Padres Down on the Farm: April 6 (Salas 2 hits/Snelling & Lowe solid/Marsee 3 steals)

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San Diego Padres affiliates were 3-1 on Saturday.

Here is a recap of the day’s games.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 7-2 over Round Rock) (5-3 on the season)

El Paso got five runs in the fifth with two outs to beat Round Rock on Saturday night. Cal Mitchell started the inning off with a two-out double. Round Rock struggled to throw strikes after the hit, and a key double by Clay Dungan drove in three runs for El Paso to break the game open. Tim Locastro continues his hot hitting as he went 2-for-2 in the game with two runs scored and an RBI. The Chihuahuas walked nine times in the game and were 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Newly claimed left Jackson Wolf started the game for the Chihuahuas. The Padres claimed the pitcher and consummated a trade with the Pirates to bring back the former Padres pitcher. He allowed two earned runs on two hits in his 2.1 innings pitched. Lake Bachar relieved him and went 2.2 innings without allowing a run, earning the win for El Paso.


Cal Mitchell- (2-for-5) 2 Runs, SB

Tim Locastro- (2-for-2) 2 Runs, RBI, SB

Clay Dungan- (1-for-4) 4 RBI, BB

Lake Bachar- 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, K (48 pitches- 28 strikes)


San Antonio Missions (Won 18-5  over Amarillo) (2-0 on the season)

The Missions pounded Amarillo for the second night in a row, as they recorded 18 runs on 10 hits. San Antonio slugged three homers in the game as Nathan Martorella, Ray-Patrick Didder, and Zach Reks all went deep in the game. The team walked 14 times in the game as well as the offense constantly put pressure on the Sod Poodles pitching staff. Cole Cummings doubled and scored two runs in a two-hit effort. Jakob Marsee went 1-for-3 with two walks and stole three bases on the night.

Left Robby Snelling started the game and went four solid innings in his 2024 debut. Snelling mixed his pitched well and recorded four strikeouts in the game. The lefty did walk three batters showing a little bit of inconsistency with his command in his 75 pitches thrown. Josh Roberson earned the win as he pitched one inning of relief without allowing a run to score. Jason Blanchard recorded the last six outs of the game, striking out three in the game.


Nathan Martorella- (2-for-3) HR, 3 RBI, 4 Runs, 3 BB

Cole Cummings- (2-for-5) 2b, 2 Runs, RBI, BB, K

Ray-Patrick Didder- (2-for-4) HR, 6 RBI, 2 Runs, 2 BB, K

Robby Snelling- 4 IP. 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 4 K (75 pitches- 44 strikes)


Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 5-4 to Great Lakes) (0-2 on the season)

Ethan Salas– (2-for-5) 2 RBI

Homer Bush Jr.- (2-for-4) BB, SB, 2 K

Griffin Doersching– (2-for-4) Run

Sam Whiting– 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K (59 pitches- 38 strikes)


Fort Wayne rallied for three runs in the top of the 9th inning, but that was not enough in a 5-4 loss to Michigan. Ethan Salas, Griffin Doersching, and Homer Bush Jr. all recorded two hits in the game, and Bush Jr. stole his second base in the 2024 season. Kai Murphy, son of Pat Murphy, homered in the first inning for the TinCaps, but the offense stalled until late in the game. Fort Wayne was 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position on Saturday, as they just could not get the timely hit.

Sam Whiting started the game and threw 59 pitches, recording eight outs in the game. The 2023 16th-round pick out of UC Santa Barbara was affected and punched out five batters in the contest. 24-year-old right-handed pitcher Will Geerdes took the loss as he surrendered two earned runs in 2.1 innings pitched.


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Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 7-5 over Rancho Cucamonga) 

Breadon Karpathios- (3-for-5) 4 RBI, 2 Runs, K

Nick Vogt-(2-for-5) 3b, 2b, 2 Rnus, 2 K

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

Isaiah Lowe– 3 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 K (50 pitches- 29 strikes)


The Storm broke out the bats on Saturday, as the team totaled 10 hits and three home runs in the game. Dillon Head recorded two hits on the night and struck out once in five at-bats. Braedon Karpathios drove in four runs and scored two runs in the win. Nick Vogt tripled and doubled on the night, and Rosman Verdugo recorded two hits. Jay Beshears homered for the first time on the season and the third baseman also walked twice for Lake Elsinore. There was plenty of offense in Lake Elsinore.

Isiah Lowe started the game, and the future looks bright for the right-handed pitcher with excellent stuff. Lowe walked two in the game but struck out four batters with a fastball in the high 90s. Big Bradgley Rodriguez recorded the save, getting the last out in the 8th and throwing a scoreless 9th to preserve Lake Elsinore’s win. Rodriguez is pitching for the first time since the 2021 season, as he battled injuries the last two seasons. He is someone to monitor in the near future as he shows a big-league fastball.


Sunday’s scheduled starters

El Paso- TBD

San Antonio- Travis Bergert

Fort Wayne- Dylan Lesko

Lake Elsinore- Carson Montgomery

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