Padres Down on the Farm: April 11 (Tatis Jr. 3 hits for EP/Mendoza and Ornelas homer for SA)
The San Diego Padres affiliates went 2-2 on Tuesday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (4-6, lost 13-12 to Albuquerque)
Fernando Tatis Jr. – 3-for-4, RBI, R
Luis Liberato – 1-for-2, HR, 3 RBI, R
Preston Tucker – 2-for-4, 3B, 4 RBI, 3 R
Matt Waldron (0-1) – 5 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 7 K, 2 BB, ND
The Chihuahuas lost 13-12 in a shootout to the Isotopes in El Paso on Tuesday. Waldron got hit hard, allowing four runs in the first inning and one in the second. He was able to settle down and keep the Isotopes scoreless for the next three innings before getting pulled in the sixth after allowing the first two hitters on, who then came around to score. With the game tied at eight entering the ninth, Angel Felipe (0-1) came in and allowed six runs on five hits in 0.2 innings.
El Paso was shut out the first four innings but scored four runs in the fifth inning to cut the deficit to 5-4. Tucker tripled to make it 5-2, and Tatis Jr. singled to make it 5-3. Entering the bottom of the eighth down 8-4, the Chihuahuas again score four runs, this time to tie the game at eight. Tucker singled to cut the deficit to three, and Liberato homered to tie the game at 8-8. Down 13-8 in the bottom of the ninth, El Paso drew four walks and scored four runs (all with two outs), but Matthew Batten struck out looking to leave the tying run on base.
El Niño is putting on a show for the El Paso crowd!
He's now 3 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored!#FearTheEars x #BringTheGold pic.twitter.com/eJwAW2G2u4
— El Paso Chihuahuas (@epchihuahuas) April 12, 2023
San Antonio Missions (2-2, won 4-0 over Frisco)
Tirso Ornelas – 2-for-3, 2B, HR (1) RBI, 2 R, BB
Korry Howell – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI
Evan Mendoza – 1-for-3, HR (1), RBI, R, BB
Nolan Watson – 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 K, 2 BB
Lake Bachar – 1.2 IP 0 R, 1 H, 2 K
The Missions threw a shutout on Tuesday against the Roughriders in a 4-0 win. San Antonio used six pitchers in the three-hitter while striking out nine and walking two. Watson was the starter, going three innings, and Seth Mayberry (1-0) got the win while throwing a perfect fourth inning. Jared Koenig threw 1.1 innings to close out the game, striking out three of four batters.
The Missions got on the board early, leading off the second inning with a Mendoza home run. Ornelas homered in the third to extend the lead to 2-0. San Antonio got some insurance runs as a Howell double in the sixth drove in Ornelas, and a Daniel Johnson sacrifice fly in the seventh scored Luis Aviles Jr.
.@TinCaps starter Bodi Rascon flashed tonight in the home opener at @ParkviewField! The 6-foot-5 lefty with 5⃣ K's in 3 scoreless IP with 2 hits & 1 BB. 22 years old, was a 19th round pick in 2019 out of HS in El Paso. @PadresProspects @billcenter @madfriars @EVT_News pic.twitter.com/R39n6NiCaC
— Glenn Marini (@GlennMariniWANE) April 12, 2023
Fort Wayne TinCaps (0-4, lost 3-1 to Lake County)
Jackson Merrill – 0-for-3, BB, K
Justin Farmer – 2-for-4, 2B, RBI
Bodi Rascon – 3 IP, 0 R, 5 K, 2 H, 1 BB
Ryan Bergert (0-1) – 2 IP, 1 R, 2 K, H, 2 BB
The TinCaps lost their home opener 3-1 to the Captains on Tuesday. Rascon, a 19th-round pick in 2019 out of El Paso, pitched three scoreless innings. The 22-year-old lefty struck out five in a great performance. Bergert came in relief and allowed one run in two innings of work. Keegan Collett struck out the side in the sixth, but the seventh started with an error and two walks, with two of those scoring when Collett came out.
The TinCaps were out-hit only 5-4 but were kept scoreless the first eight innings. Their one run came around on a two-out double by Farmer in the ninth. Both teams struck out 12 times as the bats were cold all around.
Lake Elsinore (4-0, won 5-1 over Inland Empire)
Graham Pauley – 3-for-4, 3B, RBI, R
Samuel Zavala – 1-for-4, 2B, BB
Henry Baez – 3 IP, 0 R, 3 K, 1 H, 2 BB
Jesus Gonzalez (1-0) – W, 4.2 IP, 1 R, 7 K, 5 H, 0 BB
The Storm extended their win streak to four to start the season. Three pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts and only one run in the win for Lake Elsinore. Baez started the game and went three shutout innings. Gonzalez came in relief, striking out seven and allowing one run in the eighth. Dylan Nedved finished the game, striking out three and allowing a hit and a walk over the final 1.1 innings.
The Storm broke the scoreless tie in the fourth on a two-out double by Rosman Verdugo to score Pauley after his triple. A leadoff triple in the sixth by Tyler Robertson would eventually turn into another run after Pauley’s single made the game 2-0. Kai Murphy singled to bring in Chase Valentine in the seventh, and two more runs in the ninth (wild pitch and sacrifice fly) would make the game 5-1.
El Paso – Pedro Avila (1-0, 7.94 ERA)
San Antonio – Efrain Contreras (0-1, 9.00 ERA)
Fort Wayne – Garrett Hawkins (2022: 5-8, 4.74 ERA)
Lake Elsinore – TBD
Bobby is currently a Junior at Arizona State University and is majoring in Sports Journalism in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is from San Diego, loves to write, and has a deep passion for baseball, football, and basketball. He also co-hosts the “Devils Talking Padres” podcast and is a contributor for ZonaHoops.com.