Minor League Recap, April 14th

San Antonio got some home cookin for the first time, Tuscon tried to score in every inning, and Fort Wayne and Lake Elsinore were in a desperate search for some offense.

Tuscon won with a big time comeback 12-9

Josh Geer gave up 6 runs in the first 2 innings but the Padres battled back. Padres scored runs in each of the final 6 innings (10 total) and won 12-9.

Josh Geer made a short start giving up 6 ER in 4 IP, 9 H, walked 1 and struck out 3. The bigger story pitching wise was Aaron Poreda pitching 2 scoreless innings giving up 1 hit, and striking out 2 without any walks. Poreda has managed to not walk a hitter in 4 innings (might be a new record for him).

Evereth Cabrera continued his strong AAA performance going 2-5, 2 2B, 2 RS. Logan Forsythe (1-5, HR (3), 2 RBI) and Anthony Rizzo (2-5, HR (2), RBI) both homered for the Padres. Guillermo Quiroz had a strong hitting day going 3-5, 2 2B, RS, 4 RBI

AA San Antonio found their hitting shoes just in time winning 7-4

Opening day at Nelson Wolff stadium in San Antonio, and a rude awakening for the new members of the Missions (remember SA might be worse then Petco for power). On the bright side Casey Kelly pitched a lot better in his 2nd start for the Missions allowing only 4 baserunners, and 1 ER in 6 IP (2 K). However after Italiano gave up 2 runs in the 7th it looked to be all over at 1-4. But in the bottom of the 8th the Missions bats woke up behind, who else, Jaff Decker. Decker hit a 2 out 2 RBI 2B, then after Blanks "reached" on an infield single and throwing error (Jaff scored) James Darnell came up and blasted a 2 run HR for a 7-4 lead and eventual 7-4 win.

Jaff went 2-5 on the day with another 2 2B, RS, and 3 RBI.. A couple of Jaff's blasts would have normally gone out but had a rude awakening as the ball was "knocked down." Kyle Blanks in San Antonio on a rehab assignment went 1-4, RS (see above) as the DH, he walked once and K'd twice. Cody Decker went 3-4, including blasting his 3rd HR to lead off the 8th.

A Lake Elsinore was shut out 0-4

The Storm had runners on early and often last night in Lake Elsinore. Sadly a CS, a few DP and some nonclutch hitting and the Storm couldnt touch homeplate. Fetter surrendered 2 early HR but 1 run was all High Dessert needed as they blanked the Storm 0-4

Chris Fetter pitched 5 IP, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits, he walked 1 and struck out 6. Pedro Hernandez came in after and pitched well as well going 3 innings allowing only 2 hits, 1 run, 0 bb, 4 K.

Hagerty and Rincon each went 2-4 (all singles). Reymond Fuentes continued his hitting streak with a single (1-4). All 8 of the Storms hits were singles.

Fort Wayne couldnt muster enough offense and fell 1-4

Zach Cates didnt have as strong of stuff in his 2nd start. He lasted only 4.1 innings, giving up 3 runs on 3 hits, walking 3 and striking out 5. Like in Elsinore it didnt matter much as the Tin Caps could only manage 1 run on 3 hits. The Tin Caps fell 1-4

Matthew Jackson came on after the game was possibly out of hand but pitched extremely strong. Jackson allowed only 1 hit in 3 innings, walking none and striking out 4.

Offensively the club sorely misses their #2 and 3 hitters (Tate and Williams), as the new 1-3 hitters went 0-12, with 7 strikeouts. Tommy Medica was the lone bright spot for the Tin Caps offense going 2-2, 2 2B, RS, and a walk in the losing effort.

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