It was a full slate of games for San Diego’s minor league affiliates, but only the San Antonio Missions and ACL Padres achieved victory.
Below is a quick recap of the day’s action.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 10-4) (30-25 on the season)
Reiss Knehr: 2 IP, 5 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K (Loss)
Matthew Batten: (2-for-5) 2B, RBI, R
Brett Sullivan: (2-for-4) RBI, BB
Luis Liberato: (2-for-5) HR, RBI, R, K
C.J. Hinojosa: (2-for-5) 2B, RBI
Pitching put El Paso in an early hole, and the offense was unable to dig the team out. The Albuquerque Isotopes pounced on starter Reiss Knehr in the three innings he pitched, scoring two runs off him in the first inning and adding an extra run in the second. Knehr was allowed to pitch in the fifth, but he wasn’t able to get a single out as the Isotopes piled on five more runs to chase him from the game.
El Paso mounted a counterattack in the following inning as Luis Liberato spearheaded a rally with a leadoff home run. Three straight two-out hits plated two more runs, but a Brent Rooker groundout ended the Chihuahuas’ rally. El Paso made one last gasp in the seventh with C.J. Hinojosa’s RBI double, but it was the last run to cross the plate for El Paso.
San Antonio Missions (Won 5-1) (27-23 on the season)
Reggie Lawson: 5 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K (Win)
Connor Hollis: (2-for-3) 2 RBI, BB, SB, CS
Thomas Milone: (1-for-4) 2B, 2 RBI, K
After getting the first two outs in the first inning, Corpus Christ Hooks’ starter Jimmy Endersby seemed like he was going to cruise to a 1-2-3 inning. Domingo Leyba, however, kept the inning alive with a single and was followed by Juan Fernandez‘s double. With two runners on, Thomas Milone made Endersby pay, slapping a two-RBI double to right field to gift San Antonio with a lead.
The Mission’s pitching staff took care of the rest. Reggie Lawson allowed just a single run in five innings while striking out four, and the trio of Michel Baez, Dinelson Lamet, and Alek Jacob shut out the Hooks for the rest of the game.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 3-2) (20-32 on the season)
Brandon Komar: 5 IP, H, BB, 5 K (No Decision)
Ramon Perez: 1.2 IP, H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (Loss)
Olivier Basabe: (1-for-4) RBI, R, K, SB
Angel Solarte: (2-for-4) RBI, K
For nine innings, pitching dominated the match between the Fort Wayne TinCaps and the Lake County Captains. Brandon Komar and Tanner Bibee traded zeroes while Edwin Bencomo picked up where Komar left off by pitching three more shutout innings.
One team had to crack first, and, in the tenth inning, it was Fort Wayne. The Captains pushed across three runs against both Ramon Perez and Luke Boyd, the latter of whom allowed an inherited runner to score on a wild pitch. With their backs on the wall, Fort Wayne had a runner placed on second but picked up two quick outs. Olivier Basabe drove the runner in with a base hit and later scored to cut the TinCaps’ deficit to just one. Wyatt Hoffman‘s popout ended any chance of a walk-off victory.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 7-0) (30-22 on the season)
Wilton Castillo: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K (Loss)
Justin Farmer: (1-for-1) 2 BB, SB
Kervin Pichardo: (1-for-3) 2B, K
It was a struggle for the Storm hitters tonight. San Francisco’s No. 4 prospect Will Bednar dominated Lake Elsinore for five innings, striking out six batters through five innings and allowing just a lone hit, a single to Justin Framer in the fifth inning.
San Jose, meanwhile, got their first run of the game on a balk from Wilton Castillo. Castillo allowed four runs in his start but didn’t get any help from his offense.
DSL Padres (Lost 8-7) (1-1 on the season)
Emmanuel Pinales: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, ER, 2 BB, 4 K (No Decision)
Santiago Rojos: IP, R, 2 BB, K (Loss)
Yendry Rojas: (1-for-3) 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, SB, CS, 2 Errors
Alain Camou: (1-for-3) RBI, R, 2 BB, K, SB, Error
There was not much in terms of defense in this game, as the two teams combined to commit six errors. This, however, can be excused as many of the players in the Dominican Summer League are younger than 20.
On the other hand, this led to an offensive explosion that the Padres ended up on the wrong side of. A big five-run third inning was highlighted by a two-run single by San Diego’s No. 22 prospect Yendry Rojas. The DSL Diamondbacks chipped away at the Padres’ lead and eventually overcame them in the eighth inning.
ACL Padres (Won 6-0) (1-1 on the season)
Joshua Mears: (1-for-4) HR, RBI, R, K
Jarlin Susana: 3 IP H, BB, 2 K (No Decision)
Manuel Castro: 4 IP, H, 2 BB, 3 K (Win)
Josttin Diaz: (2-for-3) 2 RBI, R, 2B, 3B
In Arizona, the Padres got their first win of the young season off the backs of two of their two prospects. First was Jarlin Susana, who twirled three shutout innings while striking out two batters. At only 18 years old, Susana has a high ceiling as a Major Lague starter but can still cut it as a high leverage reliever.
Meanwhile, Joshua Mears was in Arizona alongside James Wood and hit a towering blast to left-center field off of Eric Skoglund, a relief pitcher for the Kansas City Royals who is currently on a rehab stint.
Probable starters for Wednesday
El Paso: TBD
San Antonio: Thomas Eshelman
Fort Wayne: OFF
Lake Elsinore: Robert Gasser
DSL Padres: TBD
ACL Padres: TBD