Padres catching prospect Luis Campusano for Lake Elsinore Storm

Luis Campusano. (Photo: Jerry Espinoza)

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Key Stats: LHP Jose Castillo IP, 3 K; RHP Andres Muñoz W (2-1), 1.1 IP, H, K; CF Franchy Cordero 1-4, HR (3), RBI; SS Luis Urías 1-3, 2B, 3 RS, RBI, BB, HBP, SB (6); 3B Ty France 4-5, HR (11), 2 RS, 3 RBI, SB (1); RF Jose Pirela 2-5, HR (10), 3 RBI; C Francisco Mejía 1-3, RBI, 2 HBP

Prospect Watch: The easiest way to avoid giving up a home run in the absurd Pacific Coast League is to keep the opposing team from making contact.  That is exactly what Jose Castillo did in his first rehab appearance for the Chihuahuas. The lefty struck out the side in his first inning, needing only 12 pitches to get through the inning. He had just one day off between appearances, so look for a relatively quick horizon to rejoin a big league staff that can’t get him back soon enough. … The Chihuahuas hit four more home runs Wednesday, including three-run shots by Ty France and Jose Pirela. They now have a professional-baseball leading 142 homers. The two through five batters in Wednesday’s lineup (Luis Urías, France, Pirela, and Francisco Mejía) all have an OPS over 1.100 and the first six batters in their lineup all have an OPS over the league median .807. … Andres Muñoz came into a save situation with the tying run on second with two out in the bottom of the eighth and coughed up the lead. However, the flamethrower bounced back to keep the game tied, then worked a fast and dominant ninth inning for a save after El Paso rallied in the bottom of the eighth. … Outfielder Franchy Cordero pulled up lame on his way to first base and was lifted from the game. The timing couldn’t be worse for the 24-year-old, who was due to come off the Injured List any day.

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Key Stats: RHP Lake Bachar (W, 2-2) 7 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 4 K; CF Buddy Reed 2-2, R, BB; C Luis Torrens 3-4, 2B; RF Edward Olivares 1-3, 2B, RBI

Prospect Watch: The Sod Poodles went just 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position, but the one hit was a beautiful bunt single to score the first run of the game.  RHP Lake Bachar pitched seven scoreless innings for the first time in his career.  After a few bad outings Bachar has stabilized in his last two outings. Bachar walked 13 in 15 innings over four starts in May, but has issued only three in 12 innings over in his last two starts. The 24-year-old is another in the long list of Padres prospects with the stuff to for a swing role at the big league level, and can dominate when he can find home plate. … With back-to-back multi-hit games, CF Buddy Reed has his batting average up to .225 – the highest it has been since April 16.  More impressively 11 games into the month, Reed has only struck out six times.  In months when Reed has played in 20 or more games (11 months) he has never struck out fewer than 20 times.

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Key Stats: RHP Aaron Leasher (L, 3-6) 6 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 7 K; LF Allen Cordoba 2-5, 2 RS, RBI, 2B; 2B Esteury Ruiz 2-3, 2B, RBI, 2 BB; C Luis Campusano 3-5, RBI; SS Eguy Rosario 2-5, HR (2), 2 R, RBI;

Prospect Watch: Winning on the road against the league’s top team is hard. That task becomes harder when you commit five errors.  The task becomes almost impossible when you also go 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and leave 13 on base. … One of the few bright spots for the offense recently has been 2B Esteury Ruiz who reached safely four times Wednesday, though he also ran into two outs on the basepaths. Since he ended a woeful April with a .534 OPS, Ruiz has hit .291/.361/.500 with five home runs and 13 stolen bases. Ruiz was the centerpiece of the deal that brought Matt Strahm over from Kansas City. … Before tonight’s three hit performance, catcher Luis Campusano had gone two games without a hit, to equal the longest stretch all year without reaching base safely.  At .314/.393/.484 Campusano has the second-best batting average and third highest OPS in the Cal League.

Injury Notes: After throwing a scoreless inning Monday, RHP Javy Guerra landed back on the IL with a sore oblique.  The same injury that held him back in spring training earlier.  CF Jeisson Rosario also did not appear in the game after appearing to have pulled something running out a grounder yesterday.  He is still day to day.

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Key Stats: RHP Sam Keating (W, 3-3) 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, BB, 3 K; 2B Xavier Edwards 2-3; CF Jawuan Harris 2-3, HR (3), 3 RBI, BB; C Juan Fernandez 2-4, 2 R, RBI

Prospect Watch: With recent graduations, Padres 2B Xavier Edwards has slid into the back end of MLB Pipeline’s top 100 list, one spot ahead of Josh Naylor.  At just 19, Edwards leads the Midwest League in batting average. He has seven hits in his last four games.  Sitting 22 points behind Edwards, with the second best average in the league, is Wander Franco, who ascended to the #1 ranked prospect in all of baseball when Fernando Tatis, Jr. made his 130th big league plate appearance Wednesday evening.  Franco went 2-for-4 with an RBI but was picked off; Edwards was 2-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt. … Juan Fernandez continues the string of ridiculous catching depth in the system.  The 20-year-old is hitting a solid .287/.343/.351 for a .325 wOBA. That total looks even better when you considered he started the year 0-for-17.  Since then he is hitting .351/.398/.429.

Posted by Ben Davey

Writer for MadFriars since 2011. San Diego raised. Grossmont alum. Die hard SD and sports fan. Currently keeping my day job as an AP Chemistry Teacher.

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