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The Scoop: The Padres Win Big, Tri-City Walks It Off, and Tatis Debuts In Double-A

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Yangervis Solarte had a career high six RBI and the Padres scored six runs in the seventh to cruise to a 12-4 victory in the series opener against the St. Louis Cardinals.  The third baseman went 3 for 5 on the night, hitting a pair of RBI doubles, and capped it off with a two run homer in the eighth that was projected by Statcast to have traveled 455 feet, his longest recorded homer.

Invited to the 11-hit parade was Austin Hedges, who went 2 for 5 with a majestic 3-run homer on an inside breaking ball, and Carlos Asuaje and Manuel Margot, who each had a pair of singles in the Padres victory.  The big seventh inning was aided by a pair of wild pitches by Cardinals reliever Zach Duke, one of which produced a run.

St. Louis put up a decent fight, as they out-homered the Padres 3-2, but Jedd Gyorko‘s dinger was the only one that wasn’t a solo shot, as Yadier Molina and Stephen Piscotty‘s long balls came with nobody on.  Gyorko continued to punish his former team, as he is currently hitting .517/.548/1.310 in eight games (31 plate appearances) against San Diego.

Clayton Richard allowed all four of the Cardinal runs in 5.2 innings and didn’t factor into the decision, as the Padres offense didn’t fully ignite until after he exited the game.  A notorious ground ball pitcher allowing three homers in a game is an obvious negative, but he minimized the damage and managed to strike out six.  Craig StammenPhil MatonJosé Torres, and Carter Capps combined for 3.1 innings of shutout baseball to close out the game.

Tri-City Walks It Off

In a tightly contested affair, the Dust Devils broke a 3-3 tie on a Justin Lopez RBI single in the 9th, defeating the Spokane Indians 4-3.  Jalen Washington scored the winning run after working a leadoff walk and advancing to third on a sac bunt and a ground out.  All of Tri-City’s seven hits were singles, and four came in the seventh, as Robbie Podorsky‘s two-RBI single put the home team ahead 3-2.

Henry Henry was solid in his first start back from a one-game stint with the AZL Padres, as he threw six innings and gave up two runs, although one was unearned.  He scattered five hits, walked two batters, and struck out five, but wasn’t helped much by his defense, as an RBI single squeaked past a diving Luis Almanzar (who also had an error in the game on a routine grounder), and third baseman Kelvin Melean wasn’t able to handle the throw from Podorsky and it went into the dugout, advancing the runner home.

Trevor Megill was unable to record back to back saves, allowing a pair of singles and a sac fly to tie the game up in the ninth.  It was just his second run allowed in 13 innings in the Northwest League.  Almanzar and Chris Mattison each went 2 for 4 for Tri-City.

Nix Knocked Out In The First In Tatis’ Double-A Debut

San Antonio starter Jake Nix lasted just 2/3 of an inning, as Frisco poured it on early and shut out the Missions 9-0.  The RoughRiders scored all of their runs in the first, as Nix left with two men on with two outs, and reliever Jake Esch allowed a home run to Isiah Kiner-Falefa, the first batter he faced.  Neither team would score the rest of the game.

The Missions offense couldn’t muster much of an attack, as they were held to just three hits in the game, with Frisco starter Tyler Davis throwing a complete game shutout.  The 24-year-old Davis came into the game with a 3.12 ERA, but was roughed up in his last start, lasting 4.2 innings and allowing 6 earned runs.

Marquee prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. made his first start for the Missions (he batted second and played short), and went 0 for 3 at the plate with a strikeout and a deep fly ball to right that was caught at the wall.  He and shortstop Javier Guerra looked sharp on defense, with Guerra making a few spectacular plays, including a bare-handed slow-roller that he made look easy.  Luis Urías was 0 for 4 on the night with a pair of strikeouts.

 

Both Of The AZL Teams Had Solid Performances

MacKenzie Gore tossed four innings of 1-run ball with seven strikeouts for the AZL Padres, who eventually fell to the AZL D-Backs, 5-2.  Of note, the rehabbing Nick Ahmed struck out against MacKenzie Gore with a wicked breaking ball.  Also, 19-year-old first baseman Blinger Perez went 2 for 4 in his AZL debut, fresh out of the Dominican Summer League.

The AZL Padres 2 squad dropped 20 hits on the AZL Royals in a 19-6 trouncing.  DH (normally catcher) Blake Hunt went 4 for 7 with a pair of doubles and a triple, and Juan Fernandez and Luis Roman was 3 for 5 with a double and a home run.  Olivier Basabe went 2 for 5, and Tirso Ornelas went 2 for 7 with four strikeouts.

 

Elsewhere Around The Farm

  • The Fort Wayne TinCaps had their game against the Lake County Captains rained out, and will play a doubleheader (2 seven inning games) tomorrow.

 

  • In his third start for Lake Elsinore, Emmanuel Ramirez gave up six earned runs on seven hits and a pair of walks, and Thomas Dorminy allowed six unearned runs as the Storm fell to Rancho Cucamonga 13-2.  In a disastrous fourth inning, catcher Wilfri De La Cruz was called for catchers interference and had a passed ball, and first baseman Fernando Perez made a throwing error on a would-be double play ball.  Austin Allen went 1 for 4 and hit his 19th home run.

 

  • The El Paso Chihuahuas lost to Tacoma 3-2, and though they are now two games below .500, are just one game out of a playoff spot.  Jordan Lyles recovered nicely from his last start, going 5.2 innings of one-hit ball while giving up four hits and a walk, and striking out five.  José Rondon was injured in the game and taken out in the sixth.