North Carolina State’s Trea Turner. Mandatory Credit: bigleaguefutures.net
The San Diego Padres had a offensive outburst that the front office, coaching staff, players, and fans have been waiting for. The Padres scored 8 runs on 16 hits. Seth Smith, for the third time this season, was one hit shy of the cycle. Smith only continues to play his way into the trade rumors and will be a prime candidate for a contender whether it be a third outfielder or a solid bat off the bench.
Last night the El Paso Chihuahuas’ game was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up during a doubleheader today at Southwest University Park in El Paso. The first game will feature Chihuahua starter Michael Nix (3-2, 5.10 ERA) against Isotope starter Red Patterson (3-6, 4.81 ERA). The second game will feature the pitching matchup of El Paso starter Donn Roach (1-1, 3.42 ERA) against Albuquerque’s Carlos Frias (6-4, 4.73 ERA). First pitch is at 7:05 pm ET.
The Missions had last night off. Tonight the Missions begin a 6-game home stand at Nelson Wolff Municipal Stadium. The Missions will send starter Josh Geer (4-7, 3.63 ERA) to the mound to face the Tulsa Drillers’ starter Richard Castillo (2-7, 5.09 ERA). First pitch is at 8:05 pm ET.
The Lake Elsinore Storm defeated the Inland Empire 66ers 6-3.
Storm starter Zach Eflin, kept his team in the game, pitching 5 solid innings allow 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits while striking out 4. Eflin has had an up-and-down season. He now has a 6-5 record with a 4.00 ERA on the season. Storm reliever Brandon Alger pitched the last two innings earning his 6th save on the season. On the offensive side of the ball, Storm 3B Gabriel Quintana went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run with 2 RBI on the night.
The Fort Wayne TinCaps were shutout by the Dayton Dragons 7-0.
Overall the game last night was not one to remember. TinCaps starter Kyle Lloyd pitched 5 innings allow 7 runs (6 earned) on 10 hits and 1 walk while striking out 6. Since the beginning of June, Lloyd has allowed at least 3 runs in every start. In those 5 starts Lloyd has allowed 26 runs in 24 1/3 innings. Lloyd will need to turn it around before the end of season if he hopes to advance to Double-A next season.
Class A: Short Season
The Eugene Emeralds lost to the Spokane Indians 7-5.
Two of the Padres’ former first-round picks played last night for the Emeralds. Cory Spangenberg was held hitless in his 5 trips to the plate. Spangenberg also struck out twice lower his season batting average to .200. The other first-round pick Trea Turner went 1-for-3 with a walk. Turner current slash line is .278/.371/.315 and he has 7 steals on the season. Turner has been holding his own since becoming a professional.
Rookie: Dominican Summer League
The DSL Padres lost to the DSL Twins 8-4.
The Padres’ 3B Carlos Sosa went 1-for-3 on the night with a 3-run home run. Sosa’s slash line on the season is .279/.336/.435 with 3 home runs, 27 RBI, and 1 stolen base. Sosa is having a very solid debut season for the Padres. He is only 19-years-old and has more time to grow into his body, but has started off on the right track.
Tonight the DSL Padres will face the DSL Twins for a rematch as of the publishing of this article neither team has named a starter. First pitch is at 10:30 am ET.
Rookie: Arizona Fall League
The AZL Padres lost to the AZL Angels 2-1.
Last night’s game was a pitcher’s duel. Justin Hancock started the game for the Padres. Hancock pitched two shutout innings only allowing 3 hits. He was replaced by Jaimito Lebron, who took the lost, pitched 3 2/3 innings allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out 4. Taylor Cox pitched a perfect 1/3 of the inning before handing it off to Taylor Aikenhead for the final 2 innings. Aikenhead allowed no runs on 2 hits while striking out 3 strikeouts.
Tonight the AZL Padres will face the AZL Cubs and as of the publishing of this article neither has named a starter. First pitch is at 10:00 pm ET.
Keep the Faith