Padres Down on the Farm: August 4 (SA wins 5th straight/Pauley HR for FW/Morejon & Baez perfect in rehab assignments)

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Daily Transactions

  • LHP Adrian Morejon assigned to ACL Padres on rehab assignment.
  • El Paso Chihuahuas transferred 3B Evan Mendoza to the development list.
  • INF Eguy Rosario optioned to El Paso Chihuahuas.
  • RHP Craig Stammen and LHP Cole Hamels retired.
  • Fort Wayne TinCaps activated RHPs Alan Mundo and Victor Lizarraga.
  • RHP Eric Yost assigned to Lake Elsinore Storm.


The San Diego Padres, minor league affiliates, went 2-4 on Friday, with DSL Padres Gold having their game suspended.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost to Salt Lake Bees 4-3) (46-60 on the season)

Nolan Watson: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 K (88 pitches, 58 strikes)

Jantzen Witte: (1-for-3), 2B, RBI

Oscar Mercado: (1-for-4), R, HR, RBI

Zach Humphrey opened the scoring on the night in the second inning with a double to left field. Oscar Mercado would tie the game in the inning with his fourth home run of the season. Salt Lake retook the lead in the fifth inning with a pair of runs, including an RBI single from Michael Stefanic. Nolan Watson was pulled after six innings. The right-hander delivered his third quality start of the season, his first with El Paso.

El Paso tied the game in the seventh inning with a pair of runs, including an RBI double via Jantzen Witte. In the eighth inning, Stefanic and Daniel Murphy singled to put runners on the corners. Following a pinch runner, Jack Lopez laid down a perfect bunt scoring Jared Oliva from third. It would represent the difference in the game as the Chihuahuas went down 1-2-3 in the ninth.


San Antonio Missions (Defeated Arkansas Travelers 8-4) (51-49 on the season)

Henry Henry: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 K (41 pitches, 29 strikes)

Michael De La Cruz: (2-for-5), R, HR, RBI, SB

Daniel Johnson: (1-for-3), R, RBI

Brandon Valenzuela: (1-for-4), 2B, 2 RBI

After a pair of scoreless innings, Henry Henry gave up two runs, including an RBI single from Spencer Packard in the third inning in his first outing since returning to Double-A. Raul Brito struck out three in three innings of relief but was tagged for a run in the fourth.

Michael De La Cruz got San Antonio on the board in the sixth with a solo shot. Later in the inning, Brandon Valenzuela got through the right side on a two-run double to tie the game. The Missions loaded the bases with one out in the seventh as Daniel Johnson flew out to left. Justin Farmer came in to score the go-ahead run as San Antonio’s bullpen held on for its fifth straight victory.


Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost to Great Lakes Loons 8-4) (51-49 on the season)

Austin Krob: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 2 K (97 pitches, 56 strikes)

Graham Pauley: (3-for-5), 2 R, HR, 2 RBI

Nathan Martorella: (1-for-4), 2 R, 2B, BB

Austin Krob had a frustrating day on Friday. The lefty walked four, the same number of errors he saw his defense behind him commit. Great Lakes scored in each of the first three innings. Krob was able to strike out Griffin Lockwood-Powell but left the fifth inning with two runners on. Both inherited runners would come around to score. By the end of the inning, the Loons led Fort Wayne 8-0.

The TinCaps score a run in each of the sixth and eighth innings. Graham Pauley (.985 OPS) added a two-run blast in the ninth inning. The Duke alum leads the Midwest League with 12 homers, 25 runs scored, and 30 RBIs since June 29, when he was promoted from Single-A Lake Elsinore.


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Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost to Modesto Nuts 1-0) (47-50 on the season)

Dylan Lesko: 3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 3 K (49 pitches, 33 strikes)

Samuel Zavala: (1-for-3), 2B, RBI, BB

Tyler Robertson: (2-for-4), 2B, RBI

Braedon Karpathios: (1-for-1), R, 3 BB

Dylan Lesko opened the bottom of the first Friday, inducing a ground out to second. He then got both Bill Night and Lazaro Montes to strike out feeling good with both his fastball and changeup. Lesko opened the second with a pop-up by the 3rd base dugout. Lesko’s struggles began with four straight hits, including a pair of doubles. Lesko got a ground ball, and shortstop Nik McClaughry threw the runner out at home. Bill Knight then doubled to left, scoring a pair extending the Nuts lead to 4-0. Lesko was able to get out of it with a pickoff.

Braedon Karpathios singled to lead off the top of the third. After two outs, Samuel Zavala doubled to left, getting Lake Elsinore on the board. Lesko set Modesto down 1-2-3 in the third but left with a 4-1 deficit. Tyler Robertson doubled in a run in the seventh inning, but that’s all the Storm would get. Lake Elsinore was limited to just five hits on the evening.


DSL Padres Gold (Game suspended) (27-15 on the season)

Game was suspended after three innings with the Padres leading DSL Arizona Black (20-21) 2-1. The game will be resumed as part of a doubleheader on August 12.


DSL Padres Brown (Lost to DSL Blue Jays 18-5) (13-30 on the season)

Alexander Agramonte: 1.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 3 K

Yimy Tovar: (2-for-4), R, HR, 3 RBI, BB

Oliver Cedeno: (3-for-4), R

Moises Valdez: (3-for-4), R, 3B

The Blue Jays tagged Padres starter Alexander Agramonte for seven runs in the second inning, including a two-run home run from Aldo Gaxiola. Agramonte only got out before being pulled for reliever Johan Minaya, who pitched three innings. The Padres offense was limited most of the day. The bulk of the production came from a three-run homer via Yimy Tovar in the third inning.

The Padres actually had plenty of opportunities but went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position. The Blue Jays, in contrast, went 13-for-32 in the same opportunities. Enmanuel Bonilla went 4-for-7 with two runs scored and seven runs batted in, including a grand slam.


ACL Padres (Defeated ACL Angels 6-3) (23-20 on the season)

Adrian Morejon: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Michel Baez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Homer Bush Jr: (1-for-4), R

Juan Murillo: (1-for-3), R, RBI, SB

Dillion Head: (1-for-4), R, 2B, RBI, SB

Homer Bush Jr. (.371 on the season) led off Friday night’s game with a leadoff single up the middle. After a ground out moving him over, Jarryd Dale pulled it over to the left side where Angels third baseman Leonel Valera couldn’t come up with it as Bush Jr. came around to score.

Adrian Morejon and Michel Baez both made rehab appearances, throwing a combined three perfect innings, striking out six. The Angels scored a pair of runs in the fourth inning to make it 2-1.

In the fifth, Carlos Rodriguez came through with a line drive to center field, scoring two. Padres 2023 first-rounder Dillon Head followed with a double to left field, scoring Rodriguez. Juan Murillo and Alain Camou followed with back-to-back RBI singles to cap off a five-run inning.


Saturday’s Probables:

El Paso: TBD

San Antonio: Jairo Iriarte (3-3, 2.99 ERA, 90 K)

Fort Wayne: Miguel Cienfuegos (2-4, 3.72 ERA, 47 K)

Lake Elsinore: TBD

DSL Brown: TBD


ACL Padres: TBD

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