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All four Padres affiliates were in action Thursday night having mixed results. Here is the minor league roundup!
The El Paso Chihuahuas (15-19) lost to the Fresno Grizzlies (17-18) 7-4.
Chihuahua start Billy Buckner pitched well enough to keep his team in the game. An error by Brooks Conrad in the sixth, leading to 4 unearned runs, created a deficit to large to overcome for El Paso. Chihuahua’s Tommy Medica, Adam Moore, and Tyler Greene each went 2-for-4 at the plate with Greene also adding a run and RBI on the night.
Carlos Quentin started in left field going 0-for-3 leaving him hitless during his current rehab assignment.
Fun fact: Jason Lane is a former starting outfielder of the 2005 Houston Astros’ World Series team.
The San Antonio Missions (14-18) beat the Midland RockHounds (19-13) 5-3.
Down 2-0 the Missions bats woke up in the top of the fourth. Brian Bixler earned an RBI that hurt by getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. The next batter Casey McElroy hit a bases clearing double to right field giving San Antonio all the runs they would need.
Jesse Hahn pitched 3 scoreless innings with 5 strikeouts to lower his ERA to 3.20 on the season.
The Lake Elsinore Storm (20-15) lost to the Lancaster JetHawks (21-14) 3-2.
Casey Kelly, in his second start since coming back from Tommy John surgery, pitched 4.2 innings giving up 2 runs on 8 hits with 4 strikeouts. His command looks to be improving, as he had zero walks on the night.
The Fort Wayne TinCaps (13-20) lost to the Dayton Dragons (20-13) 7-4.
In the fifth, Chase Jensen got the TinCaps on the board with a 2 RBI double; Fort Wayne would score another in the inning to tie the game at 3. After Dayton took the lead in the bottom of the 5th, Dane Phillips would tie the game with an RBI double to left field. The game would remain tied until the bottom of the 8th when TipCaps pitcher Wilson Santos gave up 3 runs on 2 hits and a walk.