San Diego Padres affiliates went 1-2 on Saturday as the TinCaps game was suspended due to rain.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 4-3 over Round Rock) (20-24 on the season)
Jerry Keel– 6 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, K (88 pitches- 53 strikes)
Tucupita Marcano– (2-for-3) Run, BB
Brian O’Grady– (2-for-4) HR, Run, 3 RBIs, 2 K, CS
Luis Campusano– (2-for-4) 2B
The Chihuahuas held in a low-scoring game in El Paso on Saturday night. Brian O’Grady drove in a pair with a sharp single in the seventh inning. That was his second hit of the night. The other was the outfielder’s seventh homer of the season in the PCL. The left-handed hitter owns a 1.020 OPS and a .314 batting average for El Paso this season. Patrick Kivlehan stayed hot, slugging his 14th homer of the season in the win and his fourth in four games for the Chihuahuas. The right-handed outfielder is on fire and could be promoted once again to the Padres if they need outfield help. Both O’Grady and Kivlehan are a phone call away. Luis Campusano and Tucupita Marcano both earned two hits in the win,
Left-handed pitcher Jerry Keel will not light up the radar gun, but the big southpaw got the job done for the Chihuahuas. Keel allowed three earned runs on nine hits in six innings of work. He owns a 7.14 ERA so far this season for El Paso. Kyle McGrath earned the win in relief, and Alex Powers pitched a scoreless inning and one-third in the win. Sam McWilliams earned his second save in retiring the last two batters of the game.
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) June 27, 2021
San Antonio Missions (Lost 5-4 to Frisco) (23-24 on the season)
Allen Cordoba– (2-for-4) HR, Run, 3 RBIs, 2 K
Reggie Lawson– 2.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 5 K (55 pitches- 31 strikes)
Adrian Martinez– 5.1 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K (80 pitches- 53 strikes)
Michael Curry– (2-for-4) 2B, Run, 2 K
Mason Fox could not hold the lead for the Missions as they dropped a close game against the Frisco RoughRiders. A wild play ended the game as a Rough Rider runner was interfered with on a double down the left-field line. CJ Abrams was called for the interference as he tripped the go-ahead runner, who was thrown out eventually at home plate. The walk-off win for Frisco came after a three-run homer in the top of the ninth by Allen Cordoba, gave San Antonio a 4-3 lead.
Reggie Lawson started the game for the Missions, and he went 2.2 innings pitched. Lawson allowed a three-run homer in the first inning to the Rangers No. 1 prospect, Josh Jung. Lawson settled down, showing a fastball in the 92-93 mph range with a plus changeup. The spin on the ball is still a work in progress for Lawson as he returns from Tommy John surgery. Adrian Martinez threw well, pitching 5.1 scoreless innings for San Antonio. The right-hander was in line for the win after the dramatic homer by Cordoba in the ninth. Mason Fox blew his first save of the season for the Missions.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (SSPD-RAIN)
Play suspended in the bottom of the third inning with a score of 1-1.
Will resume at 12:05 PM EDT on Sunday with the final game of the series to follow
Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 12-11 to Modesto) (23-24 on the season)
Carlos Guarate– 3.1 IP, 13 H, 10 R, BB, K (79 pitches- 50 strikes)
Euribiel Angeles– (2-for-4) Run, BB
Brandon Valenzuela– (3-for-5) 2B, Run, 2 RBI
Zack Mathis– (2-for-4) 2 Runs, BB, K
The Storm just came up short of a comeback win as the team scored two runs in the ninth but lost by a lone run to Modesto. Jordy Barley grounded out with a runner to end the game in a wild one at the Diamond. Lake Elsinore totaled 11 hits in the win but were 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position on the night. Brandon Valenzuela continues to impress as he went 3-for-5 with a double. The catcher owns a .778 OPS so far this year in the California League. Josh Mears powered his sixth homer of the season over the wall early in the game. The outfielder went 1-for-4 on the night, scoring two runs and driving in two. Robert Hassell III was 1-for-3 on the night with two walks.
Lake Elsinore starting pitcher Carlos Guarate was shelled on Saturday night, and the team could not recover from his poor outing. He allowed 11 runs (10 earned) in three and one-third innings pitched. The 20-year-old is viewed as a top prospect, so there will surely be better days for him.
— Lake Elsinore Storm Baseball (@Storm_Baseball) June 27, 2021
Sunday’s Probable Pitchers
El Paso- TBD
San Antonio- Osvaldo Hernandez (1-3 5.40 ERA)
Fort Wayne- Matt Waldron (2-2 3.59 ERA)
Lake Elsinore- TBD