Padres Prospect Report: August 24, 2009

Sean Kazmar is a force offensively for the Beavers. Eric Sogard hits a grand slam while Brandon Gomes nets a save. Jeremy Hefner is rocked. Simon Castro is solid again and Rob Musgrave provides dependable relief. Edinson Rincon hits a key homer and Ryan Hinson is starting. Everett Williams debuts in the desert.

Portland (56-73) won 7-4 over Sacramento (A's)

Sean Kazmar reached base three times, going 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. He led the charge with four RBI, three coming with two outs. The shortstop had gone 36 games without an extra base hit. Kazmar has more walks (9) than strikeouts (8) during the month of August – the first month he has accomplished the feat. He has drawn a walk in four straight games and five of his last six.

Walter Silva provided 3.2 innings of scoreless relief. The right-hander yielded one walk and struck out one while notching four ground ball outs. Silva also stranded two inherited runners – the first two he has inherited all year. Silva has given up one run over his last 6.2 innings since surrendering nine runs in a one-inning relief stint.

San Antonio (25-32, 64-62) won 6-4 over Arkansas (Angels)

Eric Sogard's first hit of the game put the Missions up by two. The second baseman, batting leadoff, hit a grand slam on a 1-0 pitch with one out in the seventh to turn a two-run deficit into a two-run lead. Two bloop singles and a walk gave him the opportunity. It was his sixth homer of the year. Sogard had been 0-for-4 in his previous four at-bats with the bases loaded. He has reached base in nine straight games, notching five extra base hits and seven RBI.

Brandon Gomes picked up his third save of the season, working a 12-pitch inning around a walk that produced two ground outs and a fly out. Gomes has a pair of saves in his last eight appearances after notching his first one on April 12. Gomes, the Texas League leader in appearances with 61, extended his scoreless streak to eight innings. The right-hander has allowed one run over his last 22.2 innings.

Lake Elsinore (26-31, 65-62) lost 8-1 to Modesto (Rockies)

Jeremy Hefner allowed seven runs, six earned, on nine hits and a hit batsman across five-plus innings, striking out four. He gave up five extra base hits, including a homer. He has allowed 20 hits across his last two outings. Hefner, who is 12-9 with the Storm, has earned a decision in all but four of his starts. He is averaging 5.44 innings per start. The right-hander has allowed five runs or more four times this year.

Brian Joynt accounted for the lone Storm run, hitting his fifth homer in the California League in the fourth inning. Four of his homers have been solo shots. He had two hits on a night that the Storm collected 11 knocks but went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Joynt did leave five men on base on three strikeouts and is 4-for-26 with runners in scoring position in High-A. The outfielder has collected 10 extra base hits in 16 games with Lake Elsinore.

Fort Wayne (41-15, 86-41) won 5-1 over Great Lakes (Dodgers)

On the heels of a no-hitter, Simon Castro delivered five more scoreless frames, yielding four hits and three walks while striking out one. He worked to two batters in the sixth but was removed when both reached. Castro has extended his scoreless streak to 12 innings and picked up his ninth win. The right-hander has allowed one run or less in five of his last seven starts and 12 of 26 outings overall.

Rob Musgrave allowed one run on three hits across three innings of work to earn his sixth hold. The left-hander stranded a pair of inherited runners and struck out six – the lone blemish a solo homer. Musgrave has stranded all six runners he has inherited on the year. The southpaw has posted a 3.55 ERA across 19 relief appearances after notching a 6.57 ERA in nine starts. He has fanned 41 in 33 relief innings.

Eugene (29-34) won 5-4 over Everett (Mariners)

Edinson Rincon hit a solo homer in the seventh inning that put Eugene up by two – a run that would be needed. He went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk while plating three runs. The third baseman has notched seven RBI over his last four games after netting just one RBI in his previous 19 games. Rincon, who was hitting .356 on July 31, has seen his average drop to .312 as a result of a .241 average over his last 22 games.

Ryan Hinson, making his first start of the season, delivered four innings of two-run ball, giving up four hits – three going for extra bases. The left-hander struck out a career-high eight in the game and was called for a balk. The South Carolina native has given up three runs over his last 10.1 innings. Hinson has fanned 10.3 batters per nine innings pitched in the Northwest League.

AZL Padres (11-13, 24-28) lost 9-3 to AZL Rangers

Everett Williams went 0-for-3 with a walk in his professional debut, stealing a bag in the process while striking out three times. A second-round pick this season out of McCallum High School in Austin, Texas, Williams hit .462 with six home runs, 34 RBI and 27 stolen bases in 2009. The left-handed hitter was named an Aflac All-American in 2008. Williams tallied 36 home runs, 173 RBI and 73 stolen bases over his high school career, hitting over .400 each season.

Adys Portillo suffered his Arizona Rookie League leading ninth loss, giving up four runs, one earned, on two hits and five walks across 3.1 innings. He struck out one and induced five ground ball outs. The right-hander has issued three or more walks in a contest four times this year. Portillo has allowed four runs or more in three straight games without making it through four innings.

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