Padres Down on the Farm: August 7 (France flirting with .400/Abrams with two hits in FW/Nix rehabs in LE)

Credit: El Paso Chihuahuas

Credit: EVT Sports

The minor league affiliates for the San Diego Padres went 4-2 on Wednesday.

Here is a brief recap of the day’s action.

El Paso Chihuahuas Loss 20-12 (66-49)

In true PCL fashion, the Chihuahuas loss in an absolute barn burner 20-12. With a combined 38 hits and 32 runs, the Astros Triple-A affiliate came up with the upper hand thanks to Astros’ uber-prospect Kyle Tucker who hit his 29th and 30th home runs of the season while driving in five runs. In the middle of the El Paso attack, as usual, was Ty France who was 4-for-5 and is now hitting a ridiculous .399 for the season in an epic assault upon a .400 batting average season. Austin Allen and Aderlin Rodriguez also had monster offensive games but to no avail in the 20-12 loss. Chihuahuas’ pitching got rocked from beginning to end as not a single pitcher left the game without giving up at least two runs.

Ty France – (4-5) 2B, 3 R’s, RBI

Austin Allen – (2-5) HR, 2 R’s, 3 RBI

Aderlin Rodriguez – (3-4) 2 HR’s, 2B, 3 R’s, 4 RBI, BB

Seth Mejias-Brean – (2-4) HR, 2 R’s, RBI, BB

Emmanuel Ramirez – 4 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 5 BB, 2 K

Robbie Erlin – (L) 1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, K

Amarillo Sod Poodles Won 3-2 (62-51) 

The Sod Poodles contain one of the more prospect laden rosters across all of minor league baseball, and on Wednesday night, examples of this were strewn across the lineup. In the leadoff spot was newly acquired centerfielder Taylor Trammell who was 2-for-4 with a walk, reaching base three times while scoring once. Joining the hit parade on Wednesday night were other top 30 prospects Edward Olivares, Owen Miller, Hudson Potts, while former Rule 5 pick Luis Torrens continues to rake in the Texas League to the tune of a .857 slash line for the year. Kyle Lloyd pitched seven strong innings, striking out seven while allowing two runs. Former infielder Carlos Belen and David Bednar pitched the last two innings to preserve the 3-2 victory.

Credit: John Moore

Taylor Trammell – (2-4) R, BB

Luis Torrens – (1-4)

Owen Miller – (2-4) RBI

Taylor Kohlwey – (3-4) HR, 2 R, RBI

Kyle Lloyd – (W) 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

David Bednar – (S) 1 IP, K

Lake Elsinore Storm Loss 2-0 (59-56)

On a night where the Storm were shut out, there was actually quite a bit of good news that came out of the game including Jacob Nix getting through four-plus innings while striking out seven to start the game. Osvaldo Hernandez continues a strong track record, throwing three strong innings, only allowing one run. Unfortunately for Storm’ pitching, the bats never really woke up, only scratching across six hits while getting goose egged. Xavier Edwards continues his assault on the Cal League as he is now hitting .348 at Lake Elsinore in limited duty. Teammate Luis Campusano is leading the Cal League in hitting with a .326 average. Anderson Haigler was in Lake Elsinore for EVT. Here is his recap of the game with some quotes from manager Tony Tarasco.

Credit: Storm

Xavier Edwards – (1-4)

Luis Campusano – (1-4)

Jeisson Rosario – (2-4)

Jacob Nix – 4.1 IP, 2 H, R,  0 ER, BB, 7 K

Osvaldo Hernandez – 3 IP, 4 H, R, ER

Fort Wayne TinCaps Won 5-1 (52-61)

CJ Abrams got his first hits at the A-ball level going 2-for-4 with a double and a walk to go along with his first stolen base in a TinCaps’ uniform. Tyler Benson, Blake Hunt, and Michael Curry contributed multi-hit efforts on the way to a 5-1 victory as well.  Omar Cruz pitched 5.1 innings of one-run ball while striking out six. The 20-year-old continues to impress in the Midwest League, now with a 3.34 ERA for the season. Tucupita Marcano and Ethan Skender both added hits and RBIs.

CJ Abrams – (2-4) 2B, R, BB, SB

Tyler Benson – (2-4) 2B, RBI

Blake Hunt – (2-3) 2B, R, BB

Michael Curry – (3-4) 2 2B’s, 2 R’s, RBI

Ethan Skender – (1-3) R, RBI, BB

Omar Cruz – 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, BB, 6 K’s

Credit: TinCaps

Tri-City Dust Devils (23-28)


AZL Padres 1  (23-18)


AZL Padres 2  (28-12)


DSL Padres Won 4-2 (26-30)

The DSL Padres were led by a strong pitching performance from Jesus Lugo who pitched seven quality innings, scattering two hits and one unearned run while punching out five.  The team scored four runs to win the contest even though they were only able to muster three hits, in true DSL fashion. Centerfielder Eduard Hidalgo went 2-for-3 with a run scored to lead the meager offensive attack.

Eduard Hidalgo – (2-3) RBI

Axcel Peralta – (1-4) RBI

Jesus Lugo – 7 IP, 2 H, R, 0 ER, BB, 5 K’s

Probable Starters for Thursday’s games

El Paso: Jerry Keel (7-7, 7.46 ERA) vs. Kent Emanuel (6-1, 3.98 ERA)

Amarillo: Jesse Scholtens (5-5, 5.56 ERA) vs. Brock Burke (3-5, 3.18 ERA)

Lake Elsinore: OFF

Fort Wayne: TBD vs. Lyon Richardson (2-8 4.65 ERA)

Tri-City: Jason Blanchard (1-2, 6.00 ERA) vs. Joshua Javier (0-0 3.67 ERA)

AZL Padres 1: TBD

AZL Padres 2: TBD

DSL Padres: TBD vs TBD

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