Leblanc pitched well but the Rizzo-less T-Pads offense couldn't amount to much. Rizzo missed his 2nd consecutive game after leaving Tuesday's game after being HBP. Venable continues to struggle and the Padres fell late 1-4
Wade LeBlanc had another "quality start" going 6 IP allowing 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, and 5 K. Leblanc walked 4 batters for the 2nd time this season (3rd, if you count his 1 MLB start). His 1 ER was his return to norm as he had allowed 9 ER and 5 ER in his previous 2 starts. Leblanc has allowed 3 ER or less in 8 of his 11 starts this seaosn
Jesus Guzman once again tried to pick up the slack going 2-3, HR (6), RBI. The T-Pads are struggling without Cunningham, Forsythe, Cabrera, and now Rizzo. Venable was supposed to fill the gap left but after another 0-4 game has seen his BA fall below .200. Venable is 0-12, though has scored 3 runs. It has only been 9 G so obviously it is early, but we were hoping to see Will put up slightly better numbers.
AA San Antonio
Fast forward to the bottom of the 9th, and as the Missions have done so many times in this magical season they came back. This time off the bat of the big 1st baseman Kyle Blanks. Blanks hit his 4th HR of the year, and his 2nd walkoff HR in the past 2 weeks. 6-5 we win!
Blanks was once again the hero as he went 2-5, 2B, HR (5), RBI More impressively Blanks has seen his power, and OPS, go up as the weather has gotten warmer, and he has gotten healthier. After only a .333 OPS in 14 G in April, Blanks has come back with a .590 OPS in 26 games since. He has also managed to raise his OPS by over 230 points in the process
Beemer Weems continues his magical offensive season going 2-4, HR (6), 2 RS, 3 RBI. He has successfully raised his average back over .300. Almost more impressive his 6th HR doubles the number of HR Weems has hit in his ENTIRE 169 previous games. Not much else can be said without being a record player about his defense and previous lack of offense.
High A Lake Elsinore
It was a relative pitching duel in Lake Elsinore. After 7 innings, the score was only 1-2. In the bottom of the 8th Galvez came up with 2 on, and lined a double down the RF line scoring 2 and giving the Storm a lead they would not relinquish. 3-2 final on the 1st day of the Phil Plantier regime
Lollis was solid, though unspectacular. In 5 innings he allowed 2 ER on 4 hits walking and striking out 2 in the process. Lollis has only struck out 3 batters in his last 2 starts, but has also only allowed 3 ER, by far his best back to back pitching performances (in terms of ERA) of the season.
Not much to brag about offensively. Galvez had the big 2 RBI double. Fuentes, Gyorko, Rincon, Hagerty and Freiman all went hitless on the day. Galvez stole his 16th base of the game (3rd base after the double), while Gyorko stole his 10th base.
Low A Fort Wayne
For 2 of the leagues worst scoring offenses, you could have fooled everyone at Parkview. The Tin Caps scored in each of the first 6 innings but only found themselves in an 8-8 tie. Clinton scored a run in the top of the 9th to take the lead. Tin Caps loaded the bases with 1 out in the 9th with Rymer Liriano at the plate. Liriano hit into a game ending, and conventional, 6-2-3 double play. Tin Caps get swept by the worst team in the league falling 8-9
Matt Branham had possibly his worst start in his career giving up 8 ER on 9 H with 2 BB in just 4.1 IP. The problem was, he wasn't being hit hard. It was ground ball after ground ball, but all of them were getting through. His ERA went from the mid 3's to 5.01 in just 1 splendid start.
While Liriano hit into the game ending DP, the first pitch he saw was hit deep into the night getting the Tin Caps on the board in the 1st. Medica had a strong day going 2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI, and a BB. It was his 19th double of the year putting him into the top 10 in the league. Jake Blackwood had his 1 and only hit be a 2 run HR, his first HR in nearly a month.