Down on the Farm: April 22 (Weathers Deals Gem, El Paso Stays Hot)
The Padres farm teams were 1-3 on Monday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (11-7) Won 4-3
El Paso has come storming back after a rough start, winning 10 of their last 11 contests. They jumped on the board early against the Reno Aces thanks to an RBI double by recently-demoted Luis Urias. Josh Naylor extended the lead in the third with an RBI double of his own.
Starter Dietrich Enns kept the Aces at bay for five innings with no earned runs on three hits and two strikeouts. After the Aces cut the lead in half in the top of the sixth, Austin Allen gave El Paso some breathing room with a solo home run. Peter Van Gansen gave the Chihuahuas what would be a crucial insurance run in the seventh with a solo homer, giving El Paso a 4-1 lead. El Paso would hold on to win 4-3 after some shakey bullpen outings.
Dietrich Enns– 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
Luis Urias– (2-for-4) 2B, RBI, R
Josh Naylor– (2-for-4), 2B, RBI
Austin Allen– (1-for-4) HR, RBI
Peter Van Gansen– Pinch-hit HR, RBI
Amarillo Sod Poodles (7-11) Lost 13-7
Adrian Morejon started the game but left after just one batter with an undisclosed injury, raising the eyebrows of Padres farm fans everywhere. It was downhill from there for Amarillo. It was a slugfest from the start. Springfield jumped out to a 4-0 lead after Blake Rogers took over for the injured Morejon.
Edward Olivares hit a two-run homer in the fourth to cut into Springfield’s lead. The Cardinals then posted a five-run fourth inning which left the Sod Poodles playing catch-up the rest of the game. Luis Torrens added a home run and Olivares ended with two hits and four RBI, but it was far from enough with the bullpen behind the eight ball the entire game.
Edward Olivares showing impressive opposite field power. His 4th homer of the year. @sodpoodles #Padres pic.twitter.com/qRFjdr0BWJ
— James E. Clark (@EVT_JClark) April 23, 2019
Edward Olivares- (2-for-5) HR, 5 RBI, 2 R
Luis Torrens- (2-for-5) HR, RBI
Rodrigo Orozco– (3-for-3) 2 2B, 2 R, 2 BB
Owen Miller– (1-for-3) RBI, 2 BB
Lake Elsinore Storm (9-9) Lost 2-1
The Storm was locked in a tight game with the Lancaster JetHawks. Tom Cosgrove gave up a run early but then settled in for five solid innings. Tirso Ornelas tied the game in the bottom of the third with an RBI single; he added another hit on the evening, which would be the only two hits the Storm got.
That was all the Storm could muster on Monday night. Lancaster pitching shut them out the rest of the way, and they were able to wiggle loose one more run to squeak by with the slim victory.
Tom Cosgrove- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Aaron Leasher– 4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Tirso Ornelas- (2-for-4) RBI
Fort Wayne TinCaps (9-8) Lost 2-1
Ryan Weathers made his fourth start of the season for Fort Wayne as the TinCaps took on the Bowling Green Hot Rods. Weathers turned in one of the best starts of his young professional career. The 2018 seventh overall pick twirled six nearly perfect innings, allowing just one hit and one walk with zero runs and six strikeouts. Weathers is off to a strong start to 2019 as he has lowered his ERA to 1.59.
The game remained scoreless until Agustin Ruiz singled home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh, giving the TinCaps the 1-0 lead after an error got a runner in scoring position. However, Fort Wayne was not able to hold the lead in the ninth inning as Bowling Green scored twice to take the lead and won the game.
Ryan Weathers– 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
El Paso- off
Amarillo-Jesse Scholtens (1-0, 4.15 ERA) vs. Casey Meisner (0-1, 8.76 ERA)
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