Minor League Recap May 13th
Will Inman

Posted May 14, 2011


Errors! So many errors! Luckily a couple teams were able to comeback and both of those games ended in a walk off win. A 3rd ended in a walkoff loss (thanks to an error), while the Missions had a game to forget.

AAA Tucson

Early errors led to 2 unearned runs. After that Will Inman and company slammed the door shut. With the score tied at 2 in the bottom of the 9th, Matt Clark draws a 1 out walk. Durango pinch runs for him and proceeds to steal 2nd and advance to 3rd on a throwing error (as Martinez struck out though). Round Rock would walk the next 2 batters to load the bases for Cedric Hunter who proceeded to line the ball back up the diamond into CF for the GW walk off single. 3-2 T-Pads win

Inman had arguably his best start of the year. After allowing those 2 early runs, he was nearly untouchable, only scattering a few singles the rest of the way. Overall he pitched 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. Inman has now allowed 3 ER or less in every start this year except 1. Of course that 1 start he allowed 13 R (8 ER) in 3 IP on April 13th. Poreda pitched the 7th and escaped alive. He allowed a single, a walk, and a WP but luckily did not allow a run. After Burke allowed a 2 out walk in the 8th, Flores came on to get the final out then pitch the final inning to earn his 1st win of the year

The T-Pads tied the game in the 6th on a 2 run HR by Alex Cintron (1). Hunter led off that inning with a single, and then got his 2nd hit to end the game. Hunter was the only player with a multi hit game. Cunningham had a double in 4 AB, while Rizzo went 0-4, failing to reach base safely for the 1st time all month.

AA San Antonio

Even great teams have off days. The Missions were dismantled 11-0

Breit got the start and had trouble finding home plate. When he was finding home plate it was with fastballs up in the zone that were being hit, and hard. In his 3 IP, Breit allowed 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 3 K. Kunz came on and was even worse. Instead of giving a stat line I will just say that we could have traded Dykstra for a bag of horse manure and it would have been a better trade. In 12.2 IP this year Kunz has allowed 15 H, 9 ER, 9 BB, 4 K. He has allowed runs in 6 of his 8 appearances this year out of the Missions pen. Hamren, who was just called up to SA from Elsinore as Buschmann was promoted, pitched 2 scoreless innings in his AA debut, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K. Hynes pitched a 1,2,3 final inning striking out 2.

Offensively their wasn’t much in terms of highlights. Jaff went 2-4 and Darnell went 2-3, 2B, BB. Unfortunately in between them was Blanks who went 0-4, DP, K. The Missions were a stellar 0-7 with RISP and left 10 runners on base.

High A Lake Elsinore

Fuentes returns, and the Storm comeback after giving up early, error induced runs. However, it wouldn’t be a true Rincon game at 3rd if he didn’t commit at least 2 errors. With the scored tied and 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, Rincon fielded a ground ball that should have ended the inning, and airmailed Freiman at 1st. Next batter singled and High Desert walks off as 6-5 victors

Lollis was roughed up again. For the 4th time in 8 starts Lollis allowed at least 4 ER in a start He also walked a season high of 5 batters (in 5 IP) and allowed 7 H. The one, and possibly only, bright spot for Lollis is that he continued to rack up the K’s striking out 5 in the game. Lollis has averaged at least a K/inning in his last 6 starts. Hernandez took the mound next and pitched out of 2 error field innings. Finally for the 2nd time in 2 days Pease gave up the GW run, though this time it wasn’t his fault.

Fuentes came back, led off, scored a run, and stole a base. So I guess you can call him healthy. On the day he went 1-4, RS, SB (10), Sac bunt. Nothing great but its nice to see his name back at the top of the scorecard. Rincon attempted to atone for the errors going 2-5, 2B. Galvez also added a multi hit game going 2-3, RS, RBI, BB. Gyorko went 1-3, SF, RBI, BB

Low A Fort Wayne

Another extra inning game in Fort Wayne. This time the Tin Caps took advantage of a Dayton error, and won on a walk off RBI single by Blackwood. 2-1 in 10.

In 10 innings the Tin Caps managed to use only 2 pitchers. Branham got the start and was tremendous. Going 6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. It was the first time all year he has gone 6 innings and raised his K/9 to 9.48 and a stellar 2.30 BB/9 line thus far this year. Matt Jackson followed him and might have been even better. Jackson went the final 4 innings giving up 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. Jackson improved to 3-0 on the year and is also posting great K/9 numbers (11.24) and BB/9 (1.19)

Offensively it was a struggle for the Tin Caps to score runs, but what else is new. Blackwood and Domoromo both had multihit games to keep their averages north of .300. Garcia went 1-3, BB, RBI and had the first RBI to tie the game at 1 in the 5th. The Tin Caps had all of 6 hits and 3 errors (Liriano (2), Quiles (1)), but they did better than Dayton who had 5 hits and 5 errors. Can you say an ugly game?


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