San Diego Padres affiliates went 3-1 on Saturday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 2-0 vs. Sugar Land) (16-13 on the season)
SP Pedro Avila: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 2 K, 4 BB
RP Jesse Scholtens: 4 IP, 0 ER, 2 K, 2 BB, 1 H, W (3-0)
DH Luke Voit: (0-for-5) 5 K
RF Nomar Mazara: (0-for-2) 1 R, 2 BB ends hitting streak at 16 games
1B Aderlin Rodriguez: (1-for-3) 1 R, 2 RBI, HR
Pitching reigned supreme in this one. Starting pitcher Pedro Avila, fresh off his doubleheader promotion to the big club, pitched around four walks and a base hit in his two and a third scoreless outing. The Chihuahuas used five total pitchers to keep the Space Cowboys off the board. Scholtens went four innings picking up the victory.
Aderlin Rodriguez sends this one into orbit!
— El Paso Chihuahuas (@epchihuahuas) May 8, 2022
El Paso managed just enough offense to pick up the victory. It took until the sixth inning and a two-run home run by Aderlin Rodriguez to break the scoreless tie. The Chihuahuas would hold on to get back in the winner’s circle after a tough boat race loss in last night’s ballgame.
San Antonio Missions Won 10-7 vs. Corpus Christi) (11-15 on the season)
SP Reggie Lawson: 2 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 4 BB, 2 K
RP Mason Fox: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K, W (1-1)
RF Jorge Ona: (2-for-4) 1 RBI, 1 R
3B Connor Hollis: (0-for-3) 2 BB, 2 R
2B Chris Givin: (0-for-4) 1 BB, 2 R
In typical Texas League fashion, the Missions and the Hooks brought plenty of men across home plate, combining for 17 total runs. For their part, the Missions managed to score ten, but their batters only contributed three total RBIs. Corpus Christi had a rough day in the field, committing four errors, and if my advanced math checks out, they gave San Antonio seven unearned runs.
The Hooks took an early 3-0 lead with a three-run homer from Yainer Diaz in the first inning. In the top of the third, Esteury Ruiz stole third base for his 18th bag of the season and was granted another 90 feet on the first of the Hooks errors, a throwing error from catcher Luke Berryhill.
The Missions would add on another run with a Domingo Leyba double to bring home Connor Hollis. The hooks brought home their fourth run of the evening on a sacrifice fly bringing the score to 4-2 Corpus Christi after three complete.
The top of the sixth saw a combination of walks, wildness, and more wildness which gave the Missions their first lead of the evening.
Reliever Jose Betances entered for his third inning of work after two scoreless innings. He allowed Korry Howell, Chris Givin, and Esteury Ruiz to all walk, plus a wild pitch on Ruiz’s ball four-pitch brought Howell home. An RBI single from Chandler Seagle brought in Givin to tie it up at four. Corpus Christi made a pitching change to stabilize things. However, the Missions had other plans. On a double steal from runners Ruiz and Seagle, catcher Luke Berryhill committed another throwing error which allowed both runners to come home, giving San Antonio the 6-4 lead.
In the top of the seventh, Chris Givin reached base on another error, this time by third baseman Bryan Arias, and brought home, Jorge Ona. Another wild pitch allowed Korry Howell to trot home. Yet another throwing error from catcher Luke Berryhill (his third of the game) allowed Givin to score, giving the Missions their ninth run of the game. In their half of the seventh, Corpus Christi shaved the lead to 9-6 before a more conventional run was scored for San Antonio, when Jorge Ona hit his second RBI double to give the Missions their 10th run. Corpus Christi would tack on a final run in the last of the ninth, but this wild affair would cease at 10-7 in favor of San Antonio.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 6-3 vs. Wisconsin) (12-14 on the season)
SP Danny Denz: 2.1 IP, 5 ER, 3 H, 5 BB, 2 K, L (0-2)
RP Wen-Hua Sung: 2 IP, 0 R, 3 K, 1 BB
CF Joshua Mears: (0-for-3) 2 BB, 1 R, 1 SB
LF Corey Rosier: (1-for-4) 2 RBI, 2B
DH Robert Hassell III: (2-for-3) 1 RBI, 1 HR, 1 BB
The Timber Rattlers got to TinCaps starting pitcher Danny Denz early and often in this one. They pushed across two runs in the first and three in the third before chasing Denz from the game. The first reliever of the evening, Jason Reynolds, allowed one more run to give Wisconsin the 6-0 lead.
The TinCaps pitching staff finished the game strong, tossing four scoreless innings to close this one out.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) May 7, 2022
The batters failed to do much of anything against Wisconsin starter Russell Smith. The hulking left-handed thrower limited Fort Wayne to a single hit in his five scoreless innings. It was not until a sixth-inning ten pitch battle won by today’s center fielder Joshua Mears that broke the shutout. Mears was able to pull a full-count fastball over the left-field fence for his eighth homer of the year. It appeared as though Fort Wayne may have been on the comeback trail. With no outs in the eighth, they brought two runs home on the strength of a two-RBI double by Robert Hassell III. The offense would ultimately come up short as they dropped their second consecutive game to Wisconsin.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Win 7-1 vs. Rancho Cucamonga) (17-9 on the season)
1B Cole Cummings: (1-for-3) 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 HR, 1 BB
DH Albert Fabian: (2-for-4) 1 R, 2 2B
LF Justin Farmer: (2-for-4) 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR
SP Victor Lizarraga: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 K, 3 BB
RP Aaron Holiday: 2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 K, 1 BB, W (3-1)
The Storm got out to an early lead thanks to a wild pitch from Quakes starting pitcher Orlando Ortiz-Mayr that brought home Cole Cummings. In the third inning, Lake Elsinore would add on three more runs with Cole Cummings’ first dinger of the season. Justin Farmer added another run with a second home run of the inning, this time an inside the park variety, to expand the lead to 5-0.
— Lake Elsinore Storm Baseball (@Storm_Baseball) May 8, 2022
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The Storm received excellent pitching tonight from their four pitchers. It took until the seventh inning for the Quakes to scratch across their first run on an RBI single, but they were unable to cut further into the 5-1 lead.
Lake Elsinore would add on two more insurance runs via a throwing error which allowed Max Ferguson to reach. The game fell in hand from the beginning to end as they stayed atop the California South Division.
San Diego born and raised. Padres and Everton supporter… yes I’m a masochist. I’m a sports junkie with a love of stories. Hopefully we can learn a few things together on this adventure.