Arizona League Weekly Report
Report No. Four
Covering Sunday, July 30 to Saturday, August 5
Remarkable Comeback. The Padres overcame an eight-run deficit to beat the Maryvale Brewers on August 3. Going into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Brewers held a commanding 9-1 lead. But the Padres plated five runs in the sixth and then scored single runs in the next two frames to pull within one run. The Padres completed their remarkable come-from-behind victory in the bottom on the ninth inning on RBI hits by Cedric Hunter and Adam Bourassa.
Scoring First Run End of Story for Giants. Here's an amazing statistic. The Scottsdale Giants are 15-0 so far this season in games where they score first. The Royals have also had excellent success when they take the first lead, winning 18 out of 20 times. On the hand, the Athletics have won only half the time (10-10) when scoring first.
Angels Get Hot. After splitting their first 26 games, the Tempe Angels have won eight of their ten contests, including five out of six this week.
Brewers Lose Eight Straight. The Brewers have started the second half losing eight straight games. During the losing streak, the club's pitching has faltered badly, yielding 79 runs in the eight games with an ERA of 9.15 (67 earned runs in 66 innings). The Brewers' game against the Cubs on August 5 illustrates the futility of the Brewers' hurlers. Five pitchers combined to give up 13 hits and 13 walks in a 12-2 loss. Interestingly, the 13 walks were not the most (or even second) most issued by Brewers pitchers in a game this season. On June 26, the Brewers walked 15 in a 15-5 loss to the Mariners (that's the league high for walks allowed in 2006). In a rematch against the Mariners on July 15, the Brewers pitchers gave 14 free passes in an 18-2 defeat. Not surprisingly, the Brewers lead the Arizona League in walks allowed with 214 (in 310 innings pitched).
On-Base Streak. Padres centerfielder Cedric Hunter's on-base streak continues. Hunter, the Padres’ third round pick in this year’s draft, has reached base safely in all 33 games. During the past week, Hunter batted .500 (11-for-22) with two doubles, a triple and four RBIS. Hunter also has the Arizona League's longest active hitting streak with hits in 12 consecutive games. Hunter is three games short of tying the AzL's longest hitting streak in 2006. Hunter's teammate third baseman Felix Carrasco hit safely in 15 straight games from June 22 to July 14.
Contreras Keeps Knocking in Runs. Last week's report noted that Padres second baseman Rayner Contreras had driven in 10 runs in a three-game span. Contreras continued to knock in runs for the Padres over the past week. In the last six games, Contreras had 13 RBIs, including five against the Angels on July 31. Over the past 10 games, the 19-year-old Dominican has driven in 22 runs (after knocking in only 13 runs in his first 15 games).
17 KOs. Five Mariners pitchers combined to strikeout 17 Brewer batters on August 4 in a 13-1 victory. Jared Eichelberger and Robert Harmon led the KO onslaught, each fanning six batters in two innings of work. Starter Leo Torres had one strikeout and relievers Rocky Collis and Haley Winter added three and one respectively.
Posted Sunday, July 30, 2006