Padres Down on the Farm: August 27 (Osvaldo Hernandez shines in SA/Wood 2 hits in ACL/Hassell 6 RBIs in LE)

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The San Diego Padres affiliates went 5-2 on Friday.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 13-1 to Sugar Land) (40-57 on the season)

Brett Kennedy– 3.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R (3 ER), 3 BBs, 4 Ks

Luis Campusano– (0-2)

Brian O’Grady– (0-for-2) 2 BBs

Patrick Kivlehan– (1-for-3) single

Gosuke Katoh– (1-for-3) single, run

The Chihuahuas got absolutely destroyed by Sugar Land on Friday night. Brett Kennedy got roughed up early and didn’t make it through the fourth inning. Taylor Williams followed Kennedy but gave up three runs in just 1/3 of an inning.

Steven Wilson also got tagged for a pair of runs as the Chihuahuas gave up eight runs in a disastrous fourth inning. After that, Reiss Knehr— who was wearing a Padres uniform just a few days ago– tossed two scoreless innings to stop the bleeding.

The Chihuahuas’ lone run came in the bottom of the eighth inning on a Sugar Land error. If it weren’t that, it would’ve been a shutout. Patrick Kivlehan and Gosuke Katoh each had a single, the only two hits on a tough Friday evening for El Paso.


San Antonio Missions (Won 3-1 vs. Midland) (47-52 on the season) 

Osvaldo Hernandez– 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 Ks

Eguy Rosario– (2-for-3) two singles, run, BB

Michael Curry– (1-for-4) double, RBI, run

Ethan Skender– (2-for-4) double, triple, RBI

The Missions dominated the RockHounds on Friday night thanks to a terrific start from Osvaldo Hernandez. The Missions starters threw five scoreless innings, setting the tone for the night, and walked away with the victory to bring his record to 4-8 on the season.

Ethan Skender and Eguy Rosario combined for four of the Missions’ seven hits, including knocking in one run each. Skender hit for half of a cycle, doubling and tripling on the evening. Oh, and it was Skender’s Double-A debut.

The Missions pitchers held the RockHounds to just one run and seven hits scattered throughout the evening to start the weekend off on the right foot.

Fort Wayne TinCaps (Game 1) (Won 4-2 vs. Dayton) 

Connor Lehmann–  1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, K

Gabe Mosser– 3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 4 Ks

Grady Little– (2-for-3) two singles, 2 RBIs, BB

Zack Mathis– (1-for-3) single, 2 RBIs,

Tirso Ornelas– (2-for-4) two doubles, run

The TinCaps took Game 1 against the Dragons on Friday as part of a doubleheader. The TinCaps got off to a nice start with a four-run frame in the bottom of the second as their pitching staff could get comfortable on the mound.

Conner Lehmann tossed a scoreless inning, and Gabe Mosser followed that up with three shutout frames against the Dragons. It looked as if the TinCaps were going to hurl a shutout in Game 1, but Gabe Morales gave up a pair of runs in the top of the sixth off of an Allan Cerda two-run single.

After that, the Dragons didn’t score, and the four-run second inning was enough for the TinCaps to escape with a victory in Game 1 of the twin bill. 


Fort Wayne TinCaps (Game 2) (Lost 6-4 to Dayton) (48-52 on the season) 

Felix Minjarez– 2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 Ks

Austin Smith– 1.2 IP, 4 H, 5 5 (4 ER), BB, K

Yorman Rodriguez– (2-for-4) two singles, 2 RBIs

Tirso Ornelas– (1-for-3) double, run, BB, 2 Ks

Justin Lopez– (1-for-3) single, 2 RBIs

The TinCaps lost Game 2 of the doubleheader on Friday night by a score of 6-4. Felix Minjarez pitched decently through two frames and left with the lead. But, the top of the fifth inning was a disaster for the TinCaps.

The Dragons scored five in the inning, as Austin Smith got tagged for all five runs–four earned– and was recorded with the loss on the evening. The TinCaps scored a run in both the sixth and seventh innings, but that was not enough to overcome the ugly fifth inning.


Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 12-5 vs. San Jose) (43-56 on the season)

Bodi Rascon– 3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, BB, K

Levi Thomas– 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BBs, 6 Ks

Robert Hassell– (4-for-5) two singles, two doubles, 2 runs, 6 RBIs

Euribiel Angeles– (2-for-5) single, double, 2 runs

Joshua Mears– (2-for-5) triple, home run, 4 RBIs

This was a pitcher’s duel for most of the game–surprisingly. The score was 1-1 from the bottom of the third all the way until the seventh inning. That’s when things changed.

The Storm put up five in the seventh and followed that with a six-spot in the eighth to go up 12-1 over the Giants. Robert Hassell exploded with four hits and six RBIs, and Joshua Mears had the hard half of the cycle with a triple and home run en route to four RBIs.

Levi Thomas came in and threw five scoreless innings in relief of Bodi Rascon, but Seth Mayberry gave up four runs in the top of the ninth, but it didn’t matter. Thomas was impressive with six punchouts and earned his third win of the season.


ACL Padres (Won 7-1 vs. the Rockies) (19-22 on the season)

Jackson Merrill– (1-for-5) single, RBI

Michael Suarez– (1-for-4) single, 2 RBIs, run

James Wood– (2-for-3) Run, RBI, K

Elvis Saba- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, BB, K

Wilton Castillo– 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, BB, K

Jackson Merrill recorded one hit in the game and owns a .810 OPS so far this season. James Wood earned two hits in three at-bats as the 2021 draft picks continue to play well in Arizona. Both men should easily make their full-season debut next year within the system. They, truthfully, could hold their own now in the California League. But the Padres will take their time with the duo.


DSL Padres (Won 12-4 vs. White Sox) (24-7 on the season) 

Eddy Beltre– (2-for-5) 3 Runs, RBI,

Samuel Zavala– (2-for-4) 2 RBIs, 2 BB,

Jake Perez– (1-for-3) 2 BB, Runs, 2 K

Victor Acosta– (1-for-4) 2 Runs, 2 RBIs, BB, SB, 2 K

The DSL Padres continue their winning ways with an impressive win against the DSL White Sox squad. Victor Acosta stole his 19th base of the year and owns a .881 OPS so far this season. 1y-year-old Samuel Zavala went 2-for-4 with two RBI’s in the win. The team totaled 10 hits and 12 runs. They scored 10 of their dozen runs in the last two frames of the game.


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Saturday’s Probable Pitchers 

El Paso- TBD

San Antonio- Tyler Viza (0-0, 3.00 ERA)

Fort Wayne- Noel Vela (0-2, 3.06 ERA)

Lake Elsinore- TBD

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