Padres Down on the Farm: August 10 (Missions score 14 in 11 inning thriller/Mercado drives in 4 in EP win/Baez dazzles & Bush shows off speed for LE)


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Daily Transactions

  • RHP Jose Espada assigned to El Paso (AAA).
  • C Brandon Valenzuela placed on 7-day IL (AA).
  • C Juan Zabala assigned to San Antonio (AA).
  • SS Jarryd Dale assigned to Fort Wayne (High-A).
  • RHP Zac Addkison and C Colton Vincent assigned to ACL Padres.


The San Diego Padres, minor league affiliates, went 4-2 on Thursday.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Defeated Sugar Land Space Cowboys 12-3) (48-63 on the season)

Aaron Leasher: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K (47 pitches, 26 strikes)

Tim Lopes: (3-for-6), R, 2B, 2 RBI

Oscar Mercado: (2-for-5), R, 2B, HR, 4 RBI

Taylor Kohlwey: (2-for-2), 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, HBP

After being outscored 26-2 the first two games of the series, El Paso turned the tables on Sugar Land on Thursday with 14 hits in addition to drawing eight walks. Oscar Mercado hit a solo home run to lead off the second inning. The Chihuahuas would score four in the frame, including a two-run single from Tim Lopes.

The Chihuahuas scored five more in the fourth inning, including a bases-clearing double in shallow left field from Mercado. Aaron Leasher shut the Space Cowboys down, throwing five scoreless innings on just 47 pitches while allowing just one hit. Taylor Kohlwey singled in a pair himself in the sixth to give El Paso an 11-0 lead.


San Antonio Missions (Defeated Springfield Cardinals 14-9) (54-50 on the season)

Adam Mazur: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K (52 pitches, 32 strikes)

Ripken Reyes: (2-for-6), R, 2 RBI, BB, BB

Juan Fernandez: (2-for-5), 2 R, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, BB

Korry Howell: (2-for-5), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB

Cole Cummings: (3-for-5), 2 R, RBI, BB

San Antonio’s offense came out with a bang on Thursday with a pair of two-run home runs from Daniel Johnson and Juan Fernandez in the first two innings. Adam Mazur (#7 prospect) struck out three in three innings as he builds his pitch count back up. Mazur now holds a 2.42 ERA, a 1.06 WHIP, and 65:13 K/BB rate in 70.2 innings pitched this season between Fort Wayne and now San Antonio. Fernandez doubled in Marcos Castanon as part of a two-run third inning to make it 6-0 Missions.

San Antonio scored runs in the sixth and seventh innings to make it 8-2, but the lead didn’t last. Victor Scott II led off the eighth inning for Springfield with a walk before stealing second, his 24th of the season. Scott II would be one of 11 batters in the inning, capped off by his two-run single to right field.

Michael De La Cruz drove in Korry Howell in the 10th inning to take a lead, but the Cardinals got a run back thanks to a double from Noah Mendlinger. The Missions finally broken through in the 11th inning, scoring five runs, including a two-run single from Ripken Reyes. A sacrifice fly from Jackson Merrill (#2) made it 14-9. Kevin Kopps pitched the final three innings, allowing just one hit. Kopps lowered his ERA to 2.68 while picking up his fourth victory.


Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost to Lansing Lugnuts 7-4) (54-51 on the season)

Victor Lizarraga: 3 IP, 3 H, 6 R (5 ER), 4 BB, 2 HBP, 0 K (70 pitches, 35 strikes)

Jakob Marsee: (1-for-2), 2 R, HR, RBI, BB, HBP, 3 SB

Ethan Salas: (1-for-4), RBI

Nathan Martorella: (2-for-3), R, 2 2B, RBI

Jakob Marsee (#12) led off Thursday with a solo home run to right field. He would also steal three bases on the night to become the eighth player in minor league baseball this season with ten home runs and 40 stolen bases. The Lugnuts tied the game in the second, but Fort Wayne retook the lead in the third inning when Ethan Salas (#1) singled to center field, scoring Marsee.

