Padres Down on the Farm: May 9 (Abrams homers/Storm finally lose)

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The San Diego Padres affiliates were 2-1 on Sunday.

The TinCaps were rained out.

Here is a recap of the day’s events.

El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 5-1 over Tacoma Rainiers)

Jesse Scholtens- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 6 K (71 pitches/48 strikes)

Brian O’Grady– (1-for-4) HR, 2 RBI, Run, 2 K

Patrick Kivlehan– (1-for-4) 2 RBI

Luis Campusano– (1-for-3) Run, RBI, BB

The Chihuahuas and Rainers will play on Monday to determine a series winner. On Sunday afternoon, Jesse Scholtens was the big story. The right-handed pitcher threw five innings for El Paso, striking out six batters and allowing just one run. The 27-year-old pitcher spent the 2019 season in Amarillo, where he threw 125 innings and made 20 starts for the Sod Poodles. Kyle McGrath threw two shutout innings of relief out of the pen. Mason Thompson and Aaron Northcraft pitched a scoreless frame as well. Offensively, El Paso scored two on a single by Patrick Kivlehan in the 3rd inning and never looked back. Brian O’Grady slugged his first homer of the year in the 8th inning, adding icing to the cake for El Paso. Ivan Castillo went 0-for-4 in the game with two strikeouts but is still hitting .429 on the year with a 1.101 OPS.

 

San Antonio Missions (Won 7-5 over Corpus Christie Hooks)

Jerry Keel– 4 IP, 2 BB, 4 K (51 pitches/30 strikes)

CJ Abrams– (3-for-5) HR, 2 RBI, 2 Runs

Kyle Overstreet– (2-for-5) 2B, 3 RBI, K

Robbie Podorsky– (1-for-4) Run, BB, CS

The Missions scored two runs in the 8th inning to break a tie and went on to a 7-5 win over the Hooks. Reiss Knehr made the start, but he was knocked around. The 24-year-old left-hander went four innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits and a walk. He threw 75 pitches in the game and only managed to strike out one batter. Jerry Keel relieved Knehr and was brilliant, throwing four scoreless innings for the Missions. The 6-foot-6 left-handed pitcher only walked two batters in his 51 pitches thrown. Jose Quezeda pitched the 9th inning for his first save of the year. As far as the offense goes, CJ Abrams broke out the bat with a 3-for-5 night at the plate. Abrams slugged his first homer of the season and drove in two runs in the game. The Missions bus away from Corpus Christie, winning four of the six games in the series. Not a bad way to start the season for San Antonio.

 

Fort Wayne TinCaps (PPD Rain)

 

Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 5-4 to Visalia Rawhide) 

Nick Thwaits–  4 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 4 K (57 pitches- 34 strikes)

Levi Thomas– 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 K (43 pitches- 30 strikes)

Robert Hassell III- (1-for-1) 4 BB, Run

Jarryd Dale– (1-for-3) 2b, RBI, BB, K

The win streak to start the season is over for Lake Elsinore, as they failed to earn the six-game sweep over Visalia on Sunday. Nick Thwaits made the start and coughed up four runs in the first to the Rawhide. The 21-year-old right-hander would settle down, but the damage had been done. Lake Elsinore rallied to make the game close but was unable to get the clutch hits. Levi Thomas threw three innings of relief and kept the contest close for the Storm. The 22-year-old 4th round pick in 2020 went three innings, allowing one earned run on three hits. Robert Hassell III continued his hot start to the season, recording four walks and a single in the game. He owns a 1.177 OPS to start the 2021 season. Ripken Reyes was moved to the number two spot in the lineup but went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. The former USD baseball player still has a 1.191 OPS to begin the year. Lake Elsinore travels home to begin a 12-game homestand on Tuesday. Inland Empire will be in for six games, followed by the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Do yourself a favor and drive up the I-15 freeway to check out these prospects.

 


Monday’s Probables

El Paso- TBD

San Antonio- Off

Fort Wayne- Off

Lake Elsinore- Off

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