Padres Prospect Report: June 9, 2009

Rayner Contreras

Sean Kazmar has a pair of hits and a pair of RBI while Matt Buschmann is sharp in a daytime affair. Five Storm players make the All-Star squad and Brad Chalk delivers a game-winner after another solid Jeremy McBryde outing. Kevin Hansen and Dan Robertson combine to knock in four. Rayner Contreras has a big day in the DSL and Esteban Javier looks sharp.

Portland (30-30) won 5-1 over Reno (Diamondbacks)

Sean Kazmar went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and two RBI. It was his first multi-hit game since May 19, although he does have a modest four-game hitting streak. The shortstop has just three multi-hit games all season. Kazmar has notched five RBI in his last five games. Kazmar leads the Pacific Coast League in fielding percentage amongst shortstops with a .987 mark and just two errors in 41 games played.

Matt Buschmann moved to 3-6, allowing one run on four hits without walking a batter ad striking out three in an eight inning effort that saw him toss 89 pitches. Buschmann also helped his own cause with a pair of sacrifice bunts and an RBI in the sixth. He also picked off a runner at first base but did commit two errors on attempted pickoff moves. It is the third time in five starts he has allowed one run or less and the first time this season in 12 starts that he did not issue a free pass. He has, however, allowed five runs or more five times in his last eight outings.

Jose Lobaton had three hits in four trips, scoring a run. It was his first three-hit game of the season. He was 0-for-1 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal. Lobaton has four multi-hit games in his last nine, raising his average from .158 to .225 by going 11-for-32. He has just four RBI this season and nine runs scored hitting out of the seven and eight spots in the lineup. Lobaton has thrown out nine of the 34 base runners attempting to steal this year, good for 26.5 percent.

San Antonio (28-28) had a scheduled day off

Lake Elsinore (33-25) won 3-2 over Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Brad Chalk, who plated the first Storm run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth, plated the eventual winning run with a two-out, bases loaded single that scored one with the runner on second getting gunned down at the plate. His two RBI gave him 29 on the season. Chalk is hitting .400 with runners in scoring position this season with 22 hits in 55 at-bats and is 6-for-10 with 13 RBI when hitting with the bases loaded – leading the team in both categories.

Jeremy McBryde worked five scoreless innings, yielding just three hits and three walks while striking out eight. All three of the walks came in the first inning and two of the three hits came in the second. He would retire 10 of the final 11 he faced. McBryde has allowed one run or less in four straight starts, giving up three runs across a span of 25.2 innings. He has struck out 25 over that span while yielding 14 hits. Right-handed hitters have batted just .129 off him through 93 at-bats.

Robert Woodard, who had been on the disabled list after feeling some stiffness in his throwing shoulder, returned to action and picked up his first hold, allowing one hit, striking out one and inducing an inning ending double play. Woodard has given up seven hits in 4.1 innings to begin the season. Last year while working in the California League, the right-hander held the opposition to a .179 average across 15 games and 29.2 innings while posting a 2.43 ERA.

Of the ten pitchers selected to work the California League All-Star game, the Storm came away with four in Cory Luebke, Wynn Pelzer, McBryde and Bryan Oland. Storm third baseman Logan Forsythe will be the lone position player to represent the Storm.

Fort Wayne (36-22) won 7-6 over South Bend (Diamondbacks)

Simon Castro picked up his third win of the year, giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits while striking out three. His one mistake left the park for a three-run homer. Castro did not walk a batter, netting seven ground ball outs. It is the second time he has not issued a free pass in one of his starts. He has allowed three runs or less in 10 of his 12 starts and two runs or less in four outings.

Dan Robertson pounded out a pair of hits, scoring once and drawing a walk. His two-run single in the fourth spurred a four-run frame. The outfielder extended his hitting streak to seven games where he has collected four multi-hit games. Robertson is 12-for-29 – a .414 average – with four walks. He is hitting .373 over his last 25 games with 17 RBI and 14 runs scored. Robertson is hitting .378 with runners in scoring position.

Kevin Hansen delivered a couple of singles in three trips while also getting plunked by a pitch. He singled in runs in both the fourth and eighth innings. The infielder is hitting .319 over his last 25 games with 10 RBI and nine runs scored. Hansen is hitting .387 with runners in scoring position this season but has just four extra base hits in 111 at-bats. He has drawn just five walks but has also struck out only 12 times.

DSL Padres (5-3) won 6-5 over DSL Indians in 11 innings

Rayner Contreras began a two out rally in the bottom of the 11th with a single. He stole his second base of the game and third of the year to move into scoring position and scored on a Miguel Tiburcio single to give the DSL Padres the win. Contreras ended the night with a pair of hits and a walk, including his first homer of the year, while scoring three times and driving in two. Contreras had been hitless in his first 13 at-bats, although he had drawn four walks in his previous two games.

Manuel Nuno reached base four times with three hits and a walk. He hit a solo homer in the second inning, added his fifth double of the season and fell a triple shy of the cycle. Six of his eight hits have now gone for extra bases and the first baseman has drawn 10 walks compared to six strikeouts for a .526 on-base percentage. Nuno has six RBI in his last two games and has scored four times in his last three.

Esteban Javier contributed three innings of scoreless relief, yielding three hits and a walk while striking out four. Javier has given up just three hits and a walk across seven innings while striking out nine. He has also stranded four of the five runners he has inherited this year. The left-hander went 2-1 with one save and a 3.18 ERA across 21 appearances last year with the DSL Padres. In 26.1 innings he allowed 28 hits and walked 21 while fanning 28.

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