Padres Prospect Report: July 23, 2009

Simon Castro

John Hudgins allowed seven runs in two innings. Matt Buschmann allows five runs in San Antonio – his 11th loss. Sawyer Carroll triples in two during a six-run ninth. Simon Castro allows one hit over five, as the TinCaps record shutout 13. Matt Jackson is on the hook for four runs in a loss. Rymer Liriano contributes offensively and defensively. Pedro Martinez gets out of a jam and earns a save.

Portland (44-55) lost 13-9 to Reno (Diamondbacks)

John Hudgins was charged with seven runs, all earned, on six hits and two walks across a pair of frames. The right-hander gave up five extra base hits, including a homer and threw 58 pitches. Hudgins has allowed runs in seven of his 10 relief appearances with the Beavers but came into the game having allowed more than one run just once. His seven runs allowed and six hits surrendered were season highs.

Val Pascucci went 2-for-4 with a double and a sacrifice fly, driving in three and scoring a run. The first baseman has reached base safely in 19 of the 22 games he has played for the Beavers. Pascucci has scored a run in five straight games, touching home six times in that span. He is hitting .291 since joining Portland after batting .211 with Albuquerque in the same league.

San Antonio (13-13, 52-44) lost 7-3 to Frisco (Rangers)

Matt Buschmann, demoted from Triple-A Portland, gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks across five innings. He struck out three and allowed two extra base hits, including a three-run bomb. It is the 10th time in 20 games across two leagues that Buschmann has allowed five or more runs. He went 3-10 with a 6.18 ERA for Portland, giving up 121 hits and 33 walks in 99 innings.

Logan Forsythe hit his third homer since joining the Missions, a two-run shot in the sixth. It was one of just three hits San Antonio mustered on the night. All three of his homers have come across his last nine games and all have come with runners on base. He has gone without reaching in seven of his 24 games in Double-A after reaching in all but one game in 66 California League games.

Lake Elsinore (13-15, 52-46) won 9-5 over Lancaster (Astros)

Nick Schmidt went five innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out three and hitting a pair of batters. It is the third straight game he has given up two runs or less after allowing four or more runs in his first three California League starts. Schmidt has allowed two runs or less in 11 starts across two leagues.

Bryan Oland suffered a blown save but ended up with his fourth win. He came on with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth, nursing a one-run lead. Two of the three runs would score. Given a five-run lead in the ninth, Oland surrendered a run on two hits. Oland has allowed runs in successive games for the first time this season. The right-hander had stranded all but three of the 17 runners he had inherited coming into the game.

Sawyer Carroll tripled with one out in the ninth inning to plate a pair of runs and came around to score the sixth and final run of the frame. The outfielder had a pair of extra base hits in five at-bats and stole his fourth base in five Cal League attempts. Carroll has an RBI in five straight games and nine of his last 11, plating 14 over that span. He has seven extra base hits in his last seven.

Fort Wayne (22-4, 67-29) won 5-0 over Kane County (A's)

Simon Castro pitched to one over the minimum across five innings, yielding one hit and striking out eight in a no-decision. The right-hander also notched four ground ball outs. Castro paces the Midwest League in strikeouts with 110, fanning at least eight in three of his last five. He has walked the leadoff man of an inning just three times in 102 plate appearances and did not issue a free pass for the third time in four starts.

Alexis Lara and two other relievers completed the two-hit shutout – the TinCaps Midwest League leading 13th. He worked two scoreless, retiring all six batters he faced while striking out three to move to 2-0. The right-hander has allowed just one run over his last 23 innings of work, lowering his ERA from 7.61 to 4.05. Lara has given up 10 hits over that span while striking out 26.

Yefri Carvajal had a bases loaded double during a five-run eighth inning and was thrown out at home after a single to end the inning. It was his lone hit of the day. The outfielder is 5-for-16 with 15 RBI with the bases loaded this season across two leagues. Carvajal is hitting .238 with runners in scoring position with Fort Wayne after hitting .267 in the same situations with Lake Elsinore.

Eugene (15-18) lost 6-2 to Boise (Cubs)

Matt Jackson was on the hook for four runs, three earned, on seven hits and a walk across 6.1 innings, striking out seven and inducing seven ground ball outs. Three of the hits he allowed went for extra bases. Jackson came into the game having allowed just six extra base hits across his first 25.1 innings. Since allowing zero runs in his first 15.1 frames, Jackson has given up 10 over his last 16.1 innings of work.

Jason Hagerty hit his third homer of the season, a solo shot in the fourth. The backstop also drew a walk in four plate appearances. He has homered in two of his last four games. He is hitting just .179 with runners in scoring position. Hagerty went 0-for-2 in throwing out base runners attempting to steal. He has gunned down four of the 16 base runners attempting a theft, good for 25 percent.

AZL Padres (13-14) won 10-5 over AZL Dodgers

Pedro Hernandez went four innings, giving up one run on three hits and a walk while striking out three. His lone blemish was a solo homer surrendered. The left-hander has given up three runs over seven innings with the AZL Padres. The Venezuelan native surrendered 20 runs on 31 hits across 16 innings with the Eugene Emeralds, going 0-2 with a 10.13 ERA.

Stalyn Valdez worked a scoreless inning, giving up one hit and striking out one. The Dominican native has allowed runs in four of his eight appearances; he has not allowed a run in successive outings for the first time this season. Valdez has seen the opposition record two or more hits in five of his outings, as they are hitting .309 off him on the year.

Rymer Liriano came on as a defensive replacement in the top half of the eighth and made an immediate impact, registering an outfield assist when he rifled a laser home which was taken and thrown to second to catch a runner trying to stretch a single. Liriano then had a two-run single that helped spurn a nine-run bottom half. The outfielder is hitting .344 on the season and is hitting .429 with runners in scoring position. He has 15 RBI in his last 14 games.

DSL Padres (19-26) won 4-1 over DSL Cubs

Jeury Castillo picked up his second win of the year, yielding one hit and a walk while striking out one and recording four ground ball outs across three scoreless frames. The right-hander has allowed two earned runs or less in every outing this season, going at least three innings in all but one outing and lowering his ERA to 2.73. Castillo has allowed just seven hits in 48 at-bats with runners in scoring position, a .146 average.

Pedro Martinez earned his first career save, working two scoreless innings while facing less than the minimum and striking out two. He came on with the bases loaded and nobody out in the eighth and got a double play grounder for the first out before striking out the next batter to end the frame. Martinez had allowed all three of the runners he had previously inherited to score and the opposition came into the game with three hits in four at-bats with the bases loaded.

Yair Lopez reached base three times out of the leadoff spot, drawing a walk, singling, and clubbing his sixth double. He also scored a run and notched his 15th RBI. Lopez is in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak, going 12-for-29 – a .414 average – with seven RBI. He has drawn 36 walks this season and is second on the team with a .414 on-base percentage. He leads the team with 34 runs scored.

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