Down on the Farm: July 23 (Nix Deals Again, Morejon Rehabs in AZL)

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The minor league affiliates for the San Diego Padres were 3-4 on Monday.

Here is a recap of the day’s action.

El Paso Chihuahuas (54-47)

(Did Not Play)

San Antonio Missions (59-41) Won 2 – 1

It seemed improbable that Jacob Nix could improve on his 6 IP outing last week against Midland, but he did just that on Monday night. Nix held the Corpus Christi Hooks to one-run in a 2-1 win to start the series. Nix kept the Hooks off balance for most of the night as the only run he allowed was on a pair of doubles in the second inning. He only allowed two more hits the rest of the way while striking out eight in seven innings. 19-year-old relief pitcher Andres Munoz continued his dominance of Double-A, escaping a jam in the ninth without allowing a run, giving him now 7.2 innings of scoreless pitching in San Antonio and 13.1 throughout the entire season in the minor leagues.

Josh Naylor: 1-3, 2B, R, BB
Ty France: 1-4, RBI
River Stevens: 1-3, R
Jacob Nix: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO (W, 2-2)
Andres Munoz: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO (S, 4)

Lake Elsinore Storm (51-51) Won 3 – 2

Pedro Avila had a quality start tonight against the San Jose Giants going six innings while only allowing two runs. Avila was fantastic, but the relief efforts of all-star Elliot Ashbeck and Colby Blueberg stole the show, as the duo combines to allow one hit through three innings, while striking out three and allowing no walks.

The Storm took the lead in the eighth inning after an RBI double by Luis Torrens and a two-run triple by Rod Boykin, leading to the Storm’s seventh straight victory.

Edward Olivares: 2-4, SB
Hudson Potts: 2-4, R
Luis Torrens: 2-4, R, RBI, 2 2B
Rod Boykin: 2-4, 2 RBI, 3B
Elliot Ashbeck: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO (W,4-2)
Colby Blueberg: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO (S, 1)

Fort Wayne TinCaps (46-53) Won 4 – 2

Ben Sheckler started the game for the TinCaps and even though he only allowed two earned runs, he escaped a lot of trouble. Fortunately for Sheckler, the TinCaps gave him an early lead in the first inning. After Jeisson Rosario was hit by a pitch, Gabrial Arias and Juan Fernandez both walked, bringing Kelvin Melean to the plate. Melean smacked a two-run single to left field and Luis Almanzar would follow with a soft single to right field scoring Fernandez giving the TinCaps a 3-1 lead that they would not relinquish.

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Robbie Podorsky: 3-4, 2B (Average up to .362)
Juan Fernandez: 2-3, R, BB
Kelvin Melean: 2-4, 2 RBI, 2B
Jalen Washington: 2-4, SB
Austin Smith: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO (W, 1-0)
Travis Radke: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO (S, 12)

Tri-City Dust Devils (19-19) Lost 9 – 1

Dust Devils starter Adrian Martinez could not escape the first against the Eugene Emeralds, allowing five runs on seven hits while only recording one out. Reliever Spencer Kulman was able to come in and strike out the final two batters in the first to limit the damage but the Dust Devils could not make up the difference. Catcher Chandler Seagle came on to pitch the ninth, the first time he has pitched in his professional career.

Grant Little: 1-3, R, BB, SB
Olivier Basabe: 2-4, SB
Luis Asuncion: 1-3, BB
Adrian Martinez: 0.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO (L, 1-3)
Spencer Kulman: 3.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO

AZL Padres 1 (5-9) Lost 10 – 1

Adrian Morejon had a rehab start tonight in Arizona for AZL Padres 1 and the box score does not tell the whole tale. Some will see it as a negative that he threw 2.2 innings while allowing two runs, but the positive might come in the next couple days if Morejon made it through this start with no discomfort. If that is the case, we should hope to see him back with Lake Elsinore shortly.

Xavier Edwards: 1-4
Jarryd Dale: 1-4, 2B
Adrian Morejon: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO (L, 0-1)
Carlos Belen: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO
Dillon Overton: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO

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AZL Padres 2 (15-13) Lost 9 – 7

AZL Padres 2 were in a slugfest tonight against the AZL Rangers. To begin the 6th, the Padres were down 6-2, but scored two in the 6th and three in the 7th to take a 7-6 lead. That changed quickly, as reliever Noel Vela allowed three runs in the 7th, giving the Rangers the lead and eventual victory.

Sean Guilbe: 1-3, R, RBI, 2B, BB
Jonny Homza: 1-4, RBI
Mason House: 3-4, 2 RBI, 3B
Jordy Barley: 2-4, 2 R, RBI, 2B, SB
Trent Shelton: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO

DSL Padres (23-19) Lost 7 – 4

DSL Padres starter Alan Mundo had a rough outing, allowing five hits, two walks, and four earned runs in four innings that put the Padres in the hole early. The bats were able to battle back as the Padres tied the game in the 5th. The team as a whole collected eight hits on the day, but they unfortunately could not squeak out the victory over the DSL Reds.

Brandon Valenzuela: 1-3, 2B, R, 2 BB
Cristian Heredia: 2-3, R, 2 BB
Adrian Antunez: 2-5
Alan Mundo: 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO
Alfredo Castaneda: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO (L, 1-2)

Probable Pitchers for Tuesday’s games
El Paso: Jordan Lyles
San Antonio: Logan Allen
Lake Elsinore: Reggie Lawson
Fort Wayne: Off
Tri-City: Cole Bellinger
AZL Padres 1: Off
AZL Padres 2: Off
DSL Padres: TBD

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Since he was a little kid he wanted to be one of those guys at the game who had the headset on, listening to the Colonel and Uncle Teddy, he has grown out of that, but the love is still there. Padres' coverage will be biased at times, but mostly an honest dissection of the team he loves.

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