The minor leagues can be funny. In Albuquerque, I saw a fly ball kick out of the glove of Dodgers prospect Trayvon Robinson and over the left-field fence for a home run. I saw former Padres right-hander Tim Redding face San Diego native (Hilltop High School) Mike Jacobs.
Caught a couple games in Tucson this past weekend. On Friday, right-hander Matt Buschmann started for the T-Padres and shut down the Salt Lake Bees. Working exclusively out of the stretch, Buschmann tossed a complete game, allowing one run and using just 97 pitches in the process. He isn’t a prospect, but that is a [...]
The Padres have optioned outfielder Will Venable to Triple-A Tucson and recalled outfielder Blake Tekotte from Double-A San Antonio. I don’t know what is wrong with Venable (.224/.293/.291 in 151 PA this year) or how to fix it, but he vows to improve his approach. At his best, Venable is a useful if flawed piece [...]
We had some good discussion about possible lineups for the 2011 Padres in last week’s open thread. Several suggestions were made regarding specific order, but a few “big picture” comments caught my attention.
Today’s letter comes from Brian C., who writes: Just read that the Dodgers signed Tony Gwynn Jr. to a contract and it made me barf a bit in my mouth. Your reaction? Well, that could be a medical condition. You might want to see a doctor. Oh, the signing… my bad. Of course, why would [...]
I have a strong preference for well-pitched games, but sometimes it’s fun to see your team go off like the Padres did on Monday night against the Mets. I probably appreciate it more because it doesn’t happen often with this club, in this ballpark… although it’s worth noting that the Padres’ two biggest outbursts in [...]
What’s up with Jerry Hairston Jr.? The guy is hitting .225/.268/.271 with zero homers in 141 PA when the Cardinals come to town. Next thing you know, he’s got back-to-back game-winning jacks. I thought the other Hairston did that sort of thing. It’s like he borrowed Scott’s mojo: Jerry: Hey bro, I’m kind of sucking [...]
Triple-A No PCL games scheduled. Double-A San Antonio @ Frisco, postponed. High-A — Lake Elsinore 6, High Desert 1 Javis Diaz: 1-for-5, 2B Robert Perry (CF): 0-for-4 Eric Sogard (DH): 2-for-3, BB Rayner Contreras: 1-for-3 Mitch Canham: 3-for-4, 3B Nathan Culp: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 HR, 0 BB, 2 SO (12 GO) [...]