Minor League Recap June 30th
Matt Clark

Posted Jul 1, 2011


Here to eat crow as Darnell took the field for the Missions and Gyorko for the Storm. Oddly enough both of them went hitless. Ems win their 8th in a row

AAA Tucson

Not much good happened from a pitching standpoint, but everyone member of the T-Pads reached base multiple times, 6 different players scored a run, and 4 different players had an RBI as the T-Pads win 12-7

Logan Forsythe went 4-5 with 4 RS, BB, 2B, and SB (7). It seemed like every inning Forsythe was on base, which was almost the case as he reached base in 5 different innings. Since being sent down when the O*Dawg came off the DL Forsythe is hitting a cool .472 with a 1.270 OPS. Forsythe is now hitting .320 in 150 AAA at bats.

I wanted to write about Aaron Cunningham who was named the only representative for the T-Pads at the all star game, but Aaron’s 1-4, RS, RBI, BB was not nearly good enough. Matt Clark on the other hand belted his 14th HR, a 3 run shot. On the day he went 3-5, 2 RS, 4 RBI, 2B, HR, BB.

AA San Antonio

No longer at home, the bats come alive again. The Missions score 7 runs in the first 2 innings, add a late HR by Decker and win 8-2

Welcome to AA Bobby Kielty. The OF, playing DH today, went 4-4 with 3 2B and 4 RBI in his 1st start since joining the Missions. Kielty came up with 1 on and 2 out in the first and doubled home a run, then came up with the bases loaded and 2 out in the 2nd and hit a bases clearing double. The 34 year old former major leaguer was hitting well in AAA (.333/.391/.476) before being out for 2 months with an injury. When he came back the team felt he wouldn’t get any PT in AAA and sent him down to join a loaded Missions team which already has 4 great OF in Decker, Tekotte, Robertson, and Carroll. Good luck getting playing time.

Not named to the all star game despite putting up great numbers, Oramas continued his tear through AA. Oramas went 7 innings allowing 6 hits, 2 ER, 0 BB and 6 K. The real dagger in the heart of the Naturals was not the 5 run 2nd by the Missions but Oramas coming out the next inning and getting 3 easy ground outs for a 1,2,3 inning. Oramas has yet to allow more than 2 ER in any start this season and actually raised his ERA to 2.17 in the win. Oramas improved to 4-0 on the year

High A Lake Elsinore

Last night the Storm win on a walk off, tonight the Storm were walked off on. Storm fall 3-2

Andrew Werner got his 2nd start of the year for Lake Elsinore and once again had a great start. The former independent league pitcher went 7 innings allowing only 1 ER on 4 hits and a walk while striking out 5. In 2 starts Werner now has a line of 13 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 15 K, and has a 67:14 K/BB ratio in 81 total innings this year.

Last night I wrote that Gyorko was hopefully playing in his last game. Well apparently I was wrong, and Gyorko went 0-4 today for what seemed like the first time in all year. No Storm had an xbh, Valdez and Freiman both went 2-4.

Low A Fort Wayne

Adam Dominick blows a 2 run lead in the 9th, but the game gets suspended before a final can come in. White Caps have runners at the corners with 1 out, bottom 9, 3-3 score

Adys Portillo got the start and pitched a lot better than he did in his last start, but still left more to be desired. Portillo only allowed 1 run, a 1st inning HR, but never once retired the White Caps in order. He was constantly battling both long at bats and long innings, even though no more runs crossed the board. Portillo threw 88 pitches in just 4 innings, he allowed 1 run on 5 hits, 2 walks, and 5 K. Despite all the problems this season Portillo does still have a nice mark of 53 K in 42.1 IP.

Not much offense as the Tin Caps managed 3 runs on only 2 hits. The final 2 runs coming on back to back walks and a HBP followed by 2 consecutive wild pitches. When this happened in the 8th it gave the Tin Caps a 3-1 lead.

Short Season Eugene

Another stellar pitching performance, Quackenbush saves another, and the offense comes through. Ems won 10 of their last 11 winning 6-3

The Ems gave the ball to Colin Rea who is a 12th round pick out of Indiana State. For the 2nd start in a row Rea was fantastic allowing no runs on 3 hits in 5 innings. He walked 1 and struck out 2. Rea forced 8 groundouts to 4 fly outs in the game.

For once I am not going to write about Spangenberg who went 1-3, 2B, 2 RS, RBI, BB. Instead I’ll write about Travis Whitmore who went 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI. Whitmore is not hitting over .400 on the young season, and has gone 2-4 in each of the past 3 games with at least 1 RBI.

Rookie League Padres

AZL Padres jumped out to a 5-0 lead and then had to pray they could hold on. Thankfully for once they did as they defeat the Angels 5-4.


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