It was an interesting day yesterday on the Padres farm. The day included extra innings, seven runs in a single inning, and Padre affiliates playing each other. Oh boy!
El Paso 9, Fresno 1
Stop me if you’ve heard this before, the El Paso offense was on fire last night. They exploded for a seven-run sixth inning. The Chihuahuas (74-52) accumulated 15 hits in their blowout of the Grizzlies (55-71). Maybe surprisingly, they only hit two homers.
Rodrigo Orozco led the pack with three RBIs, including a triple. Aderlin Rodriguez and Austin Allen each drove a ball out of the park and ended the day with two RBIs. The final run was driven in by Seth Mejias-Brean.
Jacob Nix started the game and went five innings, scattering three hits and striking out six. Gerardo Reyes followed with a scoreless inning. The Grizzlies lone run came during a pair of innings from Bryan Mitchell before Tom Colletti threw a scoreless ninth.
Game two of this series will kick off at 9:05 PM EDT with El Paso sending Dillon Overton (8-5, 6.13 ERA) to the mound to square off against Fresno’s Scott Copeland (4-5, 6.87 ERA).
Amarillo did not play yesterday. The Sod Poodles (66-58) will open a series against the Tulsa Drillers (68-57) at 8:05 PM EDT.
Lake Elsinore OFF
Lake Elsinore did not play yesterday. The Storm (65-59) will be starting a series against the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (73-51) at 9:00 PM EDT. Reiss Knehr (3-4, 5.91) will be taking the mound for the Padres affiliate.
Bowling Green 4, Fort Wayne 3
The TinCaps (57-67) fell just short in their comeback effort against the Hot Rods (72-54). Fort Wayne scored three runs in the last two innings, which wasn’t enough to overcome the four runs that Bowling Green scored in the first two innings.
Michael Curry was the top hitter for the TinCaps after going deep in the ninth inning. Jawuan Harris and Chris Givins each drove in runs as well. Edwuin Bencomo started the game, giving up four runs over four innings. Cody Tyler struck out three in a pair of scoreless innings in relief. Franklin Van Gurp and Mason Fox also appeared in the game without giving up a run.
First pitch for the final game of this series is set for 7:05 PM EDT. Omar Cruz (2-1, 2.78 ERA) is scheduled to toe the rubber for the TinCaps.
Hillsboro 6, Tri-City 4
The Dust Devils (29-34) were unable to come back from an early five run defecit as they dropped the series finale to the Hops (39-24). Tri-City’s starter, Jason Reynolds, did not make it out of the second inning.
Logan Driscoll notched a pair of hits, including a double for the Dust Devils. The runs, however, didn’t come from Driscoll. Sean Guilbe drove in a pair of runs, and Nick Gatewood drove in the other. The fourth run scored on a throwing error from Hollboro’s third baseman Tristin English.
Reynolds gave up six runs on six hits over 1.1 innings. He was relieved by a combination of Felix Minajarez, Connor Lehmann, and Ramon Perez who all held the opposition scoreless.
Tri-City will open up a new series to night against the Vancouver Canadians (26-37) by sending Jason Blanchard (1-3, 4.50 ERA) to the mound. They will square off against Alek Manoah (0-0, 2.00 ERA).
AZL Padres 2 3, AZL Padres 1 0
Both of the Padres Arizona League teams squared off against each other yesterday with the AZL Padres 2 (34-16) coming out on top of AZL Padres 1 (28-21) in shutout fashion.
Brodi Rascon was the starting pitcher for the Padres 2 team. The only blemish on his line was one walk in two innings of work. Jose Garcia came in next, taking the win after striking out six over five innings. Mitchell Miliano struck out three, but walked two in his lone inning. Finally, it was Blake Baker who came in for the save and completed the shutout.
Offensively, the Padres 2 team was led by Jared Alvarez-Lopez, who posted two hits and an RBI. Yeison Santana also had a pair of hits. The other runs were driven in by Vladimir Echavarria and Angel Solarte.
AZL Padres 1 sent Frank Lopez out to start the game. He gave up all three runs, two earned, over his 4.2 innings of work while striking out seven batters and walking one. Dylan Hoffman and Seth Mayberry both looked very strong in relief.
The offense managed only three hits, two of them off the bat of Brandon Valenzuela, The other came from Yerry Landinez.
DSL Reds 8, DSL Padres 5
The DSL Padres (30-37) fell to the DSL Reds (46-21) in extra inning action yesterday. It was a hit parade for both teams, but the Reds were able to take the three run edge.
Reginald Dowston and Charlis Aquino each had multi-hit games. Edwin Rojas also stood out with a two-RBI game. Aquino and Axcel Peralta each drove in runs as well.
Jesus Lugo started the game for the Padres and and threw very well. He struck out three and scattered three hits and one unearned run over 5.2 innings. Alfredo Castaneda also looked decent in his 2.1 innings, allowing two runs. Alejandro Lugo had a rough day, taking the loss and the blown save after giving up five runs, three earned, in his two innings of work.
The DSL Padres will play the DSL Reds again today.