All minor league affiliates for the San Diego Padres achieved victory on Saturday.
The San Antonio Missions did not play due to several positive COVID-19 tests amongst Missions players and coaches.
Below is a recap of how the teams performed.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 5-4) (30-23 on the season)
Luis Campusano: (2-for-5) 3 RBIs, 2B
Luis Liberato: (3-for-3) HR, 3B, Run, 2 RBIs, 2 BB
C.J. Abrams: (1-for-5) 2 Runs, SB
Reiss Knehr: Win, 2 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 K (31 pitches – 15 strikes)
It took a comeback, but El Paso was able to snag another victory away from the Salt Lake Bees. Starting for the Chihuahuas was Aaron Leasher, who was only able to last three innings after giving up three runs on three hits and four walks. Two of the three hits from Salt Lake were home runs, both of the solo variety.
Down by two heading into the top of the eighth inning, El Paso began their comeback. With two runners in scoring position, Campusano lined a single to center field to drive both runners in. With the game tied, Liberato slapped his seventh home run to right-center field to give El Paso the lead and, shortly after, the win.
San Antonio Missions (26-23) (Did not play)
Due to multiple positive COVID tests within the Missions clubhouse, the game against the Tulsa Drillers was canceled.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Won 8-7) (20-30 on the season)
Lucas Dunn: (2-for-4) HR, 4 RBIs, Run, BB
Matthew Acosta: (1-for-3) HR, RBI, 2 Runs, 2 BB, SB
Olivier Basabe: (2-for-3) HR, RBI, 2 Runs, BB, K, SB
Nick Thwaits: Win, 3.1 IP, 2 H, 3 K (40 pitches – 29 strikes)
Fort Wayne got off to a hot start against the Great Lake Loons by scoring six runs in the first two innings. Lucas Dunn’s grand slam in the first inning catapulted the TinCaps into the lead. Two more runs were driven in by Jarryd Dale and Brandon Valenzuela to pad their lead.
However, the Loons got to starter Jackson Wolf in the third inning with three runs in the third inning, a run in the fourth, and two more in the fifth. Great Lakes nearly overtook Fort Wayne in the bottom of the ninth, but Gabe Morales buckled down to secure his first save of the season.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 3-2) (30-20 on the season)
Albert Fabian: (1-for-3) Run, BB
Jared Alvarez-Lopez: (1-for-3) RBI, Run, BB, 2 K
Kervin Pichardo: (1-for-4) RBI, 2B, 2 K
Victor Lizarraga: Win, 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (79 pitches – 50 strikes)
While it was a low-scoring affair, Lake Elsinore did just enough to win on the road against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Two of the three Storm runs came in the second inning on an RBI single from Jared Alvares-Lopez, and an RBI double from Kervin Pichardo.
A fielding error by the Quakes allowed what became the winning run to cross the plate in the third inning.
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Sunday’s Probable Pitchers
El Paso – TBD
San Antonio – TBD
Fort Wayne – Noel Vela (2-2, 2.43 ERA)
Lake Elsinore – TBD
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