Padres Prospect Report: July 4, 2009

Nate Freiman

Matt Buschmann takes loss number nine. Mat Latos exits after four innings and the offense never shows. Wynn Pelzer pitches well but takes the loss. Anthony Bass picks up another win and Jaff Decker returns with a bang. Nate Freiman homers twice in a Eugene shutout. Juan Herrera gets banged up in a loss.

Portland (38-45) lost 4-2 to Colorado Springs (Rockies)

The Beavers managed just four hits and two left the yard. Mike Baxter hit his second homer in Pacific Coast League play and drew a walk – the lone player to reach base twice. The outfielder has been on base in 10 of his last 11 games and owns a .385 on-base percentage across 26 games with Portland. He has scored a run in four straight games. Baxter is hitting .407 when he leads off an inning.

Matt Buschmann suffered his ninth loss of the season, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk across six innings. He struck out one and surrendered three extra base hits, including a homer. Buschmann did pick off two runners during an 88-pitch outing. The right-hander has given up a homer in four straight games and has allowed 11 on the season. He has also allowed four runs or more in three of his last four and 10 of his 16 starts overall.

San Antonio (4-5, 43-36) lost 5-2 to NW Arkansas (Royals)

The pitch count watch continues for Mat Latos, although he tossed 81 balls towards home on Saturday. The right-hander made it through just four innings, giving up two runs on five hits while striking out one. Latos has averaged 80 pitches per outing in Double-A and had gone at least five innings in six straight starts. He has given up two runs or less in six of his eight. Latos has struck out just two over his last two games after netting 37 in his first 33 frames.

Logan Forsythe went 2-for-4 and scored a run. The third baseman also stole his first base in Double-A and seventh in nine attempts across two leagues. Forsythe, who didn't reach base in a game for the first time in Double-A on Friday, has four multi-hit games in his last five and has been on base 18 times through eight games with the Missions. He has been on base in all but two of his professional games.

Lake Elsinore (5-5, 44-36) lost 3-2 to Rancho Cucamonga (Angels)

Sawyer Carroll was the lone player to record a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. The outfielder was also hit by a pitch. Carroll has four multi-hit games in his last five, going 9-for-22 with three walks, five RBI and six runs scored. He is hitting .429 with runners on base during his tour in the California League.

Wynn Pelzer took his fifth loss of the season, surrendering three runs, two earned, on four hits and a walk while striking out five across 5.2 innings. The right-hander gave up two extra base hits, including a solo homer. Pelzer has allowed two earned runs or less in four of his last five starts but has given up a homer in successive outings for the first time this year. He has given up four hits or less nine times in 16 starts.

Fort Wayne (8-1, 53-26) won 8-4 over Great Lakes (Dodgers)

Anthony Bass allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits across six innings, striking out five and notching four ground ball outs. He also picked off a runner but the unearned run scored on an error he made. The right-hander leads the Midwest League in ERA and has allowed one earned run or less in nine straight starts and 12 of 16 overall. He has won five straight games and six straight decisions to move to 8-3 on the year.

Dan Robertson reached base three times, drawing a walk and notching two singles. The outfielder, who was the designated hitter on Saturday, scored each time he reached base. It is the second time in six games that he has scored three times in a contest. He has scored 21 times over his last 26 games. Robertson owns a 23-to-21 walk-to-strikeout ratio on the season. He is hitting .358 over his last 46 affairs.

Jaff Decker returned to the lineup after missing time with back spasms. The outfielder reached base three times, drawing two walks and hitting his ninth homer of the year – a solo shot in the fourth. Seven of his homers have been solo shots. Decker had been out of the lineup since going 2-for-2 with a walk on June 19. Decker has been on base in seven straight games, reaching base twice in six of those with four multi-hit games.

Eugene (6-8) won 8-0 over Boise (Cubs)

Nate Freiman hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning and smacked a grand slam an inning later – pushing his homer total to three on the season. The first baseman finished the day with six RBi, two runs scored while also adding a walk. He did commit his first error of the year. Freiman extended his hitting streak to nine games where he has gone 16-for-39 with six runs scored and 17 RBI.

Nick Greenwood got his first professional win, posting blanks across six innings. He allowed four hits and walked two while striking out four and hitting a batter. Greenwood notched three double play grounders and has four rally killers through three starts. The left-hander has given up one run on 10 hits across his first 13.2 innings.

Mario Tabachnik picked up his first save as a professional. The right-hander worked three scoreless to complete the shutout, giving up one hit and striking out two – working to one over the minimum. It is the third time in six appearances that he has not allowed a run – going at least two innings in all but one outing. He has also stranded four inherited runners on the season.

AZL Padres (4-6) had a scheduled day off

DSL Padres (12-18) lost 9-3 to DSL Tigers

Carlos Garcia accounted for two of the three DSL Padres runs, smacking a double to push his RBI total to 27 for the season, The outfielder did, however, strike out in his other three at-bats. Garcia has notched eight multi-RBI games on the season through 28 overall. He is, however, just 5-for-48 over his last 13 games, dropping his average from .380 to .247.

Juan Herrera took the loss, giving up four runs on three hits and four walks while striking out one across 2.2 innings. All three of the hits he yielded went for extra bases, including a two-run bomb. The right-hander has allowed seven runs on eight hits and six walks over his last 6.2 innings after giving up two earned runs over his first 16 frames. He has walked two or more four times in six outings.

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