Minor League Recap April 18th

2 Padres' prospects were named as their leagues hitter/pitcher of the week, while a few others were more than deserving. Either way it was a great end to a stellar first week+ for the Padres affiliates. The actual games though were BAD. Another 0-4 day (0-5 with the Padres 1-0 loss).

AAA Tuscon fell in extras 5-7

Inman was meh, offense managed to do just well enough to keep the game tied. Salt Lake had a 3-2 lead going into the bottom of the 7th...Tuscon tied it in the 7th with an RBI single by Guzman (scoring ECab). Salt Lake takes the lead in the top of the 9th, only to see Rizzo single home Guzman to tie the game once again in the bottom of the 9th. Salt Lake scores in the 11th....Tuscon scores in the 11th (again RBI single by Guzman). Sadly in the 12th Salt Lake scored twice, and the Padres were out of steam. They fell 5-7 in 12

Inman improved upon his last start but not by much. He went 5 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. The bigger story pitching wise, was once again Aaron Poreda. Poreda went 2 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K. Poreda has now gone the last 6 inning with out walking a batter and coincidentally no runs allowed during that time. Munter took the loss giving up 3 ER in 2 IP.

Jesus Guzman and Anthony Rizzo once again led the Padres offense. Guzman went 4-6, 2B, 2 RS, 2 RBI, while Rizzo went 3-5, with an RBI and a SB (3). Evereth Cabrera went 2-5, RS. Evereth now has 6 multi hit games in 11 contests, 11 RS, 5 SB (2 CS), 4 2B, 1 HR, 5 BB, 8 K all in the lead off spot for the Padres. It is sad that the Tuscon Padres are the exact opposite of the SD Padres. Tuscon has a bad record but has 7-8 starters all hitting over .300 and their #3 and 4 hitters hitting .370 (Guzman) and .400 (Rizzo)

AA Tuscon got the hits but not the runs as they fell 1-6

For anyone who missed it Jaff Decker was named Texas League Player of the week. The funny thing is that if it wasnt for Decker, James Darnell would have won it. Decker went .409/.536/.886 with 4 HR, 7 2B, 12 RS, 15 RBI, 12 BB, 9 K, 2 SB in 11 games. WOW! Darnell "only" went .526/.604/.789 with 7 2B, 1 HR, 10 RS, 8 RBI, 9 BB, 1 K in 10 G. Great start for 2 of the Padres top hitting prospects!

Anyway to the game. Uhhh it wasnt good. The Missions managed to get 14 base runners but only score 1 run. Sadly Jaff was on all 4 times (3-3, 2B, RS, BB), Darnell 3 of 4 (2-3, 2B, BB) and Kyle Phillips 2x (2-4, RBI) but thanks to 4 double plays, and 2 CS the Missions squandered every opportunity they had. Bass was solid and got a tough lucked loss. The bullpen wasnt up to the task, but it didnt matter much as the Missions fell 1-6

High A Lake Elsinore gives up no ER and falls 2-4

The headline on the Lake Elsinore home page says it all "De Paula takes loss allowing no earned runs." An error filled 3rd inning led to 4 unearned runs, and the Storm could not generate enough offense to make up for it. They fell 2-4

Surprisingly enough none of the 4 errors in the game came from Rincon or Galvez. Instead Hagerty committed his 4th error as a catcher, Gyorko, Freiman, and Valdez were the other culprits. Gyorko did lead the offense go 2-3, 2 2B, BB, RS but the rest of the offense was not up to the challenge. This talent filled lineup, has consisted mainly of single hitter so far this year. As a team the Storm only have 4 HR through 12 games which ranks last in the Cal League. No Storm player has more than 1 HR, and the Storm are sorely missing offensive production from their cleanup hitter Nate Freiman who only has 2 xbh and no HR through 12 G. The Storm also have some horrendous K:BB ratio. Hagerty (13:1), Fuentes (8:1), Valdez (15;2), Liriano (8:2) all have not learned how to take a walk yet.

Class A Fort Wayne lost again 3-7

Werner was hammered in his 2nd start giving up 5 ER in 5 IP (0 BB 6 K). Once again the offense was not up to the task. The Tin Caps have now lost 3 of their last 4 and fell 3-7.

Chris Bisson was inserted into the leadoff role and responded well going 2-5, RS, 2 SB (3). Cunningham went 2-4, RS, RBI. And Tommy Medica went 1-3, 2B, RS, BB. Both Everett Williams and Donavan Tate are eligible to come off the DL starting tomorrow. While Everett should be ready to come back and play within the next couple days, Tate will not be ready probably for another week. The Tin Caps are also getting a boost today when they send out MWL Pitcher of the Week Keyvius Sampson.

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