San Diego Padres affiliates were 3-2 on Sunday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (55-34) Won 9-2
El Paso ended its stellar first half of the season with a 9-2 victory. Four hurlers scattered nine hits but only allowed two runs and El Paso pounding out 15 hits with six in the Chihuahuas’ lineup having a multiple hit day. Jose Pirela and Webster Rivas each collected three hits with Pirella’s knocking in three. Ironically considering the fact that three El Paso players have 17 or more home runs at the break and on a record-setting PCL pace with 190, none of their 15 hits were home runs today.
In what amounted to a bullpen game, Tyler Higgins threw two frames and allowed a run with Kaz Makita and Steven Wilson following with a combined five scoreless frames before Phil Maton finished with an earned run over two to close out the victory. Over the 2018 season (82-57) and half of the 2019 season (55-34), El Paso has played .600 baseball (137-91). The Padres Triple-A affiliate has not had a losing season since 2014.
Jose Pirela – (3-5) 2B, 3 RBI
Webster Rivas – (3-4) Run, RBI
Matt Batten – (2-4) Run, 2 RBI,
Kaz Makita – 3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 4 K (37 pitches – 26 strikes)
Steven Wilson – 2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER 1 BB, 2 K (25 pitches – 16 strikes)
In his first half of 2019 minor league work with Amarillo and El Paso, Wilson has been spectacular- throwing 40 IP and only allowing 24 hits (.77 WHIP) and four earned runs while only surrendering seven walks with 58 K’s.
Amarillo Sod Poodles (42-43) Won 9-7
Amarillo took three out of four from the Frisco RoughRiders as they answered the Roughriders seventh inning four-run uprising to take the lead with a three-run bottom of the seventh. The Sodpoodles collected 16 hits with Owen Miller collecting four hits of his own, including his first triple of the season. Hudson Potts hit the go-ahead two-run round tripper in the seventh inning to put the Soddies up for good.
Emmanuel Ramirez was cruising with a 5-2 lead into the seventh before the wheels came off with Jean Cosme allowing all three of the runners he inherited from Ramirez to score. Evan Miller had some struggles to close the contest but managed to work out of a jam to allow only one run over the final two innings.
Kyle Overstreet – (3-5), 3B, Run
Owen Miller – (4-5) 2B, 3 runs, 1 RBI
Hudson Potts – (2-5), HR, 2 RBIs
Emmanuel Ramirez – 6 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K (95 pitches- 62 strikes)
Lake Elsinore Storm (44-42) Lost 6-1
The Storm had a tough assignment facing Dodger prospect (#17) Josiah Gray, who sparkled in 6 innings of work. Caleb Boushley started for the Storm and allowed only two runs in 5.2 innings. The Quakes added four runs late off of relievers Fred Schlictholz and Seth Blair to pull away. Gabriel Arias went 2-for-5 and is hitting .368 over his last 38 AB’s. Esteury Ruiz and Allen Cordoba also collected two hits in the game, with Cordoba now hitting .341 over his last 41 AB’s.
Allen Cordoba – (2-4) K
Esteury Ruiz – (2-5) Run
Gabriel Arias – (2-5) RBI, K
Caleb Boushley – (Loss) 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K (86 pitches- 55 strikes)
Fort Wayne TinCaps (39-46) Win 3-2
FiveTinCaps hurlers pitched well, scattering three hits while only allowing two runs in a 3-2 victory over the Great Lake Loons. Michael Curry hit a two-run blast in the fourth to tie the game up and Xavier Edwards plated what turned out to be the winning run on a ground out in the fifth. After recently drafted Brandon Komar gave up two runs over his three innings of work as the starter, Adrian Martinez, Matt Brash, Austin Smith, and Henry Henry only allowed one hit over the last six frames.
Xavier Edwards – (1-4) RBI
Matt Brash – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER (13 pitches – 7 strikes)
Austin Smith – 2 IP, 1 BB, 3 K’s (38 pitches-20 strikes)
Henry Henry – (Save, 7th) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H 1 K (11 pitches- 6 strikes)
Tri-City Dust Devils (11-12) Lost 7-0
Tri-City had a tough day getting shutout 7-0. Jason Pineda had two of the Devils five hits (six hits in his last 17 AB’s) and the Cuban lefty Ramon Perez threw three scoreless innings for the lone bright spots on this tough day. The Dust Devils struggled at the plate as they combined for 12 strikeouts and just one walk. Tre Carter was the only Dust Devil to not strike out. Tri-City had an opportunity to score in the first inning after Kelvin Melean got hit by a pitch and Pineda walked, but a strikeout of Carlos Ruiz ended the threat.
Jason Pineda – (2-4) BB
Jack Stronach – (1-3) K
Kelvin Melean – (1-3) K, HBP, SB, CS
Ramon Perez – 3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K’S (44 pitches – 30 strikes)
AZL Padres 1
AZL Padres 2
El Paso- OFF
Amarillo- TBD vs. Daulton Jeffries (0-1 3.38 ERA)
Lake Elsinore- TBD vs. Andre Jackson (2-1 4.03 ERA)
Fort Wayne- Joey Cantillo– (6-2 1.83) vs. TBD
Tri-City- Nick Thwaits (1-1 3.26 ERA) vs. Matthews (0-1 6.75 ERA)
AZL Padres 1- TBD vs. AZL Rangers
AZL Padres 2- TBD vs. AZL White Sox
DSL Padres- TBD vs. DSL D-backs
Jeffrey grew up in Carlsbad and has been a Padres fan since the late 70’s. He is currently a Social Studies teacher at Newman Smith High School in Carrollton, Texas.