Padres Farm Report August 23rd

Not a good day DOTF as a majority of the farm teams meet their downfall tonight. At least Hedges makes his minor league debut

AAA Tucson

I feel for the fans of Tucson. No offense, and horrendous pitching. Scrubs and not even AAAA players + a slumping Rizzo (0-4, K, E) equates to a 15-2 blow out.

I really have nothing I want to report here. Buschmann was blown out. Poreda comes in, looks great striking out the 1st 2 hitters, then back to back walks and a 3 run inning appears out of nowhere. Finally Stiven Osuna comes in and allows only 2 in the 8th might be an accomplishment.

AA San Antonio

1 bad inning did in Pedro and despite the return of Cody Decker, the Missions had their 7 game win streak snapped falling 5-2

Hernandez picked up his 1st loss of the year for the Missions allowing 5 ER in 6 innings. He did K 7 compared to only 1 BB, but 3 HR allowed accounted for all 5 runs allowed. Entering the game Hernandez had not allowed more than 3 ER in any of his 6 previous starts, and had only allowed 1 HR in those starts. The 22 year old lefty still has a respectable 3.08 ERA in AA. Cody Decker went 0-4, 2 K

High A Lake Elsinore

Bottom 9, scored tied at 1, Jeremy McBryde who had come in with the bases loaded in the previous inning and got out of the jam, allows a leadoff walk. The next batter sacrifices only to have 2 errors by the Padres staff let the runner come all the way in from 1st to end the game. Walk off sac bunt? Storm fall 2-1

It is not a very pretty final line score for the Storm. 1 run on 2 hits with 3 errors. The sad thing is the Storm had a chance to win when Valdez hit a leadoff triple in the 8th only to have Freiman pop up to shallow center, then Galvez hit a smash right at the 3B who doubled off Valdez to end the inning. Nick Schmidt had a quality outing going 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K. The outing lowered his ERA to a stellar 2.60 in 55.1 IP. Compare that to previous Cal League ERAs 4.35 (2010) and 7.88 (2009) and you have improvement. Then again when you are a 25 year old former 1st round pick you should be dominating hitters in High A.

Low A Fort Wayne

An example of good and bad baserunning as Liriano steals home on a blown pickoff while Spangenberg gets "Reuben Riveread" as he gets picked off on the fake to 3rd throw to 1st move. 5 Tin Caps have multi hit games, as the Tin Caps win 8-3

Through 5 innings Cates was having arguably his best game of the year. He had only allowed 1 baserunner and had struck out a hitter in every inning. After an easy 1st out Cates made a mistake on an 0-2 pitch and hit the batter. The next batter was "struck out" on a ball perfectly placed on the outside corner but the ump called it a ball. Now frustrated Cates then walked the batter, and then decided to overcompensate by throwing the next pitch right down the middle. It was tattooed for a 2 RBI 3B. As manager Shawn Wooten made the pitching change Cates decided to have a few choice words for the ump as he left. The ump threw him out of the game. Maybe some immaturity but no harm no foul outside of a fine. Cates ended up going 5.1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, HBP (W, 4-9).

Short Season Eugene

Ems still cant hit with RISP. In a 9 inning game they left 13 runners on base and went 3-17 with RISP. Those 3 hits and some nice pitching by the Ems pen led to a 5-4 win.

I always love when I see lines like the one Chris Wilkes had tonight. In earning the win Wilkes pitched 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. 5 outs, 6 K. Even better was the fact that he struck out 4 in his 1st inning of work but had to record his last 2 strikeouts with multiple runners on base. Best part though…. No HBP no BB, and no batter ever touched the ball. A K/WP allowed the 1st runner to reach, then after another K, a catcher's interference allowed a 2nd runner on. Go figure. Wilkes improved to 4-1 on the year and now has 41 K in 31.2 IP. Another interesting stat on Wilkes coming into the game he had a 0.93 ERA at home (19.1 IP, 2 ER, 21 K) but a 9.28 ERA on the road (10.2 IP, 11 ER, 14 K), Wilkes earned his 1st road win of the year tonight.

Rookie League Padres

Hedges gets to play in his 1st professional game, unfortunately it didn't make much difference as the Pads fall 14-6. Hedges (DH) 1-3, RS, RBI, BB, HBP

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