Padres Down on the Farm: April 30 (4 hits, HR for Zavala in LE/Valenzuela homers for FW/3 Hits for Fernandez in SA)

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The San Diego Padres, minor league affiliates, went 1-3 on Sunday.

Here is a recap of the day’s events. 


El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 8-4 to Salt Lake) (11-16 on the season)

Reiss Knehr: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K (41 pitches, 26 strikes)

Taylor Kohlwey: (2-for-4), R

Luis Liberato: (1-for-4), 2B, 2 RBI, K

Jantzen Witte: (1-for-3), R, BB

The El Paso Chihuahuas got off to a rough start on Sunday, as starter Pedro Avila surrendered six runs in the first three innings. El Paso cut into the deficit in the fourth inning, scoring three runs. Two walks and a single loaded the bases before Luis Liberato doubled home two. Alison Quintero came home on Adam Engel’s groundout, bringing the Chihuahuas within two. Reiss Knehr pitched three innings of one-run ball in the middle innings, but El Paso couldn’t get anything going against Salt Lake’s relievers. Mickey Moniak hit two home runs for the Bees, as the Chihuahuas surrendered three homers.


San Antonio Missions (Lost 6-3 to Northwest Arkansas) (10-10 on the season)

Nolan Watson: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (47 pitches, 33 strikes)

Kevin Kopps: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (26 pitches, 17 strikes)

Juan Fernandez: (3-for-4), 2 RBI, R, BB, K

Jorge Oña: (2-for-4), 2B, R, K

San Antonio used six different pitchers in their game with Northwest Arkansas, five of which combined for 8.1 innings of shutout baseball. Unfortunately, Henry Henry struggled mightily in the second inning, giving up six runs. San Antonio’s offense attempted to rally in the late innings, but it wasn’t enough. Pedro Castellanos singled home Juan Fernandez in the sixth to get the Missions on the board. One inning later, Fernandez’s third hit of the day brought Luis Aviles Jr. and Jorge Oña home. However, that was all that San Antonio mustered, as they dropped back to .500 on the season.

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Fort Wayne (Lost 5-2 to Great Lakes) (5-16 on the season)

Miguel Cienfuegos: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K (92 pitches, 52 strikes)

Chris Lincoln: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (17 pitches, 9 strikes)

Brandon Valenzuela: (2-for-3), HR, RBI, R, BB

Carlos Luis: (1-for-3), R, 2 BB

The TinCap’s offensive struggles continued as they left 14 men on base, going 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Brandon Valenzuela provided some offense with a solo home run in the sixth inning, while Kelvin Pichardo’s bases-loaded walk plated Carlos Luis in the second. Miguel Cienfuegos had pitched well during his first four innings, but it got away from him in the fifth. Cienfuegos surrendered a pair of soft singles before a wild pitch put both in scoring position. An RBI groundout and a balk brought both runners home, giving Cienfuegos the loss.


Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 5-4 vs. Visalia) (16-5 on the season)

Kobe Robinson: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 K (55 pitches, 33 strikes)

Samuel Zavala: (4-for-5), HR, 3 RBI, R, SB

Tyler Robertson: (1-for-3), HR, RBI, R, BB, SB

Kai Murphy: (3-for-5), 2 R, K

The Storm were powered to victory by Samuel Zavala, who had four hits and a home run in a win over Visalia. Tyler Roberston also homered in the game, sending a tie-breaking solo shot in the eighth inning over the wall. It was a big day for left fielder Kai Murphy, who added three hits to the Storm’s offensive output. Kobe Robinson worked 3.2 good innings of relief, as he allowed just one run, earning the win. Cole Paplham threw a scoreless ninth to close the game out, keeping the Storm red-hot in 2023.


Monday’s Probables: 

All four affiliates will be off on Monday.

No pitchers have been announced for Tuesday’s games. 

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