San Diego Padres affiliates went 2-2 on Friday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 6-4 to Round Rock) (11-14 on the season)
Jesse Scholtens– 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, BB, 8 K (83 pitches- 57 strikes)
Pedro Florimon– (2-for-3) HR, 3 RBIs, Run, K
Brian O’Grady– (1-for-4) 2B, RBI, K
Ivan Castillo– (1-for-4) Run, 2 K
Right-hander Jesse Scholtens struck out eight batters on Friday, but El Paso could not provide enough run support for the win. Scholtens was handed the loss in the game as the Express bullpen threw five scoreless frames against the Chihuahuas. After starter Brock Burke was pulled, the unit failed even to allow a baserunner to El Paso. Three relievers combined to strike out seven batters as the Chihuahuas lost to Round Rock. Pedro Florimon drove in three with a homer in a 2-for-3 night at the plate. Brian O’Grady and Ivan Castillo each recorded a hit in the game, and Patrick Kivlehan was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in the loss.
San Antonio Missions (Lost to Springfield 6-3) (13-15 on the season)
Caleb Boushley– 5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K (83 pitches- 55 strikes)
Jose Azocar– (2-for-4) 3B, 2 Runs, RBI, 2 K
Chandler Seagle– (1-for-3) HR, RBI, Run, CS
Kyle Overstreet– (2-for-3) BB
Caleb Boushley started the game for San Antonio, and he went five strong, but the bullpen could not hold the lead for the right-hander. The 27-year-old Boushley looked sharp, striking out six in the game. Dylan Rheault, Nick Kuzia, and Fred Schlichtholz all gave up runs on the night. Kuzia was charged with the loss and blown save as he allowed two earned runs in his lone inning of relief. Offensively, the Missions got a solo homer from catcher Chandler Seagle, but little else. The team was 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. Jose Azocar and Kyle Overstreet each recorded two hits. CJ Abrams went 0-for-4 with an RBI in the loss.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Win over Cedar Rapids 4-3) (13-14 on the season)
Matt Waldron– 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 5 K (79 pitches- 54 strikes)
Luis Almanzar– (2-for-4) 3B, Run
Justin Lopez– (1-for-2) 2 BB, Run, SB
Tirso Ornelas– (1-for-3) BB, K
Right-handed pitcher Matt Waldron made a start for the TinCaps, and he pitched well in the game. Waldron allowed two earned runs on six hits, striking out five batters in the game. The 24-year-old right-hander didn’t factor in the decision, but his bullpen was able to hold the Kernels in check. Felix Minjarez went two, allowing one earned run, and Sam Williams earned the win after throwing a scoreless 8th inning. Carter Loewen earned his 7th save of the year for Fort Wayne. A Kelvin Melean sac-fly put the TinCaps up in the 8th inning. Luis Almanzar went 2-for-4 in the game and owns a .763 OPS so far this season. Almanzar was drafted as a middle infielder but has put on some size and been playing first base this season in the Midwest League. Justin Lopez walked twice and scored a run for the TinCaps.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Win over Stockton 5-4) (12-16 on the season)
Levi Thomas– 4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, BB, 5 K (81 pitches- 51 strikes)
Sean Guilbe– (3-for-4) RBI, Run
Jarryd Dale– (3-for-5) Run
Brandon Valenzuela– (2-for-5) K
22-year-old Levi Thomas started the game and went four solid innings for the Storm. The 4th round pick in 2020 owns a 5.14 ERA so far this season in the California League. Ruben Galindo relieved Thomas and went four innings for the win. The 20-year-old from Colombia struck out three batters in four innings of work. Michell Miliano earned the save for Lake Elsinore as he got through the 9th inning to record his first save of the year. Miliano struck out the side and has looked really good this season pitching out of the pen. Sean Guilbe and Jarryd Dale recorded three hits in the win. Dale owns a .758 OPS and is playing a lot of first base for the Storm after being drafted as a middle infielder from Australia.
Saturday’s probable pitchers
El Paso- TBD
San Antonio- Osvaldo Hernandez (0-2 8.00 ERA)
Fort Wayne- Gabe Mosser (1-1 4.03 ERA)
Lake Elsinore- TBD