San Diego Padres affiliates were 2-2 on Thursday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost to Round Rock 18-7) (18-24 on the season)
Ryan Weathers– 5 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, BB, 5 K (84 pitches- 63 strikes)
Patrick Kivlehan– (4-for-5) HR, 2 2B, 2 Runs, RBI, K
Brian O’Grady (1-for-4) HR, Run, 4 RBI’s, K
Luis Campusano– (2-for-4) 2B, Run, BB
A grand slam by Leodys Tavares broke open the game for Round Rock in the sixth inning. Ryan Weathers started for El Paso (wearing the Chihuahuas throwback yellow uniforms), and he allowed four earned runs on nine hits in five innings of work. The left-handed pitcher struck out five in the game. Weathers left the game with the lead thanks to a three-run homer from Brian O’Grady in the third inning. The Chihuahuas scored five in the frame, but the bullpen came out shaky in El Paso on Thursday. James Norwood and Parker Markel allowed four earned runs in one inning pitched combined. James Reeves came in the game and coughed up four earned runs, and Chase Johnson allowed three earned runs. The Express scored 12 runs in their final four frames of the game and El Paso could not recover.
Patrick Kivlehan’s last 9 ABs:
3 Run HR
And now you can add 👇 pic.twitter.com/p6IeSPwHdw
— El Paso Chihuahuas (@epchihuahuas) June 25, 2021
Patrick Kivlehan continues to shine in Triple-A, going 4-for-5 in the game with three extra-base hits. He owns a .969 OPS so far this season in the PCL and is red hot currently. Luis Campusano, Pedro Florimon, and Matt Batten all recorded two hits in the loss. O’Grady’s homer was his sixth of the season, and he owns a 1.009 OPS so far this 2021 season. The left-handed hitter is seeing time at center field as he makes himself more versatile for the Padres.
San Antonio Missions (Lost 12-10 to Frisco) (23-22 on the season)
Brandon Komar– 4.1 IP, 1 H, 3 K (56 pitches- 36 strikes)
Jack Suwinski– (1-for-3) HR, Run, 3 RBI’s, 2 BB, SB
Kyle Overstreet– (2-for-4) 2B, 2 Runs, 2 RBI’s ,BB, K
CJ Abrams– (2-for-4) 2B, 2 Runs, RBI, BB, 2 SB, K
San Antonio blew a late lead to Frisco on Thursday as the team allowed eight runs to score in the seventh inning. Texas Rangers outfielder David Dahl is in Frisco on a rehab outing, and the left-handed hitter came up big in the Texas League for Frisco. Dahl recorded two hits in the seventh for the Rough Riders and went 3-for-5 on the night. The Rough Riders set a new high for hits and runs in a game this 2021 season. Jordan Humphreys allowed three earned runs on five hits in an inning and a third of work. Brandon Komar relieved him and threw four and one-third shutout innings for San Antonio. Dylan Rheault and Fred Schlichtholz combined to allow eight earned runs. Rheault coughed up seven and only recorded two outs. Olivier Basabe came out of the pen in the seventh inning for the Missions throwing in the high 70’s. The right-handed infielder recorded four outs and even struck out a batter.
Jack Suwinski homered again for the Missions. The left-handed hitter has 13 on the season and sits with a 1.035 OPS so far in 2021 for the Missions. Suwinski is a name to keep an eye on as he continues to develop in the minors. CJ Abrams doubled and scored two runs in the game. Kyle Overstreet and Allen Cordoba earned two hits in the loss. Each Missions starter recorded a hit in the game, with the exception of Eguy Rosario, who went 0-for-4.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Won 9-1 over South Bend) (21-23 on the season)
Moises Lugo– 4 IP, 1 R, 4 BB, 5 K (79 pitches- 45 strikes)
Kelvin Melean– (2-for-5) HR, 2 Runs, 3 RBI’s, 2 K
Justin Lopez– (2-for-4) HR, 2B, 2 Runs, 4 RBI’s, BB, 2 K
Jonny Homza– (1-for-4) Run, RBI
Fort Wayne held the Cubs hitless through the first eight innings of play on a rainy night in South Bend. Cody Tyler, the eldest rostered player on the TinCaps team, was on the mound with a chance to complete the no-no in the ninth. To lead off the frame, the 26-year-old lefty allowed a base hit on a bouncing ball to third baseman Kelvin Melean. The play was slightly controversial as it could have been ruled an error. All the drama ended as the next batter sliced a ball down the right-field line for a clean double. Tyler was able to wiggle out of the jam without allowing a run to score as the TinCaps held on to a 9-1 win.
Fort Wayne blew open a close game in the seventh inning, with eight runs of the Cubs’ pitching staff. Justin Lopez and Kelvin Melean homered for Fort Wayne, and Jonny Homza stayed hot, earning a base hit in four trips. Austin Smith looked good tonight for the TinCaps. A.J. Preller’s first draft pick as the Padres’ general manager was clocked as high as 91-92 mph with his fastball. Smith showed an improved spin on his breaking stuff, and the increased velocity is also a good sign. Smith was sitting in the high 80’s last time we saw him. Ethan Skender left the game with an injury. An update should be available soon on the infielder.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 6-1 over Modesto) (22-23 on the season)
Gabe Morales– 4 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 5 K (74 pitches- 40 strikes)
Brandon Valenzuela– (2-for-4) 2B, 2 Runs, RBI, K
Joshua Mears– (2-for-4) 2B, RBI, 2 K
Euribiel Angeles– (3-for-4) RBI
The Lake Elsinore Storm pitching staff threw a one-hitter on Thursday. Jesus Lugo started the game, and he went two shutout innings. The 23-year-old right-hander gave way to Jason Reynolds, who earned the win for Lake Elsinore. Reynolds only threw one inning of relief, but the 22-year-old was credited with the victory despite giving up the only hit and run of the game for Lake Elsinore. Gabe Morales, Duilio Ochoa, and Chase Walter finished the game for the Storm without allowing a single hit.
Brandon Valenzuela and Joshua Mears with back-to-back knocks to regain the lead and then some!
Good Guys: 3
Literal Nuts: 1 pic.twitter.com/4LpM5p0vQR
— Lake Elsinore Storm Baseball (@Storm_Baseball) June 25, 2021
Offensively, the team was lead by Brandon Valenzuela and Joshua Mears, who went 4-for-8 combined with four runs produced. Euribiel Angeles earned three hits in the win, and Sean Gulibe stole two bases in a 1-for-2 night at the plate. Robert Hassell III was 0-for-4 at the plate with a strikeout.
Friday’s probable pitchers
El Paso- Daniel Camarena (3-2 3.00 ERA)
San Antonio- Reiss Knehr (5-1 3.74 ERA)
Fort Wayne- Anderson Espinoza (0-1 7.88 ERA)
Lake Elsinore- TBD