The chips were stacked against the T-Pads today. Musgrave was called up from San Antonio to make an emergency start, Rizzo was given the day off, Poreda was forget where homeplate is, Deduno gets hamered, and the T-Pads are coming off a nice losing streak. Despite all that the T-Pads won thanks to Hunter, Cunningham, and a clutch out by Flores. 11-8 Pads win
Last time Musgrave made a start in AAA he was great up until the 5th inning where he was hit hard then sent down. Today he was never good, but never horrible. Musgrave lasted 4 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K. However, when he left the score was 8-2 T-Pads. Poreda came in and looked great in the 5th throwing a 1,2,3 inning with a K. The 6th he threw 18 pitches….16 balls. Poreda could not record an out as he walked 4 before finally being relieved by Deduno. Deduno then came in, allowed 2 of Poreda's runs to score before finally getting out of the inning. Next inning Deduno was just hit hard. Deduno entered the game with an 8-3 lead, and left with 2 on in a tied game. Luckily Flores was able to get out of the inning. Flores and Neshek managed to put up 0's over the final 2 innings to keep the T-Pads close
One way to win a game is to have your #2 and 3 hitters reach base safely 9 times combined! That's right 9 times. Hunter was reminding everyone of his Storm days when he led the nation in hits going 4-5, 2B, 4 RS. Cunningham only swung the bat once and doubled, the other 4 times he walked. 1-1, 2 RS, 2B, 4 BB. When this happens it makes it easier for everyone else to get RBI's. Guzman went 1-3, 2B, RS, 3 RBI, BB. While Clark was able to just hit fly balls and collect RBI…2 to be exact. Cintron also had a pair of hits including a double, RS, RBI.
AA San Antonio
Missions jump out early in the 2nd, Bass slowly gives the lead right back. But as the Missions do so many times, they scored runs in bunches. A 4 run 6th changed a tie game into another Missions victory. This time 7-3
Adam Bass might have given up 3 ER in his start, but he was every bit as dominant as one would hope from a #2 pitcher. After 2 innings Bass had struck out 5. He started to get wild and knocked around in the 3rd, but was able to battle back and get out of a couple bases loaded jams allowing only 2 ER. Overall Bass went 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 K. This is the 2nd start in a row Bass has struck out 9. Vincent (2) and Spence both tossed scoreless innings to end the game and secure the win.
Despite the fact that they scored 7 runs, it wasn't really a banner night for anyone aside from Belnome. Belnome hit a 2 run HR in the 2nd and also doubled later in the game. later in the game. The reason it wasn't really a banner night was because the Missions strapped on their walking shoes, and walked 10 times! Jaff had the big hit in the 4 run 6th with a 2 RBI double. He went 1-4, 2B, RS, 2 RBI, BB. Carroll went 1-2, 2 RS, 2 BB, SB (4), and had great AB working the counts and pestering the pitcher on the base paths all night. Blanks went 0-4, BB, 2 K.
High A Lake Elsinore
A 5 run 1st got the Storm off to a bang, thanks in part to a HR by Gyorko. High Desert came back in the 2nd by putting up a 3 spot off De Paula. But props to De Paula, Hernandez, and Hamren as that is all High Desert would get all game. The Storm would add on in the 5th and 9th to win 8-3.
Jose De Paula was dominant in the 1st, roughed up in the 2nd, and then solid the rest of the way. Overall he went 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. If that wasn't good enough Pedro and Hamren would allow 1 baserunner over the last 4 innings. Pedro went 2 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K while Hamren was even better going 2 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 4 K. In doing so Hamren earned his 1st save in the process and lowered his ERA to a stellar 1.08
Offensively every person 2-7 reached base safely multiple times. Gyorko got the scoring started with a 2 run blast in the 1st (6), overall he went 2-5, 2B, HR, 2 RS, 2 RBI. Rincon (as the DH) also homered in the 5th, and had 3 hits on the day. Freiman had 3 hits and 3 RBI. Hagerty was back at catcher going 1-3, 2 BB, RS. Fuentes was hit in the 4th and replaced with a PH, no word yet on the injury or severity. Storm went 3-11 with RISP and left 10 on base
Low A Fort Wayne
Another game that comes down to the last inning. With the score tied at 3 in the 9th the Tin Caps insert closer Adam Dominick who allows a 1 out double, followed by a fly ball to left. Dore made the catch but somehow let the runner score from 2nd on an error. No idea what happened there as I was watching the Padre's pretend to make a comeback. Bottom 9 the Tin Caps get a leadoff walk, K, then back to back singles by Dore and Quiles to score the run and retie the score at 4. In the bottom of the 10th, Blackwood hit a walkoff double to deep center to score Bisson and end the game. 5-4 Tin Caps in 10
While he did not factor in the decision Andrew Warner pitched deeper than any Tin Cap has all year. Werner went 7 IP allowing 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K. Really his only trouble came in the 1st, when after an error by Guinn , the #2 hitter hit a triple, then scored on a sac fly. The bullpen was great, Dominick got the win pitching 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
For once the Tin Caps made the most of their scoring opportunities. Outside of the Blackwood double in the 10th the Tin Caps did not have an xbh. Instead they used their legs. Twice Guinn got to 2nd with 1 out then stole 3rd. Once he scored on a sac fly by Liriano the other time on a single by Liriano. Guinn went 1-4, 2 RS, BB, 2 SB (13). Liriano went 2-4, RS, 2 RBI, SF, SB (8). Domoromo is showing he is not being overmatched by continuing to do well. He went 1-2, RS, 2 BB