Storm Week #14 review 7/9/11- 7/15/11
The Storm split their six game week with a 3-3 record and 13-9 overall. Good pitching performances from Andrew Werner (2-0, 1.88 ERA), Matt Lollis (2.2 IP with 2 H in relief), Mike Watt (5.1 IP with 5 hits) and reliever Jason Ray (1 win, 2 saves for 4-1 record and 1.35 ERA) bolstered the three wins while Jonathon Galvez and Jeudy Valdez continue to roll.
Galvez line: 3 2B, 1 3B, 6 RBI to increase his average from .294 to .299
Valdez line: 2 2B, HR, 5 RBI to hold his average around .280
Manager Phil Plantier is still juggling the lineup to find the best combinations of hitters with the third spot shared among Galvez, Valdez and the rehabbing Mike Baxter. The cleanup spot is shared among Freiman and outfielders Meeley and Payne. This was made necessary with the promotion of Jason Hagerty to San Antonio on July 14th. This promises to throw the Storm lineup into more of an upheaval than previously anticipated but shows the organization having an increased amount of appreciation for the skills of Hagerty.
CF Rey Fuentes was again placed on the inactive list and then reactivated four days later.
Catcher Ross Brayton was sent to LE from Arizona for three days and Jhonaldo Pozo was placed with the Storm from Fort Wayne when Brayton was sent back to Arizona.
Catcher Rocky Gale was then moved from Tucson to Lake Elsinore for two days then moved to San Antonio in exchange for Eddy Rodriquez. It seems quite obvious that the Padre organization is having a difficult time deciding which catchers belong with which teams and at which levels. Moving catchers around to balance skill levels and experience needs has always been prevalent within the Padres minor leagues and this season proves to be the most interesting in that area.
The loss of two of the Storm