Padres Down on the Farm: April 26 (Jackson Wolf K’s 10 for SA/Iglesias debuts for El Paso with 2 hits/Storm win in 12)

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The San Diego Padres affiliates went on Wednesday.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.

 

El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 6-4) (9-14 on the season)

Jose Iglesias– (2-for-3) 2 Runs, BB

Brandon Dixon– (3-for-4) HR, 2 Runs, RBI, SB, K

Angel Sanchez- 4 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K (71 pitches- 39 strikes)

Reiss Knehr– 2 IP, 4 H, ER (Win) (21 pitches- 15 strikes)

 

Angel Sanchez started the game for the El Paso Chihuahuas but did not factor in the 6-4 win over the Salt Lake Bees. Reiss Knehr earned the win as he pitched two innings out of the pen to record the victory. Knehr is proving to be durable and reliable as a reliever and could be someone the major league teams uses often this season. Eric Hanhold earned his first save of the season as he pitched a scoreless ninth for El Paso.

11-year major league Jose Iglesias debuted for the Chihuahuas on Wednesday after signing with the Padres earlier in the week. The infielder went 2-for-3 in his debut. The 33-year-old hit .292 last year for the Rockies in 439 at-bats but did not have a major league offer this winter. His future with the team is unknown, though Iglesias can play all over the infield. Brandon Dixon continued his hot hitting and owns a 1.236 OPS so far this season.

 

San Antonio Missions (Won 10-2) (8-8 on the season)

Michael De La Cruz– (3-for-4) HR, 2 Runs, 3 RBIs, K

Ripken Reyes– (2-for-5) Run, 2 RBIs

Jackson Wolf– 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, BB, 10 K (86 pitches- 63 strikes)

Kevin Kopps– 3 IP, H, 4 K (42 pitches- 31 strikes)

 

San Antonio got a great start from Jackson Wolf, who fannedten0 batters in five innings of work in a win over Northwest Arkansas at home. The 24-year-old lefty is off to a 2-2 start to the 2023 season with a 4.60 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. Wolf was the Padres’ fourth-round pick in 2021 out of West Virginia. Kevin Kopps pitched the last three innings of the game and recorded a save in a laugher. Kopps features a plus slider and is off to a 4.22 ERA so far this season in the Texas League.

The offense was led by Michael De La Cruz, who was catching for the Missions. He went 3-for-4 with his second homer of the season on Wednesday. Juan Fernandez went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Pedro Castellanos also got two hits on the day for the Missions. Ripken Reyes continues to hit as the right-handed batter from USD owns a 1.133 OPS to start the season. Reyes went 2-for-5 on Wednesday and is hitting .412 on the season in a handful of at-bats. He started the season late because of injury but is 100 percent now.

 

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Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 5-2) (4-13 on the season)

Jakob Marsee– (1-for-3) Run, 2 BB, K

Marcos Castanon– (1-for-3) 2 RBIs, BB, K

Justin Farmer– (1-for-4) Run, K

Garrett Hawkins– 4 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 5 K (82 pitches- 47 strikes)

 

The TinCaps continue to struggle on the season as they lost at home to the Great Lakes Loons. Fort Wayne is nine games under .500 through the first 17 games of the season. Collectively, there is little offense coming from this unit. Most in the group are hovering around the Mendoza Line (.200 mark) with their batting averages. Jackson Merrill is off to a .204 start to his season in the Midwest League. He went 0-for-3 on Wednesday with a walk. Marcos Castanon drove in both runs for Fort Wayne in the game and is the lone TinCap with respectable offense numbers. He owns a .309 average and a .927 OPS so far this season.

Garrett Hawkins started the game, and it took the 23-year-old 82 pitches to get through four innings. The right-handed pitcher was wild in the game and used too many pitches to navigate through the lineup. Hawkins is off to a decent start this season with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP in three games. Jason Blanchard picked up the loss as the right-hander gave up one run in 1.2 innings pitched. His ERA climbed to 1.17 on the season for the TinCaps.

 

Lake Elsinore Storm

Anthony Vilar– (2-for-5) RBI, K

Tyler Robertson– (1-for-4) 2 Runs, BB, 2 K

Rosman Verdugo– (1-for-4) 2B, BB, SB, 2 K

Isaiah Lowe– 4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K (78 pitches- 51 strikes)

 

It took 12 innings, but the Storm beat Visalia on the road 6-5. The Storm used Isaiah Lowe to start the game on Wednesday, and the 19-year-old threw well, allowing one earned run in four innings pitched. Lowe was drafted in the 11th round in 2022, and the right-handed pitcher struck out seven in the game. Thomas Balboni followed him and did well for the Storm. The 22-year-old right-handed pitcher went five innings, allowing one run and striking out four in 67 pitches. Dylan Nedved got the win as he threw the last two innings of high-stress baseball for Lake Elsinore. The 24-year-old, hard-throwing right-handed pitcher lowered his ERA on the season to 7.36.

Samuel Zavala drove in the winning run in the top of the 12th as he singled to right field. That was Zavala’s only hit in the game, as he went 1-for-4 on the day. Tyler Robertson continues his hot hitting as he went 1-for-4 with two runs scored. The outfielder has a .351 average to go with a .874 OPS to start his season in the California League. Rosman Verdugo went 1-for-4 with a double in the win. Griffin Doersching went 0-for-5 with three K’s and is hitting .175 on the season. Graham Pauley went 1-for-5 and is hitting .368 early in the season for the Storm. The 22-year-old out of Duke maybe someone to monitor moving forward.

 

Thursday’s probable pitchers

El Paso- TBD

San Antonio-Duncan Snider (0-1 3.75 ERA)

Fort Wayne- Victor Lizarraga (0-1 8.10 ERA)

Lake Elsinore- TBD

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