The San Diego Padres affiliates went 2-2 on Saturday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahua (Lost 9-4 to Tacoma Rainiers)
Brett Kennedy– 3 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, K (72 pitches/39 strikes)
Luis Campusano– (2-for-4) HR, RBI, 2 Run, 2 K
Ivan Castillo– (1-for-2) 2 RBI, 2 BB
Brian O’Grady– (1-for-4) Run, RBI, 2 K
El Paso was not able to rally, falling 9-4 to Tacoma in Washington. The Chihuahuas only managed five hits in the game and struck out 12 times as a unit. Catcher Luis Campusano did slug his first Triple-A homer in the 7th inning of the game. Ivan Castillo drove in two runs in the loss. Brett Kennedy did not have great stuff on Saturday as the right-hander allowed five earned runs in three innings pitched. Evan Miller threw three innings, allowing just one earned run, and Chase Johnson closed out the game for El Paso. Tucupita Marcano went 0-for-5 on Saturday and is hitting .077 to begin the 2021 season. Ben Ruta went 0-for-4 in the game with four strikeouts.
— El Paso Chihuahuas (@epchihuahuas) May 9, 2021
San Antonio Missions (Won 6-0 over Corpus Christie Hooks)
Jose Azocar– (2-for-4) Run
Taylor Kohlwey– (2-for-5) 2B, Run, RBI, K
Aaron Leasher- 3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, K (41 pitches-26 strikes)
Mason Fox– 2 IP, H, 2 K (23 pitches- 17 strikes)
The Missions’ pitching staff performed well on Saturday as four pitchers combined to shut out the Hooks on five hits. Aaron Leasher started the game, and the lefty went the first three, striking out a batter. Mason Fox relieved him for the win, throwing two shutout innings and striking out two batters. James Reeves and Fred Schlichtholz both completed two scoreless frames a piece in the win. Offensively, the team mustered nine hits as seven of the starting nine recorded a hit on the night. Jack Suwinski slugged a homer in the win, and Robbie Podorsky continues to be a pest for Texas League pitchers. Podorsky went 1-for-4 out of the leadoff spot, scoring two runs, driving in two, and walking in the game. The outfielder owns a 1.282 OPS through the first five games. San Antonio is currently 3-2 on the season and look to win the series against the Hooks on Sunday.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 16-6 to West Michigan Whitecaps)
Moises Lugo- 4 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 4 K (69 pitches- 41 strikes)
Wen Hua-Sung- 2 IP, 0 ER, BB, 3 K
Agustin Ruiz– (1-for-4) HR, 2 RBI, R, BB, 2 K
Kelvin Melean– (2-for-5) RBI, Run, K
A seven-run 9th inning was entirely too much for the TinCaps in a game that turned into a blowout. Infielder Olivier Basbabe came on to get the last out of the game for Fort Wayne. The right-handed (pitcher) recorded a strikeout which was one of the few highlights for the TinCaps on the day. Felix Minjarez and Cody Tyler were both knocked around as the duo allowed 12 earned runs to score in just over two innings of work. The 5th and 9th inning was a bad experience for TinCaps’ fans. Every starter in the lineup recorded a hit except for Michael Curry, who went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. Agustin Ruiz slugged his second homer of the season, and Luis Almanzar went deep for the first time on the season. The TinCaps were 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position. The team is now 3-2 on the season.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Won 9-8 over Visalia Rawhide)
Euribiel Angeles- (2-for-5) HR, 4 RBI, Run, K
Brandon Valenzuela– (2-for-4) HR, Run, RBI, BB, K
Gilberto Vizcarra– (2-for-5) Run
Matthew Acosta– (2-for-2) 3 BB, 2 Runs
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The Lake Elsinore Storm are now 5-0 on the season as they came back to beat Visalia on Saturday. A four-run 4th inning put Visalia up 8-3, but Lake Elsinore battled back, showing great determination. A three-run triple by Ripken Reyes in the 8th inning was huge for the Storm. Brandon Valenzuela and Euribiel Angeles both homered in the win. The offense totaled 10 hits in the game. Matthew Acosta continues to play well, going 2-for-2 and drawing three walks. The left-handed hitter owns a .992 OPS over the first handful of games. Robert Hassell III went 0-for-4 in the leadoff spot, but he did walk twice, score a run, and drive in a run. Hassell is at a 1.066 OPS to start the year. Ripken Reyes is at a 1.417 OPS to begin the year, and Valenzuela owns a 1.460 OPS presently. The Rawhide cannot wait until the Storm pile in their bus and exit town.
OUR GUYS HAVE COME BACK DOWN 4-8 TO TIE THE GAME IN THE 8TH INNING!! pic.twitter.com/AgSRx9gsRW
— Lake Elsinore Storm Baseball (@Storm_Baseball) May 9, 2021
El Paso- Jesse Scholtens
San Antonio- TBD
Fort Wayne- TBD
Lake Elsinore- TBD
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