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The Scoop: The Pedro Avila Strikes Out Everybody Edition

Photo: TinCaps

 

Another day, another great round of starts for pitchers in the Padres organization – and yesterday, that included the big league club!  Luis Perdomo threw six scoreless innings on six hits and three walks, but then gave up a single and a walk to start the seventh.  He was replaced by Jose Torres, who promptly gave up a three-run homer to Tucker Barnhart.  He finished with seven strikeouts on the night, and was masterful at inducing ground ball contact, leading to three double plays.  Austin Hedges caught Billy Hamilton stealing in the fifth to complete a strike-em-out-throw-em-out double play as well.

In addition to the great start, the Padres also provided plenty of offense in the bandbox that is the Great American Ballpark.  Austin Hedges had an opposite field dinger, and Yangervis Solarte had a bomb go high and deep to right field as well.  José Pírela, fresh off his first multi-home run game the night before, had his first career four-hit game, adding a pair of doubles of his own.

It was a tough night to be Carlos Asuaje, who had a pair of hits get tracked down in centerfield by Hamilton, including one where the speedster ran up the side of the outfield wall and make a catch.  Solarte, Hedges, and Dusty Coleman all had multi-hit games for the Friars as well, and despite allowing a pair of walks, Brad Hand pitched a shutout ninth inning to preserve the 7-3 victory.

Perdomo’s excellent start was only the beginning of the pitching prowess on display throughout the Padres organization on the night.  To the minors!

 

Pedro Avila Is A Beast

In case you missed it yesterday (the TinCaps played a rare MiLB.tv televised game), Pedro Avila had one of the most dominant starts in the Padres organization this year (I feel like I’ve probably said that a few different times this year, but really, this one was good) in Fort Wayne’s 4-1 victory over Great Lakes.

He struck out SEVENTEEN hitters without walking any, allowing a run on three hits.  He retired the side in order five times, which included a streak of nine strikeouts in a row.  The 20-year-old Venezuelan, acquired in the offseason from the Washington Nationals for Derek Norris, retired the last NINETEEN batters he faced.  The 17 K’s is a Fort Wayne franchise record, breaking the previous record of 15 set by LaTroy Hawkins back in 1993, when they were known as the Fort Wayne Wizards.

I know, I know, lots of capital letters and fire emojis.  It’s just crazy to think that he’s in the same rotation as top arms Michel Baez and Adrian Morejon, and not many places (including this site) have him as a Top 30 prospect.  I expect that will change by the offseason.  With a 3.23 ERA in ten starts for Fort Wayne, he is also posting a 12.0 K/9 rate, and a 1.3 BB/9 rate.  That’s not something you see a lot out of many starters.  Though he struggled early this season in High-A Lake Elsinore, he was still striking out 11.0 per nine for the Storm.

On a night where their starter was electric, the TinCaps had a hard time putting anything together, scratching just two hits as it took extra innings to beat the Loons.  A couple of walks and a hit by pitch set up a Marcus Greene Jr.  bases loaded walk in the third, but five different Great Lakes relievers would keep the score tied after nine and send it to extras.

In the tenth, Hudson Potts was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a passed ball and scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error on a sac bunt (tough end of the game for Loons catcher Connor Wong).  A single and a walk set up an insurance run on a sac fly by Fernando Tatis Jr. (the teen phenom would go 0 for 1 on the night with four walks and was caught stealing twice), and the last run was scored on another Great Lakes error.

 

Lauer Leads Missions In Loss

Missions starter Eric Lauer threw six innings of one-run ball, but Springfield came back in the eighth to take the 3-2 lead for good.  Fresh off a shutout appearance in which he allowed five walks in five innings, the lefty from Kent State was more controlled, throwing his curveball down but in the zone and keeping hitters off balance with a low-90’s fastball.  He would allow a run on five hits and no walks.

Eric Yardley would get the rare blown save for San Antonio, as he allowed a two-run, pinch hit dinger to Bruce Caldwell in the eighth.  The Missions couldn’t muster up much run support for the pitching, as they scattered seven hits.  Luis Urías went 1 for 4 with a double, his 18th of the year.  Missions shortstop Javier Guerra went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts, and Josh Naylor and Franmil Reyes each added a hit of their own.

 

AZL Padres Throw 1-Hitter Against… AZL Padres 2.  Yay?

Man, the Padres pitching prospects are doing SO good, isn’t that great?  Bad news though, the hitting didn’t do so hot.  For the second day in a row, the AZL Padres squads played each other, and the AZL Padres 2 were only able to manage one hit.  Luis Patino, a 17-year-old Colombian, threw five shutout innings, allowing just a single hit to Tirso Ornelas, while adding three strikeouts and three walks.

Eduardo SolanoKorey Anderson, and Jonathan Guzman combined to preserve the lead, and keep the one-hitter intact.  Esteury Ruiz went 2 for 4 with an RBI, and third baseman Denzell Gowdy, the Padres 36th round pick from 2016, went 3 for 3 with a walk, raising his average to .250.

 

Tri-City Shuts Out Vancouver

Starter Ben Sheckler and three other Dust Devil relievers combined to throw a shutout against the host Vancouver Canadians in a 3-0 victory.  Sheckler, the Padres 8th round pick from 2016, threw 5.2 innings, allowing six hits and a walk, while striking out six.  Among the relievers in to help was 18-year-old Andres Munoz, who threw multiple pitches at 100+ MPH.  The 6’2″ native of Mexico has a less-than-appealing 4.86 ERA in 15 appearances this year, but he also has 13 K/9 rate.  That is very exciting.

On the offensive side, June draft picks Robbie Podorsky (25th round) and Matthew Batten (32nd round) each had a pair of hits, and Tre Carter went 1 for 2 with a pair of walks and a stolen base.  Carter extended his hitting streak to nine games, bringing his hitting line up to .260/.333/.435.

 

Elsewhere in the Minors

  • Logan Allen threw five innings and gave up three runs in the Storm’s 3-2 loss to the Inland Empire.  He scattered seven hits and a walk, while striking out five.  River Stevens hit a solo homer and was the only Lake Elsinore player to have more than one hit.  Ruddy Giron and Kyle Overstreet each added doubles, and Taylor Kohlwey hit a triple in the loss.

 

  • Jordan Lyles made his first start in the Padres organization since being designated for assignment by the Colorado Rockies.  It was a rough first day on the job, as he allowed three runs in 1.1 innings in the Chihuahuas 7-5 win over Fresno.  Bryan Rodriguez relieved him, throwing 6.2 innings and allowing a pair of runs, and Adam Cimber got his third save after a 1-2-3 inning.  Rocky Gale went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles, Travis Jankowski went 3 for 5 with a double and a triple of his own.  Franchy Cordero and Ryan Schimpf each had a hit and a strikeout for El Paso.

 

  • Lake Elsinore continues it’s series against the Inland Empire 66ers, which is one of the few teams that has games televised on MiLB.tv.

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