Padres Down on the Farm: May 27 (Espinoza looks good, Agustin Ruiz 3-for-3/Hassell 2 hits)

Credit: TinCaps

Credit: EVT Farm

San Diego Padres affiliates were 2-1 on Thursday. The Missions were rained out.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 6-4 over Oklahoma City) (9-9 on the season)

Jerry Keel – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 4 Ks, 3 BB

John Andreoli – (2-for-2) 2B, R, 2 BB, RBI, SB

Aaron Northcraft – 1.0 IP, 1K

Patrick Kivlehan– (1-for-4) HR, 3 RBI

El Paso’s offense had been quiet all night Thursday night and were trailing the Oklahoma City Dodgers 2-1 in the bottom of the 5th inning.  Veteran outfielder Patrick Kivlehan changed that with one swing of the bat, belting a three-run home run to give the Chihuahua’s a 4-2 lead.  After allowing the Dodgers to tie the game in the eighth, El Paso third baseman Nick Tanielu hit his third home run of the season to give the Chihuahuas the lead, which they would end up holding, beating Oklahoma City 6-4.


San Antonio Missions  (9-11 on the season)

The Missions’ game against Northwest Arkansas was postponed due to poor weather Thursday evening.  Double-header set for Friday afternoon.


Fort Wayne TinCaps (Won 4-3 over South Bend Cubs) (8-12 on the season)

Anderson Espinoza – 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 Ks (33 pitches – 18 strikes)

Augustin Ruiz – (3-for-3) HR, 2 R, 3 RBI

Grant Little – (1-for-2) 2 R, BB, SB, K

Jonny Homza – (1-for-2) 2B, R, BB, SB

The Fort Wayne TinCaps have had a bit of a chaotic beginning to their series against South Bend.  The TinCaps have been involved in two games that saw late-game leads turn into losses, including Tuesday’s series-opener that saw the TinCaps and Cubs set social media ablaze with a brawl.  On Thursday, the TinCaps edged out the Cubs 4-3 in a rain-shortened ballgame that was delayed after the top half of the sixth inning.  Anderson Espinoza made his first start for the TinCaps since last Friday when he allowed five runs in less than an inning.  Espinoza threw two shutout innings and struck out three while walking zero and allowing one hit.  Augustin Ruiz hit his sixth home run of the season, a two-run shot, to start the scoring for the TinCaps.  Ruiz’s three RBIs gave him the league-lead with 21.

Credit: MiLB

Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 8-2 to San Jose) (11-10 on the season)

Nick Thwaits – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 Ks

Robert Hassell III – (2-for-4) 2B, BB, RBI

Jordy Barley – (1-for-4) 2 SB, 2Ks

Josh Mears – (1-for-3) 3B, R, BB, 2Ks

Lake Elsinore missed an opportunity to extend their winning streak to four games, falling 8-2 to the San Jose Giants Thursday evening.  The pitching for the Storm was lackluster, with starter Nick Thwaits going five innings of three-run ball.  Thwaits struck out four, but the Storm offense was quiet all night.  21-year old reliever Ramon Perez was the highlight of the night for the Storm. The lefty Perez threw 1.2 innings without allowing a run and striking out two.  Robert Hassell III and Josh Mears, both of whom are popular names from their stints in spring training with the Padres, had extra-base hits while Hassell collected two hits and drove in a run.

Friday’s probable pitchers

El Paso- TBD

San Antonio- Adrian Martinez (0-2; 2.40 ERA)

Fort Wayne- Ethan Elliott (0-1; 1.83 ERA)

Lake Elsinore- TBD

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Kevin Modafferi
Kevin is a San Diego Native covering the San Diego Padres and their affiliates

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