Padres Down the Farm: September 5 (Gore pitched for FW/Avila effective for SA/Acosta continues hot-hitting for LE)
The San Diego Padres affiliates went 1-3 on Sunday.
Here is a recap of the day’s events.
El Paso Chihuahuas (Lost 14-2 to Round Rock) (42-63 on the season)
Daniel Camarena – 3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO
Matt Batten – (2-for-4) SO
Yonny Rodriguez- (2-for-3) RBI
Gosuke Katoh – (2-for-3) 2B, RBI, BB, SO
Pitching across the Padres affiliates struggled. The Chihuahuas are one of the three teams to give up 10 or more runs on Sunday. Right away, the struggles were evident. Daniel Camarena gave up a walk and two hits in the first inning that scored two runs. In the second inning, he gave up two extra-base hits en route to a three-run inning. The real downfall came in the 6th inning for El Paso. With Brett Kennedy pitching, the express gave up six hits and six runs in his one inning of work.
The lone two runs for the Chihuahuas came in the 7th inning when they earned a walk and back-to-back hits.
San Antonio Missions (Won 7-4 over Amarillo) (51-56 on the season)
Pedro Avila – 4.0 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 SO
Olivier Basabe – (2-for-3) HR, 2 R, 3 RBI,
Eguy Rosario – (2-for-4) SO
Kyle Overstreet – (1-for-2) HR, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB
The Missions took on the Padres former Double-A affiliate, the Sod Poodles. San Antonio did their damage early in the game. In the second inning, they scored four runs. Kyle Overstreet got it going with a solo shot. Chandler Seagle doubled to score two and would score the following batter. In the 4th inning, Olivier Basabe hit a three-run home to give the Missions seven runs on the day.
Lake Elsinore Storm (Lost 19-9 to Rancho Cucamonga) (47-61 on the season)
Nick Thwaits – 1.0 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, BB, 2 SO
Matthew Acosta – (2-for-5) 2B, RBI, 2 SO
Gilberto Vizcarra – (2-for-5) 2 R, 3 SO
Jarryd Dale – (2-for-3) 2 R, RBI, BB
Remember earlier in the article when it was mentioned that the pitching struggled? This Storm game takes the cake of pitching struggles. In hree innings pitched, the staff gave up 18 runs.
Nick Twaits gave up five runs in the first inning. Then he couldn’t record a single out in the second inning. Miguel Rondon came in as a replacement and didn’t do any better. He allowed five runs in just one inning of work. The offense tried to keep them in the game by putting up nine runs, but it simply wasn’t enough.
Fort Wayne TinCaps (Lost 6-2 Great Lakes) (51-57 on the season)
MacKenzie Gore – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO
Tirso Ornelas – (2-for-3) 2 BB
Robert Hassell III – (1-for-3) 2B, R, 2 BB,
Zack Mathis – (1-for-4) 2B, 2 SO
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Despite MacKenzie Gore’s recent tumble down the prospect rankings, he remains one of the top stories in the Padres farm system. If his command can improve, he is capable of earning back his high prospect rankings. That didn’t work out in this outing on Sunday. In the first inning, he walked three batters, allowed two hits, and gave up three runs. After that, he did settle down, only allowing a hit and walk in his other four hits.
The offense performed well but rarely stacked together enough baserunners to make an impact. As a team, they recorded seven hits, six walks, and six strikeouts. One run came in the third when Brandon Valenzuela hit a sacrifice fly. The other came in the fifth when Robert Hassell doubled and later scored.
Evan is a student finishing up a degree in Finance from Northern Arizona University. The ability to break down numbers and find the story behind them has lead to his first of writing for East Village times. He covers baseball which is the sport he grew up playing and has followed even after his playing years.