We caught up with Travis Chick, arguably a pitcher with even more upside than any player in the…
Skip Adams heroics; Michel Hernandez gunning
After allowing one run on two hits in four walks in his season debut with the Lake Elsinore Storm, Miguel Asencio yielded two runs on seven hits and a walk in his Portland debut. The righty, a former Kansas City Royals pitcher, missed all of 2004 after Tommy John surgery and was signed by the Padres in January. This is his second appearance in the recovery process. The 24 year old is 6-8 with a 5.14 ERA over his Major League career.
Michel Hernandez nailed all three thieves trying to steal a base on Monday. The catcher had significant problems earlier in the year trying to throw anyone out, much less three in one game. It is the first time this year he has nabbed more than one in any game and he has caught eight of the last 16. Hernandez is also in the midst of a five game hitting streak, going 8-for-18.
Ben Johnson's ten game hitting streak came to a close but he did contribute another RBI. Kerry Robinson, who had hit safely in 12 straight, with hits in 11 of those games, had his streak halted in impressive fashion. He grounded into two double plays on an 0-for-4 night.
Tim Redding will make his first start in Portland on Tuesday, on a major league rehab assignment with the club. The righty is recovering from a right-shoulder strain that landed him on the Padres disabled list on May 9.
Mobile lost 6-2
BayBears broadcaster Tim Hagerty caught up with Travis Chick, the day after he tossed a one-hit complete game loss for Mobile.
On the 1-0 loss:
"Bittersweet on a personal level," said Chick. "You feel like you threw the ball well but not enough to win the game. It was a tough loss for us."
On looking at the what if's of the game:
"What if I didn't make that bad pitch. It is just everything piles up. One hit gets me that one run. I have to go out there and not walk guys. That is something I need to work on."
Jason Clements went 0-for-3 and grounded into a double play on Monday. He is myriad in a near season long slump. Since his season high four game hitting streak ended, Clements has gone 6-for-57 over a 19 game span with 19 strikeouts. Since the beginning of May Clements is hitting .153.
Jose Oyervidez limited the opposition to four hits but four runs crossed the plate against him courtesy of two home runs over seven innings of work. Oyervidez has allowed five homers over his last three starts, including three in one outing. He has allowed four hits or less in nine of his 13 starts on the year but holds a 2-5 record. He has had four starts where he has allowed two or fewer runs and either lost or did not record a decision.
For the first time this year, Rusty Tucker has gone three straight outings without allowing a run. He has made 23 appearances this season and holds a 5.40 ERA. His recent streak, spanning 5.1 innings has seen him allow five hits and three walks – an inherited runner did score off him on Monday – and has struck out seven. The lefty has whiffed 32 in 28.1 innings of work but has walked 19.
Lake Elsinore won 4-3
Jared Wells has gone seven straight outings without allowing more than three runs, logging a quality start (six innings pitched, three or less runs) in all but one, including Monday. Wells made one mistake which cost him the only two runs against in seven innings of work. He gave up eight hits and a walk while striking out four. Coming into the game, Wells had limited the opposition to a .194 against.
Redemption. Skip Adams' fifth double of the year plated two runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to save Leo Rosales from his sixth loss of the year after his error allowed a run to score in the top of the inning. Adams has played in ten games in June after logging just 15 games through April and May. Adams had been struggling mightily with runners in scoring position (RISP) and his hit on Monday raised his average to .176 with RISP. Adams did commit hit third error in his last four games.
Rosales, the Storm closer, has come on in numerous tie games during the year – accounting for the winning side of his 5-5 record. His five blown saves explain the rest. For the third time this year, Rosales has allowed runs in consecutive outings. He has allowed runs in just four other games and there was one appearance between runs in those games. The biggest problem he has been burdened with this year is a .324 batting average against with runners in scoring position.
Fort Wayne lost 3-2
Clayton Hamilton gave up a season-high nine hits but surrendered just one run, thanks to some nifty relief work by Geivy Garcia. Hamilton lasted 5.1 innings and left with two runners on – but both were stranded. The right-hander has allowed four or fewer hits in eight of his 12 starts entering play – and a .210 average against. That rose to .224 after the game. Hamilton has allowed two earned runs or less in ten of his last 11 contests.
Garcia entered the game for just the second time this year with men on base and for the second time he kept them on base when the inning ended. That gives him four inherited runners and zero runs against. Garcia had allowed eight runs over his past seven outings, however, but gave up just one hit over an inning and a third on Monday. Righties entered the game hitting just .179 off him.
Yordany Ramirez, considered one of the better outfielders in the system, committed his sixth error of the season, giving him errors in three consecutive games. Ramirez did record his eighth outfield assist of the year in his 50th game on Monday. He threw out a runner at second base for the second time this year. He has nabbed four at home, one at third and one at first. Ramirez also went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and an RBI, breaking a 0-for-11 slump.
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