San Diego Padres affiliates went 2-4 on Thursday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Won 8-5 vs. Albuquerque) (43-66 on the season)
Adrian Martinez: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 2 K (69 pitches, 50 strikes)
José Azocar: (2-for-4), 3B, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Ivan Castillo: (3-for-3), 2 RBI, 2 R, BB, SB
Taylor Kohlwey: (2-for-4), RBI, BB
The Chihuahuas offense erupted for five runs in the fifth inning, overcoming a two-run deficit and giving them a lead they did not relinquish. All nine Chihuahuas came to the plate in the fifth, including a stretch where six straight batters reached base. Ivan Castillo hit a two-run double off a ball that deflected off third baseman Elehuris Montero. The two runs gave El Paso a lead, which they extended after Nick Tanielu scored on a wild pitch. Castillo also came around to score on a wild pitch, meaning El Paso had a three-run lead. From there, it was smooth sailing for El Paso as they cruised to the win.
San Antonio Missions (Lost 6-3 to Frisco) (53-58 on the season)
Tyler Viza: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 4 K (95 pitches, 55 strikes)
Eguy Rosario: (1-for-3), HR, RBI, R, BB, K
Olivier Basabe: (1-for-4), HR, RBI, R, K
Esteury Ruiz: (1-for-5), 2B, R, SB, K
A pair of Missions errors proved critical, as five of the six Frisco runs were unearned. San Antonio started quickly, as Eguy Rosario homered as the third batter of the game, giving the Missions an early lead. Ethan Skender doubled the advantage in the third inning, singling home Esteury Ruiz, who reached on an error before swiping second base. Olivier Basabe made the first backbreaking error in the third, as he failed to field a potential inning-ending double-play ball. The second Missions error came in the sixth when shortstop Eguy Rosario wasn’t able to get a handle on a ground ball, and Frisco scored three more runs in the inning. Olivier Basabe homered in the ninth, but the Missions were unable to threaten to complete the rally.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 7-4 to Lansing) (52-59 on the season)
Chase Walter: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K (35 pitches, 22 strikes)
Robert Hassell III: (2-for-4), RBI, R, BB
Victor Duarte: (2-for-4), RBI, R
Angel Solarte: (2-for-4), R
The TinCaps fell behind big early, and they weren’t able to battle back. Lansing scored three runs in the second before adding two more in both the third and fourth innings. This put Fort Wayne into a six-run hole, and while the TinCaps pitchers kept Lansing off the scoreboard, they weren’t able to rally. Top prospect Robert Hassell III added a pair of hits, but no one on Fort Wayne produced an extra-base hit in the entire game.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 5-4 to Visalia, 10 innings) (49-62 on the season)
Ruben Galindo: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 6 K (47 pitches, 33 strikes)
Gilberto Vizcarra: (2-for-4), RBI, 2 K
Bryan Torres: (1-for-4), RBI, R
Lucas Dunn: (1-for-4), R
The Storm dropped a sloppy game, in which the two teams combined for seven errors, symbolized perfectly as Seth Mayberry hit three consecutive batters in the tenth before the winning run came in on a wild pitch. Lake Elsinore scored in the seventh and eighth innings to tie the game at three, forcing extras. After a bunt and an RBI groundout, the Storm managed to push across the go-ahead run in the tenth, but Mayberry’s aforementioned struggles doomed the Storm.
DSL Padres (Lost 8-7 to DSL Diamondbacks) (29-11 on the season)
Axcel Peralta: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Eddy Beltre: (1-for-4), HR, RBI, R
Victor Acosta: (3-for-4), 3B, RBI, 3 R, BB
Samuel Zavala: (2-for-3), 2B, 2 RBI, BB, K
The Padres rallied from a four-run deficit to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth inning before losing the game after allowing a home run to lead off the ninth. The Padres started quickly, with Eddy Beltre homering on the very first pitch of the game. However, three errors led to three unearned runs for the Diamondbacks, who won by a run. The Padres outhit the Diamondbacks eleven to seven, but the Diamondbacks put runners across when the Padres weren’t able to.
ACL Padres (Won 3-0 vs. ACL Royals Gold) (23-28 on the season)
Victor Lizgarraga: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K
Garrett Hawkins: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K
Justin Farmer: (2-for-2), HR, 2 RBI, R, BB
Charlis Aquino: (1-for-3), RBI
The Padres pitching staff was excellent, and the Padres took advantage of four Royals errors to win. Both Victor Lizgarraga and Garrett Hawkins pitched three scoreless innings, striking out six batters in the process. The Padres were out-hit, but Justin Farmer’s two-run second inning home run gave enough cushion for them to secure the win against the Royals.
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El Paso: Caleb Boushley (3-7, 5.50 ERA)
San Antonio: Jerry Keel (1-4, 6.21 ERA)
Fort Wayne: Danny Denz (0-1, 2.50 ERA)
Lake Elsinore: TBD
DSL Padres: TBD
ACL Padres: TBD
Sam is a Senior in High School. He has been writing for three years, and started at EVT in June of 2021. He’s headed to Syracuse’s Newhouse School of Communications in the fall of 2023.