Two of the top pitching prospects in the system, Logan Allen and Chris Paddack, combined to throw 12.2 shutout innings, while two of the top position prospects in the game, Luis Urias and Fernando Tatis Jr., led their teams to victory.
Chihuahuas 3, Omaha Storm Chasers 2
Key Stats: RHP Seth Simmons 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; 3B Luis Urias 1-4, HR (6), RBI; 2B Carlos Asuaje 1-4, 3B, RS; DH Allen Craig 1-3, HR (7), 2 RBI; LF Shane Peterson 3-4, 3B
Prospect Watch: After we noted Luis Urias’s recent cold streak yesterday, the infielder who turned 21 on Sunday had the game-winning home run in the top of the eighth. It was just his third hit – and first, extra-base hit – in nine games. … Seth Simmons, 29, only allowed two runs on three hits over six innings, but that’s technically his worst start since September 2016. In his five starts since coming back from Tommy John surgery in just over 12 months, the righty has allowed just four runs on 13 hits, with a solid 19:6 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 21 innings. Originally a 40th-round selection back in 2011 when that wasn’t the final round of the draft, Simmons might just force management’s hand into giving him his first ever taste of the majors. The five-foot-nine fly ball pitcher owns a 0.86 WHIP and opponents are hitting just .171 against him this year.
Missions 10, Midland RockHounds 0
Key Stats: LHP Logan Allen (W, 8-2) 7 IP, 4 H, 4 K, 1 BB; SS Fernando Tatis Jr.4-5, 2B, 3 R, 3 RBI, SB (7); 1B Josh Naylor 2-5, RBI; 3B Ty France 2-5, R, 3 RBI; CF Michael Gettys 1-3, 2B, R, RBI, HBP
Prospect Watch: Despite the final score, this was a pitcher’s duel for the better part of the game. The Padres sent preseason number 12 prospect Logan Allen against the A’s second-ranked prospect Jesus Luzardo, out of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Through five innings, Allen allowed four baserunners, while Luzardo allowed only three with eight strikeouts. After Luzardo left, the Missions blew the game open with nine runs over the final three innings. Allen, who finished by striking out his final hitter on pitch number 100, is now second in the league with a 2.93 ERA. He leads the circuit with 80 strikeouts and 73.2 innings pitched, and his eight wins are three better than anyone else in the Texas League. Cal Quantrill, who has struck out 63 in 65 innings, ranks second in the league in both categories. … Fernando Tatis Jr. collected four hits including a double to raise his season OPS to .850. He’s struck out five times in his last 34 trips to the plate. Last year at this time Tatis was hitting .262/.329/.416 with only six home runs in Low-A.
Storm 4, Inland Empire 66ers 3 (11 innings)
Key Stats: RHP Chris Paddack 5.2 IP, 3 H, 10 K; RHP Dauris Valdez 1.1IP, 0 H, 0R, 3 K, 1 BB; RHP Colby Blueberg 2.1 IP, H, R, 0 ER, BB, 6 K; DH Luis Torrens 2-5, 2B, RBI; C Marcus Greene Jr 2-3, R, BB; 2B Chris Baker 1-4, HR (1), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB
Prospect Watch: After back to back decent starts, Chris Paddack returned to putting up video game numbers. The right-hander allowed only three base runners in 5.2 innings, striking out 10 while walking none. Paddack now has 61 strikeouts against two walks in 37.1 innings. That’s right, a 30.5 to 1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. His 14.71 K/9 ratio and 0.78 WHIP would both rank first in the league if he had enough innings to qualify, and his 1.93 ERA would be second. … Inland Empire struck out 20 times in the game including six against reliever Colby Blueberg. The two-time Cal League All-Star did not fare so well in very limited time at higher levels but has once again returned to his dominating ways. Blueberg works off a fastball/slider combo which can be devastating. … After missing almost two weeks because of a death in the family and a suspension, Marcus Greene returned to the lineup and went 2-for-3 with a walk.
South Bend Cubs 7, TinCaps 0
Key Stats: LHP Nick Margevicius (L, 4-3) 6 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 8 K; SS Justin Lopez 0-2, BB
Prospect Watch: Before the game, starter Nick Margevicius was named to the Midwest League All-Star Game with teammates Aaron Leasher, Travis Radke, and Luis Campusano. That was where the day’s highlights ended for Fort Wayne, as Rollie Lacey and Ben Hecht combined to throw the first no-hitter against the TinCaps. (The club was last held hitless as the Wizards back in 2001). Fort Wayne committed as many errors as they had men on base. Margevicius struck out eight over six innings to add to his club lead with 73 strikeouts but gave up a season-high five runs. He has only walked nine batters all season. Wednesday was the fifth time in ten starts he did not walks a batter.