It was an extremely tough day for the Padres’ minor league affiliates to open the month of August. Aside from one victory coming from the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas, it was doom and gloom for the rest of the farm system. From Double-A all the way down through the Dominican Summer League and Arizona Rookie League, the Padres’ teams took a beating. Let’s recap the night’s action in today’s Padres’ Ligas Menores Resumen!
Triple-A The El Paso Chihuahuas (55-59) beat the Las Vegas 51s (63-52) by the final of 4-3 in 10 innings.
Recently demoted Jake Goebbert wants to prove he belongs in the big leagues with the Padres, and made a lasting impression, going 4-for-5, in leading El Paso to 15 hits on the night, and a victory over Las Vegas. Cody Decker and Jonathan Galvez each chipped in a pair of hits each, and Tyler Greene went yard, while Matt Wisler tossed 5 2/3 innings of shutout baseball. He struck only 1, while walking 4 Vegas hitters.
Wisler received a no-decision, as reliever Dennis O’ Grady recorded the win after a blown save by Hector Ambriz. The Pups return to action on Saturday, opening a series against Reno. As of this writing, El Paso hadn’t announced a probable starter for Saturday’s tilt that begins at 6:05 p.m. PDT. Reno will send Charles Brewer (5-9, 5.92 ERA) to the mound for the Aces.
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The San Antonio Missions (57-55) fell to the Frisco RoughRiders (64-47) by the final of 4-1. Robbie Erlin, on the comeback trail from injury, started this game for the Missions, tossing 2 1/3 scoreless innings before handing the ball over to Bryce Morrow and the Missions’ bullpen. Morrow got rocked, giving up 4 earned runs on 7 hits in only 3 2/3 innings, as Frisco won without much of a fight from San Antonio, 4-1. Erlin threw 42 pitches, 25 of which went for strikes. He’s hoping to be ready to rejoin the big club in San Diego sometime in August.
There isn’t much to report on the offensive side of things for the Missions, as they recorded only 3 hits the entire night. Adam Buschini was the one bright spot at the plate, hitting his 7th home run of the season, accounting for San Antonio’s lone run. These same two teams square off on Saturday night at 5:05 p.m. PDT, as the Missions will pitch Justin Hancock (1-1, 4.32 ERA) against Frisco’s Andrew Faulkner (0-0, 3.60 ERA). It’s going to be a hot one in San Antonio on Saturday evening!
The Lake Elsinore Storm (62-49) took the loss against the Lancaster JetHawks (67-44) by the final of 6-2.
Speedster Mallex Smith struggled through a tough Friday night, finishing 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts. Travis Jankowski however, carried what little offense the Storm could muster up, with a 3-for-4 night, including a double and a walk. Alberth Martinez and Jeremy Baltz also had a pair of hits each.
Recently acquired Rafael De Paula, struggled in his second outing for the Storm, tossing 6 innings, allowing 5 earned runs, on 6 hits, while striking out 4, and walking 3. The long ball did De Paula in, as he allowed a pair of bombs in the loss. Control continues to plague the young hurler, as he also recorded another wild pitch during the contest.
Elliot Morris (4-4, 3.77 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Storm on Saturday, while Lancaster counters with Josh Hader (9-1, 2.66) who is having a fine season and should be getting a promotion very soon. The game is slated for a 6:05 p.m. PDT start.
Single-A Low The Fort Wayne TinCaps (47-62) fell to the West Michigan Whitecaps (68-42) by the score of 5-2.
Pretty thin night on offense for the TinCaps, as top draft pick Trea Turner went 1-for-5, with a double in the 5-2 loss Friday night. Reynaldo Bruguera had a pair of knocks, scoring a run and smashing a double. The TinCaps only had 7 hits in all. TinCaps’ starter Ronald Herrera did everything that was asked of him, tossing 5 shutout innings, walking one, and striking out one on only 3 base hits. His relief however, gave the game away, as Josh Richardson didn’t record a single out in the 6th inning, and allowed all 5 of West Michigan’s runs.
Single-A Short Season The Eugene Emeralds (20-29) lost to the Everett AquaSox (18-31) by the score of 3-0.
Not only did the Emeralds get shutout Friday night by a poor Everett team, they came within one base hit of being no-hit. The single knock belonging to River Stevens, as the Emeralds fell 3-0. Zechariah Lemond was the hard luck loser for Eugene, as he pitched well enough to win. The bats simply didn’t show up. Lemond went 5 innings, allowing only 1 earned run, while striking out 5 and only yielding three hits.
Eugene hasn’t announced a starting pitcher as of this writing, while Everett will send Jefferson Medina (1-4, 2.85 ERA) to the hill on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. PDT.
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