AZL Padres clobber lackluster AZL Tribe, 11-3
Pitchers yield 18 hits, seven for extra base hits in loss
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GOODYEAR – The AZL Indians were flat from the first pitch to the last Monday night, as the visiting AZL Padres took a dominating 11-3 victory. It could have been the 100+ degree heat or the fact that they have played six games in as many days, but the usually energetic and loose AZL Indians were shells of their normal selves. They were out hit 18 to four on the evening and never managed to muster up any sort of fight.
The AZL Padres got the offensive onslaught started just as the game began in the top of the first inning. AZL Indian starter Mitch Brown allowed four of the first five batters to reach base on two singles and two doubles, giving the AZL Padres a 3-0 edge. It was a rough outing for Brown, to say the least, as nothing he threw seemed to fool or give any Padre hitters any trouble whatsoever.
The AZL Padres struck again in the top of the second off of a single by left fielder Jose Urena with runners at second and third. The single scored Franchy Cordero easily from third and the runner from second slid in safe just beating the throw from right fielder Victor Cabral. However, on a bizarre play, Cordero was called for interference for trying to retrieve the bat from just in front of home plate as the throw home came toward AZL Indians’ catcher Shane Rowland. This caused the second runner to be called out and held the AZL Padres to one run for the inning.
Brown managed to escape the third inning with no runs allowed thanks to a nice play by second baseman Ordomar Valdez, who gunned a runner down at home after ranging to his left to field a ground ball.
The AZL Padres broke through for two more runs in the top of the fourth on a single by Josh VanMeter and a triple by Cordero. This ended Brown’s disappointing outing. He finished allowing six runs (all earned) on ten hits with three strikeouts and no walks in only four innings of work.
The highlights for the AZL Indians were certainly few and far between. They were able to score only one run a piece in the fourth, sixth, and seventh innings. The AZL Padres pitching staff, headlined by starter Adrian De Horta and closerPayton Baskette, baffled AZL Indian hitters all night, as they combined to give up only one earned run on four hits, while striking out twelve against only two walks. It was a dominating performance to say the least.
The AZL Indians did manage to cut the AZL Padre lead to four after scoring in their half of the seventh, but the game never felt within reach.
Tribe reliever Naoki Hashimoto allowed the AZL Padres to blow the game open in the top of the ninth with four runs on six hits, as he struggled to find any part of the zone. Ramon Rodriguez was the lone bright spot on the AZL Indians’ staff. He held the AZL Padres to no runs on no hits and struck out four against only one walk in 1.1 innings of work.
Cabral, Valdez, Clint Frazier, and Alex Monsalve were the only AZL Indians to get a hit on the evening. In stark contrast, each AZL Padre starter collected at least one hit and as a team, they mashed out 18 hits in total, seven of which went for extra bases. They were led by Cordero, who had a monster game and finished going 5 for 5 with a triple, an RBI, a walk, and four runs scored. The AZL Indians were lucky the score was not any more lopsided than it already was and they will surely look to play a lot better and more inspired in their next outing.
The AZL Indians will have a much needed rest day on Tuesday before taking on the AZL Giants in Scottsdale on Wednesday at 7 p.m.