The San Diego Padres affiliates went 2-2 on Sunday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 9-4 to Round Rock) (22-20 on the season)
Ryan Weathers: 4.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 K (101 pitches, 68 strikes)
Matt Batten: (2-for-4), HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 K
Brent Rooker: (1-for-3), 2B, 2 R, BB, 2 K
Brett Sullivan: (1-for-3), 2 RBI, BB
Poor defense murdered El Paso, as four errors meant that just two of the nine Round Rock runs were earned. Ryan Weathers struggled at times, giving up nine hits and just striking out one, but he did not allow an earned run. The damage was done in the fifth inning, as Weathers, Grant Gavin, and Travis Bergen all pitched, surrendering seven runs. Eleven batters came to the plate, nine of which came with two outs. Weathers picked off Josh Smith and induced a groundout. Eguy Rosario made an error, and from there, everything went poorly. The next four batters all reached safely. A wild pitch on strike three meant that even a strikeout was not enough to get out of the inning. The Chihuahuas had come into the inning with the lead thanks to Matt Batten’s home run and Brett Sullivan’s two-RBI single. Neither team scored in the final four innings, as the Chihuahuas could not recover from the massive fifth inning from the Express.
San Antonio Missions (Won 7-3 vs. Midland) (20-19 on the season)
Gabe Morales: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K (57 pitches, 36 strikes)
Connor Kaiser: (3-for-4), HR, 2B, 4 RBI, R
Yorman Rodriguez: (2-for-4), HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
Jorge Oña: (2-for-2), 2 R, HBP
The Missions rode a big fourth inning and great pitching to control the game. Connor Kaiser got the scoring starting with a single that scored Korry Howell before Yorman Rodriguez scored after a Juan Fernandez single. In the fourth, Kaiser homered, bringing home Jorge Oña in the process. Rodriguez homered later in the frame, giving the Missions a six-run lead. Kaiser’s third hit was a double in the fifth, which brought Oña home. Gabe Morales started the game with four innings of one-hit ball as he dominated the Rockhounds lineup. Osvaldo Hernandez gave up a run in the fifth, and the Rockhounds did tag Angel Felipe for two runs in the ninth, but it was a comfortable win.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 8-0 to West Michigan) (15-24 on the season)
Ryan Bergert: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 3 K (82 pitches, 51 strikes)
Sam Keating: 2 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 2 K
Adam Kerner: (1-for-3), 2B
Jarryd Dale: (1-for-3), SB
It was a dreadful day for the TinCaps, who had three hits and made four errors. Three of the first four batters for West Michigan reached base, giving them an early lead. The Whitecaps scored in five different innings, as they controlled the game. Fort Wayne had just five opportunities with runners in scoring position, as they went hitless in their limited chances. It was a tough night for the TinCaps, who were shut out for the second consecutive game, and the third time in five games.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 19-11 vs. Visalia) (23-16 on the season)
Jesus Gonzalez: 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 4 K (73 pitches, 51 strikes)
Justin Farmer: (1-for-2), HR, RBI, 4 R, 3 BB, SB
Jared Alvarez-Lopez: (2-for-3), 3B, 4 RBI, 3 R, 3 BB. K
Carlos Luis: (2-for-5), RBI, 3 R, BB
The Storm’s offense brought the thunder, scoring an impossible 19 runs. They scored in eight of the nine innings and scored five runs in two different frames. Justin Farmer hit the only home run of the game for the Storm, who combined for 22 total bases and walked 14 times during the game. Both the Storm and Rawhide scored three runs in the first inning, and the game was tied at five after the third. From there, the Storm dominated, scoring 14 runs in the final five frames. The Storm had 54 plate appearances in the game, as they had a ridiculous amount of opportunities to score.
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All four minor league teams are off on Monday, as they’ll begin the series on Tuesday.
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