The San Diego Padres affiliates went 2-2 on Tuesday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 5-3 vs. Sugar Land) (14-11 on the season)
Reiss Knehr: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 7 K (88 pitches, 52 strikes)
Luke Voit: (0-for-2), R, BB, K
Matt Batten: (2-for-3), HR, 2B, 3 RBI, R, BB, K
Nomar Mazara: (1-for-4), RBI, R, K
El Paso got off to a fantastic start. Luke Voit started off his rehab assignment with a walk before three consecutive singles from Taylor Kohlwey, Aderlin Rodriguez, and Nomar Mazara made it 2-0. Matthew Batten then hit a three-run home run, making it a five-run lead after just five batters. El Paso was not able to create any more offense, but they managed to hold on to their lead. Matt Batten added a double in the sixth, and Brett Sullivan doubled in the eighth, which were the only hits in the remainder of the game for the Chihuahuas.
— El Paso Chihuahuas (@epchihuahuas) May 3, 2022
The five-run lead was enough, thanks to the fact that El Paso got strong performances from their pitchers. Starter Reiss Knehr had his best start of the season, going five innings and allowing just two runs. Ramon Perez allowed an unearned run out of the bullpen before passing the ball to Jordan Brink and Evan Miller to close the game out.
San Antonio Missions (Won 9-7 vs. Corpus Christi) (8-14 on the season)
Esteury Ruiz: (3-for-4), 2 HR, 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R, BB, K
Chandler Seagle: (2-for-3), HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
Connor Hollis: (2-for-3), HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB
Yorman Rodriguez: (1-for-4), HR, 2 RBI, R, BB, K
San Antonio managed to out-slug Corpus Christi, riding five home runs to a win over the Hooks. Esteury Ruiz hit two home runs, while Chandler Seagle, Connor Hollis, and Yorman Rodriguez all added long balls of their own. The Missions managed to overcome an early deficit, thanks to the fact that starter Dwayne Matos surrendered six runs in just three innings. The San Antonio bullpen was fantastic, as they allowed just one run in their six innings of work. Kevin Kopps picked up the win after a scoreless inning in which he struck out two and did not allow a base runner. San Antonio had four chances with runners in scoring positions, but the five home runs provided plenty of offense.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 9-0 to Wisconsin) (11-11 on the season)
Ryan Bergert: 4.2 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 6 K (91 pitches, 61 strikes)
Jarryd Dale: (2-for-4), SB, K
Brandon Valenzuela: (2-for-4)
Nick Thwaits: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (14 pitches, 8 strikes)
The TinCaps offense struggled throughout, producing just six hits, all of which were singles. Ryan Bergert had his first bad outing of the season, giving up six runs in 4.2 innings. Fort Wayne’s Olivier Basabe made two errors in the field, and the TinCaps never really threatened to get on the board. They had just five opportunities with runners in scoring position, and they were not able to get a hit in any of them. It was a dismal day for Fort Wayne.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 5-4 to Rancho Cucamonga) (15-7 on the season)
Levi Thomas: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K (71 pitches, 39 strikes)
Justin Farmer: (2-for-5), 2 RBI
Lucas Dunn: (1-for-3), BB, 2 SB
Max Ferguson: (0-for-3), 2 BB, R, K
The Storm dropped a heartbreaking and sloppy game. Both Rancho Cucamonga and Lake Elsinore made three errors. The Storm’s third and final error came with two outs in the ninth, as the Quakes scored the winning run. The Storm jumped into a three-run lead in the fifth, taking advantage of an error, a walk, and a balk to set up Justin Farmer’s two-run single.
— Lake Elsinore Storm Baseball (@Storm_Baseball) May 4, 2022
However, the Quakes tied the game in the next half inning, as a home run, a single, a double, and another single tied the game up. Levi Thomas pitched excellently to start the game with four scoreless innings. However, three Storm errors and a struggling bullpen cost Lake Elsinore the game.
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El Paso: Ryan Weathers (0-1, 7.41 ERA
San Antonio: TBD
Fort Wayne: Jackson Wolf (1-1, 4.40 ERA)
Lake Elsinore: Blake Snell (Rehab Start)
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