Padres Down on the Farm: May 26 (Baez solid for FW)

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Padres Down on the Farm
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San Diego Padres affiliates went 0-4 on Sunday.

Here’s a recap of the day’s action.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 9-4 to Sacramento River Cats)

Mason McCoy – (2-for-3) 2B, BB, RBI Single

Bryce Johnson – (1-for-3) RBI BB

Randy Vásquez – 4.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 6 K

Daniel Camarena – 2.1 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Chihuahuas Bullpen – 4.2 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 6 BB, 4 K


With a six-run sixth inning, the Sacramento River Cats sealed a 9-4 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas. Randy Vásquez made his first start since being optioned and turned in a solid outing, going 4.1 frames and allowing two earned runs. The right-hander had swing-and-miss stuff, specifically with his slider, and struck out six. With a 3-0 deficit, the Chihuahuas scored twice in the fourth inning. First, Mason McCoy singled home Cal Mitchell. Then, Bryce Johnson smoked a single of his own that plated McCoy.

However, the River Cats torched Kevin Kopps and Sean Reynolds in the sixth inning for six earned runs surrendered between the two hurlers. Furthermore, both Kopps and Reynolds struggled with command and walked a combined four in the frame. One bright spot of the bullpen was southpaw Daniel Camarena, who twirled 2.1 scoreless frames despite entering the appearance with a 10.95 ERA.

El Paso grabbed two more runs in the eighth inning on an RBI double from McCoy and a bases-loaded walk to Bryce Johnson. The Chihuahuas went 4-for-11 with RISP, but the River Cats lead proved too large as Sacramento’s sixth-inning crooked number sealed El Paso’s 9-4 loss.


San Antonio Missions (Lost 3-1 to Wichita Mind Surge)

Zach Reks – (1-for-3) RBI Single

Jared Kollar – 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4K

Missions Bullpen – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K


The Wichita Mind Surge jumped on the board first with a first-inning Emmanuel Rodriguez home run and did not look back in their 3-1 win over the San Antonio Missions. Wichita added a run in the fourth and fifth innings, the first via an RBI single from Jorel Ortega and the second from an RBI ground out. All three Mind Surge runs were charged to the San Antonio starter Jared Kollar.

The Missions bullpen delivered four innings of scoreless baseball, but San Antonio’s offense could not get going. San Antonio obtained their sole run of the game in the eighth inning after Zach Reks singled home Robbie Tenerowicz. However, the offense missed multiple opportunities to score throughout the close game with a rough 1-for-8 team RISP turnout.

The barren Missions bats made the Missions deficit that never exceeded three runs seem like an unreachable possibility as Wichita reigned victorious in the close 3-1 affair over San Antonio.


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Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 8-1 to Lansing Lugnuts)

Tyler Robertson – (1-for-4) RBI Single

Henry Baez – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

TinCaps Bullpen – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 2 K


After both teams exchanged six scoreless frames, the Lugnuts offense exploded late to secure Lansing’s 8-1 victory over Fort Wayne. TinCaps starter Henry Baez was excellent and tossed four scoreless innings on just one hit. Unfortunately, despite the two scoreless frames to begin Tyler Morgan’s relief appearance, the Lugnuts notched four hits and tagged the right-hander for four earned runs in the seventh inning alone.

The TinCaps plated their first run in the bottom of the eighth inning on a ringing 105-MPH Tyler Robertson single, which scored Nik McClaughry. However, Fort Wayne could not maintain the momentum as Lansing crossed four more Lugnuts across the plate in the top half of the final frame. Will Geerdes experienced a similar outcome to Morgan as he hurled a scoreless inning to begin his outing. Then, chaos ensued; after allowing a single and hitting a Lugnut with a pitch, Cameron Masterman connected on his third home run, a three-run shot. After more traffic on the base paths, Geerdes walked Will Simpson with the bases loaded.

While the bullpen had trouble, the TinCaps offense sputtered all game long. Identical to San Antonio, Fort Wayne went a dreadful 1-for-8 with RISP in the contest. Furthermore, the offense left eight on base, contributing to the forgetful 8-1 TinCaps defeat.


Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 10-2 to San Jose Giants)

Rosman Verdugo – (0-for-3) RBI Sacrifice Fly

Braedon Karpathios – (1-for-4) RBI double

Miguel Mendez – 1.1 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

Dwayne Matos – 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Storm Bullpen – 7.2 IP, 10 H, 9 ER, 5 BB, 5 K


After taking an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning from a sacrifice fly by Rosman Verdugo and an RBI double from Braedon Karpathios, Lake Elsinore’s pitching imploded en route to a 10-2 San Jose Giants win. The Storm starter Miguel Mendez struggled with command and issued four free passes. As a result, Lake Elsinore went to the bullpen in just the second inning. Dwayne Matos first relieved Mendez and tossed 2.2 scoreless frames.

However, the rest of the bullpen had difficulties putting Giants hitters away. San Jose scored three runs in back-to-back innings between the sixth and seventh frames. The Giants also put up another three spot in the ninth inning off Johan Moreno, who surrendered the only home run of the game. While the Storm pitching was not sharp, the offense mustered just two hits on the afternoon, both of which came in the first inning.

The Storm went 1-for-7 with RISP and left five men on base. The rough offensive and pitching performance allowed San Jose to cruise to an easy 10-2 win over Lake Elsinore.


Arizona Complex League Padres (No Scheduled Game)

The young Padres at the Complex League did not have a game today. However, they return to action tomorrow (5/27) against the ACL Royals.

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