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The Scoop: Richard’s Gem, The Storm Walk It Off, & Tirso Ornelas Destroys Baseballs

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The Padres beat the Phillies 3-0 yesterday, completing the sweep of Philadelphia behind a complete game shutout by Clayton Richard.  Wil Myers, hitting in the five spot, went 2 for 2 with a double and a pair of walks.  He also stole three bases in the same inning – second, third, and home.  Phils catcher Cameron Rupp didn’t attempt a throw to second or third, as he had difficulty handling the pitches that Myers ran on, and with runners at the corners, the Padres did a delayed double steal, as Cory Spangenberg drew a throw down to second, got in a pickle, and Myers took off for home, scoring on a close play.

Richard leads the Padres in innings pitched (154.1) – 17 ahead of Jhoulys Chacín and 38 more than Luis Perdomo.  Those are the only three pitchers with more than 100 innings this year, though Dinelson Lamet could get close (currently at 75), and he started the year in Triple-A.

Hunter Renfroe and Carlos Asuaje added a double apiece in the victory, and the Padres were able to overcome 16 strikeouts by their hitters – including one by every Padres starter except Myers.

 

Kyle Lloyd Excels in El Paso

Despite having a no-hitter in the Texas League earlier this season, things have been a roller-coaster ride for Kyle Lloyd.  While not the same high as making his first (and thus far, only) Major League start, the big right-hander was spectacular in the Chihuahuas 2-1 victory over the Albuquerque Isotopes.  In his best start at Triple-A, he went 6.2 innings, allowing a run on eight hits and a walk, while striking out seven.  He induced three double plays and had excellent control, as even his lone walk drew a confrontation between the umpire and El Paso manager Rod Barajas.

Buddy Baumann kept things interesting in the ninth, allowing a pair of hits, but he also struck out a pair in his first save for El Paso.  The offense only managed five hits, which included a single by Lloyd and a run-scoring double by Christian Villanueva.

 

Edwin Moreno Walks It Off

Trailing 7-1 heading into the bottom of the eighth, the Storm battled back, defeating the Inland Empire 66ers 8-7.  Lake Elsinore mounted a 2-out rally in the eighth on an 2-RBI single by Chris Baker and a 2-RBI double by Taylor Kohlwey.  In the ninth, Edwin Moreno launched a 3-run, walkoff homer to send the Storm fans home happy.

Storm starter Thomas Dorminy was chased after three innings, allowing four runs on six hits and a walk, and despite allowing a run, Gerardo Reyes struck out five batters in two innings, getting the victory.

 

Tirso Ornelas Is The Dude

On top of having the 10th highest OBP (.405) in the AZL as a 17-year-old, Tirso Ornelas hit a pair of homers – his first in the Padres organization – as the AZL Padres 2 defeated the AZL Giants.  Ornelas was 4 for 4 on the night, adding a triple for a combined 12 total bases.

Henry Henry, making a start in Arizona after starting the nine games for Tri-City, was solid, allowing a run on four walking none and striking out eight.  His numbers weren’t dominant by any stretch in Low-A (3.80 ERA, 7.4 K/9 rate) but the 18-year-old mowed down hitters pretty easily in the AZL.  Cole Bellinger threw a scoreless inning, allowing a hit while notching a strikeout.  Catcher Janigson Villalobos went 3 for 4 with a double, and Mason House and Gabriel Arias each had a hit a piece.

 

Elsewhere Around the Farm

  • Jacob Nix allowed three runs in five innings in the Missions 6-3 loss to the Springfield Cardinals.  He allowed six hits and a pair of walks while striking out four, but it was Yimmi Brasoban who took the loss after giving up a pair of runs in the seventh.  Ty France went 2 for 4 with a 2-run dinger, and Luis Urías and Javier Guerra each went 1 for 4, with Guerra driving in his ninth RBI in Double-A.  Josh Naylor hasn’t played since Friday, and no reason has been given for his absence.

 

  • TinCaps starter Reggie Lawson threw four scoreless innings, but ran into trouble in the fifth, allowing three runs in Fort Wayne’s 5-1 loss to the South Bend Cubs.  Lawson was pulled after the fifth, allowing six hits and a pair of walks, while striking out six.  Nate Easley went 1 for 4 with an RBI double, and is hitting .375 with four extra base hits in his last ten games.  After taking a day off on Tuesday, Fernando Tatis Jr. was back in the lineup, and went 0 for 3 with a walk and three strikeouts.

 

  • Jalen Washington‘s RBI double drove in the lone run of the game, as the Dust Devils fell to the Everett Aqua Sox 4-1.  Will Stillman took the loss, going five innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits, a walk, and five strikeouts.  Tri-City had a key moment in the seventh, loading the bases with no outs and trailing by two, but lined out to short twice and struck out to end the threat.

 

  • Esteury Ruiz went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles and a stolen base on a night when the AZL Padres couldn’t get much going in a 3-2 loss to the AZL Cubs.  17-year-old Luis Patino allowed three runs (one earned) in 4.1 innings on four hits, a pair of walks, and seven strikeouts.  Jonny Homza, playing third base, went 1 for 4 and scored a run.