Padres Prospect Report: August 17, 2009

Wade LeBlanc is crisp and Sean Kazmar provides some offense. Nathan Culp has a perfect game into the fifth but the bullpens blows the game. Jerry Sullivan is dynamite as a starter. Rafeal Arias has been impressive this year, as has Rymer Liriano.

Portland (50-72) won 7-1 over Omaha (Royals)

Wade LeBlanc yielded one run over six innings to pick up his third win of the season. The southpaw allowed three hits and a walk while striking out five. A solo homer accounted for the lone run. LeBlanc has given up 16 homers this season and 12 have been solo shots. It is the seventh time he has allowed one run in a game while going at least five innings; LeBlanc is just 3-2 in those contests.

Sean Kazmar went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, scoring twice. The shortstop also added his eighth stolen base of the season in nine attempts. He has stolen six in a row without being caught. It is the first time since June 29 that Kazmar has scored multiple times in a game. The Nevada native does not have an extra base hit since notching a double on July 8. Kazmar is hitting .303 in day games and .214 in night contests.

San Antonio (22-29, 61-59) lost 3-2 to Arkansas (Angels)

Nathan Culp retired the first 14 hitters, but Jay Caligiuri singled with two outs in the fifth inning to break up the no-hit bid. He ended up allowing three hits and one run across 6.2 innings, not walking a batter, striking out five and recording nine ground ball outs. The southpaw has allowed two runs or less in six of his last seven starts and 16 of 24 overall. With another double play grounder on Monday, he has 19 rally killers on the season.

Evan Scribner suffered his ninth blown save of the season, giving up two runs on one hit and two walks in an inning of work to drop to 7-4. The right-hander came into the game having worked six straight scoreless innings but had just one save opportunity over that span. After earning the save in 13 of his first 15 chances, Scribner has suffered a blown save in seven of his last 13.

After the Missions got runners to first and third with no outs in the ninth inning, Arkansas outfielder Nate Sutton caught a line drive and pegged the tying run, Eric Sogard, at home plate.

Lake Elsinore (22-28, 61-59) had a scheduled day off

Fort Wayne (36-13, 81-39) versus Dayton (Reds) suspended in fourth inning

The Dragons led 4-1, going to the bottom of the 4th when rain and lightning descended on Fort Wayne and halted the game. The game will be finished as part of a makeshift doubleheader, Tuesday at Parkview Field at 6:00pm. The game will be nine innings in length. Shortly after the first game is finished, a seven-inning game will finish the night's action.

Eugene (25-32) won 11-1 over Yakima (Diamondbacks)

Jerry Sullivan pounded the zone over six scoreless frames. The right-hander yielded three hits, walked one and struck out three while netting nine fly ball outs. He also picked off a runner off first base. Sullivan has allowed two runs or less in all six of his starts, going at least five innings three times. He has lowered his ERA from 5.91 to 3.19 since becoming a starter, giving up six runs in 26 innings of work for a 2.07 ERA. He has not allowed more than four hits in any start.

Vince Belnome reached base three times and scored each time. The second baseman delivered a two-run homer in the opening frame, his ninth, and added a single and a walk. The infielder had gone 11 games without an extra base hit, his longest stretch of the season. Belnome leads the Emeralds with a .427 on-base percentage, placing him third in the Northwest League. His 43 runs scored are second in the circuit.

Nate Freiman reached base in all five of his plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with a pair of walks. The first baseman scored twice, notched a pair of RBI and smacked his 15th double. Freiman has three extra base hits in his last two games and has been on base in 23 straight games. Freiman is hitting .326 over that span with 13 extra base hits, 12 runs scored and 18 RBI. He also has a 15-to-12 walk-to-strikeout ratio.

AZL Padres (9-10, 22-25) lost 6-4 to AZL Giants

Rafeal Arias worked two scoreless innings, the only runner reaching via an error, striking out one. Arias has allowed just one earned run over his last 14 innings, lowering his ERA from 4.50 to 2.05. The right-hander has surrendered runs in three of his 18 appearances this season and has struck out 28 in 22 innings while walking just six. He has held the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .143 average.

Rymer Liriano reached base three times, drawing a walk, and notching a pair of singles with an RBI. The outfielder added his eighth stolen base in 11 attempts. Liriano also gunned down a runner at home in the fourth inning. It was his seventh outfield assist of the season. Liriano is hitting .390 over his last 11 games with eight RBI, four walks and six strikeouts.

DSL Padres (24-41) versus DSL Rockies postponed due to rain

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