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The Padres minor league affiliates went 2-3 on Sunday. Matt Wisler pitched well for El Paso, but did not pick up the win. The Lake Elsinore Storm were all over the Lancaster Jet Hawks and former 1st overall pick Mark Appel, beating them 14-2, and Adolfo Reina carried the TinCaps to a victory. Let’s take a quick peek at today’s roundup!
The Omaha Storm Chasers defeated the El Paso Chihuahuas 7-6.
Brooks Conrad continued his power surge this season belting his team –leading 16th homer of the season, going 3-for-5 with two RBI, but it was not enough to overcome a Dennis O’Grady blown save in the 9th. The Chasers came back from a five-run deficit thanks in large part to 3B Johnny Giavotella who only went 1-for-5, but collected three RBI. Matt Wisler, who has been shaky since his promotion to El Paso, pitched wonderfully, throwing five innings allowing only one earned, striking out six, but did walk four. Spencer Patton got the win in relief for the Chasers (4-1), striking out three over two innings.
The Chihuahas will continue their series on Monday and will have to figure out a starting pitcher to replace Odrisamer Despaigne, who was scheduled to pitch but will be called up to the big leagues Monday. Jeremy Lame (4-5, 3.87) will get the nod for the Chasers, and first pitch is scheduled for 6:05 PM MT.
The Midland RockHounds defeated the San Antonio Missions 2-1.
It was a great outing from Missions starter James Needy, pitching 6.2 innings, allowing only one earned on five hits, but a shaky relief performance from Adys Portillo (L, 0-3) gave the RockHounds the lead. Portillo walked three in only .2 innings, and a two-out, two-RBI single from LF Chad Oberacker broke the tie. Sean Murphy got the start for Midland and was excellent, going seven innings, scattering eight hits allowing one earned , and receiving the win (2-0). Marcus Walden pitched a perfect 9th for Midland to pick up his 1st save of the season. Hunter Renfroe went 0-4, and has had some struggles since being called up, only batting .111.
The Missions will not be in action Monday because of the Double-A All Star Game.
The Lake Elsinore Storm defeated the Lancaster JetHawks 11-2.
2013 1st round pick Mark Appel continued to struggle this season (L, 0-3), throwing five innings, allowing three earned on six hits. It was the Lancaster defense that let them down in this game though letting in seven unearned runs. Gabriel Quintana blasted his 7th home run of the season, a three run shot, and Alberth Martinez contributed two RBI’s, going 2-for-4 on the game. It was clear the Storm bats were alive on Sunday, collecting 14 hits throughout the game. Starting pitcher Coby Cowgill (W, 1-0) wasn’t bad either, going five innings striking out six, only allowing one earned run.
The Fort Wayne Tin Caps defeated the West Michigan White Caps 4-2.
Adolfo Reina came up clutch for the Tin Caps, launching his 2nd home run of the season, a two-run shot, to give his team the lead in the 3rd inning, where they would not look back. Jake Bauers remained hot, going 2-for-2, with the other two RBI for the Tin Caps. Payton Baskette (W, 3-3) pitched well allowing two earned runs over six innings of work, striking out four. Nick Multz pitched the 9th, and collected his 8th win of the season. 1B Dominic Ficociello had a solid game for West Michigan going 2-for-3, but the Fort Wayne pitching did a good job scattering hits. Austin Kulbitza (L, 6-1) was able strike out seven over four innings, but five walks led to four earned runs.
The Tin Caps are not in action Monday, but will play the Dayton Dragons on Tuesday at 7:05 PM ET.
The Tri City Dust Devils defeated the Eugene Emeralds 6-4.
Trea Turner had an uncharacteristically off night going 0-for-4, and the rest of the Eugene offense followed suit, only collecting five hits. Starting pitcher Ryan Warner stifled the Emeralds going six innings, allowing one earned on three hits. Jared McCrummen (W, 1-0) picked up the win in relief, and Scott Firth grabbed his six save of the season. Tony Wieber got the start striking out five through five innings, allowing two earned. Chris Huffman (L, 0-1) was credited with a blown save after getting roughed up to the tune of four earned in .2 of an inning. 1B David Bergin carried the load for the Dust Devils offense, coming up just a double short of the cycle with his 2nd home run of the season, driving in four runs.
Dominican Summer League
The DSL Padres were not in action on Sunday, they will resume play tomorrow against the DSL Orioles.