Padres Down on the Farm: July 18 (Salas walks off for LE/Pauley shows off bat & glove for FW/Tucker HR for EP)

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The San Diego Padres, minor league affiliates, went 2-5 on Tuesday.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost to Oklahoma City Dodgers 7-6) (36-55 on the season)

Nolan Watson: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 2 K (68 pitches, 48 strikes)

Preston Tucker: (1-for-3), R, HR, RBI, 2 BB

Oscar Mercado: (3-for-5), R, 3B, 2 RBI

Ray-Patrick Didder: (2-for-4), 2 R, 2B, SB

Preston Tucker led off Tuesday’s game with a blast to right-center field, his 11th home run of the season. Not only did it get El Paso on the board, but it was Tucker’s first base hit since returning from the injured list on July 14. Ryan Ward homered in the second to tie the game. El Paso regained the lead in the third. Luis Liberato led off the frame with a double. Two batters later, former Guardian and Cardinal Oscar Mercado tripled in Liberato with a sharp line drive to left field. Brett Sullivan extended the lead to 3-1 with a sacrifice fly.

Ray-Patrick Didder doubled in the fifth inning; he would come around and score on a wild pitch. The Chihuahua’s pitching fell apart, though, giving up 17 hits. Michael Busch hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning to tie the game. Later in the game, Ward capped it off with an RBI single to drive in Miguel Vargas to win it for the Dodgers.


San Antonio Missions (Lost to Frisco Roughriders 6-2) (43-42 on the season)

Ryan Bergert: 3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 3 K (66 pitches, 36 strikes)

Jackson Merrill: (1-for-5), RBI

Juan Fernandez: (1-for-3), R, BB, SB

Ryan Bergert made his Double-A debut Tuesday and had mixed results. Luisangel Acuna doubled in the first inning. Evan Carter followed with a triple before scoring on a wild pitch. Bergert seemed to be finding his groove with a pair of scoreless frames. Frisco got to him again in the fourth though, scoring a pair of runs to make it 4-1.

Carter homered in the fifth inning, his ninth of the year, going 2-for-3 with three runs scored and a pair of walks. Jackson Merrill singled in a run in the seventh.


Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost to Lake County Captains 8-5) (44-41 on the season)

Robby Snelling: 2 IP, 4 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 4 K (51 pitches, 27 strikes)

Graham Pauley: (1-for-5), R, HR, 2 RBI, SB

Anthony Vilar: (2-for-4), 2 R, HR, RBI

Jakob Marsee: (2-for-3), R, 2 BB, 2 SB

For most of this season, Robby Snelling has been dominant. There comes a point in every elite prospect where one struggles, and you must see how they respond. Unfortunately for the TinCaps, that day came on Tuesday. Jake Fox led off with a single for Lake County. Snelling struck out one for allowing back-to-back doubles. Later in the inning, Nate Furman singled in two.

It was Snelling’s first time allowing four runs in a game, his second time allowing three earned runs. The young left-hander rebounded in the second inning, striking out two in a scoreless frame. His day ended there, though, thanks to the stressful first inning. Edwuin Bencomo also allowed three earned runs in two innings as Lake County as part of a 13-hit effort. In the third inning, Graham Pauley ended a two-run rally with a play-of-the-year candidate.

Pauley turned around and homered in the sixth inning as Fort Wayne finally started to get things going to make it 8-3. Later in the game, Anthony Vilar belted his first home run since being promoted to High-A. Jakob Marsee stole two bases in the game, up to 33 on the 2023 campaign.


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Lake Elsinore Storm (Defeated Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 9-8) (40-42 on the season)

Fernando Sanchez: 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, HBP, 2 K (65 pitches, 41 strikes)

Tyler Robertson: (2-for-4), 3 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, SB

Ethan Salas: (3-for-6), 3B, RBI

Rosman Verdugo: (1-for-4), R, 2B, RBI, BB, SB

Lake Elsinore gave up eight runs and, on offense, went 2-for-19 with runners in scoring position.Ā  Rancho Cucamonga scored four runs in the fifth inning off Nick Thwaits, including a three-run home run from Luis Rodriguez to take a 7-4 lead. Rodriguez went 3-for-5, scored twice, and drove in six runs. A recipe for disaster on most nights proved too lucky for the Storm on Tuesday.

