Padres prospect MacKenzie Gore pitches for Fort Wayne TinCaps

MacKenzie Gore delivers for the TinCaps

Chihuahuas 6 – Salt Lake Bees 3

Key Stats: LHP Dillon Overton (W, 6-2) 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, BB, 2 K; RHP Carter Capps 2 IP, BB, 2 K; 2B Luis Urias 3-4, 2 2B, 2 R, BB; C Francisco Meija 2-5, 2B, R; 3B Allen Craig 2-4, RBI,BB; SS Javier Guerra 1-4, HR (10), 3 RBI

Prospect Watch:  Since coming back from the DL, LHP Dillon Overton has gone 3-0 in four starts.  While he hasn’t been dominant, he has limited damage and only walked three batters in 18 innings. A waiver-wire claim last June, Overton – who turns 27 this week – has posted a 3.10 ERA across 13 outings for El Paso this year, more than halving his mark in the PCL last year. … RHP Carter Capps allowed just one walk over two scoreless innings in his first Triple-A appearance of the year. The one-time big-league closer used to dominate with an upper-90s fastball and unusual hop-step delivery, but reports still had him topping out at 90 MPH as he continues his comeback efforts. …  After spending the first half of the season in Fort Wayne and being named a MWL All-Star, lefty Travis Radke made his first appearance in Triple-A and collected the save.  He has a 1.95 ERA across all four professional levels this year. … While many fans have been disappointed by the season that 21-year-old Luis Urias is having in Triple-A, he still has a solid .380 OBP and a .794 OPS, both above average on the circuit. Only two qualifying batters with a better OBP in the league are still under 25 years old.

Missions 3 – Springfield Cardinals 0

Key Stats: RHP Lake Bachar (W, 3-6), 6 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 4 K; RHP Miguel Diaz (S, 2) 3 IP, H, BB, 5 K; 3B Hudson Potts 2-5, HR (1), RBI; RF Michael Gettys 2-3, HR (13), RBI, BB

Prospect Watch:  After missing the past week with a minor hand injury, Josh Naylor returned to the lineup and collected an RBI single…  3B Hudson Potts collected his first Double-A home run, giving him 18 on the season as he chases 20 for the second year in a row.  Austin Allen and Franmil Reyes are the only other Padres prospects to accomplish that feat in the last several years. … There are days like today when Michael Gettys‘s numbers not only look like a top prospect’s, but like a perennial All-Star’s.  Gettys was on base three times, including a monster shot for his 13th home run of the season.  He also had two outfield assists nailing a runner at the plate, and then making a nice catch in right and doubling off the runner at first.  However, Gettys came in mired in a 2-for-36 slump with 17 strikeouts and no walks. Gettys reached base more tonight than he had in the entire month of August.

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 13 – Storm 9

Key Stats: RHP Reggie Lawson 2.1 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 3 K; LHP Nick Margevicius 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, BB, 11 K; C Luis Torrens 1-5, HR (6), 3 RBI; DH Jorge Oña 1-4, HR (7), RBI, BB; 3B Ruddy Giron 1-5, HR (2), RBI; CF Nate Easley 1-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB

Prospect Watch: After six innings the Storm were down 9-2.  They came back to tie scoring five runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth.  However, reliever Blake Rogers gave up a two-out walk-off grand slam in the ninth. …  Making his first relief appearance since his first game in the Padres organization, LHP Nick Margevicius struck out a career high 11 over five innings.  However when the Quakes did make contact, it was hit pretty hard, and he allowed more baserunners than he did in his seven inning start last week. The 22-year-old is up to 114 innings on the year and will likely continue to piggyback with Reggie Lawson, who has looked pretty gassed over the last month as he also pushes well past his previous career high workload. …  C Luis Torrens hit his second home run in a week tonight giving him six on the season.  While that might not seem much, he did not hit a home run in 123 at-bats with the Padres and hit only two with 12 extra base hits in 184 Low-A at bats the year before. Torrens is up to 40 extra-base hits on the year, more than the last four years in the minors combined.

