The two Padre 1B each went deep as the T-Pads win 6-4.
After struggling for most of the past few weeks Anthony Rizzo has come back strong with HR in back to back games. His HR tonight not only gave him 26 HR on the year, but also pushed his RBI total in AAA to 101. Rizzo went 2-3, 2B, HR, 3 RS, HBP tonight. 1 of those 3 runs came on a 3 run shot from 1B and tonight RF, Matt Clark. Clark blasted his 22nd HR of the year and pushed his RBI total to 80. In his 3 full years in the Padres system (381 G) Clark has 78 2B, 5 3B, 74 HR, 215 RS, 278 RBI and a .280 BA and a .500 SLG. Not bad for a 24 year old 1B who people said would never make it out of A ball because of his long swing.
AA San Antonio
The last run of the game was scored by Corpus Christi. Luckily the first 13 were scored by the Missions.
Sawyer Carroll continues to rebound from his disappointing 2010 season by going 4-5, 2 HR (17) 3 RBI, and a walk. It was his 3rd multi HR game of the year and his 1st since May 30th. Speaking of hitting their 17th HR, Jaff Decker launched a moon shot in the 1st inning to give the Missions an early 3-0 lead after 3 batters. Jaff went 2-6, 2 RS, HR, 3 RBI. Jaff has now hit safely in 8 of his last 9 and 11 of his last 13. After posting an anemic .554 OPS in July, Decker has rebounded with an .828 OPS in August and the 1st time since April that Jaff has hit more than 2 HR in a month.
High A Lake Elsinore
After clinching their 7th straight playoff birth on Saturday the bullpen decided to take the night off. The pen allows 7 unanswered runs and the Storm fall 9-4
The light hitting CF, Reymond Fuentes hit his 5th HR of the year. The 2 run shot was his 2nd HR in a month. Fuentes has now hit safely in 8 straight and 9 of his last 10. Unfortunately, despite the hitting streak Fuentes still has an August OPS of only .690, and an overall OPS of just .700. I know he was given a lot of hype and he is only 20 but a .274/.345/.355 line with 5 HR and 40 SB in 116 SB in a hitters league does not help his top prospect status.
Low A Fort Wayne
Everyone has an off day. For only the 2nd time in 31 G Kevin Quackenbush allowed a run to cross homeplate. Unfortunately for the 1st time all year Quackenbush got the loss. Luckily with a week left the Tin Caps keep their 2 game lead, despite the 5-3 loss in 10.
Many stories in todays game. The first being Spangenberg had his 11 G hitting streak snapped with an 0-5, RBI, 2 K day. The good news is he is still hitting .341/.394/.473 in August. In other news Matt Jackson had a great start going 3.2 IP without allowing a run. Portillo wasn't so lucky going 2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K. 96 K in 80 IP is impressive…53 BB and 65 ER not so much.
Short Season Eugene
Another pitchers duel. A Peterson SB and a single by McElroy was the difference in the game. Ems go 1-12 with RISP but pull out the 1-0 win
After 2 starts in the AZL, James Needy came back to the Ems. Needy was excellent in his 4 IP allowing only 2 H, 2 BB, with 3 K. In his 4 previous starts in Eugene Needy had allowed 14 ER in just 12.2 IP. The 20 year old from Santana HS in Santee, lowered his NWL ERA to 4.97.
Rookie League Padres
Not a good day for the new rookies. Austin Hedges did go 2-3, RS, RBI, 2 BB at the plate, but also allowed 6 SB (0 CS) and had 2 throwing errors. Joe Ross also made his debut escaping an inning after giving up 2 hits. AZL Pads allow 20 hits and 7 errors and fall 17-6