Padres Down on the Farm: April 20 (Haynes pitches 2 innings for LE/Mendoza 2 hits for SA)/Lopes 3 hits, HR for EP)
The San Diego Padres affiliates went 2-1 on Thursday. There was rain for the TinCaps game, which was postponed.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 7-5) (6-11 on the season)
Tim Lopes– (3-for-4) HR, 2 Runs, 2 RBI, BB
Pedro Severino– (1-for-4) HR, RBI, Run, BB
Jantzen Witte– (1-for-3) HR, Run, 2 RBI, BB, K
Angel Sanchez– 3.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K (74 pitches- 40 strikes)
Tim Lopes punished his former team again. The former Mariners farmhand went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs. He owns a .972 OPS so far this season and could be useful for the Padres if they need infield help this season. The 28-year-old has some major league experience. Pedro Severino homered out of the DH spot for the Chihuahuas. Jantzen Witte recorded one hit in three at-bats, driving in two runs in the win.
Angel Sanchez started the game and was very wild. The 33-year-old right-handed pitcher out of the Dominican Republic went 3.2 innings and walked four batters in 74 pitches. Sanchez is a former Pirates farmhand who has not pitched in the minors since the 2017 season. Sean Poppen relieved him, and he walked four batters and only managed to record two outs. Eric Hanhold put out the fire for the Chihuahuas as he went 1.2 innings pitched and struck out each batter he faced. Tom Cosgrove pitched two shutout innings in relief as well for El Paso. Angel Felipe made the game interesting in the bottom of the ninth, as he allowed two runs to score on three hits before recording the last out on a strikeout.
San Antonio Missions (Won 5-4) (5-7 on the season)
Connor Hollis– (2-for-5) 2 Runs, K
Evan Mendoza– (2-for-2) 2B, Run, RBI, 2 SB’s
Jorge Ona– (1-for-4) 2 K
Duncan Snider-4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K (79 pitches- 45 strikes)
The Hooks clawed their way back in the last two innings but just fell short as the Missions won 5-4. Corpus Christi scored in the eighth and ninth innings but was shut down by Jared Koenig, who recorded his first save of the year for San Antonio. Duncan Snider started the game and went 4.2 innings, striking out five batters. Kevin Koops earned the win as he pitched two innings in relief, allowing one run and striking out two. Jose Quezeda was roughed up in the game and coughed up two runs late.
The offense was led by Connor Hollis and Evan Mendoza, who both earned two hits on the night. Mendoza doubled in two at-bats and drove in a run for the Missions. Jorge Ona batted out of the nine-hole in the lineup and went 1-for-4 with a strikeout. Ona is hitting .059 on the season for San Antonio and looks destined for the minors. Collectively, the Missions stole six bases in the game.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (3-8 on the season)
Makeup Date- April 21
Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 5-0) (8-4 on the season)
Graham Pauley– (2-for-4)
Rosman Verdugo– (2-for-4) 2 2B, SB
Luis Aquino– (2-for-4) K
Jagger Haynes– 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, K (18 pitches- 15 strikes)
Jagger Haynes made his second start of the 2023 season, and the right-handed pitcher looked good. He threw strikes and made it through two innings in less than 20 pitches. The Padres are taking it slow with this pitcher as he recovers from Tommy John surgery almost two years ago. Fernando Sanchez allowed four runs in 2.1 innings of work. Dwayne Matos pitched well, striking out five batters in 3.1 scoreless innings out of the pen for the Storm.
The Storm managed eight hits in the game but went 0-for-9 as a team with runners in scoring position. Rosman Verdugo led the hitting, going 2-for-4 with two doubles and a stolen base. Luis Aquino and Graham Pauley each recorded two hits in the loss. Samuel Zavala had the game off and did not play for Lake Elsinore.
Friday’s probable pitchers
El Paso- (TBD)
San Antonio- (Gonzalez 0-0 0.00 ERA)
Fort Wayne- Game 1 (DH Lizarraga (0-1) 8.10 ERA)
Game 2- TBD
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