Dave Michael

San Diego Padres Daily Minor League Report: May 14

The Missions moved into first place in the Texas League after a marathon win, while the Storm moved over .500 with a victory.

Memphis Redbirds 6, Chihuahuas 5

Key Statistics: 1B Jose Pirela 3-for-4, 2B, 2HR (4), 4RBI, E(5); 3B Christian Villanueva 2-for-4, HR (1); RHP Zach Lee 1.1IP, 2H, 0R, 1K, 0BB; RHP Logan Bawcom 3.2IP, 3H, 0R, 3K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: After six and a half innings, El Paso held a 1-0 lead in a game that had been an impressive pitchers' duel. Then, in the bottom of the seventh, Carlos Fisher and Keith Hessler surrendered four runs. The Chihuahuas got back to even in the eighth on Jose Pirela's second homer of the game, a three-run blast to left, but then Jose Valdez gave back two more runs in the bottom of the frame to take the loss in his second outing since the Padres claimed him off waivers from Anaheim last week. Pirela finished the game with 10 total bases thanks to the two homers and a double in four trips to the plate. After a .920 OPS in April, he had been struggling through May. He's been adjusting to playing primarily first base, where he'd logged only about 130 of his 7600 professional innings up until two weeks ago. ... For the second time in a week, the Padres had a minor league pitcher walk off the mound with an injury. Zach Lee left the game after throwing a pitch in the second inning. The 25-year-old righty, claimed off waivers last winter, has only had one disabled list stint since he was drafted in 2010. He was coming off his best outing of the year for El Paso, having surrendered one run in six innings last Monday. ... Christian Villanueva connected on his first homer in the ninth. After starting the year on the disabled list, the Guadalajara native went 0-for-11 when he got going, but is 6-for-17 over his last five games. The former Top 100 prospect missed all of last year with a broken leg before signing as a free agent this winter.

Missions 4, Frisco RoughRiders 3 in 16

Key Statistics: 1B Ty France 4-for-6, R, 1IP, 0H, 0R, W (1-0); CF Alberth Martinez 3-for-6, 2B, R; RHP Bryan Rodriguez 6IP, 4H, 0R, 2K, 1BB; RHP TJ Weir 2IP, 1H, 3K

Prospect Watch: The Missions claimed their tenth win in 11 games Sunday and now own the best record in the Texas League. While the offense has been middle-of-the-road, the San Antonio pitching staff now has the best ERA in the league at 3.38. The pitching staff's quality showed on Sunday when Bryan Rodriguez worked six shutout innings in his first game back with the club from Triple-A. After Adam Cimber had a rare bad outing to let Frisco tie the game in the eighth, T.J. Weir, Eric Yardley and Cesar Vargas combined for seven more scoreless frames, giving up only four hits along the way. But the highlight on the mound was Ty France's one-two-three inning in the 16th to claim a victory in his first professional pitching appearance, which came after he'd already collected four hits as the club's starting first baseman. France joined the Missions at the start of the weekend and has six singles in his first 12 plate appearances. With the club emerging as a Texas League playoff contender, it will be interesting to see how much the Padres decide to try to maximize their chances with some reinforcements from below.

Storm 7 Modesto Nuts 5

Key Statistics: DH Josh Naylor 2-for-3, 2B, BB, 2R, K; RF Edwin Moreno 2-for-4, 3B, 2R, OF Assist; RHP Jesse Scholtens 5IP, 7H, 3ER, 5K, 2BB;

Prospect Watch: Two-out singles in the seventh by Miguel Del Castillo and Peter Van Gansen, along with a pair of wild pitches plated four runs to seal the victory for the Storm Sunday afternoon. Now that they're one game over .500, all four Southern Division clubs are now separated by one game. Jesse Scholtens, summoned from Fort Wayne to take the spot of J.C. Cosme in the rotation, yielded three runs on seven hits over five innings. The 23-year-old righty, a ninth-round pick out of Wright State as a senior sign last year, got his promotion after posting a 2.45 ERA through seven starts in Fort Wayne where he struck out 37 in 36.2 innings. ... Michael Gettys and Josh Naylor both extended their hitting streaks to 11 games as they combined for three of the club's nine hits. Neither struck out in the contest - the first time that's happened all year. ... Righty Gerardo Reyes worked 1.2 scoreless innings, continuing a stellar start to the year. Generously listed as 5'11", the forgotten member of the Wil Myers trade works in the upper 90s from a challenging low-3/4 delivery. In 13 appearances for the Storm, he has allowed just one run in 20 innings as opponents are hitting just .164 against him.

The TinCaps and the rest of the Midwest League had Sunday off. They'll pick up on Monday in Lansing with someone replacing Scholtens in the rotation.

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