Jeff Francoeur-Mandatory Credit: MiLB.com
There was a full slate of a minor league games for the Padres minor league affiliates yesterday. Despite everyone playing, not all of them were successful with the teams going a combined 4-4. Even though there wasn’t great success for the teams Jeff Francoeur, Fernando Perez, and Trea Turner stood out.
The El Paso Chihuahuas (35-42) crushed the Omaha Storm Chasers (41-34) 12-3.
Despite just getting 9 hits and going 2 for 7 with RISP the Chihuahuas were still able to put 12 runs on the board. Part of the reason was those 2 hits with RISP were a 3 run homer by Brooks Conrad and a grand slam by Jeff Francoeur. Another factor was the 10 walks issued by the Storm Chaser pitchers. So even though the Chihuahuas couldn’t get much offense started on their own the Storm Chasers seemed more than happy to give them enough. Chris Nelson and Cody Decker also homered.
Tonight Matt Wisler (4-4, 6.04 ERA) and the Chihuahuas will take on the Storm Chasers again who will give the ball to Aaron Brooks (6-2, 3.18 ERA). First pitch is at 5:05 PDT.
The San Antonio Missions (39-36) were defeated by the Midland RockHounds (41-33) 3-1.
The Missions lost a heart breaker in 11 innings yesterday. Despite Leonel Campos, Matt Branham and Trevor Gott combining to throw 9 shutout innings, the Missions offense couldn’t do anything for them. The hitters went 2 for 12 with RISP and were silenced for the first 10 innings. The only run they did score came on a 2 out single by Bryan Bixler, his 3rd hit of the day, in the bottom of the 11th after they had fallen down 3-0 in the top half of the inning.
They’ll try to bounce back this afternoon, playing Midland once again. The Missions will send James Needy (4-3, 2.48 ERA) to the hill to face Sean Murphy (1-0, 1.59 ERA). First pitch is at 12:05 PDT.
The Lake Elsinore Storm (41-32) beat the Lancaster JetHawks (47-26) 7-5.
When Colin Rea exited the game after 5 shutout innings he left a tie ballgame, but that’s when things started shift. Matthew Sheppard came in to relieve Rea and struck out the side, but there was 5 hits and 4 runs mixed in there as well. Luis Domoromo responded with a solo home run, and then an inning later, the whole Storm offense exploded in response. Jeremy Baltz, Diego Goris and Benji Gonzalez all drove in runs and it was all capped off by a 2 RBI single by Alberth Martinez.
Today the Storm will face off against the JetHawks once more who will send out last year’s top draft pick, Mark Appel (0-2, 11.94 ERA). The Storm will counter with Coby Cowgill who will be making his first start at this level of minor league ball. First pitch is at 5:05 PDT.
The Fort Wayne TinCaps (31-41) split a double header with the West Michigan Whitecaps (43-30).
Since there were 2 games scheduled to be played it had been decided that the teams would just play two seven inning games. In game 1 Ronald Herrera got knocked around a bit, allowing 4 runs in 5 innings, but a 2 run double by Dustin Peterson and a RBI single by Fernando Perez with 2 outs in the 5th kept the TinCaps in the game all the way into the 7th, but Joe Mantiply, who was in the midst of a 17 inning scoreless streak had them down to their last out, but Perez came through again doubling in a pair to put the TinCaps on top. Nick Mutz came on to close it out for the 5-4 win.
In the second game, the TinCaps were put behind the 8 ball again by poor starting pitching as Kyle Lloyd was bounced after just 3 innings while allowing 4 runs. But just like game, the team was able to bounce back with a 2 out rally led by Luis Tejada, Henry Charles and Josh VanMeter. The next inning Jake Bauers would give the TinCaps the lead, but that lead was short lived, and the tie game lead to extras. After a scoreless 8th, 9th and 10th innings, the Whitecaps finally walked off in the 11th, so despite the desire to shorten the players workload they all still played 18 full innings.
Today they’ll just be one game with Payton Baskette (2-3, 4.58 ERA) taking the mound for the TinCaps and Austin Kubitza (6-0, 2.17 ERA) for the Whitecaps. First pitch is at 10:00 A.M. PDT.
Single-A Short Season
The Eugene Emeralds (4-4) beat the Tri City Dust Devils (3-5) 6-1.
After dropping the first 4 game the Emeralds have now won 4 straight. Griffin Russel got them off on the right foot. Even though he lasted 4 innings, he did not allow a run and leaving the bullpen take control. On the offensive side of the ball, there were five Emerald hitters with multi-hit games, including this years top pick Trea Turner who added an RBI and boosted his average to .364. It may be early, but it appears Turner hasn’t needed any time to settle in to professional baseball.
Tonight the two teams will face off again with Tony Wieber (1-0, 8.31 ERA) going for the Emeralds and the Dust Devils countering with Ryan Warner (0-0, 5.40 ERA) . First pitch is at 7:15 PDT.
Rookie: Dominican Summer League
The DSL Padres (5-14) were defeated by the DSL Orioles 1 (14-5) 7-5.
The struggles for the DSL Padres have continued with their 14th loss of the season. Ramon Reyes couldn’t find the plate, walking 6 in 4 innings and Eisler Cordova and Malcolm Diaz did him no favors out of the pen. On offense only Luis Asuncion seemed to be the only guy to show up with his 3 run homer leading to the majority of the Padres’ runs.
The DSL Padres are off today, but will be back in action on Monday
Rookie: Arizona League
The AZL Padres (0-2) were beaten by the AZL Rangers 4-1.
The AZL Padres will have to wait another day for their first win after falling to the AZL Rangers. The game was mauled by terrible defense with the Padres’ committing 5 errors leading to 2 unearned runs. Starling Ynfante pitched very well in his 4 2/3 innings allowing just 1 unearned run and no hits. Ruddy Giron was the only Padres’ hitter who made an impact, notching 2 of their 4 hits and scoring the only run.
Today the AZL Padres will take on the AZL White Sox. No starters have been announced yet. First pitch is at 7:00 PDT.
Keep the Faith.