Jeff Nycz

San Diego Padres Daily Minor League Report: May 8

The El Paso Chihuahuas won their second straight Monday night, holding off a valiant comeback effort from Nashville. In the Texas League, the Missions continued their winning ways by scoring three in the ninth inning. The TinCaps lost on the road, despite an excellent out from RHP Jesse Scholtens.

Chihuahuas 5, Nashville Sounds 4

Key Statistics: 1B Diego Goris, 2-for-4, RS; C Rocky Gale, 4-for-4, 2B, RBI; RF Rafael Ortega, 1-for-5, RS, HR (3), 2 RBI; RHP Zach Lee (W, 1-1) 6 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 BB, 2 K; RHP Phil Maton (S, 6) IP, H.

Prospect Watch: RHP Zach Lee got the win for El Paso, pitching six solid innings Monday night. Lee, 25, had been shelled in his previous two outings, allowed just two hits and one earned run, while walking three. Lee pitched in three games in San Diego this season but will need to exhibit better command before he gets an opportunity. In all three outings in El Paso, the former LSU Tiger has walked more batters than he has struck out ... Catcher Rocky Gale had his best night at the plate, going 4-for-4 in the El Paso victory. Gale, 29, had been 3-for-27 in his previous nine games and his big night raised his batting average to .254. The former Portland Beaver and Tucson Padre got a cup of coffee in 2015 with the Padres but his contributions to the organization go beyond baseball card statistics. If the Padres decide to carry four catchers again later in the season, perhaps Gale will get another opportunity in San Diego. 

Missions 5, Corpus Christi Hooks 3

Key Statistics: SS Jose Rondon, 1-for-4, HR (2), RS, 2 RBI; 2B Luis Urias, 1-for-2, RS, 2 BB, SB (3); LF Alberth Martinez, 2-for-4, RS, HR (4), 2B, 3 RBI; RHP Barry Enright, 7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 6 K; LHP Brad Wieck (W, 2-1) 1.1 IP, 2 K; RHP Eric Yardley (S, 2) 0.2 IP, K. 

Prospect Watch: Alberth Martinez has a penchant for big home runs. The 26-year-old outfielder smacked a three-run homer in the ninth inning to give San Antonio a lead they would not relinquish. Martinez’s last two homers have come in the ninth inning and were key components in Missions’ victory. Martinez has played mostly left field for San Antonio this season and is hitting a very good .270/.327/.510 with four home runs ... SS Jose Rondon hit his second homer of the year in the Missions’ victory. Rondon has swung the bat well as of late, hitting .279 over his last 10 games ... RHP Barry Enright pitched well for the Missions, throwing seven innings of three-run ball. The 31-year-old former Diamondback was a recent addition to the Missions’ roster. Enright spent the 2016 season pitching in the Mexican League with Tijuana. 

Hancock on the move: The Padres sent RHP Justin Hancock to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for OF Matt Szczur

Hancock, 26, has been in the Padres’ organization since 2011 when the team selected him in the ninth round. The righty has been a starter throughout his career but the Padres’ organization converted him into a full-time reliever this season. He has a 6.23 ERA in 10 games for San Antonio this season. He is expected to report to the Cubs’ Double-A affiliate in Tennessee. 

Storm: The Storm had the night off. They will open a series at home tomorrow against Stockton. 

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 2, TinCaps 0

Key Statistics: SS Fernando Tatis Jr., 2-for-4, 2B, SB (7); CF Jack Suwinski, 1-for-4, 2B; RHP Jesse Scholtens (L, 1-1) 8 IP, 3 H, R (unearned), 7 K. 

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps lost, despite a career-best outing from RHP Jesse Scholtens. Last year’s ninth-round pick threw eight innings, allowing just one unearned run. The 6’4 righty didn’t allow a walk and threw just 90 pitches but the TinCaps offense could not give him any support. Scholtens is currently leading the Midwest League in innings with 36.2 and his 2.45 ERA has him in the top-ten in the 16-team league ... Fernando Tatis Jr. had a pair of hits and his seventh stolen base in the TinCaps loss. Tatis has a modest five-game hitting streak going and the teenage shortstop is hitting .286 in May. 

Roster moves galore: The TinCaps made several transactions Monday, activating OF Jorge Oña from the disabled list. Oña went 0-for-4 in his return to the lineup. 

The TinCaps also received INF/OF Nate Easley and RHP Jose Galindo from extending spring training. The TinCaps sent OF Alan Garcia and RHP Evan Miller back to extended spring training. Easley started in left field Monday but played second base last season for the Dust Devils. 

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