Padres Prospect Report: August 19, 2009

Mike Baxter has a walk off single. Ernesto Frieri gives up two homers in a loss. Edgar Gonzalez homers in his return to action and Matt Clark homers for the fifth straight game. Adys Portillo is roughed up while Esteban Javier has been solid of late.

Portland (52-72) won 10-9 over Iowa (Cubs) in 13 innings

Mike Baxter had a bases loaded single with one out in the bottom of the 13th to send Portland home happy. The outfielder went 2-for-5 with a pair of walks and a run scored. He also doubled off a runner at first base, recording his third outfield assist of the year. Baxter is 2-for-2 with two walks and two RBI in extra innings during Triple-A play. He is also 3-for-8 with the bases loaded.

Val Pascucci hit a grand slam six batters into the opening frame, his 17th dinger of the year. The first baseman reached base five times with three hits and a pair of walks, scoring four times. Pascucci also added his third stolen base of the year. He did, however, hit into a double play. He is hitting .303 across 47 games with Portland, notching 23 extra base hits and 36 RBI.

San Antonio (22-30, 61-60) lost 4-3 to Springfield (Cardinals)

Ernesto Frieri allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four across four innings. He allowed four extra base hits, including a pair of homers, which accounted for three runs. It was the second time this season that he has given up multiple homers in a game – both coming in his last four starts. It was the sixth time in 24 outings that he has allowed four runs or more.

Stephen Faris posted a pair of scoreless innings, yielding two hits and a walk while also tossing a wild pitch. The right-hander has posted a 2.74 ERA across 17 relief appearances after notching a 5.06 mark in 16 starts. Faris has stranded eight of the 12 runners he has inherited on the year after never coming into a game with a runner on previously in his career.

Lake Elsinore (23-29, 62-60) lost 6-5 to Lancaster (Astros)

Edgar Gonzalez went 1-for-3, hitting a three-run homer in the fifth inning for his lone hit of the game. The utility man was beaned in the head with a ball exactly one month ago and was on the disabled list with vertigo. Gonzalez was hitting .190 across 64 games with San Diego, notching 12 extra base hits, 14 runs scored and 12 RBI. He has an 8-to-33 walk-to-strikeout ratio for a .254 on-base percentage.

Matt Clark homered for the fifth straight game, belting his 12th bomb since joining Lake Elsinore. He went 2-for-4 on the day but committed his eighth error of the year. The first baseman also has five straight multi-hit games, going 12-for-21 with 10 RBI to raise his season average with the Storm from .269 to .301. Clark has hit 23 homers across two leagues this year.

Fort Wayne (38-13, 83-39) had a scheduled day off

Eugene (25-33) had a scheduled day off

AZL Padres (9-11, 22-26) lost 10-3 to AZL Angels

Adys Portillo was on the hook for six runs, four earned, on six hits and three walks across an inning and two-thirds – and the right-hander left two on when he exited, neither of who would score. Portillo has given up 12 runs on 14 hits and four walks across his last five frames. It is the fifth time he has not made it through four innings and the fourth time he has given up at least four runs.

Luis De La Cruz lasted just two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits and a walk. The right-hander did strand a pair of inherited runners. De La Cruz has stranded four of the five runners he has inherited this season. He has given up runs in seven of his 17 relief appearances. The only other time he failed to work a full inning came when he surrendered five runs in a July 26 outing.

DSL Padres (24-43) lost 3-1 to DSL Tigers

Eugenio Reyes took his third loss, giving up two runs on two hits and a pair of walks while fanning three across four innings. He also recorded his fourth double play grounder of the year. Left-handed hitters are batting .362 off him and the opposition has a .328 average with runners on base. He has allowed 13 runs on 16 hits and seven walks across his last 10.2 innings.

Esteban Javier was on the hook for one run on three hits and two walks across 3.1 innings, striking out three. The right-hander also notched five ground ball outs. Javier has given up just six hits in 40 at-bats this year with runners in scoring position, a .150 average against. Javier has stranded 16 of the 20 runners he has inherited on the year.

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