Tyler Robertson homered twice, once in the fifth inning and again in the eighth inning, to tie the game. In the tenth inning, Wilman Diaz singled to left, scoring Rodriguez to give the Quakes a 8-7 lead. In the bottom half of the inning, the Storm loaded the bases for Samuel Zavala, who walked, thus tying the game.

On deck stood a 17-year-old with the game on the line. In most cases, this would be an easy out, but fortunately for the Storm, it was Ethan Salas in the on-deck circle. Salas hit a rocket off the centerfield wall, his third hit of the game, to walk it off. Salas is now slashing .280/.388/.500 with 15 extra-base hits and 28 runs batted in 34 games.


DSL Padres Brown (Defeated DSL Arizona Red 5-4) (12-18 on the season)

Josmar Acevedo: 5.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Nestor Chevalier: (3-for-5), 2 RBI

Joan Sierra: (2-for-4), R, HBP

Arizona struck first on Tuesday; after a double and a single, Gian Zapata flew to center to make it 1-0. Ezequiel Surun doubled down the left-field line to score Andy Encarnacion in the second inning. Encarnacion would homer in the fourth inning to make it 3-0, but the Padres fought back in the bottom half of the inning. The Padres worked together a two-out rally, with Nestor Chevalier and William Santana picking up back-to-back RBI singles, making it 3-2.

Josmar Acevedo allowed three runs in 5.1 innings, the longest outing of his career so far. The Padres entered the ninth inning down 4-3. Back-to-back walks followed by a hit by pitch loaded the bases. Two batters later, Chevalier grounded out to short, but Arizona’s second baseman Anderson Colmenarez threw the ball away, allowing a second runner to score as the Padres walked it off.


DSL Padres Gold (Lost to DSL Orioles Orange) (18-12 on the season)

Adan Moreno: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Ismael Javier: (1-for-4), 2B

Kevin Hacen: (1-for-4), RBI

Luis De Leon: (2-for-2), R, 2 BB

For most of Tuesday’s game, it was 1-2-3 after 1-2-3, the ultimate pitcher’s duel. For Baltimore, Cesar Espinal threw four scoreless innings, striking out four while holding the Padres to just two hits. For San Diego, Adan Moreno shut down the Orioles for five frames, allowing just one hit. The 18-year-old from Mexico lowered his ERA on the season to 3.26 over eight appearances.

Elis Cuevas led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a double, his second of the game. The Orioles followed with three straight singles in what ended up being a four-run inning. Thanks to a trio of walks and a pair of singles, the Padres were able to get two runs back in the eighth inning to cut the deficit in half. Luis De Leon reached bases four times in the game.


ACL Padres (Lost to ACL Giants Black 11-6) (17-14 on the season)

Zack Qin: 3 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K

Juan Murillo: (2-for-5), 2 R

Carlos Rodriguez: (2-for-4), 2 RBI

Alain Camou: (1-for-4), R, RBI, BB

The Padres were seemingly getting things going in the first inning on Tuesday. Juan Murillo singled to left. Lamar King Jr. followed and advanced him to third with a single through the right side. King would steal second to bring up Romeo Sanabria. The Padres’ first baseman flew out to left field, bringing Sanabria home, but King was thrown out at third, ending the rally.

The Giants turned around and scored 11 runs, including two long balls. The Padres did score four runs in the eighth inning and another run in the ninth to make it interesting.


Wednesday’sĀ Probables:

El Paso: Pedro Avila (1-6, 8.73 ERA)

San Antonio: Jared Kollar (0-0, 3.38 ERA)

Fort Wayne: Miguel Cienfuegos (0-2, 3.18 ERA)

Lake Elsinore: TBD

DSL Brown: OFF


ACL Padres: OFF

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