Padres Down on the Farm: May 10 (Espinoza pitches well for EP/Martorella hits HR/Lake Elsinore wins in late innings)
The San Diego Padres, minor league affiliates, went 3-2 on Wednesday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 4-3 to Sugar Land) (16-19 on the season)
Anderson Espinoza: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K (92 pitches, 57 strikes)
Alfonso Rivas: (1-for-4), R, HR, 2 RBI
Tim Lopes: (1-for-4), R, HR, RBI
Rangel Ravelo: (1-for-2), R, HR, RBI, 2 BB
The El Paso Chihuahuas got out to a quick start with a two-run HR in the first from Alfonso Rivas, his seventh jack of the season. The Chihuahuas extended their lead to 410 in the fourth inning with a pair of solo homers from Tim Lopes and Rangel Ravelo.
Anderson Espinoza had one of his best starts as a professional, picking up the win after throwing six scoreless innings. The right-hander struck out eight while allowing just two hits. Sugar Land (Houston Astros) got a pair of runs in the seventh on a passed ball and a ground out. They cut the deficit to 4-3 with an RBI triple from Justin Dirden in the eighth. In the ninth, Ray Kerr struck out Bligh Madris to pick up his third save on the season.
Career day for Anderson Espinoza!
6.0 IP/ 2 H/ 0 ER/ 2 BB/ 8 K
6 IP and 92 Pitches: tie career highs from 5/25/16 with Greenville (Single-A)#FearTheEars pic.twitter.com/oBKA8zeLEY
— El Paso Chihuahuas (@epchihuahuas) May 10, 2023
Espinoza’s six innings tied a career-high for him, last set on May 25, 2016, while as a member of Single-A Greenville (Boston Red Sox).
San Antonio Missions – Game 1 (Lost 5-2 to Corpus Christi) (11-16 on the season)
Duncan Snider: 4.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 3 BB, K (67 pitches, 40 strikes)
Pedro Castellanos: (2-for-3), R, RBI
Daniel Johnson: (1-for-3), RBI, SB
San Antonio’s bats were hot in the first inning Wednesday; with three singles and the help of poor defense from the Hooks, the Missions jumped out to a 2-0 lead. They were held scoreless the rest of the way. Rhett Kouba pitched 6.1 innings for Corpus Christi (Houston Astros), striking out three and preventing any extra-base hits.
Duncan Snider took his second loss on the season with a shaky start. Despite limiting any big hits, the 25-year-old was tagged for a pair of runs in the third and fifth innings. Colin Barber went 3-for-3 while scoring three times, including a sixth-inning home run to lead the way for the Hooks.
San Antonio Missions – Game 2 (Won 5-1 to CC) (12-16 on the season)
Jose Espada: 3 IP, 2 H, R, 3 K (46 pitches, 33 strikes)
Juan Fernandez: (2-for-3), RBI
Michael De La Cruz: (2-for-3), R, 2B, RBI
Jorge Ona: (2-for-3), R, 2B, RBI
Brantley Bell: (2-for-3), R, 2B, RBI
Jose Espada took the mound in game two for the Missions; the Puerto Rican right-hander allowed two doubles in the first game falling behind 1-0. He settled in, though, throwing a pair of scoreless innings. Espada, who was taken by Toronto in the fifth round of the 2015 draft, is now 0-1, with a 2.95 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP in 21.1 innings pitched while striking out 27.
San Antonio got some key hits in the top of the second. With two men on and one out, Jorge Ona singled in Connor Hollis to tie the game at 1-1. Brantley Bell then singled in Michael De La Cruz. A suicide squeeze from Ripken Reyes extended the lead to 3-1. The Missions tacked on two more insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 6-5 to Beloit) (9-20 on the season)
Jared Kollar: 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K (48 pitches, 32 strikes)
Nathan Martorella: (2-for-4), 2 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, BB
Juan Zabala: (1-for-4), R, HR, RBI
Jakob Marsee: (1-for-3), R, 2 BB, SB
Lucas Dunn: (2-for-4), RBI, BB, SB
The TinCaps struggled to stop the Sky Carp for the second day in a row. Beloit got three runs in the second inning off Jared Kollar, who left the game after just three innings.
After a double from Nathan Martorella, Lucas Dunn got Fort Wayne on the board with a base hit in the third inning. In the fourth, Juan Zabala homered to make it 3-2. Not done yet, Jacob Marsee and Marcos Castanon each reached base knocking Beloit’s Jared Poland out of the game. Martorella wasn’t fazed by the pitching change and launched a three-run moon shot over the centerfield wall to make it 5-3 Fort Wayne.
2 batters. 2 pitchers. 2 bombs.
Juan Zabala and Nathan Martorella both homer in the same inning! 💣 💣 pic.twitter.com/Ms6SJwsNbt
— Fort Wayne TinCaps (@TinCaps) May 11, 2023
The lead didn’t last, however. After loading the bases in the seventh, Yiddi Cappe delivered a three-run double to retake the lead.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 7-5 to San Jose) (19-10 on the season)
Thomas Balboni Jr: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K (84 pitches, 54 strikes)
Samuel Zavala: (1-for-2), R, RBI, BB
Graham Pauley: (1-for-3), R, RBI, 2 BB
Jacob Campbell: (2-for-3), R, 2 BB
Charlis Aquino: (2-for-3), R, BB, SB
Nick Vogt: (2-for-4), 2 R, HBP
After getting a fly out to open the game, Lucas Balboni Jr. was hit for three consecutive extra base hits to give the San Jose Giants (San Francisco Giants) a 2-0 lead in the first. Tanner O’Tremba homered in third inning before Balboni settled in, going five innings.
Rosman Verdugo opened the top of the fourth inning with a double. The Storm loaded the bases with a HBP and a bloop single. Verdugo scored on wild pitch from Giants pitcher Gerelmi Maldonaldo. After walking Charlis Aquino, Maldonaldo left the game without an out. Anthony Vilar grounded into a double play, scoring a run while limiting the rally.
Down 5-2 in the seventh inning, Lake Elsinore stormed back in the seventh with three runs, including an RBI double from Albert Fabian. The Storm took the lead in the eighth inning on a sac bunt from Aquino. Samuel Zavala flew out to center, scoring Jacob Cambell, making it 7-5. Cole Paplham picked up his fifth save on the season with a scoreless ninth inning.
El Paso: Julio Teheran
San Antonio: Efrain Contreras
Fort Wayne: Victor Lizarraga
Lake Elsinore: TBD
Al was born in Fresno, California with a passion for talking and writing about sports. The lifelong Padres fan is currently attending Fresno State as he pursues a degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to being a student, he does public address announcing at both the high school and collegiate levels.