The San Diego Padres affiliates went 1-3 on the night.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 5-1 to Oklahoma City) (6-4 on the season)
Reiss Knehr: 4.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 BB, K (85 pitches, 49 strikes)
Luis Campusano: (1-for-4), HR, RBI, R
C.J. Hinojosa: (2-for-4), 2B
Thomas Milone: (1-for-3), 2B, 2 K
Five batters into the game, Ryan Noda took Reiss Knehr deep, giving Oklahoma City a three-run lead in the process. Knehr allowed just two hits across the night, but he struggled with control throughout. He worked himself into trouble with walks, especially in the disastrous first inning. Luis Campusano hit his first home run of the season to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning, but that was all that the Chihuahua offense produced. Campusano, along with C. J. Hinojosa and Thomas Milone were the only players to get a hit for El Paso. The Oklahoma City pitching staff just dominated the Chihuahua lineup, as El Paso never came close to getting back into the game. They had just three at-bats with runners in scoring position and went hitless in their opportunities.
San Antonio Missions (Lost 7-3 to Frisco) (2-5 on the season)
Matt Waldron: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 5 K (76 pitches, 50 strikes)
Brandon Dixon: (2-for-3), HR, 3 RBI, R, BB, 2 SB, K
Esteury Ruiz: (2-for-4), 2B, R, BB, SB, K
Robbie Podorsky: (2-for-5), 2B, R, K
The Missions got six hits from the top three players in their lineup and three runs on Brandon Dixon’s blast in the bottom of the sixth. Unfortunately, the other six Missions players combined for just one hit, and Dixon’s blast provided the only runs of the night for San Antonio. Matt Waldron started well for the Missions, working through the first three innings without surrendering a run. However, he struggled mightily, as Frisco tagged him for five runs across his last 1.2 innings of work. Dixon’s blast brought San Antonio back within two, and the Missions loaded up the bases in the seventh with two outs. Unfortunately, Dixon couldn’t recreate his home run from the previous frame and instead struck out. Frisco added two more runs off the back end of the Missions bullpen, and the struggles of the rest of the San Antonio lineup proved costly.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 4-2 to South Bend) (3-4 on the season)
Ryan Bergert: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K (57 pitches, 36 strikes)
Sam Keating: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K (27 pitches, 14 strikes)
Corey Rosier: (1-for-3), 2B, RBI, R, BB, K
Robert Hassell III: (1-for-4), K
The TinCaps offense was absent, as they posted just five hits and two walks. Just one of the hits went for extra bases, and they went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. Fort Wayne players struck out 11 times and squandered all of their chances. After the TinCaps had gone down in order the first three innings, the first two batters reached in the fourth. Corey Rosier walked, and premier prospect Robert Hassell III singled him over to third. Joshua Mears did bring Rosier home, but he did it by grounding into a double play, ending any chance to add on. Hassell grounded into a double play in the sixth, and with two men on, Ripken Reyes made it three killer twin killings with another in the eighth. The pitching for Fort Wayne was solid for most of the game, as Ryan Bergert pitched four solid frames, but some two-out thunder by the Cubs cost him in the fourth. Brandon Komar struggled in the sixth, allowing the first three batters of the frame to reach base. All three eventually scored, giving South Bend a lead they did not relinquish.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 15-4 vs. Visalia) (3-4 on the season)
Garrett Hawkins: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K (75 pitches, 49 strikes)
Lucas Dunn: (3-for-4), 2 3B, 6 RBI, 4 R, BB
Max Ferguson: (4-for-5), 2B, RBI, 4 R, SB
Jackson Merrill: (3-for-6), R
While everything went wrong for the other three minor league affiliates, just about everything went right for the Storm. The Storm loaded up the bases with three consecutive singles to start the game before Lucas Dunn cleared them with his first triple of the night. Dunn later scored on a groundout to give the Storm a four-run advantage. Lake Elsinore loaded up the bases in the third inning, scoring two more runs in the process. If a six-run lead wasn’t enough, they sent 12 batters to the plate in the fourth, scoring seven runs. Dunn’s second triple extended the lead even more, as Lake Elsinore scored 15 runs. Garrett Hawkins did plenty on the mound, thanks to the tremendous amount of run support.
El Paso: TBD
Game 1: Thomas Eshelman (1-0, 1.80 ERA)
Game 2: TBD
Fort Wayne: Jackson Wolf (0-1, 13.50 ERA)
Lake Elsinore: TBD