Padres Down on the Farm: April 30 (Michel Baez rehabs in LE/Hassell homer, 4 hits in FW/Ornelas homers again in SA)

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San Diego Padres affiliates went 3-1 on Saturday.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 9-8) (11-11 on the season)

Aaron Leasher– 3.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4 K (61 pitches- 41 strikes)

Taylor Kohlwey– (2-for-5) HR, Run, 3 RBI

Kelvin Melean– (1-for-2) Run, BB, RBI

Brett Sullivan– (3-for-3) HR, 2 Runs, 4 RBI, 2 BB


On Saturday, the Chihuahuas held on to a 9-8 win over the Reno Aces. Three runs crossed the plate for Reno in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game, but El Paso responded with a walk-off win at home. Brett Sullivan singled to right to score Aderlin Rodriguez with two outs in the inning. It was Sullivan’s third hit of the night as the 28-year-old catcher enjoyed a great night at the Triple-A level.

Taylor Kohlwey homered and drove in three runs in the win. Kyle Tyler started the game and went the first two innings. He was followed by Aaron Leasher, who went 3.2 innings and struck out four without allowing an earned run. Leasher owns a 4.35 ERA so far this season in the PCL and could be an option for the Padres down the stretch in 2022.


San Antonio Missions (Won 7-3) (7-13 on the season)

Gabe Mosser– 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K (72 pitches- 46 strikes)

Osvaldo Hernandez– 2 IP, 1 H, 6 K (35 pitches- 24 strikes)

Tirso Ornelas– (2-for-3) HR, 2 Runs, 2 RBI

Esteury Ruiz– (1-for-4) 2B, RBI, K


Gabe Mosser pitched well for the Missions, allowing three earned in five complete innings on Saturday. The right-hander is a viable prospect, and this will be an interesting year for him in the Texas League against potent offenses. Osvaldo Hernandez relieved Mosser and struck out six of the seven batters he faced in the game. The lefty has struggled to begin 2022, but the pitcher has some promise. Speaking of promise, Tirso Ornelas homered for the Missions and drove in a pair of runs. Ornelas has a sweet swing, and there is a lot to like in his potential. San Antonio ran away with the game on Saturday as they posted all seven runs they scored in their last three at-bats. Esteury Ruiz doubled on the night and owns a 1.116 OPS so far in the 2022 season.


Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 11-5) (11-9 on the season) 

Danny Denz– 4 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, BB, 4 K (64 pitches- 41 strikes)

Robert Hassell III- (4-for-5) HR, 2B, 4 RBI, Run, K

Corey Rosier- (1-for-5) 3b, 2 Runs,

Justin Lopez– (1-for-5) Run, K


The TinCaps’ pitching staff was knocked around on Saturday as they allowed 11 earned runs in the game. The Dragons’ offense took advantage of their opportunities on their way to an 11-5 win in Indiana. 23-year-old Danny Denz started the game and allowed four runs in four innings pitched. The left-hander was followed in the game by Luke Boyd, Seth Mayberry, and Sam Keating. Each pitcher surrendered at least one run in the loss.

Robert Hassell III was the offensive hero for the TinCaps as he went 4-for-5 with his fifth homer of the season in the third inning. Hassell now has an OPS of 1.116 and shows no signs of slowing down. He looks to be a fast riser and could be pushing for playing time at the major league level very soon. Josh Mears went 0-for-4 in the game with three strikeouts. The power hitter is still adjusting to the pitching in the Midwest League.


Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 6-5) (14-6 on the season) 

Michel Baez– 2 IP, 1 K (26 pitches- 18 strikes)

Victor Lizarraga– 4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K (74 pitches- 47 strikes)

Matthew Acosta– (2-for-4) 2b, Run, RBI, SB, K

Carlos Luis– (2-for-4) 2 2B, Run, RBI


Michel Baez looked sharp in his return to the mound in Lake Elsinore as the Storm won 6-5 in a walk-off. The Cuban right-hander went two innings and struck out one batter in the game. Local product Victor Lizarraga followed Baez and went four innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits. Keegan Collett earned the win as he recorded the last four outs for the Storm.

The game went back and forth all night, but a walk-off balk ended the night for the 66ers. Victor Duarte scored with the bases loaded as Fernando Guanare errored to end the game. Matthew Acosta led the offense with a 2-for-4 night at the plate. James Wood had a quiet night at the plate, going 0-for-2 with two walks and two strikeouts. Justin Farmer homered in the win, and Carlos Luis recorded two hits.


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Sunday’s probable pitchers 

El Paso- TBD

San Antonio- Reggie Lawson (0-2 14.54 ERA)

Fort Wayne- Robert Gasser (1-2 3.52 ERA)

Lake Elsinore- TBD

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