San Diego Padres affiliates were 2-2 on Saturday.
Here is a recap of the day’s action.
El Paso Chihuahuas (25-25) Won 4-3
Miguel Diaz continues to throw well as he went four shutout innings for the Chihuahuas on Saturday. He is still being stretched out and got to 62 total pitches in this game. Expect the team to further his pitches per innings in each additional start as he gets more comfortable facing a team a third time around their lineup. Robert Stock had a rough eighth, but was able to hold on for his first save of the year. Auston Bousfield was the offensive star recording two of El Paso’s six hits.
Auston Bousfield– (2-4) Run, 2 RBI, K
Luis Urias– (1-4) Run
Javy Guerra– (1-3) 2B, Run, K
Miguel Diaz– 4 IP, H, 4 BB, 4 K (62 pitches- 35 strikes)
Robert Stock– (Save) 2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 K (40 pitches- 26 strikes)
San Antonio Missions (30-19) Lost 7-3
The Missions have lost three of their last five games as the offense has slowed down. Josh Naylor has cooled off since his hot start and is down to .321 on the season. He has been playing a lot of left field and perhaps he just needs some time to adjust. Expect him to get hot very soon as his 2018 season continues in the right direction. Jerry Keel was knocked around on Saturday by the Cardinals, allowing six earned runs in a little over three innings pitched. The bullpen came in after him and did their job (Gerardo Reyes, Jason Jester and Rowan Wick), but the offense could not put anything together for San Antonio.
Fernando Tatis Jr.– (3-5) 2B, K
Michael Gettys– (2-4) Run, SB, K
Rod Boykin– (1-3) Run, RBI, BB, 2 K
Rowan Wick– 2 IP, BB, 2 K (19 pitches- 14 strikes)
Jerry Keel– (Loss) 3.2 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (82 pitches- 54 strikes)
Lake Elsinore Storm (23-26) Won 6-3
Reggie Lawson had his worst start of the 2018 season, but Buddy Reed picked him up. The toolsy outfielder was 4-for-4 on the night including his eighth homer of the year which was a leadoff shot off Giants’ starter Conner Menez. Lawson allowed two earned runs in 4.1 innings pitched as he struggled with his command. Hudson Potts, Brad Zunica and Jorge Ona all doubled in the game for the Storm as they managed six runs on 10 total hits. Emmanuel Ramirez came in relief of Lawson and threw 3.2 hitless innings. He earned the win and is now 3-1 on the season for the Storm after starting the year in Fort Wayne.
Buddy Reed– (4-4) HR, 2B, 3 Run, RBI, 2 SB
Jorge Ona– (2-4) 2B, 2 RBI
Hudson Potts– (1-4) 2B, Run, K
Reggie Lawson– 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K (95 pitches- 55 strikes)
Emmanuel Ramirez– 3.2 IP, BB, 6 K (46 pitches- 30 strikes)
Fort Wayne TinCaps (21-27) Lost 12-11
The TinCaps lost a wild one in Lansing as the bullpen fell apart for Fort Wayne. With the team leading 10-5 in the ninth, the Tincaps coughed up five runs to the Lugnuts to tie the game at 10. In the top of the 10th, Tirso Ornelas hit a sac fly to give the team an 11-10 lead but Caleb Boushley could not nail down the game. Kevin Smith tripled to begin the inning which tied the game (Mid West League international tie-breaker rules states runner starts on second for each team to begin inning) Esteury Ruiz committed a costly error in the 11th that proved to be fatal for Fort Wayne as he booted a ground ball with bases loaded and two outs. Not exactly the most fundamentally sound game for the Padres’ minor league affiliate. The offense did deliver for the TinCaps, as five hitters had multiple hits on the night.
Carlos Belen– (4-4) HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 Runs, BB
Tirso Ornelas– (2-5) 3B, Run, RBI, K
Jeisson Rosario– (4-6) Run, RBI, K
Robbie Podorsky– (2-4) 3B, 2 Runs, RBI
Tom Cosgrove– 7 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 6 K (97 pitches- 67 strikes)
Probable Starters for Sunday’s games
El Paso: TBD
San Antonio: Colin Rea
Lake Elsinore: TBD
Fort Wayne: Osvaldo Hernandez