Padres Down on the Farm: June 22 (Tucupita homers for EP/Hassell 2 hits for LE)

Credit: El Paso Chihuahuas

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Credit: EVT Farm

San Diego Padres’ affiliates went 3-1 on Tuesday.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.

El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 11-7 over Sugar Land) (18-23 on the season)

Caleb Boushley – 5.0 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, BB, 3 SO

Patrick Kivlehan – (3-3) HR, 2B, 2 R, 5 RBI, 2 BB

Tucupita Marcano – (2-for-4) HR, 2 R, 3 RBI

Brian O’Grady – (1-for-3) 2 R, 2 BB, SO


Caleb Boushley made his Triple-A debut tonight. It has been a long road for him. He was drafted in the 33rd round of the 2017 draft by the Padres out of a division III college. Now at 27 years old, he is one step shy of the MLB. Tuesday’s outing could have gone better. The pitcher gave up four runs over five innings of work. Despite the rough outing, the bats had his back, and he earned the win.

The bats were led by three players who have been in the bigs this season. Kivelhan, Marcano, and O’Grady all continue to show why they got the call when the Padres were struggling with injuries and COVID-19. Kivlehan finished a triple shy of the cycle and had to settle for two walks instead. Marcano was off to a very slow start to the season. In both the MLB and Triple-A, he couldn’t reproduce anything close to his amazing spring training numbers. Now in June, he is starting to rake with his minor league OPS climbing over .800 this series.

In total, the Chihuahuas had 12 hits, eight walks, and nine strikeouts. This was a team performance that saw the Chihuahuas score in five of the eight innings. As I mentioned, they had Boushley’s back and kept the team in the game.


San Antonio Missions (Lost 7-2 to Frisco) (23-20 on the season)

Osvaldo Hernandez – 2.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO

Juan Fernandez – (2-for-4) 2B, RBI, SO

CJ Abrams – (1-for-4) 2B, SO

Kyle Overstreet – (1-for-3) R, BB


The Missions took the only loss in the Padres’ organization today. The bats took a long time to get going. Through six innings, they only had two hits, while the RoughRiders had five hits and three runs after the first inning. In the seventh, the Missions used a walk and three singles to plate their only two runs of the game.

As mentioned earlier, the pitching got stung right away. Osvaldo Hernandez gave up three earned runs, Mason Fox gave up two in 2.1 innings of work, and Henry Henry saw three runs score on his watch, all unearned. They gave up 11 hits, six walks, and struck out 10 batters. The Missions continue to hover above the .500 mark while not on any streaks either way.


Fort Wayne TinCaps (Won 7-6 over South Bend) (19-23 on the season)

Matt Waldron – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, BB, 6 SO

Jonny Homza – (2-for-3) R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, SO

Kelvin Melean – (2-for-5) 2 RBI

Jawuan Harris – (0-for-1) 3 R, 3 BB, SO


Two big half innings defined this game. The first was the bottom of the third. Starter Matt Waldron found himself in some hot water. The inning started in a pedestrian fashion. Allowed a single, struck out the next guy, hit the third batter of the inning, after that, a single scored the two runners. Up to this point, it’s nothing special, two runs across with a runner on; he induces a pop fly for the second out. Now things get rough for him. He will give up five straight singles to plate four more runs.

Despite this rough outing, Waldron is in the midst of a very good season. He had a 2.74 ERA coming into this outing. His WHIP sat just a hare above one, and he owns 9.07 K/9. He came to San Diego in the Mike Clevinger trade and might produce just as much due to Clevinger’s time on the IL.

Thankfully for the TinCaps, those six runs would be all the Cubs get in the game. So, they knew their mark and needed to beat it. In the top of the fifth, they took a massive step toward it. They scored their first two runs of the inning without getting a single hit. Five batters walked while two outs were recorded in between. Then in the fourth at-bat of the inning, with bases loaded, Kelvin Melean singled to knock in two. Justin Lopez followed that up with a single to score the fifth run of the inning. Jonny Homza would later hit in two more runs to give the TinCaps seven runs and the victory in the game.


Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 11-5 over Modesto) (21-22 on the season)

Levi Thomas – 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO

Euribiel Angeles – (3-for-4) 2 R, RBI, BB

Robert Hassell III – (2-for-4) 3 R, RBI, BB, SO, SB

Jack Stronach – (3-for-5) 5 RBI, SO


The Storm came out slugging. In the bottom of the first, Jordy Barley singled and naturally stole a base; he would have three today. He is currently leading the California League with 26 stolen bases. Euribiel Angeles and Robert Hassell III hit back-to-back doubles to give them a 2-1 lead. Jarryd Dale would riskily lay down a bunt to score Hassell.

That gives just a small example of manufacturing runs which is exactly what Lake Elsinore did to score 11 runs. As a team, they had 14 hits, eight walks, and six stolen bases. Of those 14 hits, only four of them were for extra bases, all doubles. Every single inning, they had a runner on and two+ runners in six of the eight innings. Successful teams have an offense that patient and relentless like they did today.

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Wednesday’s probable pitchers

El Paso- No Game

San Antonio- TBD

Fort Wayne- Gabe Mosser (1-4 5.66 ERA)

Lake Elsinore- TBD

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