The San Diego Padres’ affiliates went 3-1 on Tuesday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 13-5 to Oklahoma City) (20-17 on the season)
Ryan Weathers: 4 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 4 BB, 4 K (95 pitches, 57 strikes)
Matt Batten: (2-for-3), HR, 2B, RBI, R, BB
Brent Rooker: (3-for-4), 2B, 2 R, BB
Shogo Akiyama: (2-for-4), 3 RBI, R, K
El Paso was blown out as they couldn’t contain the Oklahoma City hitters. After starting off the game with two scoreless innings, Ryan Weathers surrendered five runs in the third before giving up two more in the fourth, and he allowed another in the fifth. The Chihuahuas had jumped into the lead early, as Shogo Akiyama scored on Eguy Rosario’s groundout in the third. After the Dodgers scored five in the bottom of the third, Akiyama brought two runs home in the fourth to cut the deficit back to two.
Make it three consecutive games with a homer for Matthew Batten.
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) May 18, 2022
However, Oklahoma City kept the pedal to the medal, extending their lead to six runs. Matt Batten hit his sixth home run of the season in the seventh before Akiyama scored Brent Rooker for his third RBI of the night. Rooker had three hits on the night, as well as a walk, meaning he reached base four times. It was not a great night for El Paso, but there were some positives on the offensive side.
San Antonio Missions (Won 5-2 vs. Midland) (16-18 on the season)
Alek Jacob: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (34 pitches, 20 strikes)
Connor Hollis: (3-for-4), 2 RBI, SB, K
Esteury Ruiz: (2-for-3), 2B, RBI, 2 R, BB, CS
Yorman Rodriguez: (2-for-4), R, K
The Missions went 6-for-10 with runners in scoring position, as they came up clutch when they needed it to pick up a win in the series opener against Midland. Connor Hollis picked up three hits, drove Esteury Ruiz twice in with a first-inning single and a seventh-inning single, and stole a base. Ruiz was solid as well, doubling home the go-ahead run in the seventh, picking up a pair of runs in the evening.
It was a bullpen day for San Antonio, as five pitchers took the mound, with none of them throwing more than 2.1 innings. After jumping into an early lead, the Missions fell behind on a two-run shot in the third, but San Antonio battled back in the late innings.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Won 5-4 vs. West Michigan) (14-20 on the season)
Ryan Bergert: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 K (74 pitches, 47 strikes)
Ripken Reyes: (3-for-4), 3B, 2B, RBI
Matthew Acosta: (3-for-4), HR, 2B, RBI, 2 R, K
Jarryd Dale: (2-for-3), R, RBI, 2 BB, K
The TinCaps rallied back by scoring in four consecutive innings to pick up a one-run win over West Michigan. The game started fantastically for Fort Wayne as each of their first three batters reached base. Jarryd Dale singled home leadoff hitter Corey Rosier, but the TinCaps did not score in the rest of the frame. Ryan Bergert struggled in the second and third, as West Michigan vaulted themselves into the lead with three runs in the two innings.
However, Matthew Acosta hit a tie-breaking home run in the sixth, but the TinCaps surrendered a run in the top of the seventh to re-tie the game. Angel Solarte answered back by bringing home Dale to put Fort Wayne ahead for good.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 9-3 vs. Visalia) (19-15 on the season)
Kobe Robinson: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K (81 pitches, 48 strikes)
Lucas Dunn: (3-for-4), 3B, 2B, 2 RBI, R, BB, K
Max Ferguson: (1-for-4), 3 R, 2 BB, 2 SB, 2 K
Carlos Luis: (2-for-4), 2 RBI, R, BB, K
The Storm scored six runs in the ninth inning to break open a tied game, picking up a win over the Rawhide. Lucas Dunn had a huge game, falling a home run short of the cycle. He singled home Max Ferguson to open up the scoring in the third. After Lake Elsinore fell behind in the fourth, Dunn’s fifth-inning triple tied the game. He then scored the go-ahead run in the eighth, coming in on Albert Fabian’s single.
The game was tied at three, and the Storm’s first two batters of the inning went down. However, four walks and a hit by pitch pushed Lake Elsinore into the lead. The Rawhide began to self-destruct as they committed two errors which allowed the Storm to extend their lead. They came up big when they needed it to secure the win in the series-opener.
El Paso: Pedro Avila (0-1, 9.00 ERA)
San Antonio: Matt Waldron (1-1, 4.15 ERA)
Fort Wayne: Jackson Wolf (1-1, 4.21 ERA)
Lake Elsinore: TBD