Padres Down on the Farm: June 30 (CJ Abrams leaves injured for SA/Lake Elsinore throws shutout)
San Diego Padres affiliates were 1-2 on Wednesday. El Paso enjoyed a day off in the PCL.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (22-25 on the season)
San Antonio Missions (Lost 4-0 to Corpus Christie) (23-26 on the season)
Aaron Leasher– 5 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (90 pitches- 53 strikes)
CJ Abrams– (1-for-4)
Jack Suwinski– (1-for-3) BB, 2 K
Joe Beimel– 1 IP, 1 K (11 pitches- 8 strikes)
San Antonio only managed two hits in a 4-0 loss to Corpus Christie on Wednesday. The game’s story was not the loss in the standings, but the potential loss on the field as CJ Abrams went done with an injury. On a ground ball up the middle, Abrams collided with Eguy Rosario. The two infielders hit legs, and CJ Abrams got the worst in the contact. Abrams stayed on the ground for several minutes before being helped off the field. The Padres No. 1 hitting prospect was not putting much pressure on his left leg as he was assisted off the field. More to come on his condition in the coming days. The injury did not look good.
#Padres No. 1 hitting prospect CJ Abrams left tonight’s game after an injury to his left leg. Was not putting much weight on it. pic.twitter.com/MHPu3v7M8U
— James E. Clark 3 (@EVT_JClark) July 1, 2021
Aaron Leashed started the game, and the lefty pitched very well. Leasher only allowed one unearned run in his five innings of work. 43-year-old Joe Beimel pitched a scoreless inning on Wednesday in San Antonio in relief, and he looked good. Currently, eight rostered Missions players were not even born when Beimel made his professional debut in baseball. Beimel has an outside chance to pitch the season for the Padres. There will be two seven-inning games on Thursday between these two teams to make up for a rained-out game on Tuesday.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 8-1 to Great Lakes) (23-26 on the season)
Moises Lugo– 3.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 3 K (77 pitches- 38 strikes)
Kelvin Melean– (2-for-5) SB, K
Ethan Skender– (1-for-3) 3B, Run, BB, K
Ramon Perez– 2 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K (41 pitches- 19 strikes)
The TinCaps managed a late run in the ninth to avoid the shutout but lost an 8-1 game to Great Lakes. Ethan Skelnder tripled and scored in the last inning, and that was practically the only offense that Fort Wayne was able to gather in the game. Skender went 1-for-3 in the loss. Kelvin Melean recorded two of the TinCaps’ five hits in the game. The infielder went 2-for-5 with a stolen base on the night. As a team, the TinCaps were 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
Moises Lugo started the game and allowed four earned runs in 3.2 innings pitched. Lefty Ramon Perez relieved him and failed to allow a hit, but he did walk three batters, and two of the runners scored. Not the best night for the TinCaps’ bullpen, as they allowed four earned runs in the game. Sam Keating made a scoreless appearance though, retiring four batters without allowing a run to score. The right-handed pitcher needed a good performance as he started the year rather slowly for the TinCaps.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Win over Inland Empire 4-0) (24-26 on the season)
Gabe Morales– 4 IP, 2 H, BB, 5 K (58 pitches- 37 strikes)
Jesus Lugo– 3 IP, 1 H, 4 K (33 pitches- 22 strikes)
Euribiel Angeles– (2-for-4) BB, SB
Zack Mathis– (2-for-3) HR, 2 Runs, RBI
The Storm pitching staff threw a shutout on Wednesday night in Lake Elsinore. Jesus Lugo, Gabe Morales, and Duilio Ochoa combined to allow only four hits and one walk on the night. 23-year-old Jesus Lugo started the game and went three solid innings. Gabe Morales relieved him and went four innings, striking out five batters. Duilio Ochoa got the last six out, four by way of the strikeout.
Zack always hacks but if you give him a good pitch, Zack will SMASH#YourHomeTeam pic.twitter.com/Q7rF8UuAXr
— Lake Elsinore Storm Baseball (@Storm_Baseball) July 1, 2021
Zack Mathis homered and went 2for-3 in the win. The 22-year-old has not had much opportunity this year for Lake Elsinore, but he capitalized on Wednesday. The switch-hitter plays third base and second base for Lake Elsinore and was signed in 2020 as a minor league free agent. Euribiel Angeles continued his hot hitting as he went 2-for-4 on Wednesday with a stolen base. The 19-year-old is not talked about much, but he has consistently hit throughout the minors. Angeles is a high-IQ player with a plus skillset. Jordy Barley homered in the win, batting out of the leadoff spot for the Storm. The homer was Barley’s seventh of the season as he continues to show improved power at the plate.
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Thursday’s Probable Pitchers
El Paso- TBD
San Antonio- Game 1 Reiss Knehr (5-1 4.29 ERA)—- Game 2 TBD
Fort Wayne- Anderson Espinoza (0-1 6.63 ERA)
Lake Elsinore- TBD
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