Minor League Recap for June 12
Brad Brach ended the Missions' playoff clincher
Brad Brach ended the Missions' playoff clincher
Contributor, MadFriars
Posted Jun 13, 2011


San Antonio continues to roll with late offense as they clinch the first-half division title. Tucson gives John Conniff a reason to go back, but Elsinore and the TinCaps struggle.

Tucson fall to Las Vegas 10-0
Tucson turned the tables on the 51s in the final game of the series, pounding out 15 hits on the way to an 11-1 victory. Get more from John Conniff.

San Antonio beats Corpus Christi 6-4< br> Hours after the Missions won, Frisco lost their contest, guaranteeing the Padres’ Double-A club the first-half title in the Texas League’s South Division. The members of the club who have moved up level-by-level have earned at least a half-season title three years running.

Simon Castro’s second start back in the Texas League was not nearly as promising as his first. The righty, who got completely out of sync in Tucson earlier this year, surrendered four runs on six hits and two walks over five innings, striking out three.

Jaff Decker was hitless again on the night, but did collect a pair of walks and a stolen base on his way to stealing two bases. The lefty has been unable to turn the corner to get back to anything approaching where he was in April, posting just a 222/352/289 line in May.

Closer Brad Brach finished out the win with a one-two-three inning, including a pair of strikeouts to secure his 16th save of the year. The big righty has 53 strikeouts against only 5 walks in 34 innings of work for the year.

Elsinore pounded by High Desert 13-7
The Mavericks sent 12 men to the plate in the second inning, scoring six runs to put the game away and send the Storm home with a series split. In the four-game set, the Storm put up 44 runs, one better than High Desert managed.

Lefty Michael Watt was tagged for nine earned runs on 10 hits and a walk in a season-low 1.2 innings of work. After a rocky first inning, the former Dodgers first-round pick locked up with Andrew Giobbi on a 16-pitch at-bat before the High Desert catcher put one over the fence in left field. Watt will certainly be looking forward to getting back home, where his 1.88 ERA over three contests is six and a half runs lower than his work on the road.

Nate Freiman extended his hitting streak to eight games with a 3-for-5 night at the plate. The big first baseman enjoyed the road trip through the most offensive stadiums in the Cal League, collecting a pair of doubles and three homers as part of his 12-for-33 performance. Even with the outburst, he still has an OPS nearly 200 points higher at The Diamond than on the road.

Backup catcher Rocky Gale collected his first hits in over a month, going 2-for-4 with a double on the night. The 23-year-old was one of only two Storm hitters who didn’t strike out on the night.

Fort Wayne falls to Wisconsin 4-1
While Mark Hardy provided a solid start, the TinCaps offense couldn’t get anything going as they dropped the series finale to the Timber Rattlers Sunday afternoon.

Hardy gave up only one earned run over six innings, although he was tagged for another on a Jake Blackwood error in the bottom of the first. The lefty became the second TinCaps pitcher in a row to set a season high for strikeouts against Wisconsin, racking up eight without issuing a walk. Since returning to the rotation last month, the Canadian has given up just two earned runs on 11 hits over 17 innings of work. In that time, sports a 10-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Blackwood, was the only Fort Wayne position player to earn a spot in the All-Star roster announced on Friday, picked up a pair of walks and his fifth stolen base of the year in the contest. The indy-league signee has reached base in 10 of his last 11 games, and sits behind only Rymer Liriano for the team lead with an 859 OPS.

Liriano added a single to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. The Dominican teenager continued to run wild on the basepaths, swiping three more bags to move into a tie for second in the league with 28.



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