Padres Down on the Farm: June 21 (Storm clinch playoffs in rout/ Campusano 3 hits for EP/Merrill 2 hits in ACL)

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San Diego Padres affiliates went 4-2 on Tuesday.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 8-2) (38-29 on the season)

Robinson Cano– (2-for-5) 2 RBIs, Run, 2 K’s

Brent Rooker– (3-for-5) 2 2B’s, 2 RBIs, Run, K

Luis Campusano– (3-for-5) 2B, 2 Runs, 2 K’s

Ryan Weathers–  5.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K (92 pitches- 55 strikes)


El Paso won convincingly on Tuesday, as the Chihuahuas limited the River Cats to two hits on the night. Ryan Weathers started the game and went 5.2 innings, allowing two earned runs. Kyle Tyler, Jose Castillo, and Dinelson Lamet all had scoreless appearances for El Paso out of the bullpen. Castillo and Lamet could be of use to the Padres soon as both are pitching well in the minors.

Robinson Cano singled twice and drove in a pair on the night. Brent Rooker and Luis Campusano recorded three hits in the win. Esteury Ruiz had a rare quiet night at the plate as he went 0-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and a strikeout. His OPS is down to 1.181 on the season in the minor leagues. Ruiz is playing excellent center field and requires a 40-man spot for promotion. It seems imminent at this point.


San Antonio Missions (Lost 9-2) (34-28 on the season)

Connor Hollis– (2-for-5) 2 Runs, SB

Domingo Leyba– (2-for-4) 2 RBIs, SB

Juan Fernandez– (2-for-3) K

Lake Bachar– 3 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 K (51 pitches- 30 strikes)


The Missions could not get much going with the bats as they fell to Wichita 9-2 on the road. Lake Bachar coughed up three earned runs in three innings pitched, and Kevin Kopps allowed four earned runs in two innings to relieve Bachar. That was just too much for San Antonio to come back from. Kopps owns a 6.23 ERA so far this season and has struggled in the Texas League.

The Missions put up 1o hits in the loss but were 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position. The team stole five bases in the game as well but just could not get the timely hits. Connor Hollis scored two runs and recorded two hits in the loss. Juan Fernandez went 2-for-3, and Domingo Leyba drove in the only two runs of the game for San Antonio.


Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 4-3) (26-38 on the season) 

Lucas Dunn– (3-for-4) BB

Agustin Ruiz– (2-for-4) 2B, Run, K

Brandon Valenzuela– (1-for-4) RBI, BB

Dwayne Matos– 4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB, 5 K (76 pitches- 49 strikes)


The TinCaps lost a close game at home as the team failed to rally down the stretch against the Loons. Dwayne Matis started the game and went 4.2 innings, allowing three earned runs while striking out five batters. Nick Thwaits, Ethan Routzahn, and Luke Boyd completed the staff for the day.

Lucas Dunn continues to hit well in Fort Wayne as he went 3-for-4 and owns a .750 OPS so far this season. Brandon Valenzuela went 1-for-4 in the loss, and Agustin Ruiz doubled and scored a run for the TinCaps. Rober Hassell III went 0-for-5 with 2 K’s.


Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 14-7) (39-25 on the season) 

Carlos Luis– (3-for-4) 2 Runs, 3 RBIs, BB, K

Max Ferguson– (4-for-5) 2 3B’s, 4 Runs, 2 RBIs, 2 SB’s, K

Victor Duarte– (2-for-4) Run, 3 RBIs

Alan Mundo– 5 IP, H, BB, 4 K’s (62 pitches- 38 strikes)


The Storm demolished Rancho Cucamonga as Lake Elsinore scored in each of the first six innings to take a 14-5 lead into the late innings. With the win, the Storm clinched the first-half title and are guaranteed playoffs for the first time since 2019. The Diamond was rocking as Lake Elsinore beat the Dodgers Single-A team in a rout. Bodi Rascon allowed five earned runs in two innings pitched to begin the game. 22-year-old Alan Mundo relieved him and went five scoreless innings to preserve the win for Lake Elsinore.

Max Ferguson continues to terrorize pitching in the California League as he tripled twice in the game, recorded four total hits, and stole two bases in the win. The speedy infielder now has 46 stolen bases on the season. Carlos Luis went 3-for-4 in the win, driving in three runs. James Wood went 1-f0r-5 on Tuesday with three RBIs and a run scored.


ACL Padres (Won 3-2) (5-7 on the season) 

Rosman Verdugo– (1-for-3) 2B, RBI, K

Eddy Beltre– (2-for-3) Run

Jackson Merrll- (2-for-2) 2B, Run

Jarlin Susana– 3.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K


The ACL Padres came back with two runs in the top of the seventh to secure a 3-2 over the ACL Giants team. A balk scored Reinaldo Ilarraza with the winning run. Eddy Beltre went 2-for-3 in the win for the Padres. Jackson Merrill played in the game and hit in the leadoff spot. He is on Peoria rehabbing and could be added to the Storm roster fairly soon.

Fireball pitcher Jarlin Susana was on the mound for the Padres, and he went 3.2 innings. The 6-foot-6, 18-year-old struck out three and allowed two earned runs in the game. Brenden Heiss recorded the win as he threw a two scoreless innings for the Padres.


DSL Padres (Won 3-1) (9-5 on the season)

Esteven Giron- (1-for-2) 2B, 2 RBIs

Jose Sanabria– (1-for-2) Run, K

Hugo Sanchez– (1-for-4) Run, 2 K

Jhosep Chirinos– 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 6 K


The Padres DSL team kept its winning ways in a 9-5 win over the DSL Blue Jays team. Despite only recording four hits in the game, the Padres managed a solid win on the road. Esteven Giron doubled in two runs in the third inning that ended up being the winning runs. Jose Sanabria went 1-for-2 and scored a run in the victory.

The pitching was on par for the Padres as Jhosep Chirinos and Yariel Moreno combined to allow only three hits a run in the game. Chirinos is an 18-year-old right-handed pitcher out of Venezuela who owns a 0.75 ERA in his first 12 innings pitched in the DSL. Moreno is 17 and from Panama. He has a 1.00 ERA in his first nine innings this season for the DSL Padres.


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Wednesday’s probable pitchers

El Paso- Aaron Leasher (2-4 5.79 ERA)

San Antonio- Nolan Watson (1-2 6.45 ERA)

Fort Wayne- Ryan Bergert (0-5 5.40 ERA) 

Lake Elsinore- TBD 

ACL Padres- TBD

DSL Padres – TBD

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