San Diego Padres affiliates were 2-1 on Wednesday. The Chihuahuas were off for the day.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (8-9 on the season)
San Antonio Missions (Won 10-7 over Northwest Arkansas) (9-7 on the season)
Aaron Leasher– 4.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 6 K (76 pitches- 47 strikes)
Esteury Ruiz– (2-for-4) HR, 3 Runs, 2 RBIs, SB, BB, K
Jack Suwinski– (2-for-5) HR, 2B, RBI, Run, 2 K
Brad Zunica– (2-for-3) 2B, 2 Runs, 2 RBIs, BB, K
Left-handed pitcher Aaron Leasher started in Northwest Arkansas, and he went 4 2/3 innings pitched, allowing three runs on six hits. Leasher is on the cusp of making it to the majors and could be in store for a productive 2021 season in the Texas League. Leasher left the game with the lead thanks to six quick runs by the Missions in the first two innings played. James Reeves earned the win despite allowing two earned runs in his 1.1 innings pitched. Esteury Ruiz and Jack Suwinski homered in the win for San Antonio. Ruiz had a great night at the plate, showcasing his skills across the board. San Antonio recorded 14 hits in the win as six different hitters earned two hits in the game. Only Olivier Basabe failed to record a hit for the Missions.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 5-3 to South Bend) (7-12 on the season)
Moises Lugo– 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K (64 pitches- 42 strikes)
Luis Almanzar-(3-for-4) 2 2B
Justin Lopez– (2-for-4)
Jonny Homza– (2-for-4) RBI, K
The night after a brawl against South Bend, the TinCaps once again lost a game in which they were in the lead late in the game. On Tuesday, Fort Wayne gave up a big lead late, resulting in a game that got chippy. On Wednesday, the TinCaps held a 3-2 game into the bottom of the 8th inning. Three runs (two earned) off Sam Keating was enough to give the Cubs a 5-3 win. Austin Smith was charged with the blown save as he allowed Keating runs to score. Moise Lugo started the TinCaps, and he went five innings, striking out four batters and only allowing one run. Luis Almazar went 3-for-4 with two doubles in the game. The former shortstop is playing first base and has recorded a .774 OPS so far this season. Justin Lopez and catcher Jonny Homza both earned two hits in the loss.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 9-3 over San Jose) (11-9 on the season)
Gabe Morales– 3 IP, 3 H, BB, 4 K (56 pitches- 32 strikes)
Felix Minjarez– 4.2 IP, 1 H, 4 K (49 pitches- 31 strikes)
Robert Hassell III- (2-for-3) 3 RBI, BB
Kelvin Alarcon– (1-for-3) 3 RBI, Run, K
Lake Elsinore was victorious on Wednesday thanks to some great pitching and timely hitting. 22-year-old lefty Gabe Morales started and went three scoreless continuing to impress in the California League. Miguel Rondon was torched for three earned runs in the 4th inning. He only managed to record one out before being pulled from the game. Felix Minjarez relieved him and threw 4.2 scoreless frames, striking out four batters. A 3-3 game was broke open in the 8th inning by Lake Elsinore as they put up five runs and put the game on ice. Robert Hassell and Kelvin Alarcon each drove in three runs in the win for the Storm.
Thursday’s probable pitchers
El Paso- Jerry Keel (0-0 0.00 ERA)
San Antonio- Reiss Knehr (2-1 4.74 ERA)
Fort Wayne- Anderson Espinoza (0-1 16.88 ERA)
Lake Elsinore- TBD