With everyone except the Double-A Amarillo Sod Poodles in action on Wednesday, San Diego Padres affiliates went 5-2.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas: Lost 5-4 (48-30 on the season)
The Chihuahuas dropped a tough one to the Sacramento River Cats but remained atop the PCL Southern division standings. Despite picking up at least one hit from each spot 3-6 in the order, the Chihuahuas were not able to create sustained success with the bats and fell by just a run. Ty France kept beating up PCL pitching with two hits in the night, one of them being his 18th home run of the season that put the Chihuahuas up 2-1 in the first. Just two batters later, Austin Allen would hit a two-run blast of his own to stretch the lead to 4-1. By the fourth, the lead was lost as the River Cats managed to get three runs across on a single up the middle by Henry Ramos that was shortly followed by a pair of errors on the left side of the infield from Seth Mejias-Brean and Luis Urias. The winning run came home for Sacramento in the seventh thanks to a double by Francisco Pena that scored Zach Green.
Dietrich Enns: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 ER, BB, 3 K (97 pitches, 65 strikes)
Gerardo Reyes: IP, H, 3 K (17 pitches, 13 strikes)
Ty France: (2-4) HR, 2 RBI
Austin Allen: (1-3), HR, 2 RBI, BB, SO
Luis Urias: (0-4) BB, SO
Amarillo Sod Poodles (35-39)
Amarillo had an off day and currently sit at 1-5 in the second half and 35-39 overall on the season.
Lake Elsinore Storm: Won 5-1 (40-35 record)
Mackenzie Gore continued his astonishing run in the Cal League with another over powering start against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Gore pitched a shutout through six and two-thirds innings on the mound and managed to lower his season ERA to a minuscule 1.12; he should be very close to a midseason promotion to Amarillo. At the plate, the Storm managed to score in four straight innings, including two on an inside the park homerun by Eguy Rosario that also brought in Gabrial Arias. Heralded prospects Jeisson Rosario, Luis Campusano, and Esteury Ruiz also picked up RBIs of their own in the victory.
Mackenzie Gore: 6.2 IP, 3 H, BB, 9 K, Win, (100 pitches, 63 strikes)
Jordan Guerrero: 2.1 IP, H, 2 K (40 pitches, 26 strikes)
Jeisson Rosario: (1-4) RBI
Eguy Rosario: (2-4) HR, 2 RBI
Luis Campusano: (1-4) 2B, RBI
Fort Wayne TinCaps: Won 9-1 (35-39 on the season)
The TinCaps picked up a big victory in a blowout over the South Bend Cubs, all nine of Fort Wayne’s runs came in the middle innings as they got their bats rolling. Fort Wayne took the lead in the bottom of the fourth as a run came in when Justin Lopez hit into a bases-loaded double play, and another scored on an error by Christoper Morel. The lead was padded in the fifth when Agustin Ruiz hit a grand slam to left center that put the Tin Caps up by six. Fort Wayne’s final two runs were added on in the sixth when Grant Little and Blake Hunt each drove in a run on a double. Joey Cantillo turned in another dominant start for the TinCaps as he kept the Cubs scoreless through his eight innings of work and extended his scoreless inning streak to nineteen. The lone run for South Bend wasn’t scored until Tyler Durna doubled in Brennen Davis with two outs in the ninth off of Matt Brash.
Joey Cantillo: 8 IP, 2 H, 9 K, Win (88 pitches, 63 strikes)
Xavier Edwards: (1-4) BB, 2 Runs
Blake Hunt: (2-4) 2B, Run, RBI, 2 SO
Agustin Ruiz: (2-4) HR, 4 RBI, SO
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Tri-City Dust Devils: Won 5-2 (6-7 on the season_
The Dust Devils picked up the win over the Spokane Indians to move just a game below .500 on the young season. The scoring got started early as both teams put up two runs in the first inning. Tri-City started the game off by bringing the first run in on an error by Spokane second baseman Kenen Irizarry while Jason Pineda was trying to steal second that allowed Reinaldo Ilarraza to advance from third. Pineda himself would score just a few pitches later when Nick Gatewood drove him in with a single. Spokane responded quickly in the bottom half of the inning with a double by Ryan Anderson to drive in Kellen Strahm and advance Tanner Gardner to third. Gardner eventually scored the second run on a ground out. The Dust Devils took the lead for good in the fifth when Matthew Acosta drove in Jordy Barley with a single and Gatewood picked up his second RBI on the night on a sac popup deep in foul territory down the third baseline. The fifth and final run for Tri-City was courtesy of a wild pitch by Juan Castillo in the sixth that allowed Luke Becker to score.
