TPadres 8 - Fresno Grizzlies 3
Whether Wade LeBlanc is good enough for a spot in the starting rotation for San Diego may still be an open question, but he certainly doesn't belong in AAA anymore. LeBlanc went eight innings giving up only two runs and even drove in three runs.
LeBlanc is now 6-1 in one of the toughest leagues to pitch in and for the third straight game has allowed two earned runs or less.
Blanks Watch: Returned to the lineup at first base. 1-4, walk, RBI, strikeout.
AA San Antonio
Missions 2- Midland Rockhounds 0
With the wind blowing in from right field, the Rockhounds found out how much fun San Antonio is to hit in. The Missions used five pitchers with starting pitcher Jorge Reyes going four innings and Aaron Breit taking the next two to get the win. Then the bullpen of Craig Italiano, Nick Vincent and Brad Brach took over with Brach getting his twenty-first save of the year.
Brach now is 21 for 23 in save opportunities to go along with a 2.41 ERA.
Offensively the star of the game was RF Sawyer Carroll who was 2-4 with a pair of doubles.
High-A Lake Elsinore
Storm 6 - Inland Empire 66ers 1
LHP Andrew Werner, an independent league signee who was much better than his 2-6 record in Fort Wayne indicated, got the win by tossing six shutout innings. It was Werner's first start in the Cal League after posting a 52/13 K/BB ratio in the Midwest League.
Catcher Jason Hagerty was 3-5 with a double to push his batting average to .328 and third baseman Jedd Gyorko was 1-3 with a solo home run (16) and a walk. Equally impressive are young players DH Edison Rincon and second baseman Jonathan Galvez, who continue to produce with a pair of hits.
Blast from the Past: 2007 first round supplemental pick RF Danny Payne was 1-4 with a double and is now hitting .310 in the Cal League in 103 plate appearances. Low-A Fort Wayne
Lake County Captains 9 - TinCaps 3
Top prospect Adys Portillo took the loss to move his record to 1-8 with an 8.08 ERA. Portillo went three innings, giving up three earned runs. Three of the five hits against him were for extra-bases.
Offensively the TinCaps were held to four hits. 3b Jake Blackwood was 1-4 with a double and an RBI.
Emeralds 5- Everett AcquaSox 4
RHP Colin Rea, a 12th round pick out of Indiana State, was considered a sleeper by some because of his raw stuff. The 6'5" ex-Sycamore went five shutout innings in his second start for the Ems, giving up only three hits. That was enough for the Ems to hold onto the victory and move the team to a 6-2 record.
First baseman Oscar Garce homered and 2011 top draft pick 2b Cory Spangenberg hit in his ninth straight game going 2-4.
Donavan Tate Watch: 0-2, 2 walks, one strikeout.
AZL Angels 2- AZL Padres 1
The Angels tee-ball team put up two runs in the eighth to beat the AZL Padres on a pleasant 106 degree day in Phoenix. Nicaraguan Uber Paz got the start and threw four innings of shutout ball. Venezuelan CF Alberth Martiniez had a pair of hits, including a double, but three errors by the AZL Padres, including two in the eighth, sent them down in defeat.