Minor League Recap April 22nd

2 relievers do their very best to cause a couple of late inning losses, Lake Elsinore has a hit parade, and Fort Wayne is rained out AGAIN

AAA Tuscon's comeback fell short falling 8-9

With Leblanc on his way to SD, Rob Musgrave got the start. He could have done worse, and the offense kept the game tied at 5 going into the 8th. Munter (reliever #1) came in and 5 hits and 4 runs later the game was out of hand. The Padres scored 3x in the 9th thanks to some clutch 2 out hitting, but with runners on 1st and 2nd, PH/back up C Eddy Rodriguez struck out on 3 pitches to end the game 8-9

In case it wasnt mentioned starting catcher Luis Martinez was placed on the DL on 4/12 with a right hamstring strain. At the time Martinez was hitting .455/.538/.636 in 4 G. Andy Parrino was also placed on the DL Wednesday with a hamstring strain. Parrino was hitting .412/.444/.618 in 10 G for the Padres. Needless to say the Padres bench is a bit shorthanded and they felt the brunt of it today.

Anyway back to the game. Musgrave went 5 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, which for an emergency start could have been a lot worse. Deduno and Poreda both tossed 1,2,3 innings. I know I talk about Poreda every game he is in now, but thats 8 innings since his last walk!!! In those 8 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K. For those that forgot Poreda's troubles (and how could you) last season in Portland he had 29 IP, 38 BB!!!! So this is slightly better

Offensively, Rizzo once again got the Padres on the board with a 2 run HR in the 3rd. On the day he went 1-3, HR (6), 2 RS, 2 RBI, 2 BB. Both Hunter and Cunningham had remarkably similar lines. Both hitters went 2-4, 2 RS, RBI, BB. It is good to see Cunningham with a multihit game as his .258/.319/.452 had been the lowest of any Padre regular. The game might have also lost by going a Padre-esque 2-12 with RISP

AA San Antonio blew a 6 run lead and fell 6-7

2 innings and 2 outs into the game the score was 6-0 Missions. James Darnell had just hit his 2nd HR of the game (again this is the 3rd inning), and Vince Belnome had just doubled home Kyle Phillips and it looked like a Mission blow out. 6 runs and 6 xbh in less than 3 innings. Well that was pretty much it for the Missions. On the mound Buschmann had probably his best start of the year only to see Breit blow it by giving up 4 ER in less than 2 innings. Finally in the bottom of the 9th, Hynes (reliever #2) comes in gives up a leadoff walk, then gets a grounder right back to him. The throw went into CF. Luckily Tekotte was able to throw the batter out at 2nd. Either way a runner on 3rd (because of Hynes) with 1 out. A strike out and IBB later and there are runners on the corners with 2 outs. But Hynes wasnt done... a walk off WP!!! Awesome job, 6-7 loss

Buschmann went 5 strong, giving up 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB and 5 K. I was surprised he was taken out after only 73 pitches. Breit gave up 1 in the 6th, but was asked to go out again in the 7th where he was hammered. Italiano came in and put out the fire, he ended up going 1.1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K.

Offensively, it was a great day for James Darnell (like most) and possibly the worst day in J. Deckers career. Darnell's must have took what Matt Eddy said about him being left off for not hitting for enough power personally. His first 2 AB he hit 2 monster HR. On the day he went 3-4, 2 HR (3), 2 RS, 2 RBI, BB. Decker on the other hand went 0-5, with 5 strikeouts!!! By comparison he had 5 K in the last week+. Beemer Weems continued to hit well in the absence of Cumberland going 3-4, 2B, RS, RBI. Belnome also had a nice day going 2-3, 2 2B, RS, RBI, BB. Blanks went 0-5, 0 K

Lake Elsinore annihilated High Desert 12-1

Finally something good to write about Lake Elsinore. A day after giving up 9 unearned runs the Storm give up 1 run total. Lollis had his best start of the year and the Storm absolutely crush High Desert 12-1.

Lollis went 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. This was by far his highest K performance of the year as his previous best was 5. Lollis improved to 1-3 on the year. Herr, Hamren, and Mikolas pitched 4 innings with 7 K (15 K total for Storm pitchers).

6 different members of the Storm had multi hit games. Raymond Fuentes went 2-5, 2B, 3B, RS, 2 RBI, BB. Gyorko continued his strong performance going 3-4, 2B, 2 RS, 3 RBI. Hagerty hit 2 2B, but the best news of all was that the big 1B Nate Freiman went 2-5, with his first 2 HR of the year to go along with 5 RBI. Rincon also notched 4 hits while Noel had 3 hits and 3 RS. Oddly enough the only player without a hit was Galvez who was #2 in BA on the team.

Fort Wayne was rained out AGAIN. That is 4x in the past 11 days.

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