Monday, September 15, 2008

Padres take game 1 from the Rocks

Wade LeBlanc had another solid if not good outting making only one big mistake to Troy Tulowitski in the 4th inning giving up a Grand Slam Homerun, but that was the only scoring he allowed. He went 6ip, scattered 7 hits, 4er, and K'd 6.

Wade had a shaky debut, but has really settled down to pitch very well in his last two. He's a changeup artist that constantly keeps hitters off balance by locating a few different types of changeups all over the zone. He tops out around 88-89 and sits around 86-88 so it's very important for him to be able to locate his pitches. He's one of the young arms that will be bidding for a rotation spot in 2009.

Matt Antonelli had a decent day at the plate, notching his first ML HR. The converted 3rd baseman was the nations #1 2nd base prospect last year, but fell a bit off the radar as Portland proved a tough adjustment for him. He did however make that adjustment and during his last month there prior to call up he hit around .300 and was driving the ball well. The Padres have high hopes for Matt's development, and that he has a chance to be a very special player and contributor to the future of the ballclub. He will have a chance to earn a starting role out of spring in 2009, but a trip back to Portland to polish up his skillset could be more beneficial in the long run.

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Play Ball !!!

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