Padres Down on the Farm: April 18 (Pomeranz makes return, Storm stays hot/Merrill homers for FW)
The San Diego Padres affiliates went 2-2 on Tuesday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 11-7 to Tacoma Rainers) (6-10 on the season)
Pedro Avila: 3 IP, 4 H, 7 R (6 ER), 5 BB (60 pitches, 27 strikes)
Adam Engel: (1-for-3), BB
Tim Lopes: (2-for-5), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, SB
Alfonso Rivas: (2-for-5), 2 2B, 2 RBI
Pedro Severino: (2-for-5), R, 2B, RBI
Luis Liberato: (1-for-3), R , RBI, 2 BB
Everything seemed to be going right in the first inning for El Paso. Following a double off the wall from Matt Batten, Tim Lopes singled him in. Lopes advanced to second on an error. He would score the next at-bat on another double, this time from Alfonso Rivas. Riding a 2-0 lead, Chihuahuas starter Pedro Avila allowed a walk and fly out before getting a double play to end the first.
We’re off and running in Tacoma!
Lopes and Rivas with 1st inning RBI.#FearTheEars pic.twitter.com/asbuz0ZWh7
— El Paso Chihuahuas (@epchihuahuas) April 19, 2023
The Rainers did not sit quietly, though. Tacoma scored 11 unanswered runs in four innings on just six hits. First baseman Jake Scheiner delivered the big blows with a pair of two-run home runs off Avila.
El Paso rallied back for two runs in the ninth and even brought the game-tying runner to the plate in Tim Lopes, who struck out.
San Antonio Missions (Won 3-1 to Corpus Christi Hooks) (4-6 on the season)
Watson: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 5 K (65 pitches, 47 strikes)
Connor Hollis: (3-for-5), R, 2B, GW-RBI
Tirso Ornelas: (3-for-5), R, RBI, SB
Pedro Castellanos: (3-for-5), 2B
Former first-round draft pick Nolan Watson pitched five scoreless innings on Tuesday.
The dual shutout finished in the bottom of the seventh inning with a solo home run from Kenedy Corona to give Corpus Christi a 1-0 lead.
Despite racking up a season high ten hits as a team, the Missions were held scoreless for the first eight innings. After a pair of singles, Tirso Ornelas scored via a wild pitch to tie the game in extra innings.
In the tenth, San Antonio added two more runs, including an RBI single from Ornelas to give the team the go-ahead 3-1 lead.
Nick Hernandez picked up the victory after holding the Hooks scoreless in both the ninth and tenth innings, striking out three.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 8-5 to Peoria Chiefs) (3-7 on the season)
Bodi Rascon: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 1 K (34 pitches, 18 strikes)
Jackson Merrill: (1-for-3), R, HR, 4 RBI
Nathan Martorella: (1-for-4), Solo HR
Jakob Marsee: (1-for-3), R, 2B, BB
After a pair of walks, Jimmy Crooks III singled in a run. The next batter, Aaron McKeithan, hit a three-run home run to give the Peoria Chiefs a quick 4-0 lead and knock Fort Wayne starter Bodi Rascon out of the game. The Chiefs extended the lead the next inning with a sac fly to make it 5-0.
The TinCaps answered in the top of the third, however, with a three-run home run from Jackson Merrill. Nathan Martorella cut the deficit to 5-4 with a solo shot. McKeithan hit his second home run of the game in the bottom half, and the Chiefs never looked back.
👀 Jackson Merrill with an absolute laser.
The @Padres' top prospect drills a three-run jack for the @TinCaps. pic.twitter.com/rhbZu9IS49
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) April 19, 2023
One bright spot for Fort Wayne was Aaron Holiday. The right-hander pitched three scoreless innings in relief, allowing only one hit while striking out five. Holiday was acquired by San Diego from Oakland last April in a trade along with Sean Manaea.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 11-7 to Modesto Nuts) (8-2 on the season)
Drew Pomeranz: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 K (11 pitches, 7 strikes)
Tyler Robertson: (4-for-5), 3 R, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 SB
Griffin Doersching: (2-for-4), 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB
Victor Duarte: (1-for-2), 2 R, 2B, 2 BB
Chase Valentine: (1-for-2), R, 3B, RBI, 2 BB
Rosman Verdugo: (1-for-4), 2B, RBI
Drew Pomeranz opened the game with a quick 1-2-3 inning in a rehab appearance Tuesday night in Lake Elsinore. The 2016 NL All-Star has not appeared in a Major League game since August 10 of, 2021.
The Storm bats came out hot in the bottom of the first and scored three runs on four hits. Lake Elsinore extended its lead to 5-1 on an RBI triple in the fourth from Chase Valentine.
One run, triple the fun!
Presented by @raisingcanes pic.twitter.com/1YF07kBBQI
— Lake Elsinore Storm Baseball (@Storm_Baseball) April 19, 2023
Modesto responded in the fifth, however, with a three-run triple from Josh Hood. A few batters later, Freuddy Batista capped off a five-run inning for the Nuts to tie the game.
The Storm rallied for four runs in the eighth inning to take an 11-5 lead, one it would not relinquish. Tyler Robertson led the charge for Lake Elsinore with one of his four base hits, including a two-run double.
El Paso — TBD
San Antonio — Jackson Wolf (1-1, 5.40 ERA, 8 K)
Fort Wayne — Garrett Hawkins (0-1, 3.00 ERA, 2 K)
Lake Elsinore — TBD
Al was born in Fresno, California with a passion for talking and writing about sports. The lifelong Padres fan is currently attending Fresno State as he pursues a degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to being a student, he does public address announcing at both the high school and collegiate levels.