Jeff Nycz

San Diego Padres Daily Minor League Report: April 27

Thursday was a clean sweep in the Padres’ organization -- and not in a good way as all four squads in action lost. El Paso started a road trip in Salt Lake City and were blown out. The Missions lost a lead in the late innings at home and the Storm dropped the rubber game of their series against Visalia. Fort Wayne returned home after a seven-game trip and were defeated by South Bend.

Salt Lake Bees 13, Chihuahuas 5

Key Statistics: RF Rafael Ortega, 2-for-3, 2 RS, HR (2), RBI, 2 BB, SB (7); DH Jose Pirela, 2-for-5, 2 RS SB (5); LF Nick Buss, 2-for-4, 2 2B; RHP Zach Lee, 4 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K; RHP Bryan Rodriguez (L, 1-2) 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, K; RHP Carter Capps, 0.1 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, K; RHP Christian Bethancourt, 0.2 IP, H. 

Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas had a one-run lead through five innings but the bullpen allowed nine runs over the final four innings ... At the plate RF Rafael Ortega had an excellent game, reaching base four times and stole a base for good measure. Ortega also connected on his second home run of the year. Ortega, 25, signed as a free agent in the off-season after he appeared 66 games with the Angels in 2016. Ortega is hitting a very solid .313/.393/.500 for El Paso thus far. His seven stolen bases are tied for the third-most in the PCL ... At some point, the Padres have to be concerned with the rehabbing Carter Capps. The big league reliever allowed five earned runs and only recorded one out in a nightmarish outing. Capps’ command was absent Thursday, as Capps walked a pair of batters and threw more balls than strikes. The former Marlin has allowed nine earned runs in four innings with El Paso. Capps can remain on a rehab assignment for a couple of weeks, which seems necessary given his lack of command ... RHP Christian Bethancourt relieved Capps and allowed a hit, while recorded the last two outs of the eighth inning. 

Roster Move: With Bethancourt’s activation, the organization released RHP Michael Dimock. Dimock, 27, struggled this season for El Paso, albeit in a small sample. The former Wake Forest hurler allowed 11 earned runs in seven innings, as opposing batters hit nearly .500 off of the righty. He pitched very well in 2015 for El Paso and San Antonio and was slated to pitch in the 2015 Arizona Fall League but was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a drug of abuse.

Frisco RoughRiders 4, Missions 3

Key Statistics: 1B Fernando Perez, 2-for-4; 3B River Stevens, 3-for-3, 2B, BB, RBI; RHP Kyle Lloyd, (L, 2-3) 7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB, 11 K . 

Prospect Watch: The Missions dropped their third straight at home to Frisco ... RHP Kyle Lloyd pitched well in the loss, bouncing back nicely from one of the worst outings of his career. Lloyd struck out a season-high 11, just two off of his professional best while walking just one hitter. Lloyd’s command had been shaky in his last two starts but he pumped in strikes all night for the Missions and pitched into the eighth inning ... Third baseman River Stevens went 3-for-3, with a double and a walk Thursday night. The former ninth-round pick has been pressed into regular duty with Jose Rondon on the disabled list. Stevens profiles more as a utility guy who brings energy and speed to the ballpark each day. The 25-year-old is hitting just .152/.197/.212 in 19 games for San Antonio. 

Visalia Rawhide 7, Storm 4

Key Statistics: RF Edwin Moreno, 2-for-5, RS, HR (2), RBI; 1B Josh Naylor, 2-for-4, RS, HR (4), 2 RBI; LF Taylor Kohlwey, 2-for-4, 2B, RBI; RHP Pedro Avila (L, 0-2) 1.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, K; RHP Trevor Frank, 2 IP, 3 H, ER, 5 K; RHP Gerardo Reyes, 2 IP, H, BB, K. 

Prospect Watch: The Storm surrendered five runs in the second inning, leading to the defeat in Central California ... RHP Pedro Avila struggled early and could not make it out of the second inning. The righty allowed seven hits, including a home run while recording just four outs. Avila, 20, has only made it through five innings in one of his starts. The righty has a WHIP over two and an ERA north of seven through four starts ... First baseman Josh Naylor had another multi-hit game that included his fourth homer of the year. Naylor, 19, is 9-for-22 during a five-game hitting streak, with a double, a home run and perhaps more impressively, only two strikeouts during the stretch. 

South Bend Cubs 5, TinCaps 1

Key Statistics: SS Fernando Tatis Jr., 2-for-4, 2B, SB (6); C Marcus Greene Jr., 2-for-3, 2B, BB; LHP Jerry Keel (L, 1-1) 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R (both unearned) 2 BB, 5 K. 

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps dropped their fifth straight game, despite another fantastic outing from LHP Jerry Keel ... Keel, 23, has seemingly proved that he belongs at a higher level and figures to be promoted to Lake Elsinore in the near future. The big lefty allowed just two unearned runs on six hits while striking out five. The Palmdale-born lefty has a 1.93 ERA in four starts and is averaging more than a strikeout per inning ... Fernando Tatis Jr. had a pair of hits, including a double in the TinCaps loss. Tatis has been hitting his stride at the plate and is hitting .300 his last ten games. More importantly, perhaps, Tatis has only two strikeouts in his last 17 at-bats. Only good things can happen for the teenager as his pitch recognition improves ... Third baseman Hudson Potts left the game, although there are no reports of injury. He was hit by a pitch but stayed in the game at that point. We will report any news as soon as it is available. 

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