Padres Down on the Farm: May 31 (Iglesias makes history for EP/Camarena nearly perfect for SA/Merrill & Zabala HR for FW/Salas debuts behind the plate for LE)

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The San Diego Padres, minor league affiliates, went 3-1 on Wednesday.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.


El Paso Chihuahuas (Defeated Las Vegas Aviators 15-14) (24-28 on the season)

Angel Sanchez: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, BB, 4 K (48 pitches, 33 strikes)

Jose Iglesias: (5-for-7), 5 R, 2 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI

Alfonso Rivas: (1-for-3), 3 R, 2B, 3 BB

Jantzen Witte: (4-for-6), 2 R, HR, 7 RBI

Taylor Kohlwey: (2-for-3), R, 2B, RBI, 3 BB

Matthew Batten: (4-for-7), 3 R, 2 RBI, SB

Kevin Plawecki: (2-for-5), 2 R, HR, RBI, BB

Brett Sullivan: (2-for-5), 2 R, RBI, BB

After outlasting Las Vegas 15-14 in an offensive bloodbath on Tuesday, the El Paso Chihuahuas turned it up a gear on Wednesday. El Paso reached base 32 times…yes you read that correctly, 32 times, including 23 hits. The all-around effort included all nine players in the lineup scoring at least once and recording at least one base hit. The majority of the damage came in the third and fifth innings when the Chihuahuas scored six runs apiece.

No contributions were bigger on the night than Jose Iglesias, who seemingly could not be stopped. The shortstop playing second base this evening picked up five extra-base hits for 16 total bases (new team record). His 3 HR and 8 RBI also tied team records in a night to remember. Recently resigned by the Padres on a minor league contract, Iglesias is making a strong impression on the big-league team to give him an opportunity. Jantzen Witte also had a big game, picking up four hits, including a grand slam in the third inning as part of a seven-RBI effort.

Lost in the shuffle, Angel Sanchez turned in one of his best outings of the season, pitching four innings. The right-hander dropped his ERA on the season to 5.02 after allowing just two runs on the night. Chihuahuas reliever Aaron Brooks also extended his scoreless streak to 12 games (12.2 IP) with two scoreless innings.

The only pitcher not to allow a run for Las Vegas was actually Yohel Pozo, the Aviators starting designated hitter. In addition to going 3-for-5 with two doubles, Pozo got the final four outs for Las Vegas, including a strikeout of Luis Liberato.


San Antonio Missions (Defeated the Frisco RoughRiders 3-0) (25-22 on the season)

Daniel Camarena: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, BB, 5 K (71 pitches, 50 strikes)

Michael De La Cruz: (2-for-4), R, HR, 2 RBI, SB

Connor Hollis: (1-for-3), 2B, RBI, BB, SB

Daniel Camarena has had plenty of struggles in 2023, but he seemed to have none of them on Wednesday. The veteran lefty threw six shutout innings, only allowing a single hit while striking out five. Alek Jacob picked up his second save of the season, pitching two scoreless frames.

Michael De La Cruz homered in the second inning. It was the only run in the game until the seventh inning when De La Cruz singled in teammate Daniel Johnson. Connor Hollis added on an insurance run in the ninth inning with an RBI double. The Missions’ win marked the 14th in the last 20 games for San Antonio, dating back to May 10.


Fort Wayne TinCaps (Defeated the South Bend Cubs 5-2) (20-27 on the season)

Jared Kollar: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 K (70 pitches, 46 strikes)

Jackson Merrill: (2-for-4), 2 R, HR, RBI, SB

Juan Zabala: (2-for-3), R, HR, 3 RBI, BB

Jakob Marsee: (1-for-3), R, BB, SB

Speed and power were the tools of the trade for Fort Wayne on Wednesday night. With two on and one out in the first inning. Jackson Merrill and Nathan Martorella pulled off a double steal; Merrill would then score after the throw got away. Merrill came through again in the fifth inning when he belted a laser off the right-field wall as he sprinted around the bases for an inside-the-park home run. Juan Zabala joined the action in the sixth inning with a three-run blast to make it 5-0, this coming off the over-the-wall variety.

On the pitching side of things, Jared Kollar struck out three in 5.2 innings, a career-high, holding the Cubs scoreless. Reliever Chris Lincoln ran into trouble in the seventh inning. After opening the frame by grounding out, South Bend would proceed to walk, single, and walk again to load the bases, chasing Lincoln from the game. He was replaced by Ethan Routzahn, who hit the first batter he faced. He would walk another as South Bend cut the deficit to 5-2. The TinCaps bullpen recovered. However, Nick Thwaits picked up the save throwing two scoreless innings, striking out three.

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Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost to Visalia Rawhide 3-1) (24-20 on the season)

Jagger Haynes: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R (3 ER), BB, 3 K (55 pitches, 35 strikes)

Manuel Castro: 5.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 K (60 pitches, 38 strikes)

Ethan Salas: (2-for-2), R, 2 BB

Albert Fabian: (1-for-5), R, HR, 3 RBI

There was a lot of hype around Ethan Salas, the Padres’ #3 prospect, when he made his debut on Tuesday. After going 2-for-3 with a double, the young catcher stepped up his game, reaching base in all four plate appearances on Wednesday in his last game as a 16-year-old. Salas has now reached base in seven of eight opportunities.

Jagger Haynes took the ball for Lake Elsinore but only went 3.1 innings. Kristian Robinson led off the game with a first-pitch home run. Robinson scored again in the third inning on the second balk in the frame from Haynes. Haynes was pulled in the fourth inning after reaching his pitch limit before handing the ball to the pen.

Salas broke up a no-hitter in the sixth inning with a single. Nick Vogt followed it up with a single of his own before Albert Fabian brought them both home with a three-run blast. The Storm tied the game in the eighth on a fielder’s choice. Visalia would rally for five runs in the tenth inning to win.


Thursday’s Probables:

El Paso: TBD

San Antonio: Jackson Wolf (3-5, 4.38 ERA, 53 K)

Fort Wayne: Adam Mazur (0-0, 1.80 ERA, 19 K)

Lake Elsinore: TBD

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