The San Diego Padres affiliates went 3-1 on Friday
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 8-3 vs. Round Rock Express) (21-19 on the season)
SP Aaron Leasher: 3.0 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 5 K, 5 BB, L (1-2)
RP Aaron Northcraft: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 K, 2BB
RP Ray Kerr: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 K
1B Kelvin Melean: 2-for-4, 2B
2B Eguy Rosario: 2-for-4, 2B
LF Brent Rooker: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, HR
El Paso got out to an early lead on the strength of a Nomar Mazara RBI line-drive single that glanced off the glove of Express first basemen Elier Hernandez. Taylor Kohlwey hit into a fielder’s choice to bring home the second run of the first, giving the Chihuahuas the 2-0 at the end of the first. They added their third run in the third inning on a solo home run from Brent Rooker, his fifth of the season.
Starting pitcher, Aaron Leasher had a strong three innings of shutout ball to begin the game. He entered his fourth inning of work looking, hoping to continue his strong performance but was unable to record an out. The Express would tag him with four runs in the inning (two earned runs), the first of which came on a hit batter with the bases loaded. The next run reached when second baseman Eguy Rosario booted a grounder and the bases remained full. The next batter hit a grounder that shortstop CJ Abrams could not handle, once again keeping the bags full. Round Rock would earn their fourth and final run of the inning via a single to right by Davis Wendzel. The Express would add two runs in the fifth and the seventh inning to give them eight total unanswered runs in their 8-3 win.
San Antonio Missions Won 6-1 vs. Midland Rockhounds (18-19 on the season)
SP Thomas Eshelman: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 R, 6 K, 0 BB, W (2-2)
RP Moises Lugo: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 K
C Yorman Rodriguez: 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
3B Connor Hollis: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, SB
CF Esteury Ruiz: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 2B, 3 SB
San Antonio ran wild in this one, with six stolen bases as a team (including two steals of home) on their way to the victory. In the first inning, Connor Hollis stole second, which allowed Esteury Ruiz (runner on third base) to trot home for the game’s first run. The Missions would add another run in the third after Esteury Ruiz walked and stole second and third; a wild pitch allowed him to score his second run of the night. He has now reached base in 43 straight games for the Missions.
The Missions received excellent pitching the whole way through. Starting pitcher Thomas Eschelman gave them six strong, only allowing an unearned run in the fifth. The effort was backed nicely by relievers Moises Lugo and Carlos Belen as the mission cruised to the 6-1 victory.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Won 10-5 vs. West Michigan Whitecaps) (15-22 on the season)
SP Efrain Contreras: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 5 K, 1 BB
RP Edwuin Bencomo: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2K, 0 BB, W (2-1)
RP Felix Minjarez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3K, 2 BB, H (2)
CF Corey Rosier: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, CS
C Brandon Valenzuela: 2-for-4 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB
DH Robert Hassell III: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Efrain Contreras was tagged early in this one, surrendering a two-run home run in the top of the first. Contreras did settle down after his rocky first inning to give the TinCaps scoreless frames in his final two and two-thirds.
Fans got plenty of fireworks during and after Friday’s @TinCaps game 🎆
Fort Wayne exploded for 8⃣ runs in the second inning to power past West Michigan. pic.twitter.com/ZkUYcMA0Jv
— Josh Ayen (@Josh_Ayen) May 21, 2022
The Fort Wayne offense exploded for eight runs in the second inning of this evening’s affair. They loaded the bases with a combination of walks and singles and brought everyone home twice with their only two extra-base hits (doubles) of the game.
Edwuin Bencomo did allow two runs to score in his two and a third, letting the Whitecaps get as close as 8-5, but he never surrendered the lead on his way to his second victory of the year. The Tincaps would add on insurance runs in the seventh and eighth to stretch the lead to 10-5, but the combination of Minjarez and Luke Boyd held the offense scoreless.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 14-3 vs. Visalia Rawhide) (22-15 on the season)
SS/CF Max Ferguson: 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 3B, SB
RF Albert Fabian: 3-for-6, 2 R, 4 RBI, 1 BB, HR
C Jared Alvarez-Lopez: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI
1B Carlos Luis: 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI
SP Garrett Hawkins: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 11 K, 1 BB
RP Ruben Galindo: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 K
In a game with high offensive output from Lake Elsinore, the Storm also received a dominant start from Garret Hawkins to cruise to victory.
Lake Elsinore got off to an early 5-0 lead on an interesting combination of singles, a catcher’s interference, and a few key walks. They would never look back and would only add on. They scored four in the fourth, three in the fifth, and single runs in the seventh and ninth on their way to a laugher against their rivals from the central valley.
Garret Hawkins gave them six shutout innings with 11 strikeouts before his night was done. Hawkins left the game with a comfortable 13-0 and was backed by an alright effort from Hazahel Quijada, who surrendered the only three runs the Storm would allow. The game was finished off by Galindo, who went two scoreless frames to end the rough night for Visalia.