San Diego Padres affiliates went 2-2 on Thursday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 4-1 to Oklahoma City) (13-17 on the season)
Jesse Scholtens – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
Trent Grisham – (1-3) 2B, RBI, BB
Tucupita Marcano – (1-3) BB, SO
Pedro Florimon – (1-4) R, 2 SO
The Chihuahuas had some help in this game from Padres outfielder Trent Grisham. Grisham is starting what is excepted to be a short rehab stint. He has been out of action with a bruised heel, and his return would be huge for the Padres, who have gone cold offensively. He quickly impacted the Chihuahuas when he showed up with all of his Padres equipment and got to work. In the 5th inning, he doubled to knock in the only run of the day for El Paso.
— El Paso Chihuahuas (@epchihuahuas) June 11, 2021
The pitching staff struggled to keep the Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate from making some key hits. On a normal night, holding a team to six hits and three walks is considered a win. However, the problems come when half those hits are two home runs and double as the Chihuahuas lost the game. Scholtens threw six solid innings, but one run of offense won’t do the trick.
San Antonio Missions (Won 5-4 over Midland) (17-16 on the season)
Caleb Boushley – 5.1 IP, 6 H, ER, 3 BB, 8 SO
Kyle Overstreet – (2-4) 2 RBIs, SO
Jose Azocar – (2-4) R, BB, SB, CS
Chandler Seagle – (2-3) 2B, R
Small ball was the name of the game for the Missions today. As a team they had 11 hits, only three extra-base hits, and three walks. Once on the base paths, they attempted six steals and were successful in four of them. Jose Azocar is the perfect example of this game plan as he had two hits, a walk, and attempted two steals.
On two separate occasions, the pitching staff found themselves facing the bases loaded. In the 1st inning, they were able to escape unharmed. Fast forward to the 5th inning when a fielding error loaded the bases once again. This time Midland knocked in their first two runs. Those were the two largest threats as Midland never had more than two hits in any other inning.
CHANCLAS WIN! The Flying Chanclas come out victorious with a 5-4 win Thursday night. pic.twitter.com/CZUC4VGYF4
— Flying Chanclas de San Antonio (@missionsmilb) June 11, 2021
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Won 5-4 (10 innings) over Lake County) (14-18 on the season)
Matt Waldon – 6.0IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 7 SO
Dwanya Williams-Sutton – (1-2) 2B, RBI, 3 BB, SO
Ethan Skender – (2-4) R, 2 RBI, SO, SB
Kelvin Melean – (1-4) 2B, 2 R, SO
Dwanya Williams-Sutton continues to impress this season. He was drafted in the 5th round of the 2018 draft and he finally has earned some prospect credibility. Fangraphs has him as the Padres #36 prospect while noting his power and the ability to play outfield. This season his BB% has skyrocketed to 21.6% in this young season, highlighted by his three-walk performance today.
This game was a battle for both teams. Waldron was minimizing the damage with 6 innings pitched while only allowing two runs. The TinCaps offense really got going in a three-run 7th inning. The first three batters loaded the bases for Ethan Skender. He was able to score one with a sac fly. Grant Little scored on a wild pitch. Then Williams-Sutton doubled to score the final run of the inning. They would be a 4-4 tie into the 10th. That’s when Justin Lopez hit a winning ground-rule double.
— Fort Wayne TinCaps (@TinCaps) June 11, 2021
Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 7-4 to Rancho Cucamonga) (15-18 on the season)
Levi Thomas – 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO
Robert Hassell III – (3-5) 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI, SO
Jordy Barley – (2-5) SO
Jarryd Dale – (1-4) 2B, RBI, SO
To the shock of very few, Robert Hassell III, the Padres #4 prospect, continues to rake. In his last four games he has nine hits, five of which are extra-base hits. In this game, he was a part of all four runs that Storm scored. Two of which he knocked in, and the other two being runs he scored.
Robert Hassell lll & Jarryd Dale both had 2 hits yesterday
Robert Hassell lll & Jarryd Dale both have 1 RBI after 1 inning tonight.
Good Guys: 2
Quakes: 2 pic.twitter.com/ImLgt0KUjq
— Lake Elsinore Storm Baseball (@Storm_Baseball) June 11, 2021
This would have been a successful game if it weren’t for the pitching. Levi Thomas gave up a double and home run to the first two batters he faced. Then in the 5th a similar one-two punch hit him again. Following him was Ruben Galindo who gave up three runs in his three innings of work. Jose Geraldo worked the final inning and only allowed a hit. At that point, the Quakes had a 7-4 lead that they wouldn’t give up.
Friday’s Probable Pitchers
El Paso – Evan Miller (1-1, 2.61 ERA)
San Antonio – Osvaldo Hernandez (1-2, 6.08 ERA)
Fort Wayne – Gabe Mosser (1-2, 4.33 ERA)
Lake Elsinore – TBD
Evan is a student finishing up a degree in Finance from Northern Arizona University. The ability to break down numbers and find the story behind them has lead to his first of writing for East Village times. He covers baseball which is the sport he grew up playing and has followed even after his playing years.