The San Diego Padres minor league affiliates went 3-2 on Thursday, as the ACL Padres’ game was cancelled.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 2-1 vs. Round Rock) (63-50 on the season)
Matt Waldron: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K (64 pitches, 41 strikes)
Brett Sullivan: (2-for-3), 2B, R, BB, K
Taylor Kohlwey: (2-for-4), RBI, R, K
Kyle Martin: (1-for-3), 2B, BB, K
The Chihuahuas scrapped out a win in a pitcher’s duel on Thursday night. Matt Waldron worked the first five innings, and allowed just one run. Luis Felipe, Jose Quezada, and José Castillo finished out the game to secure the win. All three worked spotless innings, though Castillo was especially impressive. He struck out the side in both the eighth and ninth innings, earning the save. Brett Sullivan brought Taylor Kohlwey home on a sacrifice fly to open the scoring in the first. The Express’ only run came in the third, but Kohlwey managed to bring home the eventual winning run with a sacrifice fly of his own. El Paso went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position, but the great pitching meant that it was enough to win.
San Antonio Missions (Won 8-5 vs. Northwest Arkansas) (59-50 on the season)
Noel Vela: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 6 K (86 pitches, 46 strikes)
Juan Fernandez: (2-for-3), RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, K
Yorman Rodriguez: (1-for-2), 2 R, 3 BB
Ethan Skender: (1-for-3), 2 RBI, R, BB, SB, K
San Antonio scored five times in the sixth inning, and rode that to a fifth consecutive victory. Noel Vela made his second start since being promoted from Fort Wayne, and he executed a Houdini-like performance. Vela allowed five hits and walked four batters, but he surrendered just one run. As soon as Vela exited the game, San Antonio broke it open. The first four batters of the sixth inning all walked, before Kelvin Melean singled home two more runs. An error by the Naturals, followed by a double play extended the lead to five. From there, it was smooth sailing for the Missions. Eight of the nine San Antonio starters had hits, and the Missions walked eight times in the win.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 5-2 to Dayton) (45-66 on the season)
Ryan Bergert: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 5 K (91 pitches, 56 strikes
Keegan Collett: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K (39 pitches, 29 strikes)
Agustin Ruiz: (2-for-4), HR, 3B, 2 RBI, R, K
Anthony Vilar: (2-for-3), BB, K
Fort Wayne’s offense was basically nonexistent, outside of Agustin Ruiz. Ruiz homered in the fourth to bring home Fort Wayne’s first run. His sixth inning triple scored Cole Cummings for the TinCaps’ final run. However, Ruiz and Anthony Vilar were the only players for Fort Wayne who had a hit in the game. Ryan Bergert did not allow a run in the first three innings, but Dayton scored five times in Bergert’s final two innings. From there, it was all but over, as Fort Wayne did not look capable of threatening to score in any capacity.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 9-4 to Stockton) (65-46 on the season)
Ben Miller: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (22 pitches, 16 strikes)
Griffin Doersching: (1-for-3), HR, RBI, R, BB, K
Justin Farmer: (1-for-2), 2B, R, 2 BB, K
Jared Alvarez-Lopez: (1-for-2), 2B
The Lake Elsinore Storm fell behind early, and could not rally. Storm starter Jairo Iriarte allowed six runs in the four innings. Danny Denz gave up three runs in the fifth, which put Lake Elsinore behind by seven. Griffin Doersching’s eight inning home run was one of the few bright spots in the evening, but it was nothing more than a consolation. Lake Elsinore finished the game just 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position, which was a major reason for their struggles.
DSL Padres (Won 4-3 vs. DSL BAL Orange) (34-22 on the season)
Braian Salazar: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Jose Sanabria: (2-for-5), 2 2B, 2 K
Jose Cordero: (2-for-3), BB, SB, K
Hugo Sanchez: (1-for-2), RBI, 2 BB, SB, K
The Padres jumped out to an early lead, and held on to win in a tight affair. Braian Salazar started for the Padres, working three shutout frames. Hugo Sanchez singled Maikol Munoz home in the second, before Alain Camou brought Estuar Suero home with a sacrifice fly. Oswaldo Linares stole home for the Padres in the fourth, before Jose Sanabria scored on a wild pitch in the seventh. Sanabria had a pair of doubles, the Padres’ only extra base hits, in the win. Santiago Sojo closed the game out, in order to secure the victory for the Padres.
ACL Padres (Canceled) (27-23 on the season)
The ACL Padres game was canceled due to weather.
El Paso: Jay Groome (0-0, 2.53 ERA)
San Antonio: Nolan Watson (4-4, 4.98 ERA)
Fort Wayne: Jackson Wolf (6-6, 3.96 ERA)
Lake Elsinore: TBD
DSL Padres: TBD
ACL Padres: TBD