All but one San Diego Padres’ affiliates were in action Thursday; The San Antonio Missions were rained out.
The affiliates were 3-2 on the day. Here is a recap of the events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 9-4) (27-38 on the season)
LF Tucupita Marcano – 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, BB
RF Taylor Kohlwey – 3-for-5, 3 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI
C Luis Campusano – 2-for-3, 2B, R, RBI, BB
SP Caleb Boushley – 6 IP, R, 5 H, 7 K, BB
After falling behind 1-0 early on to the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Chihuahuas took charge in the third inning with six runs, putting them up 6-1. A two-run triple for El Paso right fielder Taylor Kohlwey (who finished with three triples on the night) and a three-run home run from second baseman Ivan Castillo highlighted the inning.
In the fourth inning, Tucupita Marcano hit a two-run home run to put the Chihuahuas up 8-1. Following Marcano, Luis Campusano drove in the ninth run of the game, which would stay put as the Isotopes tacked on a few more runs, but ultimately fell short 9-4.
Starting pitcher, Caleb Boushley had a strong start and kept the Chihuahua’s big lead intact, going six innings with seven strikeouts.
San Antonio Missions (PPD: Rain; Make up 7/24) (32-35 on the season)
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Won 3-1) (32-37 on the season)
CF Agustin Ruiz – 1-for-4, 2-run HR, 2 K
DH Jonny Homza – 1-for-4, RBI, 2 K
SP Anderson Espinoza – 2.2 IP, R, 6 H, 6 K, BB
RP Edwuin Bencomo – 2.1 IP, W, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K
A first-inning two-run home run from Agustin Ruiz and dominant pitching led the TinCaps to a 3-1 victory on Thursday evening against Cincinnati Reds’ affiliate Dayton Dragons.
Anderson Espinoza had an effective outing as the TinCaps’ starter, going 2.2 innings and striking out six while allowing only one run. Espinoza also allowed six hits and walked one, pushing his pitch count up early.
The TinCaps’ bullpen was awesome, with five pitchers combining for 6.1 scoreless innings and nine strikeouts. Closer Wen-Hua Sung allowed the Dragons to load the bases in the top of the ninth with a 3-1 lead. However, he wiggled out of the inning without allowing a run.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 8-7 F/12) (31-38 on the season)
CF Robert Hassell III – 2-for-3, 2 BB, 2 R, 2B, RBI
SS Jordy Barley – 3-for-4, 2 RBI, R
SP Connor Lehmann – 5 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 10 K, BB
RP Keegan Collett – 2.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 5 K, 2 BB
Inland Empire took an early lead on the Lake Elsinore Storm on a solo home run by right fielder Edwin Yon, putting the 66ers up 1-0 after one inning. The Storm tied the game right away in the second inning, which would be the theme for the rest of the way out.
The game would go to extra innings tied 5-5 and would stay the same until the 12th inning when the Storm scored two times to put them ahead 7-5. That, unfortunately, wouldn’t last long, with Inland Empire scoring two more to tie the score at 7-7, then winning on an RBI single by 66ers’ shortstop Jose Guzman.
Storm Starting pitcher Connor Lehmann was dominant in five innings of work, striking out 10 while allowing three runs on six hits. Lehmann had been striking out batters in previous starts, but tonight was a special night. Lehmann now has 23 strikeouts in 15 July innings.
The pitching as a staff totaled 18 strikeouts on the night.
Offensively, Robert Hassell III had another night of filling up the stat sheet. Hassell had a 12th inning RBI double that scored a run in extra innings that put the Storm ahead 7-5.
Arizona Complex League Padres (Lost 6-1 F/7) (5-11 on the season)
RF Willmert Paula – 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, 2 K
RP Jairo Iriarte – 3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 4 K
A two-run, first-inning home run by ACL Royals Gold’s second baseman Francis Grullon started the scoring early for Kansas City Royals’ rookie team. The ACL Padres struggled to catch up from there while only managing a bottom-of-the-seventh run to avoid a shutout.
Dominican Summer League Padres (Won 4-2 F/7) (7-1 on the season)
1B Daniel Montesino – 2-for-3, 2B, 3B, RBI, R
DH Adrian Perez – 2-for-2, 3B, 2 R
LF Jose Cordero – 2-for-3, RBI
SP Elvis Saba – 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 7 K
The DSL Padres have been strong to start their summer league season. Losers of only one of their first eight games, they have gotten good play all the way around. This was certainly the case in Thursday’s 4-2 victory over the DSL White Sox.
The Padres’ offense saw three players with multi-hit games, including two huge RBI singles in the bottom half of the sixth inning that broke a 2-2 tie. The White Sox scored two in the top of the sixth to tie the game after falling behind in the first inning.
Padres’ starting pitcher Elvis Saba had a second straight impressive start, going four scoreless innings and striking out seven while only allowing two hits. Saba has now thrown eight innings, totaling ten strikeouts with a 0.50 WHIP.
El Paso – Jerry Keel (2-4, 6.27 ERA)
San Antonio – Adrian Martinez (5-3, 2.62 ERA)
Fort Wayne – Moises Lugo (1-3, 3.83 ERA)
Lake Elsinore – TBD
ACL Padres – TBD
DSL Padres – TBD