The San Diego Padres had all five minor league affiliates in action on Wednesday. However, the Storm was the only team to pick up a victory, as the affiliates combined to go 1-4. There were some bright spots though Wednesday, Hunter Renfroe blasted another HR, and Mallex Smith stole yet another base.
The New Orleans Zephyrs defeated the El Paso Chihuahuas 6-5.
Jeff Francouer hit his 13th HR of the year for El Paso, but it wasn’t enough as Hector Ambriz let up the go-ahead run in the 8th and took the loss (2-1). Billy Buckner was not very sharp only 5.1 IP, but let up 5 ER’s, on eight hits. Brian Flynn pitched well for the Zephyrs, going 5 IP, only allowing 2 ER’s, however, some bad defense from New Orleans kept him from getting the win. Derek Dietrich had another big night going 2-4, and driving in three runs, while Kevin Gregg picked up the win in relief (1-0). LF Jonathan Galvez went 2-4 with an RBI, and raised his average to .319.
The Midland Rockhounds defeated the San Antonio Missions 7-6.
The Missions fought back late from a four-run deficit, scoring two in the 8th and one in the 9th, but it was not enough to beat the Rockhounds. C Jason Hagerty did everything he could going 2-2 with his 7th HR of the season, and had an RBI single in the 8th, but San Antonio was not able to shake off a bad start from Leonel Campos who only went one innings, allowing 2 ER’s. Matt Branham did not fare much better in relief letting up 4 ER’s in 5 IP, bringing his ERA up to 4.75. Starting pitcher Chris Jensen pitched well enough to pick up the win on Wednesday (2-6), going 5 IP 2 ER, and Seth Frankoff picked up the save (12). Casey McCelroy had a nice game going 3-5 with two RBI’s, and Rymer Liriano drove in his 40th run of the season.
The Rockhounds and Missions will finish up there series on Thursday when Zach Neal (2-0, 0.78) will take on an unnamed starter for the Missions. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM CT.
The Lake Elsinore Storm defeated the High Desert Mavericks 12-8.
The bats came alive for the Storm on Wednesday, with three different players leaving the yard including Hunter Renfroe, his 16th of the season. Diego Goris (11), and Jeremy Baltz (1), also had HR’s on the game, giving plenty of cushion for starting pitcher Bryan Rodriguez. Rodriguez did not have a very good outing, going 5 IP allowing 6 ER’s, on 10 hits, but was able to still get his 2nd win of the season. It was not a good night for Mavericks pitcher Nick Unsworth though giving up 10 ER’s in only 3.1 IP, raising his ERA to a whopping 7.18 and bringing his record to 4-6. As for the Mavericks DH Jabari Parker blasted his 11th homer of the year and top-prospect D.J. Peterson went 2-5 with two RBI’s.
On Thursday the Mavericks will have to face tough righty Joe Ross (6-3, 2.82), while High Desert has yet to name a starter. First pitch is set for 7:05 PM PT.
The Lansing Lugnuts defeated the Fort Wayne Tin Caps 4-3.
Starting pitcher Adrien De Horta did not have a very good outing for the Tin Caps, putting them in a hole the rest of the game. De Horta only went 2.2 IP, walking five batters, and allowing 3 ER’s. DH Matt Dean remained hot for Lansing going 2-5 and raising his batting average to .311, and 3B Jason Leblenijian had a big two RBI double. Dustin Peterson had a nice night going 3-4, hitting his 3rd triple of the season, and not with much surprise, Mallex Smith stole another base, making it 47 on the year. Phil Kish (4-2) picked up the win in relief, and Griffin Murphy picked up his 10th save of the year.
Dominican Summer League
The DSL Orioles defeated the San Diego Padres 6-2.
The Orioles brought their sticks to the yard on Tuesday blasting two HR’s from Rauel Acosta, and Robertico Medina, both were their first on the season. The Padres only collected up two of which came from Manuel Vizcaino who has been hot to start the season, raising his average .438 which leads the team. Padres starting pitcher Jaimito Lebron pitched well going 3.2 IP, striking out five, and not allowing an ER. Jhonathan Carrilo (0-2) would go on to take the loss in relief for the Padres. Elvis Diaz (1-0) pitched well for the Orioles, going 5 IP with 4 K’s, allowing 2 ER’s; en route to his first win of the year.
The DSL Padres will take on the DSL Reds on Thursday.