Minor League Recap April 30th

The top 3 levels all had the starting pitchers get roughed up early. All 3 upper levels also had the offense come roaring back and gave them an opportunity to win. Fort Wayne has no offense

AAA Tuscon

Castro was rocked, the offense behind Rizzo and Cunningham came back only to see Deduno walk the ballpark. The T-Pads came right back though with an RBI 2B by Clark to give the Padres a 9-8 lead. It got interesting again in the 8th but Neshek closed the door then pitched a scoreless 9th en route to his first save and a 9-8 victory

Before most of the fans were even in their chairs Castro had given up 4 ER. He did settle down but was given a parting gift to the tune of 2 solo HR in the 5th. On the day Castro went a very unimpressive 5 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K. In 25 IP this year Castro has given up a staggering 25 ER, 34 H, 16 BB and only 19 K. Castro is young at only 23, and we know Arizona is a great hitters park, but I think we all expected better things through the first month. Deduno had been stellar in AAA, but came on up by 2 with a runner on 2nd and 1 out, and proceeded to walk 4 of the next 5 batters. On the day the Tuscon pitchers walked 10 batters compared to only 5 K.

Every member of the offense, with the exception of Durango, had a hit (including Castro). As always the offense was led by Rizzo who went 2-5, 2B, 3B, RS, 2 RBI. Guzman had another good game going 2-4, 2B, 2 RS, 2 RBI, BB. Cunningham looks like he is finally beginning to turn things around going 1-3, 2 RS, 2 RBI, BB. In the last 4 games Cunningham has 8 H, 5 RS, 2 2B,1 HR, 9 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K. .500/.529/.813 ysmall sample size, but encouraging.

AA San Antonio

Breit was hit hard in the 1st but settled down. The bullpen was stellar and the offense woke back up. Missions win 8-4

Breits final line was 5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. He was helped a lot with 2 double plays turned behind him. With the score close Spence was able to throw 2 scoreless innings allowing only 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K.

Robertson 2-5, 2 2B, RS. Jaff 1-4, HR (8), 2 RBI, Cody 1-4, HR (10( 2 RBI. Both Darnell and Belnome had a couple of hits with a 2B and a RS. Carroll 2-3, 2 RS, 2 SB (2), Weems 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI. A full report will again be up on madfriars as John is in San Antonio

High A Lake Elsinore

Both Fetter and the San Jose starter gave up 5 R in the first 3 innings and it came down to a battle of the bullpens. With the scored tied in the 7th, Reymond Fuentes hit a leadoff 3B, and then would later score on a sac fly. Gyorko then hit his 2nd HR of the game to give the Storm a 7-5 lead. This would be the final. 7-5 Storm

Fetter was shaky early on, but settled down over his final 2 innings. After looking like he wouldnt make it past the 2nd inning Fetter went 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K. Hernandez them came in and tossed 2 scoreless striking out 3. Hamren got his 4th hold and Mikolas his 2nd save as both pitchers tossed 1,2,3 innings.

Fuentes had another solid day from the leadoff position for the Storm he went 2-4, 3B, 2 RS, BB. The walk was only his 4th of the year compared to 18 K. Gyorko went 2-5, on the day 2 HR (5), 3 RS, and 3 RBI. His .380 BA and over 1 OPS rank in the top 5 of the Cal League. Galvez also hit a HR (2) a solo shot, in the 2nd inning.

Low A Fort Wayne

Poor Fort Wayne pitchers. It seems like I echo this every game, but once again the fact remains, you cant win a game when you dont cross home plate. Fort Wayne was humiliated on offense only putting together 3 singles and no walks to go along with 10 K. Andrew Warner pitched well but it didnt matter 2-0 loss

Warner went 6 IP for the 2nd time this year. He did allow 6 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. It almost seemed like as soon as that first run was allowed the game seemed over already. (Almost reminds you of the Padres). Franklin pitched a 1,2,3 inning with a K to lower his ERA to a sad 9.35

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