Padres Down on the Farm: September 18 (Hinojosa homers as EP walks off/Merrill’s 4-hit day leads LE to Game 1 win of Cal League Championship)

CRedit: Deanna Gold/ EVT Sports

Credit: EVT Farm

The San Diego Padres minor league affiliates went 2-1 on Sunday.


El Paso Chihuahuas (won 6-5 in 10) (80-61 on the season)

Matthew Batten: 2-for-4, RBI

C.J. Hinojosa: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR

Thomas Milone: 2-for-4, R, BB, 2 RBI, walk-off single

Pedro Avila: 5 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 4 K

The Chihuahuas went down early in this game, allowing a run in each of the first three innings. C.J. Hinojosa put El Paso on the board in the fifth with a solo home run, and the game was tied in the seventh after a bases-loaded walk and a Matthew Batten sacrifice fly. Down 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth, Brandon Dixon tied the game on a sacrifice fly. Down again by one in the 10th, Hinojosa singled to tie it at five, and Thomas Milone walked it off with a single.


San Antonio Missions (lost 5-2) (68-68 on the season)

Ethan Skender: 3-for-5

Ripken Reyes: 2-for-3, R, RBI, 3B

Noel Vela: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, L (1-3)

After going 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position on Friday, San Antonio struggled again on Sunday, going 2-for-13 with RISP. The Missions were shut out through the first eight innings. Noel Vela lasted only four innings, allowing three runs, and Amarillo scored a run in each the seventh and eighth innings to go up 5-0. San Antonio scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth on a Ripken Reyes triple and a Connor Hollis single.

Credit: Deanna Gold/ EVT Sports

Lake Elsinore Storm (won 13-2 in Game 1 of the Cal League Championship)

Jackson Merrill: 4-for-5, R, 4 RBI, 3 2B

Jakob Marsee: 2-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, HR

Juan Zabala: 2-for-5, R, RBI, 2 2B

Fernando Sanchez: 4.1 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 7 SO

Marcos Castanon: 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, R

Lake Elsinore defeated the Fresno Grizzlies 13-2 in Game 1 of the Cal League Championship. After going down 1-0 in the second, the offense took off after that. Griffin Doersching doubled in the fourth to tie it, and Jakob Marsee hit a two-run home run to give the Storm a 3-1 lead. Lake Elsinore scored five runs in the fifth as Jackson Merrill hit a three-run double. They scored two in the sixth and three in the seventh behind a Merrill RBI double and a Marcos Castanon two-run home run to extend the lead to 13-2.


Monday’s Probables:

El Paso: off

San Antonio: off (Division Series Game 1 on Tuesday @ Frisco)

Lake Elsinore: off (Game 2 of Championship on Tuesday @ Fresno)

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Bobby Murphy
Bobby is currently a Junior at Arizona State University and is majoring in Sports Journalism in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is from San Diego, loves to write, and has a deep passion for baseball, football, and basketball. He also co-hosts the "Devils Talking Padres" podcast and is a contributor for
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