In a battle of National League punching bags, Travis Wood was roughed up for six runs (five earned) in five innings in the Padres 8-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. The balls were flying out of the yard, as tends to happen at Great American Ballpark, with the Reds hitting a pair of 2-run shots off Wood, and Manuel Margot and Wil Myers adding dingers of their own.
The Carter Capps Era continues to get off to a rocky start, as the jumpy reliever allowed four singles and a pair of runs in the sixth. Kyle McGrath threw two shutout innings, scattering two hits, and Yangervis Solarte went 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored.
Quantrill Solid, San Antonio Shut Out
Cal Quantrill had one of his best outings since being promoted to Double-A, but an error by shortstop Luis Urías proved to be costly in the Missions 2-0 loss to the Springfield Cardinals. Quantrill was efficient through five, mixing his pitches low and keeping hitters off balance, inducing nine ground balls without walking a batter, while striking out three. In the sixth inning, however, he would get into trouble when the Cardinals loaded the bases on a throwing error by Urías and a pair of walks. Missions reliever TJ Weir came in to help, but allowed a 2-RBI single that put Springfield ahead for good.
San Antonio couldn’t get anything going against the Cardinals’ no.15 prospect Austin Gomber, who allowed three hits and four walks, but kept the home team off the board. Urías went 2 for 3 with a pair of singles and a walk, and despite the deficit, Trey Wingenter pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, fanning one in the Missions loss.
Elsewhere Around The Farm
- Dillon Overton had arguably his best start in the Padres organization, giving up two runs in six innings in El Paso’s 5-3 win over Fresno. He struck out two and walked one, and both runs were scored on solo-homers. Rafael Ortega finished a home run short of the cycle, and Christian Villanueva added a pair of doubles as well.
- Austin Allen had a pair of key hits and three RBI in the Storm’s wild 6-5 win over Inland Empire. After hitting a double to get the Storm on the board in the third, he had a game-tying RBI in the ninth, and came around to score an insurance run on Fernando Perez’ 2-RBI triple. Jake Esch allowed three runs in seven innings, and Kyle Overstreet added a pair of doubles of his own. Michael Gettys went 0-3 but was able to get issued a pair of walks.
- Henry Henry gave up four runs (three earned) in the Dust Devils 6-2 loss to Vancouver. Tre Carter‘s nine-game hit streak came to an end, but Justin Lopez, who began the season as the youngest player in the Northwest League, hit his first home run of the year. He and Luis Almanzar had a pair of hits for Tri-City in the loss.
- The AZL Padres 2 manufactured four runs in the first inning on two singles, two walks, a hit batter, and an error, and held on to beat the AZL Angels 4-2. Gabriel Arias went 1 for 4 with a run scored, and Tirso Ornelas went 0 for 3, but had a bases loaded walk. Aaron Leasher, the Padres 6th round pick out of Morehead State, threw five innings, giving up a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out three. Cole Bellinger also threw a scoreless inning, giving up a walk and a hit, while striking out one.