Padres Down on the Farm: April 27 (Clevinger solid for EP/Ferguson 3 steals for LE/Ruiz homers for SA)

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

Here is a recap of the day’s events.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 8-2 to Reno) (10-10 on the season)

Mike Clevinger: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K (67 pitches, 45 strikes)

Brett Sullivan: (2-for-3), HR, 2 RBI, R, BB

Eguy Rosario: (1-for-4), 2B

Nomar Mazara: (1-for-3), BB

The Chihuahuas offense struggled, as Brett Sullivan’s two-run shot in the fourth inning proved to be the only runs of the game for El Paso. They posted just five hits in the game and couldn’t match the Reno offense. Mike Clevinger pitched well in his rehab appearance. Clevinger allowed his only run in the second, as Reno tagged him with three two-out singles.

His command looked solid, and he looked comfortable on the mound. This is expected to be his final rehab start, and he should make his 2022 Padres debut soon. Reiss Knehr started the fifth inning for the Chihuahuas, and he struggled. Knehr allowed seven runs in 4.2 innings, including two home runs. With Knehr’s struggles and the lackluster El Paso offense, the game wasn’t competitive. However, with Clevinger’s final rehab assignment going well, the day was a good one for Padres fans.


San Antonio Missions (Won 4-1 vs. San Antonio) (5-12 on the season) (5-12 on the season)

Dwayne Matos: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K (81 pitches, 48 strikes)

Esteury Ruiz: (2-for-3), HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, HBP

Alek Jacob: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (28 pitches, 20 strikes)

Brandon Dixon: (1-for-4), 2 RBI, K

San Antonio’s stellar pitching pushed the Missions to a win. Dwayne Matos allowed just one run in 5.2 innings of work. Matos worked efficiently and left with two outs in the sixth, but he did leave the bases loaded. Springfield scored their only run of the game off Alek Jacob, but the run was charged to Matos. Jacob then ended the sixth without any further damage and worked two more hitless frames.

San Antonio took the lead in the fourth, as Esteury Ruiz started off the inning by being hit before Chris Givin singled. Brandon Dixon then drove both of them in with a double. Ruiz brought home Chandler Seagle on a two-run home run in the fifth. The Missions got enough from their offense, and stellar pitching led them to the win.


Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 2-0 to Dayton) (10-7 on the season)

Ryan Bergert: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K (75 pitches, 47 strikes)

Felix Minjarez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K (28 pitches, 18 strikes)

Jarryd Dale: (2-for-4), SB

Robert Hassell III: (1-for-4)

The TinCaps appeared to be allergic to offense. Seven of the nine starters went hitless, and the three hits that Jarryd Dale and Robert Hassell III were all singles. Ryan Bergert pitched five strong innings, but he did allow a run, so he picked up the loss.

Felix Minjarez struck out the side in back-to-back innings out of the bullpen, but the complete lack of offense meant the solid pitching was in vain. Ryan Och allowed a run in the eighth inning. While Fort Wayne brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth, that was more as a result of the stellar pitching from the TinCaps.


Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 6-4 vs. Inland Empire) (12-5 on the season)

Bodi Rascon: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 6 K (63 pitches, 47 strikes)

Kobe Robinson: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K (46 pitches, 30 strikes)

Max Ferguson: (2-for-3), 2 RBI, 2 R, BB, 3 SB

Justin Farmer: (1-for-3), R, BB, SB, K

The Storm manufactured a win. Inland Empire jumped into a three-run lead thanks to a pair of errors, but Lake Elsinore continued to battle. Max Ferguson scored on a balk in the bottom of the first before he drove in two runs in the fifth. Ferguson then stole home as part of a double steal where Lucas Dunn stole second. Ferguson’s steal of home was his seventeenth steal of the season and third of the night.

Lucas Dunn brought home the eventual winning run on a seventh-inning sacrifice fly. After giving up three unearned runs in the first Storm starter, Bodi Rascon allowed just one over his final three innings. Kobe Robinson didn’t give up a hit in three frames of work out of the bullpen. It all came together as the Storm took advantage of Inland Empire mistakes to win.


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Thursday’s Probables

El Paso: Ryan Weathers (0-1, 7.36 ERA)

San Antonio: TBD

Fort Wayne: Jackson Wolf (0-1, 6.75 ERA)

Lake Elsinore: TBD

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