Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Defeated Las Vegas Aviators 15-14) (24-28 on the season)
Matt Waldron: 4 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 5 K (84 pitches, 56 strikes)
Alfonso Rivas: (2-for-3), 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB
Jose Iglesias: (3-for-5), 3 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB
Yorman Rodriguez: (2-for-6), 2 RBI, SB
Taylor Kohlwey: (2-for-6), R, HR, RBI
Tim Lopes: (2-for-5), R, RBI, BB
David Dahl: (1-for-3), 2 R, RBI, 3 BB
Luis Liberato: (2-for-3), 2 R, RBI, 2 BB
For anyone who’s watched Pacific Coast League games over the years, you know runs come in bunches. Tuesday was no different. El Paso opened a six-game set in Las Vegas, and fans were treated to a slugfest. The two teams combined for 29 runs on 35 hits and 17 walks. There were also five errors in ballgame, making for a chaotic atmosphere.
Jose Iglesias made his return to the team as well after re-signing with San Diego on a minor league contract. The shortstop was active on both sides of the field. In addition to racking up three hits, the veteran was making plays all over the diamond with his glove.
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) May 31, 2023
Matt Waldron was banged up in the middle innings for the Chihuahuas giving up five runs, but he was able to eat up some important innings before leaving the game. The knuckleballer also struck out five. In the ninth inning, Ray Kerr came on to close. After giving up a solo shot to Yohel Pozo, Kerr finished the frame, picking up his fifth save of the season. The lefty has recorded an impressive 1.56 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 17.1 innings this season.
San Antonio Missions (Defeated the Frisco RoughRiders 9-2) (24-22 on the season)
Nolan Watson: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 2 K (91 pitches, 54 strikes)
Tirso Ornelas: (3-for-5), R, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB
Jorge Ona: (2-for-3), 2B, 2 RBI, SB
Cole Cummings: (2-for-4), R, HR, RBI, BB
Ray-Patrick Didder: (1-for-3), R, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB
The bats came alive for San Antonio on Tuesday, opening the series with a 9-2 victory over Frisco. The Missions picked up 12 hits while walking ten times. The offensive barrage included seven extra-base hits, including three from Tirso Ornelas, who doubled twice and homered. With one out, following Ornelas’s jack in the fifth inning, Daniel Johnson singled, and Connor Hollis doubled. They would come around to score on a double from Jorge Ona as San Antonio improved their lead to 8-1.
Nolan Watson picked up his third win of the season after going five innings, allowing just a run. The former first-round draft pick lowered his ERA to 1.59 on the season in the outing. The Missions’ win marked the 13th in the last 19 games for San Antonio, dating back to May 10.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost to South Bend Cubs 11-8) (19-27 on the season)
Jairo Iriarte: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 5 BB, 4 K (87 pitches, 54 strikes)
Jackson Merrill: (3-for-5), 2 R, RBI
Nathan Martorella: (2-for-4), R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB
Brandon Valenzuela: (2-for-5), R, 2B, 2 RBI
Joshua Mears: (1-for-3), 2 R, HR, RBI, BB
Jakob Marsee: (2-for-5), 2 R, 2B, 3B, RBI
Jairo Iriarte took the ball on Tuesday. The Padres #11 prospect was met with trouble right away in the first inning. After allowing a leadoff double to Kevin Alcantara, Iriarte would walk Ezequiel Pagan and give up an RBI single to James Triantos. The Cubs would score again two batters later on a fielder’s choice. Iriarte was taxed throughout the day but was able keep Sound Bend to just the two runs in five innings. The left-hander also struck out four.
The TinCaps cut the deficit in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI single from Brandon Valenzuela, scoring Jackson Merrill. Merrill would pick up three hits, scoring twice on the night. Fort Wayne took a 3-2 lead in the fourth thanks to a sac fly and a solo home run from Joshua Mears, who extended his RBI streak to eight games.
Joshua Mears launches one, breaking a tie! ⚾️💥 pic.twitter.com/sJu5mKz7Ni
— Fort Wayne TinCaps (@TinCaps) May 31, 2023
The Cubs would get to the Fort Wayne bullpen, scoring nine runs in the sixth thru eighth innings. Ten different Cubs got a hit on the day, including Bryce Ball, who went 2-for-3 with two doubles, two runs scored, two runs batted in, and two walks.
Despite being down 11-3, the TinCaps fought back in the ninth. Fort Wayne would score five in the inning and bat around before the night finally ended.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Defeated the Visalia Rawhide 3-1) (24-19 on the season)
Austin Krob: 7 IP, 7 H, 1 R, BB, 8 K (84 pitches, 59 strikes)
Adrian Morejon: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 K (23 pitches, 17 strikes)
Ethan Salas: (2-for-3), R, 2B, BB
Griffin Doersching: (2-for-4), R, HR, 2 RBI
Anthony Vilar: (0-for-1), R, 3 BB
Ethan Salas made history in his much-anticipated debut tonight. The young phenom became the first 16-year-old since Julio Urias in 2013 to appear in a Single-A game. Salas did not wait to make a strong first impression. Hitting in the second spot, he ripped a double to the left-centerfield gap after working an eight-pitch at bat. He singled in the fourth inning as well but was stranded.
— Lake Elsinore Storm Baseball (@Storm_Baseball) May 31, 2023
Austin Krob was on the mound for Lake Elsinore on Tuesday. The left-hander went seven innings, allowing just one run on seven hits while striking out eight. The Rawhide got to him in the second inning on a line drive to left field from Gavin Conticello that deflected off the glove of Storm outfielder Nick Vogt.
Lake Elsinore opened the fifth inning with a pair of walks before Wyatt Hoffman bunted. Rawhide starter Jacob Steinmetz threw the ball away, though, allowing a run to score, tying the game at 1-1. The Strom opened the eighth with a pair of walks again from Salas and Samuel Zavala. After Albert Fabian grounded into a double play, Griffin Doersching belted a two-run jack to give the Storm a 3-1 lead.
— Lake Elsinore Storm Baseball (@Storm_Baseball) May 31, 2023
Adrian Morejon made his third rehab appearance, pitching the final two innings. The lefty struck out three total, pitching back-to-back 1-2-3 innings in the victory.
El Paso: Angel Sanchez (0-1, 5.11 ERA, 29 K)
San Antonio: Daniel Camarena (0-2, 10.22 ERA, 12 K)
Fort Wayne: TBD
Lake Elsinore: TBD
Al was born in Fresno, California with a passion for talking and writing about sports. The lifelong Padres fan is currently attending Fresno State as he pursues a degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to being a student, he does public address announcing at both the high school and collegiate levels.