The San Diego Padres affiliates went 0-3 on Sunday. San Antonio had their game canceled. And the Fort Wayne TinCaps only played five innings due to the weather.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 5-6) (30-24 on the season)
Kyle Tyler – 2.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, BB, SO
Matthew Batten – (2-for-5) HR, 2 R, RBI
Brett Sullivan – (3-for-5) 2B, R, 2 RBIs, SO
Luis Liberato – (2-for-4) 2B, RBI, BB, SO
The El Paso Chihuahuas nearly had the late-game comeback secured. In the ninth inning, they took advantage of two errors. Brett Sullivan had a two-run double. Later, Luis Liberto walked with the bases loaded. The second error of the inning scored Sullivan. Then they had runners on second and third with two outs. Unfortunately, Kevin Alarcon grounded out to end the game. How did the Chihuahuas get there?
It was a bullpen game for El Paso. They used eight pitchers, and almost all of them had clean outings. The big blowup came from Kyle Tyler. He was on the bump for the third and fourth innings. Right away, he got lit up by the Salt Lake Bees. The first run came after surrendering three straight hits. Then David McKinnon topped it off with a two-run home run. This game, the Bees an early 5-0 lead. Despite getting roughed up, he settled down in the fourth inning and worked a clean inning.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 8-0) (20-31 on the season)
Noel Vela – 1.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 3 SO
Brandon Valenzuela – (0-for-1) BB
Angel Solarte – (0-for-1) BB
Early in the season, Noel Vela looked unhittable. Over his last few starts, he has been a very different pitcher. Today he a let a first-inning double score for the first blemish of the day. He quickly dropped off in the second inning. Immediately he allowed a leadoff tripled, followed by a double to score the runner. Another single put runners on the corners. Then a Lucas Dunn error allowed one run to score. That wasn’t the last of it. He would allowed a double and two more walks before he was mercifully pulled from the game.
The offense couldn’t back him up at all. They failed to record a single hit in the weather-shortened game. Their only highlights are the two walks recorded by Brandon Valenzuela and Angel Solarte.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 6-2) (30-21 on the season)
Jesus Gonzalez – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO
Justin Farmer – (1-for-4) HR, R, RBI, SO
Cole Cummings – (0-for-2) 2 BB, 2 SO, SB
Nerwilian Cedeno – (1-for-4) 2B, RBI, 2 SB
Lake Elsinore had the third and final loss in the farm system. Their adversary on the mound? Non-other than Clayton Kershaw, who is making a few rehab starts before joining the Dodgers. In his four innings of work, he held the Storm to just one run- coming from Justin Farmer’s home run.
Even when Kershaw left, the offense struggled to pick it up. The brightest part of Storm’s offense was their play on the basepaths. They only had seven base runners all game but recorded three steals, giving themselves a better chance to score.
Jesus Gonzalez did his best to duel the future Hall of Famer. Over his six innings of work, he only allowed three runs. He loaded the bases in the sixth inning with no outs. He was able to induce a double play to record two outs and limit the damage to just two runs. Alan Mundo came in to relieve him. Mundo didn’t fare any better. In 1.2 innings, he allowed three runs to score: pushing the game out of reach. Storm ended up falling 6-2.
Minor league games will resume on Tuesday.