Orlando Hudson AND Jarrett Hoffpauir debut in Tucson tonight. Matt Buschmann took the AAA mound for the 3rd year in a row. He was about as effective as he was the other 2 years. Buschmann and the pen struggled, while the O Dawg was one of the only bright spots for the T-Pads 5-10 final
Orlando Hudson went 2-2, 2 2B, RS, RBI, BB on the day. 3 AB he reached base safely all 3 times. Hudson, who is eligible to come off the DL on Tuesday, will most likely play another game in Tucson before driving up the road to join the San Diego Padres in Phoenix. It will also mean that Forsythe, who for whatever reason has really only been used as a PH, will get a chance to start everyday again in Tucson.
Matt Clark hit a PH 2 run HR in the 9th (5). Clark now has 3 HR in his last 3 games. The big man from Riverside has struggled so far this season with an OPS of a very unClark like .725. Despite leading the Padres farm system in HR and RBI each of the last 2 years, Clark has been bashed for having too long a swing that will not translate at the higher levels. It is unclear whether the swing is finally catching up with him, or if moving to left field and taking a back seat behind Rizzo has had a detrimental effect on him.
AA San Antonio
On a day when both Jaff Decker and Darnell were given the day off, the Missions snap their 2 game losing streak thanks to some unlikely power from Beemer and another stellar performance by Bass.
While Kelly might be the pitcher that gets the most publicity, Bass is matching him pitch per pitch. Bass improved to 5-2 on the year going 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K. Even though he was having problems finding home plate (it also didn’t help that there was a smaller than normal strike zone today), Bass held the Rockhounds hitless with RISP. Even more impressive was that Bass did not collect a fly out all game. 10 outs were recorded on the ground, including 3 DP, 0 in the air.
High A Lake Elsinore
The Storm jumped out quickly 4-0 before De Paula ever took the mound. Unfortunately, the inning ended with Galvez hitting an RBI single then being tagged out trying to make it a double. Galvez would leave the game, and it was the beginning of the end for the Storm. De Paula would not make it out of the 4th as the Storm get crushed 14-6
Reymond Fuentes collected another multi hit game and raised his average to .315. He also collected his 12th SB of the year which puts him on pace to steal around 40 bases this year. Fuentes also struck out twice today giving him 28 in only 33 G. While that might not be bad for a middle of the order hitter, a leadoff hitter striking out 21.5% of the time while walking only 5.1% of the time, is not a good sign. However he is only 20 and has a long way to go before we see his name at Petco.
Jedd Gyorko hit 2 HR today giving him 8 on the year. He also walked, scored 3 runs, and had 2 RBI (both HR were solo). The game moved him into 2nd place in the league in both RBI (34) and total bases (97) both behind Eric Cambell who is 26 and was in AA in 2009 before missing all of last year with an injury.
Low A Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne was rained out