We’ll wait at least one more day for Francisco Mejia‘s El Paso debut, a pair of affiliates had some extra inning drama, the TinCaps were rained out, and Padres fans are coming to grips with an injury that may keep the organization’s top prospect out for the remainder of the year.
Sacramento River Cats 6, Chihuahuas 5
Key Stats: 2B Luis Urías 0-4, K; C Brett Nicholas 3-4, 2B (25), K, RBI, R; 3B Cory Spangenberg 0-3, 2 BB, 2 K, SB; SS Javy Guerra 1-2, BB, K; SP Walker Lockett (L, 3-9) 6.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 5 K; RP Trey Wingenter 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB 3 K
Prospect Watch: Down 6-2, the Chihuahuas used a pair of two-RBI doubles by Brett Nicholas and Shane Peterson to get within one, but were unable to push across that tying run. … After a solid outing by Walker Lockett, reliever Eric Yardley gave up three runs in 1.2 innings after rejoining the team earlier in the day. Trey Wingenter struck out all three batters he faced in the eighth, needing just 11 pitches. … Despite an 0-fer from Luis Urías, El Paso has gotten solid production from its offense in the month of July, with even Javy Guerra posting an .812 OPS.
Missions 11, Frisco RoughRiders 10 (10 Innings)
Key Stats: 3B Ty France 4-5, HR (15), 2B (20), 3 R, 2 RBI; LF-1B Josh Naylor 0-4, BB, R; RF Buddy Reed 1-5, 2 RBI, SB; C Austin Allen 1-4, R, BB, K; SP Cal Quantrill 5.0 IP, 8 ER, 7 H, 4 BB, 3 K; P Miguel Díaz (W, 5-2) 4.0 IP, 1 ER 5 H, 1 BB, 3 K; RP Andres Munoz (S, 3) 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K
Prospect Watch: In Cal Quantrill‘s first two starts in Frisco this year, he combined to allow three runs in 14 innings, striking out 15. In his last two starts (which has both been in Frisco), he has given up 15 runs in nine innings, striking out five. The eight runs he allowed last night were a career high for the 23-year-old righty. On a night where the game time temperature was 106, Quantrill gave up seven hits, five of which went for extra bases (three homers, two doubles). His ERA has spiked to 5.21 on the year, and opponents are batting .286 against him. … Despite falling behind 5-0 in the first inning, the Missions rallied back, with Ty France tying the game 8-8 in the seventh with a two-run homer. It was France’s fourth dinger in ten games, and he is slugging .581 in July. … Nick Schulz‘s 2-run tater in the tenth proved to be the game-winner. After Miguel Díaz walked the leadoff batter to put runners on first and second, Andres Munoz was brought in for his third save, which he recorded on a pair of groundouts (one of which brought home a run) and a strikeout. … Buddy Reed has more stolen bases (4) than hits (3) since joining the Missions in a small, five game sample size. With the thumb injury to Fernando Tatis Jr. that will likely keep him off the field for a significant amount of time, San Antonio will need strong contributions from Reed, Austin Allen, and Josh Naylor to make a serious Texas League playoff run.
Storm 4, Modesto Nuts 3 (11 innings)
Key Stats: RF Jorge Oña 2-4, R, RBI, K, BB; 3B Hudson Potts 1-5, 2B, 2 K; DH Luis Torrens 1-5, K; SP Emmanuel Ramirez 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 4 K
Prospect Watch: Another day, another Hudson Potts double. The 19-year-old Texan now has 32 on the year, which leads the Cal League. Potts has some interesting home/road splits, as he is slugging .615 on the road, and 208 points lower at home. … The Storm scored a pair of runs in the second on a throwing error and didn’t score again until a bunt single by Marcus Greene Jr. to lead off the tenth tied the game at three runs apiece. An RBI single by Jorge Oña walked the game off for Lake Elsinore. … Despite the multi-hit game for Oña, he is still struggling mightily this year, posting a .660 OPS this season, and hitting just .181 since the beginning of June. … Starting pitcher Emmanuel Ramirez lowered his ERA to 4.81 on the year, throwing his longest outing of the season. He had been coming out of the bullpen, but with the promotion of Chris Paddack to Double-A, has had the chance to start games again.
Tincaps – Their game against the Burlington Bees was rained out and will not be made up, as they will not face them again this season. Roster moves: Pitcher Mason Thompson has been placed on the 7-day DL with a right tricep strain. Pitcher Jose Quezada, the Padres 10th round pick from the June draft, has been promoted from Low-A Tri-City to take fill the roster spot.
Dust Devils 4, Eugene Emeralds 1
Key Stats: 2B Olivier Basabe 2-3, HR (3), 2B (9), 2 RBI, BB, SB; SS Owen Miller 0-4, R; LF Grant Little 0-2, 2 BB; C Blake Hunt 0-2, BB, K; SP Omar Cruz (W, 1-0) 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 6 K
Prospect Watch: Despite facing a Eugene team that had a Northwest League-worst .217 batting average, 19-year-old Omar Cruz was still impressive in his Low-A debut, allowing just three hits and striking out six while throwing five shutout innings. The lefty from Sonora, Mexico, posted a 30:6 K:BB ratio in 20 innings with the AZL Padres before his promotion. … Catcher Blake Hunt threw out his 12th runner of the season in 39 attempts, good for a 30.1% success rate. … Olivier Basabe stuffed the score sheet and is easily the hottest hitter in Tri-City right now. After posting a .652 OPS in eight June games, he has a stellar .375/.453/.607 slash line in July (62 plate appearances in 16 games). The 21-year-old infielder was the Padres 8th round pick out of Faulkner University (Alabama) last summer. In addition to hitting his third round-tripper of the year, he also swiped his first stolen base of the season on his third attempt.
AZL Padres 1 4, AZL Dodgers
Key Stats: DH Xavier Edwards 1-2, R, RBI, SB; 3B Carlos Luis 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI, K; SP Jefferson Garcia 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K
AZL Padres 2 6, AZL D-backs 5
Key Stats: SS Tucupita Marcano 0-2, 2 BB, RBI, SB; LF Blinger Perez 2-4, HR, 3 R, BB; 3B Sean Guilbe 0-4, BB, 2 K; 2B Jordy Barley 0-1, K; CF Hunter Jarmon 2-3, 3B, BB, 2 R, RBI; C Jonny Homza 0-2, K; C Alison Quintero 0-3; SP Gabriel Morales 4.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 K
Prospect Watch: The two AZL Padres teams used 31 different players and scored ten runs 14 hits between them. … Most notable was the return of shortstop Xavier Edwards, the 38th overall pick from the June draft, who hadn’t played since June 26th. He’d been dealing with a wrist issue and started at DH. He singled to lead off the game and stole second, and came around to score. He had an RBI-groundout in the second inning and was lifted for a pinch hitter in the fourth. The 18-year-old Floridian has a .429/.514/.429 slash line (12-for-28 with six walks and four strikeouts) through eight rookie league games. … River Stevens, who was injured on a slide into the plate with the Missions in May, played his third AZL Padres rehab game and plated a pair of runs on a single and a sac fly. … 19-year-old Blinger Perez out of Venezuela hit his first longball in the United States, raising his OPS in 17 games to .755. … With a pair of walks on the night, Tucupita Marcano raised his OBP to .491, having reached base in all 24 games he’s played this season. The 18-year-old out of Tucupita, Venezuela, also stole his seventh base in eleven attempts.