The San Diego Padres affiliates were 3-3 on Saturday.
It rained heavily in New Orleans, so the Chihuahuas game was cancelled. They will look to play a double-header on Sunday, if Mother Nature cooperates.
Enyel De Los Santos continues to impress, as the right-hander went seven shutout innings for the Missions on Saturday. The bullpen uncharacteristically blew the lead, as Trey Wingenter and Aroni Nina both allowed one run on the night for San Antonio. Josh Naylor was 1-6 with two RBI and a double, and Noah Perio recorded two hits.
Lake Elsinore lost 11-10, as David Bednar blew the save in the ninth by allowing Modesto to tie the game. The Nuts won the game, as they put up a two-spot in the 10th. The Storm rallied in the bottom of the inning, having the bases loaded at one point. Edwin Moreno grounded out, scoring a run, and Carlos Belen struck out swinging, ending the rally.
Adrian Morejon went five-plus innings on Saturday as the TinCaps were victorious 5-4. Fort Wayne is now three games behind West Michigan, who won the first half of the season. This young group has played well recently and will look to keep up the winning attitude. The TinCaps pulled out the victory, as Buddy Reed scored in the top of the 10th inning on a force out. Hansel Rodriguez stayed in the game to throw the bottom of the 10th (his third shutout inning of the contest) for the Padres’ Class A affiliate.
The Tri-City Dust Devils won 6-1, as Will Stillman was brilliant on the night. The 23-year-old right-hander, taken in the 6th round of the 2016 draft by the Padres, seems poised to develop, and a promotion should be in the books very shortly. He is ready for A-Ball. Luis Asuncion continued his hot hitting as he went 1-2 with a double and two runs scored. Outfielder Robbie Podorsky is hitting .321 on the season after going 1-3 on the night with a run scored.
In Arizona, the AZL Padres 2 team was off, but the first team was victorious 8-5 behind an impressive 11 strikeouts from Osvaldo Hernandez. The Cuban left-hander is 19 and should be a decent prospect eventually. He has all the intangibles and could form an awesome three-headed Cuban’ pitching monster with Michel Baez and Adrian Morejon one day. The AZL team got two hits from recently acquired Esteury Ruiz, and he even stole a base. The infielder has looked impressive so far in his first few weeks with the team after being acquired from the Royals.
The DSL team lost 11-2 as Daniel De La Cruz was roughed up. He only went 1.1 innings on the mound and his replacements, Diego Medina and Enzo Perez, didn’t fare much better. Outfielder Danny Tovar continues to impress as he went 1-3 with a double and an RBI. The 18-year-old, left-handed hitter could be one to keep an eye on moving forward.
El Paso Chihuahuas
Rain in New Orleans
San Antonio Missions (Won 4-2) 67-45 Overall
Enyel De Los Santos 7 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 8 K
Noah Perio (2-5)
T.J. Weir 2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K
Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 11-10) 53-60 Overall
Christian Friedrich 4.2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Michael Gettys (3-6) HR, 2 RBI, 2 Runs, SB
River Stevens (5-6) 3b, RBI, Run
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Won 5-4) 53-59 Overall
Adrian Morejon 5.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 K
Hansel Rodriguez 3 IP, 2 H, 8 K
Reinaldo Illarraza (2-5) Run
Tri-City Dust Devils (Won 6-1) 26-21 Overall
Will Stillman 6 IP, 5 H, 9 K
Luis Asuncion (1-2) 2 Runs, 2b, BB
Tre Carter (1-3) 3b, RBI
AZL Padres (Lost 8-5) 17-16 Overall
Osvaldo Hernandez 6 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 11 K
Esteury Ruiz (2-5) 3b, RBI, SB, Run
Angel Santos (3-4) Run, 3b, BB
AZL Padres 2
DSL Padres (Lost 11-2) 17-31 Overall
Miguel Molina (1-2) 2b, RBI
Danny Tovar (1-3) 2b, RBI, Run
Daniel De La Cruz 1.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K