Chihuahuas 7, Albuquerque Isotopes 2
Key Stats: LHP Logan Allen (W, 13-6) 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 7 K; 2B Luis Urias 2-4, BB; C Francisco Mejia 2-5, HR (4), 2 RBI; 1B Ty France 1-4, HR (20), RBI, BB; LF Shane Peterson 2-4, 2 R, 2B; SS Javy Guerra 4-4, 2B, HR (13), 4 RBI
Prospect Watch: Javy Guerra had another great day, going 4-for-4 and coming up a triple short of the cycle. The shortstop’s best game of the year raised his overall OPS to over .700 (it was below .600 a month ago) and his second-half OPS is now .951. He has hit a ridiculous .364/.408/.712 in August. It’s still a small sample size, but Guerra is playing like someone that wants to be in San Diego in September. … Speaking of players who will be in San Diego soon, his double-play partner Luis Urias tied the team’s top hitting streak of the season with 11 straight games. During that stretch, he has 7 multi-hit games, three walks, and six strikeouts. As impressive as Javy Guerra’s 1.120 OPS in August is, Urias has him beat at 1.171. Combine that with Francisco Mejia hitting well, Ty France getting clutch hits, and Logan Allen allowing just two earned runs through his first three PCL starts, and it is not surprising this team has won eight in a row and is an insane 17-3 in August. They have their magic number down to three to claim their division.
Frisco RoughRiders 4, Missions 3
Key Stats: RHP Chris Paddack (L, 7-3) 5 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, BB, 6 K; RHP Andres Munoz IP, 3 K; CF Buddy Reed 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI; LF Josh Naylor 1-4, RS, SB (5); RF Michael Gettys 1-4, SB (16)
Prospect Watch: Chris Paddack had a rough first inning, giving up hits to four of the first six batters and allowing two runs to score. He then settled down to allow just one more run over the next four innings, but only had one clean inning on the night. Paddack threw a season-high 86 pitches after his last outing was cut short by rain. Paddack enters the season’s final few weeks with 120 strikeouts and only eight walks with a 0.82 WHIP in 90 innings – more than his career total coming into the year. … CF Buddy Reed collected just his fourth multi-hit game in 32 games since joining the Missions to snap a 0-for-16 streak. He will look to start a hot streak to end the season strong. … Reliever Andres Munoz got the Twitterverse talking with his dominant outing. The 19-year-old struck out the side and now has 18 in 16 innings of work since joining the Missions.
Storm 5, Inland Empire 66ers 2
Key Stats: RHP Bryan Mitchell (W, 1-2) 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K; CF Edward Olivares 1-3, RS, RBI, BB, SB (19); 1B Brad Zunica 2-2, RS, 2B, 2 BB;
Prospect Watch: For the second time in three rehab starts, RHP Bryan Mitchell looked like a major leaguer on a rehab assignment. He dominated hitters, blowing them away, and showing the stuff that has made the organization unwilling to give up on him. Two walks in six innings with eight strikeouts is a great game – but the 35 walks against 23 strikeouts in 48 innings at the big league level, not so much. … 1B Brad Zunica is finally looking like the power-hitting first baseman who helped lead the TinCaps to the playoffs last year. After reaching base four more times Wednesday, Zunica is now hitting .296/.424/.537 in August. After getting his strikeout rate down to 30 percent in July, he’s improved even further this month, whiffing just 15 times in 66 plate appearances.
Great Lakes Loons 2, TinCaps1
Key Stats: LHP Tom Cosgrove 6 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 7 K; LHP Dan Dallas IP, 3 K; DH Owen Miller 2-4, 2B, RS; LF Jack Suwinski 1-4, 3B
Prospect Watch: With guys like Patino, Gore, Hernandez, and now Weathers in Fort Wayne, LHP Tom Cosgrove has flown under the radar. However, the lefty from New York has struck out 111 in 103 innings, including 18 over his last two starts (11 innings). Over the second half of the season, Cosgrove has pitched to a 2.90 ERA with better than a 4:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. … Speaking of under the radar pitchers, Dan Dallas made his third appearance with the TinCaps and struck out the side. He now has nine strikeouts in five Midwest League innings and 54 in 31.1 total innings at two levels. The 20-year-old lefty is another pitcher who has more innings this year (31.1) than he did in his entire two-year professional career before this year (21.2 innings).
Roster Notes: Ace lefty MacKenzie Gore went on the disabled list with a fingernail issue. It’s the third time this season he’s gone on the shelf with a finger issue that’s impacted his ability to grip and throw a ball. The Padres also transferred outfielder Hunter Jarmon to Lake Elsinore while catcher Michael Cantu (Elsinore) and righty Gabe Mosser joined the TinCaps.
Dust Devils 15 – Vancouver Canadians 6
Key Stats: RHP Sam Keating 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, ER, 5 BB, 3 K; 2B Xavier Edwards 3-5, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, 2 SB (20); C Blake Hunt 2-4, 2B, HR (2), 2 R, 3 RBI, BB; LF Michael Curry 2-3, 2 R, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB; 3B Kelvin Alarcon 2-4, 3 R, BB
Prospect Watch: After getting hit by a pitch Tuesday, Grant Little did not appear in Wednesday’s game. … Xavier Edwards did and continued to dominate short-season ball. The speedy comp pick, stole his 20th base this season (only one caught stealing), and is now hitting .347/.462/.432 across two levels. … C Blake Hunt hit his first home run in nearly a month. While his power numbers are down from last year, he has managed to walk more and strike out less this season, raising his OBP from .315 last year to .351 in 2018.
AZL Rangers 1, AZL Padres-1 0
AZL Rangers 4, AZL Padres-1 0 (Resumed game from 7/30)
Key Stats: RHP Efrain Contreras (L, 1-3) 5 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 5 K; CF Jawuan Harris 1-2, BB; Nick Thwaits 4IP, 3 H, 2 R (1ER), 6 K, 0 BB
AZL Dodgers 6 – AZL Padres-2 0
Key Stats: LHP Joey Cantillo (L, 2-2) 3 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K; SS Jordy Barley 2-4, BB, SB (11);
Prospect Watch: The two AZL teams combined for no runs on 10 hits – nine singles – over 23 innings and committed seven errors. Of the nearly three games, only Jordy Barley had two hits. … Nick Thwaits had another strong pitching outing, giving up one earned run over four frames. The 19-year-old, who was the last member of the Padres’ 2018 draft class to agree to terms, has struck out 31 in 23 innings of work since and is holding opponents to a .186 average.