Padres Prospect Report: September 6, 2009

Josh Geer goes eight but doesn't pick up a win. Cedric Hunter has three hits and has been hot of late. Jon Berger is hammered in another Cal League start. Chris Fetter has been dominant and extended his scoreless streak even further while Vince Belnome is electric as well.

Portland (58-84) lost 3-2 to Las Vegas (Blue Jays)

Craig Stansberry reached base four times in a game that saw the Beavers reach 10 times overall. He went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks and an RBI out of the leadoff spot. It is the sixth time in his last seven games that Stansberry has reached base at least twice. The infielder came into the game with just two RBI over his last 16 games.

Josh Geer worked eight strong innings, giving up two runs on eight hits while fanning two and recording nine ground ball outs in a 104-pitch effort. It is the second time in his last four starts that Geer that the right-hander has gone at least eight innings. Geer has struck out just 3.59 batters per nine innings pitched in the Pacific Coast League across 52.2 innings.

San Antonio (30-40, 69-70) won 6-3 over Corpus Christi (Astros)

Cedric Hunter fell a homer shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with his 20th double, sixth triple, two runs scored and a pair of RBI. It was his second time in three games and third time in his last eight that he has secured a three-hit game. Hunter is hitting .356 over his last 10 games and has a .274 mark on the year with runners in scoring position, driving in four in his last three contests.

Nathan Culp moved to 8-9 on the season, giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits and three walks while fanning four and recording six ground ball outs across five innings. It was the eighth time in his last 11 starts that he has allowed two earned runs or less. Culp also added a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly to score a run at the dish to help his own cause. He has three sacrifice bunts on the season and three hits in 10 at-bats.

Lake Elsinore (34-35, 73-66) lost 11-4 to San Jose (Giants)

Jon Berger's struggles in the California League continued, as the right-hander was charged with five runs on six hits and two walks across two innings of work – raising his season ERA with Lake Elsinore to 17.10. In 10 innings with the Storm, Berger has given up 19 runs on 22 hits and seven walks. He had given up 24 runs across 70 innings between Arizona and Eugene – a 3.09 ERA combined between the two.

Nick Vincent was the lone pitcher out of five who came away unscathed. He worked a scoreless inning, walking one while striking out the side. The right-hander had allowed runs in three straight games coming into play – although two of those appearances saw unearned runs cross. He has allowed runs in 15 of his 59 appearances this season – the second most outings in the California League. He has struck out 10.35 batters per nine innings pitched.

Fort Wayne (48-20, 93-46) won 6-0 over West Michigan (Tigers)

Chris Fetter delivered five scoreless innings to pick up his second win in the Midwest League, yielding four hits and a walk while striking out three. The right-hander has not allowed a run over his last nine innings with the TinCaps and has upped his scoreless streak to 27 frames across two leagues. Fetter has surrendered 12 runs this year in 66.1 innings for a 1.63 ERA. He has held the opposition to a .211 average against across two leagues.

Rob Musgrave contributed a pair of scoreless innings, striking out two while working to the minimum by retiring all six batters he faced. The left-hander has posted a 2.65 ERA across his last 21 appearances, dropping his ERA from 6.97 to 4.92. The southpaw has fanned 35 batters in his past 21.2 innings, striking out 10.3 batters per nine innings pitched on the year. Musgrave has held the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .236 average for the year.

Vince Belnome continued his torrid pace in the Midwest League, going 3-for-5 with a triple and three RBI. He did, however, ground into a double play – the ninth time across two leagues he has notched a rally killer. The infielder has recorded seven RBI over his last two games and has four multi-hit games with the TinCaps. Belnome is batting .345 with runners on base across two leagues.

Eugene (34-42) won 6-4 over Salem-Keizer (Giants)

Nate Freiman hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning with Eugene down by one run to push the Emeralds to victory in their season finale. It was his 11th homer of the season and gave him four RBI for the game on a three-hit night. It was his fourth homer in the seventh inning or later this season. He hit .336 on the season with runners in scoring position and hit .331 overall in his last 35 contests.

David Erickson earned the save, his eighth, by striking out two while retiring the side in order. His last save came on July 29 before he was moved into middle relief. The right-hander did not allow a homer all season and just five of the hits he gave up went for extra bases. Of the 16 runners he inherited this season just three ended up coming around to score. He tossed scoreless ball over his final 7.1 innings.

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