The San Diego Padres minor league affiliates went 3-1 on Friday. The Lake Elsinore Storm and Fort Wayne Tin Caps blew out their respective opponents, while the San Antonio Missions were on the wrong side of a blowout. The El Paso Chihuahuas were able to collect a win thanks to a solid effort from their bullpen and some timely home runs.
The El Paso Chihuahuas defeated the Reno Aces 6-4.
It was a battle of the bullpens Friday night, neither starting pitcher made it past the 5th inning, but El Paso came out of it victorious. Billy Buckner got off to a rocky start, but settled down to go 5 IP while allowing 2 ER and striking out three. The Chihuahuas were able to rough up Aces starter Mike Bolsinger who suffered his first loss of the season. El Paso scored one in the 3rd and four in the 4th in large part to home runs from Jeff Francoeur (11) and Jonathan Galvez (4). Galves bumped his average up to .306 and had 3 RBI on the game putting him at 13. Long-time veteran Mike Jacobs continued his good season for the Aces belting his 11th homer of the year giving him 53 RBI on the season. It wasn’t enough though as the El Paso bullpen shut the door behind Buckner, Bobby LaFromboise and Blaine Boyer each pitched an inning en route to a Hector Ambriz save (5).
The Frisco Roughriders defeated the San Antonio Missions 8-0.
Plain and simple the Missions were blown out on Friday night. It revolved around a very bad Matt Barnham start where he allowed 8 ER on 14 hits through 5 IP. Barnham suffered his 2nd loss of the season (4-2), and it was thanks to a good effort by the Missions bullpen keeping the game from getting too out of hand. For the Roughriders it was a balanced attack, with only two players in the lineup not collecting an RBI. SS Guilder Rodriguez and 1B Trever Adams combined to go 6-for-9 with 5 RBI. San Antonio only had four hits on the game, two of them coming from Reymond Fuentes, who notched his first triple of the season. Alec Asher went seven strong innings allowing only two hits and striking out four, giving him his 6th win on the season (6-4).
On Saturday the Missions will travel to Corpus Christi to take on the Hooks, but have not named a starter yet for the game. The Hooks will send out Kyle Smith (2-2, 4.06), and first pitch is set for 7:10 PM CT.
The Lake Elsinore Storm crushed the Inland Empire 66ers by a score of 11-2.
It was a great night for Padres top pitching prospect Joe Ross. Ross was downright unhittable on Friday night going 6 IP with 7 K’s, and only allowing two hits. Ross would receive the win putting him at 6-3, and dropped his ERA to an exceptional 2.82. As for the offense, C Dane Phillips remained on fire in his 3rd game since being called up going 3-for-4 with his 2nd home run with the Storm, and drove in two. Hunter Renfroe went 2-for-4 with a run scored, and Gabriel Quintana went 2-for-5 with an RBI (33). For the 66ers Dan Toblik was only able to go 4 IP and got knocked around to the tune of 8 runs on 11 hits, raising his ERA to 5.59. The Strom bullpen went on to hold the game down for Ross throwing three scoreless innings, and striking out four.
On Saturday night the 66ers will send out Chris O’ Grady (0-1, 1.54), while the Storm will trot out former first round selection Zach Efflin (5-3, 3.86). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 PM PT.
The Fort Wayne TinCaps defeated the Lake County Captains 14-4.
Blow outs were kind of the theme of the night for Padres minor league afilliates, luckily, like the Storm; the TinCaps were on the right side of the blowout. 2B Fernando Perez and RF Franmil Reyes combined to go 4-for-11 and four RBI. C Adolfo Reina also had an excellent game going 3-for-4 and driving in a run. CF Maxell Smith continued along his record pace for SB’s, swiping his 46th bag on the young season. SP Ronald Herrera wasn’t too sharp for the TinCaps, but did enough to get his 4th win on the season (4-4). Jordan Milbrath suffered his 7th loss of the season (1-7), and allowed 4 ER in 4 IP, and walked seven batters. For the Captains 1B Nellie Rodriguez blasted his 8th home run on the year and drove in two (25).
On Saturday the TinCaps will travel to Bowling Green, and Kyle Lloyd (2-1, 2.70) will take the bump, against Chris Kirsch (3-5, 3.90) for the Hot Rods. First pitch is set for 8:05 PM ET.
Dominican Summer League
The DSL Padres defeated the DSL White Sox 3-2.
Ernesto Montas pitched a gem for the Friars, going 5 innings, not allowing a single earned run, allowing only 3 hits and striking out the pair. The victory was the first of the season for him. Adonis Diaz allowed an unearned run in the ninth, but notched his first save of the young summer season.
At the plate, Ronaldo Contreras paced the Padres, going 1-for-4, with a double and a pair of RBI. Luis Asuncion had a pair of hits as well, finishing the game with a 2-for-3 mark. Manual Vizcaino also had a pair of knocks for the young Friars.