Victor Lizarraga (#15) struggled in the bottom half of the frame, allowing five runs, including a grand slam. Between walking four and hitting two batters, Lizarraga’s lack of control limited him to just three frames. Nathan Martorella (#10) doubled in Nerwillian Cedeno (#27) as part of a two-run inning. Despite allowing just five hits as a team, a rough third inning, including two of four TinCaps errors, proved to be the difference.


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Lake Elsinore Storm (Defeated Visalia Rawhide 4-1) (50-52 on the season)

Henry Baez: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K (86 pitches, 58 strikes)

Homer Bush Jr: (0-for-2), 2 R, BB, 2 HBP

Tyler Robertson: (2-for-4), R, 2B, RBI

Samuel Zavala: (1-for-4), R, RBI

A very quick and fast ballgame saw zero runs score until the bottom of the fifth inning on Thursday in Lake Elsinore. Homer Bush Jr. (#13) reached base via hit-by-pitch (one of two on the night). Thanks to dancing on the base paths, Bush Jr. forced a throwing error and a balk to get to third base. A batter later, Samuel Zavala (#5) lined a single into right field. A walk to Rosman Verdugo (#19) set up Devin Ortiz for a bloop RBI single, giving the Storm a 2-0 lead.

A week after giving up just one run in 7.2 innings, Henry Baez turned around and delivered another standout performance. The right-hander struck out six in as many frames without giving up a single run. Gavin Conticello got Visalia on the board with a sac fly in the seventh inning.

Bush Jr. led off the bottom of the inning with a walk and ended up scoring all the way from first on a double from Tyler Robertson. A wild pitch would score Robertson later in the inning as Lake Elsinore held on.


DSL Padres Gold (Defeated DSL Arizona Red 5-4) (30-15 on the season)

Abraham Parra: 5 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 BB, HBP, 0 K

Hugo Sanchez: (2-for-2), R, 2B, 3 BB, 2 SB

Jose Cordero: (1-for-3), 2 R, HR, RBI, BB, SB

Ismael Javier: (1-for-3), R, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Jose Cordero hit his fourth home run of the season in the second inning on Thursday to tie the game at 1-1. Padres starter Abraham Parra was effective, going five innings, despite not picking up any strikeouts. Arizona took a 3-1 lead in the sixth with a single to center by Anderson Colmenarez, who was thrown out by Cordero at second trying stretch it into a double.

Ismael Javier tied the game for the Padres in the seventh with a two-run blast, his sixth of the season. The Padres would score two more in the eighth inning, including an RBI single from Emil Turbi to make it 5-3. Victor Lazala struck out one to get the save.


DSL Padres Brown (Game suspended) (14-31 on the season)

Game suspended vs DSL Orioles Orange on Thursday in the second inning with the Padres leading 3-0. Game will be completed on August 15.


ACL Padres (Lost to ACL Rangers) (26-21 on the season)

Luis Gutierrez: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R (5 ER), 3 BB, K

Dillon Head: (1-for-3), 2 BB

Spence Coffman: (2-for-4), R, 2B

Romeo Sanabria: (2-for-4), 2B

Even though the Major League Padres didn’t play Thursday, that didn’t stop the Padres from losing. Luis Gutierrez gave up six runs, including four in the third inning, as his day ended early.

The Padres did score two runs in the third, including an RBI double from shortstop Spence Coffman. He would advance to third on a throwing error and score via a sacrifice fly. Dillon Head (#8) reached base three times, raising his OPS to 1.039. 16th-rounder Sam Whiting made his pro debut in the seventh inning, striking out a pair in a scoreless inning.


Friday’s Probables:

El Paso: Nolan Watson (3-5, 4.81 ERA, 64 K)

San Antonio: Game 1: Daniel Camarena (1-6, 7.31 ERA, 45 K), Game 2: Ryan Bergert (6-3, 2.63 ERA, 94 K)

Fort Wayne: Austin Krob (2-3, 2.32 ERA, 88 K)

Lake Elsinore: TBD

DSL Brown: TBD


ACL Padres: TBD


Updated Top 30 Prospect Rankings

Ethan Salas, Jackson Merrill, Robby Snelling, and Dylan Lesko all place in the top 100 in a rising Padres farm system. Check out the link below for the complete list of the Padres top 30 prospects.

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