Minor League Recap-June 4

2-2. Big games by Nick Hundley and Will Venable in Tucson and big Nate Freiman does some damage in Lake Elsinore.

AAA Tucson

TPadres 12 -Tacoma Rainiers 8

In Tucson with Padres' and former Arizona Wildcat Nick Hundley back for his first rehab game; it was a wild night. In his third at-bat Hundley launched a three-run home run over the left field wall to put the TPadres ahead 7-0 and the game seemingly out of reach.

However in the thin air of Tucson no lead is really safe as the Rainiers came back in the top of the seventh with seven runs of their own. The TPadres returned serve with two in the seventh and three runs in the eighth to preserve the win.

Super-utility man Andy Parrino, who has been seeing a lot of time at shortstop recently, was 2-4 to push his average to .337 in 91 plate appearances. He is hitting .417 at home and .277 on the road.

On the mound RHP Will Inman had a great night going six shutout innings with eight strikeouts, no walks and only giving up three walks. RHP Scott Munter, who had a very good May, had a rough night giving up four earned runs without getting anyone out. Closer Evan Scribner went one and a third innings to get his eighth save of the season in nine save opportunities.

Rizzo watch: 0-4, walk.

Venable and Hundley Update: Hundley was 1-2, walk home run and three RBIs before being pulled in the seventh. Venable broke out of an 0-17 slump with a big night going 3-4 with a double, walk and a stolen base.

AA San Antonio

Springfield Cardinals 6- Missions 4

In San Antonio RHP Casey Kelly took his second loss of the season to end the Missions' four game winning streak. Kelly struck out 7 against only 1 walk but the Cardinals were still able to get 12 hits off of him although only two were for extra bases.

Offensively 3b James Darnell hit his twentieth double of the year. and now is at .366 in nearly 250 plate appearances. Coming into the game Darnell was leading the league in doubles and was among the leaders in OPS, runs scored, extra-base hits and total bases. With the eventual promotion of 1b Anthony Rizzo to San Diego its only a matter of time before Darnell is moving on as well.

Although replacing him with Jedd Gyorko will not be that bad.

SS Beemer Weems (.295) and C Ali Solis (.330) continue to hit better than any time in their careers. Weems came into the game as one of the league leaders in doubles which no one would have predicted going into the season.

Blanks Update: At first base, 1-4, two strike outs.

High-A Lake Elsinore

Storm 10 - 7 Inland Empire 66ers

In Lake Elsinore the big three of 3b Jedd Gyorko, DH Edison Rincon and C Jason Hagerty went 7-14 to propel the Storm to their fifth win in six games. But the big offensive star of the night was giant first baseman Nate Freiman who was 4 for 5 with a pair of doubles and three runs driven in.

LHP Jose DePaula blew the save but got the win as Miles Mikolas came in for his seventh save in eight save opportunities.

Low-A Fort Wayne

Kane County Cougars 6 - 4 TinCaps

In Fort Wayne the TinCaps fell for their fifth time in six games. The Cougars put up two runs at the top of the eleventh as Fort Wayne closer Adam Dominick blew his first save of the year in the ninth and also took the loss in the eleventh. Dominick, who pitched two and a third innings for only his third time in twenty-one outings gave up the home run to tie the game and then allowed the go-ahead triple that eventually came in after he was removed.

LHP Andrew Werner had his best, albeit a short one, start of the year shutting out Kane County while going four innings and striking out three against no walks and one hit.

Offensively the star of the game was former Northern League (Independent League) star 3b Jake Blackwood who was 3-5 with a pair of doubles. He tailed off slightly in May after a big April but is off to a good start in June.

Four other TInCaps had two hits on Saturday night with CF Rico Noel, a fifth round pick in the 2010 draft, had a nice night with a triple and base hit after a rough early season in Lake Elsinore before being sent down to Fort Wayne.


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