Padres Prospect Report: August 23, 2009

Cesar Ramos picks up a win in Portland. Jesus Lopez nets a pair of hits while Mike DeMark gets a save. Luis Martinez is a key component to a Storm win in the ninth. Blake Tekotte hits a walk off. Jason Codiroli plays a pivotal role with another late RBI for a Padres farm team.

Portland (55-73) won 7-5 over Sacramento (A's)

Cesar Ramos was on the hook for three unearned runs across five innings while improving to 4-4. The left-hander yielded three hits, walking one and struck out three while netting 10 ground ball outs, including a double play grounder. Ramos has notched nine rally killers this season with Portland. He came into the game having seen just three unearned runs against in his first 55.1 innings.

Eliezer Alfonzo, back in the Portland lineup over the last eight games, went 3-for-4 from the cleanup spot, smacking a pair of doubles and driving in two while also scoring once. The backstop has notched a hit in each game since his return and is batting .317 with the Beavers this season. Alfonzo has an RBI in five of his last eight, plating eight over that span. He also has four extra base hits in his last five games.

San Antonio (24-32, 63-62) won 3-2 over Arkansas (Angels)

Jesus Lopez was the lone player with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. The shortstop also notched his third stolen base of the year in as many attempts. He has a double in successive games – the second time all year that he has notched an extra base hit in consecutive contests. Lopez came into the game with five hits in his last 30 at-bats and hitting .179 over previous 26 games.

Mike DeMark, scheduled to play in the Arizona Fall League, picked up his first save of the season, retiring the side in order on a ground out and two fly outs. The right-hander had failed to convert on four previous save opportunities. DeMark has given up runs in 16 of his 54 appearances – the second most outings in the Texas League behind teammate Brandon Gomes' 60. DeMark has given up two runs over his last 10 innings of work. He is holding left-handed hitters to a .198 average.

Lake Elsinore (26-30, 65-61) won 4-3 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Luis Martinez reached base three times, going 2-for-3 and getting plunked by a pitch. The backstop hit a solo homer in the fifth inning and getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth plated a second run. He would come around to score the winning run, the second time he touched home on the day, on a Keoni Ruth single. Martinez also added his 16th double. It was the second time this year he has notched multiple extra base hits in a contest and the homer was his first since June 12.

Bryan Oland improved to 7-2, despite giving up three runs in the top half of the ninth in a tie game. The right-hander gave up two hits, an intentional walk, and hit a batter while tossing a wild pitch in his inning of work. It is the third time this season he has given up three runs, accounting for nine of the 20 runs he has allowed across 52 innings. After giving up five runs in his first 31 outings, Oland has allowed 15 runs over his last 16 outings.

Fort Wayne (40-15, 85-41) won 3-2 over Lansing (Blue Jays) in 13 innings

Michael Watt turned in six innings of scoreless ball, yielding one hit, hitting a batter and walking two. The left-hander struck out four and netted 11 fly ball outs. Watt has given up one run or less in each of his last two starts on three total hits but has not garnered a win. He has posted a 3.89 ERA across 16 starts after notching a 3.06 mark in 13 relief outings. Watt has allowed two runs or less in nine starts.

Blake Tekotte, who entered the game as a pinch-runner in the eighth inning, hit a walk off homer to open the 13th inning. It was the center fielders 13th bomb of the season. Tekotte is 3-for-8 this year in extra innings with two RBI. He entered the game hitless in his previous 26 at-bats with 10 strikeouts and hitting .171 over his previous 21 games. Three of Tekotte's last four hits have gone for extra bases.

Eugene (28-34) won 9-8 over Everett (Mariners)

Jason Codiroli's double in the top of the ninth inning brought home the Emeralds second run of the frame and the eventual game-winner. The center fielder also led off the game with a homer and had a single and a walk, falling a triple shy of the cycle. He added three RBI and two runs scored but was picked off first base and grounded into a double play. Codiroli has been on base in 31 of his last 32 games. He has hit three homers to leadoff a game this year and has 20 RBI in 37 games out of the leadoff spot.

Kyle Loretelli pounded out four hits, including his fifth double, while scoring a pair of runs. The outfielder was caught stealing for the second time this year in three attempts. Loretelli came into the game with four hits across a 13-inning stretch that spanned 41 at-bats. He does have three games with four or more hits and upped his average from .218 to .253 in one night.

AZL Padres (11-12, 24-27) had a scheduled day off

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