The San Diego Padres, minor league affiliates, went 3-4 on Thursday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 4-2 to Albuquerque) (33-44 on the season)
Nolan Watson: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 5 K (92 pitches, 59 strikes)
Jantzen Witte: (2-for-4), HR, 2 RBI, R
Luis Liberato: (1-for-4), 2B, K
Matt Batten: (1-for-3), R, BB
The El Paso Chihuahuas jumped out to an early lead, with Jantzen Witte’s first-inning homer putting them ahead 2-0. However, that was all that the Chihuahuas could muster at the plate. That left plenty of work for Nolan Watson, who struggled in the first inning. He gave a run back to the Isotopes before allowing a third-inning homer to tie the game at two. Albuquerque took the lead in the fifth inning, and their bullpen was dominant, putting up five scoreless innings.
San Antonio Missions (Won 3-2 vs. Frisco) (38-33 on the season)
Daniel Camarena: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K (81 pitches, 47 strikes)
Juan Fernandez: (2-for-4), 2B, RBI, R
Daniel Johnson: (2-for-4), 2 SB
Ray-Patrick Didder: (1-for-3), 2 RBI, BB, 2 K
A three-run third inning and a solid pitching performance from Daniel Camarena earned San Antonio a win on Thursday night. Camarena pitched five innings of one-run ball, surrendering just three hits to the Roughriders. However, he actually left the game in line for the loss, as San Antonio hadn’t scored in the first five innings. Juan Fernandez singled to tie the game at one before Ray-Patrick Didder came up with a two-out, two-strike, two-run double to put the Missions up by a pair. While Frisco did manage to halve their deficit against closer Alek Jacob, they couldn’t stop him from recording his fifth save of the season.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Won 9-2 vs. Lake County) (35-35 on the season)
Austin Krob: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K (95 pitches, 56 strikes)
Graham Pauley: (3-for-5), 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R, K
Marcos Castanon: (2-for-5), HR, RBI, 2 R, K
Lucas Dunn: (1-for-3), HR, RBI, R, BB
It was a big day for the Fort Wayne offense, as they produced nine runs, eight of which came via the long ball. Graham Pauley blasted two homers in the win, driving in five batters. Marcos Castanon, Lucas Dunn, and Jakob Marsee all also went deep in the game. Fort Wayne was helped by a solid performance from Austin Krob in his A+ debut. The young southpaw gave up just two runs in five strong innings. Pauley’s first homer was a three-run shot in the first inning before his second homer was part of a four-run fifth inning that iced the game for the TinCaps.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 6-2 to Inland Empire) (33-36 on the season)
Henry Baez: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 7 K (84 pitches, 53 strikes)
Ethan Salas: (1-for-4), HR, RBI, R, K
Samuel Zavala: (1-for-4), 2B, RBI
Oswaldo Linares: (1-for-4), 2B, R
It was a frustrating and sloppy game for the Storm, as they surrendered six runs, all of which were unearned. Their four errors allowed the 66ers to jump out into an early lead before adding some late insurance. It was a good day for Ethan Salas, as the 18-year-old smashed a sixth-inning homer. It’s his second home run as a professional as he attempts to escape a slump. Henry Baez didn’t allow an earned run in his five innings of work, but a two-out error in the second inning preceded three straight singles for the 66ers, helping them to the win.
DSL Padres Gold (Won 24-5 vs. DSL Blue Jays) (11-6 on the season)
Oliver Carrillo: (3-for-5), 2 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R, BB, 2 K
Ismael Javier: (4-for-5), 3B, 2B, 5 RBI, 3 R, BB, SB
Nestor Chevalier: (3-for-5), HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB, 2 K
Jesus Castro: (4-for-6), 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB
It was an offensive explosion for the DSL Padres Gold, as they posted 24 runs. Oliver Carrillo hit two homers, four players had at least three hits, and the Padres walked 13 times in the win. It wasn’t just an offensive showing, as Johan Moreno pitched five innings of shutout, three-hit baseball. He struck out five, getting plenty of run support. The Padres scored seven runs in the fourth and eight more in the fifth before adding eight again in the seventh. All nine starters scored runs in the win, as the Padres produced a complete domination and immolation of the Blue Jays.
DSL Padres Brown (Lost 8-4 to DSL Orioles Orange) (8-9 on the season)
Alexander Agramonte: 3.1 IP, 6 H, 7 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 1 K
Jose Cordero: (1-for-2), 2B, RBI, 2 BB, K
Luis De Leon: (1-for-1), R, 2 BB
Ramses Velazquez: (1-for-3), 2 K
It was a horrendous effort on defense for the DSL Padres Brown, as they made seven errors in just six defensive innings. All eight runs scored by the Orioles were unearned, with seven of them coming in the fourth innings. The Padres jumped into a four-run lead, scoring a pair of runs in each of the first two innings, but that was all they produced on offense. That meant that the Orioles’ barrage in the fourth inning was enough to propel them to the win.
ACL Padres (Lost 11-1 to ACL Mariners) (9-10 on the season)
Lamar King Jr: (2-for-3), 2 BB, SB
Yendry Rojas: (1-for-3), R, BB, SB, 2 K
Alain Camou: (1-for-4), 2B
Carlos Rodriguez: (1-for-3), BB
The Mariners routed the Padres on Thursday night, as none of the Padres’ pitchers could stop the Mariners batters. It was a good day for Lamar King Jr, as he reached base four times and stole a base in the win. Yendry Rojas also swiped a bag for the Padres, scoring the only run for San Diego in the seventh inning. He was brought in by Carlos Rodriguez, making the score 6-1. However, the Mariners added on late, scoring five times across the final two frames.
El Paso: TBD
San Antonio: Jared Kollar (5-0, 1.67 ERA in Fort Wayne)
Fort Wayne: Adam Mazuer (3-0, 1.72 ERA) and Bodi Rascon (2-2, 4.97 ERA)
Lake Elsinore: TBD
DSL Gold: TBD
DSL Brown: TBD
Sam is a Senior in High School. He has been writing for three years, and started at EVT in June of 2021. He’s headed to Syracuse’s Newhouse School of Communications in the fall of 2023.