Padres Down on the Farm: April 16 (Tatis homers again for EP/Merrill stays hot for FW/Musgrove K’s 8 for LE)
The San Diego Padres affiliates went 2-3 on Sunday. Lake Elsinore had a double-header.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 10-3 to Albuquerque Isotopes) (6-9 on the season)
Fernando Tatis Jr.: 2-for-5, HR, RBI, K
Yorman Rodriguez: 3-for-4, R
Eric Hanhold: IP, 3 K, 0 H, 0 BB
Fernando Tatis Jr. continued his insane tear in El Paso, adding another home run in the first inning in the Chihuahuas’ 10-3 loss to the Isotopes on Sunday afternoon. The home run for Tatis gave him six home runs in his last three games, which, at the time, made him 10 for his last 12. Tatis Jr. has been putting up video game numbers while prepping to return to the Padres on April 20th, giving him an OPS of 1.802 in his time with the Chihuahuas. Though the Chihuahuas lost on Sunday, the fans were once again thoroughly entertained by one of the best stretches of offensive baseball that anyone could possibly put up.
San Antonio Missions (Lost 12-2 to Frisco) (3-6 on the season)
Brantley Bell: 1-for-2, 2B, BB
The San Antonio Missions fell to the Frisco RoughRiders 12-2 in an ugly game that only saw the Missions collect three hits. Frisco started off the game with a pair of runs and never looked back after that. Though the Missions scored a run in the bottom of the first, would tack on five more runs in the following three innings, and from there, the game got out of hand for San Antonio.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Won 9-1 vs. Lake County) (3-6 on the season)
Jackson Merrill: 2-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R
Marcos Castanon: 2-for-4, 2B, 3 R, 3 RBIs, BB
Ryan Bergert: 3 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, BB, 4 Ks
Nick Thwaits: 3 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 Ks
The TinCaps jumped on the Lake County Captains early, scoring three runs in the first innings and picking up one of their best wins of the early season. Led by Merrill, who has four hits, including three doubles in his last two games, and Castanon, who drove in three runs and scored three times, the TinCaps looked great offensively and had great pitching (0 ER), and collected their third win of the season.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 4-2 to Inland Empire) (6-2 on the season)
Joe Musgrove: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 8 Ks
Anthony Vilar: 1-for-2, 2B, R, K, BB
Joe Musgrove took the mound in possibly his final tune-up before getting back with the San Diego Padres and made a major step in his rehab after injuring his foot during Spring Training. Though Musgrove gave up six hits and four runs in his five innings of work, it was a great sign for Padres’ fans that he was able to go five innings while also collecting eight strikeouts. The Storm would go on to lose for the second straight day after starting the season 6-0, but the highlight of the day was Musgrove’s eight strikeouts while looking and feeling good.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 5-2 vs. Inland Empire) (7-2 on the season)
Graham Pauley: 2-for-3, HR, 2 R
Samuel Zavala: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, 2 Ks
Austin Krob: 2.2 IP, ER, 2 H, 4 BB, 5 Ks
Manuel Castro: 2 IP, ER, H, 3 BB, 6 Ks
Lake Elsinore bounced back on a day in which they lost the first of two games on Sunday, defeating Inland Empire 5-2 thanks to great pitching. The Storm combined for 14 strikeouts and, offensively, got a big home run from Graham Pauley for the win to break a two-game losing streak.
Kevin is a San Diego Native covering the San Diego Padres and their affiliates