Padres Down on the Farm: April 9 (Dungan, Head & Cedeno)

Padres Down on the Farm

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Credit: El Paso Chihuahuas

San Diego Padres affiliates were 1-3 on Tuesday.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 3-1 over Sacramento) 

Clay Dungan– (2-for-3) 2 2B, 3 RBI, BB

Nate Mondou– (2-for-3) BB

Kevin Plawecki– (2-for-4) 2 Runs

Nolan Watson– 5.2 IP, 3 H, BB, 6 K (71 pitches- 49 strikes)


A pitcher’s duel broke out in Northern California as the Chihuahuas were victorious in a 3-1 game against Sacramento. Nolan Watson started the game and went 5.2 innings, allowing just three hits and a walk. The right-handed pitcher is 27 and spent last year with El Paso and San Antonio. Adrian Morejon and Sean Reynolds both had a scoreless appearance, and Jeremiah Estrada came on in the ninth to record a save. Estrada will likely be called up soon to the major league team. He has outstanding stuff.

Clay Dungan, Nate Mondou, and Kevin Plawecki all recorded two hits in the win. Dungan is off to a hot start with El Paso, hitting .357 with a 1.163 OPS to start his tenure with the Padres. Mondou is a 29-year-old, left-handed hitting first baseman who is a career minor leaguer. Tirso Ornelas went 1-for-4 in the win and scored a run. Ornelas is hitting .125 so far this season in the PCL>


San Antonio Missions (Lost 6-3 to NW Arkansas) (3-1 on the season)

Ray-Patrick Didder-(1-for-1) 2 BB, Run, SB

Nathan Martorella–  (1-for-3) BB

Austin Krob– 4 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, BB, 4 K (67 pitches- 41 strikes)

Omar Cruz– 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 K (39 pitches- 25 strikes)


The offensive for the Missions finally slowed down as the team managed only three runs on four hits in their home opener. Ray-Patrick Didder got on base all three times at bat, but nobody else produced much for San Antonio. Nathan Martorella earned a hit and so did Marcos Castanon and Cole Cummings. The Missions were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and struck out 10 times as a team.


Austin Krob started the game and allowed four earned runs on five hits. Omar Cruz, who is back in the Padres system, pitched two innings and allowed one earned run. The lefty could progress as a reliever but still needs to refine his game to make it to the majors. Yovanny Cruz pitched two scoreless innings and struck out four batters in the game. Reggie Lawson pitched the ninth inning for San Antonio and allowed one unearned run.


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Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 7-2 to Lake County) (1-3 on the season)

Nerwillian Cedeno- (2-for-4) HR, RBI, Run, K

Homer Bush Jr.- (1-for-4) Run, 2 SBs

Ethan Salas– (1-for-4) 2B, K

Enmanuel Pinales– 4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, BB, 5 K (65 pitches- 40 strikes)

The TinCaps struggled again with the bats in a 7-2 loss at home in their opener. A total of 4,422 people witnessed Lake County getting on top early and never looking back in a game that was frustrating to watch if you are a TinCaps fan. The team went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and only managed five hits in the contest. Nerwillian Cedeno, who is looking fully healthy, slugged a ball for his first homer of the season. The 22-year-old could be in store for a big year in 2024 for the TinCaps. Homer Bush Jr. recorded one hit in the game, stole two bases, and made a nice catch in center field.


Enmanuel Pinales started the game and allowed one run in four innings of work. The right-handed pitcher struck out five batters and walked one. The 22-year-old pitched well in Lake Elsinore last season and is off to a good start in the Midwest League. Ethan Routzahn pitched two scoreless innings of relief in the game and got the last six outs without allowing a run to cross the plate.


Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 8-7 to Modesto in 10 innings)

Jose Sanabria– (2-for-5) Run, RBI

Romeo Sanabria– (2-for-5) Run, RBI, K

Dillon Head– (1-for-5) 2B, Run, K

Dwayne Matos– 4 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, 3 K (51 pitches- 33 strikes)


Lake Elsinore lost a close one in Modesto as the Nuts pushed across two runs in the 10th to win 8-7. Breck Eichelberger started the game and he did not make it out of the second inning. The 24-year-old right-handed pitcher surrendered three earned runs on four hits and four walks in 1.2 innings pitched. Dwayne Matos relieved him and kept Lake Elsinore in the contest, going four innings and allowing two earned runs. Thomas Balboni Jr. was charged with the loss on the night.

Jose and Romeo Sanabria (no relation) both recorded two hits in the game. Dillon Head doubled and scored a run in the win. Head is progressing in the Cal League as he gets his feet under him in his first full season of professional baseball. Nick Vogt went 1-for-5 in the loss and has his OPS at 1.162 to start the season. Jay Beshears is also hitting well in Lake Elsinore, and the third baseman went 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored on the night.


Wednesday’s probable pitchers

El Paso- TBD

San Antonio- Jared Kolar

Fort Wayne- Jagger Haynes

Lake Elsinore- TBD

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