Padres Down on the Farm: July 31 (Katoh 2 hits for EP/Merrill hit, 2 runs for ACL/Ornelas 2 hits for FW)
The San Diego Padres affiliates went 1-5 on Saturday, including a split doubleheader by El Paso.
Here is a recap of the action.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost Game 1 6-4 against Sugar Land Skeeters F/7) (30-43 on the season)
2B Ivan Castillo – 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, R
3B Nick Tanielu – 2-for-4, RBI
1B Gosuke Katoh – 2-for-2, 2B, BB, 2 R
CF Brian O’Grady – 1-for-3, 2B, BB, K
In game one of a doubleheader between El Paso and Sugar Land on Saturday, the Chihuahuas got off to a strong start thanks to an RBI single from Nick Tanielu in the first inning and a two-run single by Taylor Kohlwey in the second inning.
The Chihuahua’s 3-0 lead was short-lived, as the Skeeters scored a run in the bottom half of the second and then again in the third, which cut the El Paso lead to one. A sacrifice fly by Ivan Castillo in the top half of the fourth inning got back one of the runs for the Chihuahuas and put them up 4-2.
An RBI single and a three-run home run by Sugar Land second baseman Miguelangel Sierra in the bottom half of the fourth inning highlighted a breakout inning for the Skeeters, which included seven hits in all. The four runs erased the El Paso lead and put Sugar Land on top 6-4, which was how the game would end in the seven-inning affair.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Won Game 2 2-1 against Sugar Land Skeeters F/7) (31-43 on the season)
DH Luis Campusano – 1-for-2, 2B, RBI
PH Yorman Rodriguez – 1-for-1, PH HR
RP Evan Miller – 2.1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 K, BB
RP James Norwood – 1 IP, S, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K
El Paso catcher Yorman Rodriguez has made his way up through the Padres’ farm system in 2021, going from High-A in Fort Wayne to Double-A San Antonio before being promoted to Triple-A El Paso, with his first Triple-A game July 20.
Tonight, Rodriguez played the hero in the second game of a doubleheader for El Paso, blasting a game-winning home run in a pinch-hit at-bat. With the score tied 1-1 in the top of the sixth inning of a seven-inning game.
The win salvaged the day after El Paso fell to Sugar Land 6-4 earlier in the day.
San Antonio Missions (Rainout; doubleheader tomorrow 8/1) (37-38 on the season)
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 3-1 against Lansing Lugnuts) (35-42 on the season)
DH- Tirso Ornelas – 2-for-4, 2B
1B- Luis Almanzar – 1-for-4 2B, Run, K
P- Carlos Guarate – 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 3 K
The TinCaps dropped their third straight game Saturday evening, falling short against Lansing 3-1. Pitching was the story for each team, with the teams combining for almost as many strikeouts (14) as hits allowed(15).
Lugnuts’ starting pitcher Colin Peluse shut down the TinCaps’ offense in six scoreless innings. Peluse struck out six and walked none, allowing only four hits.
TinCaps’ starter Carlos Guarate was solid for Fort Wayne, giving up two runs in five innings of work to keep his team within striking distance.
Unfortunately, the only run Fort Wayne was able to push across was a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning. Fort Wayne designated hitter Tirso Ornelas led the offense with two hits, including a double.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 8-3 to the Fresno Grizzlies ) (33-44 on the season)
DH Euribiel Angeles – 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI
CF Robert Hassell III – 2-for-5, SB
LF Angel Solarte – 2-for-4
RP Luarbert Arias – 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 6 K
The Storm jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Saturday night after two RBI doubles in the bottom of the second inning. The 3-0 lead would hold until the Grizzlies tied the game in the fifth inning with three runs scored off of Lake Elsinore starter Dwayne Matos, who had held Fresno scoreless up to that point.
With the score tied at three in the top of the seventh, Fresno took hold of the game with a five-run frame which put Fresno up 8-3. Grant Lavigne, the Grizzlies’ first baseman, hit a grand slam which gave him five RBI on the night.
DSL Padres (Lost 7-1 to the DSL Reds) (9-5 on the season)
RF Eddy Beltre – 2-for-4, 2 K, R
SS Victor Acosta – 1-for-4, 2 K, RBI
RP Henry Baez – 3.2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 5 K
The Dominican League Padres struggled to get their offense going on Saturday against DSL Reds’ starting pitcher Elkyn Chirinos. In five shutout innings, Chirinos struck out eight Padres while only allowing one hit.
Padres’ leadoff hitter Eddy Beltre stood out offensively, collecting a pair of hits and scoring the team’s only run.
ACL Padres (Lost 8-6 against ACL Mariners) (8-14 on the season)
SS Jackson Merrill – 1-for-3, BB, 2 R
LF Lucas Dunn – 1-for-2, 2 BB, 2 R, RBI
1B Cole Cummings – 1-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI, K
RP Miguel Rondon – 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 K
Jackson Merrill had another strong performance out of the leadoff spot for the ACL Padres in an 8-6 loss Saturday. The Padres’ recent first-round pick now has hits in each of his first five professional games.
The first seven Padres’ in Saturday’s lineup each had a hit, but it was not enough to hold off the ACL Mariners, who used two four-run innings to outslug the Padres.
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Sunday’s Probable Pitchers
El Paso– TBD
San Antonio– Matt Waldron (0-1, 4.50 ERA)
Fort Wayne– Danny Denz (0-1, 5.40 ERA)
Lake Elsinore– TBD
Kevin is a San Diego Native covering the San Diego Padres and their affiliates