Low A Fort Wayne
Do or die game in Fort Wayne. Win and their in, lose and go home. The Tin Caps elected to go with ace Keyvius Sampson a day early and the move payed off. Sampson was terrific over 6 innings. However a costly error kept in a 1 run ball game. Powers homored to put the Tin Caps back up by 2 going into the 8th. With 1 out and 1 on Quackenbush was asked to get the 5 out save. He got 1 out before allowing an RBI single that made the score 3-2. He would get out of the inning and the Tin Caps would reward him with 4 in the top of the 9th. Tin Caps are going to the playoffs 7-2
The story of the game was Tin Cap ace Keyvius Sampson (12-3). Sampson went 6 strong allowing 1 ER on 5 H, 3 BB, 8 K. Keyvius dominated early on striking out 7 through 3 while only allowing 1 baserunner on a very close ball 4. The tides would change the 2nd half through the order as he would only pick up 1 K over the next 3 innings. It was the 1st time Sampson had gone 6 innings since July 15th. It has never been a struggling issue with Sampson (except in his last start) but rather keeping his innings down. He is now at 118 IP this year after only 43 last year. However, with the playoffs on the line, you can bet manager Shawn Wooten would do everything he could to make sure the Tin Caps would make it. Final season line on Sampson, 118 IP, 81 H, 38 ER, 8 HR, 49 BB, 143 K, .192 BAA
Short Season Eugene Game 1 in a best of 3
With the 1st game being on the road the Ems turned the ball over to Cody Hebner. And he was dominating. Outside of a 1st inning HR, Hebner had hitters off balance and constantly threw strike 1. Offensively, with Spangenberg in Fort Wayne, it came down to a couple of kids from McNee State to pick up the slack. Peterson and Orr both homer and the 2 of them score 6 of the teams 8 runs. Ems take game 1, 8-3
Jace Peterson is not known for his power, so when the leadoff hitter led of the game with a solo homerun more than a few people were surprised. To put them back at ease in his next AB he walked, stole 2nd, and then came around to score on a single. His next AB he would 2B then score on a WP. After a sac fly to bring in the Ems 7th run, Peterson tripled in the 9th and scored the final run. Final line 3-3, 4 RS, 2B, 3B, HR, 2 RBI, BB, SB. So that's why the Padres took him in the 1st round. Of course playoffs don't count towards stats, but if they did it would be the 40th SB of the year for Peterson compared to only 10 CS (80% clip). Although even with the 3 xbh, Peterson would only be at 19.
Regular Season Finales
Final game of the season for the T-Pads. So of course they went out in typical Padre fashion with a 12-8 loss.
Since we are talking about opening day lets compare lineups. Opening day Everth (SS) now on DL, Forsythe (2B) injured but in SD, Guzman (3B), hit 3rd for the Padres today, Rizzo (1B) in SD, Cunningham (RF) in SD, Clark (LF), played LF today for the T-Pads, Martinez © in SD, Durango (CF) with Houston, LeBlanc (SD), Parrino (SD), Scribner (DL) Munter (Giants), Flores (released by Brewers), Payne (in High A but was taking the spot if Hunter who is now on the DL). That's right only 1 starter stayed the same in Matt Clark. Today's lineup of Patterson, McKenna, Clark, Feliz, Phillips, Quiroz, Contreras, Stokes, Deduno was a far cry from the powerhouse earlier. Well on the bright side if you live in Tucson get your tickets now as the team that broke the MWL win record, had the best record in ALL of baseball at the ASB last year, and by far the best team in the TL this year will be stopping in AAA on the way to SD. Get your tickets now.
AA San Antonio
Missions dominate the game and season from start to finish. 12-3 Missions win again
Juan Oramas picked up his 10th win of the year. With Oramas probably not in the postseason starting rotation this might very well be his last start (not appearance) of the year. He pitched an excellent 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 K. He did allow 2 HR in the start and has allowed 9 HR in his last 7 starts. Despite the homeruns, Oramas has gone at least 6 innings in his last 8 starts and 9 of his last 10 starts. Speaking of consistent Oramas has earned a decision in his last 13 starts (8-5).
High A Lake Elsinore
Storm leave little up to doubt as to who would get home field advantage by scoring 11 runs in the first 4 innings. Storm win easily 11-3
Props to Watt and the pen for pitching well in the little league park that is Lancaster. The Storm belted 5 HR including the 22nd by Freiman and the 15th by Valdez. Valdez went 2-5, 2 RS, HR, 2 RBI. The 2 RBI gives him 92 which ends him 1 behind Jaff Decker for 5th place in the Padres system. Tommy Medica finishes the regular season hitting .293/.409/.493 in 3 different leagues. After playing catcher and 1B in Fort Wayne, Medica has still only been the DH in Elsinore.