EL PASO, Texas — This seems to be the echo of the entire series but, second baseman Luis Urias and catcher Francisco Mejia are really good. The two combined for all four runs in El Paso’s 4-3 win for a team record twelveth straight victory at home.
After Urias walked in the first, Mejia belted a long home run that landed outside the stadium into a nearby alley. It was his third home run since joining the Chihuahuas.
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Later in the game, Urias would double, and then triple, each time scoring a run on a third baseman Ty France hit; the last one being the difference in the game.
On the night, Urias would reach base all four times, raising his hitting streak to eight games, the last five of which have all been multi-hit games. During this streak, he has raised his batting average by 20 points and his OPS by 40. Over the last five games, Urias has gone 14-20 (.700) with five doubles, two triples, and a home run.
Three of the five doubles would have all been singles with almost any other player, but Urias was always ready to take the extra base. “Whenever I see the outfielder slowly go for a ball, I’m sprinting, I can go two,” said Urias. Early in the year, one of the things the Padres were looking for Urias to improve upon was his base-running, and it seems he has met that challenge.
Cal Quantrill once again showed why he is both a top prospect and one of the most frustrating in baseball. At times he would look dominant, flashing a 93-95 mph fastball with good movement and a devastating change.
At other times he would lose feel for his pitches and leave them up in the zone, where they have not been missed both here and in Double-A San Antonio. His curveball is still inconsistent, although when it’s on the movement is there. Quantrill’s problem is still an inability to throw it for a strike when he needs too which allowed hitters to sit on his fastball and foul off his changeup.
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Still, Quantrill was able to battle through command problems and give his team a chance to win. He gave up three runs in five innings, walking one and striking out three. All three runs came off of home runs.
“This was a small step back from the other outings,” said Quantrill “I didn’t have my best stuff, but I battled and the team picked me up today. It was a good win.”
Colton Brewer made his first rehab appearance for the Chihuahuas, he breezed through a one-two-three inning striking out two. His fastball sat 93-95 and topped out at 96.
He was followed by Carter Capps who still has the herky-jerky slide step in his delivery. However, unlike when he was blowing hitters away with Miami, his fastball has lost a good seven mph. This has given hitters enough time to make adjustments. Capps still threw two scoreless innings, got the win, and struck out five, but neither inning came without challenges.
Chihuahuas Notes: Allen Craig reached base all four times with two hits and two walks. He has quietly posted a slash line of .303/.385/.500 for the Chihuahuas this year and been one of their more productive hitters. Defensively he was in left field tonight, where he made all the routine plays but was a bit slow coming in on a ball in the first allowing a hit. He has only started to play left field this month which was brought on by the arrival of Mejia and the need to find playing time for Brett Nicholas, Raffy Lopez and him between first base and catcher.