San Diego Padres affiliates went 2-3 on Sunday as the San Antonio Missions played a doubleheader.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 3-2 to Sugar Land) (31-44 on the season)
Caleb Boushley: 7.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 8 K (121 pitches, 71 strikes)
Pedro Florimon: (2-for-4), 2B, RBI, R, K
Webster Rivas: (0-for-2), 2 BB
Gosuke Katoh: (1-for-4), RBI, K
The Chihuahuas scored a run in the ninth and left the tying run in scoring position in a frustrating game against Sugar Land. Pedro Florimon’s double was the only extra-base hit for El Paso, but poor base running cost El Paso late. With two batters on base in the ninth, Gosuke Katoh lined a single into right field, scoring Florimon. Webster Rivas, who was on first base, was thrown out attempting to take third, and that meant Matt Batten’s line out ended the game.
Caleb Boushley went 7.2 innings and threw 121 pitches in a monumental effort but ultimately picked up the loss. Boushley allowed two home runs, one of which was a two-run shot, and that was enough for Sugar Land. The Chihuahuas hit into three double plays on the night, left seven runners on base, and went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position, missing opportunities to put runners across.
San Antonio Missions (Lost 4-0 to Amarillo) (Lost 2-1 to Amarillo) (37-40 on the season)
Kelvin Melean: (0-for-1), BB
Brett Kennedy: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K (82 pitches, 50 strikes)
Dylan Rheault: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K (22 pitches, 11 strikes)
Brandon Komar: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K (15 pitches, 10 strikes)
As always, being no-hit makes it difficult to win baseball games, and there wasn’t any difference in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader. Kelvin Melean’s walk and Michael Curry’s wild pitch strikeout marked the only time San Antonio reached base. Luis Frias pitched all seven innings for Amarillo, and he was two batters away from picking up an impressive perfect game. Brett Kennedy pitched four solid innings for the Missions’, with Buddy Kennedy’s solo home run the only scar upon his day. Dylan Rheault allowed two runs after walking the first batter, followed by Domonic Fletcher’s two-run shot, which broke the game open.
Matt Waldron: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K (95 pitches, 63 strikes)
Esteury Ruiz: (2-for-3), 2B, R, SB, CS, K
Jose Azocar: (2-for-3), RBI
Michael Curry: (1-for-3), 2 K
The Missions’ offense looked like it might have fixed the funk they found themselves in, scoring a run just three batters into the game. Unfortunately for San Antonio, that was all for the offense across 14 innings of baseball. The Missions loaded the bases in the second, and Esteury Ruiz was caught attempting to steal home in the sixth. Matt Waldron pitched all six innings, scattering six hits and two walks across his six frames. In the fifth, Waldron surrendered two singles and walked a batter to load the bases with no outs, but a sacrifice fly, a pop-out, and a flyout kept the game tied at one. Unfortunately for Waldron, with two outs in the sixth, he allowed a walk and a single, which scored Jancarlos Cintron, putting Amarillo out in front for the first time in the second game of the doubleheader.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Won 12-1 vs. Lansing) (36-42 on the season)
Danny Denz: 4.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K (67 pitches, 45 strikes)
Agustin Ruiz: (4-for-6), HR, 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R, K
Zack Mathis: (3-for-6), 2 K
Reinaldo Ilarraza: (2-for-4), 2 RBI, 2 R, BB
The TinCaps offense shelled the Lansing Nuts, and the Fort Wayne pitching staff made it 6.2 innings into the game before allowing the first Lansing hit. Agustin Ruiz hit his 14th home run of the season, leading off the third inning with a shot to right. Ruiz, who needed a triple for the cycle, settled for a four-hit night as he continued to make his case to be promoted to San Antonio. A four-run fourth inning put the TinCaps up 8-0, and Lansing never got anything going. The final four TinCaps runs all came in the ninth, as part of an eight batter streak in which Fort Wayne batters either reached base or drove in a run in every plate appearance.
VIDEO: The @TinCaps woke up feeling DANGEROUS in Lansing – 12 runs on offense while only allowing 1 run off four hits (Lansing’s first hit coming in the bottom of the 7th)
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The pitching staff excelled for Fort Wayne as well, with five pitches toeing the rubber, scattering just four hits and one run across the game. Danny Denz, who allowed just two hits in his previous start, managed to not allow a single hit across his 4.2 innings of work, but his pitch count forced him from the game. Sam Keating, who picked up the win, retired four batters without giving up a hit, but Austin Smith surrendered a single in the seventh, ending the combined no-hit bid. Wen Hua-Sung did allow a run in the bottom of the ninth, but he also struck out the side in his lone frame.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 11-3 vs. Fresno) (34-44 on the season)
Bodi Rascon: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K (47 pitches, 33 strikes)
Jarryd Dale: (3-for-5), 2B, RBI, R, K
Robert Hassell III: (2-for-5), 2B, 2 R, 2 K
Matthew Acosta: (1-for-4), HR, RBI, 3 R, BB
It’s safe to say, Matthew Acosta likes hitting leadoff
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— Lake Elsinore Storm Baseball (@Storm_Baseball) August 1, 2021
The Storm’s offense rained down on Fresno, Bodi Rascon threw five no-hit innings out of the bullpen, and Lake Elsinore took down division leaders Fresno on Sunday night. Storm starter Ruben Galindo was tagged with two runs in the first inning, only one of which was earned. Still, Lake Elsinore’s offense was up to the task, halving the deficit in the first with Matthew Acosta’s home run before taking the lead with a three-run second inning. Eight of the nine Storm hitters picked up hits, with Alison Quintero the lone exception. Quintero, the catcher, had two passed balls, and he’s struggled at the plate this season, hitting just .160. Robert Hassell III continued to rake, picking up two more hits. Hassell’s name was prevalent in trade rumors, but without a move being made, the Padres will hope his rapid development continues. A four-run sixth inning put the game out of reach.
DSL Padres- Off Day
ACL Padres- Off Day
El Paso: TBD
San Antonio: Off Day
Fort Wayne: Off Day
Lake Elsinore: Off Day
DSL Padres: TBD
ACL Padres: TBD