Padres Down on the Farm: August 20 (Esteury Ruiz homers for SA/Hassell III 2 hits for LE/Little homers for FW)
San Diego Padres affiliates went 3-1 on Friday.
Here’s a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 6-1 vs. Round Rock) (38-52 on the season)
Jesse Scholtens: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K (46 pitches, 31 strikes)
Webster Rivas: (1-for-4), HR, RBI, R, K
Luis Campusano: (2-for-4), RBI, HBP, K
José Azocar: (2-for-5), 2 RBI, K
The Chihuahuas offense exploded for five runs across the final two innings to bust open a tied game. Luis Campusano continued his solid season at the AAA level, adding two singles and an RBI to his resume. Webster Rivas, who made his major league debut earlier this season, hit a home run to lead off the ninth inning, sparking a three-run frame that put the game out of reach. The Chihuahuas pitching staff excelled, allowing just four hits in the game. Starting pitcher Jesse Scholtens struck out seven of the ten batters he faced, and he didn’t allow a hit in his three frames of work. Three more El Paso pitchers took the mound, each pitching two innings. Steven Wilson allowed the only run on a Ryan Dorrow home run. The game was tied after the home run, but the late surge from the Chihuahuas won them the game.
San Antonio Missions (Won 5-0 vs. Corpus Christi) (44-49 on the season)
Moises Lugo: 4.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K (87 pitches, 50 strikes)
Esteury Ruiz: (2-for-5), HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, K
Eguy Rosario: (2-for-3), R, RBI, BB
Chandler Seagle: (2-for-4), 2B, R
In contrast to the late surge by El Paso, San Antonio scored five runs in the first two innings and held Corpus Christi scoreless for the entire game, picking up the win. Each of the first four Missions players picked up hits, and three of them came around to score. The Missions added their final two runs on Esteury Ruiz’s home run to center field, and that was all the offense needed. On the mound, Moises Lugo allowed just two hits in four and two-thirds scoreless innings, and Dylan Rheault added two more scoreless frames to keep the shutout going. Nick Kuzia faced four batters, striking out all four of them, in a dominant display. The ageless Joe Beimel recorded the final three outs, and the Missions secured a shutout victory, despite picking up just three hits over the final seven innings.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Won 11-1 vs. West Michigan) (44-50 on the season)
Connor Lehmann: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K (81 pitches, 49 strikes)
Grant Little: (2-for-4), HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, BB
Justin Lopez: (2-for-4), RBI, 2 R, BB
Luis Almanzar: (2-for-5), 4 RBI, K
The TinCaps offense exploded, sending nine batters to the plate, four of which scored in the first inning. Grant Little hit a two-run home run in the fourth, extending the Fort Wayne lead to seven. Fort Wayne added two runs in the fifth and sixth innings, which put the cherry on top of the TinCaps offensive day. Twelve TinCaps hits were recorded, six walks and a pair of errors by West Michigan led to the offense. Connor Lehmann worked five innings to get the win, with a fourth-inning double the only blemish on his resume. The four innings worked by three bullpen arms saw just one hit and one walk, cementing the victory.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 3-6 to Inland Empire) (40-53 on the season)
Jairo Iriarte: 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, BB, 4 K (80 pitches, 46 strikes)
Robert Hassell III: (2-for-4), 2B, 2 K
Angel Solarte: (2-for-4), R
Lucas Dunn: (2-for-4), RBI, R, SB, 2 K, CS
The Storm hopped out to a three-run lead, but an Inland Empire five-run fifth quelled the Storm’s storm. Jairo Iriarte gave up three home runs in the inning, two of which came back to back, and that was enough for Inland Empire to secure the win. The Storm went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position, which limited the amount of damage the Storm did while attempting to come back. Lake Elsinore’s bullpen didn’t allow any runs, but the Storm’s offense wasn’t able to produce any offensive power, so there was no chance for the Storm to get back into the game.
DSL Padres (19-7 on the season)
ACL Padres (13-20 on the season)
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El Paso: Brett Kennedy (1-4, 9.11 ERA)
San Antonio: Osvaldo Hernandez (3-8, 5.24 ERA)
Fort Wayne: TBD
Lake Elsinore: TBD
DSL Padres: TBD
ACL Padres: TBD
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