Padres Prospect Report: August 22, 2009

Wade LeBlanc tosses seven scoreless. Nathan Culp takes his eighth loss. Anthony Bass tossed bullets for his first Cal League win and Steve Garrison closes the door. Drew Cumberland has been an extra base machine of late. Miles Mikolas runs into tough luck for the third straight game. Cody Decker continues the RBI assault while Ryan Skube gets in on the action.

Portland (54-73) won 5-2 over Sacramento (A's)

Wade LeBlanc tossed bullets across seven innings, yielding three hits and a walk while striking out seven and notching seven ground ball outs across a 102-pitch outing. It was the 12th time in 20 starts with Portland that the southpaw has allowed two runs or less and the first time this season that he has earned wins in successive games. It was the eighth time he has allowed three hits or less.

Chad Huffman pounded out three hits in five trips, including his 18th homer over former Beavers pitcher Scott Patterson. The outfielder ended the day with two RBI and two runs scored. It was his third game in his last five with multiple RBI. Huffman is hitting .319 over his last 20 games with seven extra base hits, 12 runs scored, 15 RBI. He has also notched a .440 on-base percentage over that span.

San Antonio (23-32, 62-62) lost 8-1 to Arkansas (Angels)

Nathan Culp suffered his eighth loss, giving up six runs on nine hits and two walks across 5.1 innings. The southpaw struck out three and notched seven ground ball outs across 100 pitches. It is the seventh time this season that the left-hander has given up five or more runs and the eighth time he has allowed eight or more hits. Culp had given up two runs or less in six of his previous seven starts.

Carlos Guevara allowed one run on one hit and a walk across two-thirds of an inning. He also saw two inherited runners score when he surrendered a three-run homer. Seven of the 12 runners he has inherited this season have scored. Guevara has given up just two homers across 30.1 innings with the Missions, both coming over his last 7.1 innings. He has allowed runs in 10 of his 24 appearances.

Lake Elsinore (25-30, 64-61) won 3-0 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Anthony Bass picked up his first win in the California League, yielding just one hit across five scoreless frames while striking out five and notching eight ground ball outs. He worked to the minimum thanks to a double play grounder, which wiped out the lone base runner. Bass had not worked more than four innings in any of his previous outings, as his innings have been limited. He has a 3.26 ERA across six starts with the Storm.

Steve Garrison earned the save, working four innings of scoreless ball. The left-hander gave up two hits and struck out three while pitching to one over the minimum. The southpaw appeared in nine games with the AZL Padres on rehab, going 0-2 with a 6.20 ERA. He had allowed nine runs on 13 hits and four walks over his previous 6.1 innings. He had surrendered five runs over his first 14 innings.

Fort Wayne (39-15, 84-41) lost 6-4 to Lansing (Blue Jays)

Stiven Osuna dropped to 9-8, giving up five runs on five hits and a walk while hitting three batters and tossing a wild pitch across six innings. He surrendered three extra base hits, including a three-run homer while striking out eight – his second highest total of the year. Osuna has won just one of his last six starts, allowing four or more runs three times.

Drew Cumberland had three hits for the TinCaps, registering his 17th double, his fifth triple, two runs scored and an RBI. The shortstop did, however, commit his 16th error of the year. Cumberland extended his hitting streak to nine games and has notched nine of his 24 extra base hits on the season over that span. He has an RBI in three straight games and is hitting .341 with runners on base.

Eugene (27-34) lost 5-3 to Vancouver (A's)

Vince Belnome reached base three times in four trips, going 1-for-2 with his 15th double and a pair of walks. The infielder also scored a run and plated his 43rd RBI of the year. Belnome has been on base at least twice in six straight games with three multi-hit games. He is second in the Northwest League in RBI, notching at least one in four of his last five games.

Miles Mikolas took his Northwest League leading loss number seven, giving up four runs, one earned, on five hits and a walk across four innings while striking out four. The right-hander has seen eight unearned runs cross on his watch across his last three starts. He has given up just four earned over that span. Mikolas has not made it through five innings in five of his 10 starts and has allowed four or more runs six times.

AZL Padres (11-12, 24-27) won 10-4 over AZL Dodgers

Ryan Skube went yard for the first time this season, hitting a three-run shot in the sixth. The second baseman also scored a pair of runs. Skube had just five extra base hits coming into the game and upped his RBI tally to 10. Four of his six extra base hits have come across his last eight games. Skube has notched a hit in eight of his last nine games.

Cody Decker had three hits in five trips, including his 20th double and third triple. The first baseman also scored a run and notched four RBI, extending his Arizona Rookie League leading total to 58. Decker is hitting .406 with runners in scoring position on the season across 69 at-bats. He has six games with at least three hits and has notched an RBI in 30 of his 49 contests.

DSL Padres end season with a 24-46 record

They hit .220 as a team with 26 homers and a 365-to-588 walk-to-strikeout ratio. Their 365 walks were the second most in the DSL while their 379 runs scored placed them ninth out of 33 teams. They posted a 4.93 ERA on the year, second worst among all teams and the 28 homers they allowed was the fourth most.

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