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Rocking their Wayback Wednesday uniforms from the glorious, glorious 90’s, the Padres fell to the Minnesota Twins 5-3.  The Padres had a tough time mounting an attack against Twins starter Ervin Santana, who threw a complete game four-hitter.  The few bright spots for the home team included a José Pírela 2-run dinger to straightaway centerfield, and a star-hanging catch by Hunter Renfroe in right field.

Luis Perdomo didn’t have a bad game, per se, but after intentionally walking the no.8 hitter to get to Santana, he allowed a 2-RBI single to the pitcher.  A walk to Joe Mauer pushed Santana to second, who scored on another 2-RBI single by Eduardo Escobar.  In total, Perdomo gave up seven hits (including a monster solo shot to Miguel Sanó), a pair of walks, and struck out four.

Struggling starters seemed to be a theme through the farm system on the night, though there were still some silver linings to be seen.


Storm Split Double Header

The difference in both games of the double header proved to be the Storm’s starting pitchers.  In game one, Thomas Dorminy allowed five runs on 12 hits in 4.2 innings, and the Lake Elsinore offense wasn’t able to make up the difference, losing to Lancaster 5-4.  They would only muster four runs again in the second game, but it would be enough, as starter Logan Allen went five innings, allowing a run on two hits and a walk, while striking out four.

Each game was shortened to seven innings, and Ruddy Giron went a combined 2 for 5 with a walk, a run, a double, and an RBI groundout.  Austin Allen and Rod Boykin added three singles each on the day, and Michael Gettys went a combined 2 for 7 with three strikeouts.  In the second game, David Bednar threw a scoreless seventh with a pair of strikeouts to record his second save since joining Lake Elsinore.


Whitecaps Blank TinCaps

Detroit Tigers no.11 prospect Gregory Soto (10-1, 2.25 ERA) was too much for the TinCaps bats to handle, as he threw six shutout innings in the 8-0 win for West Michigan.  The 22-year-old allowed just two hits and three walks, while striking out nine.  Nate Easley and Hudson Potts were the only Fort Wayne players to get hits, both with singles.

TinCaps starter Reggie Lawson, who celebrated his 20th birthday yesterday,   had his shortest outing since his Single-A debut, lasting 1.2 innings and allowing five earned runs.  He struck out a pair, but allowed seven hits and a pair of walks.  In a particularly dreadful sequence in the second inning, the Whitecaps went single-single-double-single-advance on a wild pitch-strikeout-triple against him.

In 12 starts for Fort Wayne, Lawson is now 3-5 with an even 6.00 ERA.  Despite the amount of runs allowed, he still has an impressive 10.7 K/9 rate, though he’s also allowing 4.9 BB/9.

Oh, and Fernando Tatis Jr., who went 0 for 2 but walked twice, also added another defensive gem.


Patino Shines For AZL Padres

17-year-old Luis Patino threw five innings of no-hit ball in the AZL Padres 7-2 victory over the AZL Royals.  Patino, who started the year in the Dominican Summer League, struck out four and didn’t walk any runners, lowering his ERA to an even 3.00.  The lone run he allowed was on an interesting, AZL-like series of events – hitting the first batter, who stole second, advanced to third on a balk, and scored on a ground out.  In five games for AZL Padres 1, he has had one stat-damaging start, but still has 24 strikeouts and six walks in 21 innings.

Facing his former teammates, Esteury Ruiz had his second multi-hit game since joining the Padres organization, including his fourth double.  He is still hitting just .207 since he came over in the Trevor Cahill trade, and has tarnished his once-perfect stolen base average, getting caught twice, including once yesterday.  Jeisson Rosario, Jonny Homza, and Luis Campusano also had multi-hit games.

Elsewhere On The Farm

  • Eguy Rosario went 2 for 5 with a pair of runs scored, and two stolen bases for the AZL Padres 2, who defeated the AZL Rangers 6-3. Olivier Basabe, the Padres 8th round pick from June, went 1 for 5, and despite his .232 batting average, has reached base safely in 15 of 17 games.  Tirso Ornelas went 0 for 3 with a pair of walks and a run scored, and has reached base safely in 27 of 29 games this season.
  • The San Antonio Missions game was called due to inclement weather, the El Paso Chihuahuas had a day off, and the Tri-City Dust Devils enjoyed their last day of the All-Star break, and will begin the second half of their season today.

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