San Diego Padres affiliates were 2-2 on Saturday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (31-18) Loss 5-2
The Pacific Coast League juggernauts that are the Chihuahuas hit a small bump in the road tonight with a 5-2 loss to the Nationals Triple-A affiliate, the Grizzlies. As he was a pain for the Padres, Grizzlies SS Carter Kieboom was a thorn in the side of El Paso tonight with a 1-for-4 night that saw him drive in two runs. El Paso was only able to scratch four hits on the day, but of course two of the four were home runs. One by outfielder Jacob Scavuzzo and another one by outfielder Boog Powell. Jerry Keel took the bump and gave up three runs over five innings, which on most days in the PCL would give your team a great chance to win a game, but that wasn’t in the cards today. Shortstop Luis Urias was 1-for-3 and is now hitting .351 for the year at the Triple-A level. Andres Munoz threw again and showed you the good and bad of a 20-year-old flame thrower. He went one inning pitched with two strikeouts, but also walked two batters in his appearance.
Boog Powell – (1-3) HR, 1 BB
Luis Urias – (1-3) 1 BB
Jacob Scavuzzo – (1-3) HR
Jerry Keel – 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Andres Munoz – 1 IP, 2 BB, 2 K
Robert Stock – 1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 K
Amarillo Sod Poodles (23-24) Won 7-6
The Sod Poodles continue to roll with another closely contested victory in the Texas league. The pitching keeps the team in games, and the offense continues to churn with timely hitting. Two low key acquisitions by the A.J. Preller and the front office during the winter and early in the season were the minor league pickups of outfielder Rodrigo Orozco and infielder Ivan Castillo. These two have been great table setters for the majority of the season, and tonight was no different. Both hitters had an extra-base hit and scored in front of Sod Poodle sluggers, Edward Olivares, and Owen Miller. Miller went deep for his fifth home run of the season. Starting pitcher T.J Weir had a rough fifth inning that saw him give up all six run the Rock Hounds would score. He was taken off the hook thanks to seven unanswered runs by the “good guys” and a stellar performance by the pen, including rehabbing Double-A starter Michel Baez. The right-hander allowed two hits over two innings with four strikeouts to earn the victory, his first of the season.
Rodrigo Orozco – (2-5) 1 R, 1 RBI
Ivan Castillo – (1-4) 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Edward Olivares – (2-3) 2 R, 1 RBI
Owen Miller – (1-4) HR, 2 RBI
Hudson Potts – (1-3) 1 BB
T.J. Weir – 4.1 IP, 10 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K’s (94 pitches – 54 strikes)
Michel Baez – (Win) 2 IP, 2 H, 4 K (33 pitches – 25 strikes)
Lake Elsinore Storm (24-22) Won 2-1
The Storm pulled out ahead of this pitchers duel in the top of the 8th when center fielder Jeisson Rosario singled home right fielder Nate Easley for what ended up being the winning run. Luis Campusano continues his torrid pace in the Cal League with a line drive opposite field home run in the top of the fourth. He is now hitting .317 with a .921 OPS, leading the team in both categories. Throughout his minor league career, he has been lauded for his defensive chops but is showing an emerging offensive profile. Campusano is showing his injury-shortened stint at Fort Wayne last year was no fluke, in a campaign that saw him hit .288 as a teenager in the Midwest League. Definitely, one to keep your eyes on. Aaron Leasher produced another strong outing that saw him scatter five hits across six innings. He allowed one earned run while striking out five batters.
Nate Easley – (2-4) 1 R
Jeisson Rosario – (2-4) 1 RBI
Eguy Rosario – (2-4)
Luis Campusano – (1-4) HR
Tirso Ornelas – (1-4)
Gabriel Arias – (1-4)
Aaron Leasher – 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K’s (90 pitches – 57 strikes)
Jean Cosme – (WIN) 1 IP, 2 BB – (season ERA is now 1.27 across 21.1 IP)
Fort Wayne TinCaps (21-2) Lost 7-6
After getting shutout the night before, the TinCap’ bats came alive with eight hits, including two home runs. But it wasn’t enough against the Loons. Outfielder Juwuan Harris and infielder Justin Lopez went deep for the Tin Caps. Lopez went 3-for-5 in the cleanup spot. His power surge continues with his fifth home run in the last ten games. 19-year-old starting pitcher Ramon Perez was only able to get through four innings, giving up six hits and five earned runs. Xavier Edwards continues his assault against the Midwest League, now with a .355/.417/.413 slash line. He also extended his team lead in stolen bases to 14 for the year. His time in the Midwest League so far has seemed fairly easy for this 19-year-old.
Justin Lopez – (3-5) HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
Xavier Edwards – (2-4) 1 R, 1 BB
Juwuan Harris – (1-4) HR
Ramon Perez – 4 IP, 6 H. 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K’s (77 pitches – 53 strikes)
Amarillo- Lake Bachar (0-2 4.35 ERA) vs. TBD
Lake Elsinore- TBD vs. Raymond Kerr (0-2 4.50 ERA)