Minor League Recap April 26th

A crazy ending in San Antonio, a late inning collapse in Sacramento, and another great start from Sampson.

AAA Tuscon

Jeremy Hefner pitched great, Cunningham belted a 2 run HR, but the Padres pen fell flat and the Padres lost in walk off style 2-3

Jeremy Hefner put together his best Triple-A start for the Padres, throwing five shutout innings, allowing four hits and striking out five. Pat Neshek (0-1) suffered the loss in his Tucson Padres debut, two days after being optioned from San Diego. Greg Burke pitched a scoreless sixth inning for Tucson.

The T-Pads only managed 6 hits with only Cunninghams HR being for extra bases. To make matters worse the T-Pads were 0-3 in SB attempts. Forsythe (3), Durango (2), and Rizzo (1) were all thrown out. Guzman had the only multihit game going 2-4, RS. Tuscon has tomorrow off before Wade LeBlanc takes the mound against John Maine Thursday.

AA San Antonio

A crazy final inning in San Antonio. Down by 1 with 2 on and 2 outs in the bottom of the 8th, Cody Decker clubbed a 3 run HR to give the Missions a 6-4 lead. In the top of the 9th Brach came on for the save. With 2 outs and runners on 1st and 2nd, Brach gave up what was originally ruled as a 3 run HR giving Frisco a 7-6 lead. The umps then discussed it and changed the ruling calling it an RBI double instead. Frisco's manager was ejected and the tieing run had to go back to 3rd. Brach retired the next batter to end the game and a 6-5 Missions win.

Jorge Reyes pitched effectively yielding only 1 run in 5 innings. He scattered 5 hits, walking 1 and striking out 2. Musgrave then came on and blew the lead. Luckily Vincent was able to pitch 2 scoreless innings which set up the dramatic C. Decker HR.

James Darnell got the scoring started with a 2 run HR (4) in the 1st. Darnell ended up going 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB. A few innings later Tekotte clubbed his 5th HR of the year, giving the Missions a 3-1 lead. Kyle Blanks,at 1st, went 1-4, 3B, 2 RS. The Missions made the most of their opportunities only leaving 4 on base. J. Decker went 0-3, BB, K

High A Lake Elsinore

It seems like every other game the Storm offense goes dark. This was one of those days. Watt didnt pitch horrible but the Storm offense didnt put up enough to matter as they fell 2-4.

Watt had a solid but unspectacular line of 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 9 K. Zach Herr pitched 2 perfect innings with 3 K. In 6 G (10 IP) this season Herr has yet to allow an earned run, with a sub 1 WHIP.

Nate Freiman clubbed his 4th HR of the week, a solo shot. Rincon also went 2-4, 3B, RBI. Fuentes, Gyorko, and Hagerty all went hitless in the game.

Low A Fort Wayne

Keyvius Sampson didnt have his best control of the season, but he was still incredibly dominant. The offense was able to stake Sampson to a 5-0 lead behind a HR by Liriano. The bullpen came in and the game got a lot closer. Franklin gave up a 2 out 3 run HR (all unearned runs) to cut a 5-1 game to 5-4. Luckily Carvajal and Dominick were able to breeze through the 8th and 9th as the Tin Caps were able to hold on for a 5-4 win.

Sampson only allowed 1 hit in his 5 innings of work. He did however walk 4 while striking out 7. In 4 starts so far this year, Sampson has only allowed a run in 1 start. Even more impressive might be that in 21 IP, he has only allowed 6 hits while striking out 28. In his 3 wins this year he has gone 16 IP, 3 H, 5 BB, 26 K.

Rymer Liriano who made his first start back in Fort Wayne yesterday, gave the Tin Caps a much needed 3rd offensive spot in the order as we await for Tate and Williams to come back. Liriano went 1-2, HR (1), 2 RBI, 2 BB. Cunningham went 2-4, 2B, 3B, RS, RBI. The Tin Caps went a stellar 0-8 with RISP

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