Minors: El Paso’s Anderson Espinoza tossed after foreign substance check

Minors: El Paso’s Anderson Espinoza tossed after foreign substance check


For the second time in three years, Anderson Espinoza was tossed from a game following a check for foreign substances on his person.

The 25-year-old old right-hander was ejected by home plate umpire Sam Burch after leaving the bases loaded in the first inning, putting Triple-A El Paso’s bullpen in a bind in an 8-3 loss to visiting Albuquerque.

Espinoza allowed two singles and a walk before a punchout and a flyball got him out of a jam.

After the inning, Espinoza was ejected after what was reportedly a calm but long conversation with Burch.

Once the Padres’ top prospect before his career was derailed by back-to-back Tommy John surgeries, Espinoza served a 10-game suspension in 2021 after a foreign-substance check in July 2021, when baseball first began cracking down on concoctions added to baseballs to increase spin rate and ball movement.

He was traded to the Cubs later that summer and rejoined the Padres this offseason on a minor league deal.

After Espinoza’s ejection, three of the six runs allowed by right-hander Angel Sanchez (0-1, 6.75 ERA) crossed the plate in the second inning.

Right-hander Jake Sanchez followed with three no-hit innings and right-hander Aaron Brooks (5.14) allowed two runs over the final two innings.

With Fernando Tatis Jr. having the day off on his rehab, El Paso (5-8) was limited to three runs on nine hits.

Catcher Pedro Severino (.870 OPS), center fielder Louis Liberato (.882 OPS) and third baseman Jantzen White (.812 OPS) all had two hits, with Liberato doubling and Witte tripling.

Friday’s scoreboard

DOUBLE-A SAN ANTONIO (2-5)

  • Frisco 7, Missions 0: RHP Duncan Snider (0-1, 4.91) allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings in the loss. RHP Justin Lopez (0.00) struck out three while allowing a hit and two walks in 1 2/3 innings. C Juan Fernandez pitched a scoreless ninth. The Missions collected just three hits, singles from Fernandez (.944 OPS), 2B Brantley Bell (.352 OPS) and CF Daniel Johnson (.308 OPS).

HIGH SINGLE-A FORT WAYNE (1-6)

  • Lake County 10, TinCaps 4: RHP Victor Lizarraga (8.10) allowed two runs – one earned – in four innings in the start. He struck out two and allowed three hits and two walks. RHP Keegan Collett (0-1, 20.25) allowed five runs – two earned – while recording just one out in the seventh. 2B Lucas Dunn (.888 OPS) went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, an RBI and two runs scored. RF Joshua Mears (.578 OPS) drove in two runs on two hits, including a double. SS Jackson Merrill (.483 OPS) went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Dunn committed two throwing errors and Merrill botched a play in the field.

LOW SINGLE-A LAKE ELSINORE (6-0)

  • Storm 3, Inland Empire 1: LHP Jagger Haynes (0.00) allowed a hit in a scoreless inning in the start in his long-awaited professional debut. He was the Padres’ fifth-round pick in 2020, but had not pitched because of injuries. LHP Fernando Sanchez (3.18) struck out six over 3 2/3 innings and RHP Dwayne Matos (0.00) struck out two over 4 1/3 shutout innings to close the game. SS Rosman Verdugo (.833 OPS) went tripled in all three runs for the Storm in the eighth.



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