Padres Down on the Farm: July 16 (Campusano homers for EP/Hassel 3 hits for LE)
The San Diego Padres minor league affiliates went 1-5 on Friday.
Here is a look at the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 9-5 to Las Vegas) (25-35 on the season)
Caleb Boushley – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, BB, 3 SO
Luis Campusano – (1-for-2) HR, 2 R, RBI, BB, SO
Matt Batten – (2-for-2) HR, R, 2 RBI, BB
Austin Nola – (1-for-5) 3 SO
The Padres eagerly await the return of Austin Nola. He is on the Chihuahuas rehabbing from his second IL stint of the season. Although he went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts, the goal is to see him play. He slid in at DH while leaving the catching to Luis Campusano. Campusano continues to rake since being sent down to the minors. He now has a .818 OPS on the season. With the Padres in a playoff race, there is a lot of talk about him being traded in a possible deadline deal.
San Antonio Missions (Lost 4-1 to Corpus Christi) (30-33 on the season)
Osvaldo Hernandez – 5.0 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO
Jose Azocar – (1-for-3) 2B, R, BB, SO
Jack Suwinski – (1-for-4)
Michael Curry – (1-for-3) SO
The Missions offense failed to produce anything of substance all game. The opposing starter, Jonathan Bermudez, through six innings while striking out ten and only allowing two hits. Jose Azocar was the only player with any sort of an answer. He doubled in the first, then in the seventh walked. After he walked, a single and sacrifice fly made him the only run for the Missions. Osvaldo Hernandez remains unimpressive this season. After signing with the Padres for $2.5 million in 2019, he hasn’t met expectations. He recorded a 4.70 ERA coming into this game. Then giving up four runs in five innings just increases that even more. Of the nine hits allowed, three were extra-base hits, including a second-inning home run.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 4-1 to West Michigan) (28-36 on the season)
Danny Denz – 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 2 SO
Chris Givin – (1-for-2) 2 BB
Agustin Ruiz – (1-for-4) R, SO
Ethan Skender – (1-for-3) RBI
Another 4-1 loss in the Padres farm system. This time around, the TinCaps had a bit more fight. They put up four hits, three walks, and only struck out five times. Danny Denz started on the mound in this bullpen game. After working 2.2 innings, he was pulled. Felix Minjarez would come in as his replacement. Minjarez would allow two runs, but both unearned. In the fourth inning, Reinaldo Ilarraza had a throwing error while trying to turn a double play. Both of these men ended up scoring.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 8-5 to Visalia) (29-35 on the season)
Connor Lehmann – 3.0 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO
Robert Hassell III – (3-for-5) R
Joshua Mears – (2-for-4) 2B, RBI, BB, SO
Matthew Acosta – (1-for-4) R, RBI
One of the Padres’ top prospects, Robert Hassell III, continues to hit the ball well. He had three of the team’s seven hits on the day. Two of the others came from Joshua Mears. He is known for his power but came up with two hits on Friday. His ability to make more consistent contact with the ball will make him a huge threat. The game got lopsided pretty quickly. Lehmann gave up five runs in the first three innings. This dug Storm into a hole that they couldn’t get out of despite two productive innings in the sixth and seventh.
American Complex League Padres (Lost 3-2 to ACL White Sox) (4-7 on the season)
Victor Lizarraga – 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, BB, SO
Charlis Aquino – (0-for-1) R, 3 BB, SO
Anthony Nunez – (1-for-4) 2 RBI, 2 SO
Luis Paez (1-3for-) R
The Padres No. 21 prospect was featured in this game. Victor Lizarraga is a pitcher to keep tabs on in the system. He had quite the rough game on Friday. With the bases loaded, Lizarraga hit a batter. On the very next pitch, he gave up a single scoring two, one being Elijah Tatis. On the other side, there was Charlis Aquino. He had three walks and scored one run.
Dominican Summer League Padres (Won 3-2 over DSL Orioles) (3-1 on the season)
Javier Zenizo – 4.0 IP, 2 H, ER, 0 BB, 5 SO
Oswaldo Linares – (1-2) R, 2 BB
Victor Acosta – (0-1) RBI, 2 BB
Jake Perez – (1-1) R, 2 BB
The DSL Padres enjoyed a walk-off victory in a seven-inning matchup against the DSL Orioles. With two outs in the seventh, Zenizo gave up a solo home run. This tied the game at two. The DSL Padres responded with two walks and a single to give them the victory.
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El Paso – Jerry Keel (1-2 6.30 ERA)
San Antonio – TBD
Fort Wayne – TBD
Lake Elsinore – TBD
ACL Padres – TBD
DSL Padres – TBD
Evan is a student finishing up a degree in Finance from Northern Arizona University. The ability to break down numbers and find the story behind them has lead to his first of writing for East Village times. He covers baseball which is the sport he grew up playing and has followed even after his playing years.