Padres Down on the Farm: April 6 (Musgrove makes rehab start, Storm annihilate Rawhide)

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All four of the San Diego Padres minor league affiliates played Thursday, going 1-3 on the night.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.

 

El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 10-5 vs. Sacramento River Cats, 3-3 on the season)

Joe Musgrove: 4.1 IP, 5 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), 1 BB, 6 strikeouts (85 pitches, 52 strikes)

Matt Batten: (1-for-5), 2B, R

Rangel Ravelo: (1-for-4), 2 RBI

Brett Sullivan: (1-for-4), Solo HR, HBP

Preston Tucker: (0-for-2), 2 R, 3 BB

Joe Musgrove made his first rehab start since injuring his toe in February. The 2022 NL All-Star had shaky results in his return to game action. Musgrove allowed nine base runners in just 4.1 innings, including plunking three batters but was able to limit the damage to just two earned runs thanks to six punch outs. After Musgrove left the game in the fifth with a 4-3 lead in the fifth, the Chihuahuas surrendered six runs in the sixth inning from Matt Waldron. The knuckleballer allowed seven runs total (six earned) on five hits and five walks while striking out two.

Despite not leaving the yard, the River Cats’ offense was relentless, hitting five doubles, including one from Armando Alvarez, who drove in four runs for the San Francisco Giants’ Triple-A affiliate. The Chihuahuas’ offense, while effective, was not enough to keep pace with Sacramento, falling 10 to 5. Fernando Tatis Jr. is expected to return to the lineup in right field on Friday night. Padres catching prospect Brett Sullivan launched a home run over the right field wall in the seventh inning, his first of the 2023 campaign.

 

San Antonio Missions (Lost 7-0 vs. Tulsa Drillers, 0-1 on the season)

Efrain Contreras: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K (47 pitches, 30 strikes)

Jose Espada: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (34 pitches, 19 strikes)

Evan Mendoza: (1-for-4), K

Chandler Seagle: (1-for-2), HBP, K

The Missions offense struggled in the season opener against some of the Dodgers top pitching prospects, being held to just two hits (0 XBH) as they fell 7-0. The Drillers scored three runs off of Contreres in the third inning off back-to-back home runs from Yusniel Diaz and Jonny DeLuca. They added on four more runs of insurance in the seventh inning to put the game out of reach.

While there wasn’t much to get excited about offensively, Jose Espada shined in his Double-A debut, throwing a pair of scoreless innings while striking out three.

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Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 1-0 vs. West Michigan Whitecaps, 0-1 on the season)

Jairo Iriarte: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K (51 pitches, 30 strikes)

Jakob Marsee: (1-for-3), 1 BB, 1 SB

Brandon Valenzuela: (1-for-2), HBP

After struggling the last two seasons, Jairo Iriarte made a strong first impression on the new campaign in his TinCaps debut. The 21-year-old went three innings, striking out six while allowing just a run. Unfortunately for him, he wasn’t able to get any run support. The TinCaps were held to just four hits, all singles, and failed to score in the pitching duel.

The lone score in the ballgame came in the second inning via a home run from Ben Malgeri. Nick Thwaits and Alan Mundo combined for five scoreless innings while striking out six.

 

Lake Elsinore Storm (SCORE vs. Visalia Rawhide, 1-0 on the season)

Robby Snelling: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (49 pitches, 32 strikes)

Ian Koenig: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 HBP, 3 K (45 pitches, 27 strikes)

Will Geerdes: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K (50 pitches, 27 strikes)

Tyler Robertson: (2-for-4), 3 R, 2B, 2 HBP, SB

Griffin Doersching: (2-for-5), 3 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB

Graham Pauley: (3-for-3), 3 R, 2 2B, 1 BB

Albert Fabian: (2-for-5), 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, SF

Anthony Vilar: (3-for-4), HR, 3 RBI

Kai Murphy: (0-for-2), 1 R, 3 BB

An absolute onslaught from start to finish, the Storm beat the Visalia Rawhide 17-0 at home on Thursday night. The trio of Robby Snelling, Ian Koenig, and Will Geerdes were practically unstoppable, each throwing three scoreless innings on just one hit apiece. They each struck out three batters to shut out the Rawhide.

As dominant as the pitching was, the offense was just somehow just as good, if not better. Every single batter reached base at least once, and six players had multiple hits. Albert Fabian and Anthony Vilar led the way, both hitting homers and driving in three runs. Druw Jones, the #2 overall pick in the 2022 draft, made his professional debut for Visalia, going 0-for-3 with a walk.

 

Friday’s Probables

El Paso: Jay Groome

San Antonio: Jackson Wolf

Fort Wayne: Victor Lizarraga

Lake Elsinore: TBD

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