San Antonio Missions

San Diego Padres Daily Minor League Report: April 14

The Missions came within two outs of making history but the bats struggled throughout the system.

Tacoma Rainers 2, Chihuahuas  1

Key Statistics: RF Collin Cowgill 1-3, BB; LF Rafael Ortega 2-2, 2B, RBI, BB, SB; RHP Dinelson Lamet 2.1 IP R 3 BB; RHP Logan Bawcom 3.2 IP H BB 6 K; LHP Keith Hessler (L, 0-1) 0.2 IP R 3 BB K.

Prospect Watch: El Paso took its annual April trip north to the damp Pacific Northwest and lost three out of four games. Tonight they got beat in the ninth inning, after reliever Keith Hessler walked three batters, then a miscommunication on an infield pop-up with two outs and the bases loaded allowed the winning run to score. El Paso’s pitchers only allowed three hits on the night, all singles, but also gave up nine walks…Dinelson Lamet started the game and threw only 47 pitches before leaving following an extended rain delay in the third inning…As announced yesterday, OF Jabari Blash and RHP Jake Esch return to El Paso from the big club and RHP Jason Jester is placed on the temporary inactive list. 

Missions 2, Northwest Arkansas Naturals 0 

Key Statistics: 2B Noah Period 1-2, HR (1) RBI, BB; SS Luis Urias 1-4, 2B, RBI; LF Nick Schulz 1-2, 2 BB;  RHP Enyel De Los Santos (W, 1-0) 6.0 IP 7 K; RHP T.J. Weir 2.0 IP, K; RHP Eric Yardley (S,1) 1.0 IP H 3 K.

Prospect Watch: The Missions were two outs away from their first perfect game in franchise history - they have been around since 1888 - but the Naturals got a sqibber back to the pitcher to break up the perfect game and no-hitter.  It got a little more interesting when SS Luis Urias couldn’t get the ball out of his glove for his third error of the season at shortstop, but closer Eric Yardley came back to strike out the last batter to give the Missions their fourth straight win...With a 6-2 record, the Missions are off to their best start since 2001…Enyel De Los Santos needed only 64 pitches, 47 of them for strikes to work six perfect innings.  According to Missions’ broadcaster Mike Saeger, De Los Santos touched 97 mph and was anywhere between 92 to 97 on the night. De Los Santos, 21, came over in the Joaquin Benoit deal in the 2015 offseason, which looks very good now…T.J. Weir was promoted back to San Antonio for his second tour in Double-A before tonight’s game.  Last time it was to start, this time it will be in relief which is a much better role for him…Not much offense to report on, Urias has five extra-base hits in eight games. he's only hitting .233 but he's still walking (5) more than he is striking out (4) and according to people who watch him regularly has been making hard, consistent contact.

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 5,  Storm 4

Key Statistics: RF Taylor Kohlwey 2-4; C Miguel Del Castillo 2-3, HR (1), RBI; CF Michael Gettys 1-5, 2B, SB (2); RHP Pedro Avila 4.0 ip 6 h 3 R 2 ER 3 BB 5 K; RHP (L, 0-1) Zech Lemond 3.0 ip 4 H 2 R 4 K; RHP Jose Ruiz 1.0 IP 2 H 3 K.

Prospect Watch: The Storm dropped their third game in a row as they could not overcome a big fourth inning by the Quakes…After the first week of action Chris Baker is the only member of the Storm infield hitting above .200. On the positive side, Taylor Kohlwey, a twenty-first round pick from the University of  Wisconsin-La Crosse, is off to a red-hot start with a .321/.472/.357 line…Zech Lemond struggled tonight, but the Padres are hoping that the former Rice star can regain his once bright future coming out of the bullpen now that they have shelved the idea of trying to make him into a starter.  When he’s on, the former third-rounder out of Rice has a very effective two-seam/slider combination that could play at higher levels.

Bowling Green Hot Rods 6, TinCaps 1

Key Statistics: 2B Reinaldo Ilarraza 2-3, 2B; SS Fernando Tatis, Jr. 2-3; RF Jorge Ona 2-3; RHP Austin Smith 4.0 IP 7 H 6 ER 2 BB 3 K; RHP Emmanuel Ramirez 3.0 IP H BB K.

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps outhit the Hot Rods 10 to 8, but only one was for extra-bases and they were caught stealing twice…After the first week, Jorge Ona is the only member of the starting lineup that is hitting above .250…A tough outing for Austin Smith, after a so-so debut to begin the year.  It’s his second season back in the Midwest League and with the talent behind him it will be interesting to see how long the Padres’ will stick with their top pick in 2015 in the starting rotation. ..Fernando Tatis had his second multi-hit game of the year and in seven games at shortstop has only committed one error.

For the box scores of all the games please go to the scoreboards.

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