Padres Down on the Farm: April 4 (Tatis on base three times, Kohlwey homers in wild El Paso Win)
The San Diego Padres, minor league affiliates, went 1-0 today, as just the El Paso Chihuahuas were in action. The other affiliates will all begin play on Thursday.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 10-8 vs. Sacramento River Cats) (2-2 on the season)
Fernando Tatis Jr: (1-for-2), RBI, R, 2 BB, SB
Reiss Knehr: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K (62 pitches, 40 strikes)
Taylor Kohlwey: (3-for-4), HR, 2B, 5 RBI, 2 R, K
Brett Sullivan: (1-for-4), 2B, RBI, 2 R, BB, SB
The biggest story of the game was the fact that Fernando Tatis Jr. headed to El Paso as he looks to get ready to return from his suspension. It was a good start for Tatis, who reached base in three of his four plate appearances. He walked in his first trips to the dish before recording an RBI single in the sixth. Tatis also added a stolen base in the third inning, swiping third.
It was a high-scoring thriller throughout the game, which had Sacramento jumping into a 3-1 lead through the first three innings.
They got to Chihuahuas’ starter Reiss Knehr, which meant that he departed after just three frames of work. However, El Paso battled back. Taylor Kohlwey tied the game with a double in the fifth before Tatis’ single put El Paso ahead. Sacramento took the lead again in the bottom of the sixth when they scored four runs on Sean Poppen.
That put El Paso behind by three runs, but the Chihuahuas got to work. Kohlwey blasted a two-run home run to cut the River Cats’ lead to just one. With the bases loaded in the eighth, Tim Lopes brought home the tying run with a force out before Kohlwey came up with the bases loaded and two outs. He laced a single into left field, bringing home two runs. Angel Felipe got the final three outs, giving El Paso a wild win.
El Paso: TBD
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