Padres Down on the Farm: May 20 (Storm walk-off in extras/Leasher pitches well/Williams-Sutton homers)
San Diego Padres affiliates were 2-2 on Thursday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost to Sugarland 7-3) (8-5 on the season)
Evan Miller– 3 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 K (48 pitches/34 strikes)
Webster Rivas– (2-for-4) HR, Run, RBI, 2 K
Ivan Castillo– (2-for-4) RBI
Luis Campusano– (1-for-4) RBI, 2 K
Starter Brett Kennedy was struck by a line drive to start the game on Thursday. The ball hit the pitcher’s ankle and forced him to leave after only one batter. Kennedy left under his own power and seemed to be alright. We will look for an update in the coming days. Evan Miller relieved Kennedy and pitched well, going three innings and allowing one earned run on five hits. The right-hander struck out one batter in his 48 pitches. San Diegan Chase Johnson was charged with the loss, as he allowed five earned runs in 2 1/3 innings pitched. Nick Ramirez and Aaron Northcraft each threw a scoreless frame at the end of the game. Catcher Webster Rivas was the hitting star, going 2-for-4 with a homer. Rivas served as the team’s DH and certainly brought his bat on Thursday. Ivan Castillo recorded two hits in the game and is hitting .438 on the season.
San Antonio Missions (Won 3-1 over Frisco) (7-8 on the season)
Aaron Leasher– 5 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 5 K (65 pitches/43 strikes)
Kyle Overstreet– (3-for-4) 2 2B, 2 RBI
CJ Abrams– (0-for-3) 2 Runs, K
Jack Suwinski– (1-for-2) RBI, BB, K
The Missions’ pitching staff was dominant on Thursday as four pitchers guided the team to a 3-1 win over Frisco. Left-handed Aaron Leasher (pronounced Lea-sure) threw well again for the Missions going five innings and allowing one hit and two walks. The 25-year-old could be a factor for the Padres eventually. James Reeves, Jose Quezada, and Nick Kuzia all pitched in the game for San Antonio. Kyle Overstreet continues to impress with the bat as he went 3-for-4 and slugged two doubles. The former catcher has a .370 batting average and a .904 OPS to start the year. In an off night with the bat, CJ Abrams still scored two runs for San Antonio. Outfielder Jack Suwinski went 1-for 2, and Jose Azocar went 1-f0r-4 in the win.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 12-1 to Lansing) (6-8 on the season)
Moises Lugo– 5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K (68 pitches-45 strikes)
Grant Little– (1-for-4) 2B, K
Dwanya Williams-Sutton– (1-for-4) HR, RBI, Run, K
Agustin Ruiz– (1-for-4) 3 K
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The TinCaps were pounded on Thursday by a score of 12-1. The Fort Wayne pitching staff allowed all 12 runs. Nothing was unearned. Starter Moises Lugo set the tone on the night, giving up four earned runs in five innings pitched. Sam Keating allowed three runs in his one inning of relief, and Mason Feole coughed up five earned runs without recording an out. Infielder Ethan Skender recorded the final three out of the game for Fort Wayne in the blowout loss. Dwanya William-Sutton powered his second homer of the season. The outfielder is an impressive player with a great track record of getting on-base. He is someone to monitor as he progresses through the system.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 7-6 over Rancho Cucamonga) (8-7 on the season)
Jesus Lugo– 4 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (63 pitches- 34 strikes)
Robert Hassell III- (2-for-4) Run, RBI, K
Brandon Valenzuela– (2-for-5) 2B, 2 RBI, K
Matthew Acosta- (2-for-4) 2B, Run, 2 K
The Storm came back late with two runs in the 9th and a lone run in the 10th to prevail 7-6 over the Quakes. Jesus Lugo gave up three earned runs in his four innings pitched. The staff for Lake Elsinore could not contain the Quakes early, as Rancho Cucamonga scored in four out of the first five innings. Michel Miliano gave up one earned run in two innings pitched, striking out three batters. The Dominican right-handed pitcher continues to strike out batters at a high rate and has some real upside. Jose Geraldo allowed two runs in his two innings of relief. Kelvin Alarcon earned the win for Lake Elsinore.
Catcher Brandon Valenzuela is turning into a real relevant prospect for the Padres. The switch-hitting catcher is showing plus power and a really great eye at the plate. He went 2-for-5 on Thursday. Robert Hassell III continues to impress with the bat going 2-for-4 with a big RBI in the 9th for the Storm. The young outfielder is getting on-base and showing a lot of patience at the plate. There is a lot of upside with this left-handed hitter. Matthew Acosta continues to show a lot of heart as he went 2-for-4, including a single leading off the 9th for Lake Elsinore. He is also someone to monitor.
A Brandon Valenzuela double to deep right field scores Robert Hassell lll and ties the game at 1.#YourHomeTeam pic.twitter.com/HWNkq1KmIE
— Lake Elsinore Storm Baseball (@Storm_Baseball) May 21, 2021
Friday’s probable pitchers
El Paso- Jesse Scholtens (2-0 0.77 ERA)
San Antonio- Reiss Knehr (2-0 4.50 ERA)
Fort Wayne- Anderson Espinoza (0-0 0.00 ERA)
Lake Elsinore- TBD
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