Wade LeBlanc had trouble finding homeplate, and was compounded by some shaky defense behind him. Despite this Leblanc still pitched another quality game but was PH for down 0-2 in the 7th. With the bases loaded and 1 out Hunter scorched a pitch for a 3 RBI 2B to give the T-Pads a 3-2 lead. The bullpen did their job in protecting a 3-2 win.
Leblanc got his 2nd win of the year going 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 7 K. All 4 walks came in the first 4 innings before he settled down. Leblanc managed to throw 71 pitched in the first 3 innings before needing only 34 for the final 3 innings. Leblanc still has a sky high ERA of 5.17 but has thrown a quality start (6 or more IP, 3 or fewer runs) in 4 of his 5 starts this year (5 of 6 if you count the 1 with the Padres). Aaron Poreda continues to be the human conundrum has he struck out the side in a scoreless 7th. In 18 IP this year he has 14 BB and 16 K.
Offensively it was really the 1 big hit by Hunter and not much more. The T-Pads have been struggling with consistency at the top of the order recently with Cabrera down with an injury and Forsythe in SD. Of all the great hitting that is going on in hitter friendly Tucson, Durango (.256) and Hunter (.226) are not taking part, but still hitting at the top of the order. Rizzo is beginning to get the “dominant” hitter treatment being pitched around any time he comes up with runners on. Rizzo went 1-2, 2 BB, (1 intentional). Lastly, it wouldn’t be a Wade Leblanc start without talking about his hitting… Leblanc went 2-2 to raise his AAA BA to .625
AA San Antonio
After 6.1 innings the powerful Missions offense had amounted to nothing. Literally. No runs, on no hits, and no baserunners. That all changed in the 7th when Jaff lined a single between 1st and 2nd to break up the perfect game. Blanks followed with an RBI double to make the score 1-0. Missions would go on to score 3 times in the inning and thanks to a stellar performance by Reyes and Musgrave the Missions won 3-0.
Jorge Reyes got the start and was removed after 4 IP allowing only 1 baserunner (a double). The double was the only time Frisco would get a runner to 2nd all day. Reyes did not walk a batter and struck out 3. Musgrave came in and was even more dominating. In 3 IP, he allowed only a single, no walks and 4 K. The one baserunner that Musgrave did allow…he picked off. Hynes picked up his 7th hold and Brach his 8th save.
Not much happened in inning 1-6. In fact nothing happened. The Missions exploded for 3 runs in the 7th and were poised to score more in the 8th and 9th. After a leadoff walk to Weems in the 8th, Tekotte lined a double in the corner (2nd and 3rd no out), but Jaff flew out to shallow center, Blanks was walked intentionally and Darnell popped up, then C. Decker struck out to end the inning. In the 9th a 1 out triple but Carroll but no love as Solis struck out. Blanks went 1-3, 2B, RS, RBI, BB on the day as he and Carroll (1-3, 3B, BB) were the only Missions to reach base safely 2x. Darnell went 0-4 and is hitting below .200 in the last week (6-32). Jaff’s BA has plummeted to .275 after going 1-4 today and hasn’t had a multi hit game in nearly 2 weeks. He is 5 for his last 36 with 10 K.
High A Lake Elsinore
Watt gives up 4 unearned runs, offense comes back, and just as it looks like the Storm can pull victory from the jaws of defeat McBryde comes in and allows 3 ER. Storm do not have much of an answer and fall 5-8
Outside of the 4 unearned runs, Watt pitched pretty well. In 5 innings he allowed 3 H, 2 BB, 4 K. The one odd thing was that Watt did throw 4 wild pitches in the game. Call it whatever you want, but McBryde has not been the same since he was injured nearly 2 years ago. 2008 McBryde had 158 K in 136 IP, 09’ 82 K in 75 IP (then the injury). Last year 49 K in 64 IP and now only 13 in 20. Considering McBryde has essentially spent the last 3 years in Elsinore, something has got to be going on. McBryde went 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K. He fell to 0-2 with the loss
What do Jack Cust, Russel Branyan, and Edinson Rincon all have in common? They can’t play defense to save their lives. Another 3 errors tonight for Rincon giving him 10 on the year. He did go 2-4 on the day with a RS and an RBI, but that doesn’t make up for the 4 runs that scored because of him. Nate Freiman might finally be feeling it as he line his 5th HR of the year, a 2 run shot, to tie the game at 4 in the 5th. On the day Freiman went 2-5, 2B, HR, RS, 3 RBI. Galvez went 0-3, BB, RS, 2 SB (8), but did commit his 5th error of the year. Fuentes was on base 3 times going 1-3 2B, RS, 2 BB, SB (9). The offense went a stellar 1-11 with RISP
Low A Fort Wayne
Sampson, Sampson, he’s our man, if he cant do it….well than the Tin Caps will get blown out. Sampson once again dominated, and even though the Tin Caps managed only 2 hits, a bases loaded HBP and a sac fly by Liriano was all the Tin Caps needed as they win 2-0
As almost always Keyvius Sampson was dominant. In 5+ innings Sampson only allowed 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K. Sampson came out in the 6th inning, gave up a single and a throwing error put runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs. For once the pen was fantastic, Franklin came in and got a pop up and double play. Carvajal and Dominick would pitch a 1,2,3 8th (H, 6) and 9th (S, 5) with 2 K each to finish the game. Sampson improved to 5-1, and now has 33 K in 26 IP.
The hits were a leadoff single in the 3rd by Medica, and a single in the 7th by Blackwood. Ta da. However in that 3rd the Tin Caps went Single, walk, K, walk, HBP (RBI), sac fly, which gave the Tin Caps a 2-0 lead. Guinn went 0-2, 2 BB, SB (9) he is 9-11 in SB attempts. Bisson had the RBI HBP, stole his 5th base of the year. These 2 speedy middle infielders can do serious damage on the basepaths but both spend most of the year hitting around .150. Bisson has hit over .300 in the last week to raise his BA to .250