Padres Instructional League Notebook VII

PEORIA, AZ- A sloppy game in the Arizona sun between Texas and San Diego resulted in a Padres loss. There were quite a few positives, however, including strong games from Chris Wilkes, Brian Joynt and Jaff Decker.

  • Chris Wilkes got the start on Monday and ran into early trouble when the first batter laced a liner off the wall in right-center. Sawyer Carroll fielded the ball cleanly off the wall and rifled the ball to second base to snare the runner trying to stretch a single into a double.

    Wilkes would retire the next two.

    He opened the second inning with a walk and a tailor made double play was thrown into the dirt by Lance Zawadzki before any out could be gathered. After a sacrifice, a ground out scored one unearned run and an infield bunt single scored a second unearned run off Wilkes.

    The right-hander tossed 21 pitches over two innings, and his changeup baffled hitters with his downward movement, as Wilkes tipped the radar gun at 87-89 MPH.

    "Wilkes throws strikes and believes that his changeup can beat anyone," catcher Robert Lara said.

  • Jeremy McBryde began his outing with seven straight fastballs before tossing a 3-2 changeup to net a strikeout. The changeup was a pitch that he went to late in the 2008 season to see a tremendous amount of success.

    He allowed a two-out triple but got the next batter to ground out in his lone inning, using 15 pitches to get through.

    "You see what happens when he uses the changeup," Padres minor league field coordinator Tom Gamboa said.

  • Gary Poynter allowed three straight one-out singles and surrendered five hits in a 40-pitch effort across two innings.

    Poynter touched 94 MPH on the gun several times but had trouble keeping the ball down in the zone.

  • Aaron Breit struggled through two innings, using 43 pitches while allowing three runs on five hits and a hit batsman.

    He opened up his initial frame by hitting a batter. A double and an error on the throw allowed one run to score. After a sacrifice fly scored a second run, he surrendered a triple followed by a double to plate the third run.

    The triple, consequently, came on a misplayed ball by Carroll. He came in on the ball rather than going back and it sailed over his head.

    In Breit's second inning of work, he gave up a pair of singles to open the frame but got the lead runner on a sacrifice attempt before inducing a pop out and fanning the final batter.

    His curveball, which showed signs of life in his last outing, was a pitch that hitters sat back and waited on this day. Without control of his fastball, the hammer was hit hard.

  • Eric Gonzalez, who arrived for the second half of instructs, made his debut. The right-hander loaded the bases on a pair of singles and a walk before allowing a double that scored a pair of runs in his lone inning of work.

    Gonzalez has a deceptive delivery and hides the ball well behind his body before it explodes on the batter. His command, however, was not crisp in his first outing.

    Evan Scribner came on with the game already decided to get his work in. The right-hander battled through a fielding error and a single to work a scoreless inning.

    Scribner has a cross-body motion that makes it tough for hitters to pick up the release point consistently.

  • The offense was stagnant through the first few frames before the Padres loaded the bases with two singles, by Blake Tekotte and Carroll, and a Danny Payne walk. After a wild pitch scored a run, Brian Joynt delivered a single on a 3-2 fastball.

    Joynt broke his bat on subsequent pitches during the battle and just missed a double down the left field line. Joynt also doubled in a run later in the game to give him a team-leading three RBIs.

    Carroll also notched a two-strike double by taking a breaking ball the other way late in the game. He scored a pair of runs.

  • Lara had two plate appearances before being removed in favor of Adam Zornes. Lara drew a walk his initial time up and singled and scored. The backstop ran through a hold sign at third base given by manager Jose Flores and touched home standing up.

    Lara also threw out the only base runner attempting to steal off him.

    His replacement, Zornes, went 0-for-2, striking out and flying out.

  • Jaff Decker reached base in each of his first three times up, lining a single to left, doubling in a run, and drawing a walk.

    After getting caught stealing after his base on balls, he whiffed in his final at-bat.

    Zawadzki had a pair of singles – one of the infield variety – and scored a run. He also made a fantastic diving stop from his second base position, diving to his left to stab a ball and whirling from the ground to nab the runner at first.

  • Beamer Weems delivered a RBI triple in three at-bats before giving way to Alvaro Aristy.

    Aristy made his debut at the plate late in the game and struck out. He fouled off a pitch but looked overmatched by the speed of the game.

    It was technically his first at-bat as a professional, as he could not play in the Dominican Summer League because he did not turn 17 by the end of the season. Aristy desperately needs to put weight on his frame as he looks frail. Balls that will be fouled off could become solid contact with an extra 20 pounds.

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