Padres Down on the Farm: June 28 (Ornelas hits slam in EP)

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Padres Down on the Farm
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San Diego Padres affiliates went 2-5 on Friday.

Here’s a recap of the day’s events.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 10-0 vs Round Rock) (34-45 on the season)
Tirso Ornelas – (1-for-5) Grand Slam
Clay Dungan – (1-for-4) Two-RBI Triple
Sean Reynolds – 3 IP, 1 H. 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K (51 pitches, 34 strikes)

In a bullpen game, Sean Reynolds shoved for the Chihuahuas, tossing his best start of the season. The tall right-hander delivered three shutout innings, striking out four and walking one. Command has been an issue this season for the 6’8” Reynolds, but this outing provides optimism for improvement. Kevin Kopps tossed a scoreless frame on nine pitches, and Glenn Otto (recently optioned to AAA) struck out four in two innings.

Tirso Ornelas continued his recent hot streak with a first-inning grand slam, his tenth homer of the season. The Padres’ No. 25 prospect has hit .385 over his last ten games, with five homers and 14 RBI. Chandler Seagle drove in two runs on two hits, and Clay Dungan hit a two-RBI triple as the team went 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position in the win.


San Antonio Missions (Won 5-3 vs Midland) (32-37 on the season)
Ray-Patrick Didder – (1-for-4) Go-Ahead Three-Run Home Run
Brandon Valenzuela – (1-for-5)
Victor Lizarraga – 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 7 K (88 pitches, 54 strikes)

A go-ahead three-run home run by Ray-Patrick Didder gave the Missions a lead they kept through the end of the game. Didder’s three-run blast was his sixth of the season, and it was the blow the Missions had to give. Cole Cummings and Connor Hollis each doubled as part of a multi-hit game, with Hollis driving in two runs for the team. Despite a 25% success rate with runners in scoring position (4-for-16), the Missions’ bats did just enough for their pitching to lead to victory.

Victor Lizarraga was the story of the game, as the Padres’ No. 10 prospect continued to show his consistency. The right-hander went six strong innings, allowing three runs on six hits. The right-hander, while not possessing the most overpowering arsenal, delivered yet another quality outing this season, punching out seven batters (his third-highest tally of the season). He ends the month of June with a 3.49 ERA in 28.1 innings across five starts. Raul Brito struck out three in two innings of work, and Ethan Routzahn tossed a scoreless ninth, his eighth scoreless outing in nine appearances this month.


Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 4-3 vs Dayton) (30-43 on the season)
Kai Murphy – (2-for-3) RBI Double
Jay Beshears – (1-for-3) RBI Double
Henry Baez – 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K (92 pitches, 63 strikes)

On the mound for the TinCaps, Henry Baez delivered his strongest outing of the season, throwing seven innings of one-run baseball, striking out seven batters. The most notable aspect of his outing was the walks or lack thereof. Baez did not walk a batter for only the second time this season. This performance capped off an incredible month for Baez, as the right-hander recorded a 1.59 ERA in 22.2 innings this month, striking out 20 against seven walks.

Three doubles drove in runs for the TinCaps, with Jay Beshears, Kai Murphy, and Romeo Sanabria all doubling in the game. Murphy recorded two htis in the game as the team went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Homer Bush Jr singled and stole a base, while Ethan Salas went hitless in the loss.


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Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 8-6 vs Rancho Cucamonga) (36-35 on the season)
J.D. Gonzalez – (2-for-4) RBI Single
Jacob Campbell – (2-for-5) Two-Run Home Run, RBI Single
Ian Koenig – 2.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 0 BB, 3 K (57 pitches, 42 strikes)

Despite living in the strike zone most of his outing, Ian Koenig was torched for six runs in 2.2 innings. While he recorded three strikeouts in the first two innings, the wheels came off in the third as the visiting Rancho Cucamonga Quakes scored six times before Koenig was pulled with two outs in the third. The right-hander had his roughest start of the season and now has a 9.26 ERA in 11.2 innings with the Storm. Left-hander Javier Chacon pitched well in long relief, totaling 3.1 frames of scoreless ball, striking out seven of 14 batters faced.

The offense still packed its thunder, as Jacob Campbell homered for the second time in three games, driving in three runs in the game. J.D. Gonzalez had multiple hits for the first time since June 16 and drove in a run as well. Lake Elsinore would go 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position, but two runs came across on plays in those situations, with a wild pitch and fielding error leading to two runs. Leodalis De Vries did not play in the game.


ACL Padres (Lost 7-2 vs ACL D-Backs) (18-23 on the season)
Colton Vincent – (2-for-4) RBI Double
B.Y. Choi – (2-for-3) Two Runs
Abraham Parra – 2.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 4 K

A difficult start for Abraham Parra set the ACL Padres down early. Parra allowed five runs in the first three innings, not able to escape the third inning. Parra would strike out four batters but walked three and allowed four hits. Parra’s efforts were not aided by a pair of errors by the Padres. Reliever Zac Addikson continued his strong start to the season, tossing 3.1 innings of one-run baseball in relief, and Ruben Salinas hurled 2.1 innings of one-run ball after Parra’s early exit.

B.Y. Choi and Colton Vincent sparked the offense for the Padres, both recording doubles in the loss. Choi scored both Padres runs in the game, and Yendry Rojas drove in the first run of the game. There was not much more offense from the ACL Padres, as the team went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position, stranding five.


DSL Padres Gold (Lost 13-7 vs DSL Rojos) (10-8 on the season)
Alcides Hernandez – (2-for-3) Double, Three RBI
Alexander Garcia – (1-for-4) RBI
Jose De La Rosa – 2.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 1 K

The Padres Gold fell into a five-run hole after three innings, but even after clawing back, the game would escape their grasp. Alcides Hernandez had another strong game for the Padres Gold, going 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI’s. Alexander Garcia would also drive in a run, and three of the Padres Gold’s runs came on bases-loaded walks and hit batters.

Starter Jose De La Rosa had a difficult outing, recording only seven outs and allowing five runs. The Rojos were patient in their approach against the right-hander, and this approach allowed them to generate opportunities at the plate and on the basepaths. Reliever Alexander Agramonte allowed two inherited runners to score while allowing three runs of his own. Darlin Mendez allowed five runs of his own in one inning of work.


DSL Padres Brown (Lost 9-4 vs DSL Royals Ventura) (3-14 on the season)
Juan Martinez – (1-for-3) Two-RBI Double
Dayquer Alfonzo – (2-for-4) RBI Double
Winyer Chourio – 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K

Starter Winyer Chourio dominated in the first four innings of the game, allowing one run on three hits. Chourio did not strike out many, only punching out one batter, but he kept the ball on the ground and in the ballpark, with six of his twelve outs coming on ground balls. Reliever Jose Ortega was pegged with the loss, allowing three runs on no hits, departing with the bases loaded as all three bequeathed runners would come in to score.

The offense put up four runs in the first four, looking to be en route to a win. Juan Martinez drove in two with a double, and Dayquer Alfonzo would have an RBI double of his own in the second inning. The team walked four times and went 1-for-11, with runners in scoring position but unable to score after the fourth inning. Issac Ponce and Kevin Tamburini recorded multi-hit efforts along with Alfonzo in the loss.


Saturday’s Probable Pitchers:
El Paso: Ryan Carpenter (2-5, 8.68 ERA)
San Antonio: Austin Krob (2-4, 5.40 ERA)
Fort Wayne: Dylan Lesko (1-5, 6.12 ERA)
Lake Elsinore: TBD
DSL Brown: TBD

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