Padres Down on the Farm: July 12 (Morejon & Bolanos Solid for Amarillo/Omar Cruz K’s 10/Abrams with three more hits)

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San Diego Padres affiliates went 4-4 on Friday.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.

El Paso Chihuahuas (55-36) Lost 13-1

In a game that saw infielder Matt Batten pitch the last frame, the El Paso Chihuahuas lost 13-1 to the Albuquerque Isotopes. Bryan Mitchell was demolished in his first Triple-A start, giving up seven earned runs in 1 2/3 innings pitched. He was relieved by Kaz Makita, who gave up two earned runs in 3 1/3 innings pitched. Tyler Higgins was knocked around in an inning pitched, allowing four earned runs in the loss. Travis Jankowski went 1-for-4 and played center field. Boog Powell doubled and recorded two of the Chihuahuas eight hits in the game. Luis Urias left the game early on Friday, and it could be injury-related. No word yet on the severity of the injury.

Travis Jankowski- (1-4)

Boog Powell- (2-3) 2B, RBI, BB

Jose Pirela– (1-3) Run, BB, K

Aderlin Rodriguez– (1-3) K

Bryan Mitchell- 1.2 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, K

Credit: Sod Poodles

Amarillo Sod Poodles (45-45) Won 5-2

The Soddies beat the RoughRiders 5-2 on Friday night. Cuban left-handed pitcher Adrian Morejon made the start for Amarillo and went two innings, only throwing 20 pitches and striking out two. Fellow countryman Ronald Bolanos relieved Morejon and went seven innings, allowing only one earned run in the win. Rodrigo Orozco was the star of the game offensively as he went 3-for-4 with three runs scored.

Luis Torrens– (1-3) 2B, RBI, 2 BB

Rodrigo Orozco– (3-4) 3 Runs, BB

Owen Miller– (1-5) RBI, Run, Error

Ronald Bolanos– (Win) 7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K (99 pitches/62 strikes)

Adrian Morejon– 2 IP, 2 K (20 pitches/14 strikes)

Lake Elsinore Storm (46-45) Won 7-4

Elliot Ashbeck allowed two runs in the first to the Modest Nuts, but he settled down going six strong for the Storm in their 7-4 win. Franklin Van Gurp, acquired from the Giants in the Alex Dickerson trade recorded the win allowing one run in one inning pitched. Jack Suwinski is showing some signs of getting out of his offensive funk, as he went 2-for-3 with his 7th homer of the year. Olivier Basabe went 3-for-5, and newly promoted Xavier Edwards went 2-for-5 with a run scored. Javy Guerra threw a scorless inning for the Storm flashing an upper 90’s fastball. He struck out the side on 14 pitches.

Jack Suwinski- (2-3) HR, 2B, 2 Runs, 3 RBI’s, K

Olivier Basabe- (3-5) 2B 2 Runs, RBI

Xavier Edwards- (2-5) Run, K

Javy Guerra– 1 IP, 1 H, 3 K (14 pitches- 10 strikes)

Elliot Ashbeck- 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, BB, 2 K (92 pitches- 57 strikes)

Credit: Storm

Fort Wayne TinCaps (40-49) Won 12-1

Omar Cruz was solid in a 12-1 victory over the Burlington Bees. It was Cruz’s third game of the year after starting the season on the shelf with an injury.  The 20-year-old Mexican left-handed pitcher has a 3.77 ERA so far this year. On Friday, Cruz went 5 2/3 innings and struck out ten batters while allowing just one earned run. Austin Smith relieved the pitcher and went 3 1/3 innings of scoreless ball. He struck out three in the game and earned his 5th save of the year. Three different hitters recorded three hits, led by Michael Curry who homered and drove in three. Luis Almanzar went 0-for-5 in the game with three K’s and is now hitting .183 on the year with a .522 OPS.

Tucupita Marcano– (3-5) 3 Runs, CS

Agustin Ruiz– (3-4) 2B, 2 Runs, BB

Michael Curry– (3-5) HR, 2 Runs, 3 RBI’s, K

Justin Lopez– (2-4) 2 Runs, RBI, BB

Omar Cruz– (Win) 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 10 K (89 pitches- 58 strikes)

Tri-City Dust Devils (14-14) Won 7-0

Four Dust Devils pitchers combined on a 7-0 shutout of the Spokane Indians on Friday. Cullen Dana, the Padres 30th-round pick in 2018 started the game and went four innings, allowing two hits and striking out four. 2019 9th-round pick Jason Blanchard relieved him and went three innings, striking out four. Then came Deacon Medders who was selected this June in the 2oth round. He threw an inning and struck out one. Deivy Mendez got the last three outs for the Dust Devils. Matthew Acosta continues to hit well as he went 2-for-5 with three runs knocked in for Tri-City. Catcher Jonny Homza doubled twice in the win.

