San Diego Padres affiliates were 3-1 on Thursday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 6-3 over Round Rock) (11-13 on the season)
Daniel Camarena – 6 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 5 K, 2 BB
Luis Campusano – (3-for-4) 2 2B, 2 R, RBI
Nick Tanielu – (3-for-4) 2B, R, 2 RBI
John Andreoli – (1-for-5) 3B, 2 RBI
El Paso starter Daniel Camarena allowed three runs on three hits in his sixth start of the season, one of his better efforts of the season. In his season-high six innings, Camarena struck out five and walked two against a potent Round Rock offense.
After a quiet night early on for the Chihuahua’s offense, they found themselves down 3-1, heading into the seventh inning. After scoring on an error in the top half of the seventh, El Paso trailed the Express Box by a run, 3-2.
With two outs and a runner on first, catcher Luis Campusano capped off a strong night at the plate with a game-tying RBI double, scoring Patrick Kivlehan. The double was Capusano’s second of the night and third hit overall.
Following the double, third-baseman Nick Tanielu kept the rally going with an RBI single to give El Paso their first lead of the night, 4-3. The single was Tanielu’s third hit of the night, matching Campusano. A two-run triple in the ninth by John Andreoli capped off the comeback for El Paso, giving them the 6-3 win.
San Antonio Missions (Won 9-1 over Springfield) (13-14 on the season)
Adrian Martinez – 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 6 K, 0 BB
Esteury Ruiz – (2-for-4) 3 R, BB, K
CJ Abrams – (1-for-3) RBI, R, SB
Jack Suwinski – (1-for-3) 2 RBI, 2 BB, R
The San Antonio Missions defeated the Springfield Cardinals 9-1 for a second straight victory. The road victory was an impressive one for San Antonio, including a dominant performances from the pitchers.
Missions’ starter Adrian Martinez had his strongest outing of the season, striking out six over six in six innings of one-run baseball. Martinez teamed with relievers Henry Henry and Fred Schlichtholz to only allow five hits and one run while striking out seven and walking none.
Center fielder Jack Suwinski had a strong night at the plate, driving in two and reaching base three times, giving him a hit in eight of his last ten games.
Padres’ top prospect CJ Abrams continued to show signs of full health with his second straight game stealing a base.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Won 8-6 over Cedar Rapids) (12-14 on the season)
Ethan Elliott – 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 9 K, 1 BB
Jonny Homza – (2-for-4) 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB
Kelvin Alarcon – (1-for-3) 3B, 2 RBI, BB
Austin Smith – 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 3 K, BB
Ethan Elliot has been a force for the TinCaps early on in their season, making himself into a household name in the minor league world. The strong first month for Elliot earned the left-hander High-A Central Pitcher of the Month recognition after a sizzling May.
In five starts totaling 24.2 innings, the 10th round draft pick led the league with 38 Ks (42% of all batters), a .131 opponents’ batting average, and a 0.69 WHIP. He has been a noteworthy prospect in the Padres’ system (East Village Times’ profile on Elliot from 2020) since being drafted, and his May numbers show why.
On Thursday evening against Cedar Rapids, Elliot once again impressed. In a season-high six innings of work, the lefty allowed only two runs on four hits, walking one and striking out nine.
Fort Wayne catcher Jonny Homza led the offense with two hits and two RBI, extending his hit streak to 10 games. Homza had a multi-hit game for the second straight night, bumping the 21-year-old up to a .235 average.
With an 8-2 lead in the ninth inning, TinCaps’ reliever Sam Keating allowed a grand slam that cut the lead to 8-6. Keating would close the game out after the early struggles, however, giving Fort Wayne their second straight win.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 5-4 to Stockton) (11-16 on the season)
Carlos Guarate – 5 IP, 3 H, 2 K, 0 R
Jordy Barley – (2-for-5) 2B, HR, 3 RBI
Jarryd Dale – (2-for-4) 3 SB, 2 K
Gilberto Vizcarra – (3-for-4) 2B, RBI, R
The Storm dropped a tough one to Stockton Thursday night, losing 5-4 in 10 innings. Storm starting pitcher Carlos Guarate was excellent over five innings, shutting out the Ports while giving up only three hits. It is the second straight start for Guarate in which he has gone at least five innings while allowing no runs.
Leadoff hitter and shortstop Jordy Barley led the offense with a stellar performance. Barley had an RBI double in the fifth inning, followed by a two-run home run in the seventh, temporarily giving the Storm a 4-1 lead.
Unfortunately, the bullpen could not hold the lead for Guarate and Barley, allowing Stockton to tie the game with two runs in the bottom half of the seventh and a run in the eighth. Tied 4-4 in the 10th inning, Storm reliever Ramon Perez walked in the winning run for the Ports and gave the Storm a tough 5-4 loss.
Friday’s probable pitchers
El Paso- Jesse Scholtens (2-1, 3.32 ERA)
San Antonio- TBD
Fort Wayne- Matt Waldron (2-1, 2.81 ERA)
Lake Elsinore- TBD