Minor League Recap July 7th

Nick Schmidt makes his debut on the same day Mike Baxter makes his return to action. Leblanc and the T-Pads dominate, while the AZL Pads get dominated.

AAA Tucson

The San Diego Padres might have lost to the Giants, but the AAA T-Pads demolished the AAA Grizzlies (Giants AAA) 10-0

It was a disappointing start for Wade LeBlanc. Sure he pitched 8 shutout innings and improved to 8-1 on the season, but more importantly he went 0-4 at the plate, lowering his BA to below .400. What a shame. Leblanc allowed 4 measly hits, all singles, walking 1, while striking out 5. Surprisingly the last runs LeBlanc has allowed were against the Grizzlies on June 25th when he allowed a 2 run 2B to Brad Eldred in the 4th. Since then he has tossed 20 consecutive scoreless innings. Allowing only 8 hits, 2 walks, and 14 K.

Pick a Padre, any Padre and chances are they had a good game. Darnell has been in AAA for 2 games and has 2 HR. Blanks hit his 11th HR of the year (in AAA) in just his 25th game. Clark hit his 15th HR and also scored 3 runs. Evereth had a couple of hits and stole his 20th base. The All-Star Cunningham had a couple of hits a R and an RBI.

AA San Antonio

The innings rule is in effect for a few SA pitchers and it is taking its toll on the team as the Missions middle relief just isn't that good. Relief allows 9 runs in the 5 innings after Reyes' departure and the Missions fall 5-10

The good, Jed Gyorko hit his 1st AA HR, had 3 hits and continued to play excellent on offense. The bad, his error led to a couple unearned runs and he continues to give scouts questions about whether he can stay at 3rd. At the very least if Gyorko, who was named today as one of Baseball America's top 50 prospects, continues to rake the Padres will find a place for him to hit.

High A Lake Elsinore

Nick Schmidt made the jump from AZL to the Cal League and pitched pretty well considering. Unfortunately, 2 errors by Herr in the 9th allowed 2 unearned runs to score and that would be the difference in the game. The Storm fall 3-5

Schmidt went 5 innings allowing 2 earned runs on 4 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 1. The good news is that the last time Schmidt was able to go 5+ innings was June 7th of last year when he pitched 6 scoreless against Inland Empire, which also happened to be the last game where a "W" has appeared next to his name. The now 25 year old has all but lost his prospect status, but hey if Tim Stauffer can come back from oblivion and become relevant why can't Schmidt.

Low A Fort Wayne

It is sad when the Tin Caps are up 8-1 in the 6th and I am not confident that they can hold on to win. Luckily they had a good outing from Robert Lara and the offense led the Tin Caps to a 9-2 victory.

Zach Cates collected his 3rd win of the year pitching 5 strong innings. The right hander allowed 1 run on 6 hits, striking out 4 while only walking 1. It was the first home victory of the year for Cates who was previously 0-2 with a 6.53 ERA at Parkview field. It was the 8th start of the year that Cates has allowed 0 or 1 ER, compared to 5 starts where he has allowed 4 or more ER (16 starts overall). Meaning that often times we either see the stellar Cates that showed why the front office drafted him so high, or the other Cates who has been a ? since coming out of college.

Usually the top hitters, and only hitters, on the Tin Caps are Domoromo and Liriano However, over the past week the other dozen hitters have really stepped up to the plate and carried the team on offense. Wes Cunningham went 2-4, 2B, HR (3), 2 RS, 2 RBI, Guinn had a bases loaded triple that put the Tin Caps up early, and Connor Powers scored 2 runs and had a 2B and walk.

Short Season Eugene

Ems get back to their winning ways. Barbato and co. allow only 3 hits and no earned runs, while Spangenberg and Orr took care of the offense. Ems win 6-2

Juan Barbato earned his 1st big league win today. Barbato pitched 5 innings allowing 2 runs, none earned, on 1 hit, walking 2 and striking out 1. It was his lowest strikeout performance of the year, but I think he will take the lower K numbers for no earned runs and his first win. Chris Wilkes also pitched 2 innings allowing only a hit while striking out 3. He struggled in Fort Wayne but has allowed only 1 ER in 9.2 innings in Eugene.

Spangenberg actually struck out with runners on base! The horror! He made up for it by getting on base in each of his next 3 AB and finishing the game 2-3, 2 BB, SB (7) and raising his average back to over .403. Lee Orr went 2-4, 2B, HR (4), 2 RS, 3 RBI. Orr moved into a tie for 3rd place with his 4th HR in 16 games this year.

Rookie League Padres

AZL Padres got crushed. That might not even be a good enough adjective. The AZL Pads were taken behind the barn given a good beating and may or may not appear on the next episode of Law and Order SVU. 21-1 final

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