Padres MLN: Young and younger

Peoria, AZ- San Diego Padres right-hander Chris Young took the hill in a High-A game on Monday and both teams playing at home won their respective games. Eric Sogard got the night started offensively in the High-A game and a group of players, including Shane Buschini, Keoni Ruth, and Robert Perry contributed in the Low-A win.

High-A Highlights:

  • Chris Young allowed a double to open the game but quickly settled down and retired the side from there.

    The second inning did not go so well and was aided by solid defensive play. He allowed three hits to open the frame, a double and two singles, before a sacrifice fly setup runners in scoring position with one out.

    A short fly to left field brought Luis Durango sliding in. He made the basket catch from his backside and chugged the ball to Lance Zawadzki as he was falling backwards. Zawadzki made a spin and tossed a bullet to Michael Barrett to nab the runner trying to score from third to end the frame.

    The fourth inning brought a little more trouble, as he allowed a single and a double before a sacrifice fly brought home a second run.

    Young's night ended after 87 pitches, including 62 strikes. He worked in the 85-87 MPH range with his fastball and tossed worked in his curveball and changeup. Young surrendered six hits over his five innings of work and struck out four.

    "Few have the downward plane of Young," special pitching assistant Bob Cluck said. "He throws 85-88 and uses deception and hits his spots."

    Interestingly, Barrett aided Young in the third inning. After an error to open the inning, Barrett threw out a runner at second base – something that rarely happened when Young was on the hill in 2007.

  • Jeremy Hefner relieved Young and worked a magical sixth. It took just nine pitches to work through the frame with two ground outs and a fly out.

    His next inning did not go as well. The right-hander allowed two homers – one on a fastball and another on a changeup. He worked a third inning and ended his night after 49 pitches.

    Colt Hynes finished off the game for the save. After an inning-opening error, the left-hander induced a double play grounder before freezing the final batter with a two-seam fastball. Eleven pitches after the inning began, the game was over.

    "Anytime I get a guy on base, I just think ground ball," Hynes said. "Two outs with one pitch – what can be better than that."

  • Through four innings, the Padres High-A team had gone hitless. After three straight errors loaded the bases, Eric Sogard finally poked through in a big way.

    The second baseman hammered a fastball to deep left-centerfield for a triple, clearing the bases and putting the High-A squad on the board.

  • Drew Cumberland had an RBI single and Justin Baum laced a line drive single for an RBI. While the squad had just five hits, they scored six runs to pick up a 6-4 win.
  • Low-A Highlights:

  • In the Low-A game, Geoff Vandel started the action and worked through three scoreless innings. The left-hander gave up a hit in the first, two in the second, and worked a perfect third. It took Vandel 44 pitches and the southpaw fanned four.

    Simon Castro worked the next two innings and was tagged for a single run on three hits. It was a two-out homer in his second frame – a solo blast to left field – that put the blemish on his outing.

    Castro, who has never had a true overhand delivery, is more three-quarters than ever and taking advantage of more movement with his pitches. His 38 pitches included two singles and an error he pitched around, and Castro appeared to be crisper with how he finished off his pitches.

    Adam McDaniel cruised through both of his innings. He struck out three and induced three ground ball outs. McDaniel needed just 22 pitches to work his magic.

    "That boy has some nasty sink," Cluck said.

    "His line to the plate is straight," pitching coordinator Mike Couchee added.

    John Hussey had an error mar his first inning of work, costing him an unearned run. His second frame produced two more runs against, but both of those were earned.

  • Offensively, a lot of players contributed, as the players scored runs in each of their first six innings.

    Shane Buschini collected three RBIs, banging out a double to drive home a run and adding a single and a walk. He did miss out on an opportunity with the bases loaded when he struck out.

    Jeudy Valdez banged out two doubles and also drew a walk, showing some good patience and staying back on the ball.

    Keoni Ruth fell a triple shy of the cycle, doubling in his second at-bat before hitting a two-run homer on a fastball. He singled in his final at-bat.

    "It was a line drive that went up a little," Ruth said.

    Robert Perry came into the game late and went 2-for-2, hitting a solo home run and adding a single. Brian Lauderdale also added a double down the line and scored a run while Edgar Garzon contributed a single and double with an RBI and run scored.

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