Triple-A — Omaha 7, Portland 1
Craig Stansberry (SS): 1-for-3, 2B, BB
Jody Gerut (CF): 0-for-4
Chase Headley: 2-for-3, 2B, BB
Brian Myrow: 0-for-4
Chip Ambres (RF): 0-for-3, BB
Will Venable (DH): 0-for-4
Nick Hundley: 0-for-4
Matt Antonelli: 1-for-3
Josh Geer: 6 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 1 HR, 4 BB, 3 SO
Dirk Hayhurst: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 2 SO
Gerut and Ambres have flip-flopped positions. I wonder if the front office is trying to determine whether Gerut can play center field? Antonelli in the #9 hole again.
In other news, Shawn Estes will be summoned from Portland to replace the injured Kevin Cameron (elbow). This is the problem with stashing Estes on the 40-man roster. At some point you need to justify his presence. Unfortunately, Estes hasn’t been good in more than a decade and he’s 35 years old, so we probably shouldn’t expect him to start now.
A total of 125 pitchers have worked 600+ innings for the period 2002-2008. None has a worse ERA+ during that stretch than Estes. Here are the worst of the worst:
- Shawn Estes, 82
- Casey Fossum, 83
- Adam Eaton, 84
- Aaron Sele/Glendon Rusch/Eric Milton, 85
Yep, the Padres now have two of the five worst pitchers in baseball over the past 6+ years on their staff. Sometimes redundancy is a good thing. This isn’t one of those times. Estes adds no value in the short term or the long term. Why is he here?
Double-A — San Antonio 4, Midland 3
Drew Macias: 2-for-5, HBP, SB
Chad Huffman: 1-for-4, 2 BB
Kyle Blanks: 2-for-5, HR, BB
Craig Cooper: 0-for-5
Jose Lobaton: 0-for-5
Matthew Buschmann: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 BB, 8 SO
Jonathan Ellis: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 0 SO
Blanks finally hit his second homer of the season.
High-A — San Jose 6, Lake Elsinore 0
Cedric Hunter: 2-for-3, BB
Rayner Contreras: 1-for-4
Kellen Kulbacki (DH): 0-for-3, BB
Cory Luebke: 5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 0 HR, 3 BB, 3 SO
The Storm have been blanked at home in back-to-back games.
Low-A — Burlington 7, Fort Wayne 4
Luis Durango (DH): 0-for-1, 2 BB
Justin Baum: 1-for-4, 2B
Shane Buschini: 0-for-4
Felix Carrasco: 2-for-4, 2B, HR
Bradley Chalk: 1-for-3, BB, SB
Yefri Carvajal: 1-for-4
Matt Teague: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 HR, 2 BB, 3 SO
Jeremy McBryde: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 HR, 1 BB, 4 SO
Carrasco is becoming a favorite of mine. Not that he’s a great prospect, mind you, especially now that he’s moved across the diamond to first base, but I have a soft spot for TTO guys.