By Bill Center

CF Trent Grisham

The Padres drew 12 walks and had three batters hit by a pitch Friday night in their 5–4 win over the Cardinals at Petco Park.

That is the second-most Padres ever to reach base in a nine-inning game without putting the ball in play.

The game marked the second time this season that the Padres drew 12 or more walks in a game. They drew a franchise-record 13 walks in a nine-inning game back on April 13 at Pittsburgh. Three Padres were also hit by pitches in that game.

Friday marked the sixth time that the Padres had ever drawn…

By Bill Center

Catcher Luis Campusano

Catcher Luis Campusano had two doubles in four at-bats with a RBI Friday night in Triple-A El Paso’s 6–3 win over Albuquerque before 6,539 in El Paso.

Campusano, 22, the Padres №3 prospect and №37 on the MLB Pipeline’s list of top 100 prospects in the minor leagues, raised his batting average to .290.

Left fielder Robbie Podorsky, who was promoted from Double-A on Thursday, was 3-for-4 with two stolen bases, a RBI and a run scored for the Chihuahuas.

Left fielder Joshua Mears (.194), the Padres’ №10 prospect, had a solo homer in three at-bats plus a walk for…

By Bill Center

Joe Musgrove

Padres manager Jayce Tingler opened his daily media ZOOM before the opener of the Cardinals series at Petco Park with more moves.

Left-handed reliever Drew Pomeranz was placed on the 10-day injured list with an impingement in his left shoulder. Nick Ramirez was returned to Triple-A El Paso after coming up as the extra player for Wednesday’s doubleheader in Colorado and infielder Ivan Castillo was promoted from El Paso.

“We've had games where we didn’t have any position players available at the end of the night,” Tingler said of the promotion of Castillo. “He’s a switch-hitter who can play short…

By Bill Center

Tucupita Marcano

The Padres need for help from Triple-A El Paso has caused trickle-down movement in the Padres system.

The Padres promoted infielder-outfielders Tucupita Marcano and Patrick Kivlehan and outfielders Brian O’Grady and John Andreoli from El Paso went Fernando Tatis Jr., Wil Myers, Eric Hosmer, Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo went on the injured list this week.

The promotions left the Chihuahuas with eight position players on their active roster, forcing the promotion of outfielder Robbie Podorsky, infielder Matthew Batten and infielder-outfielder Taylor Kohlwey from Double-A San Antonio. …

By Bill Center

LHP MacKenzie Gore (Photo: El Paso Chihuahuas Twitter)

Left-hander MacKenzie Gore made his second start for Triple-A El Paso Thursday night against Albuquerque before 6,365 at Southwest University in the Chihuahuas’ home opener.

Gore, the Padres’ №1 prospect and №6 on the MLB Pipeline’s list of the top 100 prospects in the minor leagues, gave up three runs on eight hits and a walk with five strikeouts in six innings to lower his earned run average to 5.40.

Right-hander Mason Thompson, the Padres’ 11th-ranked prospect, struck out one in a perfect inning to earn his first save for El Paso.

There was one other notable effort Thursday night…

By Bill Center

C Victor Caratini

There might be more to Yu Darvish’s desire to having Victor Caratini behind the plate for his starts beyond the catcher’s ability to work with the pitcher’s 11-pitch arsenal.

Caratini also has the knack to deliver big blows in games started by Caratini.

In Darvish’s eight starts this season, Caratini is 6-for-26 with the bat. That is only a .231 batting average.

But all three of Caratini’s home runs, including Wednesday’s game-winning grand slam in the first game of the doubleheader at Coors Field, have come in Darvish starts. So has a double and 11 of his season-total 17 RBIs.

By Bill Center

OF Robert Hassell III (photo: @Storm_Baseball Twitter account)

Robert Hassell III hit a three-run, walk-off, ninth-inning double Wednesday night to give low Single-A Lake Elsinore a 10–9 win over Inland Empire 10–9 at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore.

The 19-year-old Hassell, the Padres №4 prospect and ranked 53rd on the MLB Pipeline’s list of top 100 prospects in all of baseball, is off to a .290 start with a .488 on-base percentage and a .645 slugging percentage for a 1.133 OPS. The Padres’ first-round pick in the 2020 draft (eighth overall) has 12 walks in eight games (against nine strikeouts).

Left fielder Tirso Ornelas, the Padres №19…

Padres manager Jayce Tingler Tuesday discussed third baseman Manny Machado and right-handed pitcher Ryan Weathers.

It was almost as if he saw Machado’s five-RBI game at Coors Field coming.

“It’s important that Manny produces, there’s no doubt,” said Tingler during his daily media ZOOM. “We know it’s going to happen. You want it to happen sooner rather than later. Obviously, he’s an MVP-type player. When he gets it going, we have a chance to be really dynamic offensively.

“I know he’s going to get it going … the whole group is going to get it going. That game in San…

By Bill Center

Manny Machado

Manny Machado was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a bases-loaded triple Tuesday night in the Padres’ 8–1 victory at Coors Field.

It was the ninth game of Machado’s career of five or more RBIs and the first since June 29, 2019, against the Cardinals. His previous RBI high for the season was three, set three times.

Machado’s two-hit game represented his first multi-hit game since April 28. In 17 games leading up to Tuesday, Machado was 11-for-65 (.169) with a triple, a homer, five walks, nine RBIs and 5 runs scored for a .169/.229/.246/.475 slash line.


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By Bill Center

OF Robert Hassell III

Padres' top prospects CJ Abrams, Luis Campusano and Robert Hassell III continued their fast starts to the 2021 season Tuesday night.

Shortstop Abrams, the Padres’ №2 prospect and rated №8 on the MLB Pipeline’s baseball-wide rankings, was 2-for-4 for Double-A San Antonio to raise his batting average to .345. Catcher Campusano (Nos. 3/37 on the prospect rankings was 2-for-4 with two walks and a run scored for Triple-A El Paso. And Hassell (Nos. 4/53) was 1-for-3 with two RBIs, two walks, two stolen bases and a run scored for low Single-A Lake Elsinore.

Hassell is off to a .296 start…


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