T-Pads had the day off today
AA San Antonio
A pitchers duel in San Antonio. Breit gave up a run early, before Weems and McKenna had 2-out knocks in the 3rd to give the Padres a 2-1 lead. Those would be the last runs of the game Italiano, Vincent, and Hynes all tossed up zeroes as the Missions held on for a 2-1 win
When you think of pitchers duel's in San Antonio you would normally assume the pitcher on the mound was either Kelly or Bass. However in this case it was Aaron Breit making his best start of the year. Breit went 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. It was by far Breit's best start of the year tieing his high in K, as well as his low in BAA. Italiano came in and pitched 2 scoreless innings allowing only 1 hit while striking out 2. In his last 4 IP he has allowed 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. A small sample size, but by far the best numbers all season for the former ace closer of the Missions.
Kyle Blanks went 3-4 to raise his average back over .300. Blanks is 5 for his last 8, hitting .359 with a .973 OPS in his last 10. His 7 walks in 118 AB with only 1 HR is slightly concerning for the player that led the Texas League in HR just a few years ago.
High A Lake Elsinore
Storm start strong scoring 3 in both the 1st and 2nd. IE comes right back to tie the game at 6. In the bottom of the 6 the Storm went back on top with a K/WP, single, and error. Storm would tack on a couple more and win 9-6
Lollis had another tough start going 2.2 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 2 HBP. Lollis has allowed at least 4 R in 6 of his 9 starts this season. The 2.2 IP marked his shortest start of the season as it was the first time all year he failed to go 5 innings. McBryde/Herr/Pease/Mikolas pitched a combined 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K to keep the Storm in the game, and eventually hold the lead for the win
Offensively Orlando Hudson was in Elsinore for a day. In 3 PA Hudson went 0-1, 2 BB, 2 RS, SB. The offensive star of the day was, who else, Jedd Gyorko. Gyorko went 4-5, 2B, HR (10), 3 RS, and 5 RBI. If his 1.094 OPS in April wasn't good enough, Gyorko has heated up to a 1,225 OPS in May. Fuentes went 2-5, 2 RS, SB (16). It was Fuentes' 6th straight game with a SB (7 SB, 0 CS).
Low A Fort Wayne
1 hit! 1 Freaking hit! The Tin Caps have been off for the last 3 days with rainouts and an off day, and finally made it back today. And what did they get? 1 hit! In case you havent figured out yet they lost. 0-4
Andrew Werner got the start and went 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K. It was another solid start for Werner, who, despite dropping to 1-4 on the year, has gone at least 5 IP, with 3 ER or less in every start except for 1. Of course it doesn't matter much when the offense gives you 1 hit!
Medica had the 1 hit going 1-3. The offense did walk 5 times, but also grounded into 2 double plays. Not much to write when the offensive highlight is a single in the 5th.