Padres Prospect Report: July 22, 2009

Michael Watt

Wade LeBlanc gives up seven in a Portland loss. Ernesto Frieri fires blanks in a 1-0 blanking. Allen Harrington was hit hard over two. Michael Watt turned in another solid performance as the TinCaps win in 10. Edinson Rincon hits a grand slam in a day affair. Adys Portillo tops the Arizona Rookie League in a dubious category.

Portland (44-54) lost 7-5 to Reno (Diamondbacks)

Wade LeBlanc surrendered seven runs on eight hits and three walks across six innings. The left-hander struck out two but also gave up four extra base hits, including two homers. It was the first time this season in Triple-A that he had given up more than four earned runs in an outing. LeBlanc came into the game having allowed two earned runs or less in eight straight. It is the first time since his initial start of the year that he has given up two bombs in a contest.

Josh Banks returned to Portland and posted two innings of scoreless ball, giving up one hit while striking out three. Banks appeared in six games for San Diego, notching three starts. He posted a 1-1 record with a 7.15 ERA. In 22.2 innings he allowed 30 hits, walked four and struck out nine. In Portland, Banks was 5-3 with a 2.47 ERA across 14 games, including eight starts. He came into Wednesday having allowed 55 hits in 62 innings, striking out 49.

San Antonio (13-12, 52-43) won 1-0 over Frisco (Rangers)

Ernesto Frieri yielded just two hits and a walk across seven innings of work to pick up his eighth win. He struck out seven and induced six ground ball outs during a 100-pitch outing. Frieri has allowed two runs or less in six of his last eight outings. Wednesday was the third time he has tossed shutout ball while allowing three hits or less. Frieri has held the leadoff hitter of an inning to a .177 average and has held the opposition to a .195 average with runners in scoring position.

Brian Joynt went 1-for-3, notching the lone RBI with a sacrifice fly, his 26th RBI of the season. He has collected four sacrifice flies on the year. After hitting .358 during a 22-game stretch in June, the outfielder has slumped to a .182 average across his last 19 games, including Wednesday. Joynt is hitting just .220 with runners in scoring position this season.

Lake Elsinore (12-15, 51-46) lost 9-7 to Lancaster (Astros)

Brad Chalk collected another multi-hit affair, giving him 29 such games on the season. He went 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI. The outfielder has five RBI in his last four games and has scored 70 times on the season – fourth most in the California League. Chalk also stands fourth in the circuit with 117 hits. Chalk is hitting .316 since May 1, not batting below .293 in any month since hitting .273 in April.

Allen Harrington was on the hook for four runs on six hits and a walk across two innings. He had thrown scoreless ball over his previous six outings, spanning 6.1 innings. This is the sixth time in 34 appearances that he has allowed four or more runs while going three innings just once in those games. Harrington has given up 69 hits across 40.2 innings this season and holds a 2.24 WHIP.

Fort Wayne (21-4, 66-29) won 3-0 over Kane County (A's) in 10 innings

Michael Watt tossed blanks over six innings, yielding four hits, not walking a batter and tossing a wild pitch while fanning six in a no-decision. The left-hander has allowed two runs or less in four straight starts, giving up two earned on 14 hits while striking out 18 across 21.2 innings. Watt has lowered his ERA from a season high of 5.02 on June 12 to 3.55. He has yet to allow a run in the opening frame in 10 starts.

Adam Zornes delivered a double – his 12th – with one out and one on in the tenth to bring home the eventual winning run. The backstop also drew a walk and scored a run. Zornes, who missed three weeks to a pelvis injury after getting run over blocking the dish in a July 1 game, has five doubles in his last eight games played. He is 11-for-30 over his last nine with seven RBI.

Eugene (15-17) won 8-3 over Tri-City (Rockies)

Edinson Rincon hit his first professional grand slam as part of a six-run second and ended the day with two hits and five RBI - the fifth coming on a sacrifice fly. The third baseman is hitting .429 with nine RBI this season with the bases loaded and is hitting .342 with runners in scoring position. He has gone four games without making an error at the hot corner - matching his longest stretch of the year.

Jason Codiroli had three hits in four trips out of the nine-hole in the lineup, scoring twice and driving in a pair. The outfielder has four RBI in his last two games and four runs scored across his last three. He is 12-for-30 with seven RBI and eight runs scored over his last nine games, raising his average from .176 to .256. He has a .350 average with runners in scoring position.

Mario Tabachnik picked up the victory, working two scoreless innings to even his record at 2-2. He allowed two hits, did not walk a batter, struck out two and notched four ground ball outs - including a double play. Tabachnik had allowed four runs on five hits and a walk across his previous 2.2 innings. He has given up runs in six of his 12 outings, going at least two innings seven times. Left-handed hitters are batting .324 off the righty while right-handed hitters are hitting .213.

AZL Padres (12-14) lost 6-4 to AZL Mariners

Gabe DeHoyos worked on successive days for the first time since his return from injury. The rehabbing right-hander was on the hook for two runs on three hits and a walk while fanning one in his inning of work. DeHoyos had surrendered just one earned over his first 5.2 innings in the desert. He has given up runs in three of his five rehab outings. DeHoyos allowed just one run in 16 innings at Triple-A Portland.

Adys Portillo allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits and two walks while tossing a wild pitch and striking out a season-high six across five innings in suffering his Arizona Rookie League leading fifth loss of the year. The right-hander did commit his first error of the season. Portillo has tossed eight wild pitches in seven outings and has walked at least two in every start.

Jonathan Alia doubled in a run in the sixth and added an RBI single in the eighth as part of a three-hit night. It is his second game in the last three with multiple RBI and the fourth time he has accomplished the feat this year. Alia has 10 extra base hits across his last 16 games and 16 RBI in his last 20 contests. He has three nights with three or more hits on the year.

DSL Padres (18-26) vs. DSL Rockies postponed due to rain

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