Padres Down on the Farm: August 26 (Merrill 2 hits in ACL/Lamet continues rehab in LE/Beltre erupts in DSL)

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San Diego Padres affiliates went 2-4 on Thursday, as El Paso played two games while Fort Wayne was rained out.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 9-2 to Sugar Land) (Won 11-6 vs. Sugar Land) (40-56 on the season)

Game One:

Parker Markel: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K (24 pitches, 16 strikes)

Brian O’Grady: (1-for-3), HR, RBI, R, HBP, K

Ivan Castillo: (1-for-4), R, K

Matt Batten: (1-for-3), 2K

The Chihuahuas were finally able to finish their game against Sugar Land on their third attempt. Due to all the stoppages, El Paso used five pitchers, of which only Parker Markel found a way not to allow runs. Daniel Camarena started in the first of the three segments, but he allowed two runs in just a third of a frame before rain ended his night. El Paso got off to a strong start, picking up the first run after an Ivan Castillo single before advancing to third on an error. An RBI groundout by Taylor Kohlwey gave El Paso a brief lead. Sugar Land struck back with five runs in the first, two off of Camarena and three off Evan Miller. Sugar Land added two more runs in both the third and seventh innings, giving Sugar Land an eight-run lead. Brian O’Grady hit a solo home run for some consolation, but the Bees had plenty of cushion.

Game Two:

Brad Miller: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K (35 pitches, 23 strikes)

Matt Batten: (3-for-3), 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, BB

Luis Campusano: (2-for-4), 2B, R

Ivan Castillo: (2-for-3), 2B, 3 RBI, R

The Chihuahuas offense exploded in a seven-inning game, putting up 14 hits, six of which came with runners in scoring position. Matt Batten put together a huge game, reaching base in all four of his plate appearances, driving in a pair, and scoring thrice. Top catching prospect Luis Campusano picked up another two hits, helping the Chihuahuas to score in five of their six half-innings. They also took advantage of two Sugar Land errors, and Ivan Castillo drove in three runs for El Paso. None of the pitchers El Paso used pitched exceptionally well, but Brad Miller managed to pitch well enough to pick up the win. 


San Antonio Missions (Lost 3-2 to Midland) (46-52 on the season)

Moises Lugo: 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 5 K (73 pitches, 46 strikes)

Michael Curry: (2-for-4), HR, 2 RBI, R

Allen Cordoba: (2-for-4), 2B, R

Kelvin Melean: (1-for-3)

The Missions picked up just five hits and went scoreless for the final seven innings, squandering a great bullpen performance. After starter Moises Lugo allowed three runs, one of which was thanks to a throwing error by catcher Chandler Seagle, but no one in the bullpen allowed a single run, keeping the Missions offense in the game. Unfortunately, save for a Michael Curry two-run home run that scored Allen Cordoba, the Missions offense was unable to get going. The Missions only had one at-bat with a runner in scoring position, so there weren’t a lot of chances for San Antonio.


Fort Wayne TinCaps (SSPD-RAIN) (47-51 on the season)

The game was tied at zero in the first inning when the rain came down.


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Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 10-3 to San Jose) (42-56 on the season)

Dinelson Lamet: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (22 pitches, 14 strikes)

Gilberto Vizcarra: (1-for-4), HR, RBI, R K

Euribel Angeles: (3-for-4)

Carlos Luis: (2-for-4), RBI, CS

The Storm’s pitching staff held San Jose off the scoreboard for eight of the nine innings. Unfortunately, San Jose put up 10 runs in the second inning, which put Lake Elsinore in a somewhat inescapable hole. Jairo Iriate was charged for eight of the ten runs before finally being pulled for Jason Reynolds, who allowed two more runs. Dinelson Lamet continued his rehab assignment, allowing one hit, striking out three batters, and not walking any across two strong frames. Gilberto Vizcarra homered in the seventh, and Euribel Angeles put up three hits, all of which were singles. The Storm didn’t have any chance to get back in the game, and San Jose picked up a blowout win.


DSL Padres (Won 7-6 vs. DSL White Sox) (23-7 on the season)

Adrian De Los Santos: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K 

Eddy Beltre: (3-for-5), 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R, SB, K

Carlos Rodriguez: (1-for-4), HR, RBI, R, 2 K

Victor Acosta: (2-for-5), 2B, SB, 2 K

The DSL Padres were led by two homers and five RBIs by Eddy Beltre, who also stole a bag in the win. The Padres jumped out to a seven-run lead, partly thanks to Adrian De Los Santos scattering six hits across four and two-thirds scoreless frames. Carlos Rodriguez added a home run for the Padres, who looked to have the game under control, but it nearly fell apart late. Axcel Peralta allowed four runs in the ninth inning, and the White Sox had the go-ahead run in scoring position. Joel Ascension secured the win with a line out to second baseman Jose Sanabria.


ACL Padres (Lost 2-1 vs. ACL Cleveland) (18-22 on the season)

Joshua Paulina: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K

John Andreoli: (1-for-3), HR, RBI, R, K

Jackson Merrill: (2-for-3), 2B, SB

Charlis Aquino: (1-for-2), 2B

The Padres pitching let them down late against Cleveland, but Jackson Merrill continued his progression by picking up another multi-hit game, doubling and stealing a base in the process. John Andreoli hit his second professional home run to lead off the game, and the Padres found themselves in the lead. Unfortunately, they went 0-for-5 in their at-bats with runners in scoring position, failing to add on. Cleveland added single runs in both the fifth and sixth, and as part of the seven-inning game, the Padres weren’t able to hit back in the seventh.

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Friday’s Probables

El Paso: Brett Kennedy (1-5, 8.64 ERA)

San Antonio: Osvaldo Hernandez (3-8, 5.36 ERA)

Fort Wayne: Gabe Mosser (3-5, 3.95 ERA)

Lake Elsinore: TBD

DSL Padres: TBD

ACL Padres: TBD

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