Alex Castellanos-Mandatory Credit: El Paso Times.
It was a decent day for the Padres’ affiliates, going .500 with a 3-3 record. All the teams were scheduled to play but the Missions got an unexpected day off due to the rain.
The El Paso Chihuahuas (39-44) split a double header with the Tacoma Rainers (38-43).
It was a long day for the Chihuahuas as they had to endure a day where 40 runs came across the plate in a doubleheader. One game had a happy ending and the other not so much. In game one the Chihuahua were helped out with a great start by Chris Smith in his first appearance in professional baseball since 2011 with the Tacoma Rainers. Smith allowed just 1 run in his 6 innings of work. The offense was helped out quite a bit by 3 hits and a home run from Alex Castellanos and 2 hits and a pair of RBI for Jeff Francoeur. Things did get dicey at the end though when Xaiver Avery tied the game in the 9th with a solo home run, but Jeff Francoeur responded with one of his aforementioned RBI to walk off with a 7-6 win.
In game 2 it was a different story. The Chihuahuas got off to a great start right off the bat with a first inning grand slam by Chris Nelson, but the Rainers would quickly respond and next thing anyone knew it was tied at 10 after 9 innings. Then the Rainers looked like they had dealt the decisive blow with 2 runs in the 10th but Brooks Conrad would drive in a pair to keep the game alive. Unfortunately the 3 runs that the Rainers added on in the 13th would be enough to defeat the Chihuahuas 15-12.
Only one game today for the Chihuahuas today. They’ll start Juan Pablo Oramas (4-3, 5.96 ERA) and the Rainers will counter with Jordan Pries (4-5, 3.11 ERA). First pitch is at 5:05 PDT.
The San Antonio Missions (41-38) and the Springfield Cardinals (39-40) were rained out.
Today the Missions will try to get in today’s game with the Springfield Cardinals. James Needy (4-3, 2.38 ERA) will start for San Antonio and Kurt Heyer (3-4, 4.86 ERA) will oppose him First pitch is at 4:10 PDT.
The Lake Elsinore Storm defeated the Lancaster JetHawks (46-29) 7-4.
Joe Ross continued on his path to try to join his brother Tyson in the show. Although he had a rather mediocre start by his standers, he still did enough to pick up the win, his 8th of the season. He was helped out quite a bit by the four, five and six hitters, Dane Phillips, Gabriel Quintana, and Cory Adamson, who provided 7 of the teams 12 hits and 4 of the 7 runs.
The Fort Wayne TinCaps (35-43) were defeated by the South Bend Silver Hawks (44-34) 9-5.
Not a good day for Payton Baskette who was chased after 4 innings in which he allowed 7 runs. The TinCaps would try to combat the early 7 run deficit on the strength of Ronnie Richardson‘s 3 for 3 night and Josh VanMeter’s 2 RBI, but the lead was just too much for the TinCaps to handle and they fell.
Today they’ll try to bounce back with Walter Weickel (3-5, 4.15) on the mound. South Bend is yet to name a starter.
Single-A Short Season
The Eugene Emeralds (6-9) defeated the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (8-8) 2-1.
In a game where each side only records 4 hits, it’s all about capitalizing on your opportunities and the Emeralds were just a bit better than the Volcanoes last night. Adrian De Horta got the ball rolling for the Emeralds, allowing only 1 run in his 5 innings., but he departed with the team trailing. Trae Santos didn’t allow that to be the case for very long with a a solo shot to tie things up.Then after 4 shutout innings from the Eugene bullpen Marcus Davis stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and he walked to win the game. It may not have been a thrilling win, but a win nevertheless.
Today the Emeralds will start a series against Richelson Pena (2-0, 2.08 ERA) and the Spokane Indians. The Emeralds are yet to name a starter. First pitch is at 5:01 PDT.
Rookie: Dominican Summer League
The DSL Padres (8-17) defeated the DSL White Sox (8-17) 5-2.
Ernesto Montas knew wins were tough to come by for the Padres and he put his foot down and delivered a great pitching performance allowing 2 runs (1 earned) in 5 1/3 innings. On the offensive side the bats came to life Fabian Castillo and Carlos Sosa who each had a pair of hits and drove in a run.
Today the DSL the Padres have an off day, but they’re back in action on Monday.
Rookie: Arizona League
The AZL Padres (2-6) lost to the AZL Brewers (6-2) 10-6.
Hits were falling left and right yesterday for the Padres, but runs were a bit tougher to come by. Usually 6 runs on 14 hits isn’t a bad day at the office, but when you allow 10 runs on 10 hits it looks pretty bad. Daniel Bravo and Jordan Paroubeck were the lead attackers for the offense with 3 hits a piece and combined for 3 runs. As for the pitching the Padres threw out 7 different pitchers to get through the 8 innings. None of them were particularly bad but they we’re let down by 3 errors which led to 7 unearned runs.
The AZL Padres get today off, but they’ll be back at work on Monday.