It was a night off for the prospects in Arizona, but six teams were in action on Saturday. The San Diego Padres’ affiliates went 3-3 on the day.
Here is a recap of the events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (45-28) Won 6-1
The San Diego Padres could use some reinforcements in the starting rotation, and Dinelson Lamet could provide just that very soon. The right-handed pitcher recovering from Tommy John surgery has progressed very well and looked at his best on Saturday night in Tacoma. He struck out eight batters in five innings pitched for the Chihuahuas. Lamet was relieved by Trevor Megill who earned the win, throwing two innings of scoreless baseball. Travis Radke, Andres Munoz, and Steven Wilson all were perfect on the night. Wilson and Radke started in Lake Elsinore, and either has yet to allow a run out of the bullpen this year in Triple-A. Michael Gettys homered in the game, his 18th of the season. The 9th inning blast gives the outfielder back to back games with a homer. Gettys is quietly producing at the Triple-A level and doing so at the age of 23. Jose Pirela slugged his 13th home run in the 8th inning for El Paso in the win.
Michael Gettys– (1-5) HR, 3 RBI, Run
Jose Pirela– (1-5) HR, 3 RBI, Run, K
Austin Allen– (1-3) 2B, BB
Luis Urias– (1-4) Run, BB, K
Dinelson Lamet– 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, BB, 8 K (71 pitches- 44 strikes)
Amarillo Sod Poodles (35-38) Lost 2-1
The Soddies scored one run in the ninth to tie the game at one, but lost Saturday’s contest to Tulsa by the score of 2-1. Nick Margevicius made a start and pitched well in six innings pitched for Amarillo. The left-handed pitcher has major league experience now, and that is invaluable as he takes on the Texas League. Jean Cosme took the loss, after allowing a run to score in the bottom of the 10th. Ivan Castillo had half of the Soddies hits on the night as he went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Amarillo’ batters struck out 18 times in the game. Brad Zunica struck out four times and Peter Van Gansen struck out three times. Every single player in the starting lineup struck out at least once, except for Castillo. Not a great day for Amarillo and their offense.
Ivan Castillo– (2-3) 2B, RBI
Taylor Kohlwey– (1-4) 2 K
Ruddy Giron– (1-1) Run
Lake Bachar– 2 IP, BB, 3 K (30 pitches- 20 strikes)
Nick Margevicius– 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K (81 pitches/54 strikes)
Lake Elsinore Storm (37-34) Lost 10-3
Six late runs in the eighth inning by the 66ers broke open what was a close game in Lake Elsinore. Fred Schlichtholz gave up six earned runs, while only recording two outs. A three-run homer by Zane Gurwitz was the big blow against the Storm pitcher. Luis Patino started the game and pitched well. The right-handed pitcher threw five innings of three-run ball, striking out eight batters. He has a 3.15 ERA so far in the Cal League. Jeisson Rosario and Luis Campusano had multiple hits, but it was not enough for Lake Elsinore to win at home. Tirso Ornelas went 0-for-4 with three K’s and his OPS down to .600 on the year.
Jeisson Rosario- (2-4) Run, CS
Luis Campusano- (2-4) Run
Gabriel Arias– (1-4) 2B, 2 RBI
Allen Cordoba– (1-4) Run, SB, K
Luis Patino- 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB8 K (91 pitches- 59 strikes)
Fort Wayne TinCaps (34-37) Lost 2-1
Left-handed pitcher Sam Keating started the game for the TinCaps, and he threw six shutout innings. Angel Acevedo relieved him and allowed a run on one hit. The problem was not with the pitching staff, as they did their job. The offense for the TinCaps has been dormant for quite some time, and Saturday was no different. Six total hits by Fort Wayne resulted in just one run. Tucupita Marcano earned two hits himself and is hitting .276 on the year. Fifteen different Fort Wayne’ batters struck out in the game as they left eight batters on the bases. Henry Henry was charged with the loss as Great Lakes walked-off in the 1oth inning on a wild pitch by the Dominican pitcher.
Tucupita Marcano– (2-5) Run
Grant Little– (1-4) BB, 2 K
Agustin Ruiz– (1-5) 4 K’s
Henry Henry– 2.1 IP, ER, 2 BB (25 pitches- 15 strikes)
Sam Keating– 6 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 2 K (74 pitches- 43 strikes)
Tri-City Dust Devils (4-5) Won 7-3
2019 7th round pick Connor Lehman made his debut tonight in Washington pitching for the Dust Devils. The right-handed pitcher out of St. Louis University threw one inning of scoreless ball. 32nd round pick Jason Reynolds from Lehigh followed Lehman and threw two scoreless innings while striking out four. In the second appearance of his professional career, the right-hander recorded his first win. Hard-throwing Dominican Starlin Castro was knocked around a bit, allowing three earned runs while only getting two outs. Felix Minjarez, a right-handed pitcher from Riverside, threw three innings of scoreless ball. The 23-year-old has a 1.74 ERA so far this year. Sean Guilbe was the hitting star, as the 19-year-old infielder went 2-for-4 with a homer and a double. Matthew Acosta continues to be impressive, holding a .954 OPS to start his professional career. Tri-City struck out 12 times in the game, which is something that needs to be improved.
Sean Guilbe- (2-4) HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 Runs, BB, K
Carlos Luis– (2-5) Run, RBI, 2 K
Matthew Acosta- (1-3) Run, 2 BB
Jordy Barley– (1-4) BB, 2 K
Jason Reynolds- 2 IP, 4 K
AZL Padres 1 (3-1)
AZL Padres 2 (1-3)
DSL Padres (9-10) Won 11-7
The DSL Padres team knocked out seven hits in their 11-7 win over the DSL Orioles team. Soon to be 19-year-old right-handed pitcher, Luis Crisostomo threw a nice game in the Dominican on Saturday. The 6-foot-2 pitcher tossed six innings of one-run ball, striking out four in the game. He is now 1-1 on the year with a 4.00 ERA. Nick Rios earned his second save for the DSL team by pitching the ninth inning. The 19-year-old left-handed pitcher from Venezuela has a 1.08 ERA this season. Wilmert Paula drove in three runs and tripled in the game, and Nerwilian Cedeno, a 17-year-old shortstop from Venezuela, has his OPS up to .922 on the year after going 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI’s.
Wilmert Paula- (1-4) 3B, 3 RBI, Run, BB, 3 K
Nerwilian Cedeno– (2-4) 2B, 4 RBI, Run, BB
Eduard Hidalgo– (1-3) 2 Runs, BB, K
Josttin Diaz– (1-2) 2B, 3 Runs, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Luis Crisostomo– 6 IP, 3 H,1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Amarillo- TBD vs TBD
Lake Elsinore- Aaron Leasher (3-5 4.58 ERA) vs. TBD
Fort Wayne- TBD vs. TBD
Tri-City- Omar Cruz (0-1 6.00 ERA) vs. Didler Vargas (0-1 8.10 ERA)
AZL Padres 1- TBD vs. AZL Indians Red
AZL Padres 2- TBD vs. AZL Dodgers Mota
DSL Padres- OFF