Credit: Tri-City

Jordy Barley– (2-4) 2B, 2 Runs, BB, K

Matthew Acosta- (2-5) 2B, 3 RBI

Jonny Homza- (2-3) 2 2B, Run, 2 RBI’s, BB

Jason Blanchard- 3 IP, 1 H, 4 K (40 pitches- 24 strikes)

Cullen Dana- 4 IP, 2 H, 4 K (68 pitches- 41 strikes)

AZL Padres 1 (12-8) Lost 11-7

The AZL Padres 1 team lost 11-7 as the AZL Athletics were too much for them on Friday night. With a 1.173 OPS and a 19-game hitting streak, it may be time for CJ Abrams to join the Tri-City Dust Devils. The shortstop is tearing up the AZL and should be promoted in the next few weeks. He went 3-for-5 in the game with two doubles. Hudson Head went 2-for-4 with a double and has played well since signing with the team late last month. Head owns a 1.081 OPS so far in 2019. Frank Lopez made a start on Friday and went 3 1/3 innings for the Padres. The 18-year-old from Venezuela has a 4.50 ERA so far this season.

CJ Abrams- (3-5) 2 2B, 2 Runs, 2 RBIs, CS

Hudson Head- (2-4) 2B, 2 RBIs, BB, K

Yerry Landinez– (2-5) 2B, Run, RBI, K

Joshua Mears– (2-4) Run, BB, K

Frank Lopez– 3.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, K

AZL Padres 2 (14-6) Lost 8-7

In 11 innings, the AZL Brewers defeated the AZL Padres 2 team by the score of 8-7. The Padres 2 team is now 14-6 on the season and playing well. Eudi Asencio made a start and went 2 1/3 innings pitched, allowing five earned runs. The 20-year-old Dominican now has an ERA of 5.68 on the season. Blake Baker was charged with the loss after he allowed a run to score in the 11th. The AZL 2 squad managed 13 hits in the game as four players had multiple hits on Friday. Catcher Gilberto Vizcarra went 3-for-4. The 20-year old from Mexico is hitting, 417 this year and adds to the Padres catching depth in the minor leagues.

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Ethan Skender– (2-5) Run, RBI, K

Junior Perez– (2-5) 2 Runs, 2 K’s

Angel Solarte– (2-5) 2B, Run, RBI, 2 K’s

Gilberto Vizcarra- (3-4) Run, RBI

Eudi Asencio- 2.1 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 K (65 pitches/33 strikes)

DSL Padres (16-20) Lost 7-3

The DSL Padres team only managed three hits in the game as they lost 7-3 to the DSL White Sox. Elijah Tatis started the game for the White Sox, and the 17-year-old went 0-for-4 in his first professional game. The younger brother of Fernando Tatis Jr. was just signed earlier this month by Chicago. 18-year-old Manuel Avila made a start on Friday and went 2 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs to score. The right-handed pitcher from Venezuela has a 4.38 ERA so far this season. Wilfredo Tovar, a 17-year-old catcher, continues to impress in the D.R. He has a 1.404 OPS in his first 23 at-bats of the season.

Wilfredo Tovar– (2-3) Run, BB

Albert Fabian– (1-3) BB

Neifi Antunez– (0-4) BB, K

Jonfy Diaz– 3.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 5 K

Manuel Avila– 2.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB

Saturday’s Probables

El Paso- TBD vs. TBD

 Amarillo- MacKenzie Gore (0-0 0.00 ERA) vs. Collin Wiles (0-0 0.00 ERA)

Lake Elsinore- Luis Patino (4-7 3.38 ERA) vs. Justin Vernia (5-0 3.06 ERA)

Fort Wayne- TBD vs. Josh Roberson (1-0 0.00 ERA)

Tri-City- Ethan Elliott (0-0 1.13 ERA) vs. Ricky Vanasco (2-0 1.83 ERA)

AZL Padres 1- OFF

AZL Padres 2- OFF

DSL Padres- OFF

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