Padres’ Minor League Roundup: July 8, 2014
Mar 3, 2014; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves infielder Tyler Greene (7) tries to avoid the tag of New York Mets second basemen Wilmer Flores (4) during the spring training exhibition game at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
The Padres’ minor league affiliates had a rough night as they went a combined 1-6. Here is the minor league roundup for July 8th.
The El Paso Chihuahuas edge out the Albuquerque Isotopes 4-3
In a battle between a long name and a long city, El Paso managed to come out on top thanks to a two-run rally in the seventh. LF Jonathan Galvez stepped up big, driving in two on the night. Journeyman SS Tyler Greene stayed hot as well, collecting two hits and raising his batting average up to .317 in Triple A. The pitching was lead by Billy Buckner, who gave up three runs, but only two earned, in five innings. But the bullpen was the real star of the night, giving four scoreless innings to allow a comeback for the visitors.
Today, consensus top 50 prospect Matt Wisler (5-4, 5.63 ERA) will take on Jeff Bennett (4-3. 3.38) and the Isotopes once again.
The San Antonio Missions fell in extra innings to the Springfield Cardinals 3-2
After four total runs scored in the first four innings, both offenses were kept silent until the 11th, and even then only the Cardinals managed to squeak out a run. Josh Greer gave the Missions seven strong innings with only two runs allowed, striking out five Cards along the way. CF Cory Spangenburg continued to be a catalyst at the top of the order, collecting two hits and raising his average to .342 on the year, banging on the door for a promotion. 1B Jason Haggerty provided all the offense in terms of run production, driving in two with a triple and single. Top prospect C Austin Hedges hung an 0-for on the day, striking out twice with no hits in four plate appearances.
Leonel Campos (0-2, 2.08) will start for the Missions today, as we now will take on the Midland Rockhounds and Chris Jensen (5-7, 3.08).
Single A Advanced
The Lake Elsinore Storm lost in a late night thriller to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 6-5
Another level, another 11th inning loss. This time the bullpens were less than effective, with the Storm taking the lead in the 9th with a three run outburst to make it 5-3. But then Brandon Alger gave up a two run homer in the bottom half, knotting the score again until the eleventh. Roman Madrid gave up the game winning hit with only one out in the eleventh, and the Storm were walked off.
Today Joe Ross will face Lindsey Caugel of the Quakes as the Storm hope to snag a win.
Single A Low
The Fort Wayne Tincaps were walked off after a late rally by the Great Lakes Loons 5-4
Yet another heartbreaker for the organization, the Tincaps wasted a three run ninth to tie up the game by allowing another walk off win. SS Josh VanMeer collected two hits and two RBI on the day, helping pace the offense from the nine hole. 1B Jake Bauers went 2-4 and rose his average to a sparkling .335. Ronald Herrera was the starter, but ineffective throughout. He allowed three runs in just five innings, never retiring the side in order. Nick Mutz gave up the winning hit on a Webster Rivas homer to lead off the ninth.
The Tincaps stay in Great Lakes and will take on Scott Barlow (2-3, 4.08), while Fort Wayne’s starter remains unannounced.
Single A Short Season
The Eugene Emeralds lost 4-3 to the Salem-Kelzer Volcanoes
DH Franchy Cordero was the biggest offensive contributor, tacking on three hits including a triple. LF Yale Rosen was the sole power outlet for the Emeralds in the loss, collecting his first homer on the season in the ninth inning effort. First round pick Trea Turner went 0-3, and his professional struggles continued as his average fell to .205, dangerously close to the Mendoza line. Third rounder Zech Lemond disappointed as well, giving up three runs in just 0.2 innings of relief work.
Today, the Emeralds will send out Adrian De Horta (1-1, 2.07) to face the Volcanoes’ Andrew Leenhouts (1-1, 2.88).
Rookie Dominican Summer League
The DSL Padres got shutout by the DSL Diamondbacks 5-0
The team managed only five hits in nine innings, and two came off the bat of C Fabian Castillo, who also held the only extra base hit from the team with a fifth inning double. D-Backs’ starter Luis Madero baffled the Padres’ lineup through six solid innings of work, well outpitching Ramon Reyes who dropped to 0-4 on the season.
Rookie Arizona League
The AZL Padres got ambushed by the AZL Dodgers and were humiliated 17-1
This is one of those games you like to just forget about. Despite the strength of only two homers, the Dodgers racked up nearly 20 runs in a show of pure offensive power. Starter Manuel Gonzalez only lasted two innings while giving up eight runs, six earned. The next three relievers took turns getting pounded by AZL hitting until Taylor Cox and Tyler Wilson finally came in and settled things down.