Facing the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second time this season, Dinelson Lamet continued to fool them, throwing 5.2 innings of 1-hit ball in the Padres 5-2 win. His slider was biting all night, and he mixed it with his fastball to strike out five. He left in the sixth after getting hit on the pitching hand on a comebacker to the mound and walking the next two batters, but should be just fine. Lamet, who has looked lost at the plate this year, also added also notched his first career hit.
Wil Myers went 2 for 3 with a walk, which included a double to left that Starling Marte misplayed, and a laser shot to center. It was his 21st homer of the season. Shortstop Dusty Coleman was 3 for 4 with a double and his third dinger in nine games since being called up from El Paso. The 30-year-old rookie also added his first career stolen base, as well as turning a smooth double play in the eighth.
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The Brad Hand As Closer Era rolled on, as he struck out one in a 1-2-3 inning for his eighth save. He hasn’t allowed a run for 21.1 innings, which is the current best in Major League Baseball. Yangervis Solarte and Hunter Renfroe each added two hits of their own.
Dominant pitching was a trend throughout many levels of the Padres farm system on Saturday night.
De Los Santos Dominant in Extra-Innings Win
For whatever reason, Midland has had Enyel De Los Santos’ number this year. Coming into last night, the Dominican righty had a 9.95 ERA (28 runs in 25.1 innings) in six starts against the RockHounds. It’s safe to say that he worked out the bugs last night, as he held Midland scoreless through seven innings, allowing six hits and a walk, while striking out eight. He did allow three doubles on the night, but Auston Bousfield and Nick Torres each had outfield assists to help preserve the shutout.
It wouldn’t last however, as the normally sure-handed Trey Wingenter blew a save in the ninth, going walk-walk-sac bunt-sac fly to send the game into extra innings. Yimmi Brasoban, Eric Yardley, and T.J. Weir kept the RockHounds off the board in extras, and a Josh Naylor 2-run double put the Missions on top for good in the 14th.
Hansel Is So Hot Right Now
Adrian Morejon made another solid start in Fort Wayne’s 5-4 extra inning win. The 18-year-old Cuban threw five scoreless innings before getting touched up in an erratic sixth. He exited the sixth with two outs and the score tied at two, with both runs coming across on a pair of wild pitches. Morejon wasn’t his usual, controlled self, as he allowed four walks on the night, more than half of his season total (seven) coming into the game. All in all, he went 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on three hits, while striking out six.
The wildness might have been contagious, as the TinCaps, who entered the ninth inning down 4-2, tied it up on a pair of singles, three walks, and two wild pitches. They pulled ahead in the 10th, manufacturing a run without the benefit of a hit, as Buddy Reed reached on a botched sac bunt, moved to third on a throwing error, and scored on a ground ball to the drawn-in infield.
Hansel Rodriguez got the win, as he didn’t give Great Lakes any chance to score from the eighth to the end of the game, allowing two hits, no walks, and striking out eight hitters. His slider was practically unhittable, and he has a sub-2.00 ERA since being moved to the bullpen on June 6th.
Hudson Potts and Fernando Tatis Jr. each went 1 for 4 with a walk and an RBI.
Elsewhere Around The Farm
- The Storm bullpen blew a 3-run lead in the ninth to lose to Modesto 11-10. Rehabbing major leaguer Christian Friedrich started the game, allowing three runs in 4.2 innings. David Bednar was credited with the loss and a blown save after giving up three runs on five hits in an inning of work. Michael Gettys went 3 for 6 with an inside-the-park home run, and Austin Allen went 1 for 5 with a double. River Stevens, who was with the Double-A San Antonio squad the day before, went 5 for 6 with a triple in his first game with Lake Elsinore this season.
- Will Stillman was dominant for Tri-City, throwing six shutout innings and striking out nine in the Dust Devils 6-1 win over Boise. Tre Carter added his sixth triple of the season, and Luis Asuncion had his 12th double of the year. Prior to this game, they completed the last inning of the previous night’s game, which was suspended due to smoke from nearby wild fires. They lost 6-4.
- Osvaldo Hernandez, who began the season in Tri-City, was roughed up early, giving up four runs on a pair of homers before recording an out. He rebounded, however, and went on to throw shutout baseball for the next six innings, striking out 11. Esteury Ruiz went 2 for 5 with a triple, and Angel Santos went 3 for 4 with a triple of his own.
- The AZL Padres 2 were off for the night.
- The El Paso Chihuahuas were unable to play their game against the New Orleans Baby Cakes due to flooding.
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