Padres Prospect Report: August 21, 2009

Russ Adams goes double crazy while Josh Banks picks up a win. Brandon Gomes has been on an impressive run. Aaron Breit gets the elusive win. Brad Brach earns save number 31 while Allan Dykstra is getting hot. Nick Greenwood saves his third. Jeudy Valdez is hitting well in the desert. Francisco Flores is hit hard again.

Portland (53-73) won 8-1 over Iowa (Cubs)

Russ Adams collected three hits in five trips, smacking three two-baggers to up his total to 14 on the year. He also scored a run and plated a pair. It was his second straight three-hit game. Adams is hitting .304 across 23 games with Portland and has reached base safely in nine straight games, going 14-for-34 with five walks.

Josh Banks earned his seventh win, giving up one run on nine hits, not walking a batter and striking out five. The right-hander tossed 110 pitches and recorded seven ground ball outs. Five of the hits he allowed went for extra bases and he saw men in scoring position in six of his eight innings worked. Banks had allowed two runs or less in his previous two starts but picked up the loss in both. He has given up two runs or less in nine of his 14 starts on the year.

San Antonio (23-31, 62-61) lost 3-1 to Springfield (Cardinals)

Will Inman surrendered three runs on five hits and three walks across 6.1 innings, striking out five. Four of the five hits went for extra bases during an 87-pitch outing and two left the yard. It was the first time in Double-A that he has given up multiple homers but the seventh time this year across two leagues that he has suffered the feat. Inman had given up three homers in 61.1 innings with the Missions coming into play while surrendering 15 in 63 innings with Portland.

Brandon Gomes worked a scoreless inning of relief, striking out the side while retiring them in order. The right-hander has given up just one run over his last 22.1 innings of work, lowering his ERA from 4.12 to 2.94. Gomes has given up just 12 hits over that span while striking out 26. He has also surrendered just three earned over his last 32.2 innings. Gomes has fanned 11.8 batters per nine innings.

Lake Elsinore (24-30, 63-61) won 3-1 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Aaron Breit yielded one run on five hits and two walks across 6.1 innings, striking out three and notching six ground ball outs. He did hit two batters and toss a wild pitch while picking up his first victory of the year. Breit has allowed two runs or less in five straight starts and in eight of his 10 overall. The right-hander has a 2.96 ERA across his 10 starts.

Andy Parrino had three of the Storm's eight hits and scored two of their runs. The infielder also swiped his seventh base of the season in nine attempts. It was the seventh time this year that Parrino has notched multiple runs scored in a game. Parrino has a .441 on-base percentage across his last 10 games with eight runs scored. It was his second three-hit game across his last four.

Fort Wayne (39-14, 84-40) won 8-6 over Lansing (Blue Jays)

Brad Brach earned his Midwest League leading 31st save – 12 more than the closest competitor – by working an inning and two-thirds of scoreless ball, striking out one. He inherited a pair of runners, keeping one from touching home. Brach has allowed four of the six runners he has inherited to score. It was just his second save this year that has spanned more than one inning. Brach has allowed just three runs over his last 30 innings.

Allan Dykstra reached base four times, going 3-for-4 with a double, his 20th, and a walk. He also added a run scored and his 52nd RBI. The first baseman is hitting .288 over his last 17 games with eight extra base hits, 10 runs scored and 12 RBI. He has not hit higher than .231 in any month leading into August. His three-hit game is his first such contest since June 17. He has an extra base hit in four straight games and an RBI in four straight.

Eugene (27-33) won 9-6 over Vancouver (A's)

Dean Anna reached base three times out of the nine-hole, going 2-for-3 with a walk. The infielder notched his fourth double of the season, notched his 10th and 11th RBI and scored a run. Anna did, however, commit his sixth error of the year. Anna has a five game hitting streak and has been on base at least two times in each of those contests. He also has an RBI in four of his last six.

Nick Greenwood earned his third save of the season, working a scoreless inning of relief while yielding one hit. Since losing his first save opportunity, Greenwood has not allowed an earned run over his last six frames. The left-hander has posted a 2.57 ERA as a reliever after notching a 1.66 ERA across nine starts. Greenwood has held the opposition to a .189 average with runners in scoring position.

AZL Padres (10-12, 23-27) won 8-5 over AZL Indians

Jeudy Valdez had four hits in five at-bats, collecting three singles and his second triple of the year. The second baseman also drove in three runs to double his tally to six RBI in the Arizona Rookie League. Valdez has been on base in seven straight games with four multi-hit contests over that span. His four hits matched a season-high set on April 27 while with Fort Wayne.

Cameron Monger reached base four times, getting plunked by two pitches while also adding a single and a double. The center fielder also scored two runs, added an RBI, and stole his 22nd base in 26 attempts. Monger is second in the circuit in stolen bases. He has scored a run in five straight games and has an RBI in five of his last six. He has notched an extra base in four of his last five games and has been hit by 10 pitches this year.

DSL Padres lost 7-4 to DSL Tigers

Miguel Del Castillo was the lone DSL Padres player to record a multi-hit game but the backstop did not figure into the scoring. He went 2-for-3 with a walk. The catcher did get caught stealing for the third time this year and was credited with his eighth passed ball. Del Castillo is hitting .313 over his last 11 games with a .450 on-base percentage. He is 10-for-32 over that span with eight runs scored and six walks.

Francisco Flores suffered his fourth loss, giving up five runs, four earned, on two hits, a walk, a hit batsman and a wild pitch across an inning and one-third. The right-hander out of Mexico has surrendered 12 runs on 10 hits, four hit batsman and a walk across his last four innings of work. Flores had allowed seven runs, four earned, over his first 15 innings of work, issuing just 12 hits over that span.

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