Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost to the Las Vegas Aviators 11-7) (34-51 on the season)
Pedro Avila: 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 4 K (67 pitches, 43 strikes)
Brett Sullivan: (4-for-4), 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB
Tim Lopes: (2-for-4), RBI, BB
Oscar Mercado: (0-for-4), 2 R, RBI, BB
Pedro Avila would like a do-over in his first start since returning to El Paso after a cup of coffee last week with the Padres. Las Vegas sent eight batters to the plate in the first inning, scoring three runs off of Avila. Zack Gelof blasted his 12th home run of the season in the second inning. Avila was able to throw a pair of scoreless frames before turning it over to the pen.
— El Paso Chihuahuas (@epchihuahuas) July 8, 2023
Brett Sullivan homered in the bottom of the fourth to get the Chihuahuas on the board. Sullivan reached base all five times on Friday. The Aviators got three doubles in the fifth off of Jake Sanchez to make it 7-1. Las Vegas has four players pick up three hits each in the rout. The team went 7-for-16 with runners in scoring position.
San Antonio Missions (Lost to the Frisco Roughriders 4-2) (42-37 on the season)
Jackson Wolf: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 11 K (99 pitches, 70 strikes)
Michael De La Cruz: (3-for-5), RBI
Pedro Castellanos: (2-for-4), R, 2B, RBI
Justin Farmer: (1-for-3), R, BB, 2 SB
Jackson Wolf was excellent again on Friday. The lefty lowered his ERA to 3.49 on the season after going seven strong while striking out 11. Wolf allowed just four hits, including back-to-back hits in the third inning that scored the lone run off of him.
7 IP, 1 ER, 11 Ks, 1 BB, 4 H
— Giannis Auntiegotapoodle (@TooMuchMortons_) July 8, 2023
San Antonio’s offense came in various ways, including a sac bunt from Ripken Reyes in the fifth to take a 2-1 lead. A wild pitch scored a run in the seventh. Then in the eighth, Michael De La Cruz singled in Reyes, making it 4-1, one of his three hits.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Defeated the West Michigan Whitecaps 5-3) (42-37 on the season)
Ryan Bergert: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K (85 pitches, 53 strikes)
Marcos Castanon: (1-for-3), 2 R, HR, RBI, BB
Nathan Martorella: (3-for-4), 2B, 3 RBI
Graham Pauley: (2-for-4), R, HR, RBI, SB
West Michigan got the first score on Friday in the battle of the ‘Caps. A single and a stolen base set up an RBI single for Brady Allen. Fort Wayne tied it in the bottom of the first, though, with a home run from Marcos Castanon, his 12th of the season. Graham Pauley took the lead for the TinCaps with a solo blast of his own in the second. The run parade continued with Nathan Martorella who singled in Anthony Vilar in the third. The first baseman drove in two more in the fifth with a double.
Ryan Bergert ended up pitching five innings, not allowing a walk for the second-straight start. The right-hander struck out five as he picked up his fifth win of the season. Allen homered off of Bodi Rascon in the sixth to cut the deficit, but it was too little too late.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Defeated the Visalia Rawhide 11-5) (37-39 on the season)
Miguel Cienfuegos: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K (77 pitches, 50 strikes)
Tyler Robertson: (2-for-6), 2 R, HR, 2 RBI
Samuel Zavala: (3-for-4), 3 R, BB
Ethan Salas: (3-for-4), R, 3B, 2 RBI, BB
Oswaldo Linares: (3-for-5), R, 2 RBI
After a scoreless first, Charlis Aquino doubled in two in the second to give Lake Elsinore a 2-0 lead. In the bottom half of the inning, Johan Benitez recorded an RBI double to cut it to 2-1 but was thrown out at third base trying to stretch it to third. Visalia would tie the game in the fourth with a sac fly. The Storm drove in three in the fifth though to retake the lead, including an RBI single from Ethan Salas.
Ethan Salas dumps the ball into shallow center for a tie breaking RBI single. pic.twitter.com/blOnXPvSvU
— Friars On The Farm Podcast (@Friarsonthefarm) July 8, 2023
Miguel Cienfuegos was effective in his third start since joining the Storm. Cienfuegos struck out seven while allowing just two runs in five innings. Lake Elsinore extended its lead in the sixth with a two-run home run from Tyler Robertson. A two-run single later in the inning from Oswaldo Linares would make it 9-2.
DSL Padres Brown (Defeated the DSL Blue Jays 9-8) (11-11 on the season)
Bernard Jose: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, HBP, 4 K
Yoiber Ocopio: (3-for-4), 4 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB
Jose Cordero: (2-for-3), 2 2B, 3 RBI, BB
Alexander Garcia: (2-for-4), R, RBI, SB
Padres starter Wilmer Ramirez was knocked up in the second inning by the Blue Jays for five runs on three base hits and three walks. The Padres didn’t give up, though, and scored in seven of the nine innings. Yoiber Ocopio reached base and scored four times, including a walk-off home run.
DSL Padres Gold (Lost to the DSL White Sox 12-4) (14-9 on the season)
Jesus Lopez: 3.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 2 BB, HBP, 2 K
Estiven Giron: (2-for-4), RBI, BB
Kashon Conliffe: (2-for-3), RBI, BB
After being held scoreless the first two innings, the White Sox jumped on Padres starter Jesus Lopez in the third inning for three runs, including a two-run triple from D’Angelo Tejada. Estiven Giron singled in the top of the fourth inning to cut the deficit to 3-2. The White Sox got to Lopez again in the fourth, though, loading the bases for Javier Mogollon, who drove in all three baserunners on a double. Three more runs would score in the inning to make it 9-2. The Padres were held to just six hits on Friday.
ACL Padres (Lost to the ACL Dodgers 4-1) (13-13 on the season)
Braden Nett: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K
Juan Murillo: (1-for-4), RBI
Lamar King Jr: (1-for-2), R, 2 BB
The Dodgers scored first on Friday when Jeral Perez drew a bases-loaded walk in the third. Perez extended the lead in the sixth inning with a solo home run. The Dodgers added two more in the seventh inning. Not a lot went right for the Padres, going 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. One positive from the game was Robert Suarez. The Padres set-up man faced four batters in his rehab appearance, striking out one in a scoreless fourth inning. Luis Campusano went 0-for-3 with a walk.
El Paso: TBD Aaron Brooks (2-2, 5.30 ERA)
San Antonio: Bobby Milacki (0-0, 3.75 ERA)
Fort Wayne: Robby Snelling (1-0, 3.60 ERA)
Lake Elsinore: TBD
DSL Brown: TBD
DSL Gold: TBD
ACL Padres: TBD
Al was born in Fresno, California with a passion for talking and writing about sports. The lifelong Padres fan is currently attending Fresno State as he pursues a degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to being a student, he does public address announcing at both the high school and collegiate levels.