Padres Down on the Farm: June 20 (Lawson struggles/Homza 4 hits, Elliott pitches well for FW)

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Only the Fort Wayne TinCaps won on a wild Sunday for the Padres’ minor league affiliates.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 24-15) (17-22 on the season)

Brian O’Grady– 0-for-5, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 K

Nick Tanielu– 4-for-6, 2 R, 1 RBI

Jerry Keel– 4 IP, 11 H, 10 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Sam McWilliams– 0.0 IP, 0 H, 3 ER, 2 BB

No, that is not a typo. The El Paso Chihuahuas lost to the Sugar Land Skeeters 24-15 on Sunday. Fitting that it happened on Sunday, the day that football is played in the fall. After the San Diego Padres called up three pitchers in the last two days, the El Paso pitching staff was short arms, and the arms that were thrown out on Sunday didn’t pitch well. Brian O’Grady was the only Chihuahua to not get multiple hits Sunday.


San Antonio Missions (Lost 8-2) (23-19 on the season)

CJ Abrams- 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SB

Kyle Overstreet– 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB

Reggie Lawson– .2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 K, 2 BB

Adrian Martinez– 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 7 K

Early runs by the Northwest Arkansas Naturals created too big of a deficit for the San Antonio Missions to overcome in an 8-2 loss. Reggie Lawson, the San Diego Padres’ second-best right-handed pitching prospect, got the start in San Antonio. He didn’t impress, as he was unable to complete the first inning after allowing three runs. Those three runs were all the Naturals needed. San Antonio only scraped across four hits and made three errors in the process. 


Fort Wayne TinCaps (Won 11-2) (18-23 on the season)

Jonny Homza– 4-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI

Kelvin Melean– 4-for-5, 2 R, 5 RBI, 1 

Ethan Elliott– 4 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 5 K, 1 BB

Brandon Komar– 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 5 K, 1 BB

The Fort Wayne TinCaps never trailed in a blowout 11-2 win over the Dayton Dragons. Fort Wayne scored three runs on a Kelvin Melean home run in the second inning and never looked back. Ethan Elliott started Sunday and once again put together another great outing. It was on the shorter side of starts, but Elliott only allowed two runs in four innings. When the Dragons made it a one-run game in the fourth inning, the TinCaps immediately responded in the top of the fifth inning. Jonny Homza singled as a part of a four-hit day for him to increase the lead to 4-2. Fort Wayne added a run in the sixth and seventh innings before blowing the game open with five runs in the ninth inning. 


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Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 5-3) (20-22 on the season)

Robert Hassell III- 0-for-4, 3 K

Brandon Valenzuela– 1-for-2, 2 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB

Dwayne Matos– 2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB

Carlos Guarate– 4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 K

Lake Elsinore dropped a low-scoring game to the Inland Empire 66ers 5-3. Dwayne Matos’ start did not last long, as Matos only gave two innings work while allowing two runs on three hits and one walk. Carlos Guarate relived Matos and also allowed two runs in four innings. The Storm only accumulated five hits and were unable to climb from their early hole. 

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