Storm Week #3 review 4/23/11- 4/29/11
Coming into the 3rd week of the season with a 5-10 record, the Storm made improvements in their defense but the starting pitching is still not getting consistent performances. 3B/DH Jedd Gyorko continues to pound the baseball but is getting little support from his teammates, with the exception of Edinson Rincon. The two third baggers are basically carrying the team; with an occasional assist from catcher Hagerty or 1B Nate Freiman. But none of the others are performing consistently enough to balance out the performances by the starting pitchers, who are giving up too many runs early.
The Storm started the week by completing a series with High Desert, a 5-4 loss. They then met up with the Stockton Ports for a four game series, which they split 2-2. They finished the week with a first game loss to the San Jose Giants. Lake Elsinore scored between 2-4 runs each game where the losing pitchers relinquished 4-7 runs per lost game.
On the other hand, the bullpen has distinguished itself with several stellar performances. With the exception of a rough start for Jeremy McBryde (0-1, 5.65 ERA) and Stiven Osuna (0-0, 9.22 ERA) the rest of the bullpen has been nails.
Pedro Hernandez, Dustin Pease, Zach Herr, Erik Hamren, Hayden Beard and Miles Mikolas have combined for 67 IP with 7 ER, 1 HR, 9 BB, 6 HB, 67 SO. That gives the 6 relievers a cumulative 1.10 ERA. Dustin Pease has pitched in 9 games and 12.2 innings without allowing an ER and has allowed only 1 run total on 4 hits. The leader in strikeouts is Pedro Hernandez, who carries a 2-0 record and 1.98 ERA over 13.2 IP with 3 ER and 17 SO.
Much is made, and deservedly so, of the performance of the major league Padres bullpen. But the early season performance of the Storm bullpen in an otherwise difficult start to the season also deserves some recognition. Development of quality relief pitching seems to be a strong point in this organization and it appears to be continuing throughout the minor league ranks.