Padres Down on the Farm: July 9 (Waldron pitches well in FW/Nola rehabs in El Paso/Storm lose big)

Credit: MiLB TV

Credit: EVT Farm

San Diego Padres affiliates were 0-3 on Friday. The Missions were rained out.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 15-11 to Oklahoma City) (24-30 on the season) 

Austin Nola– (2-for-2) Run, RBI, BB

Luke Westphal– 3 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K (73 pitches- 40 strikes)

Brian O’Grady– (2-for-4) 2B, 2 RBIs, 2 K

Taylor Kohlwey– (2-for-4) 2B, 2 Runs, 2 RBI’s, BB


El Paso rallied late but came up short against the Dodgers. The Chihuahuas scored four runs in the ninth to make a dent in the lead, but the total was just too much for El Paso. Luke Westphal started the game and went three innings allowing six earned runs to score. Mason Thompson followed him and gave up three runs in an inning of work. Alex Powers also got roughed up as he gave up five earned runs in 1.1 innings of work. The pitching staff just simply did not have anything on Friday.

Offensively, Austin Nola started the game at first base for the Chihuahuas. The Padres catcher is in Texas on a rehab assignment and should see plenty of at-bats this weekend. Nola is on schedule to return to the team right after the All-Star break. Brian O’Grady continues to hit well in the PCL as he went 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI’s. Taylor Kohlwey also got two hits in the loss for El Paso.


San Antonio Missions (28-29 on the season) 

Postponed Rain (makeup September 1)


Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 3-1 to Lake County) (24-33 on the season) 

Matt Waldron– 7 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 K (100 pitches- 68 strikes)

Tirso Ornelas-(1-for-4) 2 K

Jawuan Harris– (1-for-2) 2B, K

Agustin Ruiz– (1-for-3) BB, 2 K


The Fort Wayne TinCaps pitched well on Friday night, but the Captains’ staff was more effective. TinCaps’ batters struck out 14 times on the night. A few of the K’s came in key situations late for the TinCaps. The home plate umpire had a huge strike zone, and Fort Wayne failed to adjust.  Five batters struck out multiple times and infielder Chris Givin K’s three times in the loss. Tirso Ornelas and Agustin Ruiz both singled, and Jawuan Harris doubled in two at-bats.

Matt Waldron started the game and pitched well. The right-hander gave up two runs in seven innings of work and now owns a 3.64 ERA on the season. The 24-year-old who was acquired from the Cleveland Indians in November of 2020 has a chance to advance in the system. Lefty Ramon Perez looked well in his one inning of relief. His fastball got up to the 93-94 mph range, and he showed a plus breaking pitch. Felix Minjarez recorded the final three out of the game.


Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 9-1 to Rancho Cucamonga) (26-32 on the season)

Levi Thomas– 2 IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K (63 pitches- 31 strikes)

Euribiel Angeles– (1-for-2) 2B, BB, K

Joshua Mears– (1-for-4) 3 K

Jarryd Dale– (1-for-4) BB, 3 K


The Lake Elsinore Storm got behind early on Friday and never caught up to the Quakes in a 9-2 loss. Levi Thomas was knocked around for six earned runs in the first two innings of work. The 23-year-old right-hander gave way to Ruben Galindo, and he was ineffective as well. Galindo allowed three earned runs in four innings on Friday. Keegan Collett recorded the final six out without allowing a run for the Storm.

Offensively, Lake Elsinore could not put the ball in play, striking out 14 times as a team. They also went 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Euribiel Angeles continues to produce as he went 1-for-2 with a walk in the game. Joshua Mears singled in four trips to the plate. Robert Hassell III had a tough night at the dish, as he went 0-for-5 with a strikeout.


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Saturday’s probable pitchers

El Paso- TBD

San Antonio- Adrian Martinez (3-3 3.04 ERA)

Fort Wayne- Gabe Mosser (2-4 4.44 ERA)

Lake Elsinore- TBD

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