Padres Down on the Farm: July 20 (Campusano homers/Valenzuela and Acosta 3 hits/Nunez 2 HR’s in ACL)
San Diego Padres affiliates went 3-2 on Tuesday as the San Antonio Missions game was suspended due to rain.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 3-4 to Las Vegas/10 innings) (26-38 on the season)
Luke Westphal: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K (75 pitches, 47 strikes)
Austin Nola: (2-for-5), 2 K
Luis Campusano: (1-for-4), HR, R, RBI
Pedro Florimon: (1-for-4), HR, R, RBI, 2 K
The Chihuahuas lost a ten-inning thriller on Tuesday night, as Alex Powers allowed two runs in the bottom of the tenth, walking it off for Las Vegas. El Paso’s first two runs came in the fourth when Luis Campusano and Pedro Florimon hit back to back home runs. The only other El Paso run came in the tenth, when Gosuke Katoh scored on Austin Nola’s double play. Nola continued his rehab assignment, being the only Chihuahua to pick up multiple hits.
Luke Westphal started for El Paso, pitching well for most of his outing. He allowed runs in both the third and fifth innings, which meant that he left the game tied. Most of the bullpen pitched well, as four pitchers worked the final four innings of regulation. However, Alex Powers allowed two singles, and Las Vegas picked up the win.
San Antonio Missions (SSPD-Rain)
Play was suspended due to rain, with the game tied at four in the bottom of the fourth inning.
The game will be completed on Wednesday at 5 PM PST.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 4-1 to Dayton) (30-37 on the season)
Carlos Guarate: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 K (64 pitches, 45 strikes)
Agustin Ruiz: (1-for-4), HR, R, RBI, K
Chris Givin: (1-for-2), 2 BB, K
Sam Keating: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, K (28 pitches, 17 strikes)
The TinCaps offense struggled for most of the game, and they weren’t able to create enough offense to win against Dayton. Fort Wayne picked up their only run on a seventh-inning Agustin Ruiz home run to right field, but that was the only extra-base hit of the night for the TinCaps. There weren’t a lot of opportunities for the TinCaps to score. They had just one at-bat with a runner in scoring position all night long. The only at-bat with a runner in scoring position came in the eighth inning when Ruiz came to the plate as the tying runner. However, he struck out looking, and the only opportunity for Fort Wayne went begging.
Carlos Guarate started the game for the TinCaps, and while he did get saddled with the loss, he pitched relatively well. He certainly pitched to his defense, striking out just a single batter. A third-inning home run and a fifth-inning double burnt Guarate, but he battled throughout his outing. While the Fort Wayne offense didn’t make it matter, Sam Keating allowed a pair of runs in the eighth inning, burying the TinCaps into an even deeper hole.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 9-4 vs. Inland Empire) (31-36 on the season)
Dwayne Matos: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, BB, 7 K (71 pitches, 52 strikes)
Matthew Acosta: (3-for-4), R, BB, K
Brandon Valenzuela: (3-for-4), 2 RBI, BB
Joshua Mears: (1-for-3), HR, R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, K
The Storm broke through late to win against Inland Empire, scoring five runs in the eighth inning to pick up a victory. Lake Elsinore scored four times in the fourth inning, three of which came on Joshua Mears’ home run. Dwayne Matos allowed two runs, but both of them were unearned, as he worked his way around six hits in five innings of work. Inland Empire got two runs off of Jason Reynolds in the sixth and seventh innings, tying the game at four.
The Storm batted around in the eighth, picking up four singles and two walks to break the game open. Lake Elsinore took advantage of 21 at-bats with runners in scoring position, capitalizing on it in the fourth and eighth inning, picking up four and five runs, respectively.
DSL Padres (Won 2-1 vs. DSL Diamondbacks) (6-1 on the season)
Yariel Moreno: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K
Victor Acosta: (1-for-2), R
Oswaldo Linares: (0-for-1), 2 BB, SB, K
Jose Cordero: (1-for-3), RBI, K
The DSL Padres found a way to win their sixth straight game on Tuesday, despite picking up just three singles on the offensive side of the ball. It was a quiet game all around, as the Diamondbacks only picked up four hits. The game looked like it might get out of hand early for the Padres, as they trailed by a run after just three batters, but their pitchers locked the game down from that point onwards. After walking the first batter of the game, Padres pitchers didn’t give up a single free pass the rest of the way. The Padres took advantage of an error by Diamondbacks’ right fielder Marco Pernalte to tie the game in the third. In the seventh and final inning of the game, Alejandro Lugo came in for the Padres, and after surrendering a two-out triple, he coaxed an inning-ending groundout to send the game to the bottom of the seventh tied at one. With the Padres one out away from going to extra innings, Jose Cordero sent a ground ball back up the middle, scoring Jake Perez to win the game for the Padres.
ACL Padres (Won 14-2 vs. ACL Royals Blue) (5-10 on the season)
Bodi Rascon: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
Anthony Nunez: (4-for-5), 2 HR, 6 RBI, 2 R, BB, CS
Cristian Heredia: (3-for-5), 3B, 3 R, 2 RBI, K
Pierce Jones: (2-for-4), R, RBI, BB, K
The ACL Padres exploded offensively, with Anthony Nunez leading the charge. Nunez homered in the second and fourth innings, and he drove in six Padres runs. The Padres jumped ahead 3-0 in the first before adding six more in the second to blow the game open. The Royals committed four errors, and as a result, four of the fourteen runs that the Padres scored were unearned. Starting pitcher Reiner Parra allowed both of the Royals’ runs in three and a third inning of work, but in the next five and two thirds innings, Padres pitchers allowed just one hit. It was a blowout the entire way, as the Padres picked up 13 hits and dominated the game.
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El Paso: Off Day
San Antonio: Matt Waldron (Double-A Debut)
Fort Wayne: Danny Denz (0-1, 4.91 ERA)
Lake Elsinore: TBD
DSL Padres: Off Day
ACL Padres: Off Day
Sam is a Senior in High School. He has been writing for three years, and started at EVT in June of 2021. He’s headed to Syracuse’s Newhouse School of Communications in the fall of 2023.