Padres Down on the Farm: August 22 (Mears & Hassell homer for LE/Esteury Ruiz homers again for SA)

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The San Diego Padres affiliates went 3-1 on Sunday

Here is a recap of the day’s events.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 12-5 to Round Rock) (38-54 on the season)

Alex Powers – 2.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO

Webster Rivas – (2-for-4) 2 2B, R, RBI, 2 SO

Taylor Kohlwey – (2-for-4) 2 2B, R

Ivan Castillo – (2-for-4) 2B, R, SO

The Chihuahuas were a double machine Sunday night. Unfortunately for them, too many of the doubles came too late. Of their seven doubles in the game, three of them came in the ninth inning. That is when the offense rallied for all four of their runs.

The pitching did the team no favors. In the third inning, they fell apart in a 10 run onslaught. Alex Powers was pulled after his command started to falter. He gave up one run. He left the game responsible for the bases loaded.

Evan Miller came in and immediately started to struggle. The first three batters reached base, two from a walk, and a pitch hit one. Matt Batten didn’t help the situation when he fumbled an infield hit and failed to get the out. Miller would exit the game without recording an out. Parker Markel came in, hoping to get them out of the inning. He would, but not before allowing a three-run home run.


San Antonio Missions (Won 3-2 over Corpus Christi) (45-50 on the season)

Tyler Viza – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

Esteury Ruiz – (2-for-3) HR, 2B, R, RBI

Eguy Rosario – (2-for-4) HR, R, RBI

Dwanya Williams-Sutton – (1-for-2) 2 BB

Tyler Viza made his first start in affiliated baseball since he left in 2019. He was in independent baseball after the Phillies drafted him and eventually let him go. His first outing back was impressive for the extended break that he took. In the first inning, he was able to hold the bases-loaded jam to just one run.

The offense was led by Esteury Ruiz and Eguy Rosario. Both went deep with solo home runs. The Missions had an opportunity for four runs. In the fourth inning, Allen Cordoba scored on an outfield single. Kyle Overstreet followed him home but was thrown out at home.


Fort Wayne TinCaps. (Won 2-0 over West Michigan) (46-50 on the season)

Noel Vela – 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 SO

Grant Little – (1-for-4) 2B, BB, SO

Justin Lopez – (2-for-3) 2B, R, BB

Chris Givin – (2-for-4) RBI

The TinCaps pitching staff combined for a shutout, but it was far from a great pitching performance. Noel Vela worked 4.2 innings before he loaded the bases and was pulled from the game. Luke Boyd came in and escaped the jam. He would work another inning and eventually earn the win.

The offense was able to be a little more productive. Collecting seven hits, three for extra bases, three walks, and two runs. Justin Lopez was one of the most productive batters of the game. He reached base three times and was one of the runs.


Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 16-6 over Inland Empire) (42-53 on the season)

Robert Gasser – 2 IP, 2 H, ER, SO

Matthew Acosta – (4-for-6) 3B, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, SO

Robert Hassell III – (2-for-6) HR, 2B, 3 R, 5 RBI, SO

Joshua Mears – (2-for-6) HR, R, 3 RBI, 3 SO

It is easy to win games when the offense scores 16 runs. Seven players on Storm had multiple hits this game. They tallied 17 hits, consisting of two home runs, two triples, and four doubles. Matthew Acosta fell a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. He still went 4-for-6 with three RBIs. Robert Hassell had two extra-base hits that helped knock in five runs. Lastly, Joshua Mears joined the fun with a home run and three runs batted in.

Robert Gasser, the Padres’ third pick in the 2021 draft, made his low A debut. He pitched two innings while giving up one run. His promotion is a part of a larger plan by the Padres. After seeing most players in the rookie ball, they are starting to promote them to the appropriate affiliate. With Gasser, this could be a short trip. He was a college pitcher and likely faced harder competition while there.

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Monday’s Probable Pitchers

El Paso – Adrian Martinez (0-1, 21.00 ERA)

San Antonio – Off Day

Fort Wayne – Off Day

Lake Elsinore – Off Day

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