When it mattered most, the 51s couldn’t give you a success on Thursday. The crew went 0-for-Eight with runners in scoring place, leaving seven on base.
And although Scott Copeland pitched effectively sufficient to maintain the crew within the recreation, the 51s couldn’t capitalize on any type of rally, scoring twice within the recreation however each on solo dwelling runs.
And with that, the 51s fell 3-2 to El Paso at Southwest College Park within the collection opener.
“That’s the factor, the blokes have gotten to attempt to come by way of in these conditions with guys in scoring place,” supervisor Tony DeFrancesco mentioned. “We simply didn’t get it performed as we speak. (Patrick) Kivlehan hit a solo dwelling run with no person on, (Jose) Lobaton hit a solo dwelling run with no person on. The center of the order didn’t do a lot in order that type of harm us.”
Two of the Padres’ high prospects — Francisco Mejia and Luis Urias — have been the distinction in Thursday’s recreation.
Mejia, ranked the No. 21 prospect by MLBPipeline, drove in Urias, the No. 22 prospect, twice within the recreation.
The primary time got here within the first inning with a single to middle and the second got here within the sixth with a double to proper. Each had three hits within the recreation for the Chihuahuas.
“They’ve received a pleasant younger crew,” DeFrancesco mentioned. “They’re younger youngsters. Urias and Mejia, the child they received within the commerce, they put the ball in play. They swing aggressively. Now you’ve received to pitch them somewhat bit higher.”
After Mejia’s second RBI hit, Shane Peterson drove him in to offer the Chihuahuas (70-52) a three-run lead on the time.
That run wound up being the distinction within the recreation.
Tempers had flared earlier within the high of the sixth after Peter Alonso was hit by a pitch, leading to each benches clearing and warnings.
No punches have been thrown however each Las Vegas (61-62) infielder Christian Colon — who was not within the lineup — and El Paso pitching coach Bronswell Patrick have been ejected.
“After Alonso received hit, their bench was chirping at him. I’m undecided what Colon mentioned again,” DeFrancesco mentioned. “Their pitching coach got here on the sector and all people type of left their place.”
The 51s had a few of their greatest alternatives in that body, with two on and no outs after which runners on the corners with only one out, however Bryce Brentz grounded right into a double play to finish the inning.
“I believed that was going to be a giant momentum swing for us,” DeFrancesco mentioned. “We had first and third and we hit right into a double play. We simply didn’t execute.”
El Paso starter Walker Lockett threw seven innings and gave up only a run on six hits whereas Copeland tossed a high quality begin of his personal, giving up three runs on six hits in six innings whereas hanging out eight on the evening.
“He’s aggressive within the zone, he pitches fast. He’s received three or 4 pitches to maintain them off steadiness,” DeFrancesco mentioned. “He made a pair errors early within the sixth inning. He hung a breaking ball for a double however I believed he pitched effectively. Three runs on this ballpark, that’s a reasonably good job.”