Padres Down on the Farm: June 4 (Lizarraga pitches well in FW/Plawecki homers for EP/Pauley doubles twice for LE)

Credit: Lake Elsinore Storm

Credit: EVT Farm

San Diego Padres affiliates went 1-3 on Sunday.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 7-6) (26-31 on the season)

Jose Azocar– (2-for-5) 2B, SB, Run, RBI

Kevin Plawecki– (3-for-4) HR, 2B, 2 Runs, RBI

Preston Tucker-(2-for-3) RBI, 2 BB

Matt Waldron– 6 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (91 pitches- 61 strikes)


Las Vegas just edged the Chihuahuas on Sunday in a 7-6 game. Two runs in the ninth inning off Angel Felipe were the difference as he blew his third save for El Paso this season. Felipe owns a 7.20 ERA this season in the PCL. Matt Waldron started the game and was in line for the win after going six innings and allowing five earned runs. Nabil Crismatt pitched a scoreless inning in relief, and Moises Lugo did as well in the loss.

Veteran catcher Kevin Plawecki homered and doubled in the loss for El Paso. Plawecki owns a .956 OPS since being signed by the Padres a few weeks ago. He may see time in the majors if Austin Nola continues to struggle. Preston Tucker earned two hits in the game, and Jose Azocar went 2-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base. El Paso was 5-for-11 with runners in scoring position in the game.


San Antonio Missions (Lost 8-7) (27-24 on the season)

Ripken Reyes– (2-for-4) Run, 3 RBIs, 2 SB’s

Michael De La Cruz– (3-for-4) Run, RBI

Cole Cummings– (1-for-4) HR, RBI, Run

Nolan Watson– 3.2 IP, 8 H, 7 ER. 3 BB (67 pitches- 43 strikes)


San Antonio went down 1-2-3 in the ninth and lost 8-7 to Frisco on the road. Nolan Watson started the game and was shelled, allowing seven earned runs in 3.2 innings pitched. San Antonio had an early lead, but the five-run fourth inning was too much for the Missions. Henry Henry pitched a scoreless inning in relief, and Jason Blanchard pitched two innings of scoreless innings.

The team was led with the bats by Michael De La Cruz, who went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. USD product Ripken Reyes stole two bases and drove in three runs in the loss. Reyes owns a .749 OPS this season in the Texas League. Cole Cummings slammed his fourth homer of the year in the game and has a .954 OPS so far this season.


Fort Wayne TinCaps (Won 8-2) (22-29 on the season)

Justin Farmer– (3-for-4) Run, K

Jakob Marsee– (2-for-4) Run, 2 RBI, SB, K

Kervin Pichardo– (2-for-4) Run, RBI, K

Victor Lizarraga– 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, BB, 2 K (66 pitches- 45 strikes)


Fort Wayne got off to an early lead and beat South Bend at home on Sunday. Victor Lizarraga pitched well, going five innings and allowing one earned run on 66 pitches. The San Diego-Tijuana native owns a 4.83 ERA so far in the Midwest League. Alan Mundo and Matt Lincoln relieved Lizarraga, and they failed to allow a run in three innings pitched.

Justin Farmer led the team offensively as the outfielder went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Jakob Marsee stole his 16th base of the season and recorded two hits in the process. Kervin Pichardo also earned two hits in the win. Jackson Merrill went 0-for-3 with a run scored and a walk on Sunday and is hitting .264 on the season.


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Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 7-5) (26-22 on the season)

Graham Pauley– (2-for-5) 2 2B, 3 K

Samuel Zavala– (1-for-2) 2 Runs, 3 BB, 2 SB’s, K

Rosman Verdugo– (2-for-4) 2 2B, 4 RBI’s BB, K

Miguel Mendez– 4 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, BB, 2 K (72 pitches- 42 strikes)


Lake Elsinore lost 7-5 on Sunday in the final game of their series with the Rawhide.  For Lake Elsinore, 20-year-old Miguel Mendez started the game and allowed three earned runs in four innings pitched. David Morgan took the loss, pitching in relief for the Storm. The reliever coughed up four earned runs in 1.2 innings pitched. That four-run seventh inning was enough for Visalia as their bullpen shut down Lake Elsinore.

Samuel Zavala stole two bases and walked three times in the game. The left-handed hitter continues to show impressive plate discipline at an early age. Graham Pauley doubled twice and is hitting .327 on the season with a .918 OPS. Shortstop Rosman Verdugo doubled twice and drove in four runs in the loss. The Storm were 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position, and that was a factor in the loss.


Scheduled starting pitchers for Monday

El Paso- OFF

San Antonio- OFF

Fort Wayne- OFF

Lake Elsinore- OFF

AZL Padres- TBD

DSL Padres- TBD

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