Jeff Francoeur-Mandatory Credit: MiLB.com
With the High and Low A teams in the midst of the All Star break, there was limited action last night. Those Padres’ minor league affiliates did not perform up to par going 1-3 on the day. Yet, solid performances by Alex Castellanos, Matt Branham, and Jose Sotillo made up for the poor performances.
The El Paso Chihuahuas (33-39) were defeated by the Round Rock Express (34-34) 6-4.
Billy Buckner didn’t do his team any favors in his start last night. He put the team behind the 8-ball after allowing 5 runs on 8 hits and 4 walks and couldn’t even make it out of the third inning. The Chihuahuas tried to dig themselves out of Buckner’s 5-0 hole, with big nights for Alex Castellanos , Jeff Francoeur and Rico Noel. The trio each had 2 hits and an RBI while Castellanos also went deep.
The San Antonio Missions (36-34) beat the Corpus Christi Hooks (34-36) 1-0.
It was a night short on offense, but the Missions still were able to pull through with the win. Despite just having 4 hits all night, 3 of them came in a row leading to the one run. Bryan Bixler got it started while Reymond Fuentes, and Yeison Asencio capped it off with an RBI single’s. Leading the way on the mound was Mat Branham who delivered 5 shutout innings out of the pen after starter Leonel Campos departed after just 3 innings.
Single-A Short Season
The Eugene Emeralds (0-4) were beaten by the Spokane Indians 6-4 (4-0).
Another day another loss for the Emeralds, as their season has now started with 4 straight losses to the Spokane Indians. Bad pitching seems to be what has been doing them in so far and Griffin Russell helped continue that trend allowing 4 runs in in just 4 innings of work. The other 2 runs were scored off of Wilson Santos who lasted just a third of an inning. At least the offense showed up yesterday with Franchy Cordero and Jose Ruiz each having multi-hit nights and Yale Rosen drove in a pair.
Today Andrew Barnett will attempt to get the Emeralds their first win of 2014. First pitch is at 6:30 PDT.
Rookie: Dominican Summer League
The DSL Padres (3-11) were defeated by the DSL Diamondbacks (10-4) 6-4.
The DSL Padres continue to struggle, this time losing a heart breaker in the 11th. Despite poor pitching early the Padres were able to jump back into the game quickly off the back of Jose Sotillo and his 4 hit 2 RBI night, accounting for half of the team’s hits and runs.