Padres Down on the Farm: May 12 (Rivas 3 hits for EP/Nolan Watson pitches well again for SA/Snelling effective, but Storm lose)
The San Diego Padres affiliates went 1-2 on Friday. The TinCaps game was suspended early and will be continued tomorrow.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 5-3) (16-21 on the season)
Alfonso Rivas– (3-for-5) 2 RBI, 2B, K
David Dahl- (2-for-4) Run, RBI, BB
Tim Lopes– (1-for-4) BB, 2 K
Jay Groome– 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K (95 pitches- 52 strikes)
The Chihuahuas lost to the Sugar Land Space Cowboys on Friday as three early runs set the tone on the night. El Paso managed to tie the game in the top of the sixth inning but immediatelsurrendereder it back to the Space Cowboys in the bottom half of the inning. Jose Castillo surrendered a run in 0.2 innings of work as he was wild on the night. Castillo walked two batters and raised his ERA to 5.40 on the season. Jay Groome started the game and gave up four runs in five innings of work. The left-handed pitcher is struggling at the Triple-A level after posting an impressive spring in major league camp.
Alfonso Rivas, a San Diego product, continues to swing a hot bat in El Paso as he went 3-for-5 and has recorded a 1.015 OPS this season in the PCL. David Dahl is with the Chihuahuas on rehab and went 2-for-4 batting out of the leadoff spot. Dahl will play a few games at the Triple-A level before joining the Padres. Jose Iglesias went 0-for-5 and is hitting .231 on the seas; The veteran infielder is not playing well at the moment. Matthew Batten stole two bases and haten10 on the season now for the Chihuahuas.
San Antonio Missions (Won 5-2) (14-16 on the season)
Tirso Ornelas– (2-for-3) Run, K
Daniel Johnson– (2-for-4)
Pedro Castellanos– (1-for-4) HR, RBI, Run
Nolan Watson– 6 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, BB, 2 K (75 pitches- 48 strikes)
The Missions beat the Hooks on Friday as Nolan Watson pitched well for the Missions. The 26-year-old former Royal No. 1 pick in 2015 has impressed early with the Padres. Watson owns a 1.59 ERA so far this season and a 0.92 WHIP in seven games for San Antonio. Kevin Kopps earned a save pitching the last two innings. Kopps threw 33 pitches and struck out three batters without surrendering a hit. His ERA is down to 2.60 on the season for the Missions.
Pedro Castellanos slugged his fifth homer of the season in the win and is hitting .239 on the season. Tirso Ornelas recorded two hits and is still struggling at the Double-A level. The former top prospect in the system owns a .614 OPS thus far this season. Ripke Reyes doubled in four at-bats and owns a .823 OPS so far for the Missions. The former USD Torero is a versatile prospect with some decent upside.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (10-20 on the season)
Game Suspended in the second inning- To be played May 13
Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 5-4) (19-12 on the season)
Griffin Doersching– (1-for-2) 2 RBI, 2 BB
Samuel Zavala– (0-for-3) Run, RBI, BB, 2 K
Graham Pauley– (1-for-3) Run, BB
Robby Snelling– 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, K (81 pitches- 52 strikes)
Lake Elsinore could not hold a lead, as the Giants scored a run in each of their last five innings to take a 5-4 win in the bottom of the ninth. Robby Snelling started the ga, me and the lefty pitched well, allowing two earned runs in 5.2 innings pitched. Snelling was in line for the win, but Sam Koenig allowed three runs (one earned) in the last three innings pitched. A throwing error by Rosman Verdugo was huge for the Storm.
Big first baseman Griffin Doersching drove in a pair of runs and walked twice in the game. After a slow start, the right-handed hitter is swinging a better bat of late. Samuel Zavala went 0-for-3 in the loss, but he did score a run and drive in a run for Lake Elsinore. Graham Pauley continues to hit as he went 1-for-3 and has a .352 batting average this season in the California League.
Saturday’s probable pitchers
El Paso- Matt Waldron (0-3 8.01 ERA)
San Antonio- Daniel Camarena (0-1 16.88 ERA)
Fort Wayne- Adam Mazur (0-0 2.70 ERA)
Lake Elsinore- TBD
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