Fellow-rookie Manuel Margot was a thorn in the Pirates side all night, going 2 for 4 from the leadoff spot, hitting his 8th home run of the season and stealing his 11th base. José Pírela opened up the scoring in the first inning with an RBI-triple that scored Margot. Pírela would later score on an RBI-double by catcher Héctor Sánchez. A fifth inning RBI double by Hunter Renfroe would be all the Padres needed to put the Pirates away.
After Brad Hand got saves in three consecutive games, Kirby Yates came on in the ninth to secure his first win as a Padre. In what could become a regular occurrence if Hand is dealt at the trade deadline, manager Andy Green had Craig Stammen pitch the seventh, followed by Phil Maton, both allowing no runs while striking out two.
Austin Hedges and Yangervis Solarte were both on hand before the game and will rejoin the roster today.
Lamet’s wasn’t the only noteworthy pitching performance in the Padres system last night, so let’s take a look at the farm.
TinCaps Victorious in Morejon’s Debut
Both Adrian Morejon and Lake Bachar made their TinCaps debuts, as Fort Wayne squeaked by the Dayton Dragons 3-2. The 18-year-old Cuban threw 77 pitches through five innings, striking out a pair while not allowing any walks. The Dayton hitters were thrown off by Morejon’s stuff and got defensive at the plate, fouling back a lot of pitches and upping his pitch count. Though he didn’t have great strikeout numbers, he only allowed five hits. Bachar threw the next four innings, allowing just a run on two hits, while striking out four.
Pitching for Dayton was rehabbing major leaguer Anthony DeSclafani, who mowed down the TinCaps hitters, allowing just two hits in four innings, while striking out six. Fort Wayne had seven hits on the game, all singles, save a Marcus Greene Jr. double. Fernando Tatis went 1 for 4 and made some impressive plays at shortstop.
Nix Dominates as Storm Bats Erupt
On June 28th, Jacob Nix threw arguably the best game in the Padres organization in 2017 – a complete game two-hitter – and finished the game with a season high eleven strikeouts. In his four starts since then, he has posted a 7.89 ERA in 21.2 innings, while allowing a .391 batting average against and striking out just seven. He busted out of his slump last night, however, striking out eight over seven innings and allowing a run on a walk and five hits.
The offense was difficult to ignore, as they took a 7-1 lead into the ninth, and promptly tacked on eleven more runs. Austin Allen had a monster night, going 4 for 6 with two home runs and a double, and four of his six RBIs occurred in that big ninth inning. Kyle Overstreet, Edwin Moreno, Michael Gettys, Fernando Perez, and Carlos Belen all homered for the Storm. All told, seven hitters had multi-hit games, and Allen extended his on-base streak to 18 games.
Elsewhere Around The Farm
- Dillon Overton got rocked for seven earned runs in five innings as the Chihuahuas fell to the Round Rock Express 9-2. The rehabbing Travis Jankowski DH’d for El Paso and went 1 for 4 with a single, and Christian Villanueva went 2 for 4 with a double.
- Despite another solid performance from starter Chris Huffman, the Missions offense could only muster three hits in a 2-1 loss to the Frisco Roughriders. Huffman gave up two runs in the first inning and then didn’t allow a run in the next 4.2 innings, striking out one and walking three. Josh Naylor went 1 for 3 with a single. Trey Wingenter threw a scoreless ninth, lowering his ERA to 1.96.
- Tri-City had a five-run third inning, which was enough to edge Vancouver 5-4. Robbie Podorsky went 4 for 5 with a triple, increasing his batting average to .371 in 16 Northwest League games. Tre Carter added his sixth triple of the season as well, going 2 for 4.
- Michel Miliano made his AZL debut last night, throwing one inning and giving up three hits (including a double and a triple) and two runs. Jordy Barley went 1 for 3 with a triple as the AZL Padres fell to the AZL Athletics 7-4.
- The AZL Padres 2 were rained out.