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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 12:30 am

Notebook: De Horta suffers from lack of control

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

Adrian De Horta's first outing for the TinCaps in three years was cut short Tuesday night, and the right-hander's issue was easy to identify.

Unable to locate his pitches, De Horta had thrown 84 before the end of the fourth inning, and that prompted Fort Wayne manager Anthony Contreras to pull his starter, who was otherwise not that bad.

The San Diego Padres are understandably cautious with every pitcher in their farm system, so when De Horta struck out Bowling Green's Garrett Whitley for the second out of the fourth, his night was over. He gave up three runs, all in the first, and gave up three hits while issuing four walks.

De Horta has lacked control in the past, although he had seemed to be pounding the strike zone more consistently. In 2016, in the 11 games in which the California native appeared, he issued only nine walks over 31 innings. That was mainly at short-season Tri-City.

Prior to Tuesday, De Horta had pitched only twice in 2017. With high-A Lake Elsinore on May 19, he turned in five shutout innings and did not walk anyone. With Double-A San Antonio last week, De Horta issued two free passes in four innings.

In his return to Parkview Field, where he pitched five times in 2014, De Horta threw only 47 strikes in those 84 pitches, which denied him an ability to go deep in the game.

Help on the way: Center fielder Buddy Reed, on the disabled list since late April, posted a message to his Twitter account that indicates a return is near. "Road to recovery almost over," Reed wrote. "Ready to be back with the boys." He added a TinCaps hashtag.

Streaking: In Tuesday's loss to Bowling Green, Fort Wayne catcher Webster Rivas extended his hit streak to eight games and his streak of consecutive games reaching base to 11.