Padres Down on the Farm: July 19 (Merrill leads SA in blowout/Ornelas goes yard for EP/Graham Pauley says hot for FW)

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The San Diego Padres, minor league affiliates, went 3-1 on Wednesday.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Defeated Oklahoma City Dodgers 11-10) (37-55 on the season)

Aaron Brooks: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 0 K (34 pitches, 19 strikes)

Preston Tucker: (1-for-4), 2 RBI, 2 BB

Tirso Ornelas: (4-for-5), 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB

Kevin Plawecki: (2-for-6), 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Jose Azocar: (2-for-6), 2 R, 2B, RBI

Wednesday night might have been the game of the year. 17 different pitchers. 21 hits. 25 walks. Despite a combined 21 runs, Oklahoma City led 1-0, heading into the bottom of the seventh. Michael Busch singled in former Chihuahua David Dahl to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. Tirso Ornelas tied the game in the eighth inning with his first AAA home runs, part of a four-hit night. Ray Kerr pitched a scoreless frame to send the game to the ninth, all tied at two.

Tim Lopes and Ben Gamel opened the inning with walks followed by RBI doubles from Kevin Plawecki and Jose Azocar. Ornelas followed with a single to center to score Azocar. Preston Tucker singled in two later in the inning. A sacrifice fly from Gamel capped off a seven-run frame.

The Dodgers fought back, though. Miguel Vargas hit a three-run home run, his first since being sent back down from the big leagues. They would load the bases with two outs before drawing a walk, a hit-by-pitch, and another walk. A ground out would tie the game at 9-9 to send the game to extra innings. The Chihuahuas would score two in the tenth, including an RBI single from Ray-Patrick Didder. The Dodgers were able to score one run in the bottom half before Eric Hanhold got Dahl to ground out to end the game.


San Antonio Missions (Defeated Frisco Roughriders 13-3) (44-42 on the season)

Jared Kollar: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, HBP, 2 K (74 pitches, 42 strikes)

Jairo Iriarte: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (31 pitches, 19 strikes)

Jackson Merrill: (3-for-6), 2 R, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI

Juan Fernandez: (3-for-6), 2 R, HR, 2 RBI

Cole Cummings: (2-for-5), 2 R, HR, 3 RBI

Korry Howell: (2-for-3), 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB

San Antonio and Frisco traded runs in the first inning, but the Missions busted out in the second. Col Cummings lasered his fifth home run of the season, a three-run blast over the left field wall. Later in the inning, Michael De La Cruz singled in a pair of runs to lead 6-1. Frisco ripped off back-to-back doubles off of starter Jared Kollar in the bottom half of the inning. A bases-loaded wild pitch in the fourth inning cut the deficit to 6-3.

Kollar allowed three runs in 3.2 innings. The Missions bullpen combined for 5.1 scoreless innings. The biggest of which came from Jairo Iriarte, who had consecutive 1-2-3 innings, including four punchouts.

The game remained 6-3 until the eighth inning when the Missions batted around without recording an out. Korry Howell led off the frame with a solo home run. Cummings, Chandler Seagle and Ripken Reyes each singled to load the bases for Jackson Merrill, who tripled them home. Juan Fernandez followed with a two-run home run to make it 12-3. A pair of singles and walk loaded the bases, still with no outs. Howell flew out to right field, bringing it yet another run. A double play ended the seven-run frame. San Antonio totaled a season-high 13 hits in the victory.


Fort Wayne TinCaps (Defeated Lake County Captains 11-3) (45-41 on the season)

Miguel Cienfuegos: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K (72 pitches, 45 strikes)

Graham Pauley: (1-for-3), 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB

Lucas Dunn: (3-for-5), 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI

Carlos Luis: (3-for-4), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB

It did not take long Wednesday for the TinCaps to make its presence known. After a pair of singles to lead off the inning from Jakob Marsee and Nerwilian Cedeno, Nathan Martorella flew out to left field to score Marsee. Lucas Dunn doubled in a run later in the inning before scoring on a towering home run from Graham Pauley to give Fort Wayne a 4-0 lead.

The TinCaps added a trio of runs in the third inning, including another RBI double via Dunn. In the fifth inning, Fort Wayne loaded the bases only to score on a balk. A single into left field from Juan Zabala would bring two more runners in to give the TinCaps a 10-0 lead. Miguel Cienfuegos turned in his best outing of the season, throwing five scoreless frames. Will Geerdes, recently promoted from Lake Elsinore, pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, striking out three while allowing just a single.


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Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost to Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 7-2) (40-43 on the season)

Jose Luis Reyes: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 3 K (71 pitches, 42 strikes)

Kai Murphy: (1-for-5), R, RBI, SB

Samuel Zavala: (2-for-5), 2B, RBI, SB

Kai Murphy singled and stole second in the first inning. He would come around to score on a double from Samuel Zavala. Murphy would drive in a run in the second inning to give Lake Elsinore a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately for the Storm, they were limited to just those two runs on six total hits.

Jose Luis Reyes made his High-A debut and was able to escape trouble until the fourth inning. A double and a walk led to his exit from the game. Both runners would score on a double off of Dwayne Matos. Rancho Cucamonga racked up 15 base hits, including a three-run rally in the eighth inning to put the game out of reach.


DSL Padres Brown (Off today) (12-18 on the season)

Play DSL Arizona Red at 8:00 am PST.


DSL Padres Gold (Off today) (18-12 on the season)

Play DSL Orioles Orange at 8:00 am PST.


ACL Padres (Off today) (17-14 on the season)

Play ACL Rockies on Thursday at 6:00 pm PST.


Thursday’s Probables:

El Paso: Jay Groome (2-6, 8.27 ERA)

San Antonio: Gabe Mosser (0-0, 27.00 ERA)

Fort Wayne: Henry Henry (2-0, 5.40 ERA)

Lake Elsinore: TBD

DSL Brown: TBD


ACL Padres: TBD

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