Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost to the Oklahoma City Dodgers 4-1) (28-34 on the season)
Matt Waldron: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K (76 pitches, 53 strikes)
Tim Lopes: (2-for-4), SB
Nelson Cruz: (1-for-4), 2B
Jose Azocar: (2-for-4), R, HR, RBI
A night after falling 14-10, Saturday’s affair was much different. El Paso scored just one run on seven hits, a second-inning home run by Jose Azocar. The Chihuahuas went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position, leaving five men on base.
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Matt Waldron was efficient, going six innings and striking out four while allowing just four base hits. The right-hander was unable to come back from an early deficit, however, after Oklahoma City took a 3-1 lead in the third inning.
San Antonio Missions (Defeated the Wichita Wind Surge 5-3) (31-25 on the season)
Nolan Watson: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 2 K (78 pitches, 45 strikes)
Pedro Castellanos: (2-for-4), R, RBI, SB
Michael De La Cruz: (1-for-4), R, 2B
Ripken Reyes: (1-for-4), R, BB, SB
Ray-Patrick Didder: (1-for-2), R, RBI, BB, SB
After getting a run in the first inning, San Antonio immediately gave up the lead in the second inning. Missions’ starter Nolan Watson gave up three runs, striking out two before leaving in the fifth inning. The San Antonio bullpen was stellar, however, throwing 4.2 scoreless frames.
In the bottom of the sixth, San Antonio recorded four consecutive hits, including a go-ahead RBI single from Pedro Castellanos. Ray-Patrick Didder followed with an RBI single of his own to extend the lead to 5-3. The victory marked San Antonio’s 20th in their last 29 games.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Defeated the Quad Cities River Bandits 7-3) (26-30 on the season)
Victor Lizarraga: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K (79 pitches, 43 strikes)
Marcos Castanon: (3-for-5), 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI
Joshua Mears: (2-for-3), 3 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB
Lucas Dunn: (1-for-3), 2B, 2 RBI
Quad City got to TinCaps starter Victor Lizarraga early on Saturday, scoring once in the second inning and again in the third when Gavin Cross doubled in two to take a 3-0 lead. Joshua Mears doubled in a run in the fifth inning to get Fort Wayne on the board. Jakob Marsee would single him in to make it 3-2. Lizarraga settled down, going five frames, striking out three.
Fort Wayne tied the game in the seventh on a home run by Mears. In the following inning, Lucas Dunn doubled in two take the lead. Marcos Castanon added a two-run shot in the ninth inning. The TinCaps have now won five of their last six games and clinched another series victory.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost to the Fresno Grizzlies 6-5) (27-26 on the season)
Henry Williams: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 5 K (64 pitches, 45 strikes)
Albert Fabian: (2-for-4), 2 R, HR, RBI, BB
Nick Vogt: (3-for-4), 2B, RBI
Kai Murphy: (1-for-5), 2B, 2 RBI
Rosman Verdugo: (2-for-4), 2 R
The Storm got plenty of baserunners on Saturday, including 14 hits (5 players with multiple hits). The issue was the team only got two hits with runners in scoring position and left ten men on base. Henry Williams took the hill and struck out five in 3.2 innings but allowed four runs, taking his second loss on the season despite not allowing an extra-base hit.
Trailing 6-2 in the eighth, Kai Murphy plated in two on a double to the right-centerfield gap to make it 6-4. In the ninth inning, Albert Fabian blasted a deep home run to right field (445 feet), but it was a little too late.
DSL Padres Brown (Lost to the DSL Orioles Black 7-2) (3-2 on the season)
Wilmer Ramirez: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 BB, 1 K
Santiago Contreras: (1-for-3), HBP, SB
Eric Valdez: (0-for-2), 2 R, BB
Lack of offense (three hits) was an issue for the Padres on Saturday. The team was able to muster a run in the first and third innings with the help of poor defense on behalf of the Orioles. Padres starter Wilmer Ramirez was chased in the third inning after giving up his fifth run.
DSL Padres Gold (Lost to the DSL Orioles Orange 9-5) (2-3 on the season)
Johan Moreno: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 6 K
Hugo Sanchez: (2-for-2), 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Jesus Castro: (0-for-2), 2 R, BB, SB
Johan Moreno made his second start in the young season, seeing mixed results. The 20-year-old gave up four runs (three earned), including a second-inning home run to Juan Martinez. Moreno struck out six in the outing.
The Padres’ offense was limited for most of the day. The bulk of the production came from first baseman Hugo Sanchez who homered twice, including a three-run blast. The Orioles score five runs off the Padres’ bullpen in the final two innings to take the victory.
ACL Padres (Defeated the ACL Rangers 11-7) (3-2 on the season)
Brian Gonzalez: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Estuar Suero: (2-for-4), 3 R, 3B, HR, 5 RBI, BB
Oswaldo Linares: (3-for-4), 2 R, 3 2B, BB
Jose Sanabria: (1-for-2), 2 R, 3 BB
Alain Camou: (2-for-4), 2 R, 2B, BB
Brian Gonzalez made his second rehab start with the ACL Padres on Saturday. The left-hander faced ten batters, allowing just two baserunners in 2.2 innings. He was replaced by Wilton Castillo, who battered up for eight hits in three innings. The Rangers rallied for four, two-out runs in the sixth inning off of Castillo in the bottom of the sixth inning.
After only scoring one run in the first four innings, the Padres scored two runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth inning. The Rangers would take a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the sixth that would hold until the ninth inning. After two quick outs, the Padres walked and singled twice to tie the game. With two runners still on base, Jostinn Diaz struck out but still reached base on a wild pitch as another run scored. Estar Suero the blasted a three-run home run to take an 11-7 lead. Padres Catcher raised his OPS on the week to a 1.986 with three doubles.
El Paso: TBD
San Antonio: Daniel Camarena (1-2, 8.49 ERA, 20 K)
Fort Wayne: Jairo Iriarte (2-3, 3.69 ERA, 49 K)
Lake Elsinore: Miguel Mendez (0-0, 3.00 ERA, 11 K)
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.