Padres Prospect Report: August 27, 2009

Josh Banks is not rewarded for another stellar outing. Gabe DeHoyos blows a one-run lead and is saddled with a loss. Aaron Breit gets his second straight win. Erik Davis gets his 14th win while Cole Figueroa continues to sizzle. Mario Tabachnik is pounded in his third start. Cameron Monger breaks a tie in the late innings.

Portland (56-75) lost 2-1 to Tacoma (Mariners) in 10 innings

Josh Banks yielded a single run on four hits and a hit batsman across eight innings, striking out seven and getting 11 fly ball outs in a 105-pitch effort that resulted in a no-decision. The right-hander has allowed two runs or less in five of his last six starts but is 1-3 with two no-decisions over that span. Banks has gone eight innings in two straight starts and is averaging 6.2 innings per start.

Eulogio De La Cruz worked scoreless ball in his first frame but surrendered a run on a walk, stolen base and single in the top half of the 10th. The loss was his fifth, as the walked three in his two innings of work while striking out four. De La Cruz had given up just one hit over his previous seven innings of scoreless ball coming into the game. He has surrendered runs in 13 of his 39 relief appearances, sporting a 2.31 ERA as a reliever.

San Antonio (25-34, 64-64) lost 4-3 to Frisco (Rangers)

Will Inman gave up two runs on four hits and a walk over six innings and was in line for the win when the bullpen blew a one-run lead. The right-hander struck out one and logged 15 fly ball outs in an 86-pitch effort. Inman has given up two runs or less in eight of his Texas League starts but has earned a no-decision or loss in three of those. He has struck out five or less in every start since returning from Portland.

Gabe DeHoyos suffered the loss, allowing two runs on two hits – both coming home on a two-run homer – while striking out two. It was his second loss in the Texas League. The right-hander had not allowed an earned run over his last nine innings of work. He has allowed runs in five of his 13 appearances with the Missions. The homer he yielded was his first given up all season across three leagues.

Lake Elsinore (28-31, 67-62) won 3-1 over Modesto (Rockies)

Aaron Breit delivered six-plus innings of one-run ball, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out three and netting eight ground ball outs. It marks the sixth straight start that Breit has allowed two runs or less and the 10th time in 11 starts that he has given up two earned or less. He has a 2.38 ERA over his last six starts and has allowed three runs in the opening frame all year.

Colt Hynes picked up his 12th hold in the California League, working two scoreless innings. He struck out two and worked to the minimum, erasing an inherited runner with a double play grounder. Hynes has stranded 15 of the 19 runners he has inherited with the Storm. The reliever has notched eight double play grounders in 51 innings of work. Hynes has allowed runs in 11 of his 44 appearances.

Fort Wayne (42-16, 87-42) won 5-1 over Great Lakes (Dodgers)

Erik Davis picked up his 14th win – tying him for the Midwest League lead in victories. The right-hander allowed one run on four hits and two walks across five innings, striking out a career high 11. His previous high for strikeouts in a game was nine and no other game yielded more than six. Davis has given up two runs or less in three straight outings – all wins. He is 10-5 with a 3.80 ERA across 17 starts.

Cole Figueroa reached base three times, netting a pair of singles and a walk in four trips while scoring a run. The infielder also stole his 10th base but was also picked off, netting his seventh caught stealing as a result. Figueroa is hitting .408 over his last 20 games with 10 runs scored and 16 RBI. He does, however, have just two extra base hits across his last 34 contests.

Eugene (30-35) lost 13-4 over Vancouver (A's)

Mario Tabachnik is pulled after an inning plus, on the hook for five runs on eight hits. He worked to four batters in the second and all would reach base safely. Tabachnik has allowed 16 runs on 23 hits and two walks across his three starts, spanning 8.1 innings. The opposition is hitting .500 off him as a starter. Beginning the year in relief, the right-hander posted a 4.81 ERA across 33.2 innings, holding the opposition to a .265 average.

Matt Jackson came on in relief for just the fifth time this season. Coming in with a pair of inherited runners on, the right-hander would see both score and yield a run of his own. Four of the six runners he has inherited have come around to score. He would work an inning and two-thirds, allowing one run on three hits and a walk while fanning three. Jackson, who has five straight losing decisions, has given up 11 runs on 15 hits and five walks over his last 7.2 innings.

AZL Padres (13-13, 26-28) won 9-7 over AZL Mariners

Cameron Monger's two-run single in the bottom of the eighth broke a 7-7 tie. The center fielder, playing as the designated hitter on Wednesday, also notched his 11th double and drove in three runs while scoring once. Monger has reached base safely in 10 straight games with a hit in nine of those contests. He has scored a run in nine straight, touching home 11 times. His string of five straight games with a stolen base was snapped.

Jonathan Galvez had two hits in five trips, belting his sixth homer of the season in the seventh inning, a solo shot, and adding a RBI single. He did, however, ground into a double play and collected his 20th error of the year. The error was just his third in 20 games while playing second base; the other 17 have all come while he manned shortstop across 27 contests. Five of his six homers have been solo shots. He is hitting .194 with runners in scoring position.

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