Padres pitcher Dinelson Lamet rehabs for El Paso Chihuahuas

Dinelson Lamet looked good as he continued his rehab stint on Saturday. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

Chihuahuas 6 Tacoma Rainers 1  

Key Statistics: 1B Ty France 1-3; SS Luis Urias 1-3, SB; RF Jose Pierela 1-4 HR(13) 3 RBI; C Austin Allen 1-3, 2B, BB; CF Michael Gettys 1-5 HR(18), 3 RBI; RHP Dinelson Lamet 5.0 IP 2 H R ER 8 K; RHP Trevor Megill (W, 2-0) 2.0 IP H 2 BB K 

Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas blew open what had been a 1-0 pitchers’ duel heading into the eighth with three-run home runs by Jose Pirela in the eighth inning and Michael Gettys in the ninth. The big news coming out of the game was the dominating performance by Dinelson Lamet. The big righty allowed just one earned run over five frames while striking out eight. Working In his fifth rehab start and second at Triple-A, Lamet tossed a season-high 71 pitches, 44 for strikes. Early on, his fastball was sitting 97-98 on the Cheney Park gun, but he was down a few ticks by the time he struck out two in his final frame. Lamet can get one more start in on his every-sixth-day schedule before the Padres need to decide whether to request a 10-day extension to his rehab assignment or to activate him with the big league club. …The homer for Gettys was his 18th of the year, to set a new career season high. The toolsy athlete has homered in four straight, hit in eight consecutive games and reached base in 14 straight and is hitting 294/.355/.632 for the month. Even with all of that, he continues to strike out in 30% of his plate appearances and carries just a .287 OBP for the year.

Padres pitcher Nick Margevicius pitching for Amarillo Sod Poodles.

Nick Margevicius dealt for the Sod Poodles Saturday. (Photo: Grant Wickes)

Tulsa Drillers 2 Sod Poodles 1 (10 innings)

Key Statistics: 2B Ivan Castillo 2-3, 2B, RBI; LHP Nick Margevicius 6.0 IP, 2H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 6 K; RHP J.C. Cosme L ( 0-1), 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 2 K

Prospect Watch:  The Sod Poodles managed just four hits on the night, and Ivan Castillo had two of them and the lone RBI. Castillo, who missed the first month on the IL, finally has enough plate appearances to for his .349 average to officially  top the Texas League. The 24-year-old switch-hitter has only drawn nine walks in 206 plate appearances, making his overall numbers a little too dependent on finding a hole in the defense, but his strikeout and swing-and-miss rates remain low and he’s hitting for power away from Hodgetown as well. The Padres will have to decide whether to offer him a big league deal in the offseason or let him move on again as a minor league free agent. … Making his first full-effort start in the minors, Nick Margevicius gave up just one unearned run over six innings of work. While his first option to the minors was primarily for workload management, this trip could last longer as he works to develop the arsenal he’ll need to keep big league hitters more honest now that they have gotten multiple looks at the lefty. Through 12 big-league starts, only his changeup – his least-used offering – got outs at a better-than-league-average rate. He’ll be asked to use the time in the minors to develop his slider, which got torched over his final handful of outings in the majors.

Inland Empire 66ers 10 Storm 3

Key Statistics: RHP Luis Patino (L, 4-6) 5.0 IP 4 H 4 R 3 ER 2 BB 8 K; LHP Fred Schlichtholz 0.2 IP 5 H 6 R 6 ER 3 BB HR; CF Jeisson Rosario 2-4; DH Luis Campusano 2-4

Prospect Watch: Despite four errors and generally sloppy play, the Storm were still in the game until Inland exploded for six runs in the eighth inning. Luis Patiño allowed more than two earned runs for the first time in nine outings, giving up three over five innings. While the 19-year-old has already walked more batters in 54.1 innings for the Storm than he did in 83.1 frames in Low-A last year, opposing batters are hitting just .196 against him. While his workload management means his 67 strikeouts still sit outside the top 10 in a league where he is four years younger than his average opponent, his 29.3% K rate ranks sixth on the circuit. … Jeisson Rosario had a pair of hits and has hit in all three games since coming off his brief IL stint. The 19-year-old center fielder has posted a strong June, hitting .356/.408/.400 while cutting his strikeout rate significantly from the first two months. If Padres’ fans want a centerfielder to dream on, watch Rosario patrol the middle of the field. … Fred Schlichtholz had a brutal outing, giving up six earned runs in just two thirds of an inning to push his ERA from 3.55 to 5.44. The Coronado High graduate was coming off one of his best professional months with a 1.74 ERA over 10.1 innings in May.

Great Lakes Loons 2 TinCaps 1 (11 innings)

Sam Keating is starting to find his groove. Photo: Jeff Nycz

Key Statistics: 2B Tucupita Marcano 2-4; RHP Sam Keating 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB 2 K; RHP Henry Henry 2.1 L (7-2), 2.1 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 0 H, 2 BB

Prospect Watch: Fort Wayne lost the game on the road when a wild pitch by Henry Henry allowed the placed Loons runner to score. It was a tough-luck loss for Henry, who didn’t allow a hit over 2.1 innings of work. … The TinCaps were held to six singles on the night, spoiling a second consecutive strong outing by Sam Keating. The Padres’ fourth-round pick in 2017 got a big bonus to bypass the University of Florida largely based on a spike in fastball velocity during his senior year, but the Fort Myers native hasn’t shown the same gas in the organization. While the 20-year-old has only struck out 20 in 33 innings of work this year, he’s cut his walk rate by nearly two per nine innings from his work in the Northwest League last season. … Tucupita Marcano had two of the TinCaps’ six hits, turning around a brutal June in which he’s hit just .180/.212/.220 after missing a few weeks with a wrist injury.

Dust Devils 7 Eugene Emeralds 4

Key Statistics: 1B Carlos Luis 2-5; 3B Sean Guilbe 2-4, 2B, HR (1), BB, 2 RBI; RHP Jason Reynolds (W, 1-0) 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 K, 0 BB; RHP Felix Minjarez 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 K, 0 BB

Prospect Watch: Sean Guilbe, 19, got off to a slow start to the year, managing only a pair of hits through his first six games. Saturday. Saturday, Guilbe showed off the power stroke that earned him an overslot deal from the Padres last year, connecting on a double and homer, while also drawing a walk. The Pennsylania high school product had one of the stranger lines in the AZL last year, hitting .218/.409/.421 with 62 strikeouts and five homers in 176 plate appearances. Baseball America believed him to have fourth to sixth round potential coming into the draft, but concerns about his hit tool kept him out of the top 10 rounds. … Right fielder Matt Acosta reached base three more times Saturday, pushing his OBP to .471 through his first eight professional games. The USC product rebounded from a rough sophomore campaign to make himself a target after his junior season.

Both the Padres AZL teams had the night off.

For the box scores of all the games please go to the scoreboards.

Posted by John Conniff

John grew up in Poway and has written for MadFriars since 2004. He has written articles for Baseball America, FoxSports San Diego, the El Paso Times, San Antonio Express-News, Amarillo Globe-News, Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette and Pacific Daily News in addition to appearing on numerous radio programs and podcasts. He can also break down the best places to eat for all five of the affiliates. There is no best place to eat in Peoria, Arizona.

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