Padres Down on the Farm: May 31 (Leasher Pitches Well in LE/Pirela Homers in El Paso)

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San Diego Padres affiliates were 1-3 on Friday.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.

El Paso Chihuahuas (34-21)  Lost 8-5

The Chihuahuas dropped another game on Friday, as they lost to Tacoma 8-5. Jerry Keel was not adequate for El Paso, coughing up six earned runs in four innings pitched. The left-hander just did not have his best stuff on the night. Andres Munoz continues to be perfect in the PCL, throwing 1.1 innings of scoreless ball. He should be up son with the Padres. Both Franchy Cordero and Jose Pirela played for El Paso on Friday, and that leaves three players on the roster rehabbing. Francisco Meia has been with the team for a little over a week. Pirela homered in the game and Franchy leadoff going 1-for-5 with a run scored.

Franchy Cordero- (1-5) Run, 2 K

Luis Urias– (1-3) BB, 2 K

Jose Pirela- (1-4) HR, RBI, Run, K

Andres Munoz- 1.1 IP, H, 2 K (17 pitches- 11 strikes)

Jerry Keel- 4 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, BB, 3 K (68 pitches- 44 strikes)

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Amarillo Sod Poodles (26-26)  Lost 6-2

The Soddies had a chance in the ninth as Brad Zunica singled and Luis Torrens walked to being the inning. However, Rockhounds’ pitcher Kyle Finnegan struck out the next three batters to earn the victory. The closer had been on the IL and was making his first appearance in over two weeks for Midland. Hudson Potts, Webster Rivas, and Buddy Reed all went down in the last frame as the closer was clocked consistently in the upper 90s. Reed took a fastball on 0-2 for a backward K in the books. T.J. Weir made a start for Amarillo and was not his best allowing three earned runs in five frames of work for Amarillo. The Sod Poodles got two hits from Owen Miller and Rodrigo Orozco, but little else was done offensively.

Webster Rivas– (1-3) 3B, Run, BB, K

Luis Torrens– (1-2) 2B, RBI, 2 BB

Rodrigo Orozco– (2-4) K, CS

Owen Miller– (2-4) Run, K

T.J. Weir– 5 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (88 pitches- 55 strikes)

Lake Elsinore Storm (27-26) Won 5-2

The Lake Elsinore Storm got a great start from Aaron Leasher and pulled to one game above .500 in the Cal League. The Storm scored four runs in the first two innings and did not look back against San Jose in a 5-2 win. Lake Elsinore did strikeout 15 times in the game, but the damage had already been done in the game. Olivier Basabe hit his fourth homer of the year in the second inning. Jack Suwinski continues to struggle in California as he went 0-for-3 with three Ks in the game. His OPS is down to .664 on the year. Reiss Knehr earned a save by throwing the last three innings pitched and striking out five.

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Olivier Basabe–  (1-3) HR, 3 RBI, Run

Robbie Podorsky– (1-1) Run

Luis Campusano– (2-4) 2B

Gabriel Arias– (2-4) 2B, Run, RBI

Aaron Leasher– (Win) 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 K (77 pitches- 50 strikes)

Fort Wayne TinCaps (26-27)  Lost 9-6

Left-handed pitcher Ramon Perez had some mechanical issues and was not throwing well on Friday. He allowed five earned runs in four innings pitched for the TinCaps. Catcher, Blake Hunt told EVT after the game that he was getting some cut-action on his fastball that was not by design. Perez was replaced on the mound by Angel Acevedo who took the loss allowing four earned runs in his lone inning of relief. Austin Smith had another positive outing on the mound getting the last 11 out of the game without allowing a hit. He only walked one on the day while striking out five. Dwanya Williams-Sutton put the TinCaps on top on Princess Night with a three-run homer in the second inning. He ended the night going 2-for-4 with a double and homer. Blake Hunt continues to hit the ball well going 2-for-5 in the loss.

Dwanya Williams-Sutton– (2-4) HR, 2B, 4 RBI, 2 Runs, BB, K

Blake Hunt– (2-5) 2B, Run

Lee Solomon– (2-4) 2 Runs

Austin Smith– 3.2 IP, BB, 5 K (46 pitches- 27 strikes)

Ramon Perez– 4 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K (67 pitches- 42 strikes)

Pitching Probables for Saturday

El Paso- TBD vs. Erik Swanson (0-0 4.09 ERA)

Amarillo- Lake Bachar (0-2 5.29 ERA vs. TBD

Lake Elsinore- TBD vs. Jake Wong (1-1 4.50 ERA)

Fort Wayne- Ryan Weathers (2-0 1.78 ERA) vs. John Rooney (0-1 7.84 ERA)

DSL Padres- TBD vs TBD

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