Minor League Recap June 23rd

WIN! That is really all I have to say as every team wins

AAA Tucson

Pedro Hernandez got called up 2 levels to face off with 1st place Sacramento. In the end Hernandez's pitching , and the bat of Clark, Blanks, and Cunningham led the T-Pads to a 9-7 win

Pedro Hernandez was better than expected in his 1st AAA start despite allowing 4 ER on 7 H. 3 of the runs came on back to back HR by Andy LaRoche and Taylor, but considering how a broken bat can sail 400 feet in Tucson at least 1 of them would have been a flyout in Elsinore. With Leblanc optioned back to AAA this will probably be Pedro's only start in AAA

After falling behind 1-0 after 1, the T-Pads responded with 3 runs in each of the next 3 innings. Each inning also featured a HR from a different person. Kyle Blanks went 2-3, 3B, HR (4) and a 3B (2). Blanks OPS rose to a staggering 1.208 as he now has 13 xbh in 15 G Blanks left the game after crashing into the wall on defense. It was a rib/hip injury but probably just bruised. Blanks is day to day.

AA San Antonio

The first half might be over in SA, but the magic is still going strong. Anthony Bass left the game after laying down sac bunt top 3, Darnell went 0-5, and yet the Missions still won 7-3

I am going to try to not be too optimistic but Jaff Decker had another multihit game, going 3-4, RBI, BB. Decker has raised his BA back to .248 and his OPS to .854, his highest since it was .855 on June 2nd. Decker did play RF for the 4th time this year. He did end up committing his 4th error of the year.

Sawyer Carroll hit his 9th HR of the year. The RF/LF/DH is now playing 1B while we still await the return of Cody Decker from the DL (even though it says he was activated weeks ago). Darnell played LF for the 2nd time in the past week. .

High A Lake Elsinore

Robert Lara might want to go back to catching. The former catcher gave up another 2 runs without recording an out, which blew the lead the Storm managed to establish. Luckily Herr was able to shut down Inland Empire over 3 innings until Danny Payne was able to hit a 2 out 2 RBI single that put the Storm up 3. Storm win 8-5

Jedd Gyorko knows his time with the Storm is coming to an end. Until then he just continues to hit. Gyorko went 3-6, 2 2B, RS, 2 RBI, while raising his BA to a staggering .383. To show just how consistently dominant Gyorko is, on April 19th Gyorko went 2-5 with 2 2B which raised his OPS to 1.017. Since then his OPS has not dropped below 1! Hello, San Antonio

The Storm struggled with RISP going 4-20. That is right in 11 innings they had 20 chances with runners in scoring position! The biggest perp was Jason Hagerty who gets a mulligan for it being his first game since coming off the DL. Hagerty did go 1-5, 2B, BB. Fuentes went 2-5, 2B, RBI, BB including stealing his 31st base of the year.

Low A Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne has 1 final day off before the 2nd half of the season begins

Short Season Eugene

Yes, the Ems won again, Tate and Spengenberg had multihit games, and Andriese was great in his 2nd big league start… but the story of the day was James Needy pitching in his first game since the year he was drafted in 2009. Needy allowed a HR, but went 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K. Ems win 5-2

Matt Andriese went 6 innings allowing only 3 hits, 1 ER, 1 BB, and 5 K. Possibly more impressive was that he had 10 ground ball outs compared to only 1 Fly out. Andriese is a 3rd round pick out of UCRiverside.

Spangenberg continued to make the NWL his B*%@! The 1st round pick is not only hitting .389 thus far but has garnered an outstanding 12 walks in only 7 games and a 12-3 BB/K ratio. Obviously 7 games is not a large sample size, but it is still impressive to see out of the 1st round pick. Tate also went 2-5, 3B, 2 RS, RBI, K., and raised his BA to .250.

Rookie League Padres

It was 7-0 after 1.5 innings and it looked like an AZL blowout…. And then I remembered it was the AZL. The AZL D*Backs then outscored the Pads 9-1 over the next several innings to take the lead. Luckily the Padres scored 2 runs in the top of the 9th and won their first game of the year 10-9

Robert Eisenbach, got his first start of the year. The lefty out of Faulkner college did not fare too well. The 23rd round pick went 2.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. The only brightspot from a pitching standpoint was Kyle Brule. The 32nd round pick out of Oklahoma Baptist went 2 hitless innings only allowing a walk while striking out 2.

Duanel Jones hit his first stateside HR. The 18 year old went 2-4, HR (1), 3 RS, 2 RBI, BB. Jones, as we all remember was the highly touted signee by the Giants before testing positive for banned substances later that year. The Padres snatched him up, and he is showing that he has the hitting potential that the Padres saw in him. Jones did commit his 3rd error of the short year.

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