Nick Thwaits: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, Win (83 pitches, 58 strikes)
Jordy Barley: (1-4) 3B, Run, BB, SO, SB
Jason Pineda: (2-5) 2B, Run
Reinaldo Illarraza: (0-2) 3 BB, SO, 2 Runs
Luke Becker: (1-4) Run, SB
AZL Padres 1: Won 8-2 (6-2 on the season)
Led by this year’s first round draft pick CJ Abrams, the AZL Padres 1 squad picked up the victory over Brewers Blue. Abrams had two hits on the night, including a double as he continued the hot start to his professional career. Fellow top draft choice Hudson Head had a double of his own in the seventh inning and notched his second career RBI by driving in Chris Givin. Hudson Potts started the game at third for the Padres and had a pair of hits as he began his rehab stint in Arizona before he presumably returns to Amarillo where he was off to a rough start, hitting just .209 in the first fifty games of the season before going on the IL back on June 2nd. Osvaldo Hernandez got the start as he’s on a rehab stint of his own and threw three solid innings allowing just two hits and walking a single batter.
Osvaldo Hernandez: 3 IP, 2 H, BB, 4 K (25 pitches, 18 strikes)
CJ Abrams: (2-4) 2B, 2 Runs, RBI
Hudson Potts: (2-2) Run
Hudson Head: (1-4) RBI, SO
Joshua Mears: (0-2) 2 BB, Run
AZL Padres 2: Won 12-5 (5-3 on the season)
AZL Padres 2 also got the win against the AZL Dodgers Lasorda in a high scoring affair. The Padres hit three home runs, including a pair by center fielder Angel Solarte in the fourth and sixth innings, each with a runner on. Four other Padres had RBIs in the game including three from first baseman Emmanuel Guerra thanks to his double in the third and homer in the sixth, each driving in Kelvin Alarcon. Twenty-year-old lefty Gabriel Morales pitched five solid innings for the Padres giving up just a single run while striking out six Dodgers batters. The high powered Padres offense forced the Dodgers to send six pitchers to the mound tonight with Jose Rodulfo bearing the brunt of the onslaught as he allowed nine runs to score, including seven in the third inning.
Gabriel Morales: 5 IP, 5 H. ER, BB, 6 K, Win (35 pitches, 31 strikes)
Ripkin Reyes: (1-3) Run, 2 BB
Angel Solarte: (2-5) 2 HR, 3 RBI, Run
Emmanuel Guerra: (2-4) 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 SO
Kelvin Alarcon: (2-5) 2 Runs, 2 SO
Dominican Summer League Padres: Lost 4-1 (11-11 on the season)
The DSL Padres took a tough 4-1 loss as they struggled to get the bats going for much of the game. The D-Backs managed to get three runs off Padres starter Abismael Paulino. All three of those runs came across in the third inning thanks to a two-run triple by Juan Batista that was shortly followed up by a sac-fly from Endy Estrada that drove Batista in. The Padres sole run was scored in the eighth on a sac-fly of their own as Carlos Vergara flew out the Estrada in left, bringing in Alex Ramirez.
Abismael Paulino: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 K (26 pitches, 25 strikes)
Euribiel Angeles: (1-4)
Willmert Paula: (1-4), 3 SO
Alex Ramirez: (2-3) Run, SO
Amarillo- TBD vs. Christian Javier (3-2 2.36 ERA)
Lake Elsinore- TBD vs. TBD
Tri-City- Ignacio Feliz (0-1 4.15 ERA) vs. TBD
AZL Padres 1- OFF
AZL Padres 2- OFF
DSL Padres- TBD vs. DSL Blue Jays
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