San Antonio is now eleven games under .500.
When taking a cursory look at the box score it may appear that Missions’ starter Keyvius Sampson, one of the Padres’ top prospects, didn’t have a good night after allowing four earned runs in six innings.
But that really doesn’t tell the story of the way Sampson pitched and more importantly how far along he is on his path to the major leagues.
While Sampson did give up three of his four walks in that inning, he also was the victim of some questionable calls behind the plate on at least two batters. In addition to suffering a blown call at first base, the umpires are still developing too, to go along with a potential inning ending double play which would have seen him escape the second with only one run.
Sampson although found only blame for himself.
“I’m really still working on perfecting my new delivery so I think I will be better on my command in my next outing,” said Sampson and ignoring the miscues behind him.
He has sped up his delivery to become quicker to the plate to incorporate more of his legs which will give him more power and velocity. According to Keyvius this is something he has been working of for most of the season.
Sampson got out of a jam in the fifth inning where he had two runners on with no outs and in the sixth he again put two runners on base.
He started off the inning with a wild throw to first base on a relatively easy comebacker which was compounded by a bloop double which should have been caught by left fielder Jake Blackwood.
But Sampson found a way to get out of it. He got the next batter to pop out in foul territory to first baseman Nate Freiman and shortstop Jeudy Valdez cut down a runner at the plate on a fielder’s choice at home.
Sampson then closed out his night with a called strike three.
“For some of the young guys on this team this is kind of a good learning environment on how to play when things aren’t going your way,” said Missions’ manager John Gibbons.
“With Keyvius walks hurt him because when he stays in the strike zone he can dominate and he has the stuff to stay in the strike zone and be successful at this level and beyond.”
Missions’ Notes: Catcher Jason Hagerty had a nice night at the plate going 2-3 with a pair of doubles and a walk in addition to making several nice plays behind the plate...Dean Anna continues to be an on-base machine with two more walks in tonight’s game. Anna now has a .439 on-base percentage which is good enough for second in the league... Outfielder Jaff Decker is being sent to Arizona to rehab his foot which he had an MRI on Wednesday. He is expected to be out for four weeks.