Carter Capps made his long awaited debut, and José Pírela homered twice, but it wasn’t enough, as the Padres were wiped out by the Reds in Cincinnati by a score of 11-3. Jhoulys Chacín took the loss, giving up five earned runs in six innings, but the big blow was by former Padre Patrick Kivlehan, who hit a grand slam off reliever Phil Maton after Capps loaded the bases.
Capps, making his first appearance as a Padre on his 27th birthday, pitched .2 innings, getting the first outs around a Scooter Gennett double, and then walking the next two hitters to load the bases. Cincinnati closer Raisel Iglesias threw a perfect ninth, striking out Austin Hedges, Dusty Coleman, and Cory Spangenberg.
While both San Antonio and Lake Elsinore had off days yesterday, there were still plenty of highlights around the Padres farm system.
Baez Dominant… Again
It’s a story that has been told for all six of Michel Baez‘ starts for Fort Wayne: He was almost un-hittable and struck out a bunch of guys. Last night, he threw seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and a walk, and struck out nine. While still striking out more than a batter an inning, his K/9 rate actually dropped after this outing, from 14.3 to 13.7. That is how dominant he has been for the TinCaps. He didn’t have his best stuff, but was able to induce more contact than usual and had his second consecutive seven-inning start, and lowered his ERA to 0.74
Reinaldo Illaraza went 2 for 4 with a walk and a pair of stolen bases, and Fernando Tatis Jr. went 2 for 5. Jorge Oña and Jack Suwinski added a double each in the TinCaps 3-1 victory over the Great Lakes Loons, the Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate.
While it’s difficult to find pitching matchups for any of the AZL teams, it appears that stud pitcher MacKenzie Gore will be pitching most Monday’s, so mark your calendars. Yesterday, he threw 3.1 innings against the other AZL Padres squad, allowing two runs (one run was unearned) on four hits and a walk, while striking out five. The earned run was his first in four outings, and he now has an ERA of 0.75. Gore also had a pair of errors on pickoff throws.
Despite a few hiccups, it was still a promising start for the 18-year-old, and especially fun since he faced off against possibly-future teammates. Gore’s side would go on to beat the AZL Padres 2 squad, 7-4. Esteury Ruiz and Jordy Barley each went 2 for 3 and walked, with Ruiz hitting his 8th triple of the season.
On the losing side, Gabriel Arias went 2 for 5 and Olivier Basabe extended his hitting streak to six games. Basabe, Eguy Rosario, and Mason House all singled off Gore, with Nick Feight hitting an RBI triple off the young starter.
Margevicius & Carter Power Tri-City
Nick Margevicius was excellent again for Tri-City, as they defeated the Boise 7-3. The Padres 7th round pick in the June draft threw five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out three. The 6’5″ lefty out of Rider University has a 1.80 ERA in two starts since joining the Dust Devils, and though his strikeout rate isn’t particularly eye-catching (though eight in ten innings isn’t nothing), he has yet to walk a batter while in a Tri-City uniform, and he’s definitely an arm worth watching.
Tre Carter stayed hot, going 3 for 5 with a pair of RBI and his ninth triple of the season. The 20-year-old has an eight-game hitting streak, and is hitting .395 with three stolen bases in his last ten games. Robbie Podorsky added three hits of his own, including an RBI double. The Padres 25th pick (738th overall) in the June draft is hitting .337/.427/.446 in 21 games with the Dust Devils, and has a 7% strikeout rate since signing a professional contract with San Diego.
Elsewhere Around The Farm
- Michael Kelly was roughed up in El Paso’s 14-9 loss to the Fresno Grizzlies. He was unable to get an out against any of the first six batters he faced, issuing five walks and hitting a batter. Franchy Cordero went 2 for 6 with a homer and a pair of strikeouts, and Jabari Blash and Rocky Gale hit homers as well.