A very rare bad start for LeBlanc, but young Rizzo remembers he is a top prospect. With the score tied in the 9th Luis Perdomo allowed 4 straight runners to reach base as the T-Pads fell 9-8
Lets start with the good. After striking out with the bases loaded and 1 out in the 2nd, Anthony Rizzo would reach base safely in every other AB. Rizzo went 4-5, HR (17), 2 RBI. He did commit his 9th error of the year in the 7th which lead to the game tying run coming in. Entering into the game Rizzo was 1-12 with 8 K. Hopefully signifying that the problem in SD was a mechanical/mental problem and something that can be fixed. Tonight is hopefully the first night in getting Rizzo out of the slump.
The bad, Wade LeBlanc. Not counting the rainout where he pitched only 1 inning, Wade had gone 8 innings in each of his last 4 starts. He did manage to pitch 5+ innings but gave up 6 ER on 11 H, 2 BB, 5 K. It was only the 4th time in 17 PCL starts that Wade had allowed more than 3 ER in a start. Wade had also gone 2 months since his last AAA loss.
AA San Antonio
Missions have had problems in the past scoring runs in Midland. Well… not today. On an evening where the wind was howling out the Missions put up 14 runs on 17 hits to win 14-2.
Simon Castro easily had his best start of the year. For the first time in his career Castro pitched 8 innings. Remember his no hitter was in a double header which only lasts 7 innings. He did allow 2 runs on 9 hits, 0 BB, and 9 K. Castro's 9 K ties his career high and was the first time since September 4th, 2009 that he struck out 9. The 2 runs came on a 2 run HR by Grant Green who just kept it fair down the RF line. Castro was flat out dominating. According to the announcers Castro hit up to 96 on the gun, comfortably sitting at 93-94. His slider was also the best they had seen since last year as it had hitters off balance and fooled.
So many hitters had great days it is hard to chose just 1. 6 different players had multi hit games and of the 3 that didn't both Decker (1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, SF) and Gyorko (1-5, 3 RS, BB) reached base safetly multiple times. In fact the only Mission to only reach base once was the Missions top everything (over the past 2 months), Blake Tekotte who went 1-5, RS, RBI, 2 SB (30). Hagerty raised his BA over .200 and hit his 1st AA triple.
High A Lake Elsinore
It wasn't he prettiest game in the world but the Storm scored the tying run with 2 outs in the 8th, then the eventual game winning run with 2 outs in the 9th. Storm win 5-4
Jerry Sullivan lasted all of 4 innings for the Storm. He allowed 9 runners (5 hits and 4 walks), but was able to pitch out of most trouble allowing only 3 runs. It was the 8th time in 21 starts that Sullivan failed to reach the 5 inning mark. While his 4 BB ties a season high. Since the All Star Break Sullivan is 1-3, with an 8.10 ERA. The biggest problem though is the 47 hits in 30 post break innings as hitters are hitting .359 off of him (.320 overall)..
Jeudy Valdez just continues to hit. The shortstop went 2-4, 2 RS, RBI, BB, and SB (25). If you don't count the game Valdez left in the first after being HBP Valdez has hit safely in 16 of his last 20 G, including 8 multihit games. Interesting stat of the night for Valdez is that when the bases are empty Valdez hits just .214/.243/.341 but if runners are on base that number shoots up to .345/.389/.559 This would explain why Valdez would be 3rd on the club in RBI(65) trailing only Freiman (who leads the league with 90) and Gyorko (74).
Low A Fort Wayne
The Tin Caps are usually locked in pitchers duels until the bullpen and either blow it or make you nervous. Tonight it was the night of the hitter. Quad Cities went up 8-1 early but the Tin Caps fought back to within 8-7. Then QC scored 3 more times to go up 11-7 in the 8th. Tin Caps score 2x bottom 8 and get the first 2 runners on in the 9th. Sadly Guinn and Bisson could only get 1 of them in as the Tin Caps fall 11-10. 21 runs, 26 hits, 0 home runs.
The Padres used their 5th round pick last year on slick fielding CF Rico Noel, who, as the management described, is a person who would flourish in Petco. Unfortunately Noel really hasn't flourished in either the Cal or MidWestern Leagues. Noel had a .583 OPS in Elsinore over 32 G before being sent down, and then followed it up by hitting just .186 through the 1st half. Since the break Noel has been a different player. Noel went 2-4, 2 2B, RS,3 RBI tonight giving him hits in 12 of his last 15 G. He has been hitting .285/.378/.341 since the all star break while also stealing 21 bases in 30 G (compared to 8 n 26 first half games). Its amazing what you can do when you get on base.
I have heard over the past few weeks that scouts do not project Rymer Liriano to keep the speed as he gets older and fills out his body. Be that as it may it is amazing what he can do. Liriano led off the 4th inning with an infield single, stole 2nd on the very 1st pitch, then was dancing around off 2nd so much that 1 pitch later the pitcher balked him over to 3rd (He would score on a GO). On the day Liriano went 2-4, 2B, RS, 2 RBI, SB (47). Liriano has posted a .936 OPS in the 2nd half (30 G) including 16 SB with only 2 CS. Possibly more impressive are his splits as Liriano is hitting ,313/.385/.506 off of RHP and .314/.355/.543 off south paws.
Short Season Eugene
Wasted opportunities. The Ems got 10 baserunners (2 hits, 8 BB) in 3.1 innings off the Everett starter but could only turn that into 1 run. Ems go 0-7 with RISP leave 10 on base and once again fail to clinch a playoff spot falling 2-4
Donovan Tate got his 1st hit in over a month. Tate went 1-4 with a walk on the day. Tate had the chance to be the hero as he came up in the bottom of the 9th with 2 out and a runner on 2nd. Tate took a couple huge hacks (tried to tie the game on 1 swing) before weakly grounding out to 2nd to end the game. The Ems really need Tate to hit as they continue to lack the clutch hit that they seemed to get so easily when Spangenberg was with the team.
The Ems remind me a lot of the Padres. The Ems used 4 pitchers tonight Herrara (L, 2-1, 2.70 ERA), Scott (2.59 ERA), Wilkes (1.83 ERA), and Quackenbush (0.44 ERA). The Ems allowed 7 hits but struck out 10, all 4 pitchers have sub 3 ERA's and yet once again the Ems were tagged with a loss. At least the pitchers are learning early what it will be like in Petco.
****Note thanks to a Vancouver loss the Ems and Canadiens end the 1st half tied. I believe the Ems clinch the playoff spot since they won the "1st half season series" against the Canadiens.
Rookie League Padres
The bats were silenced as the AZL Pads fell to the D*Backs 8-3