Padres Down on the Farm: April 5 (Mazur sharp, Marsee homers for Missions/Sullivan five hits including walk-off for El Paso)

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San Diego Padres affiliates went 3-1 on Friday.

Here is a recap of the day’s games.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 4-3 over Round Rock) (4-3 on the season)

The Chihuahuas walked off against Round Rock as Brett Sullivan drove in Matt Batten in the bottom of the 9th. It was the backstop’s (DH’ing for the night) fifth hit of the game as the left-handed hitter drove in four runs and scored one himself in the win. Matthew Batten recorded two hits and scored two runs in the game. El Paso managed 11 hits in the game and only struck out three times as a team. The Chihuahuas are now 4-3 on the season, as their year started last week.

The Chihuahuas got a start from Ryan Carpenter, who pitched 5.2 innings and allowed four earned runs on eight hits. He struck out four in the game and allowed three homers. The 33-year-old left-handed hitter is nothing more than organizational depth at this point. Kevin Kopps pitched a scoreless 1.1 innings, striking out two batters, and owns a 2.70 ERA early this season. Kopps has a nasty slider and could be of use to the Padres this season. Jeremiah Estrada pitched the 9th and was throwing 97-98 mph, but got a little wild and was the victim of bad luck. The former Cub could also be an interesting reliever in time for the Padres in 2024.


Brett Sullivan- (5-for-5) 4 RBI, Run

Matt Batten- (2-for-4) 2 Runs

Tirso Ornelas- (0-for-2) 2 BB

Ryan Carpenter- 5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K (86 pitches- 59 strikes)


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San Antonio Missions (Won 12-5 over Amarillo)

The Missions took care of the Padres former affiliate in Double-A, as the offense broke out for 16 hits and 12 runs against the Sod Poodles. Five different players had multiple hits on the night, led by Brandon Valenzuela, Nathan Martorella, and Cole Cummi, who eaof whom ch had three hits in the game. Jakob Marsee slugged a homer in the win, and Marcos Castanon and Ripken Reyes each collected two hits in the game. San Antonio was 7-for-20 with runners in scoring position and walked four times in the game. Every Missions hitter in the starting lineup recorded a hit except for Robert Perez Jr.

Adam Mazur was dominant, only surrendering a solo homer on the night in five innings pitched. The right-handed pitcher is unheralded in the Padres system and could be a pitcher to keep tabs on moving forward. Reggie Lawson, yes that Reggie Lawson came on to relieve Mazur. The 2016 draft pick left the game but has returned with the Padres and is stillold. Lawson surrendered two runs on two hits and two outs in the game. He only managed two outs in his appearance, but it was nice to see him back on the bump. Woo Suk-Go got the last three outs in the game, and that is a great sign for the Korean reliever.

Jakob Marsee- (1-for-4) HR, 2 Runs, RBI, BB, K

Nathan Martorella- (3-for-6)  Run, RBI

Brandon Valenzuela- (3-for-5) 2 2B, Run, 3 RBI, K

Adam Mazur- 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, BB, 8 K (56 pitches- 44 strikes)



Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 3-2 to Great Lakes in 11 innings) 

On a cold, windy night in Lake City, the TinCaps battled late in the game. Homer Bush Jr. made his debut with the TinCaps and he promptly recorded his first hit and steal of his young career. The 22-year-old outfielder and 4th-round pick in 2023 looks impressive early in his career. Bush went 1-for-5 in the game with a stolen base and a run scored. The right-handed hitter also struck out twice in the loss. Ethan Salas was 1-for-4 on the night with a steal and two strikeouts. The TinCaps’ offense could not get going,g only recording four hits on the night while striking out 12 times.

Homer Bush is a defensive asset, and the young outfielder showed off his glove late in the game on a ball that could have ended the contest. Henry Baez started the game and went two innings, allowing only one hit and two wa; Tylerler Morgan pitched well, though he did cough up a run in three innings of work. He struck out four in that time showing an excellent slider. Lefty Mitch Miller took the loss pitching in the extra innings for the TinCaps.

Homer Bush Jr.- (1-for-5) SB, Run, 2 K

Ethan Salas- (1-for-4) SB, BB, 2 K

Henry Baez- 2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K (46 pitches- 27 strikes)

Tyler Morgan- 3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K (50 pitches- 28 strikes)


Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 11-5 over Rancho Cucamunga) 

The Storm got out to an early lead and never looked back in their home opener. The offense was on track for the Storm as they recorded 11 runs and 11 hits in the game. Rosman Verdugo continued to smash the ball, as the young infielder went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Verdugo just turned 19, and the young Mexican looks to be a solid up-and-coming prospect in the system.

Romeo Sanabria is a patient left-handed hitter worth monitoring in Lake Elsinore. The 21-year-old out of Indian River State College put up huge numbers last season in limited at-bats. Sanabria recorded a 1.012 OPS last season (220 at-bats) between the ACL Rookie League and the Storm. The first baseman recorded three hits in the win and scored two runs. Dillon Head went 0-for-5 in the game but did fly out deep to right center field to end the 7th inning. Miguel Mendez started for Lake Elsonire and threw two innings, allowing one run.


Dillion Head- (0-for-5) K

Romeo Sanabria- (3-for- 5) 2 Runs, 2 K

Rosman Verdugo- (3-for-5) 2 Runs, 2 K

Miguel Mendez- 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 3 K (57 pitches-29 strikes)


Saturday’s Probables

El Paso- TBD

San Antonio- Robby Snelling

Fort Wayne- Miguel Cienfuegos

Lake Elsinore- Isaiah Lowe

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