The San Diego Padres affiliates went 1-3 on Tuesday.
El Paso Chihuahuas (6-7 on season) Lost 9-7
Mike Clevinger: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Nomar Mazara: (1-for-3), HR, 3 RBI, BB
Trayce Thompson: (2-f0r-2), HR, 2 RBI
The story of the day around the Padres’ minor league system was Mike Clevinger making his second rehab start of the season. With any luck, this may be his last before rejoining the big-league squad sometime next week. He looked sharp in his first outing for El Paso, striking out five in three innings.
El Paso opened the game by giving Clevinger some run support in the form of a three-run homer by Nomar Mazara. Once Clevinger left the game after three innings, Las Vegas chipped away at the El Paso bullpen. Aaron Leasher allowed five earned runs over 3 1/3 innings. The teams went back and forth until entering the ninth inning tied at seven. Luis Barrera smacked a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth to win the game for Las Vegas.
Mike Clevinger's 2nd Inning highlights:
ꓘ 94 MPH Fastball – 3 strikeout tonight
Athletic play covering 1st base for the out pic.twitter.com/KecliOIsLa
— El Paso Chihuahuas (@epchihuahuas) April 20, 2022
San Antonio Missions (2-8 on season) Lost 19-10
Gabe Mosser: 4 2/3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
Esteury Ruiz: (2-for-5), HR, 2B, 4 RBI
Brandon Dixon: (2-for-5), 2 HR, 4 RBI
It was a battle between current and former Padres minor league affiliates. The Missions traveled to Amarillo to take on the Sod Poodles. The final score looked more like a football score down in Texas. After six innings, the Missions led 8-4, thanks in part to Esteury Ruiz’s grand slam. However, from the seventh inning on, things got weird. The Sod Poodles scored five runs in the seventh and then ten runs in the eighth inning. Ten of those runs were charged to Nolan Watson. San Antonio was able to scratch two runs across in the eighth, but Amarillo’s late onslaught was far too much to overcome.
Esteury Ruiz hits the first Grand Slam for the Missions since June 2nd, 2021. San Antonio currently leads 8-2 against Amarillo at the bottom of the 6th. pic.twitter.com/RqPwXlexr5
— San Antonio Missions Baseball (@missionsmilb) April 19, 2022
Fort Wayne TinCaps (6-4 on season) Won 10-3
Adam Smith: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Brandon Valenzuela: (3-for-5), HR, 2B, 5 RBI
Robert Hassell III: (2-for-5), 2B, RBI, 2 R
Joshua Mears: (3-for-4), HR, 2 2B, BB, 2 RBI
The TinCaps enjoyed an early 2-0 lead thanks to Brandon Valenzuela’s first home run of 2022. They would never relinquish the lead. Smith and three relievers combined to allow just two earned runs on five hits. The TinCaps added five runs in the top of the ninth for good measure. Joshua Mears smacked his third home run of the season.
Lake Elsinore Storm (5-5 on season) Lost 6-5
Levi Thomas: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K
Jackson Merrill: (1-for-3), BB, 2 RBI
Marcos Castanon: (1-for-4), RBI
The Storm fell behind 3-0 after three innings but slowly battled back. Jackson Merrill tied the game in the fifth with a two-run single. The Storm took a brief lead thanks to a wild pitch. However, Fresno scored three runs in the sixth inning, and the bullpen finished off the win for the Grizzlies.
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El Paso: TBD
San Antonio: Reggie Lawson (2022 Debut)
Fort Wayne: Robert Gasser (0-1,7.11 ERA)
Lake Elsinore: TBD
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