All of the Padres’ minor league affiliates were in action last night going 4-2 for a pretty good night overall. Great performances by Bryce Morrow, Gabriel Quintana, and Carlos Sosa helped pace their teams to victories in what was a great day for baseball yesterday.
The El Paso Chihuahuas (32-38) lost to the Round Rock Express (33-36) 5-2.
There wasn’t much offense to go around for the Chihuahuas yesterday, mustering only 4 hits, and if it weren’t for some bad defense they might have been shutout. Jason Lane, in his first start since being sent back down to El Paso struggled a bit, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits in 7 innings of work.
Today Donn Roach (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and the Chihuahuas will try to pick up their first win of the series. The Express are yet to name a starter at the time of this being written. First pitch is at 5:05 PDT.
The San Antonio Missions (35-33) defeated the Midland Rock Hounds (36-32) 2-1.
Bryce Morrow made his Double-A debut last night for the Missions and he was nothing short of impressive. He was able to dance in and out of trouble all night scattering 7 hits and a walk over 7 innings. He also had his strikeout pitch working for him, punching out 8 Rock Hounds. The Missions had to be thankful for his stellar outing because the offense couldn’t get anything going, that is until the ninth. A hit batter, a walk and a sac bunt gave Cody Overbeck a chance to be a hero, and he delivered. He laid down a bunt on a suicide squeeze and Rymer Lirano came home with ease.
This afternoon they’ll open up a new series against the Corpus Christi Hooks. Josh Greer (2-6, 4.40 ERA) will take the mound for the Missions, going up against Dave Rollins (0-2, 3.21 ERA). First pitch is at 12:05 PDT.
The Lake Elsinore Storm (40-30) defeated the High Desert Mavericks (34-36) 7-6.
The Storm continued their great season yesterday, this time taking a win in extra innings. Due to a short 3 inning start by Collin Rea, The Storm were forced to use 6 relievers to get the job done. It was a big night for Alberth Martinez who went 2 for 4 with a homer and 3 RBI, and Gabriel Quintana who went 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles as well as driving in runs, including the winning run in the 11th.
The Storm have now reached the All Star break, but will get back in action on Thursday against the Lancaster Jet Hawks.
The Fort Wayne TinCaps (30-38) defeated the Bowling Green Hot Rods (31-37) 8-4.
Payton Baskette night was over earlier than it should have been, partially due to some bad defense. He lasted just 5 1/3 innings allowing 4 runs, but only 2 earned. Eric Yardly picked up the slack though tossing 2 2/3 perfect innings. As good as it was though, pitching was not the star of the show. The offense was. The hot hitting TinCaps were able to get 13 hits, in part thanks to 3 hit nights for Mallex Smith, who was a homer short of the cycle, and Dustin Peterson.
Single-A Short Season
The Eugene Emeralds (0-2) were defeated by the Spokane Indians (2-0) 5-3.
The Emeralds aren’t getting off to the type of start they had planned on this year dropping their second straight game to start the season. Michael Kelly got beaten up pretty good on the mound allowing 5 runs in his 4 innings of work. The bullpen came in and pitched 4 innings of scoreless relief, but it wasn’t to get the Emeralds back in the game. Marcus Davis and Michael Miller both had solid nights at the plate delivering a pair of hits each, while Edwin Moreno knocked in a pair of runs.
Today they’ll look for the Emeralds will look to earn the first win of their season facing the Indians once again. No starters have been named as of writing this. First pitch is at 3:30 PDT.
Rookie: Dominican Summer League
The DSL Padres (3-10) beat the DSL Diamondbacks (9-4) 3-1.
Carlos Sosa had a big night yesterday driving in all 3 of the Padres runs on his 5th inning triple, his second hit of the night. Emmanuel Ramirez also came up big for the Padres tossing 4 innings of scoreless relief while striking out 7 after starter Emmanuel Ramos departed after just 1 inning.