Jun 18, 2013; Omaha, NE, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack shortstop Trea Turner (8) fields a ground ball and throws to first base against the UCLA Bruins during the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports
It was a rough night for the San Diego Padres minor league affiliates on Wednesday going 1-4. The Chihuahuas were not able to get out of the 1st inning due to rain, but were winning 3-2, and the game will resume play today. It wasn’t all bad though for the Padres minor league teams, 1st round pick Trea Turner hit his first professional home run, while top prospects Rymer Liriano and Hunter Renfroe also homered for the Missions. Let’s take a look at how these games unfolded:
Wednesday’s match between the El Paso Chihuahuas and Albequerque Isotopes was suspended due to rain after one inning with El Paso winning 3-2. Chris Nelson and Rocky Gale both contributed two-out RBI singles to give the Chihuahuas two of their three runs. Starting pitcher Matt Wisler was roughed up in the bottom half of the inning though, giving up a two-run homer to Jamie Romak, his 16th of the year. The game will resume play tomorrow.
The Midland Rock Hounds defeated the San Antonio Missions 10-6.
Hunter Renfroe finally broke out of his slump blasting a two-run homer, his 2nd since being called up, but it was not enough run support for starting pitcher Leonel Campos (L, 0-3). Campos only survived an inning and a third, giving up six runs on four hits, issuing four walks. Midland third baseman Jeffery Marte was a thorn in the Missions side all night going 5-5 with three doubles and two RBI. Center fielder Billy Burns also had a nice game for the Rock Hounds going 2-5 with three RBI. Midland starting pitcher Chris Jensen (W, 6-7) was sharp going six innings allowing only one run, but the bullpen was shaky serving up three home runs. Left fielder Rymer Liriano accounted for one of those home runs, giving him 13 on the year, and putting him at 47 RBI. First Baseman Cody Overbeck accounted for the last home run given up, his 6th.
The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes beat the Lake Elsinore Storm 3-0.
Storm starting pitcher Joe Ross (L, 8-5) had an uncharacteristicly bad game, only going five innings allowing three runs on five hits. That was more than enough for Quakes starting pitcher Lindsey Caughel (W, 6-3) who struck out 9 through seven innings allowing no runs, and Daniel Coulombe struck out two in the 9th for his 5th save of the year. First baseman Aaron Miller and center fielder James Baldwin did all the damage for the Quakes combining for all three runs, including a solo shot by Miller, his 9th of the season. Even with Caughel’s great outing, Lake Elsinore center fielder Mallex Smith went 2-4 with a double, and stole two bags to give him 15 since being called up, but was also thrown out once. Third baseman Gabriel Quintana also went 2-4, but the Storm offense was outmatched on Wednesday striking out 14 times.
Brian Rodriguez (3-5, 4.30) will take the hill for the Storm on Thursday against Fabio Martinez (4-4, 4.89) of the Quakes. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM PT.
The Great Lake Loons defeated the Fort Wayne Tin Caps 3-0.
Much like Lake Elsinore, the Tin Caps offense was stifled by good pitching on Wednesday. Fort Wayne struck out 11 times, six of which game from Loons starting pitcher Scott Barlow (W, 3-3) who allowed four hits in five scoreless innings, and Matt Campbell would go on to collect his 2nd save of the year. Tin Caps third baseman Dustin Peterson and second baseman Fernando Perez both went 2-4 on the day but it would result in no runs. Designated hitter Jake Bauers also continued his hot year going 1-3, bringing his average to .335. Jeffrey Enloe (L, 0-3) got the start for Fort Wayne and did adequate allowing three runs, two earned, through five innings, but did not receive any run support. Erik Cabrera did a nice job keeping the Tin Caps in it, throwing three scoreless innings of relief. Great Lakes first baseman Josmar Corderdo was the ringleader for the offense going 2-3 with an RBI double.
The Eugene Emeralds defeated the Salem Keizer Volcanoes 8-6.
The Emeralds were able to hold off a late game rally from the Volcanoes, who scored all six runs in the 7th and 8th inning, to get the win. Eugene starting pitcher Adrian De Horta only went an inning and a third, not allowing a run, but walking five. It was then up to the bullpen to win the game which they did, and Travis Radke (W, 1-1) was credited with the win, pitching a scoreless inning and two thirds right after De Horta was pulled. Brian Verbitsky picked up his 3rd save of the season pitching a scoreless 9th. 2014 1st round pick Trea Turner hit his 1st professional home run of his career, a solo shot, and designated hitter Marcus Davis blasted his 6th of the year, a three-run shot. Andrew Leenhouts (L, 1-2) only went three innings for Salem-Keizer allowing four runs, three earned, on seven hits. The Volcanoes only had two earned runs, thanks to six errors from Eugene, three of which came from second baseman Jalen Goree.
The DSL Diomandbacks defeated the DSL Padres 8-2.
Arturo Pena got the start for the Padres and pitched well, going four innings allowing only one run, collecting six strikeouts. However, Cesar Gonzalez (L, 0-3) had a tumultuous outing, giving five runs in an inning and a third of work. The Padres only had five hits on Wednesday, two of which came from center fielder Dayon Olmo, who went 2-5. Right fielder Jose Sotillo collected the lone RBI for the Padres, but went 0-5 on the day. Elbert Gonzalez (W, 3-0) got the win for the D-Backs throwing three scoreless innings in relief.