The T-Pads comeback and end the game with a walkoff blast by Bobby Kielty. T-Pads win 3-2
After watching Sam Deduno pitch tonight you can see the potential in him that made the Padres acquire him and put him on the opening day roster. Deduno went 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. Deduno cruised through the 1st 5 innings before running into trouble in the 6th, walking the bases loaded (HBP, 2 BB) but was able to get a ground out to preserve the shutout. In his last 2 starts he has gone 13 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 6 BB, 10 K.
James Darnell provided the spark for the T-Pads as he went 3-4, 2B, RS. It is his 3rd 3+ hit game for the T-Pads. After going 0-20, Darnell has a mini 4 game hitting streak going on where he is 6-16. After playing about 50/50 between LF and 3B Darnell has only played 2 of his last 10 in the OF.
AA San Antonio
Oramas continued the string of strong pitching and Decker and Tekotte provided the offense as the Missions win again 4-2.
As brianmcon pointed out on the message boards earlier today the Mission starters over the last 5 games have gone 32 IP, 25 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 32 K. So Juan Oramas had big shoes to fill. You can say he filled them and then some. Oramas had possibly his best outing of the year going 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 K. It was the 4th time in 13 GS that Oramas did not allow a run and his personal high for K. Even though he was shelled in his last start (8 days ago) Oramas has now struck out 19 batters in the last 12 IP.
Throughout the past month we have documented Jaff Decker and his struggles. And everytime we see him have a multihit game we begin to get optimistic about him turning the corner. Well without being too optimistic Jaff went 2-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI tonight, and has now hit safely in 6 of his last 7 games. While we are starting to see him hit more and a few xbh, Jaff has now gone over an entire month without a HR (his last coming on 7/4). Hopefully when we see the HR again it will finally show s that the guy formerly known as P-Mac Jr. is back.
High A Lake Elsinore
No love for De Paula, the Stork K 14 times and commit 2 errors as they fall 0-6
Throughout a good part of the first month and a half of the season the only people hitting on the Tin Caps were Jake Blackwood and Tommy Medica. Tonight they continued that tradition in Lake Elsinore. Medica went 3-3, 2B, while Blackwood went 2-4 (5 of the 6 hits). Even though Medica is still relegated to DH, he is regaining his hitting shoes. Over his last 3 G Medica has gone 7-12, 2 2B, 2 RBI, all while raising his average over .100 points and his OPS up .200.
Low A Fort Wayne
Score early and often. Tin Caps score in 4 of the 1st 5 innings and then watched the pen allow only 1 runner over the final 3.1 IP. Tin Caps win 7-2
Connor Powers hit 2 bombs on the night and finished the contest going 2-4, 2 HR 3 RS, 4 RBI, BB. Since joining the club in June, Powers has been a reliable bat hitting behind Liriano and Domoromo. Unfortunately that hasn't helped him that much this year as he has hit .234/.377/.340 with RISP. When the bases are empty though the OPS shoots up to 1.010 as Powers has managed to hit 16 of his 21 xbh without the benefit of runners on. Maybe move Powers up and Liriano and Domo down?
Short Season Eugene
The Ems had a 9-1 lead after 4 innings. With the Ems pitching the usually means blowout win, but a tough 5th forced the Ems to hunker down and they held on for a tough 10-8 win
I know I am being a little too optimistic but could Justin Miller be the next Dan Robertson (probably not). Miller was another late round pick (30th) who has just flat out raked. He started in the AZL but hit safely in 13 of 17 games including 8 multihit games (1.050 OPS) and was promoted to Eugene. Comes to Eugene and hits safely in 7 of his first 10 G including going 2-3, 2 RS, 2 RBI, 2 BB tonight. On the year in Eugene he is now hitting .333/.419/.472. Which considering the team is only hitting .244 and if you take out Spangenberg it drops to .240 those numbers are quite impressive in the small sample size.
Rookie League Padres
Uber Paz was far from Uber as the AZL Pads lost 9-4