Padres Prospect Report: September 2, 2009

Cesar Ramos is crushed as he tries to make it to San Diego. Logan Forsythe reaches four times and Steve Garrison is money in the Texas League. Craig Italiano may have found a home in relief. Allan Dykstra continues his hot hitting while Alexis Lara's work on the hill is unparalleled. Jerry Sullivan suffers the loss.

Portland (55-82) lost 12-9 to Colorado Springs (Rockies)

Cesar Ramos was victimized for nine runs, seven earned, on 11 hits and two walks across 5.1 innings in a 109-pitch effort – his highest pitch count of the season. Three of the hits went for extra bases. The left-hander has given up double-digit hits in two of his last four games. This was just the second time he has given up more than four runs and the third time has surrendered more than three.

Chad Huffman reached base in all five of his plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with two walks. The outfielder hit a two-run homer, his 20th, in the opening frame and notched three RBI. It was his second three-hit game in as many games. Huffman is hitting .364 across his last 31 contests with 15 extra base hits, including six homers. Huffman has amassed 49 extra base hits on the season.

San Antonio (28-38, 67-68) won 9-5 over Midland (A's)

Logan Forsythe reached base in all four of his plate appearances and added a sacrifice fly. The third baseman went 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, two runs scored and two RBI. Forsythe has logged three sacrifice flies across two leagues this season. It was his third multi-hit game in his last five. He has notched just five extra base hits over his last 36 contests. This was the seventh time in San Antonio that he has reached base at least four times in a game.

Steve Garrison returned to the Texas League for the first time since August 14, 2008 – a time that saw him shutdown due to injury and resulted in surgery. The southpaw went five innings, yielding one run on four hits and a walk while fanning three to pick up the win. Garrison had allowed one earned run over 7.2 innings in the California League after posting a 6.20 ERA across nine starts and 20.1 innings in the Arizona Rookie League.

Lake Elsinore (32-33, 71-64) lost 6-5 to Modesto (Rockies)

Brad Chalk hit his 20th double and clubbed his 12th triple while scoring a run and driving in one. He is tied for fourth in the California League in three-baggers and his 93rd run scored moved him into sixth place in the circuit. Chalk had scored just nine runs in his previous 23 games after scoring 33 times in the previous 31 contests. He is hitting .300 when he bats out of the leadoff spot, as he did on Wednesday.

Craig Italiano worked an inning and one-third of scoreless ball, yielding two hits and a walk while striking out two. He also stranded an inherited runner. The right-hander extended his scoreless streak to 10.2 innings and has not allowed an earned run over his last 17 frames. Since joining the Storm, Italiano has posted a 1.53 ERA. He has struck out 12.89 batters per nine innings pitched for Lake Elsinore.

Shortstop Beamer Weems was ejected in the sixth inning after getting called out on strikes.

Fort Wayne (45-19, 90-45) won 5-4 over Great Lakes (Dodgers)

Allan Dykstra was responsible for three of the TinCaps five runs, hitting a two-run homer in the third and singling in a run for t a three-RBI night. The bomb was his 11th on the year and he pushed his RBI tally to 58 for the year. Dykstra also reached when he was hit by a pitch for the 16th time this season. He is hitting .326 over his last 28 games with 18 RBI. Dykstra is tied for the minor league lead with his 102 walks.

Alexis Lara earned his second save of the year, yielding a walk in a scoreless frame. It was his first save since July 18 when he earned one for a three-inning closeout. Lara has a scoreless streak of 8.2 innings, allowing two hits over that span and has allowed two runs over his last 39.2 innings, - a .045 ERA – yielding just 13 hits over that span while striking out 48. He has struck out 11.08 batters per nine innings pitched.

Eugene (33-39) lost 7-5 to Salem-Keizer (Giants)

Jerry Sullivan was on the hook for four runs on five hits while walking three and tossing a wild pitch across five innings. The right-hander did record 10 ground ball outs, including a double play, while striking out four. The rally killer was just his second in 51.2 frames. It was the second outing in his last three that he has given up four or more runs. Those two starts have accounted for 12 of the 18 runs he has allowed across nine starts.

Mario Tabachnik allowed three runs, one earned, on two hits and a hit batsman across four innings, striking out three. The right-hander has posted a 4.31 ERA across 20 relief appearances; he has a 12.96 ERA in three starts. Tabachnik has held the leadoff man of an inning to a .209 average after holding the opposition hitless in four such at-bats on Wednesday.

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