Padres catcher Francisco Mejía bats for El Paso Chihuahuas

Francisco Mejia mashed for El Paso Saturday night. (Photo: Ivan Pierre Aguirre)

Chihuahuas 24 Tacoma Rainiers 4

Key Statistics: DH Franchy Cordero, 3-for-7, 2 R, 2B, HR (1), 5 RBI; SS Luis Urías, 4-for-6, 3 R, 2 2B, HR (14), 4 RBI, BB; C Francisco Mejía, 3-for-5, 5 R, 2B, 3B, HR (2); RF Jose Pirela, 2-for-2, RBI; PR-RF Jacob Scavuzzo, 2-for-5, 3 R, 2B, RBI; 3B Seth Mejias-Brean, 2-for-6, 2 R, RBI, BB; LF Michael Gettys, 2-for-5, 3 R, HR (12), 5 RBI, BB; 2B Esteban Quiroz, 2-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, RBI, BB; CF Boog Powell, 2-for-4, 3 R, 2 2B, RBI, BB; LHP Dillon Overton (W, 1-2) 7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 K.

Prospect Watch: It was absolutely bonkers in El Paso, as the Chihuahuas scored a team-record 24 runs, and collected 11 doubles, a triple, and four homers among their 23 hits. They drew nine walks for good measure. El Paso went 13-for-24 with runners in scoring position and somehow still left 12 runners on base. El Paso leads the PCL with 391 runs and 120 homers in 2019. It was the second time this season (and franchise history) that the Chihuahuas have scored 20 runs. They tacked on eight runs against a pair of position players in the eighth. … Catcher Francisco Mejía — who was activated from the injured list and optioned to El Paso earlier in the day — had three hits and finished a single short of hitting for the cycle. The backstop also scored five runs and launched his second Triple-A bomb of the year. … Franchy Cordero finished a triple short of the cycle and hit a grand slam as he continues his rehab assignment. Cordero DH’ed Saturday after playing center field on Friday. … Luis Urías joined the offensive onslaught with four hits, and was – stop me if you’ve heard this before – a triple shy of the cycle. Urías’s big night raised his batting average to .367 and his OPS to 1.203, both good for second in the PCL. Over his last 28 games, Urías has walked 20 times while striking out 20 times. Urías’ struggles in the big leagues have been well-documented but he has taken his offensive game to a level we have not seen from before since being demoted back to El Paso in April. … Infielder Jose Pirela had a pair of hits but left the game after taking a knee to the head while sliding into second base. There was no update yet available on his status after the game.

Sod Poodles 6 Midland RockHounds 4

Key Statistics: LF Rodrigo Orozco, 2-for-5; SS Ivan Castillo, 2-for-5, R, 2 2B, SB (5); 2B Owen Miller, 2-for-5, 2 R; C Luis Torrens, 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B; 1B Kyle Overstreet, 3-for-4, R, RBI; RF Taylor Kohlwey, 2-for-4; RHP Lake Bachar (W, 1-2) 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K; RHP Blake Rogers, 2 IP, H, 3 K; RHP Dauris Valdez (S, 1) 2 IP, 2 H, ER, K.

Prospect Watch: The Sod Poodles had 15 hits in their win over Midland, moving their record back above .500 Saturday. … Second baseman Ivan Castillo paced the offense with a pair of doubles and a stolen base. The 24-year-old infielder  spent time in the Cleveland and Toronto organizations before signing with the Padres in the offseason. He missed the first month of the season recuperating on the Injured List before arriving with Amarillo on May 3rd. In 25 games, Castillo is hitting .340/.372/.485 for Amarillo. All three are well above his career-highs set in High-A last year. … Owen Miller had his second consecutive multi-hit game after an 0-for-10 stretch. Despite the little slump, Miller has been terrific in Amarillo, hitting .305/.362/.429, while making consistent contact. Over the last 10 games, Miller has punched out just three times in 42 plate appearances. … RHP Lake Bachar started and struggled through four innings but ultimately did not factor in the decision. The 2016 fifth-rounder allowed four earned runs in four innings. The 23-year-old has had command issues this season and has walked 13 batters over his last 15 innings.

San Jose Giants 7 Storm 5

Key Statistics: CF Jeisson Rosario, 3-for-5, R; DH Luis Campusano, 1-for-4; LF Allen Cordoba, 1-for-2, R, 2 BB, RBI; C Jalen Washington, 1-for-4, R, 3B, RBI; RHP Caleb Boushley (L, 2-1) 2.2 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 2 K; LHP Fred Schlichtholz, 2.1 IP, H, 6 K; RHP Hansel Rodriguez, 2 IP, 3 K.

Prospect Watch: The Storm lost at home to San Jose. … Centerfielder Jeisson Rosario had three hits and scored a run Saturday night. The 19-year-old struggled through April but has started to come on over the last few weeks. Over his last 10 games, Rosario is hitting .344 with five walks. Rosario has seen a fairly significant rise in his strikeout rate (27.5%) this season but his 15.2% walk rate is in the top-ten in the California League. … RHP Caleb Boushley was hit hard in a short outing and took the loss. The 33th-round pick in 2017 gave up 10 hits and four earned runs in just 2.2 innings. Boushley has been very good this season, despite Saturday’s blemish. The 25-year-old has a 2.70 ERA and has struck out 40 batters in 36 innings. … The Storm got a solid outing from former Coronado High star Fred Schlichtholz out of the bullpen after Boushley was removed. The southpaw pitched 2.1 innings and allowed just one hit while striking out a career-high six batters. In 11 games out of the Storm bullpen, the former Fresno State Bulldog has a 2.12 ERA in 17 innings.

Great Lakes Loons 11 TinCaps 0

Key Statistics: 2B Xavier Edwards, 1-for-3; 1B Lee Solomon, 1-for-3; LHP Ryan Weathers (L, 2-1) 2.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 5 ER, BB, K; RHP Carlos Belen, 2 IP, H, 3 K.

Prospect Watch: John continues his tour in Fort Wayne. Read his recap of all the action.

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Kevin Charity has written for MadFriars since 2015 and has had work featured on Fox Sports San Diego. He is a lifelong San Diego native and is looking forward to seeing the current wave of prospects thrive in San Diego.

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