Padres Down on the Farm: April 25 (Dixon homers twice for EP/Rascon pitches well in FW/Fabian homers for LE)
The San Diego Padres, minor league affiliates, went 2-2 on Tuesday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 17-13 vs. Salt Lake) (8-14 on the season)
Angel Felipe: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (29 pitches, 17 strikes)
Brandon Dixon: (2-for-4), 2 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R, BB, K
Jantzen Witte: (2-for-4), HR, RBI, 2 R, BB
Michael Cantu: (2-for-2), 2B, 5 RBI, R, 2 BB
The El Paso Chihuahuas won an absolutely wild game on Tuesday night, coming from six runs behind to win by four. Jay Groome continued to struggle in 2023, as he gave up eight runs in 4.1 tough innings. However, El Paso scored 11 runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, rallying in the process. Brandon Dixon hit two home runs, and Jantzen Witte hit another to help spur the offense forward. Dixon’s second home run was a solo shot that put El Paso ahead for the first time in the night. Michael Cantu doubled home two more runs to help power him to a five-RBI night. The offensive explosion pushed the Chihuahuas to a football score, winning 17-13.
San Antonio Missions (Lost 8-3 to Northwest Arkansas) (7-8 on the season)
Nolan Watson: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K (75 pitches, 55 strikes)
Tirso Ornelas: (2-for-3), 2B, RBI, R, K
Juan Fernandez: (2-for-3), 2B, RBI, R, BB
Pedro Castellanos: (2-for-5), K
San Antonio was playing a tight game for seven innings, but their bullpen let the Naturals pull away late. Nolan Watson threw five solid innings, surrendering just one earned run while not walking any players. However, he didn’t get any run support before he left the game after five innings. San Antonio did plate a run in the sixth inning when Tirso Ornelas brought Connor Hollis home. Unfortunately for the Missions, Lake Bachar surrendered five runs in the eighth inning, putting the game out of reach for San Antonio. Back-to-back hits from Juan Fernandez and Daniel Johnson gave the Missions two more runs in the bottom of the eighth, but it wasn’t enough to make it an interesting game.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 4-2 to Great Lakes) (4-12 on the season)
Bodi Rascon: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K (74 pitches, 42 strikes)
Nathan Martorella: (1-for-3), 3B, RBI, R, BB
Marcos Castanon: (1-for-2), R, 2 BB
Lucas Dunn: (1-for-3), RBI, BB, SB, K
Fort Wayne got a great pitching performance from Bodi Rascon, but a late-inning collapse sank the TinCaps. Rascon was fantastic, throwing five scoreless innings. He surrendered just two hits, striking out six in the process. He left the game in line for the win after Fort Wayne scored a pair of runs in the third inning. Nathan Martorella tripled home Marcos Castanon before coming home on Lucas Dunn’s RBI single. However, Alan Mundo allowed a two-run homer in the seventh inning that tied the game at two. A two-run double off Fort Wayne’s Aaron Holiday put the Loons ahead for good.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 7-1 vs. Visalia) (11-5 on the season)
Henry Baez: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K (82 pitches, 59 strikes)
Albert Fabian: (2-for-4), HR, 4 RBI, R, K
Graham Pauley: (1-for-2), R, 2 BB
Kai Murphy: (1-for-3), 2B, R, BB
Three Lake Elsinore pitchers combined for a two-hitter, surrendering just one run in the process. Starter Henry Baez surrendered both hits, allowing a run in the fourth inning. That put Lake Elsinore behind, but that didn’t last long. In the top of the fifth, Wyatt Hoffman tied the game with an RBI single before scoring the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly. A two-run homer from Albert Fabian gave Lake Elsinore a three-run lead, and they never looked back. Three hitless innings from Dwayne Matos helped to keep the Storm ahead by plenty, continuing their red-hot start.
El Paso: TBD
San Antonio: Jackson Wolf (1-2, 5.91 ERA)
Fort Wayne: Garrett Hawkins (0-2, 2.57 ERA)
Lake Elsinore: TBD
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