San Diego Padres affiliate went on Friday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 6-4) (29-23 on the season)
Luis Campusano– (2-for-4)
Eguy Rosario– (2-for-4) SB
Pedro Avila– 4.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 ER (65 pitches- 42 strikes)
C.J. Abrams– (0-for-4) RBI, Run, BB
El Paso held on for a 6-4 win over the Salt Lake Bees. Pedro Avila was credited with the win as the right-hander went 4,1 innings and allowed three earned runs. The curveball specialist came in to relieve Ian Krol, who started the game and went one inning for the Chihuahuas. Avila pitched a game at the major league level and could be useful for the Padres eventually as a long-relief option or a spot-starter.
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Luis Campusano recorded two more hits for El Paso and owns a .920 OPS so far this season in the PCL. The catcher is showing his offensive prowess, but the defense remains a concern for Campusano. The Padres could elect to bring the rookie back in 2022 as he has shown there isn’t much for him to learn (hitting-wise) at the minor league level. Eguy Rosario also went 2-for-4 in the game and is showing an improved eye at the plate. Rosario plays all over the infield and may debut at some point in 2022 if the Padres suffer an injury at the major league level. C.J. Abrams failed to get a hit but made another spectacular play on defense.
San Antonio Missions (Lost 8-4) (26-23 on the season)
Connor Hollis– (3-for-5) Run, K
Chandler Seagle– (3-for-3) RBI, BB
Thomas Milone– (2-for-3) 2B, Run, RBI, BB, K
Lake Bachar– 3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (68 pitches- 39 strikes)
It was a tough night for San Antonio as they could not survive a five-run fifth inning that put Tulsa up for good. Henry Henry was tagged for five runs in 1.1 innings of work on Friday. The right-handed pitcher is having a rough year in which his ERA is north of 8.00 on the year. Lake Bachar was effective but not great in a three-inning stint in which he surrendered two earned runs.
Catcher Chandler Seagle was 3-for-3 in the game, and Connor Hollis recorded three hits and a run in the game. Esteury Ruiz was 0-for-3 in the game but still owns a 1.085 OPS on the year in the Texas League. The Missions look to get in the win column on Saturday after this tough loss.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Won 7-5) (19-30 on the season)
Matthew Acosta– (3-for-5) 2B, 2 RBI
Jack Stronach– (2-for-4) 2B, Run
Brandon Valenzuela– (1-for-4) HR, Run, 3 RBI, 2 K
Ryan Bergert– 4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K (79 pitches- 48 strikes)
The TinCaps survived a late scare on the road but were victorious 7-5. The Loons scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning but could not complete the comeback. Ramon Perez coughed up four runs in 1.1 innings of work for the TinCaps. He was relieved in the ninth by Luke Boyd, who picked up his third save of the year by recording the last out of the inning. Ryan Bergert started the game and struck out eight in 4.1 innings of work. There is a lot to like with Bergert, who is showcasing an ability to strike batters out.
Matthew Acosta continues to show he is undervalued, as the outfielder played centerfield and went 3-for-5 in the game. The TinCaps got bad news before the game as Rober Hassell III was placed on the Covid IL. Expect Acosta to play some more centerfield until Hassel is out. Another Lake Elsinore graduate is off to a great start in the Midwest League as Lucas Dunn homered on Friday for the TinCaps. Brandon Valenzuela smashed a three-run homer and is showing a promising bat to go with s stellar glove behind the plate.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 5-4) (29-20 on the season)
Albert Fabian– (3-for-4) 2B, RBI, K
Jared Alvarez-Lopez– (2-for-4) RBI, 2 K
Kervin Pichardo– (1-for-3) HR, Run, RBI, BB, K
Garrett Hawkins– 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, BB, 9 K (88 pitches- 64 strikes)
The Storm lost a close game on the road to Rancho Cucamonga. Kervin Pichardo homered to lead off the top of the ninth, but Lake Elsinore went 1-2-3 after the round-tripper and lost by one run. Garret Hawkins started the game and was hung with the loss as he gave up four earned runs in 5.1 innings pitched. The right-hander is enjoying a productive year in Lake Elsinore and could earn a promotion eventually to the Midwest League.
Albert Fabian doubled in the loss and recorded three hits on the night. Jared Alvarez-Lopez earned two hits and an RBI.
Saturday’s probable pitchers
El Paso- Aaron Leasher (1-3 5.24 ERA)
San Antonio- Reggie Lawson (0-4 9.34 ERA)
Fort Wayne- Jackson Wolf (2-3 3.77 ERA)
Lake Elsinore- TBD