San Diego Padres affiliates went 3-1 on Sunday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 7-2 vs. Albuquerque) (44-68 on the season)
Reiss Knehr: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K (43 pitches, 29 strikes)
Taylor Kohlwey: (1-for-2), HR, 2 RBI, R, 3 BB, 2 SB, K
Brian O’Grady: (2-for-5), HR, RBI, R
José Azocar: (3-for-5), 3B, 2B, RBI, 2 R, SB, K
The Chihuahuas offense started quickly, as Taylor Kohlwey hit a two-run home run in the first inning, giving El Paso a two-run lead just two batters into the game. Kohlwey demonstrated great discipline, walking thrice, and he also stole two bases, helping the Chihuahuas to the victory. Brian O’Grady also homered, and José Azocar missed a cycle by a home run, as all ten Chihuahuas hits came from the top five batters in the order.
On the mound, the Chihuahuas used five pitchers, and just starter Reiss Knehr and the 44-year-old Joe Beimel allowed runs. Evan Miller earned the win for two scoreless innings in which he struck out four batters and surrendered just one hit. Albuquerque hitters struggled at the plate, striking out 14 times and going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, helping the Chihuahuas to their comfortable win.
San Antonio Missions (Won 3-1 vs. Frisco) (55-59 on the season)
Pedro Avila: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 K (39 pitches, 35 strikes)
Kelvin Melean: (2-for-3), HR, RBI, R
Agustin Ruiz: (1-for-2), HR, 2 RBI, R, BB, K
Ethan Skender: (1-for-4), 2B
The Missions hit a pair of home runs and pitched very well to win their final home game of the season. Pedro Avila was ridiculously efficient, throwing just four balls all game, all of which went to Josh Stowers on a four-pitch walk. Avila induced six first-pitch outs, two of which came on a double play, and struck nine batters for his 15 outs. He got stronger as his outing went on, striking out the final four batters he faced, including an immaculate inning for his final three outs. An immaculate inning is when a pitcher strikes out all three batters he faces in an inning, on a minimum of nine pitches. It’s a rare feat, having happened just 105 times at the major league level. Moises Lugo allowed a hit in his two innings of work, and Mason Fox and Jose Quezada pitched scoreless frames to secure the win.
Kelvin Melean homered in the second to get the Missions on the board, and Agustin Ruiz brought home Dwayna Williams-Sutton with a tie-breaking two-run shot in the fifth, giving the Missions a lead they did not relinquish. The Missions picked up just six hits and had just one at-bat with a runner in scoring position, but the two home runs provided enough offense thanks to the stellar San Antonio pitching.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Won 7-1 vs. Lansing) (54-60 on the season)
Felix Minjarez: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K (55 pitches, 36 strikes)
Tirso Ornelas: (4-for-5), HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, K
Luis Almanzar: (3-for-4), HR, 2 RBI, R
Victor Duarte: (2-for-4), HR, 2 RBI, R, K
The electric TinCaps offense had a power surge, homering three times to help them to a win. Tirso Ornelas missed a cycle by the always elusive triple but still picked up four hits. Luis Almanzar drove in the first two runs of the game with his second-inning home run, while Victor Duarte extended the Fort Wayne lead to five with a two-run home run. The TinCaps struggled with runners in scoring position, going 1-for-9, but the long ball served as a good weapon for Fort Wayne. The TinCaps picked up 16 hits in the came, and five players had multi-hit games. On the mound, the TinCaps were equally strong, with starter Felix Minjarez allowing just two baserunners in four frames before the bullpen gave up just two hits in the final five innings.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 4-2 to Visalia) (50-64 on the season)
Bodi Rascon: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K (38 pitches, 27 strikes)
Lucas Dunn: (2-for-3), 2 R, BB, K
Sean Guilbe: (1-for-4), 3B, K
Gilberto Vizcarra: (1-for-4), 2B, RBI
The Storm’s offense never really got started against league-worst Visalia, and a pair of fifth-inning runs off Seth Mayberry put the Storm into a hole they were unable to dig out of. Lucas Dunn scored both of Lake Elsinore’s runs, and he was the only Storm player to reach base more than once, getting on three times. Both teams picked up seven hits, but the fact that Cole Cummings ended a promising sixth inning by being thrown out at home killed the Storm. If Cummings had been safe, Lake Elsinore would have had the tying run in scoring position.
DSL Padres (Off Day)
ACL Padres (Off Day)
El Paso: Jesse Scholtens (3-8, 5.21 ERA)
San Antonio: Off Day
Fort Wayne: Off Day
Lake Elsinore: Off Day
DSL Padres: TBD
ACL Padres: TBD