Minor League Recap April 23rd

Tin Caps have a double header, 5 HR by the Missions, and 1 run games in Elsinore and Tuscon.

4-23-11 AAA Tuscon

Inman gave up 3 early runs in the 1st then settled down. Unfortunately, just like the MLB Padres the Tucson Padres showed that any deficit is too big a deficit. They fell 2-4

While Will Inman might have settled down (retired 9 of last 10 batters faced, and that 1 single was erased by a double play), the pitch count destroyed him. In only 4 innings of work Inman threw 91 pitches (55 strikes). His final line was 4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. Sam Deduno worked 2 innings and gave up only his 2nd run in 6 appearances (10 IP) with the AAA Padres.

Offensively, the Padres scattered 7 hits and 3 walks. Forsythe went 2-4, Quiroz went 2-4, 2B, RS. Durango failed to make contact with the ball in the leadoff position (Evereth had the day off) he went 0-3, 3 K, BB. Rizzo with a rare hitless day going 0-3, RS, BB

AA San Antonio

Game started off with a double by Tekotte only to see Decker, Blanks and Darnell fail to get him in. 2nd inning the Missions load the bases with 0 outs but fail to score. Here I was thinking "quit taking after the Padres." That changed in the 3rd, when with 2 outs the Missions scored 8 runs (again all with 2 outs). The 8 run 3rd was capped of by Jaff Decker breaking an unheard of 0-7 slump (with 5 K) with a grand slam. The Missions wouldn't stop hitting. The Missions would go on to score 21 runs, more impressive is that 14 of the runs were scored with 2 outs. Missions win 21-8

Anthony Bass got the start, and easily had his worst one of the season. His line was 5 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 5 K. Then again when Bass took the mound in the 4th the score was already 12-2, sp I don't blame him for playing the game of "here it is hit it." Bass allowed 3 HR on the night, but improved to 3-1 on the year. Josh Spence threw a 1,2,3 inning with a K

Offensively Jaff Decker will once again get the notoriety. He went 2-6, with 2 HR (6), 7 RBI, BB. Blake Tekotte went 3-6, 2 2B, HR (3), 4 RBI, 3 RS. Phillips had 5 hits, including his 2nd HR of the year. Robertson had his best game of the year going 3-4, 3 RS, 2B, 3 RBI. Darnell only went 1-5, 2 RS, 2B, BB. The game dropped his average down to .491. Blanks went 1-6, RS, and committed his first error of the year trying to complete a 3-6-3 double play in the 2nd.

High A Lake Elsinore

. Unlike Bass or Inman, De Paula was actually allowed to pitch into the 6th. It was a bad decision. With a 3-2 lead and 2 outs in the 6th, McBryde came in and gave up a game tieing hit. Next inning McBryde would give up 2 more runs thanks in large part to 3 walks in the inning. Dustin Pease was able to come on and strand the bases loaded but the damage was already done. The Storm would get 1 back but still fell 4-5

De Paula's line was a not so great 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K. Of course the inherited runner than McBryde allowed to score didn't help. De Paula never had an easy inning, as the Mavericks were never retired 1,2,3 (until Pease in the 8th) and seemingly had a RISP in ever y inning. Give credit to Jose for stranding a majority of the runners, but you would have hoped for a few easy innings.

Nate Freiman socked his 3rd HR in 2 days. The big 1B went 2-3, HR (3), RS, RBI, BB. Hagerty went 2-4, with another 2B and 2 RBI. The Storm only went 1-8 with RISP and once again could not get that big hit to capture the win.

Class A Fort Wayne

Game 1: Tin Caps had lost 6 in a row coming into the game and needed a strong offensive performance to break that. They didn't get it. Branham pitched excellent but allowed 2, 1st inning HR that put the Tin Caps in a hole. They….well Blackwood would do his best to bring the Tin Caps back but in the end the Tin Caps fell 2-4 (7 innings)

Matt Branham went 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. He was constantly overmatching hitters blowing them away one right after another. Unfortunately when they hit the ball it went far into the daytime air. On the other side of the ball it was once again the Jake Blackwood show where only he was invited. He did his best to hit for the cycle by going 3-3, 2B, 3B, HR (4), but when the team only gets 4 hits and you have 3 of them….ouch

Game 2: Matt Jackson got the spot start and was exceptional The offense was still horrible but at least they got on base this time and was able to push just enough across to give the Tin Caps a 2-0 win and snap their 7 game losing streak.

Jackson went 5 strong only allowing 2 hits, 0 BB, and 5 K. It was his first start of the year and if it wasn't for the fact that the Tin Caps already have a dominant SP staff would be worth of another start. Carvajal and Dominick then came in and both retired the Silver Hawks in order. Blackwood in game 2 went 0-4, leaving a ton on base. As a whole the Tin Caps went 1-12 in the game with RISP. BJ Guinn went 3-4, (all singles), and Medica had a single, RS, and RBI. The Tin Caps managed 8 hits this time but all were singles.

Both the Tin Caps and Storm have Easter off

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