Fresno Grizzlies 9, Chihuahuas 4
Key Stats: RHP Cal Quantrill (L, 2-1) 3 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; C Francisco Mejia 1-3, HR (5), RBI, BB; CF Auston Bousfield 1-2, HR (2), 2 R, RBI, 2 BB; SS Javy Guerra 1-3, BB
Prospect Watch: After four Triple-A starts in which Cal Quantrill gave up a combined seven earned runs, he gave up eight runs – though four were unearned – in three innings Tuesday. He needed 67 pitches to get through the three innings, throwing only 41 for strikes. Quantrill allowed five of the first six hitters in the second to reach base including a two-run home run. He had a productive third inning but a two-out error left the door open and Fresno capitalized scoring three more runs. … With Luis Urías now in San Diego, all eyes will be on Francisco Mejia. Mejia hit a solo home run for his only hit of the game. He has reached base safely in nine of his last 11 games, including three home runs in the last 10 games. He has five home runs in 27 games in El Paso, compared to just seven in 79 games in the less homer-happy environment in Columbus.
Midland RockHounds 4, Missions 3
Key Stats: RHP Elliot Ashbeck (L, 0-2) 3 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 K; CF Buddy Reed 1-4, RS, BB, SB (50); LF Josh Naylor 1-3, BB;
Prospect Watch: With the Padres’ decision to shut down Chris Paddack before the game, RHP Elliot Ashbeck made his first start since 2016. Ashbeck gave up a two-out, three-run home run in the first inning, and that was pretty much the game. All seven runs in the game were scored in the first and then zeroes. … All nine players in the lineup for San Antonio got a hit, nine singles. Buddy Reed reached base twice breaking a 0-for-20 slump. As August comes to a close, Reed has a staggering .150/.194/.200 line with no triples or home runs in 38 games with San Antonio. He collected 19 in 79 Cal League games earlier.
Storm 3, Inland Empire 66ers 1
Key Stats: RHP Reggie Lawson 6 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 8 K; RHP Hansel Rodriguez (W, 2-0) 2 IP, 2 K; RF Rod Boykin 2-3, HR (2), 2 RBI, BB, CF Edward Olivares 0-2, BB, RS, RBI, SB (20)
Prospect Watch: Making probably his last start before the season ends Monday (Lawson has worked on extra rest for the last month), Reggie Lawson is finishing the year strong. After a rough stretch, he’s allowed one earned run on eight hits over 11 innings with a solid 13:4 strikeout-to-walk rate. This start might have even been his best of the second half. Lawson allowed just three hits, needing 92 pitches (63 strikes) to get through six innings. If this is his last start of the season, Lawson will finish at 112 innings (up 39 from last year), with 111 strikeouts (up 22 from last year). His ERA and walks/9 went down, but his batting average against and WHIP both increased. The 21-year-old has to look at this year as a success. He is still every bit the prospect he was entering the year and stayed healthy. … Also finally healthy is Hansel Rodriguez, who pitched two perfect innings for the Storm. He might get in a few more innings before the end of the year, but as it stands, last years MWL-dominating closer (1.56 ERA, 56 K, .185 BAA in 40.1 IP as a reliever), has allowed just three hits in 12.2 innings. Still, just 21, if he can continue to locate his fastball, he still has that back of the bullpen potential.
The TinCaps and Dust Devils had the night off
The AZL Padres seasons are officially over.