Every time the T-Pads…well Rizzo, would claw back into the game the pitchers just gave up more runs. Eventually it was more than the offense could handle as they fall 9-5
Rizzo hit his 3rd HR in as many days, his 19th of the year. .Despite missing a month with the Padres Rizzo is back to up to #13 in the league in HR. Rizzo 2-3, HR (19), RS, 4 RBI, BB. This raised Rizzo's OPS past Willy Mo for 2nd in the league (trailing Chris Davis). I would be all for calling Rizzo back up if Ludwick is traded and playing Blanks in LF, Rizzo at 1B, with Jesus starting against lefties.
AA San Antonio
The bats show up in force and the Missions score 6 in the 8th to turn tie game into a blow out win. 12-6 final
Every position in the lineup got at least hit with the exception of Decker who still managed to score 2 runs. The other 2 OF continue to put up huge offensive numbers. Blake Tekotte tied the game at 6 in the 7th with a long solo shot. He had 2 hits on the day and picked up 2 RBI (54). Daniel Robertson also had 2 hits, scored 3 runs, hit a double, 2 RBI, a walk, and his 15th SB. Definitely one of the better late round college draft picks the Padres have made in recent memory.
High A Lake Elsinore
After a day off the Storm batters decided to hit snooze and not show up. Storm manage 2 hits in a 6-1 loss
After 3 starts in High A, Andrew Warner had a 0.47 ERA, 19 IP, 2 BB, 18 K. Since then he hasn't been as efficient. Werner did last 6 IP allowing 6 R (5 ER) on 9 H, 2 BB, and 5 K. Despite the bad numbers today Werner is still managing an outstanding GO/FO ratio which is currently sitting at 3.58.
Low A Fort Wayne
Quack Quack Quack Quack Quack…well you get the picture. Kevin Quackenbush pitches a 1,2,3 9th striking out 2 to earn his 1st MWL save as the Tin Caps hang on to win 5-4
Leading the way for the Tin Caps was 1st round pick Cory Spangenberg who recorded his 2nd multi hit game of the year with the Tin Caps. Spangenberg went 2-4, with 2 RS and an RBI. He was a key component in the Tin Caps scoring their 1st 4 runs of the game as they went up 4-0 early. In recording multiple hits Cory managed to raise his OPS by 48 points (to an abysmal .416). At least it's a step in the right direction.
Technically the Tin Caps pen was outstanding. The pen went 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. Unfortunately, Adam Dominick allowed both inherited runners to score turning a 3 run lead into a small 1 run advantage. Chris Franklin continued to pitch well despite being moved from the closers job to 8th inning. Franklin has allowed 1 earned run in his last 13 appearances (15.1 IP). In the month of July as a whole he is 2-0, 6 SV and a 1.08 ERA.
Short Season Eugene
The Ems are getting back to their winning formula, great pitching and just enough hitting to get by. Ems win their 2nd in a row 3-2
James Needy collected his 1st win of the year by pitching 5 strong innings. He allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, walking none and striking out 4. Needy's biggest problem this year has been the leadoff man. The leadoff hitter reached base safely in 3 of the 5 innings. On the year the leadoff hitter is hitting .448/.500/.621 off of Needy. With RISP that # drops to an impressive .216/.250/.270.
The eventual winning run was scored in the 5th inning when Peterson and Tate pulled off the always fun to watch double steal. Tate swiped 2nd on the play, and before the SS even released the ball back to the plate Jace was already sliding into home for the 3rd run of the game. Peterson went 1-3, 3B, RS, RBI, BB, SB (15). While Tate went 1-4, RBI, SB (8)
Rookie League Padres
An off day for the AZL Pads