Fresno scored 4 in the 1st, Tucson scored 4 in the 1st. Fresno scored 6 in the 2nd, Tucson did not. Buschmann was taken out back for a beating, but luckily an Aaron Poreda led bullpen shut down Fresno long enough for the T-Pads to score 8 unanswered runs and win on a walk off sac fly 12-11
The offensive hero had to be, for the 2nd night in a row, Aaron Cunningham. Cunningham got the T-Pads back into the game with a 2 out, 3 run HR in the 7th to bring the T-Pads to within 3. He then came up as the leadoff hitter in the 9th, singled, and eventually scored the GW run on Quiroz's sac fly. On the day Cunningham went 4-5, 2B, HR (8), 3 RS, 4 RBI
I find it interesting that since being DFA'd, Poreda has put up his best numbers all year. Poreda went 3 strong innings today allowing 2 H (both singles), 2 BB, and 4 K. While the walks were still more then we would like to see he was consistently right around the strikezone. 62% of his pitches went for strikes, and he constantly had the hitters off balance trying to catch up. In 4 G, 10 IP, since Poreda was DFA' he has put up 4 H, 0 ER, 6 BB, 9 K., while dropping his ERA from 7.31 to 5.57.
AA San Antonio
Oh where, oh where has the offense gone… Oh where, oh where can it be? The Missions manage only 4 hits, none of which from the "big" prospects, and the Missions spoil a great Castro start. 2-1 Loss
Simon Castro easily had his best start of the year going 6 innings, 4 hits, 1 walk, and 5 K. Castro threw 95 pitches, 58 for strikes , and had a 1:1 GO/FO ratio. The Padres #2 pitching prospect has had problems with location this year, but has managed to only walk 1 in each of his last 3 starts, posting a 14:3 K/BB ratio.
High A Lake Elsinore
Matt Lollis struggled again, but the bullpen was able to pick him up, and in the end the Storm offense was able to scratch out just enough to give the Storm a 6-5 win.
No one is having a better month of June then Jonathon Galvez. The speedy middle infielder is hitting a robust .400/.440/633 with 19 RS, 25 RBI in 22 G this year. While his HR numbers have gone down, only 1 in June, Galvez has 12 2B (6 in April/May combined) and 3 3B (1 previously) as well as 10 SB (most of any month). Galvez went 2-4, 2B, RBI today.
Low A Fort Wayne
Some games everything just comes together perfectly and it gives fans a glimpse of how good the team can be. Tonight was one of those nights. Even without all star 3B Jake Blackwood (promoted to Elsinore), the Tin Caps got great performances out of Jackson and Stiven Osuna, and scored 10 unanswered runs as they win 10-1
Matt Jackson continued to prove why he was worthy of being elected a MWL all star. Jackson was superb allowing only 3 hits and 1 run (unearned) in 6 inning. He did walk 4 and strikeout 5. It was the first time all year he has walked more than 2 in an appearance. RHB are hitting .194/.216/.259 off the righthander, while LHB are not fairing much better .207/.289/.310.
The Fort Wayne broadcaster pointed something out that I had not previously realized. Last year Liriano struggled in Fort Wayne before being sent down and having a great year in Eugene. This year Liriano struggled in Elsinore before being sent down and having a great year in Fort Wayne. This is very true, and even more so in the month of June. After going 2-3, 2 RS, 3 BB, SB (34) today Liriano is now hitting a ridiculous .386/.463/.506 with 18 SB in 21 G.
Short Season Eugene
Another NWL pitchers duel, and another NWL game that results in an Ems win. 3-1
Cory Spangenberg, who was named the NWL player of the week earlier today continued to tear up the NWL. He went 2-4, RS, BB, and is now hitting over .400 for the season. Spangenberg has hit safely in every game this year except 1, and that 1 game he went 0-1 with 3 walks. Spangenberg has been on base at least twice in every game this year.
After struggling in his first start Juan Barbato has really settled down to pitch like the pitcher the Padres were hoping when they gave him well above slot money last year. Barbato went 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K with the only run coming on a HR in the 2nd. The 5 innings was actually the most he has thrown in his first 3 starts with the Ems. He has struck out 16 batters in 12.1 innings.
Rookie League Padres
Not that the AZL has ever been known for their pitching, but the Pads have not had it this year. Nick Schmidt pitches his 1st game of the year, and the AZL Padres fall 6-13
The former 1st rounder got into his 1st game this year. Not sure how much of it was rust but Schmidt went 3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. The now 25 year old, has really fallen hard, missing over 2 years with injuries. Schmidt was hoping to turn a corner in San Antonio before injuries got the best of him, Schmidt has gone 8-17 with a 5.5 ERA in over a year at Lake Elsinore.
Felix Cabrera continued his hot start with the bat going 2-4, 3B, 2 RS. The 21 year old is hitting .455 and has hit safely in every game this year.