Minor League Recap-June 18

A wild night in Colorado Springs, Missions fall short, Lake Elsinore continues to roll and the TinCaps and Emeralds struggle with offense. And how did Mark Hardy experience what Tim Stauffer did in Minnesota?

San Diego Padres Minor League Recap: June 18, 2011

AAA Tucson

TPadres 10 - Colorado Springs Sky Sox 9

What is amazing about the Rockies system is that Coors Field is actually a pitchers park compared to what their AAA team plays in. The TPadres held an 8-2 lead going into the eighth as the SkySox posted seven runs to take the lead despite Tucson bringing in three different pitchers.

But as it is in Las Vegas, Albuquerque and a few other parks in the PCL, there is always an opportunity for a comeback. The TPadres led off the ninth with three straight singles and although C Kyle Blanks grounded into a double play, it tied the game. 2b Andy Parrino, who has seemingly been in the middle of most of Tucson's victories, tripled to drive in Kyle Blanks to put the TPadres up.

Closer Luis Perdomo came in for his seventh save of the year to get the victory.

SS Everth Cabrera had his first game back and was 2-4 with a walk. Eric Patterson also had his Tucson Padres' debut, although with the crowded outfield its hard to understand why, was 1-5 with a triple.

LF/1b Matt Clark has always believed he is a second half player and is having a very big June hitting .362/.392/.533 going into the game and tonight hit his third home run of the month and his eleventh of the season. Clark went 2-3 and is now hitting .293. Clark has a big second half last year and hit more home runs, 28, than any Padres' farmhand in San Antonio. After Blanks, Clark may be the most interesting position prospect in AAA right now.

Blanks Watch: 2-5, double, RBI,

AA San Antonio

Midland Rockhounds 6 - Missions 4

On his return to AA from the big leagues RHP Anthony Bass took the loss as he went four innings giving up four earned runs at home in Nelson Wolff Stadium. The RockHounds broke the game open in the second inning with four runs off of Bass and finished their scoring in the fifth with a pair off of former Mets' first round pick Eddie Kunz to hold on for the win.

James Darnell was at first base tonight, his first start at the position in his professional career, and he hit a big three run bomb to left-center for his fifteenth of the year.

Jaff Decker was in right field and seems to be on the verge of bouncing out of his long slump. Decker was 1-2 tonight with a double and pair of walks. So far in the three game series with Midland in twelve plate appearances he has three doubles, a single, five base-on-balls and most importantly only one strikeout.

High-A Lake Elsinore

Storm 11 - High Desert Mavericks 5

Big nights by 2b Jonathan Galvez who went 4-5 with a triple and a pair of RBI's and OF Wande Olabisi who hit a three-run home run on his way to a 2-4 night with 4 RBIs. Olabisi's home run in the sixth put the Storm ahead to stay and a five run eighth inning put the game out of reach.1b Nate Freiman, who came into the game hitting .397/.432/.691 was 3 for 4 tonight with a double and two walks.

Possibly the biggest news of the night was that DH Jedd Gyorko was 0-4 with a walk.

RHP Jerry Sullivan started for the Storm and had a rough outing, giving up five earned runs in four innings. RHP Hayden Beard and LHP Zach Herr followed and only gave up one run in four innings to allow Lake Elsinore to rally for the win. In six appearances this month Herr has yet to allow an earned run.

Low-A Fort Wayne

Great Lakes Loons 1- TinCaps 0

LHP Mark Hardy went seven and two-thirds inning and only gave up one run but still got tagged with the loss and as MadFriars' contributor David Jay noted in the subscriber forum; welcome to the San Diego Padres.

The TInCaps were held to three hits, all singles. 2b Chris Bisson, a fourth round pick out of the University of Kentucky in last year's draft, was 1-4 and coming into the game was hitting .370/.420/.478 in June.

Short-season Eugene

Boise Hawks 10 - Emeralds 2

The Emeralds were held to five hits and the pitching staff was shelled for ten earned runs. For more information on the game see MadFriars Kris Anderson's game story from Eugene.

Spangenberg Watch: 1-2, double, RBI, walk. First professional hit was an RBI double in the ninth inning.

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