Bachar's perfect afternoon earns weekly award

Padres prospect combined on one-hitter in fourth TinCaps outing

Lake Bachar is 4-0 with a 3.18 ERA in 10 games this year across two levels. (Jeff Nycz/Mid-South Images.)

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com | August 21, 2017 5:10 PM

Lake Bachar was perfect for seven innings last Thursday, making him an easy choice when it came to handing out the latest weekly awards. But the right-hander said he wasn't fazed by the gem he threw.

"At a certain point, I don't really try to hide from it, because I feel like that can kind of get you in trouble, at least for me," Bachar told MiLB.com. "I accept it and continue to go out there and do what I need to do."

Bachar and Class A Fort Wayne combined on a one-hitter on Aug. 17 and the right-hander was honored Monday as the Midwest League's Pitcher of the Week. He struck out seven and earned his third win on the circuit. 

"My catcher, Kyle Overstreet, and I were very synced," Bachar said. "I felt like we were on the same page and we were mixing up pitches and keeping them unbalanced. I had three solid pitches vs. every batter."


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The 22-year-old Illinois native was the Padres' fifth-round pick in 2016 and making his third start and fourth appearance for Fort Wayne last week when he found himself pitching a perfect game. That ended when TinCaps manager Anthony Contreras decided to pull Bachar after seven frames, handing the effort Jose Galindo. The reliever kept it cooking through eight but surrendered a two-out double in the ninth, ending the perfect game bid.

Bachar was cool with the outcome either way.

"I wasn't really frustrated, but I was feeling like I had a chance to go back out there and finish at least the eighth and then see where we are from there," he said, "but I had total trust in what the coaches were deciding and trust in Galindo to close out the game."

Bachar began the season late, making his debut in June in the Rookie-level Arizona League. He joined Fort Wayne on July 28. Last year, he went 2-2 with a 3.19 ERA in 15 games between Fort Wayne, Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore and the AZL Padres.

Below is the complete list of Minor League Pitchers of the Week for Aug. 14-20:

Pitchers of the Week
League Player Team MLB Stats
International Alec Asher Norfolk BAL 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Pacific Coast Bubba Derby Colorado Springs MIL 2-0, 1.42 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 12 2/3 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 HBP, 2 BB, 10 K
Eastern Dan Slania Richmond SF 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 SHO, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
Southern Touki Toussaint Mississippi ATL 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
Texas Corey Copping Tulsa LAD 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 G, 0 GS, 3 SV, 3 2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 HBP, 1 BB, 4 K
California Jesus Tinoco Lancaster COL 2-0, 0.73 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 12 1/3 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 HBP, 6 BB, 15 K
Carolina Wes Benjamin Down East TEX 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
Florida State Burch Smith Charlotte TB 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
Midwest Lake Bachar Fort Wayne SD 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
South Atlantic Lucas Humpal Delmarva BAL 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K
New York-Penn Juan De Paula Staten Island NYY 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
Northwest Jhoan Duran Hillsboro ARI 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Appalachian Sal Biasi Burlington KC 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 0 GS, 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
Pioneer Justin Hoyt Ogden LAD 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 0 GS, 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K

Danny Wild is an editor for MiLB.com. Follow his MLBlog column, Minoring in Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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