The Padres’ minor league affiliates had a rough night last night going 1-5 with the Lake Elsinore Storm being the only team getting in the win column.
The El Paso Chihuahuas (29-32) lost to the Reno Aces (36-24) 12-2.
El Paso’s offense was held to 6 hits last night. One of those hits was a solo home run from right fielder Jeff Francoeur. The former major leaguer is having a solid year in Triple-A, as he is trying to play himself back to the majors. Francoeur owns a slash line of .271/.300/.453 on the season with 10 home runs, 34 RBI, and 5 stolen bases. However Francoeur’s 2014 season may be forever remember for the prank his teammates played on him the first few weeks of the season. If you have a few extra minutes you should watch it.
Tonight is the second game of the current four-game series against Reno. The Chihuahuas send Billy Buckner (3-2, 3.41 ERA) to the mound, making his second start after his cup of coffee with the Padres, against Reno’s Mike Bolsinger (5-0, 1.90). First pitch is at 10:05 pm ET.
The San Antonio Missions (30-29) lost to the Frisco RoughRiders (35-23) 5-4.
The Missions starter John Hussey kept his team in the ball game lasting 5 innings allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 2. Rymer Liriano raked at the plate going 3-for-4 with a double and a 3-run home run. Liriano doesn’t look like a player who missed the entire 2013 season due to Tommy John surgery. He is quickly re-establishing himself as one of the Padres top prospects.
The Lake Elsinore Storm (36-26) defeated the Modesto Nuts (20-24) 6-2.
After a rocky 2-run first inning, Storm starter Bryan Rodriguez earned his first win of the season. He pitched 6 innings allowing 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4. Rodriguez was signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2010. Cody Hebner earned the three inning save, his second of the season.
Storm center fielder Alberth Martinez had a great night in the leadoff spot; he went 3-for-5 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored.
The Fort Wayne TinCaps (26-33) lost both games they played yesterday against the Lake County Captains (22-38) 6-3 and 6-4 respectively. The first game was a concluding the previous days game that was postponed due to rain.
Rookie DSL Padres
The DSL Padres (0-5) lost to the DSL White Sox (3-2) 9-2.
The DSL Padres are still searching for their first victory of the season. They only mustered up 4 hits and Padres’ left fielder Ronaldo Contreras had the lone RBI, the other being scored on an error.
The Padres play the White Sox against today. As of the publishing of his article neither team has announced a starter.
Keep the Faith.