Padres Down on the Farm: June 8 (Contreras homers in DSL/Snelling stellar for LE/Cruz rehab continues for EP)

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The San Diego Padres minor league affiliates went 4-3 on Thursday.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 4-3 vs. Oklahoma City) (28-32 on the season)

Anderson Espinoza: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 2 K (94 pitches, 53 strikes)

Nelson Cruz: (1-for-3), R, HBP, K

Brett Sullivan: (2-for-4)

Luis Liberato: (1-for-3), 2B, R, K

The Chihuahuas rallied to win a tight game in extra innings on Thursday night. Down to their final out in the ninth, Rangel Ravelo drove home Taylor Kohlwey to tie the game at three. Ray Kerr held the Dodgers scoreless in the top of the tenth, which meant that Tim Lopes’ single scored Luis Liberato, winning the game. Nelson Cruz continued his rehab assignment, reaching base twice in the game, while Brett Sullivan recorded two hits. Anderson Espinoza allowed nine batters to reach base in his six innings but just one score as he danced out of danger several times.


San Antonio Missions (Lost 10-3 to Wichita) (29-25 on the season)

Alek Jacob: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K (33 pitches, 21 strikes)

Ray-Patrick Didder: (2-for-3), 2B, BB

Cole Cummings: (2-for-4), 2 RBI, K

Michael De La Cruz: (1-for-2), RBI, R, 2 BB

Wichita tacked five runs on Duke Snider in just 1.2 innings, and the Missions were never able to get back into the game. San Antonio did get some good performances from the bottom of their order, with both Ray-Patrick Didder and Cole Cummings having multi-hit days. Michael De La Cruz reached base three times, but San Antonio managed just two extra-base hits, both doubles, limiting their offensive output. The Missions’ offensive struggles meant that when the Wind Surge tacked three runs on Jason Blanchard,d the game was effectively over.


Fort Wayne TinCaps (Won 9-4 vs. Quad Cities) (25-29 on the season)

Ryan Bergert: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K (88 pitches, 56 strikes)

Justin Farmer: (3-for-3), 3B, 2 RBI, BB, HBP

Brandon Valenzuela: (2-for-4), 2B, 2 R, BB, K

Jackson Merrill: (1-for-5), 2 RBI, 2 R, BB, SB

A big fourth inning, followed by some late insurance runs, powered the TinCaps to a comfortable win. Ryan Bergert threw five good innings, striking out six batters, allowing just four hits and two runs. He picked up his fourth win of the season after Fort Wayne scored four runs in the fourth frame. Justin Farmer’s second of three hits drove home Brandon Valenzuela before Jackson Merrill drove in Joshua Mears. Then, with two outs, Marcos Castanon struck out, but the resulting wild pitch led to two runs scoring, blowing the game open. Farmer then added on, with his seventh inning triple extending the lead to three. The TinCaps brought home five runs in the final three innings, turning a competitive game into a laugher.


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Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 1-0 to Fresno) (27-24 on the season)

Robby Snelling: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 8 K (79 pitches, 56 strikes)

Will Geerdes: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (20 pitches, 13 strikes)

Griffin Doersching: (1-for-4), 2B

Devin Ortiz: (1-for-3)

Robby Snelling continued his wonderful season, striking out eight and walking none in five innings. However, he allowed a leadoff triple in the third, which Fresno turned into a lead. That was the only run that Snelling surrendered in the game, but it was also the only run either team produced. Lake Elsinore managed just four hits, not scoring in the game. Griffin Doersching led off the fifth inning with a double to give the Storm a chance to tie the game, but they couldn’t manage to get any hits to take advantage. That doomed them to a frustrating loss.


DSL Padres Brown (Lost 6-3 to DSL White Sox) (2-1 on the season)

Jefren Tejeda: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 3 BB, 3 K 

Santiago Contreras: (1-for-3), HR, RBI, R, HBP, SB, 2 K

Yoiber Ocopio: (1-for-4), HR, RBI, R, K

William Santana: (1-for-2), RBI, BB, K

The Padres bullpen couldn’t hold the White Sox off the board in the late innings, leading to a loss on Thursday. Jefren Tejeda allowed just one unearned run in three solid innings, but Jeison Sanchez surrendered four runs in the fifth and sixth frames, which proved costly. Santiago Contreras put the Padres on the board with his fourth-inning homer, while Yoiber Ocopio’s seventh inning shot couldn’t spark a rally. 


DSL Padres Gold (Won 17-8 vs. DSL Arizona Red) (2-1 on the season)

Jesus Rios: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K 

Ismael Javier: (4-for-5), HR, 5 RBI, 3 R, BB

Jesus Castro: (4-for-5), HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, K

Kevin Hacen: (2-for-5), HR, 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R, K

The Padres offense exploded for 17 runs on 16 hits in a win, as the team went 8-for-15 with runners in scoring position. Ismael Javier continued his red-hot start, going 4-for-5 to raise his batting average to .700. He hit his first homer of the season as well, one of three home runs hit by the Padres. Jesus Castro also had afour-hitt day, as well as a home run, coming just a triple short of the cycle. Kevin Hacen was the final player to homer, driving in four runs during the win. Five different players had multi-hit games, and four of those players had multi-RBI games. Starter Josmar Acevedo struggled, but Jesus Rios threw two scoreless frames to get the win. 


ACL Padres (Won 8-2 vs. ACL White Sox) (2-1 on the season)

Enmanuel Pinales: 3.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K 

Romeo Sanabria: (2-for-4), 2B, 2 R, BB, K

Alain Camou: (1-for-2), 2B, RBI, R, BB, HBP, K

Eddy Beltre: (1-for-2), 2B, RBI, R, K

A pair of big frames powered the Padres to a win over the ACL White Sox. Enmanuel Pinales snagged the win after he threw 3.2 scoreless innings, striking out three batters in the process. The Padres had just eight hits, but they managed to push across eight runs. Romero Sanabria was the only Padre to put up multiple hits, while Alain Camou reached base three times in the victory. 


Friday’s Probables:

El Paso: TBD

San Antonio: Efrain Contreras (2-4, 5.31 ERA)

Fort Wayne: Bodi Rascon (1-2, 5.00 ERA)

Lake Elsinore: TBD

DSL Padres Brown: TBD

DSL Padres Gold: TBD

ACL Padres: TBD

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