San Diego Padres affiliates went 2-4 on Friday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 6-4 to Round Rock) (42-61 on the season)
Adrian Martinez: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 3 K (85 pitches, 51 strikes)
Webster Rivas: (3-for-4), 2B
José Azocar: (2-for-5), 2 RBI, SB, K
Matt Batten: (2-for-5), RBI, R, SB, 2 K
The Chihuahuas bullpen let them down against Round Rock, with Miguel Diaz and Nick Ramirez, each of whom played for the Padres earlier this year, each allowing two runs in their one inning of work, turning a two-run lead into a two-run deficit. The Chihuahuas had their lead thanks to a four-run fifth inning, as El Paso strung together five straight hits. Despite the good hitting from the Chihuahuas, El Paso hitting coach Doug Banks was ejected while arguing a strike call to Bryan O’Grady that just caught the bottom of the zone. El Paso out-hit the Express 15 to 10, but the Chihuahuas did not walk once while walking six Round Rock players. The Express had 16 at-bats with runners in scoring position, turning four of them into run-scoring plays. With the El Paso offense silent in all but the fifth, the six Round Rock runs gave them the victory.
San Antonio Missions (Lost 8-1 to Amarillo) (50-56 on the season)
Tom Cosgrove: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (24 pitches, 21 strikes)
Allen Córdoba: (2-for-4), 2B, R
Michael Curry: (1-for-4), 2B, RBI, 2 K
Eguy Rosario: (1-for-4), 2B, K
The Missions bats never woke up on Fernando Tatis Jr. bobblehead night, as save for a pair of second inning doubles by Allen Córdoba and Michael Curry, the Missions were kept off the board. San Antonio starter Tyler Viza surrendered twelve hits and six runs across his five innings of work, constantly finding the basepaths full of Sod Poodles. Amarillo never scored more than two runs in an inning, but they never went more than two innings between scoring, and the Missions’ offense never found a big hit when they needed it most. San Antonio did have 10 opportunities with a runner in scoring position, but just two Missions hits, only one of which scored a run, meant that Amarillo led throughout.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Won 6-1 vs. Great Lakes) (51-55 on the season)
Noel Vela: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K (87 pitches, 52 strikes)
Euribiel Angeles: (3-for-5), 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, K
Chris Givin: (2-for-3), 2 R, BB
Robert Hassell III; (1-for-5), 2B, RBI, R, K
The TinCaps offense scored early, putting up six runs in the first four frames, giving them a six-run lead that they did not relinquish. Tirso Ornelas singled home Euribiel Angeles just three batters into the game, and Zack Mathis doubled the advantage just two batters later. In the fourth inning, with the TinCaps ahead by three runs, a pair of two-out doubles and an error doubled the advantage to six. Noel Vela pitched four and two-thirds scoreless innings, but thanks to two walks and an error, he left one out short of being eligible for the win. Ramon Perez struck out Ryan Ward on a huge full count and bases loaded at-bat. Great Lakes avoided the shutout thanks to a walk and three straight wild pitches by Chase Walter, but the comfortable victory was secured when Walter struck out the side.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 5-2 to Rancho Cucamonga) (46-59 on the season)
Robert Gasser: 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (45 pitches, 33 strikes)
Carlos Luis: (2-for-4), 2B
Jarryd Dale: (2-for-4), K
Gilberto Vizcarra: (1-for-3), RBI, R, HBP
After the game was scoreless for the first four innings, Lake Elsinore reliever Ruben Galindo allowed three runs, one of which came via Wladimir Chalo’s home run that led off the bottom of the fifth inning. The Storm did not get on the board until the eighth inning, and even then, it was bittersweet. After a hit batter and a single that left the Storm with runners on the corners, Sean Guilbe grounded into a double play that scored Gilberto Vizcarra. However, after the next two Storm batters reached base, it became clear that the momentum-killing double play was crucial in stopping any hopes of a Storm comeback. Lake Elsinore added a consolation run with two outs in the ninth inning but never threatened to rally from the four-run deficit.
DSL Padres (Lost 11-8 to DSL Blue Jays) (26-10 on the season)
Javier Zenizo: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 4 K
Carlos Rodriguez: (1-for-4), HR, RBI, R, BB, K
Daniel Montesino (2-for-4), RBI, 2 R, SB
Samuel Zavala: (2-for-5), 2B, 3 RBI, R, SB, K
The Blue Jays scored seven times in the final three innings to rally past the Padres in the late innings. Greiber Lopez allowed four runs to score while retiring just one batter, picking up the loss in the process. Carlos Rodríguez hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning for the Padres, but thanks to Lopez’s struggles in the ninth, it was for naught. The Blue Jays scored throughout the game, putting up runs in seven innings, and having 20 chances with a runner in scoring position, in comparison to the Padres 15. Only three of the Padres eight runs were earned, as a pair of errors hurt the Blue Jays, but the late offensive surge erased the cost of the miscues.
ACL Padres (Won 2-0 vs. ACL Rangers) (22-25 on the season)
Victor Lizarraga: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 1 K
Nerwillian Cedeno: (1-for-2), 3B, RBI, R
Charlis Aquino: (1-for-3), R
Cole Cummings: (1-for-1), RBI, 2 BB
The Padres pitching staff excelled, allowing just one hit across the seven innings, and thanks to runs in the fourth and sixth innings, they picked up the win in the pitcher’s duel. The Rangers stranded six runners, including leaving the bases loaded in the first inning, but they weren’t ever able to find a way to put a run across, securing the victory for the stellar Padres pitching staff.
El Paso: Caleb Boushley (3-6, 5.65 ERA)
San Antonio: Jerry Keel (1-3, 5.40 ERA)
Fort Wayne: Carlos Guarate (1-5, 7.79 ERA)
Lake Elsinore Storm: TBD
DSL Padres: TBD
ACL Padres: TBD