Padres Down on the Farm: May 24 (Gore pitches three scoreless innings, battles command issues)
With three minor league teams getting a day off, only the El Paso Chihuahuas played on Monday.
Here is a quick recap of the day’s action.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost Game 7-2 to Skeeters) (8-8 on the season)
MacKenzie Gore: 3 IP, H, 5 BB, 4 K (No Decision)
Nick Ramirez: IP, 2 H, 2 R (0 ER), 2 K
Chase Johnson: IP, 4 H, 4 R, BB, K
John Andreoli: 1-4, HR, R, RBI, 2 K
Gosuke Katoh: 1-4, HR, R, RBI, K
First, the good news. Gore pitched his first scoreless outing this season while striking out four.
The bad? He only pitched three innings. And walked five batters.
Not a promising look for the top prospect who has been battling command issues since last year. However, it is only his fourth start in Triple-A, and he is still building himself back up, so he will be allowed a longer leash to figure out his issues.
MLB’s top pitching prospect MacKenzie Gore fans four in three one-hit frames for @epchihuahuas.
It’s the first scoreless outing of the season for the @Padres hurler. pic.twitter.com/Its76B2Ppf
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) May 25, 2021
As for the game itself, Sugar Land pounced on Ramirez for two runs in the fourth inning, and Nick Scholtens allowed a solo home run in the fifth inning. Back-to-back home runs by Andreoli and Katoh brought El Paso closer, but a four-run eighth inning for the Skeeters put a ribbon on the game.
El Paso Chihuahuas (8-8 on the season)
Game 2 between the El Paso Chihuahuas and Sugar Land Skeeters was postponed for a later date.
San Antonio Missions (7-11 on the season)
The Missions were off today as they travel to Arkansas to face the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Osvaldo Hernandez will get the start for the Missions.
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Fort Wayne TinCaps (7-10 on the season)
The TinCaps were off today as they are set to begin a six-game series against the South Bend Cubs. Gabe Mosser will be starting on the mound for Fort Wayne.
Lake Elsinore Storm (8-8 on the season)
The Storm was off today as they hit the road for a six-game series against the San Jose Giants. No starting pitcher has been announced for either team.
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