Padres Down on the Farm: May 18 (Kohlwey HR for EP/Watson solid, Hollis 4 hits for SA/Zavala homers for Storm)

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The San Diego Padres, minor league affiliates, went 2-2 on Thursday.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Beat Round Rock Express 4-1) (19-23 on the season)

Jay Groome: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 2 K (97 pitches, 56 strikes)

Jantzen Witte: (1-for-2), R, RBI, 2 BB

Taylor Kohlwey: (1-for-2), R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB

In the top of the third inning, Taylor Kohlwey homered for the second time this season. The Express responded with a home run of their own from Davis Wendzel. It was the only blemish on the day for Chihuahuas starter Jay Groome. The left-hander was mildly efficient until the fifth inning, where he loaded the bases before being pulled from the game.

Brandon Dixon singled in the fifth inning to take a 2-1 lead for El Paso. With two and the bases loaded in the eighth inning, El Paso drew back-to-back walks taking a 4-1 lead. The Chihuahuas bullpen struck out six in 4.1 innings, including a 1-2-3 inning from Angel Felipe in the eighth, all via the K.


San Antonio Missions (Beat Midland Rockhounds 9-2) (19-17 on the season)

Nolan Watson: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K (93 pitches, 63 strikes)

Connor Hollis: (4-for-5), 2 R, HR, 2 RBI

Brantley Bell: (3-for-5), 2 R, 2B, 3 RBI, SB

Chandler Seagle: (2-for-5), 2B, RBI

Ripken Reyes: (2-for-4), RBI

The bats were hot Thursday night for San Antonio, racking up eight runs on 16 hits. Shortstop Connor Hollis hit a solo HR in the second inning, the first of his four hits on the night. The Missions took a 7-0 lead on an RBI single from Tirso Ornelas in the sixth inning.

The story of the night was Missions starter Nolan Watson who threw seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits. The former first-round draft pick now has a 1.27 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP in eight outings in 2023.


Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 7-6 to Dayton Dragons) (13-23 on the season)

Jared Kollar: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 7 K (50 pitches, 39 strikes)

Jakob Marsee: (1-for-5), 2 R, RBI

Brandon Valenzuela: (0-for-1), R, 3 BB

Colton Bender: (1-for-3), R, HR, 2 RBI, BB

Fort Wayne did not waste any time getting on the board on Thursday. After Jakob Marsee reached base via error, he was singled in from Jackson Merrill on just the seventh pitch of the game.

The TinCaps got another great outing from Jared Kollar on Thursday night. The 24-year-old went four innings, allowing just one run while striking out seven, a new career high. The lone hiccup came when he allowed back-to-back hits in the bottom of the second inning to tie the game at 1-1.

After a walk to Brandon Valenzuela top of the fifth inning, Colton Bender sent a ball over the left-centerfield wall to take a 3-1 lead. Two batters later, Jakob Marsee hit a solo shot. Fort Wayne would score two more runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a commanding 6-1 lead.

Dayton would get to the TinCaps pen, though, scoring seven runs in the final four innings, including a two-run single from Blake Dunn to walk it off for the Dragons.

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Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 8-2 to Inland Empire 66ers) (20-16 on the season)

Albert Fabian: (1-for-3), 2B, RBI

Samuel Zavala: (1-for-3), 2 R, HR, RBI, BB

Rosman Verdugo: (2-for-4), 2B

Padres 2022 3rd-round pick Henry Williams made his second start of the season Thursday. The right-hander out of Duke went two innings as he builds up his workload. He struck out four while allowing just two baserunners, neither scoring. Samuel Zavala continued his hot streak with a home run to center field in the first.

Matt Coutney homered in the fourth for Inland Empire. The 66ers scored four more runs in the fifth inning to take a 5-1 lead. Lake Elsinore had two errors in the innings, and Inland Empire took advantage. The 66ers would go 3-for-11 on the night with RISP, scoring eight runs on just nine hits.


Friday’s Probables:

El Paso: TBD

San Antonio: Daniel Camarena (0-1, 9.00 ERA, 6 K)

Fort Wayne: Adam Mazur (0-0, 2.51 ERA, 8 K)

Lake Elsinore: TBD

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