Will Inman was pitching terrific until he ran into a buzz saw in the 6th. That buzz saw, + a Rizzo error (7) + Hynes allowing all 3 inherited runs to score = 2-8 blow out loss
In 5+ inning Inman struck out a season high of 10 batters. The 24 year old RHP now has 54 K in 43 IP. The good news is that he already has more K this year than he did last year (52) in 19 fewer innings. Unfortunately he has also already allowed 2 more hits and 3 more ER. Inman pitched to 4 batters in the 6th, all of which scored.
Not much offensively. Cunningham went 1-4, 2B, RS, and Rizzo went 1-4, 3 K. Jarrett Hoffpauir has been back for 3 G now and is 0-8, RS, BB, 0 K.
AA San Antonio
Kelly got the start for the Missions, and the Missions hit 3 HR and scored 6 runs in the first 3 innings (1 of the HR was Kelly). That should normally mean an easy win. It wasnt. After 3 perfect innings Kelly gave up 7 ER in the 4th and 5th (combined) to turn an easy 6-0 game to a 7-7 tie. With the score tied Blanks hit a 1 out RBI double to put the Missions back up front. The pen allowed 1 hit over the final 4 innings and the offense piled on winning 12-7
Casey Kelly improved to 4-1 on the year with the win. His final line was 5 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. A far cry if you consider that after 3 IP he had 0 H, 0 BB, 4 K. Spence went 2 IP, 1 H earning his 3rd hold and lowering his ERA to 2.01 In 10 G in May Spence has only allowed runs in 1 appearance while holding batters to a stellar .140 BAA.
Offensively Carroll (4), Weems (4), and Kelly (1) all homored for the Missions. The Missions scored 12 runs on only 9 H thanks mainly to 12 walks, 4 by Blanks and 3 by Darnell. Tekotte went 2-5, 3 RS, BB, 2 SB (13). After a great April, Jaff has really struggled in May hitting only .190/.338/.317 with 17 K in 17 G. Even more shocking is that after 17 xbh in 21 G in April, Jaff has only 4 xbh in 17 G in May.
High A Lake Elsinore
Fetter gave up 4 runs early, putting the Storm in an early hole. Thankfully Fetter and the pen pitched 0's the rest of the way, while clutch hits by the #8 and 9 guys in the order (Payne and Meeley) lifted the Storm to their 4th win in a row winning 6-4
Fetter allowed 8 H and 2 HR in 5 IP. While Fetter has done well with 34 K compared to only 5 BB in 35.2 IP this year, he has allowed 51 H and batters are hitting .327 against him. Fetter has yet to go over 5 innings in any start this year. Mikolas got the final 4 outs (2 K) to record his 4th save and lower his ERA to 1.65. In 16.1 IP this year Mikolas has 21 K compared to 0 walks!
The offense was led again by who else, the machine Jed Gyorko. Gyorko went 2-4, 2B, RBI, SB (6). The newly activated Danny Payne (on Monday) has 5 H, 4 RS, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 3 K in 4 G since coming off the DL. Fuentes was 1-5 on the day but more importantly failed in his only SB attempt (CS(5)) snapping his 6 G SB streak.
Low A Fort Wayne
It was far from his most dominating performance, but whenever Sampson toes the rubber it usually means a win. The offense comes alive as the Tin Caps take game 1 easily 9-2. Game 2 Tin Caps win in 11 4-3
Sampson went 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, on the day and improved to 5-1 overall. While any start giving up only 3 H (all singles) in 5 innings is a success, for Sampson he didn't have as crisp of stuff as he usually did. After breezing threw the order the 1st time through, Sampson attempted to use his secondary pitches more the 2nd time. Unfortunately, he was unable to find the plate with these pitches which resulted in a higher than normal walk total. Still a great performance for the ace of the Tin Caps.
Luis Domoromo reached base safely the first 3 PA and overall went 2-3, RS, 2 RBI, BB, SB (2) and improved his average to .321. With both Tate and Williams injured Domoromo has stepped in to fill in nicely for them. Jose Dore clubbed a 3 run HR with 2 outs in the 1st inning to give the Tin Caps an early 4-0 lead. Everyone except Medica reached base safely in the game.