Despite having a full plate of minor league baseball yesterday, it yielded less than desirable results with the Padres affiliates going just 2-5 on the day. Even with such a poor record, there’s always positives to pull from 7 different ballgames and yesterday’s positives were Chris Nelson, Marcus Davis and Jonas Lantigua.
The El Paso Chihuahuas were defeated by the the Salt Lake Bees 6-5.
The Chihuahuas battled back to force extras, but the gave away the game in the 10th. Donn Roach was alright last night. He kept the team in the game going 6 innings allowing 4 runs. He was a little wild though giving up 4 free passes. On offense it was Chris Nelson who was the star of the show going 2 for 3 and picking 4 RBI.
The San Antonio Missions were beaten by the Midland Rockhounds 3-2.
The Missions’ 9th inning rally would fall just a run short in their losing effort against the Rockhounds. Bryan Bixler and Cody Spangenburg each had 2 hit nights while Spangenburg had the team’s lone RBI.
The Lake Elsinore Storm were defeated by the High Desert Mavericks 7-5.
Mallex Smith and Dane Phillips each had solid nights for the Storm. Smith had 2 of the team’s 6 hits while Phillips had 2 of the 3 RBI. The rest of the team put forth a good, but not quite good enough effort which is what lead to the loss. Stater Colin Rea had one of his worst starts this year allowing 4 runs on 8 hits in 6 innings to raise his ERA to 3.35.
The Storm will continue their series against the Mavericks today. The Mavericks will have Brett Shankin (3-3, 5.44 ERA) starting for them, while the Storm will send Coby Cowgill (2-1, 5.09 ERA) to oppose him. First pitch is at 5:05 PDT.
The Fort Wayne TinCaps defeated the South Bend Silver Hawks 6-1.
Kyle Lloyd was dominant last night. He allowed 1 run on 5 hits in 6 innings of work while notching 13 of his 18 outs by way of the K. On the offensive side of things Nick Schulz and Henry Charles were the stars. Schulz had a pair of hits while Charles contributed a pair of RBI.
Today the TinCaps will try to continue their winning ways by sending Ronald Herrera (5-5, 3.39 ERA) to the mound to face Blake Perry (5-2, 3.74 ERA) and the Silver Hawks. Also Padres’ first round pick Trea Turner, who was just called up to Fort Wayne, may make his TinCap debut this afternoon. First pitch is at 12:05 PDT.
Single-A Short Season
The Eugene Emeralds beat the Boise Hawks 5-2.
Marcus Davis stole the show in Eugene last night. The Emerald’s first baseman went 4 for 4 with a home run and ended the night just a triple shy of the cycle. Davis is now batting .348 on the year and looks like he has no plans on slowing down. For as tremendous as Davis was he couldn’t pull off the victory alone. The pitching is what kept the team in the game from beginning to end. After a first inning run allowed by sstarter Logan Jernigan, he buckled down and tossed 3 shutout innings after the blemished first. The bullpen would follow suit en route to the victory.
Tonight the Emeralds will face the Hawk’s Ben Wells (0-2, 4.76 ERA). The Emeralds have not announced their starter. First pitch is at 5:01 PDT.
Rookie: Dominican Summer League
The DSL Padres were beaten by the DSL Twins 9-6.
They say patience is a virtue and the DSL Padres took that to heart yesterday working 6 walks. Those 6 walks were supplemented by 6 hits which earned them 6 runs. Unfortunately that wasn’t enough for the win though. Auerilo Perez was the only Padre who had a multi hit night, and he made those hits count scoring both times he reached base. Dayon Olmo and Manuel Vizcaino also contributed, both with 2 RBI games.
The Padres are off today, but will get to take on the Twins once more on Monday.
Rookie: Arizona League
The AZL Padres were defeated by the AZL Mariners 7-6.
It was a heart breaker for the Padres last night. While the big league team was getting walked off on they AZL Padres were the midst of blowing away a 2 run lead in the 9th. It wasn’t all bad though. Jonas Lantigua went 2 for 4 with a homer and 5 RBI. Aside from Lantigua’s phenomenal performance the rest of the team was pretty much dead on the mound and at the plate everyone struggled.
The Padres will get to see the Mariners once more today. No starters have been named yet. First pitch is at 7:00 PDT.
Keep the Faith.