Padres Down on the Farm: April 8 (Dunn 3-for-3 for FW/Storm 3-0 to begin season)
San Diego Padres affiliates went 1-3 on Saturday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 12-4 ) (3-5 on the season)
Fernando Tatis Jr.– DNP
Tim Lopes– (4-for-5) 2B, 2 Runs
Yorman Rodriguez– (2-for-5) 2 RBI, K
Anderson Espinoza– 2.2 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 4 K (77 pitches- 41 strikes)
The Chihuahuas lost on the road in Sacramento. Anderson Espinoza started the game and did not have much on the night. The right-handed former top prospect is dealing with command issues. He continues to be wild in and out of the zone, and that is not productive. Espinoza surrendered seven earned runs on the night and only managed to record six outs for the Chihuahuas. He has a long way to go before he is considered major-league-ready.
Fernando Tatis Jr. had a planned day off and did not play in the game. The Padres are a few weeks from Tatis returning to action, and he has slowly ramped up his activity. The plan is for Tatis to be ready for everyday action by the time he is eligible to return on April 20. Yorman Rodriguez recorded two hits in the loss. Tim Lopes went 4-f0r-5 with a double on the night.
San Antonio Missions (Lost 5-2) (1-2 on the season)
Tirso Ornelas– (1-for-4) K
Evan Mendoza– (1-for-4) RBI, K
Juan Fernandez– (1-for-3) 2B, Run, K
Duncan Snider– 4 IP, 3 H, BB, 2 K (53 pitches-30 strikes)
San Antonio struggled with the bats on the night against the Tulsa Drillers. The Missions only managed four hits in the game and got off to a 5-0 deficit through the fifth inning. Juan Fernandez doubled in three at-bats. The right-handed hitting catcher also scored a run in the game. Tirso Ornelas earned a hit in four at-bats and is off to a cold start on the season. Ornelas is hitting .091 early in the 2023 campaign. The whole Missions’ lineup is off to a horrible start through the first three games of the year. The team will return home this coming week, and that should help San Antonio.
On the mound for the Missions was Duncan Snider, who pitched last year with the Storm. The 25-year-old was effective, going four innings without allowing a run. Jose Quezada did not have it on Saturday, as he surrendered all five runs the Missions gave up. The 27-year-old right-handed pitcher failed to record an out in the fifth inning, and that was all for San Antonio in the game. Lake Bachar pitched a scoreless inning in relief for San Antonio. Brian Gonzalez threw two scoreless innings, and Jared Koenig threw a flawless inning as well.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 3-1) (0-3 on the season)
Lucas Dunn– (3-for-3) 2B, BB
Nerwilian Cedeno– (1-for-3) RBI, K
Adam Mazur– 3 IP, H, 2 K (36 pitches- 22 strikes)
Miguel Cienfuegos– 3 IP, H, 3 BB, 3 K (49 pitches- 23 strikes)
Right-handed pitcher Adam Mazur started the game and made his professional debut for the TinCaps. He was solid, going three shutout innings without allowing a hit. The second-round pick in 2022 out of the University of Iowa is someone to monitor. The 21-year-old should have a productive year in the Midwest League and progress through the Padres system. Southpaw Miguel Cienfuegos relieved Mazur and also threw three shutout innings. The 26-year-old Canadian lefty was effectively wild on Saturday, and that seems to be his style. Cienfuegos has a live arm but will need to show better command to advance. Aaron Holliday and Chris Lincoln did not pitch well as the duo surrendered three earned runs, though only Holliday was charged for the runs as he issued three walks to the only batters he faced.
Solid first impression for Adam Mazur with the @TinCaps.
The 53rd overall pick from last year’s Draft and @Padres‘ No. 6 prospect strikes out the first batter he faces in his pro career. pic.twitter.com/2pWzxbhpj0
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) April 8, 2023
The offense struggled again for the TinCaps as the team only managed five hits in the game and were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. It is still very cold in the Mid West, so hopefully, the hits will come as the weather warms up. Jackson Merrill went 0-for-4 and has yet to record a hit this season. On Saturday, Lucas Dunn led the offense by going 3-for-3 with a double and a walk. The 23-year-old infielder continues to hit and is an interesting prospect moving forward. Dunn is not flashy but does possess a solid skillset in multiple areas. Fort Wayne returns home next week for their opening day, and that should help energize this crew.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 8-1) (3-0 on the season)
Griffin Doersching– (0-for-2) 3 BB, 2 Runs, K
Wyatt Hoffman– (1-for-3) 2B, Run, BB, K
Luis Aquino– (1-for-3) Run, BB, SB, K
Kobe Robinson– 3.2 IP, 3 H, 5 K (50 pitches- 34 strikes)
The Lake Elsinore Storm are 3-0 on the season. The team is getting solid pitching and timely hitting early on in the season. On Saturday, the team only managed seven hits in the game but still scored eight runs in the game. They were 5-for-12 with runners in scoring position on the night and walked 11 times as a team. That is a recipe for success. Griffin Doersching walked three times in the game and scored two runs. the large right-handed hitting first baseman has plenty of power, so it is nice to see him be patient at the plate. As a whole, the Storm displayed excellent plate discipline early on in the 2023 season. Samuel Zavala walked three times himself in the game and scored a run while driving in another run on a sac fly.
Kobe Robinson is an interesting pitcher with @Storm_Baseball #Padres
Throws across his body with a little funkiness to his motion. Excellent spin from this 13th round pick in 2021 out of @ChattStTigersBB pic.twitter.com/hDaMVZhmtg
— James E. Clark 3 (@EVT_JClark) April 9, 2023
Lefty Austin Krob started the game, and he pitched well for Lake Elsinore. The 12th-round pick in 2022 out of Texas Christian University struck out six batters in three innings of work, allowing one unearned run. Kobe Robinson relieved him and threw well, recording 11 outs without allowing a run. The right-hander struck out five batters, mixing a sweeping breaking pitch with a moving fastball. The Storm pitching staff is full of intriguing pitchers who may surprise you during this 2023 season.
Sunday’s pitching matchups
El Paso- TBD
San Antonio- OFF
Fort Wayne- OFF
Lake Elsinore- OFF
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