Padres Prospect Report: August 30, 2009

Aaron Poreda has another wild outing. Simon Castro has another strong outing. Sawyer Carroll hits his first Double-A homer in a loss. James Darnell notches three hits in another Lake Elsinore win. Dexter Carter doesn't have much success again. Jorge Reyes picks up the win and Nick Greenwood looks to lock up the Northwest League ERA title.

Portland (55-79) lost 6-3 to Tacoma (Mariners)

Aaron Poreda tossed 97 pitches across four innings, giving up one hit but walking six while surrendering two runs and striking out three. Poreda picked off a runner but has seen eight of the nine runners attempting to steal off him find success. The left-hander has now walked 29 batters in 27.1 innings in the Pacific Coast League, walking at least five in four different outings. He has also hit three batters and tossed three wild pitches.

Eliezer Alfonzo was the lone player to record a multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a walk. The backstop blasted his 14th homer in Pacific Coast League play, a solo shot. He went 0-for-2 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal but netted a caught stealing when Poreda picked off a runner. He has thrown out 12-of-60 runners attempting to take a bag, good for 20 percent. Alfonzo is hitting .321 with four homers, two doubles and 11 RBI in 13 games since returning to Portland.

San Antonio (26-37, 65-67) lost 11-10 to Corpus Christi (Astros)

Cory Luebke surrendered six runs on six hits and three walks across three innings but was spared from a loss. The left-hander gave up two extra base hits, including a homer, during an 80-pitch effort. It was the most runs he has allowed in Double-A and the just the second time in nine starts that he has allowed more than three runs. Luebke had allowed just three runs across the first three innings in his previous eight starts.

Sawyer Carroll hit a three-run homer during a five-run opening frame for the Missions. He also drew a walk and scored two runs. The outfielder came into the game with three extra base hits over his first 19 games in Double-A and his three RBI were his highest total to date, upping his tally to 10 while in San Antonio. Carroll has drawn 14 walks compared to 13 strikeouts and sports a .426 on-base percentage.

Lance Zawadzki reached base four times with a walk, two singles and his 19th double in Double-A. The shortstop notched an RBI and scored three times. It is the fourth straight game that he has touched home, as the infielder has reached base in seven straight games with four multi-hit contests. This is the sixth time in Double-A that he has registered a three-hit game. Zawadzki is hitting .269 at home and .309 on the road for the Missions.

Lake Elsinore (32-31, 71-62) won 7-1 over Visalia (Diamondbacks)

Jeremy Hefner picked up his 13th victory, giving up an unearned run on four hits and three walks while fanning four across 6.2 innings. It is the 11th time in 26 starts that the right-hander has allowed two runs or less. He has earned a decision in all but four of his outings, averaging 5.5 innings per start. Hefner had posted a 6.59 ERA across his previous five starts, allowing 40 hits in 28.2 innings.

James Darnell collected three hits in four trips and notched a walk, smacking his 15th double, driving in a run and scoring twice. The third baseman has collected 32 doubles, four triples, and 20 homers across two leagues. He has reached base safely in each of his last 13 games and is hitting .318 over his last 22 contests. Darnell is hitting .333 with runners in scoring position in the California League.

Fort Wayne (43-19, 88-45) won 3-1 over West Michigan (Tigers) in game one, lost 4-0 in game two

Simon Castro yielded one run on three hits and a walk across 5.2 innings in game one, striking out five to pick up the victory – his 10th. The right-hander has allowed one run over his last three starts on seven hits while striking out 15 across a span of 17.2 innings. He has a .228 average against for the year and is eighth in the Midwest League with a 3.48 ERA while pacing the circuit with 148 strikeouts.

Allan Dykstra was the lone player to record a multi-hit game in the opener, going 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI – his 54th of the season. The first baseman went 0-for-3 in the nightcap, as the TinCaps managed just three hits. Dykstra is fourth in the league with a .394 on-base percentage and is hitting .307 over his last 26 contests with nine extra base hits, upping his average from .197 to .222.

Dexter Carter suffered his fourth loss in Midwest League play, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks across 3.2 innings, striking out two and hitting a batter. Three of the hits went for extra bases and one left the yard. Carter has given up 11 extra base hits in 21 innings with the TinCaps and has allowed 21 runs on 19 hits and seven walks across his last six innings, taking three straight losses.

Eugene (32-37) won 4-0 over Vancouver (A's) Griffin Benedict was the lone player to notch a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, his sixth and seventh. He also scored a run. Benedict went 0-for-1 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal. The backstop has been on base safely in eight straight games, going 10-for-30 with four walks while getting hit by a pitch. Benedict has thrown out three of the seven base runners attempting to steal off him in Eugene.

Jorge Reyes picked up his first professional win, yielding two hits across five scoreless frames, not walking a batter and striking out six. He also notched eight ground ball outs and worked to one over the minimum thanks to a double play grounder. The right-hander has allowed one run on six hits across his first nine innings with the Emeralds, notching four double play grounders and striking out nine.

Nick Greenwood picked up his fifth save of the season and put himself in line to win the Northwest League ERA championship with three scoreless frames, giving up two hits and striking out two. He also netted a double play grounder. His 1.71 ERA is more than half a run better than the closest competitor. Greenwood has a 1.84 ERA across eight relief appearances after posting a 1.66 ERA in nine starts. He has notched eight rally killers on the season and has given up one earned run over his last 13.2 innings.

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