TinCaps 5 – West Michigan Whitecaps 1

Key Stats: LHP MacKenzie Gore (W, 2-5) 6 IP, 6 H, ER, 5 K; SS Owen Miller 2-4, 2B, 2 R; LF Jack Suwinski 2-3, HR (9), 2 RBI, SF; DH Esteury Ruiz 3-4, SB (40)

Prospect Watch: Padres #2 prospect MacKenzie Gore looked the part Tuesday. He consistently pitched ahead in the count, and going right after batters.  His fastball topped out at 96, with a change around 88, and curve as low as 79.  The entire game it looked like the Whitecaps were sitting fastball, and surprisingly Gore generated very few swing and misses on it. Most of the six hits, all singles, allowed came off the fastball, and when he started to mix in his change and curve the last two times through the order, the results were completely different.  While they still were catching up to the fastball, they had no chance when he threw anything else, either flailing wildly or rolling over and grounding to short. Gore retired 10 of the last 11 batters he faced, allowing just one infield single in that span. … At the end of July, Jack Suwinski celebrated his 20th birthday.  He was stuck in a slump and hitting .202/.274/.326 on the season.  Since he stopped being a teenager, Suwinski has four home runs, 13 RBI, 11 runs, and a .391/.444/.739 slash line in 13 games.

Roster Note: Before the game lefty Dan Dallas moved to Fort Wayne from Tri-City as Jose Quezada hit the disabled list. Subscribers can read up on Dallas’s remarkable season for the Dust Devils.

Dust Devils 4 –Vancouver Canadians 1

Key Stats: RHP Henry Henry 6 IP, 5 H, ER, 4 K; RHP Jordan Guerrero (S, 7) IP, H, BB, 3 K; 2B Xavier Edwards 0-3, BB, R; RF Dwanya Williams-Sutton 1-4, HR (2), RBI; LF Tre Carter 1-2, R, BB

Prospect Watch: The game was tied at one into the eighth inning when Vancouver threw away Tucupita Marcano‘s two-out, bases-loaded nubber to third base to clear the bases. … After struggling in his last two starts, RHP Henry Henry hadn’t seen the mound in 11 days.  The downtime paid off as the 19-year-old had his best start in nearly a month.  He lowered his ERA to 3.29 in the Northwest League where he has walked just 11 in 54.2 innings, a stark contrast to 12 in 6.1 innings in Fort Wayne.

AZL Padres-1 7 – AZL Cubs 3

Key Stats: RHP Jean Cosme 2 IP,0 H, 0 R, 3 K; CF Jawuan Harris 1-3, R, 2 BB; 3B Luis Almanzar 2-4, R; DH Nick Gatewood 2-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB; LF Jaquez Williams 2-4, 2B, HR (3), 3 RBI

AZL Giants 10 – AZL Padres-2 1

Key Stats: LHP Ryan Weathers 3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, BB, 3 K; 2B Sean Guilbe 1-3, BB; CF Angel Solarte 1-3

Prospect Watch: Three official starts (and one rained out after two strong innings) for first round pick Ryan Weathers.  One good, two not so good.  The good news was that the start was not as bad as the numbers look.  The 18-year-old lefty got a 1,2,3 inning in the first before loading the bases with no outs in the second.  He induced an easy double play ball, but an errant throw made everyone safe.  Another should-be double play ball resulted in only one out, and what should have been the inning, became a lot more work for Weathers.  He would escape the inning with a pickoff and a strikeout. … RHP Jean Cosme is slowly coming back from Tommy John surgery.  For the second time in a row, the 22-year-old threw two hitless innings. After a minor setback in July, the club has been cautious in having him build up his innings, but he’s held opponents scoreless with eight strikeouts in as many innings since resuming work at the end of July.  Optimistically, he makes it back to Lake Elsinore for a start or two before continuing to build innings in fall instructs.

Posted by Ben Davey

Writer for MadFriars since 2011. San Diego raised. Grossmont alum. Die hard SD and sports fan. Currently keeping my day job as an AP Chemistry Teacher.

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