Padres Prospect Report: July 31, 2009

Cole Figueroa

The Padres minors is swept. Brian Lawrence allows four extra base hits in the opening frame. The Missions lose another game in extras. Ryan Hinson takes a late inning loss. Cole Figueroa is part of a rally that falls short. Miles Mikolas can't make it out of the second. Simon Berroa is hit hard over 3.2 innings. Felix Cabrera gets it done at the plate but his 21st error is costly.

Portland (45-61) lost 14-1 to Las Vegas (Blue Jays)

Brian Lawrence gave up four extra base hits, including a homer, and four runs in the opening frame. The right-hander would allow five runs on nine hits and a walk while fanning three over five innings. The right-hander has given up five runs or more and nine or more in three straight starts, surrendering 24 runs on 33 hits across 14 frames. His ERA has spiked from 3.00 to 6.28 in the process.

Jon Ellis surrendered four runs on three hits and a walk across an inning and one-third. He did strand an inherited runner along the way. The right-hander has stranded 17 of the 22 runners he has inherited this season. He has, however, allowed runs in four of his last five outings, giving up 12 runs on 14 hits and six walks over a seven-inning span. Ellis has allowed runs in 19 of his 40 appearances.

San Antonio (14-21, 53-51) lost 6-5 to Frisco (Rangers) in 11 innings

Mitch Canham was one of two hitters to notch a multi-hit game, going 2-for-5. The backstop hit a solo homer – his sixth bomb of the year – and stole his fifth base in nine attempts. Canham has hit four of his homers over his last 21 games after hitting two over his first 63 contests. He is hitting .349 over his last 25 games, notching a multi-hit game in successive games and three of his last five.

Carlos Guevara gave up two runs on four hits across an inning of work, taking a potential win away from starter Nathan Culp. The right-hander struck out two in a 26-pitch inning. It is the first time in 16 appearances that he has allowed more than one run in an outing. Guevara has given up runs in six of his outings this season and came into the game having allowed two runs over a 10.2 inning span.

Lake Elsinore (17-19, 56-50) lost 3-2 to High Desert (Mariners)

Wynn Pelzer allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk while hitting three batters across six innings. The right-hander also struck out nine and notched five ground ball outs. It is the fifth time this season he has fanned at least eight while he has upped his hit batsmen total to 14 on the year, plunking at least two in four different games. Pelzer has allowed two earned or less in eight of his last 10 outings.

Ryan Hinson worked two scoreless frames leading up to the bottom of the ninth, striking out three and the only base runner on via a walk. A single opened the ninth, followed by a sacrifice bunt, intentional walk and a double that ended the game. Hinson has allowed runs in five straight appearances for the Storm after not allowing a run in his first three. He has given up eight runs on 11 hits and six walks over an eight-inning span.

Fort Wayne (27-6, 72-32) lost 3-2 to Beloit (Twins)

Cole Figueroa delivered a single with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth to break a shutout bid, but the TinCaps rally would fall short as they scored just one more time. The infielder came into the game with seven hits in his previous 38 at-bats - a .184 average. Figueroa also came into the game with just one hit in seven at-bats with the bases loaded in Fort Wayne and 1-for-8 across two leagues in that situation.

Erik Davis dropped to 10-5 on the season, allowing three runs on nine hits and a walk across six innings, walking one and striking out one. The right-hander allowed five extra base hits, including a solo homer. The ground ball pitcher entered the game having surrendered 19 extra base hits in 80 innings and just two homers. It is just the second time this season that Davis has allowed more than six hits.

Eugene (18-23) lost 9-5 to Spokane (Rangers)

Miles Mikolas was tagged for seven runs – all earned – on eight hits, a walk and a hit batsman in an inning and two-thirds. All of the runs scored in the second inning and four of the hits went for extra bases. It is the second game in a row he has allowed seven runs and the fourth straight game that he has given up eight or more hits. The opposition is hitting .380 off him with 46 hits in 25.2 innings.

Tyson Bagley worked 3.1 scoreless innings, yielding three hits, hitting a batter and striking out four. He also stranded the lone runner he inherited. The three previous runners he had inherited have scored. Bagley has given up runs in one of his last five outings after allowing runs in three of his first five. He has given up two runs over his last nine innings, lowering his ERA from 6.23 to 4.00.

AZL Padres (15-18, 2-3) lost 6-4 to AZL Mariners

Simon Berroa dropped to 1-4, giving up five runs on six hits and two walks across 3.2 innings, striking out three. Three of the hits he allowed went for extra bases. It is the third time this season he has allowed at least four runs while going less than four innings. Berroa had allowed just two extra base hits in his first 22.1 innings. He came into the game with a 2.65 ERA across his previous five starts.

Andrew Morton tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless ball, stranding a pair of inherited runners in the process. The left-hander retired all seven batters he faced – the first time he has faced the minimum during an outing. The North Carolina native has given up one earned run over his last 12.1 innings. The opposition had been hitting .346 off him this season prior to Friday's game.

DSL Padres (20-32) lost 17-8 to DSL Tigers

Carlos Pimentel surrendered six runs, four earned, without allowing a hit. The right-hander suffered his fourth loss, after allowing five walks and hitting a batter in one frame. The Venezuelan native has given up three or more walks in five of his 11 outings, including all four of his starts – walking 23 in 20 frames. He has also hit a batter in four straight and has tossed nine wild pitches on the year.

Felix Cabrera reached base four times, drawing a walk, getting plunked by a pitch and smacking two doubles out of the leadoff spot. He also scored three times. His 21st error of the season in the third, however, led to six unearned runs crossing the dish. It is the second straight game that he has scored three times and he has touched home eight times over his last three. He also has six errors in his last six games.

Elvin Tavarez allowed three runs on one hit and four walks while also uncorking four wild pitches and getting called for a balk in two innings of work. The right-hander out of the Dominican Republic has allowed runs in each of his six relief appearances. He has yielded 14 walks across 10 innings while tossing eight wild pitches. He has walked at least two four times while not going more than 2.1 innings.

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