Padres Down on the Farm: May 11 (Contreras stellar for SA/Batten HR for EP/Storm blown out)
The San Diego Padres, minor league affiliates, went 2-2 on Thursday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 7-6 to Sugar Land) (16-20 on the season)
Julio Teheran: 5 IP, 9 H, 4 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 5 K (106 pitches, 66 strikes)
Matt Batten: (1-for-5), HR, 2 RBI, R, BB, 2 K
Jantzen Witte: (1-for-3), 2 R, 2 BB
Michael Cantu: (1-for-5), 2B, 2 RBI, R, 2
The Chihuahuas fell in extra innings against Sugar Land, blowing a late lead, before losing to the Skeeters. Julio Teheran struggled his way through five innings, surrendering nine hits and three earned runs in the start. While it wasn’t his best start, he left the game in line for the win, as El Paso scored six runs between the fourth and fifth innings. Their offense was powered by a two-run homer from Matt Batten, as well as a two-run double from Michael Cantu. Unfortunately for the Chihuahuas, Sugar Land scored a pair of runs off Angel Felipe in the eighth to tie the game. When El Paso didn’t score in the tenth, a single and a sacrifice fly brought home the win for Sugar Land.
San Antonio Missions (Won 3-1 vs. Corpus Christi) (13-16 on the season)
Efraín Contreras: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K (80 pitches, 55 strikes)
Ripken Reyes: (2-for-4), 3B, 2B, 2 R
Tirso Ornelas: (1-for-3), 2B
Pedro Castellanos: (1-for-4), 2B, RBI
San Antonio rode a fantastic pitching performance from Efraín Contreras to a win on Thursday. Contreras was stellar, allowing just three hits and no runs in six sparkling innings. He didn’t just shut down the Hooks; he dominated them. He struck out eight batters, walking none, in a tremendous performance. Ripken Reyes led off the game with a triple before scoring on a wild pitch. Pedro Castellanos came home on a sacrifice fly after a one-out double later in the first inning. That would’ve been enough offense after Contreras’ strong performances, but Reyes scored again after a Juan Fernandez single in the fifth inning. Lake Bachar got the last two outs, securing the win.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Won 9-5 vs. Beloit) (10-20 on the season)
Victor Lizarraga: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 3 K (78 pitches, 53 strikes)
Carlos Luis: (2-for-4), 2 2B, RBI, K
Justin Farmer: (1-for-1), 2B, RBI, 2 R, 3 BB, 2 SB
Kervin Pichardo: (1-for-3), 2 R, BB, K
A five-run seventh inning powered Fort Wayne to a win on Thursday night. Victor Lizarraga struggled, surrendering four runs in his first two innings, but he settled in, as he didn’t allow a run in his final three frames. That kept Fort Wayne in the game, so when the first five hitters of the seventh reached for the TinCaps, they were able to rally. All five ended up scoring, which proved to be decisive. It was a great day for Justin Farmer, who walked the first three times he came to the plate before doubling home Kervin Pichardo in the eighth. The late surge kept Lizarraga out of the loss column, earning the TinCaps a rare win.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 19-1 to San Jose) (19-11 on the season)
David Morgan: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K (38 pitches, 25 strikes)
Albert Fabian: (2-for-5), RBI, K
Rosman Verdugo: (1-for-3), BB
Graham Pauley: (1-for-4), R, BB, SB
Five errors and terrible pitching doomed Lake Elsinore to a blowout loss. They fell behind early, as San Jose scored three unearned runs off Henry Williams in the first inning. They added six more runs between the third and fourth innings, taking a 9-1 lead in the process. The game really got out of hand in the seventh, as San Jose scored nine runs, including eight off Andrew Vail, who didn’t record an out in his 2023 debut. Everything that could’ve gone wrong for the Storm did, as they were washed away completely.
El Paso: Jay Groome (1-2, 7.99 ERA)
San Antonio: Nolan Watson (0-2, 1.21 ERA)
Fort Wayne: Jairo Iriarte (1-2, 2.50 ERA)
Lake Elsinore: TBD
Sam is a Senior in High School. He has been writing for three years, and started at EVT in June of 2021. He’s headed to Syracuse’s Newhouse School of Communications in the fall of 2023.