Padres Down on the Farm: July 17 (Valenzuela 3 hits and 6 RBI’s/Espinoza pitches well/Adrian Martinez 5 shutout for SA)

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Three of the San Diego Padres minor league affiliates walked away with victories on Saturday.

The big names for the Lake Elsinore Storm all showed out in their big win. Additionally, Anderson Espinoza looked sharp in his return, and the Dominican Summer League Padres won big early in the day.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 12-2) (25-36 on the season)

Luis Campusano– 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 K

Ivan Castillo– 2-for-5, 1 K

Steven Wilson– 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB

Mason Thompson– 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R

An inefficient offensive performance cost the El Paso Chihuahuas in their 12-2 loss to the Las Vegas Aviators. After jumping out to a lead in the second inning courtesy of a Pedro Florimon single, Chihuahuas starting pitcher Kerry Keel surrendered four unanswered runs and six runs in total during his five innings. Any chance of El Paso winning flew out the window when Chase Johnson allowed six runs in the eighth inning.

There is no scheduled starter for the Chihuahuas on Sunday against Las Vegas.


San Antonio Missions (Won 3-0) (31-33 on the season)

Eguy Rosario– 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Allen Códoba- 2-for-4, 1 R

Adrian Martinez– 5 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K

Henry Henry– 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB

The San Antonio Missions shut out the Corpus Christi Hooks in a 3-0 victory. Adrian Martinez got the ball rolling for the Missions with five scoreless innings before the bullpen completed the shutout with four scoreless frames. Kelvin Melean drove in a run with a single in the second inning what would be the only need run for the day. Dwayna Williams-Sutton, who cashed in the final run of the afternoon, got on base three times with two walks and his RBI single. 

Aaron Leasher will start for San Antonio on Sunday.


Fort Wayne TinCaps (Won 3-1) (29-36 on the season)

Tirso Ornelas– 0-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 K

Grant Little– 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 K

Anderson Espinoza- 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 K, 1 BB

Moises Lugo– 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 9 K

Anderson Espinoza returned from his foreign substance suspension to pitch three shutout innings in the Fort Wayne TinCaps’ 3-1 win over the West Michigan Whitecaps. For five frames, no runs scored in this contest. As soon as West Michigan put Zac Shepard into the game, the TinCaps jumped on him by scoring two runs and then an additional, unearned run in the seventh. These runs were just in time to reward Moises Lugo with the win after four dominant innings with nine strikeouts. 

Erik Sabrowski will start for Fort Wayne on Sunday.


Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 11-6) (30-35 on the season)

Robert Hassell III- 0-for-2, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 K

Brandon Valenzuela– 3-for-5, 2 R, 6 RBI, 1 K

Jesus Lugo– 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5 K, 2 BB

Jason Reynolds– 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 K, 1 BB

An early onslaught carried the Lake Elsinore Storm to an 11-6 blowout over the Visalia Rawhide. Rising star catcher Brandon Valenzuela is continuing to make a name for himself. He drove six of the Storm’s runs while carrying the offense and managing the pitching staff. The other two top prospects on Lake Elsinore, Robert Hassell III, and Joshua Mears, each got on base three times as well. Mears doubled and singled in addition to a walk while Hassell III walked three times. After pitching a scoreless seventh and eighth inning, Cullen Dana is now up to six-inning on the year and is yet to allow a run. 

There is no scheduled starter for the Storm on Sunday against Visalia.


Arizona Complex League Padres (Lost 5-2) (4-9 on the season)

Christian Heredia- 2-3

Matias Polanco– 1-for-3, 1 R

Justin Lange– 1.2 IP, 0 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K

Joshua Paulina– 3 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

Despite allowing just two hits, the ACL Padres lost to the ACL Mariners 5-2. After Justin Lange retired the first five batters he faced, Lange walked the next four Mariners before leaving the ballgame. The two early runs from the Padres were not enough to overcome the three runs scored by the mariners in the second inning. The game ended after seven innings.

There are no Arizona Complex League games scheduled for Sunday. The DSL Padres will resume action Monday night against the ACL Brewers. There are no scheduled pitchers for that contest yet.

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Dominican Summer League Padres (Won 10-4) (4-1 on the season)

Samuel Zavala– 1-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

Hugo Sanchez– 1-for-4, 3 RBI, 1 K

Henry Baez- 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Jonny Rosario- 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Seven of the nine starters for the DSL Padres reached on a hit in their 10-4 win over the DSL Blue Jays. Three runs in the first inning propelled them to the victory despite being out-hit by the Blue Jays. The triple from Hugo Sanchez and the home run by Samuel Zavala were the two crucial hits for the Padres that each Brought in three runs.

There are no Dominican Summer League games scheduled for Sunday. The DSL Padres will resume action Monday morning against the DSL Diamondbacks. There are no scheduled pitchers for that contest yet.

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