Padres Down on the Farm: April 22 (Doersching homers for LE/Daniel Johnson slam lifts SA/Martorella 4 hits for FW)

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The San Diego Padres affiliates went 2-2 on Saturday.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 2-1 To Tacoma) (7-13 on the season)

Luis Liberato– (2-for-4) SB, K

Yorman Rodriguez– (2-for-4) 2B, RBI, K

Tim Lopes– (1-for-4) 2B, Run, 3 K

Matt Waldron– 6 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 7 K (91 pitches- 55 strikes)


El Paso lost a pitcher’s duel on Saturday as Matt Waldron pitched well for the Chihuahuas. The right-handed pitcher went six shutout innings and struck out seven batters. His bullpen failed him as Moises Lugo blew the save and was charged with the loss. Lugo allowed two runs to score on two hits and three walks. He only managed to retire two batters, and his ERA ballooned to 6.35 on the season. Tom Cosgrove pitched a scoreless inning and has yet to allow a run this season in seven games. The left-handed pitcher is throwing well in the PCL.

There was little to celebrate with the bats, as the Chihuahuas only managed one run on six hits in the game. They were 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position, but they struck out 15 times as a team on Saturday. Every batter in the lineup struck out except for Taylor Kohlwey. Six of the nine batters recorded multiple K’s in the game. Yorman Rodriguez and Luis Liberato both earned two hits in the game, and Tim Lopes continued his hot hitting with a double in four at-bats.


San Antonio Missions (Won 10-7 over Corpus Christi) (7-7 on the season)

Ripken Reyes– (2-for-5) 2 SB, Run, BB, K

Juan Fernandez– (3-for-5) 2 Runs, 2 RBIs, BB, K

Daniel Johnson– (3-for-6) HR, 3B, 5 RBI, Run

Efrain Contreras– 3.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, BB, 4 K (65 pitches- 44 strikes)


The Missions scored four runs in the top of the tenth inning and held on to beat Corpus Christi on the road. Outfielder Daniel Johnson hit a grand slam to left field, which was the deciding factor in the contest. The Mission got a one-out homer off the bat of Michael De La Cruz to tie the game and send it into extras. The Missions walked 12 times in the game and recorded 12 hits. Johnson and Juan Fernandez led the way with three hits a piece. USD product Ripken Reyes went 2-for-5 and stole two bases out of the leadoff spot for San Antonio.

Efrain Contreras was knocked around for five earned runs in only 3.1 innings pitched. Edwuin Bencomo and Jose Espada pitched well in relief, allowing only one earned run in five innings. Jared Koenig earned the win pitched out of the pen. He struck out two and still owns a 0.00 ERA so far this season for the Missions in six appearances.


Fort Wayne TinCaps (Won 11-4 over Peoria) (4-10 on the season)

Brandon Valenzuela– (3-for-5) 3B, Run, 3 RBIs, K

Nathan Martorella– (4-for-5) 2B, Run, 2 RBIs, K

Marcos Castanon– (3-for-4) HR, 2B, 2 Runs, 2 RBIs, BB, K

Ryan Bergert– 4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K (74 pitches- 44 strikes)


TinCaps’ first baseman Nathan Martorella went 4-for-5 on Saturday and helped power the team to an easy win in Peoria. The 22-year-old is a fifth-round pick in 2022 out of Cal. The left-handed hitter has intriguing power potential. Marcos Castanon homered and went 3-for-4 in the game. The 24-year-old infielder is off to a hot start in Fort Wayne this season with a .918 OPS. Switch-hitting catcher Brandon Valenzuela tripled and recorded three hits of his own. The TinCaps knocked out 15 hits in total.

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Right-handed pitcher Ryan Bergert worked his way through four innings,  only allowing one earned run and striking out five batters. The sixth-round pick in 2021 is off to a decent start in the Midwest League, recording a 2.00 ERA through his first three appearances. Jose Geraldo coughed up two earned runs and only got two outs in the game. The 24-year-old has an ERA of 13.50 early on in the season. Aaron Holliday earned the win pitching in relief as he struck out three in 2.1 scoreless innings. Jason Blanchard pitched the last two innings, allowing an unearned run.


Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 8-5 to Modesto) (9-5 on the season)

Tyler Robertson– (3-for-4) SB, 2 Runs, K

Griffin Doersching– (1-for-3) HR, Run, 2 RBIs, BB

Anthony Vilar– (1-for-3) 2B, Run, RBI, BB, K

Manuel Castro– 3 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, K (51 pitches- 31 strikes)


Tyler Robinson continues to hit as the 23-year-old went 3-for-4 on Saturday, hitting out of the leadoff spot for the Storm. He owns a .929 OPS so far this season in 49 at-bats. Power-hitting first baseman Griffin Doersching went deep and knocked in two runs in the game. Anthony Vilar went 1-for-3 with a double, and Samuel Zavala doubled in four at-bats on the night. Zavala is off to a frigid start in Lake Elsinore and hitting .136 on the season. The Storm managed five runs in the game, but it was not enough to contain Modesto.

20-year-old Manuel Castro started the game and went three innings. The Mexican native will be eased into service in the States. Javier Chacon relieved Castro and allowed one run in two innings of work. This 20-year-old pitcher owns a 2.08 ERA early on in the season. He was relieved by Dylan Nedved, who coughed up four runs in 1.2 innings of work and took the loss. His ERA is at 10.13 so far this season. Ruben Galindo pitched in the game and allowed one run in the eighth inning.


Sunday’s Probable Pitchers

El Paso- Pedro Avila (1-2 13.50 ERA)

San Antonio- TBD

Fort Wayne-TBD

Lake Elsinore- TBD

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