Minor League Recap May 22nd

The 3 lower leveled pitchers combine to only allow 2 ER. Who would have thought the weak link would be Wade LeBlanc who got roughed up but still got the win. Storm win 7th in a row and move into 3rd place in the Cal League south! Missions now have an 8 game lead in the TL

AAA Tucson

Leblanc did not have his best stuff, though it seemed like there was a tiny K zone today which didnt help. More disappointing for Leblanc might have been the 0-3 at the plate (BA down to .462). T-Pads manhandled Randy Wells (on rehab) and pretty much everyone else they threw at the Padres today. Padres win 16-7

After ending the game yesterday, Cedric Hunter, made sure he wasn't responsible for anything other than a win today. Hunter was a HR shy of the cycle going 3-6, 2B, 3B, 2 RS, 5 RBI, SB (7). After struggling initially after being sent back down from SD, Hunter has turned it on over the past few weeks. His OPS went up over 100 points month to month, and has settled in nicely to the leadoff spot where he is batting .375/.400/.667

Anthony Rizzo had yesterday off. So to make up for the off day his first AB ended with a 2 run HR and the T-Pads up 2-0. The HR was Rizzo's 14th tieing him with Willy Mo Pena for the HR lead in the PCL. The 56 RBI in 40 G rank him an easy #1. While it doesn't seem like it, Rizzo has actually cooled down over the last month. In April he hit .400 with a 1.215 OPS. In May he is "only" hitting .348 with a 1.166 OPS. Poor Rizzo

AA San Antonio

Go to the Missions main page on milb.com andcheck out the video of Blanks walk off GS last night. WOW he got all of it. After an early run allowed by Reyes, the Missions come back by scoring 5 runs all with 2 outs in the next half inning. That was pretty much it as the pitching dominated the rest of the way. Missions win their 6th straight and 11th straight at home with a 6-2 win

Jose Reyes through another effective 5 innings, allowing 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K. The right hander improved to 3-0 on the year with a nice 3.67 ERA. It was Reyes' 4th start in a row allowing 1 ER or less. In his 9 starts this year Reyes has only allowed more than 3 ER in a start twice, both of which were at home which explains his nice 5.49 ERA at home vs 2.05 ERA on the road.

Daniel Robertson collected the big hit of the game; a 2 out, 2 RBI single in the 2nd to give the Missions the lead that they would never relinquish. The 31st round pick has done nothing but produce at every level he goes to. His style reminds me a lot of Eric Owens and is a guy you just want to root for. He is hitting a nice .295/.396/.467 this year with more walks (20) than K (16), and almost as many RS (35) as those 2 numbers combined. Robertson, who hit for the cycle a few weeks ago, is hitting .322/.385/.475 in May

High A Lake Elsinore

After looking seemingly dead at 12-25 the Storm have rode back. and are now in 3rd place in the division. Todays game was a pitchers duel that came down to the bottom of the 9th. Rincon singled (Payne PR), went to 2nd on a sac, Frieman was IBB. The pitcher fell asleep and both Payne and Freiman took an extra base (SB), Galvez was IBB. With the bases loaded and 1 out Olabisi laid down a bunt down the 3B line, no chance of throwing out Payne at home, Storm win on a suicide squeeze. 2-1

Sullivan has now had back to back great starts going 6+ IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K today. Sullivan faced 1 batter in the 7th inning who came around to score the only run. Over his last 2 starts he is at a stellar 12 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. His last 2 starts have managed to lower his ERA from 6.23 ? 4.88, while also lowering BAA .326 ? .277

This was the second game in a row that no one had an extra base hit for the Storm. To make up for it though the Storm scored both runs as a direct result of SB. With 1st and 3rd in the 1st inning, and a full count, Gyorko took off from 1st. Rincon struck out, and the throw went to 2nd. As soon as the catcher let go of the ball Fuentes charged down the line. Gyorko, who would have been out but was hoping to get into a rundown to let Fuentes scored, held back and the throw from 2nd was not in time. Fuentes scored and on the throw home Gyorko took 2nd. Of course if that wasn't weird enough seeing Nate Freiman steal 2nd in the 9th might have been even more strange.

Low A Fort Wayne

Ive been saying for awhile the Portillo looks great the first time through the lineup and then falls a part. Well this time when Portillo allowed a hit and a walk with 1 out in the 4th, the hook came, the reliever rolled a DP ball and the inning was over. (YAY). The offense on the other hand was horrible. The first 3 runners reached base in the 1st and yet the Tin Caps never had an AB with RISP as Noel was picked off 2nd, then Liriano was CS trying to steal 2nd after the pickoff. Tin Caps got a run on a Dore HR in the 2nd which looked like it would hold up until Hard gave up the In N Out special (double double) to open the 7th. Tin Caps win streak is snapped losing 2-1

Adys Portillo went 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, which as sad as it is, is by far his best start of the year. The numbers that really break it down is ERA by inning. 1st inning 3.86 ERA (7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 12 K), 2nd inning 6.43 ERA (7 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 9 K), 3rd inning 2.57 ERA (7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 1 K), 4th inning 21.21 ERA (4.2 IP, 12 H, 11 ER, 5 BB, 7 K), and 5th inning 162 ERA (0.1 IP, 2 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 0 K). Needless to say something happens the farther Portillo gets into games. Portillo does have a nice 29 K in 26 IP, though the 19 walks doesn't help. Still incredibly young (19) and has incredible talent.

Jose Dore hit his 4th HR of the year going 1-2, HR, BB. Dore is another 19 year old who has a lot of potential. While his overall stats do not look good .217/.314/.392 his OPS has improved by 60 points in the past month, most of which can be attributed to more patience and walking a lot more. Dore is hitting .254/.365/.444 at Parkview Field (home).

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