Padres Down on the Farm: May 29 (Mazara 4 hits, homer for EP/Wolf 11 K’s for FW/Dunn walk-off HR for LE)

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The San Diego Padres affiliates went 3-2 as the Lake Elsinore Storm played a doubleheader.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.

 

El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 17-14 to Sugar Land) (26-22 on the season)

Nomar Mazara: (4-for-5), HR, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R

Brent Rooker: (2-for-6), HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, K

Shogo Akiyama: (1-for-4), HR, 3 RBI, R, BB, 2 K

Luis Campusano: (2-for-4), 2B, RBI, 2 R, 2 BB

The Chihuahuas lost a slugfest, as they just couldn’t match the Sugar Land offense. El Paso trailed 13-3 before pulling within two runs after the seventh inning. Eight of the nine batters for El Paso recorded hits, while six of them recorded multi-day hits. The Chihuahuas scored 14 runs on 18 hits, nine of which were for extra bases. Brent Rooker, Nomar Mazara, and Shogo Akiyama all hit home runs.

The Chihuahuas scored six times in the sixth inning, part of a stretch where they scored 11 times in three frames. Unfortunately, after the offensive explosion, El Paso was held scoreless in the final two innings, losing an extremely exciting inning.

 

San Antonio Missions (Lost 9-7 to Frisco) (23-22 on the season)

Adrian Morejon: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K (10 pitches, 5 strikes)

Esteury Ruiz: (2-for-4), HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, K

Korry Howell: (1-for-3), 3B, R, K

Yorman Rodriguez: (3-for-5), RBI, 2 K

The Missions fell behind early as a result of poor pitching and couldn’t find enough offense to come back. The game got off to a fantastic start for San Antonio, as Esteury Ruiz took the first pitch of the game deep. However, Missions’ starter Jason Blanchard allowed the first four Frisco batters to reach, putting them ahead. Nolan Watson allowed two more runs in the third, extending the deficit. Eight of the nine Missions batters came up in the fifth, as the Missions scored three times to tie the game.

The Roughriders answered with three runs of their own as Dustin Harris hit a three-run blast. Adrian Morejon pitched a scoreless frame in relief as he attempts to work his way back to Petco Park. San Antonio did score twice in the ninth, but they couldn’t come back, despite the tying run being on base.

 

Fort Wayne TinCaps (Won 6-1 vs. Quad City) (17-28 on the season)

Jackson Wolf: 6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 11 K (91 pitches, 65 strikes)

Brandon Valenzuela: (2-for-4), HR, RBI, R

Corey Rosier: (2-for-5), 2B, 2 RBI, R, K

Jack Stronach: (1-for-3), R, BB

Fort Wayne had a fast start before riding Jackson Wolf to a comfortable win. Wolf went 6.2 innings, allowed just two hits and one run. He was spectacular, striking out 11 batters. He did not allow a hit until the sixth inning, as he controlled the Bandits lineup throughout the game.

Fort Wayne jumped into the lead just two batters into the game when Corey Rosier plated Jarryd Dale. Rosier and Robert Hassell III scored later in the frame. Hassell brought home Ripken Reyes with a two-out single in the second. Brandon Valenzuela’s seventh-inning blast proved to be the icing on the cake, as the TinCaps dominated the game. After Wolf’s strong start, Gabe Morales did not allow a run and struck out three batters in 2.1 innings.

 

Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 5-2 vs. Inland Empire) (Won 9-0 vs. Inland Empire) (27-18 on the season)

Game One:

Victor Lizarraga: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 3 K (76 pitches, 60 strikes)

Ben Miller: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Lucas Dunn: (1-for-4), HR, 3 RBI, R, K

Jared Alvarez-Lopez: (2-for-3), 2B, 2 RBI, K

The Storm won in extra innings in the first game of the twin bill after Lucas Dunn’s three-run walk-off home run. Victor Lizarraga worked six innings, allowing just two hits. Inland Empire scored an unearned run in the first on an error, which was the only run they scored off of Lizarraga. Jared Alvarez-Lopez hit a two-run double to put the Storm ahead in the fourth. In the top of the seventh, which could have been the final inning of Game One, Aaron Holiday blew the save. He surrendered a leadoff double before three straight walks tied the game. However, Lucas Dunn played the hero, taking an 0-1 pitch over the wall. 

Game Two:

Jesus Gonzalez: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K (62 pitches, 43 strikes)

Michael Green: (2-for-3), HR, 4 RBI, R, K

Max Ferguson: (2-for-4), HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, K

Carlos Luis: (1-for-3), 2 RBI, R, BB, K

The Storm started off the second game strongly, scoring in each of the first four innings. Carlos Luis picked up an RBI walk in the first before Max Ferguson hit a two-run blast in the second inning. Michael Green hit a two-run shot of his own in the third, helping to blow the game open. Luis singled in the fourth for a run before a two-run single from Green gave him a four RBI day. Jesus Gonzalez was stellar, throwing five scoreless innings in the outing. The Storm allowed just four hits, all of which were singles, in the comfortable win.


Monday’s Probables

El Paso: TBD

San Antonio: Off Day

Fort Wayne: Off Day

Lake Elsinore: Off Day

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Sam Evans
Sam is a Junior in High School. He has been writing for 2 years, and started at EVT in June of 2021.
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