Padres Down on the Farm: May 18 (Agustin Ruiz homers twice in FW/Gore with a rough start)

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The San Diego Padres affiliates went 1-3 on Tuesday.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.

El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 9-8 to Isotopes) (8-4 on the season)

MacKenzie Gore– 3.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, BB, 4 K (77 pitches- 48 strikes)

Ben Ruta– (2-for-4) 2 2B, 2 Runs, 2 RBI, BB, K

Mathew Batten- (2-for-3) 3B, Run, RBI, BB, SB, K

Nick Tanielu– (2-for-4) HR, 2 RBI, Run


The Padres’ top pitching prospect MacKenzie Gore was on the mound for El Paso, but he did not have his best stuff. The lefty gave up five earned runs in 3 2/3 innings pitched. Gore showed improved command, only walking one batter in the game. The 22-year-old left the game with the lead, but Mason Thompson had an off night for El Paso. The tall right-hander gave up four earned runs in 1 1/3 innings pitched. Thompson was charged with a blown save for his outing on Tuesday.

Offensively, the Chihuahuas scored eight runs on 10 hits. They also walked eight times as a team. Patrick Kivlehan and Nick Tanielu went back-to-back in the second inning propelling El Paso to an early lead. Taylor Kohlwey, Ben Ruta, and Mat Batten all had two hits in the loss.


San Antonio Missions (Lost 1-0 to Frisco) (6-7 on the season)

Caleb Boushley– 5 IP, 2 BB, 2 K (74 pitches- 46 strikes)

CJ Abrams– (1-for-4) 2B, K

Kyle Overstreet– (1-for-4) 2 K

Brad Zunica– (1-for-3) K


The Missions’ offense was non-existent on Tuesday as the team lost a 1-0 game to the Rough Riders. Caleb Boushley went five innings, failing to allow a hit for San Antonio. In fact, Frisco only collected one hit in the game, and that proved to be enough. The only run of the game came off left-handed pitcher Sam Williams, who was charged with the loss. The Missions recorded five hits in the game but went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. CJ Abrams doubled in four at-bats and owns a .882 OPS so far this season.


Fort Wayne TinCaps (Won 13-1 over Lansing) (5-7 on the season) 

Matt Waldron– 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, BB, 5 K (69 pitches-47 strikes)

Agustin Ruiz- (3-for-5) 2 HR, 8 RBI, 3 Runs, BB, K

Tirso Ornelas– (3-for-4) 2 2B, 2 RBI, Run, BB

Jawuan Harris– (3-for-5) 3 Runs, BB, K

The TinCaps broke out the lumber on Tuesday as they stomped Lansing by the score of 13-1. 24-year-old Matt Waldon started the game and went five innings for the win. Felix Minjarez relieved him and went three scoreless frames, striking out three batters. The real star of the game was outfielder Agustin Ruiz. The 21-year-old left-handed hitter from Mexico slugged two homers and drove in eight runs in the game. Ruiz started slow this year but is showing signs of breaking out in 2021. Tirso Ornelas and Jawuan Harris each recorded three hits and Reinaldo Ilarraza and Dwanya Williams-Sutton each got two hits in the win.


Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 8-6 to Rancho Cucamonga) (7-6 on the season) 

Noel Vela– 4.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K (73 pitches-46 strikes)

Joshua Mears– (2-for-4) 2B, Run, RBI, BB, 3 SB, K

Jack Stronach– (2-for-4) 2 2B, Run, RBI

Jarryd Dale– (2-for-3) RBI, BB, K

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The pitching staff let down Lake Elsinore on Tuesday as Noel Vela, Miguel Rondon, and Duilio Ochoa all gave up multiple earned runs. Vela made the start and went 4 1/3 allowing three earned runs and striking out two. The Quakes got the lead early in the second inning and never looked back. Offensively, the Storm collected 12 hits but was 4-for-14 with runners in scoring position. The team stole five bases in the game as Joshua Mears stole three bases and Mathew Acosta swiped two bags in the loss. Jack Stronach slugged two doubles and Jarryd Dale went 2-for-3 batting in the nine-hole for Lake Elsinore.


Wednesday’s probable pitchers

El Paso- OFF 

San Antonio- Osvaldo Hernandez (0-0 5.14 ERA)

Fort Wayne- Edgar Martinez (0-1 5.68 ERA)

Lake Elsinore- TBD

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