Padres Down on the Farm: September 2 (Alfaro homers/Wolf & Iriarte go 6 strong/Stammen scoreless in Lake Elsinore)

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Two players for the San Diego Padres performed well on rehab assignments down on the farm Friday. Jorge Alfaro hit a home run, and Craig Stammen did not allow any baserunners. The bats were mainly quiet, but a couple pitching performances really stood out. 


El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 8-5) (67-59)

Jorge Alfaro- 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K

Brandon Dixon– 2-for-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 K

Angel Felipe– 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Jose Castillo– 1.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

The El Paso Chihuahuas blew a late lead in an 8-5 loss. Jorge Alfaro stroked a home run in the first inning, and Brandon Dixon hit a two-run blast to give El Paso an early 3-1 lead in the third inning. Kyle Martin then extended the lead to four with a two-run double in the fourth inning. The Chihuahuas never scored again. With a 5-1 lead in the eighth inning, Brandon Kintzler entered. He left with one out, and the tying run at the plate and Jose Castillo entered. Castillo finished the game, but after allowing four runs and surrendering the lead. 

Jesse Scholtens is the scheduled starter for the Chihuahuas on Saturday.


San Antonio Missions (Lost 8-0) (63-59)

Tirso Ornelas– 0-for-4, 1 K

Yorman Rodriguez– 2-for-3, 2 BB

Kevin Kopps– 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K

Noel Vela– 2.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

The San Antonio Missions were shutout in an 8-0 loss. Kevin Kopps opened the game with 2.2 scoreless innings. Noel Vela followed by finishing the third inning and threw a scoreless frame in the fourth inning. The wheels fell off the track shortly thereafter, as Vela allowed five runs in the fifth.

Thomas Eshelman will start for San Antonio on Saturday.


Fort Wayne TinCaps (Won 5-2) (48-75)

Brandon Valenzuela– 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K

Agustin Ruiz– 3-for-4, 1 R, 1 K

Jackson Wolf– 6.1 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 6 K, 3 BB

Keegan Collett– 2.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 4 K

Jackson Wolf and Keegan Collett kept the bullpen rested by allowing just two runs in a 5-2 win. Wolf started for the TinCaps, garnering a quality start while striking out six. Collett then got the final eight outs after relieving Wolf to get the save. Albert Fabian and Brandon Valenzuela tied the game with singles in the second and fifth innings, respectively. Fabian doubled home another in the sixth inning to give Fort Wayne its first lead of the game. Carlos Luis and Jarryd Dale each singled home a run in the seventh inning for insurance. 

Jose Espada will start for Fort Wayne on Saturday.


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Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 10-1) (71-53)

Jackson Merrill– 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB

Nathan Martorella– 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB

Jairo Iriarte– 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 8 K, 0 BB

Craig Stammen- 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 K, 1 BB

A seven-run first inning pushed the Lake Elsinore Storm to a 10-1 victory. Only two of those runs, however, were scored on hits- singles by Griffin Doersching and Juan Zabala. A groundout, hit by pitch, walk, and two wild pitches were how the other five scored. Jairo Iriarte took advantage of the early lead and pitched six innings while allowing just one run. Two more runs scored on an error in the sixth inning, and Nathan Martorella drove home the tenth and final run on a double in the seventh inning. Craig Stammen retired all five batters he faced while striking out one on his rehab assignment. 

There is no scheduled starter for the Storm on Saturday.

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