Chihuahuas 5, Tacoma Rainiers 4
Key Stats: 1B Ty France 2-for-3, 2 2B, BB; 2B Luis Urias 1-for-4; C Francisco Mejia 1-for-4, 2B; RHP Walker Lockett 5IP, 2H, 2ER, 1K, 2BB
Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas gave away a late lead, but got a one-out grounder in the ninth to plate the winning run after Tacoma walked the bases loaded. Ty France continued his strong season, clubbing two doubles and ultimately scoring the deciding run. The 24-year-old SDSU product helped anchor the Missions’ lineup for much of the year, and has continued to produce at the same level since joining El Paso. He’s kept his strikeout rate well below league average while improving his walk rate. … Walker Lockett had a weird five-inning outing. He allowed only two hits, but two runs scored thanks to a two-out homer in the fourth inning. The big righty issued two walks and only struck out one, finishing his afternoon with 79 pitches thrown. While he’s never been a big strikeout guy, Lockett has succeeded by keeping the ball in the zone (he had walked barely six percent of the batters he faced coming into the game) and getting a groundball-heavy spray from hitters. The 24-year-old could well be on the bubble for the 40-man roster this winter. … Seth Simmons, who has worked exclusively in relief after returning from the disabled list at the end of last month, picked up his first save in the Padres organization. The 30-year-old righty struck out a pair in his inning of work as he finishes out a remarkable return season after Tommy John surgery late last spring.
Corpus Christi Hooks 4, Missions 2
Key Stats: 2B Peter Van Gansen 1-for-4, HR (3); 3B Hudson Potts 0-for-2, 2BB; C Webster Rivas 2-for-4, 2B; RHP Jesse Scholtens 5.1IP, 4H, 3ER, 4K, 3BB
Prospect Watch: The Missions’ long slog to the finish line continued with another loss Sunday. The club has dropped six of their last seven, and 16 of 22 this month. After coming up just short of a division title in the first month, San Antonio is currently in last place. Peter Van Gansen opened the game with a homer to right-center, but the Missions, who have a team .618 OPS for the month, managed just one more run the rest of the way. … Hudson Potts, who had drawn just two walks over his previous 35 plate appearances, had a pair of free passes on Sunday. The 19-year-old third baseman has seen his walk rate jump to the double-digits in his early work in the Texas League but has struck out in all but two games since his promotion.
Roster Note: While Chris Paddack was originally slated to pitch Monday, the club has pushed him back. A breakout star this season, the 22-year-old Texan is at 90 innings for the season, has not reached 50 in either of his professional seasons before Tommy John surgery.
Lancaster JetHawks 4, Storm 3
Key Stats: C AJ Kennedy 2-for-4, 2B, 2RBI; 1B Brad Zunica 1-for-4, 2B; C Luis Torrens 1-for-4, 2B; RHP Ronald Bolaños 6IP, 9H, 4ER, 4K, 2BB
Prospect Watch: The Storm got back-to-back doubles to open the ninth and pull within one run, but after a pair of outs, pinch-runner Eguy Rosario inexplicably got caught trying to steal third base to end the game. Their recent performance puts the Storm at risk of finishing with the division’s worst record for the second straight season. Ronald Bolanos matched his season worst by giving up nine hits but managed to – by Lancaster standards – limit the damage to only four runs in his six innings of work. The Cuban righty, who turned 22 last week, has made big strides in the second half of the season even as he’s blown past his workload from last year.
South Bend Cubs 10, TinCaps 9
Key Stats: RF Jack Suwinski 2-for-4, HBP; LF Olivier Basabe 3-for-5; 3B Owen Miller 1-for-4, 2B, BB; DH Nick Feight 2-for-5, 2B, 2RBI; RHP Henry Henry 4.1IP, 5H, 4R (3ER), 4K, 1BB; LHP Dan Dallas (BS, L, 0-1) 0 IP, 3H, 2ER, 2BB
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps seemingly put the game out of reach with an impressive rally to plate five in the top of the ninth. But Danny Sexton and Dan Dallas combined to face eight batters in the bottom of the frame without recording an out to let the game slip away. Long before the disappointing walk-off, Henry Henry had mixed results in his return to the Midwest League. The 19-year-old hurler allowed only one runner in the first two innings but appeared to get rattled in the third, uncorking three wild pitches wrapped around a come-backer he couldn’t convert an error by Gabriel Arias, who was the only TinCaps player who didn’t reach base in the game. In both the fourth and fifth, he allowed doubles early in the frame to batters who ultimately came around to score. The talented Dominican struck out four and only issued one walk – a far cry from his early-season struggles. … Olivier Basabe came into the game scuffling just a bit but collected three hits on the day. The 21-year-old has started seven of his 16 Midwest League games in the outfield after playing exclusively on the infield in Tri-City. With a group of more dynamic athletes on the dirt in front of and behind him, versatility is going to be a key for Basabe’s progression through the organization.
Eugene Emeralds 11, Dust Devils 2
Key Stats: 2B Tucupita Marcano 3-for-4, 2B, 3B, 2R; C Blake Hunt 2-for-3, 2B; RHP Adrian Martinez 5.1IP, 8H, 6ER, 6K, 0BB
Prospect Watch: Only Tucupita Marcano‘s late offense kept an ugly game from being a truly terrible one as he came up a homer short of the cycle. The 18-year-old infielder has kept his strikeout rate in the single digits even while more than doubling his isolated power after his promotion from the AZL. … When he’s been on, Adrian Martinez has been a real force for the TinCaps. But he’s also failed to get out of the first inning twice, and been victim to some big innings. The 21-year-old was somewhere in the middle Sunday, striking out six without a walk, but also giving up six runs over 5.1 innings, including two who came across after he gave way in his final frame.
AZL Padres-1 4, AZL Mariners 1
AZL Padres-2 4, AZL Reds 0; AZL Padres-2 7, AZL Reds 1
Key Stats: RHP Jefferson Garcia 6IP, 2H, 1ER, 10K, 0BB; RHP Gabriel Morales 4IP, 2H, 1ER, 7K, 2BB; RHP JC Cosme 3IP, 3H, 0R, 3K, 0BB; SS Jordy Barley 1-for-4, HR (4); 3B Sean Guilbe 2-for-6, HR (5), BB; CF Agustin Ruiz 3-for-3, 2B, 3B, BB, 2R, 2RBI; LF Jaquez Williams 2-for-3, 2 2B
Prospect Watch: The AZL clubs got a clean sweep on the penultimate day of the season as the Padres-2 squad resumed a game that was suspended by a dust storm on July 30 (officially closing out Ryan Weathers and Marcano’s stat lines in the AZL) and then rolled to a game two victory as well. Agustin Ruiz must be wishing the season would keep going. The talented 18-year-old has hit in eight of his last nine games to push his wOBA up to .397 on the year. He’s continued to strike out too often, but the left-handed swinging outfielder is a dynamic athlete who fits well in the mix with the second wave of 2016 J2 signees in the system. … Righty Jefferson Garcia put an impressive exclamation point on a strong debut season. The 18-year-old Venezuelan matched his season-high with 10 strikeouts over six one-run innings. After a quick and effective stint in the DSL, Garcia struck out 52 in 44.1 innings in his stateside run, posting a better than 3:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.