Padres Down on the Farm: June 17 (Sod Poodles first-half champs/Pirela two hits in El Paso)

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Four teams in action for the San Diego Padres in their minor leagues. Here is your daily recap from EVT.

The AZL Padres 1 and AZL Padres 2 teams both start play on Tuesday morning.

On Monday, there were four teams in action as the Fort Wayne TinCaps and Lake Elsinore Storm are off early this week as both the California League and Midwest League are celebrating their all-star games on Tuesday. Both teams will resume the second half of their seasons on Thursday.

San Diego Padres affiliates went 1-3 on Monday.

Enjoy the recap of the day’s events.

El Paso Chihuahuas (43-27) Lost 3-2

The Chihuahuas got out to an early 2-0 lead but lost at home by the score of 3-2 to the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Two late runs in the seventh and one in the eighth were the difference in this game which was essentially a bullpen game by the Chihuahuas. Miguel Diaz made a start but only went two innings in the game. Newly promoted Travis Radke was called on, and he went three shutout innings for El Paso. Radke is a strike thrower who started the year in Lake Elsinore and is now one call away from a major league debut. Kyle McGrath and Andres Munoz gave up the late runs for the Chihuahuas. Jose Pirela and Boog Powell were the hitting stars in the game for El Paso as they each recorded two hits.

Jose Pirela- (2-4) Run, 2 K

Boog Powell- (2-3) 2 2B, RBI

Andres Munoz- 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 K (20 pitches- 13 strikes)

Travis Radke- 3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB (49 pitches- 27 strikes)

Miguel Diaz- 2 IP, 1 H, K (14 pitches- 11 strikes)

El Paso Chihuahuas

Amarillo Sod Poodles (34-34) Won 8-2

The Soddies are the first-half South Division champions after winning 8-2 on Monday in Northwest Arkansas. Brad Zunica made the last two putouts of the game as the Sod Poodles clinched a playoff birth with a 34-34 record. Midland had lost earlier in the day, and that gave Amarillo all the incentive they needed to win the game. Lake Bachar started and went six innings for the Soddies, allowing two earned runs on two hits. Blake Rogers, Evan Miller, and David Bednar all threw perfect innings of relief as Amarillo won going away. The Sod Poodles recorded 14 hits on the night and only struck out five times. Luis Torrens earned three hits on the night, and five other Sod Poodles recorded two hits apiece. Ivan Castillo continues to rake in the Texas League, going 2-for-5 on Monday. His OPS is .868 now for Amarillo. The second baseman is someone who has stepped up this season since being acquired from Toronto.

Ivan Castillo- (2-5) Run, K

Luis Torrens- (3-4) 3B, 2B, 2 Runs, RBI, BB

Edward Olivares– (2-5) 2 Runs, RBI

Owen Miller– (2-4) Run

Lake Bachar- (Win) 6 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K (94 pitches- 58 strikes)

Credit: Amarillo Sod Poodles/ John E. Moore III

Lake Elsinore Storm (35-33)


Fort Wayne TinCaps (33-35)


Tri-City Dust Devils (1-3) Lost 8-1

Hillsboro scored five runs in the last two innings to run away from the Dust Devils on Monday. Lefty Omar Cruz made a start but was only able to go three innings, allowing two earned runs. Five other pitchers threw in the game as Wen-Hua Sung, Deacon Medders, Jake Sims, Starlin Cordero, and Luke Becker all pitched. Medders was drafted this year from Alabama and made his professional debut pitching a scoreless inning and striking out two batters. Newly drafted Logan Driscoll and Matthew Acosta led the offense with a hit apiece. Jory Barley continued his hot start, going 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI. He has a .984 OPS so far for Tri-City.

Jordy Barley– (1-3) RBI, 2B

Logan Driscoll– (1-4) 2 K

Matthew Acosta– (1-3)

Carlos Luis– (1-4)

Omar Cruz– 3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K (75 pitches- 43 strikes)

Credit: Dust Devils

DSL Padres (8-6) Lost 5-1

The DSL Blue Jays won Monday mornings game by the score of 5-1. 18-year-old Luis Crisostomo was on the mound for the Padres DSL team. The 6-foot-2 right-handed pitcher made his third start of the year for the team and went four innings pitched. He has a 5.25 ERA in 12 innings pitched on the island so far in 2019. Manuel Avila relieved Crisostomo and went five solid innings for the team. The 18-year old pitcher is a bit undersized, but he owns a 2.45 ERA so far in the year in 11 innings pitched. Wilmert Paula continues to look well in the Dominican. The 17-year-old infielder has a very nice left-handed swing and is one to keep an eye on. Neifi Antunez went 2-for-5 and has his OPS up to .976. He just turned 17 this April and is another young player to keep tabs on in a system full of talent.

Neifi Antunez- (2-5) RBI, 2 K, CS

Wilmert Paula- (2-4) K

Eduard Hidalgo– (1-2) 2B, Run, BB

Manuel Avila- 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 K

Luis Crisostomo- 4 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Tuesday’s Probables

El Paso- TBD vs. Dennis Santana (2-4 5.60 ERA)

Amarillo- Ronald Bolanos (1-1 9.00 ERA) vs. J.C. Cloney (2-2 2.65 ERA)

Lake Elsinore- OFF

Fort Wayne- OFF

Tri-City- Dana vs. Baldwin

AZL Padres 1- TBD vs. TBD (AZL Indians-Red)

AZL Padres 2- TBD vs. TBD (AZL Reds)

DSL Padres- TBD vs TBD (DSL White Sox)

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