Padres Down on the Farm: July 4 (Rooker, Hinojosa hit grand slams in EP/Henry Baez great outing in ACL/Castanon reaches 5 times in LE)

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The San Diego Padres affiliates went 2-4 on Monday.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 11-7 vs. Sugar Land) (45-34 on the season)

Pedro Avila: 4 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K (69 pitches, 45 strikes)

Brent Rooker: (2-for-3), HR, 4 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB

C.J. Hinojosa: (2-for-5), HR, 4 RBI, R, SB

Luis Liberato: (2-for-4), HR, 2B, RBI, 3 R, BB, K

The El Paso Chihuahuas rode a pair of grand slams to an Independence Day victory over Sugar Land. Eguy Rosario put the Chihuahuas ahead in the first with a two-run double. Brent Rooker then broke the game open with a two-out grand slam in the second. Four straight two-out hits for Sugar Land scored three runs, halving their deficit. However, in the fourth inning, three straight walks for the Chihuahuas loaded the bases. C.J. Hinojosa unloaded them with a second two-out grand slam. Sugar Land did score three runs in the sixth to make it interesting, but the Chihuahuas seven-run lead was plenty. Luis Liberato’s seventh-inning home run added on as El Paso cruised to victory. 


San Antonio Missions (Lost 11-0 to Frisco) (40-34 on the season)

Mason Fox: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K (28 pitches,19 strikes)

Jorge Oña: (2-for-3), 2B, BB

Yorman Rodriguez: (1-for-4), 2B

Tirso Ornelas: (1-for-3), BB

The Missions were absolutely dominated from start to finish. San Antonio had just five hits while also making three errors in the field. Frisco scored two runs in the first three innings off Missions starter Nolan Watson before blowing the game open in the fourth. Watson left after allowing the first two batters to reach, but Frisco scored six times in the frame. From there, the Roughriders cruised, as San Antonio never looked capable of rallying. Jorge Oña reached base three times, including a sixth-inning double. The Missions loaded the bases twice but could not convert either time. They finished 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. It was a frustrating start to the series for San Antonio.


Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 6-0 to Lake County) (29-47 on the season)

Jackson Wolf: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 7 K (92 pitches, 67 strikes)

Edwuin Bencomo: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (15 pitches, 12 strikes)

Matthew Acosta: (1-for-3)

Robert Hassell III: (1-for-4), K

The TinCaps offense was absolutely dominated offensively, posting just three singles. Jackson Wolf started for Fort Wayne, but Lake County got to him early and often. The Captains hit two home runs off Wolf as part of seven hits in the first six innings. Wolf also struck out seven batters while not walking any, which was a low bright spot for the TinCaps. Robert Hassell III continued to be the best hitter for Fort Wayne, while Cole Cummings and Corey Rosier each reached on a pair of walks. The TinCaps had just one opportunity with a runner in scoring position. It was a thorough domination, as the TinCaps continued to struggle for offense as they have all season.


Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 8-3 to Visalia) (46-30 on the season)

Aaron Holiday: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K (43 pitches, 34 strikes)

Marcos Castanon: (2-for-2), 2 2B, 2 RBI, 3 BB

Juan Zabala: (2-for-4), 2B, R

James Wood: (1-for-4), 2B, BB

The Storm fell behind early and were unable to rally. Visalia scored seven runs off Manuel Castro in the second inning, forcing him from the game. Lake Elsinore attempted to rally, putting together a run in the third, fifth, and sixth innings, but still trailed by four. Aaron Holiday and Ben Miller each worked 2.1 scoreless innings to keep Lake Elsinore in the game, but it was not enough. Lake Elsinore loaded the bases in the ninth before Carlos Luis scored two runs with a double. This brought the tying run to the plate, but Angel Solarte grounded out, ending the game.


DSL Padres (Won 7-3 vs. DSL D-backs Red) (14-9 on the season)

Yariel Moreno: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 7 K

Estuar Suero: (1-for-3), 3B, 2 RBI, R, K

Alain Camou: (2-for-3), R, BB

Hugo Sanchez: (1-for-2), R, BB

The Padres scored seven times in the sixth inning to rally to a victory. It was crucial, as the game ended after the seventh inning due to weather. Yariel Moreno started and worked 4.2 strong innings, allowing two runs (one of which was earned) while also striking out seven batters. The D-backs scored again in the sixth, extending their lead to three. The Padres sent 11 batters to the plate in the sixth, seven of which scored. Estuar Suero blasted a triple, scoring two, before tying the game when he came around to score. Kashon Conliffe brought the winning run home on a sacrifice fly two batters later. 


ACL Padres (Lost 5-3 to ACL Athletics) (9-12 on the season)

Henry Baez: 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 9 K 

Rosman Verdugo: (2-for-4), HR, RBI, 2 R, K

Ruben Salinas: (1-for-4), 2B, RBI, 3 K

Albert Fabian: (1-for-2), R, BB, SB

The Padres led by three but collapsed in the final innings to lose. Rosman Verdugo blasted a one-out home run in the first inning before Eddy Beltre brought Albert Fabian home later in the frame. Ruben Salinas doubled home Verdugo in the third, extending the Padres advantage. Henry Baez pitched well to start before allowing two runs in the fourth (one earned). Baez ended up striking out nine of the seventeen batters he faced. He also put together an immaculate inning in the first, striking out the side on nine pitches. The Athletics scored three times off Miguel Mendez in the sixth, taking the lead for good. Matt Beaty also took his first step in a rehab appearance, going 0-for-3 while playing as the designated hitter.


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Tuesday’s Probables

El Paso: Off Day

San Antonio: Brandon Komar (0-2, 6.55 ERA)

Fort Wayne: Off Day

Lake Elsinore: Off Day

DSL Padres: TBD

ACL Padres: TBD

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