The San Diego Padres affiliates went 2-1 on Friday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 9-5) (25-21 on the season)
Ryan Weathers– 5.1 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, BB, 3 K (100 pitches- 68 strikes)
Aderlin Rodriguez– (2-for-4) HR, RBI, Run, K
Matt Beaty– (3-for-5) 2B, Run, 2 RBI, K
Nomar Mazara– (2-for-4) 2B, 2 RBI, K
The Chihuahuas beat the Space Cowboys on Friday, as Ryan Weathers was efficient on the night for El Paso. The lefty went 5.1 innings, allowing four earned. Weathers is working on a few things in Triple-A and could eventually be of use to the big league club. Jose Castillo threw a scoreless inning in the game, which is a positive thing for San Diego. The lefty struck out two in a 19-pitch effort in the PCL. Injuries have sidelined Castillo for the better part of his career in San Diego, but he may be useful to the Padres in 2022. When healthy, he has very nasty stuff from the left side of the mound.
Rodriguez clears the Blue Monster and leaves the ballpark!
— El Paso Chihuahuas (@epchihuahuas) May 28, 2022
The offense registered 12 hits on the night and one home run as Aderlin Rodriguez powered his 11th homer of the year to the stands in the second inning. Rodriguez is a power-hitting right-handed hitter who is really nothing more than organizational depth. Matt Beaty and Nomar Mazara could both find playing time with the Padres soon, and each corner outfielder recorded multiple hits on the night. Beaty is on the 40-man and with El Paso on a rehab assignment. He could be activated next week. Mazara is not on the 40-man but has played well all season and might be given a chance eventually.
San Antonio Missions (Won 8-2) (23-20 on the season)
Juan Fernandez– (3-for-5) RBI, K
Esteury Ruiz– (2-for-5) 2B, Run, RBI, BB, SB, 2 K
Korry Howell– (2-for-4) HR, 2 RBI, Run, K
Tommy Millone- (2-for-5) 2 Runs
The Missions knocked out 16 hits and won running away from the RoughRiders on Friday. San Antonio slugged two homers as Tommy Milone and Connor Hollis both went deep in the contest. Catcher Juan Fernandez went 3-for-5 in the game and drove in a run for the Missions. Esteury Ruiz continues his great season as he went 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored, an RBI, and a stolen base. Ruiz owns a 1.057 OPS so far this season in the Texas League and is enjoying a breakout of sorts.
On Friday, six different pitchers toed the rubber for the Missions. Moise Lugo started and went 2.1 innings of scoreless ball. He was relieved by Osvaldo Hernandez, who was credited with the win as he went 2.2 shutout innings for San Antonio. The lefty is lowering his ERA after a rough start to the season and now has a 5.50 ERA in 18 innings pitched. Henry Henry, Alek Jacobs, Kevin Kopps, and Carlos Belen all pitched in the game.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (16-26 on the season)
Postponed due to weather (Make-up game May 28)
Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 7-1) (25-17 on the season)
Max Ferguson– (1-for-4) RBI, 3 K
Charlis Aquino– (2-for-3)
Michael Green– (1-for-3) Run, K
Jairo Iriarte– 3.2 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K (74 pitches- 44 strikes)
The Storm only managed five hits in a 7-1 loss to the 66ers on Friday night. Every starter in the lineup struck out (14 times in total for the team), except for Luis Aquino, who recorded two of the Storm’s five hits. Michael Green went 1-for-3 with a run scored in the loss, and Max Ferguson drove in a run for Lake Elsinore. There will be better days for the team, but without James Wood, Jackson Merrill, and Matthew Acosta, this team is not producing runs. Merrill and Wood are expected back soon, but Acosta was promoted to Fort Wayne a few weeks ago.
Jairo Iriarte did not have his best stuff working as he only managed to go 3.2 innings. The 22-year-old lefty threw 77 pitches in the loss. Alexuan Vega did well in relief of Iriarte, but the Storm’ offense did not put up a fight after the 66ers went on top early in the game.
Saturday’s Probable pitchers
El Paso- TBD
San Antonio- Lake Bachar (0-0 1.29 ERA)
Fort Wayne- Game 1- Ryan Bergert (0-4 5.23 ERA)/ Game 2- TBD
Lake Elsinore- TBD