The San Diego Padres affiliates went 2-1 on Tuesday, as the San Antonio Missions game was pushed to Wednesday due to weather.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 11-10 vs. Sugar Land in 12 innings) (23-20 on the season)
Pedro Avila: 3.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 7 K (69 pitches, 45 strikes)
Brent Rooker: (2-for-2), HR, 3 RBI, R, 2 BB
Aderlin Rodriguez: (2-for-3), 2B, RBI
Matt Batten: (1-for-5), 2B, 2 R, BB K
After falling behind 7-1, the Chihuahuas rallied, scoring six runs in the seventh and eighth inning to force extra baseball. After a long 12 inning affair, Brent Rooker hit a single to score the winning run. The El Paso bullpen combined for 8.2 innings, allowing just two earned runs to keep the Chihuahuas in the game. Brent Rooker, who came into the game as a pinch-hitter before moving to left field, came up with a home run in the eighth to tie the game. Rooker also walked twice before scoring Sullivan in the 12th to win the game. Sugar Land took the lead in extra innings twice, only for the Chihuahuas to answer twice. When Jordan Brink held them scoreless in the top of the 12th, they seized the opportunity.
San Antonio Missions (PPD) (20-19 on the season)
The Missions will play a doubleheader against Frisco, starting at 2:05 PST on Wednesday.
Fort Wayne (Lost 3-1 to Quad City) (15-25 on the season)
Jackson Wolf: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 8 K (96 pitches, 61 strikes)
Brandon Komar: 3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K (47 pitches, 32 strikes)
Brandon Valenzuela: (2-for-4), RBI, K
Jarryd Dale: (0-for-3), R, BB
Fort Wayne struggled for offense again, as they posted just three hits, all of them singles. The TinCaps’ only run of the game came in the first when Brandon Valenzuela singled home Jarryd Dale. Valenzuela singled again in the seventh, giving him a two-hit day. Ripken Reyes’ sixth-inning single was the only other hit that Fort Wayne picked up. Quad City jumped on TinCaps starter Jackson Wolf early, scoring twice before Wolf retired a batter. They scored again on a two-out single in the fourth. However, Wolf was solid, allowing just four hits, all of them singles, in his 5.2 innings. Brandon Komar was fantastic out of the bullpen, recording ten outs, seven of which came via strikeout. He did not allow a run or a hit, but it was to no avail. Fort Wayne, who’d been shut out in each of their two previous games, scored just once.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 5-2 vs. Inland Empire) (24-16 on the season)
Kobe Robinson: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 K (66 pitches, 44 strikes)
Max Ferguson: (1-for-4), 2B, 3 RBI, R, SB, K
Lucas Dunn: (2-for-4), 2B, RBI
Tyler Malone: (1-for-3), 2B, BB
The Storm rode a big second inning, scoring four runs, and great pitching to a win over Inland Empire. Max Ferguson hit a three-run double before scoring on Lucas Dunn’s groundout. Ferguson swiped his 33rd base of the season, putting him in position to score. Carlos Luis hit a sacrifice fly after a pair of walks in the third, giving Lake Elsinore their fifth run of the game. Storm starter Kobe Robinson worked four efficient innings, striking out nine batters while allowing just two hits. Unfortunately for Robinson, the two hits both came in the third inning, meaning that he did allow a run. Yerry Landinez worked the fifth and the sixth innings, picking up the win, despite giving up a run. The Storm bullpen was lights out from there, helping to win the series opener.
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El Paso: TBD
Game 1: Matt Waldron (1-1, 4.15 ERA)
Game 2: Reggie Lawson (0-3, 7.85 ERA)
Fort Wayne: Noel Vela (1-1, 1.55 ERA)
Lake Elsinore: TBD
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