17th. He also drew a walk and stole his third base of the season in six attempts. After drawing more walks than strikeouts a season ago, Macias has notched 30 walks compared to 50 strikeouts this season with Portland. Since hitting .304 across his first 16 games with the Beavers, Macias has notched a .216 average over his last 64 contests.

Josh Banks allowed one run on five hits across seven innings. The right-hander did not walk a batter and struck out three while netting 13 fly ball outs during an 89-pitch performance. He wound up taking the loss to drop to 6-6. It is the third time this year that Banks has allowed two runs or less and still taken the loss. He has given up two runs or less in eight of his 13 starts but is just 2-3 over that span.

San Antonio (22-28, 61-58) won 9-3 over Arkansas (Angels)

Lance Zawadzki reached base three times, snapping off a pair of singles and his 16th double, scoring each time. The shortstop came into the game having struck out nine times in his previous 17 at-bats. Zawadzki has five games with three hits or more in San Antonio and has scored at least three runs on four occasions. Zawadzki has notched 41 extra base hits across two leagues this year.

Logan Forsythe had a pair of singles and a walk, driving in two – both with two outs – and scoring once. The third baseman has notched three straight multi-hit games, going 7-for-14 with three runs scored and three RBI. He has 15 multi-hit games across 45 contests in the Texas League. Forsythe has collected 53 RBI across two leagues and 72 runs scored.

Lake Elsinore (22-28, 61-59) lost 5-2 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Matt Clark took over the minor league system lead in homers, belting his 10th in California League play and his 21st overall. He also had an RBI single to account for all of the Storm's runs. The first baseman has gone yard in three straight games – the second time he has accomplished the feat this season. His 92 RBI across two leagues leads the system and he has driven in seven over his last three games with multiple hits in each.

Eric Gonzalez took the loss, allowing three runs on four hits across two innings. Three of the four hits went for extra bases, including a pair of homers that accounted for all three runs. The right-hander had allowed two homers in his first 20 appearances with the Storm. It is the seventh time he has allowed multiple runs in an outing and the fourth time he has given up three runs. Gonzalez has a 6.58 ERA on the road and a 1.32 ERA at home

Fort Wayne (36-13, 81-39) won 5-1 over Dayton (Reds)

Dan Robertson plated two runs with a single in the sixth to give the TinCaps a 3-1 lead, He also stole second and third, his 16th and 17 stolen bases of the year, before coming around on a sacrifice fly to cap a four-run frame. The outfielder also recorded an outfield assist, gunning down a runner at home in the sixth. Robertson sports a .304 average with runners in scoring position. He has notched nine outfield assists this season.

Nick Schumacher improved to 6-0 with a pair of scoreless frames. He allowed three hits and a walk while fanning three. The right-hander has thrown scoreless ball over his last 8.2 innings, yielding six hits and striking out 13. Schumacher has allowed one run over his last 16.2 frames, lowering his ERA from 1.52 to 1.16. He has held the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .175 average and has given up just seven hits in 41 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Eugene (24-32) lost 7-6 to Yakima (Diamondbacks)

Matt Vern hit a two-out, three-run homer in the opening frame – his fourth bomb of the season. The outfielder also added a single and scored twice. Vern has an RBI in three straight and has scored 12 runs across his last nine games. Vern is 16-for-43 over his last 11 games, a .372 average – with five multi-hit games. He has upped his average from .216 to .256.

Jeff Ibarra gave up three runs on five hits and a hit batsman – giving up four of the hits and three runs in the top of the ninth to break a 4-4 tie. He would be saddled with the loss, striking out three over two innings of work. The left-hander has given up runs in six of his last seven appearances – three of those outings produced unearned runs against – but the five hits and three runs allowed on Sunday were season-highs.

AZL Padres (9-9, 22-24) won 13-3 over AZL Cubs

Deiber Sanchez earned the win, posting scoreless ball across five innings. He yielded two hits, did not walk a batter and struck out three while notching seven ground ball outs. Sanchez had lost his first two starts of the season. He lowered his ERA as a starter to 5.54 after posting a 2.25 ERA as the long reliever. This was the third time this year that he did not walk a batter.

Wande Olabisi notched a pair of hits, including his second double of the campaign and drove in three while scoring twice. The outfielder has a hit in nine of his last 10 games and 10 of his last 12, hitting .313 over that span with four extra base hits. Olabisi also has 13 RBI over that span with five runs scored. He has struck out 41 times in 121 at-bats this season.

Cody Decker continued his assault, smacking his 16th and 17th doubles of the season, scoring twice and driving in his 51st run. Decker leads the Arizona Rookie League with 32 extra base hits, six more than the closest competitor. He has four straight multi-hit games and has seven games with multiple extra base hits. Decker has 11 extra base hits over his last 12 games and 18 in his last 16 contests.

DSL Padres (24-41) lost 11-2 to DSL Diamondbacks on Saturday

Francisco Flores suffered his third loss, giving up seven runs, six earned, on eight hits while also plunking three batters across 2.2 innings. He was also called for a balk. Flores had given up seven runs total in his first 14 innings of work coming into the contest and had hit just one batter. The opposition is hitting .333 off him with runners in scoring position.

Elvin Tavarez was charged with three runs over an inning-plus of work without issuing a hit. He walked four batters to begin his second inning and three of those would score. While Tavarez has held the opposition to a .137 average against, the right-hander has issued 19 walks in 15 innings of work, walking at least four in three different games – none that have lasted more than two innings.

DSL Padres (24-41) had a scheduled day off on Sunday

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