Padres Down on the Farm: April 29 (Engel homers for EP/Iriarte pitches in FW/Pauley 3-for-3 for LE)


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The San Diego Padres affiliates went 2-3 on Saturday. The TinCaps played two games.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 14-10) (11-15 on the season)

Adam Engel– (3-for-5) HR, 2B, Run, 3 RBIs

Matthew Batten– (3-for-5) 2B, 3 Runs, RBI

Tim Lopes– (3-for-5) Run, 2 K

Matt Waldron– 4.1 IP, 10 H, 7 ER, BB, 8 K (106 pitches- 67 strikes)


The Chihuahuas lost to Salt Lake in a game reminiscent of the Padres game in Mexico City as far as runs scored. El Paso managed 19 hits in the game, but their pitching staff allowed 14 runs on 14 hits in the contest. Matt Waldron was knocked around for seven earned runs, and Michel Baez allowed five runs in 1.2 innings of work. Adam Engel, rehabbing with the Chihuahuas, went 3-for-5 with his second homer of the season. Engel will likely push the Padres to a roster decision soon. Tim Lopes continued his hot hitting and is off to a .990 OPS start in the 2023 season. Jose Iglesias went 0-for-5 with an RBI in the loss.


San Antonio Missions (Lost 11-10 in 12 innings) (10-9 on the season)

Marcos Castellanos- (2-for-5) HR, Run, 5 RBIs, K

Michael De La Cruz– (2-for-4) 2 Runs, SB, BB, K

Luis Aviles Jr.- (1-for-5) Run, 2 RBIs, 2 K

Efrain Contreras– 5 IP, 3 BB, 6 K (86 pitches- 52 strikes)


The Missions lost in 12 innings on Saturday at home. Northwest Arkansas rallied for three runs in the eighth and four runs in the ninth to take the game into extra innings. The Missions had several opportunities to win the game in extras but could not get the winning run in. Marcos Castellanos continues to hit well as he powered his fourth homer of the year over the fence in the second inning. Efrain Contreras started the game and didn’t allow a hit in five innings of work. CD Pelham and Nick Hernandez combined to cough up seven runs out of the pen for the Missions.


Fort Wayne TinCaps

Game #1 (Lost 2-0) (4-15 on the season)

Lucas Dunn– (1-for-3)

Nathan Martorella– (1-for-3)

Jairo Iriarte– 3 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 6 K (77 pitches- 46 strikes)

Bobby Milacki– 3 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 4 K (55 pitches- 33 strikes)


In the first game of two, the TinCaps allowed two early runs, and that was enough in the seven-inning affair. Fort Wayne only managed two hits on the day and did not walk once. The Great Lakes Loons’ pitching staff was effective. Jairo Iriarte started the game and allowed one earned run on four hits while striking out six batters. The right-handed pitcher is maintaining his 3.46 ERA and looks like a promising young pitcher in the system. Josh Mears struck out in all three at-bats and has a .170 batting average so far this season after game 1. Jackson Merrill went 0-f0r-3 and is hitting .196 to start his 2023 campaign.

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Game #2 (Won 5-2) (5-15 on the season)

Joshua Mears– (2-for-3) HR, Run, 3 RBIs, SB, K

Marcos Castanon– (1-for-3) Run

Ryan Bergert– 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K (71 pitches- 40 strikes)

Alan Mundo– 1 IP, H, BB, K (Save) (18 pitches- 9 strikes)

The TinCaps won game 2 of the doubleheader on Saturday as the offense woke up. After an 0-for-3 performance in the first game, Josh Mears came back to drive in three runs on a homer in a 2-for-3 night. Mears’ blast in the third put the TinCaps up 5-2, which was the final score of the game. Ryan Bergert started the game and went five innings, allowing two earned runs. His ERA is at 2.57 to begin the year. Alan Mundo earned the save with a scoreless seventh inning to preserve the win. Jackson Merrill went 0-for-1 in the contest and walked three times.


Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 9-0) (15-5 on the season)

Graham Pauley– (3-for-3) 2B, 3 Runs, RBI, 2 BB

Albert Fabian– (2-for-5) 2 2B, Run, 3 RBIs

Victor Duarte– (1-for-3) Run, 2 RBIs, K

Manuel Castro– 6 IP, 2 H, 3 K (66 pitches- 43 strikes)


Lake Elsinore continues to be the most productive minor league team in the Padres franchise as they improved to 15-5 on the season with a win over Visalia on the road. The Storm are playing really good baseball right now and get excellent pitching from their young staff. Graham Pauley is a prospect to monitor, as he went 3-for-3 on Saturday and is off to a hot start this season. The 22-year-old left-handed hitter owns a 1.091 OPS in 66 at-bats to start the year. The 13th-round pick out of Duke is playing well and could advance to Fort Wayne fairly soon. Manuel Castro started the game Saturday and went six innings, allowing just two hits. David Morgan pitched two scoreless innings out of the pen to make his 2023 debut.


Sunday’s Probables

El Paso- TBD

San Antonio- TBD

Fort Wayne- TBD

Lake Elsinore- TBD

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