Padres Down on the Farm: June 30 (Kollar, Lowe dominate in starts)


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

Here’s a recap of the day’s events.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 14-3 vs Round Rock) (34-47 on the season)
Oscar Mercado – (1-for-3) Two-Run Home Run
Clay Dungan – (1-for-4) Run Scored
Jhony Brito – 2.2 IP, 2 H. 4 R, 2 BB, 0 K (51 pitches, 34 strikes)

In his first start of the season, Jhony Brito retired the first six batters he faced but would run into trouble in the third inning. Allowing two singles and two walks to make the score 2-1, Brito was relieved with one out in the third, and reliever Josh Roberson allowed a three-run homer to make the score 5-1. The Chihuahuas’ bullpen imploded, allowing ten runs. Tommy Nance surrendered three runs in 0.2 innings, and recent signee Nabil Crismatt allowed three runs in 1.1 innings.

Nate Mondou opened the scoring in the game with a first-inning sac fly, his 41st RBI of the season. The only other scoring would come on a fifth-inning two-run home run by Oscar Mercado, his 11th of the season. Cal Mitchell and Jose Azocar would each double, but the team’s five total hits and 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position did not present the ability to erase the deficit.


San Antonio Missions (Won 10-1 vs Midland) (35-39 on the season)
Cole Cummings – (2-for-4) Two Doubles, Two RBI
Brandon Valenzuela – (2-for-5) Double, Two RBI
Jared Kollar – 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K (77 pitches, 59 strikes)

The Missions offense certainly rang the bell, as they scored ten runs against the Midland RockHounds. Brandon Valenzuela wrapped up his scorching month of June with two RBI in the game, including an RBI double. Cole Cummings would record two doubles in the ballgame, and Robert Perez Jr also posted a two-hit game.

On the mound, Jared Kollar’s dominant June continued with his yet another six-inning outing. Kollar tossed six shutout innings, striking out five and walking one. The right-hander now has a 3.03 ERA in 29.2 innings in June, with a 31-to-8 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Carter Loewen allowed a run in the ninth for only the second time in eight outings, covering 11.2 innings.


Fort Wayne TinCaps (Won 5-1 vs Dayton) (31-44 on the season)
Anthony Vilar – (2-for-4) RBI
Jay Beshears – (1-for-3) Double
Braden Nett – 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (41 pitches, 31 strikes)

Braden Nett pitched his finest outing of the season, tossing four scoreless innings with no base runners allowed. Nett effectively sequenced his pitches, throwing 75% of his pitches for strikes and recording seven swings-and-misses. The Padres’ No. 16 prospect has started slow this season, but this game marked his start of more than two innings since April 28. Bradgley Rodriguez tossed two scoreless frames to close out the game, his fifth consecutive appearance covering two innings.

While the TinCaps offense only managed five hits, a combination of six walks and productive outs allowed the team to take a 2-0 lead after five innings. Homer Bush Jr walked twice and scored two runs, also doubling in the game. Anthony Vilar had the team’s lone RBI hit, and Romeo Sanabria recorded two RBI as well. Ethan Salas went 0-for-3 with a walk in the game.


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Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 5-4 vs Rancho Cucamonga) (37-36 on the season)
J.D. Gonzalez – (2-for-4) Two-RBI Single
Leodalis De Vries – (2-for-5) Two-Singles, Stolen Base
Isaiah Lowe – 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K (79 pitches, 54 strikes)

Right-hander Isaiah Lowe continued his breakout season with yet another quality start. The Storm’s starting pitcher allowed two runs on four hits, striking out seven batters. Lowe continues to show improvements in his command as the season progresses, which bodes well for the right-hander’s development. Reliever Will Varmette was dealt the loss, allowing three runs over the final three frames.

J.D. Gonzalez and Leodalis De Vries both recorded multi-hit games, with Gonzalez driving in two of the Storm’s five runs. Jose Sanabria and Chase Valentine each delivered RBI singles in the game, and Alain Camou notched two hits of his own. The team went 3-for-8 with runners in scoring position in the loss, striking out eleven total times in the game.




DSL Padres Gold: OFF DAY


DSL Padres Brown: OFF DAY


Saturday’s Probable Pitchers:
El Paso: No Game
San Antonio: Raul Brito (2-1, 3.27 ERA)
Fort Wayne: TBD
Lake Elsinore: TBD
ACL: No Game
DSL Brown: TBD

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