With the big club falling to the Dodgers 2-1 on Saturday night at Petco Park, San Diego didn’t have much luck in the rest of their organization as all three farm clubs that squared off against the Dodgers’ affiliates fell, and the Storm did it twice.

OKC Dodgers 3, Chihuahuas 2

Key Statistics: DH Preston Tucker 1-3, HR (5), RBI; RF Brandon Dixon 1-3, HR (6), RBI; RHP Matt Waldron 5.2 IP, 5 H, R, 2 BB, 7 K; RHP Angel Sanchez 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, BB, 3 K; RHP Moises Lugo (L, 1-1) 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, BB,3 K; RHP Eric Hanhold 1.0 IP K

Preston Tucker has three home runs in the last four games. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

Prospect Watch:  The Chihuahuas only had two hits on the night, but going into the top of the eighth inning, they were up 2-1 at home before reliever Moises Lugo allowed an inning-opening single then a home run off of the right field foul pole to put OKC up for good. Lugo worked around two more baserunners as he ultimately struck out the side, but took the loss. Coming into the year, many in the organization thought the 24-year-old would be among the first call-ups from Triple-A, but he has struggled with a 6.30 ERA. While he’s struck out 13 in 10 innings, the PCL is hitting .279 against him, up from a .186 mark in the Texas League last year. … Coming off an outing in which he gave up seven earned runs on four homers, Matt Waldron only allowed one over 5.2 frames. While Waldron has been inconsistent on his way to an 8.01 ERA, he has only allowed more than two walks once in his seven appearances. … Preston Tucker hit his fourth home run in his last three games, pushing his line to .329/.466/.657 in his first season with the Padres organization. … Brandon Dixon has already bounced back-and-forth to San Diego three times, but continues to mash when he’s in the El Paso lineup. After a solo homer Saturday, he has a .344/.423/.689 slash line in 69 plate appearances. … Matt Andriese, the Padres’ third-round pick way back in 2011, got the start for OKC. The 33-year-old, traded to Tampa in exchange for Alex Torres and Jesse Hahn in 2014, has spent parts of seven seasons in the major leagues.

Tulsa Drillers 9, Missions 2

Key Statistics: LF Jorge Oña 2-4, 2 2B, RBI, 2 E; RF Tirso Ornelas 1-4, 2B; LHP Daniel Camarena (L, 0-1) 1.2 IP, 8 R, 7 ER ,BB, HR; RHP Lake Bachar 2.1 IP, 2 H ,2 K; LHP Fred Schlichtholz 2.0 IP, H R, K

Jorge Oña had a pair of doubles in a losing effort. (Photo: San Antonio Missions)

Prospect Watch: San Antonio had another rough night for as their losing streak reached seven games. The Missions have given up 29 runs and scored just six in the series against Tulsa. Daniel Camarena, the Cathedral Catholic product who will forever be known for his grand slam off Max Scherzer, is back on the mound after missing all of last year recovering from Tommy John surgery. In his second outing, he couldn’t get out of the second inning, giving up seven runs on eight hits and his own costly throwing error in the first inning. … Jorge Oña, 26, had a pair of doubles for his second two-hit game in a week as he tries to dig out from a 2-for-30 start to the year. On the negative side, he committed two errors and now has three in eight games in left field. Oña,one of the Padres’ big international signees from 2016, was in the majors for five games in 2020, but has a line of just .254/.330/.391 in six minor league seasons.

Marcos Castañon hit his fourth home run on Saturday. (Photo: Fort Wayne TinCaps)

Game 1: TinCaps 5, Lake Country Captains 1 (7 innings)

Key Statistics: 3B Marcos Castañon 2-4 HR (4) 2 RBI; LF Nathan Martorella 1-2, 2 BBl; 1B Cole Cummings 2-2, 2 BB; RHP Adam Mazur 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, BB; RHP Jared Kollar (W, 1-0) 3 IP, K

Game 2: Lake County Captains 6, TinCaps 3

Key Statistics: C Brandon Valenzuela 2-3, RF Lucas Dunn 1-3 HR (1), RBI; LHP Bodi Rascon (L, 0-2) 3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, BB, 5 K; RHP Bobby Milacki 2 IP, H, 4 K

Prospect Watch:  The TinCaps put three runs on the board in the first inning and didn’t look back to get the organization’s only win of the day in the opener, but couldn’t keep it going in the nightcap. Marcos Castañon hit his fourth homer to continue a strong season after leading the Cal League in home runs last year. Through his first 100 plate appearances, the 24-year-old infielder is hitting .267/.340/.442 with seven extra-base hits in 25 games. … Cole Cummings reached base four times in the first game, getting the start at first while Nathan Martorella shifted out to left field. Coming out of the draft, Martorella was thought to be limited to first base, so it will only help his cause if he can play some left field. … Adam Mazur, 22, making his first start after the flu bug that spread around the TinCaps’ clubhouse sidelined him since April 15, had his longest outing of the year. The righty threw four innings on only 54 pitches, allowing just one run. Mazur, last year’s second-round pick from Iowa, by way of South Dakota State, should be someone to watch in the Summit City this year as he gets built up. … Jackson Merrill was 0-4 in the first game and 1-3 in the second. In his first five games of May, he is hitting .222/.250/.333.

Game 1: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 10, Storm 0 (7 innings)

Key Statistics: 1B Griffin Doersching 2-3, 2B; LF Kai Murphy 1-3, 2B, BB; SB; LHP Fernando Sanchez (L, 2-1) 3.1 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 7 K

Game 2: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 4, Storm 3 (7 innings)

Griffin Doersching in Spring Training this year. (Photo: Jerry Espinoza)

Key Statistics: 1B Griffin Doersching 1-3, 2B; RBI; LHP Jagger Haynes 2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K; RHP Manuel Castro (L, 1-1) 4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, BB, 6 K, 2 HR

Prospect Watch: After a big game Friday, the Storm were swept by the Dodgers’ affiliate as the Storm were pounded in the first game and unable to generate much offense in the second game. … Griffin Doersching had a pair of doubles on the day and three hits overall in two starts. The big man from Oklahoma State is off to a tough start with a .171/.266/.280 line but now has a three-game hitting streak for the first time on the year. A hit stretch from the 24-year-old would be a major help to the Storm lineup. … In the nightcap, Jagger Haynes, 20, threw 21 of his 35 pitches for strikes in two scoreless innings of work as he struck out three. The organization is still cautious with the 2020 fifth-round draft pick returning from Tommy John surgery. So far, in four games, he has thrown 6.1 innings with eight strikeouts against three walks and five hits and given up one earned run.

Posted by John Conniff

John grew up in Poway and has written for MadFriars since 2004. He has written articles for Baseball America, FoxSports San Diego, the El Paso Times, San Antonio Express-News, Amarillo Globe-News, Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette and Pacific Daily News in addition to appearing on numerous radio programs and podcasts. He can also break down the best places to eat for all five of the affiliates. There is no best place to eat in Peoria, Arizona.

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