Apr 26, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; San Diego Padres relief pitcher Donn Roach (39) throws during the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Only four of the Padres minor league affiliates were in action last night. The only victory among the four squads took 12 innings. Hopefully, these teams are not having trickle down struggles from their parent squad. Let’s take a look on the farm and see how the future looks for the Padres.
The El Paso Chihuahuas (33-38) defeated the Round Rock Express (33-37) 5-4.
For Padre Donn Roach started for the Chihuahuas last night. This was his second start since being sent down. He earned a quality start pitching 7 innings allowing 1 run on 5 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4. When Roach was sent down, Bud Black was quoted by Will Laws of MLB.com as saying “It’ll be good for him to go back to the Minor Leagues as a starter, work on some things he needs to work on.” Roach has proved successful in his first two starters 0.71 ERA in 12.2 innings while holding his opponents to a .233 batting average. If Roach continues his success in Triple-A, he should find himself back up in The Big Show sooner rather than later.
The San Antonio Missions (35-34) lost to the Corpus Christi Hooks (34-35) 7-2.
The Missions defense committed 2 errors blowing a great start by Josh Geer. He pitched 7 innings allow 3 runs (0 earned) on 5 hits and 2 walk while striking out 3. The Missions’ offense was led by C Jason Hagerty going 1-for-3 with a RBI double. Hagerty was giving top prospect Austin Hedges a day of rest. Hedges was DH for the night going 0-for-2 with a sacrifice fly to left to earn his 30th RBI on the season.
The Lake Elsinore Storm are enjoying some rest and relaxation as they have a few days off during their All-Star break. The California League /Carolina League All-Star game will be held on Tuesday 17 in Wilmington, DE.
The Fort Wayne TInCaps (30-39) lost to the Bowling Green Hot Rods (32-37) 12-3.
TinCaps’ catcher Adolfo Reina had a strong night at the plate going 2-for-4 with a RBI. Fort Wayne Center fielder also had a solid night at the plate going 2-for-4 with a run scored raising his average to .295 on the season.
Fort Wayne players can now enjoy a few days off for their All-Star break. They will resume play on Thursday June 19th against West Michigan.
Class-A Short Season
The Eugene Emeralds (0-3) lost to the Spokane Indians (3-0) 5-2.
Walker Lockett had a rough debut as an Emerald. He pitched only 2 1/3 innings allowing 4 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks. The offensive side on the ball wasn’t much better, the lone bright spot being 3B Felipe Blanco. Blanco went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a double, and 2 runs scored. In the Emeralds first three games Blanco owns a slash line of .364/.364/.909.
Tonight the Eugene Emeralds face the Spokane Indians. As of the publishing of this article neither team has yet to name a starter. First pitch is at 9:30 pm ET.
Rookie: Dominican Summer League
THE DSL Padres had yesterday off. Today they will face the DSL Diamondbacks at 10:30 am ET. As of the publishing of this article neither team has yet to name a starter.
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