Francisco Mejia makes his El Paso debut, while Logan Allen throws another gem, and the Storm hit four home runs on an abbreviated day in the Padres system.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox 13, Chihuahuas 1
Key Stats: 2B Luis Urias 0-4, 3 K; C Francisco Mejia 1-4, R, 2 K; LF Shane Peterson 2-4, RBI; RHP Jordan Lyles (L, 0-2) 3 IP, 8 H,7 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; RHP Colin Rea 3.1 IP, 12 H, 6 ER, 5 K
Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas had two of the top prospects in all of baseball in the field, and two big league pitchers on the mound, a recipe that should have resulted in a blowout win. Instead, the two contact-oriented, high-profile hitters struck out five times in eight at-bats, and the two pitchers gave up 13 earned runs on 20 hits in 6.1 innings. C Francisco Mejia made his long-awaited Triple-A debut. He did beat out a groundball up the middle in the sixth, went to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a Shane Peterson two-out single for El Paso’s only run of the game. He would strike out again in his final at-bat. … The lone bright spot for the team was Jose Castillo‘s second rehab appearance. The big lefty threw a perfect ninth to lower his overall PCL ERA to 0.87. After Robert Stock’s three innings with the big league club, there is a decent chance the Padres recall Castillo, who has a .140 BAA and a 0.79 WHIP in 12.2 innings in the Majors this year.
Missions 4, Corpus Christi Hooks 3 (10 innings)
Key Stats: LHP Logan Allen 6 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 5 K; CF Buddy Reed 1-4, 2B, 2 RS, BB; LF Josh Naylor 0-3, 2 BB, RS; 1B Kyle Overstreet 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI
Prospect Watch: As good as the Missions have been this year, the Hooks have been better. They are the top offensive team in the league and have four starters with an ERA under 3.30. The Missions entered this series 58-41, five games behind Corpus Christi. After Nix dominated Monday, the Missions turned to their ace, LHP Logan Allen. He didn’t disappoint. Outside of a leadoff home run in the third, Allen was masterful once again. Allen has posted seven straight quality starts (and one shutout piggyback relief outing) since May 31. Over that span, he has allowed just eight earned runs in 51.1 innings (1.52 ERA) with a stellar 59:11 strikeout-to-walk ratio. For more on Logan, you can read our interview with him here. … Buddy Reed drew a walk for the fourth straight game. While he got off to a slow start in Double-A, he’s actually cut his strikeout rate and bumped up his selectivity through his first nine Texas League contests.
Lancaster JetHawks 8, Storm 6
Key Stats: RHP Reggie Lawson (L, 6-4) 5 IP, 12 H, 8 ER, BB, 4 K; CF Edward Olivares 2-4, 2B, 3B, RBI; DH Ruddy Giron 3-4, HR (1), 2 R, RBI; LF Rod Boykin 1-3, HR (1), 2 RBI; SS Allen Cordoba 1-4, HR (2), RBI
Prospect Watch: Reggie Lawson allowed eight earned runs in his first three innings and the Storm never climbed out of the early hole. While all caveats about Lancaster should be noted, Lawson has a 6.75 ERA in six second-half starts after dominating through the first half. The righty from nearby Victor Valley is now nearly 20 innings past his total from last year. … On a cool 103 degrees night with the wind blowing out at 21 mph, Ruddy Giron, Rod Boykin, and Allen Cordoba all homered. Since returning from the disabled list, Giron is hitting .358 with a .509 slugging percentage, though he has a troubling 10:0 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 54 plate appearances.
The TinCaps had a night off.
Roster Note: Aldemar Burgos will join the club to backfill for Tirso Ornelas, who hit the disabled list as we noted yesterday. Burgos, 21, has shown strong strike zone command while providing strong top-of-the-order offense in Tri-City this year.
Spokane Indians 12, Dust Devils 6
Key Stats: RHP Cole Bellinger 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 5 K; LHP Dan Dallas 1.1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, BB, K; LF Grant Little 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI, BB; 2B Olivier Basabe 1-4, HR (4), RBI, BB
Prospect Watch: Olivier Basabe hit his team-leading fourth home run of the season, raising his OPS to .911. Over the last five games, Basabe has more stolen bases (two) than strikeouts (one). … For the first time in over a month, Dan Dallas gave up a run. The outing raised his ERA from 0.46 to 2.14. Despite the outing, Dallas carries a 0.90 WHIP and a .159 BAA. … The only multi-hit game for the Dust Devils belonged to second-round pick Grant Little. The outfielder collected a new career high with three RBI and picked up his first multi-hit game in nearly two weeks. After starting the season hitting .389/.429/.444 Little had hit .194 over the two weeks coming into Tuesday’s game.
Both AZL Padres clubs had the night off. 2018 First-round pick Ryan Weathers is expected to make his professional debut Wednesday.
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