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The El Paso Chichuahuas (12-18) beat the Sacramento Wild Cats (15-15) with a final score of 7-4.
The Chihuahuas had little to show for the first five innings. In the bottom of the sixth, down 3-0 with only two hits, the Chihuahua’s offense suddenly awoke. With two outs and a man on third, Reymond Fuentes walks. After a Tommy Media RBI single and two runners still on, Kyle Blanks hits a three-run home run for El Paso to take the lead. Sacramento would tie it in the top of the seventh, but after the seventh inning stretch the Chihuahuas put up 3 more runs leading to a final score of 7-4.
Kyle Blanks has had a great start to the season with a line of .265/.364/.651. He currently has 20 RBIs on 9 Home runs and 5 doubles. Will this be his season to stay healthy and make it back to the Big Show?
Tomorrow Matt Wisler (0-0) will make his first start for El Paso after being promoted from Double-A San Antonio. The Chihuahuas will face Arnold Leon (2-1, 4.34 ERA) of Sacramento.
The San Antonio Missions (13-16) defeated the Corpus Christi Hooks (15-15) with a final score of 6-4.
After losing a close game yesterday, The Mission came out hot against the Corpus Christi Hooks. El Paso second basemen Casey McElroy lead the game off with a home run and the Chihuahuas never turned back. They would score 5 more runs over the next 4 innings.
Chihuahua starter Devin Jones pitched 4 innings of shutout baseball until he gave up 4 runs (2 earned) in the bottom of the fifth. He held on to improve his record to 4-1 on the season. Barbato pitched an 18 pitch perfect ninth for his 7th save on the season.
Tomorrow Corpus Christi sends Thomas Shirley (2-2, 1.27 ERA) against San Antonio, which as of this writing has not announced a starter.
The Lake Elsinore Storm (19-12) defeated the Inland Empire 66ers (12-19) with a final score of 3-1.
Diego Goris added to yesterday’s hot streak. To start the 7th, Lake Elsinore down 1, he triples to centerfield. After Guinn bunts himself out and an intentionally walk for Daunel Jones, John Nester singles on a line drive to right field. Jones would score on a fielder choice by the next batter, Benji Gonzalez.
Bryan Rodriguez pitched 5.2 innings of one run ball and is still looking for his first win of the season. Trevor Gott pitched the ninth for his 9th save on the season.
Tomorrow Lake Elsinore send Joe Ross (2-2, 1.95 ERA) to the mound against Lancaster Jethawks, which as of this writing has not announced a starter.
The Fort Wayne TinCaps (12-17) got demolished by the South Bend Silver Hawks (17-13) with a final score of 16-2.
The TinCaps starter Bryan Verbitsky only lasted 2 innings in which he gave up 7 runs (6 earned), 8 hits, and no strikeouts. He will spend times before his next start figuring out how to correct his mechanics. The rest of the bullpen didn’t fare any better giving up 9 runs over the last 7 innings.
Tomorrow Fort Wayne will send Payton Baskette (0-0, 3.18 ERA) to face Tom Robson (1-3, 6.75 ERA).
That is your Padres’ Minor League Roundup for May 4th! Keep the Faith.