Both Padre affiliates from the Lone Star state avoided playoff elimination, though the Missions game was suspended in a rain delay in extra innings.
Chihuahuas 2, Fresno Grizzlies 0
Key Stats: 2B Carlos Asuaje 3-4, R; 3B Ty France 1-3, 2B, BB, 2 K; DH Allen Craig 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI, BB; SP Cal Quantrill (W, 1-0) 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 7 K; RP Gerardo Reyes (S, 1) 1.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 3 K
Prospect Watch: After Forrestt Allday and Carlos Asuaje singled and Ty France worked a walk, Allen Craig hit a bases loaded double to score a pair of runs in the first. El Paso wouldn’t get another runner past second base in the game. … Cal Quantrill picked a great time for one of his best outings of the year. He allowed just two hits – a double and a single in the second inning, and then retired 13 of the next 14 batters, finishing up his night after six innings and 88 pitches. His slider, which has been inconsistent as far as its efficacy, was much improved in the game. The seven strikeouts were his best in a Chihuahuas uniform, and only a 10-strikeout, seven-inning shutout performance for San Antonio in June was better this season. … After a trio of relievers kept the game scoreless into the bottom of the eighth, Gerardo Reyes came in for a four out save with runners on first and second. He escaped the jam with a ground out, and struck out the side (around a walk) in the ninth. The 25-year-old righty, acquired in the Wil Myers deal, was promoted to El Paso for the first time for the playoffs. … Colin Rea will take the ball Saturday night to try to keep El Paso’s playoff homes alive.
Missions 8, Corpus Christi Hooks 8
Key Stats: RF Buddy Reed 1-3, 3B, RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 SB; SS Owen Miller 1-4, BB; LF Josh Naylor 1-4, BB, R, 2 RBI; DH Austin Allen 1-3, BB, R, RBI, K; 3B Hudson Potts 1-5, 2B, R, K; 2B Peter Van Gansen 2-4, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, K; SP Jesse Scholtens 3.2 IP, 7 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 4 K; RP Andres Muñoz 2.0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K
Prospect Watch: Friday yielded one of the most improbable games of the year – and it’s still not settled. Starter Jesse Scholtens has been one of the most consistently solid starters in San Antonio this season, but took it on the chin Friday evening, allowing lots of hard contact in the early innings, and ending his night by allowing back-to-back-to-back homers in the fourth inning. … Down 8-1, the Missions chipped away at the lead, with their offense wasting hardly any of their eight hits and seven walks. After cutting the lead to 8-4, San Antonio capitalized on extra-base hits by Hudson Potts (double) and Buddy Reed (triple) to pull within one. Reed would come home from third on a wild pitch, tying the game at 8. … A trio of Missions relievers kept the game scoreless and pushed it to extras, where playoff rules eliminate the inherited runner at second used during the regular season. Of note was a two-inning shutout performance from fireballer Andres Muñoz. This season, he had just three outings when he was asked to get four outs. … Reed led off the 11th with a walk and stole second with Owen Miller batting. After the stolen base, the umpires ruled that the rain was pouring down too hard to play, and the tarp was put on the field. The game will be finished today at 10:00 Pacific time, with Game 4 starting 30-45 minutes after it’s finished if needed.