Down on the Farm: June 18 (Defense lets down Gore/Abrams & Williams-Sutton with 4 hits/Acosta homer and 3 hits)
Despite the postponement of one game, three minor league teams saw action on Friday and went 2-1.
Here is a quick recap of all the day’s action.
El Paso Chihuahuas (16-21 on the season) (Lost to Skeeters 10-3)
Luis Campusano: 1-for-1, HR, RBI, R
Patrick Kivlehan: 1-for-4, HR, RBI, R, K, E
Pedro Florimon: 2-for-4, 2B, 2 K, 2 E
MacKenzie Gore: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 6 R (2 ER), 2 BB, K (Loss)
MacKenzie Gore only threw a little over 50% of his pitches for strikes and allowed three home runs. He continues to struggle in Triple-A and his stock has slowly begun to drop.
However, he didn’t get much help from his defense. A Florimon throwing error turned a potential double-play into a fielder’s choice. Gore rebounded with a strikeout but a three-run blast spotted Sugar Land with a four-run lead.
A Miguelangel Sierra foul ball was dropped by Kivlehan, leading to Sierra working a walk. After a fly ball out, Jake Meyers took a pitch to center field for a two-run home run and that was all she wrote for Gore’s outing.
El Paso struggled to muster up any offense. Campusano continued his white-hot hitting with a solo home run while Kivlehan’s solo shot in the ninth was far from enough for the Chihuahuas.
San Antonio Missions (21-16 on the season) (Defeated Naturals 14-6)
CJ Abrams: 4-for-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 2B, SB
Dwanya Williams-Sutton: 4-for-5, 3 R, RBI, 2B, K, SB
Jose Azocar: 3-for-4, 4 R, BB
Chandler Seagle: 2-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 2B, K
Aaron Leasher: 5 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 5 K (Win)
It was a good day to be a San Antonio hitter.
The Missions collected a total of 17 hits en route to an eight-run victory over the Naturals. As a team, San Antonio went 10-for-23 with runners in scoring position.
After hitting .208 over the past seven games, Abrams had two doubles with four RBIs to break out of his mini-slump all while raising his OPS to an even .800 on the season.
CJ Abrams 2nd 2B of the night. He went 4-5. #PadresFarm pic.twitter.com/phwHZDwmV2
— PadresFarm® (@Padres_Farm) June 19, 2021
Eguy Rosario nearly had a three-run inside the park home run but settled for a triple after being gunned down at home and Williams-Sutton knocked in the final run of the game with an eighth-inning RBI single.
Leasher was solid through five innings, striking out five and lowering his ERA to 2.85 in 31.2 innings of work. His only blemish came in the fourth inning when he gave up a solo home run to Clay Dungan.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (16-22 on the season)
A game was supposed to be played between the Fort Wayne TinCaps and Dayton Dragons, but Mother Nature had other ideas.
A severe weather storm forced the game to be postponed to tomorrow. The teams will be playing a doubleheader on June 19.
Tonight’s game has been postponed. The Dragons will play two, 7 inning games tomorrow starting at 6pm. Gates will open at 5:30pm. Tickets for Saturday, June 19 will be honored for both games.
— Dayton Dragons (@DragonsBaseball) June 18, 2021
Lake Elsinore Storm (20-20 on the season) (Defeated 66ers 10-3)
Euribiel Angeles: 4-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI
Matthew Acosta: 3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, 2B
Gilberto Vizcarra: 2-for-3, 2 RBI, R, 3B
Jesus Lugo: 2 IP, K (No Decision)
Gabe Morales: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 5 K (Win)
Much like their brethren in Double-A, Lake Elsinore woke up ready to hit.
The Storm collected fourteen hits as a team and went 6-for-17 with runners in scoring position.
Every position player got on base at least once via base hit or walk while Angeles led the team with four base hits and three RBIs.
In a bullpen game, Lugo pitched two clean innings while Morales pitched into the fifth inning to earn the win. Lake Elsinore has now won five of their last six games.
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El Paso- TBD
San Antonio- Reiss Knehr (5-1 3.76 ERA)
Fort Wayne- Game 1- Anderson Espinoza (0-1 7.62 ERA) Game 2- TBD
Lake Elsinore- TBD
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