Padres Instructional League Notebook VI

Surprise, AZ: The San Diego Padres went on the road to Surprise to face the Texas Rangers and came away with the win. The started off facing the Rangers top signed pick, Tanner Scheppers.

  • Scheppers was solid in his two innings of work, striking out four of the seven batters he faced with a wicked curveball and sharp fastball in the mid-90s.

    The only player to record a hit off him was Rymer Liriano, notching an infield knock that was hit up the middle of the field to the second base side.

  • Aaron Poreda got the start, tossing 27 pitches across two innings. The left-hander mixed in his slider more than the last outing. After a single on a 1-2 pitch and a sacrifice bunt, Poreda induced a double play with the help of Luis Domoromo. The outfielder fielded a fly ball coming in and made a strong throw to third base to snare the runner who tagged up. Poreda then struck out two in his next frame, giving up a two-out single before inducing a pop out. Poreda hit 94 mph on the gun with his fastball and his slider came in at 77-79 mph.

    "It felt good," Poreda said. "I have really been working on fastball command and being able to locate on both sides of the plate – using my two-seam a lot.

    "I also got to work on my slider today, early in the count. I had a lot of success with it today and forcing contact."

    Dexter Carter was also sharp. The right-hander, acquired in the Jake Peavy deal with Poreda, struck out the first batter he saw. After a single, Carter picked off the runner on first base and then induced a pop out during a nine-pitch inning. A single and force out greeted his second inning. With a man on first, Carter again made a quick move over and nabbed the runner for his second pickoff of the contest. After a walk, he struck out the final batter to end a 24-pitch outing. His velocity was down a tad, as he had a wide range from 84-90 mph with his fastball. His curveball came in between 78-82 mph.

    "The fastball velocity was definitely down," Carter said. "I was working on changeups. To go up levels, you have to be able to command the changeup."

    Will Startup flashed his patented leg kick but what had scouts talking was his effectiveness. He mixed in the fastball, slider and changeup, retiring all six batters he faced. Startup struck out the side in his second inning and ended with four strikeouts while throwing 28 pitches.

    "My arm felt great," Startup said. "I have not had any setbacks since I began throwing on August 9. The velocity has crept up – and I banged a couple of 89's in Portland."

    His velocity during this outing was 77=78 mph for his changeup and 84-86 mph with his fastball.

    Miles Mikolas followed Startup and was tagged with the first run against. He allowed two singles and an error put both men in scoring position. After a short fly out to left, a sacrifice fly brought home the first run to score on Padres pitching. He worked a perfect second inning, using 34 pitches across two frames.

    Matt Irsfeld struggled in his outing while protecting a 7-1 lead. The first batter he faced went yard – the first extra base hit of the game for either team. After a pop out, Irsfeld allowed a double, walk, and double, scoring one. They were able to get one runner out on a pickle but a single followed to score a third run in the frame, making it 7-4. A pop out ended the contest.

  • Chris Tremblay went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles. He came up with the bases loaded and his single scored all three runs – perhaps the first time that a single has accomplished that feat.

    Liriano reached base three times with two singles and a walk. He drove in two, netting one of his singles with the bases loaded. Edinson Rincon also had a pair of singles, scoring a run and driving in one. Luis Domoromo had the other RBI, hitting the ball hard in two of his at-bats but netting one hit. Nate Freiman had two hard contacts but one single and a run scored. Jonathan Galvez manufactured a run after a single. He stole second base and moved to third on a wild pitch before coming home on a single.

    Everett Williams struck out twice in three at-bats, drawing a walk and scoring once. Matt Vern and Jeudy Valdez went hitless in four trips. Jonathan Alia drew a walk in three trips, scoring once. Griffin Benedict also drew a walk and scored, going 0-for-1.

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