The San Diego Padres affiliates went 2-2 on Saturday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 4-3 vs. Round Rock) (22-19 on the season)
Jesse Scholtens: 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 BB,1 K (76 pitches, 46 strikes)
Luis Campusano: (2-for-4), HR, RBI, R, BB, 2 K
Matt Batten: (2-for-5), HR, RBI, R, K
Aderlin Rodriguez: (1-for-3), HR, RBI, R, BB
The El Paso Chihuahuas rode on the backs of three solo home runs and a spotless bullpen to win a tight game with Round Rock. Matt Batten, the second batter of the game, hit a home run to left-center field. However, El Paso starter Jesse Scholtens gave up a run on a sacrifice fly, making it a short-lived lead. The Express got to Scholtens again in the fourth, hitting a two-run home run and ending his night in the process.
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The Chihuahuas scrapped back as Luis Campusano and Aderlin Rodriguez each hit home runs in the seventh to tie the game at three. C.J. Abrams doubled home Taylor Kohlwey in the eighth to bring home the game-winning run. Abrams’ double was the only time El Paso came up with a hit with a runner in scoring position. They went 1-for-13 in those opportunities while also leaving 15 runners. The bullpen came up clutch for the Chihuahuas, as Tyler Tyler, Ian Krol, Yusmeiro Petit, and Taylor Scott combined for five scoreless innings, allowing El Paso’s offense to complete the comeback.
San Antonio Missions (Won 11-3 vs. Midland) (19-19 on the season)
Lake Bachar: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 0 K (54 pitches, 31 strikes)
Thomas Milone: (3-for-4), 3B, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB, K
Esteury Ruiz: (2-for-4), 2B, RBI, 2 R, BB, SB, K
Tirso Ornelas: (1-for-2), 2B, 2 R, 3 BB
San Antonio used a six-run fifth inning to power themselves to a blowout win over Midland. While a second-inning home run off Lake Bachar put the Missions behind, that did not last long. Connor Kaiser brought in San Antonio’s first run of the game with a fielder’s choice before Domingo Leyba put the Missions ahead for good with a sacrifice fly.
In the fifth, Thomas Milone, who came a home run short of the cycle, tripled home a pair, kickstarting a six-run frame. Two more runs in the seventh and another on a Korry Howell eighth inning triple put the Missions ahead by ten. Midland did get two runs on a home run in the ninth, but outside of that, San Antonio was in complete control. Michel Baez picked up the win by pitching a scoreless fifth inning, while Dinelson Lamet threw a spotless seventh inning in which he struck out two of the three batters he faced.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 1-0 to West Michigan) (15-23 on the season)
Robert Gasser: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 6 K (87 pitches, 49 strikes)
Nick Thwaits: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (30 pitches, 21 strikes)
Robert Hassell III: (1-for-4), SB
Corey Rosier: (1-for-3), CS
The TinCaps came up on the losing end of a pitcher’s duel, as a fourth-inning home run from West Michigan proved the difference. Robert Gasser was excellent for the TinCaps, as he allowed just two hits across his six innings of work. He did walk four batters, but he struck out six, helping to lower his ERA to 3.96. Fort Wayne had very little success at the plate, picking up just four singles and two walks.
Robert Hassell III did steal his 15th base of the season, but Fort Wayne went 0-for-5 at the plate in their limited opportunities with runners in scoring position. It was a frustrating game, as the TinCaps were fantastic on the mound but struggled mightily at the plate.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 7-6 to Visalia) (22-16 on the season)
Alan Mundo: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (36 pitches, 21 strikes)
Tyler Malone: (2-for-3), HR, 2 RBI, R, BB, K
Cole Cummings: (1-for-1), HR, RBI, R
Carlos Luis: (2-for-5), 2B, RBI, R, K
The Storm fell into a five-run hole after the struggles of starter Victor Lizarraga, who allowed seven runs (five earned) in 3.2 innings of work. The Storm scored four runs in the top of the fourth inning, as Carlos Luis brought home Albert Fabian, before Marcos Castanon scored on a wild pitch, after which Tyler Malone hit a home run to bring the Storm within one.
The Rawhide added two more off Lizarraga in the bottom of the inning. Lake Elsinore pulled within one thanks to Lucas Dunn’s sacrifice fly and Cole Cummings’ pinch-hit home run, but they couldn’t complete the comeback. Lake Elsinore’s bullpen was solid, throwing 4.1 scoreless innings, but it was for naught.
El Paso: Ryan Weathers (1-2, 7.91 ERA)
San Antonio: Gabe Morales (0-0, 6.50 ERA)
Fort Wayne: Ryan Bergert (0-3, 4.97 ERA)
Lake Elsinore: TBD