Padres Down on the Farm: June 21 (Mears walks it off for TinCaps)

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Padres Down on the Farm
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San Diego Padres affiliates went 2-5 on Friday.

Here’s a recap of the night’s events.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 3-0 vs Sugar Land) (30-43 on the season)
Nate Mondou – (1-for-4)
Kevin Plawecki – (3-for-3) Double
Glenn Otto – 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K (25 pitches, 17 strikes)

In his second Triple-A outing of the season, Glenn Otto pitched two strong innings, with the lone run scoring on a home run. Otto remains on rehab assignment, as he has not yet officially been optioned, and he looks to be finding form on the way back from injury. Sean Reynolds would throw three innings of one-run ball, and Lake Bachar would toss two scoreless frames as well.

The offense continued its recent struggles, being shut out in the game. Playing first base, Kevin Plawecki would record a three hit game, and Nate Mondou would go 1-for-4. Catcher Chandler Seagle would double, and Oscar Mercado would triple, but the team left four runners on and could not capitalize on six opportunities with runners in scoring position.


San Antonio Missions (Lost 10-2 vs Amarillo) (30-36 on the season)
Ripken Reyes – (1-for-4) Triple
Robbie Tenerowicz – (1-for-4) Home Run, 2 RBI
Robby Snelling – 5.1 IP, 10 H, 9 R, 1 BB, 1 K (87 pitches, 56 strikes)

Missions starter Robby Snelling had his toughest start of the season, allowing a whopping five home runs against him over 5.1 innings. The southpaw struggled to put away batters, only striking out one. It was a big step back for the left-hander, who has now posted a 7.79 ERA in June. Ryan Och pitched 2.2 innings of one-run ball in his Double-A debut, punching out four.

The offense was led by another Robbie, Robbie Tenerowicz. The left-handed hitting first baseman went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer. Tenerowicz’s blast would provide the lone runs for the Missions, as the team went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Robert Perez Jr would record two singles, and Ripken Reyes would hit a triple of his own.


Fort Wayne TinCaps (Won 5-4 vs Wisconsin) (29-38 on the season)
Joshua Mears – (1-for-3) Walk Off Two-Run Homer
Ethan Salas – (2-for-3) Double
Henry Baez – 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K (88 pitches, 57 strikes)

Late game heroics from Joshua Mears would win the game for the TinCaps, as the slugger would launch a mammoth two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth. Mears recorded three RBI in the game. Homer Bush Jr would hit his second homer of the season, and Ethan Salas would record another two-hit game, including a double.

Henry Baez took the mound and pitched a solid outing. The Padres No. 30 prospect tossed five innings of two-run ball, striking out four. Baez has pitched well in his three starts this month, recording a 1.72 ERA across 15.2 innings. Out of the bullpen, Bradgely Rodriguez tossed two innings allowing an unearned run, and he would be in line for the win. Also notable was Rodriguez’s ball/strike ratio, as the right-hander tossed 30 pitches, with 24 for strikes. .


Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 11-10 vs Visalia in 14 innings) (32-33 on the season)
Nick Vogt – (2-for-7) Home Run, 3 RBI
Jacob Campbell – (3-for-7) Home Run, 3 RBI
Thomas Balboni Jr – 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (33 pitches, 25 strikes)

In a 14-inning marathon of a game, the Storm would bring the thunder, scoring ten runs. However, on a planned bullpen day, the Storm would run out of relievers, with outfielder Wyatt Hoffman having to toss the final 2.1 innings of the game. Among the notables was the performance of Thomas Balboni Jr, who tossed three scoreless innings on 33 pitches, his longest and most efficient outing of the season. Reliever Will Varmette struck out five in two scoreless innings.

Ethan Long would have a two-hit, two-RBI game. Braedon Karpathios would walk four times and score once, and Ryan Wilson would also record two hits. Nick Vogt and Jacob Campbell would both homer in extra innings, each hitting a two-run homer in the game. The team would go an astonishing 6-for-20 with runners in scoring position, stranding 13 runners in the loss.


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ACL Padres (Lost 7-1 vs ACL Rangers) (16-20 on the season)
Spence Coffman – (2-for-3)
Ismael Javier – (1-for-2) Double, Walk
Abraham Parra – 3.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 2 K

Right-hander Abraham Parra allowed six runs in 3.1 innings against the ACL:Rangers, unable to escae the fourth inning. The Rangers would pile on the runs in the fourth, scoring six times against Parra and reliever Zac Addikson. Parra has now posted a 10.45 ERA in the month of June, punching out 12 and walking eight in 12.1 innings pitched.

The offense was led by Spence Coffman’s two-hit effort and an RBI base hit by B.Y. Choi. Choi’s RBI single would score Ismael Javier from second base in the third inning. Javier, Choi, and Coffman went a combined 4-for-8 from the 1-2-3 spots in the lineup, while the rest of the team went 1-for-16 in the game.


DSL Padres Gold (Won 19-7 vs DSL Rojos) (8-5 on the season)
Yoiber Ocopio – (1-for-2) 3 Walks, Triple, RBI
Darian Castillo – (1-for-4) 3 Runs
Jose De La Rosa – 3.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R (2 ER), 3 BB, 1 K

The Padres Gold would walk a combined 16 times across nine innings, recording only seven hits in the game. The Gold Friars would capitalize on a lack of command from Rojos pitchers, scoring nine of their runs via bases-loaded walks, hit-by-pitches, or wild pitches. Yoiber Ocopio and Alcides Hernandez would walk three times each, with Ocopio and Darian Castillo each scoring three times.

Jose De La Rosa started for the Gold Padres, and he had a solid outing. The right-hander struck out one but only allowed three hits and two earned runs in 3.1 innings. Reliever Alexander Agramonte would match his effort, tossing 3.2 innings of two-run baseball, recording five of his eleven outs on the ground.


DSL Padres Brown (Lost 19-2 vs DSL Reds) (1-11 on the season)
Jason Hernandez – (2-for-3) Double
Jesmaylin Arias – (1-for-2) Double, RBI
Cristian Navarro – 1.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 0 K

In his third start of the season, Cristian Navarro’s struggles continued, as the young right-hander would toss 1.1 innings, allowing six runs in the second of what would become a nine-run barrage. Navarro did not record a strikeout, with his outs coming mainly in the air. Shurland Smith would take the brunt of the Reds’ offensive surge after Navarro, surrendering six runs in 1.2 innings.

Jason Hernandez would record the team’s lone multi-hit effort, scoring the Padres Brown’s first run of the game on an RBI double by Jesmaylin Arias. Arias keeps his hot hitting, now hitting .324 on the season. Fabian Alcantara would record the team’s only other RBI on a forceout in the sixth inning. The team did not have many opportunities to score, going 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.


Saturday’s Probable Pitchers:
El Paso: Miguel Cienfuegos (1-2, 7.63 ERA)
San Antonio: Victor Lizarraga (2-3, 3.52 ERA)
Fort Wayne: Dylan Lesko (1-4, 6.34 ERA)
Lake Elsinore: TBD
DSL Brown: TBD

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