San Diego Padres affiliates went 0-4 on Sunday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 7-6 to Albuquerque) (28-40 on the season)
Luke Westphal – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 6 SO
Ivan Castillo – (2-for-5) 2 2B, R
Taylor Kohlwey – (3-for-5) R, 2 SO
Michael Cantu – (3-for-4) 3 RBIs
Today the Chihuahuas kept shooting themselves in the foot and came away with the loss as a result. They went 2-for-5 in stolen base attempts. Then with runners in scoring position, they went 4-12. That is too many opportunities squashed by their own mistakes.
Luke Westphal was brought on to provide some Triple-A pitching depth. He worked six innings while only allowing one run. The relief staff behind him didn’t have his back. Nick Ramirez had a rough outing. In the 8th inning, he gave up four runs in 0.2 innings. That tied up the game, and one inning later, Sam McWilliams would give up the final run of the game.
San Antonio Missions (Lost 10-6 to Springfield) (35-36 on the season)
Ethan Elliott – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO
Esteury Ruiz – (1-for-2) HR, R, RBI
Dwanya Williams-Sutton – (1-for-2) HR, R, RBI
Jose Azocar – (2-for-4) R, RBI, BB, SO
While the final score doesn’t show it, this game was a tight one. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Juan Fernandez came up to the plate. With the bases loaded, he represented the tying run. He battled for seven pitches but ultimately struck out.
San Antonio had a two-run lead for the first half of the game. Then in the 5th inning, the game imploded. Ethan Elliott, making his third Double-A start, allowed a leadoff singled. Then he lost a nine-pitch battle which resulted in a game-tying home run. After another batter got on base Elliott’s night was done. Henry Henry didn’t fare much better in relief. He would give up two doubles and a walk while the Cardinals took a 5-2 lead.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 5-3 to Dayton) (33-39 on the season)
Carlos Guarate – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO
Zack Mathis – (1-for-4) HR, R, 2 RBI, SO
Agustin Ruiz – (1-for-4) R
Justin Lopez – (1-for-4) R, RBI
The TinCaps struggled out of the gate. In the first inning, Guarate allowed two doubles, three singles, and three runs to score. In the bottom half of the inning, they were only able to respond with one run. After that, Guarate got his act together. Over the next three innings, he would only allow one hit and two walks.
The offense wasn’t able to provide much support. They had twelve strikeouts, five walks, and six hits. In the 7th, they were able to knock across two more runs when Mathis hit his first home run in A+ baseball.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 5-0 to Inland Empire) (32-40 on the season)
Dwayne Matos – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB
Robert Hassell III – (1-for-4) 2B
Matthew Acosta – (1-for-4)
Carlos Luis – (1-for-4)
The offense was a non-factor in the game. Only three times, they had a runner reach second base; they never reached third. On top of that, they struck out nine times while never walking. In fact, the Storm had just one three-ball count. This team usually can steal to make up for the lack of extra-base hits, but they didn’t even attempt a steal.
Monday’s Probable Pitchers
El Paso – TBD
San Antonio- Off
Fort Wayne- Off
Lake Elsinore- Off