The T-Pads have the next 3 days off for the All Star break. When they return on Thursday they will be playing "home games" at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne.
AA San Antonio
Another great start from the Mission's pitching staff and just enough support from the offense to get by Missions win 3-1
Juan Oramas continued his domination of the Texas League. Oramas improved to 6-0 on the year (9 starts) by pitching 6 innings allowing only 1 run on 5 hits, walking 1 and striking out 5. It was the 5th time (in 9 starts) Oramas has allowed 0 or 1 ER. He has never allowed more than 2 ER in a start all year. The 21 year old Mexican lefty, continues to take advantage of spacious Wolff stadium as he continues to average nearly 2x as many fly outs to ground outs. I think he might like Petco
Vince Belnome who came off the DL yesterday, made his first start in 3 weeks today at 1B. He only played 2 innings before being removed from the game. No word on whether or not the Missions were just easing him back into games or if he re aggravated his injury. He didn't touch the ball on defense in the 2nd (2 fly outs and a CS) and didn't bat in the bottom of the 2nd. He grounded out in his only AB to end the 1st. Provided he is ok it is a big boost to the Missions to have their all star 2B back.
High A Lake Elsinore
Storm is the only team that has today off and plays tomorrow.
Low A Fort Wayne
2 of the top pitchers in the MWL were on the mound tonight. Surprisingly the game ended in a blow out. Even more surprising was that it ended in a bow out Tin Caps win. The pen pitches 4 innings allowing only 1 hit and striking out 6, and 8 Tin Caps get hits as they win 8-1
Keyvius Sampson had a toe nail removed prior to today's game. There was some question whether or not he would be able pitch tonight. Well Sampson made the start and got the win (8-2). Sampson tossed 5 innings allowing 5 H, 1 ER, 2BB, 6 K. The biggest hindrance to Sampson was the pitch count as Sampson threw 82 pitches in 5 innings, 18 of which came with 2 outs in the 5th inning when he allowed the only run. It was the 9th time in 15 starts that Sampson has averaged at least a K an inning.
Pick the hitter of the game as 8 different hitters collected a hit, 5 different scored a run, and 6 different players had an RBI. B.J. Guinn who has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 and hitting .360 in July collected a pair of hits including his 1st HR of the year. Not to be outdone his middle infield counterpart, Chris Bisson came up right after Guinn and hit his 2nd HR of the year. Bisson is hitting only .210 in July, and this might be his last game as the everyday 2B as Spangenberg is coming.
Short Season Eugene
Spangenberg's last day with the Ems, so the Ems continued to do what they do best. Win! Ems would score 3 in the 6th and win 6-2
James Needy made his 4th start of the year for the Ems, and for the first time in his career pitched deep enough to qualify for the win. Of course with his luck he left with the game tied and got a no decision, but pitching 5 innings was a big step for him. Speaking of which, Needy had one of the oddest lines for a starter as he did not strikeout or walk a batter. Needy managed to hit the first batter of the game, but after that…23 batters, all of which put the ball in play. Needy went 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER.
Spangenberg was not the offensive player of the game, but it was his last game. Spangenberg went 1-3, RS, Sac Fly, and an RBI. Spangenberg will leave Eugene being one of the only players in the NWL's history to reach base safely in his first 25 G (33 hits, 31 walks). Because his call-up was announced before the game the fans new it was their last chance to see him. With 2 outs in the 9th inning Spangenberg was removed from the game so the fans could give him the ovation he deserves. Hopefully he can bring a spark to the Tin Cap offense (maybe hitting in front of Liriano)
Rookie League Padres
AZL had the day off today