Padres pitching prospect Luis Patino pitches for Lake Elsinore Storm

Luis Patino didn’t quite have the same stuff as he did last week at Inland Empire. (Photo: Jerry Espinoza)

Chihuahuas 8 Fresno Grizzlies 4

Key Stats: CF Travis Jankowski 1-2, BB, 2 R, HBP, SB (1); SS Luis Urías 2-4, 2 R, RBI, BB, 2B; 1B Ty France 3-4, R; LF Michael Gettys 2-4, HR (21), 3 RBI

Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas put out their MLB lineup to face former top Padres prospect Joe Ross. Five pitches into the game, El Paso had already used a hit batter, double and two singles to jump ahead 2-0 with runners on the corners. In all, Ross allowed five runs over six innings and took the loss. … Rehabbing CF Travis Jankowski showed why many Padre fans are excited to get him back.  He reached base in three of four plate appearances, stole a base, and caused havoc all game while playing a plus defensive centerfield. … A day after Luis Urías hit seventh in the lineup, he was back in the second spot and reached base three times. Urías has hit in six straight with four strikeouts and three walks. The more contact the 22-year-old makes, the more chance of his return to San Diego. … Speaking of contact, Michael Gettys hit his team leading 21st home run of the season, but he also struck out two more times. He has gone down on strikes 107 times in 356 plate appearances this season. While his K rate is lower than it’s been the last two years, it’s still well above what’s sustainable. Kazuhisa Makita, Travis Radke and Eric Yardley combined for six scoreless innings of relief. While none is on the 40-man right now, each could ride his unorthodox delivery and ability to soak up innings to the big league roster at some point this summer.

Sod Poodles 4  Midland RockHounds 1

Key Stats: LHP Kyle Lloyd (W, 3-5) 7 IP, 3 H, R, BB, 8 K; 2B Ivan Castillo 1-1, RBI, SB (10); 3B Hudson Potts 1-4, 2B, RBI; 1B Brad Zunica 3-4, HR (12), 2 RBI

Prospect Watch: Kyle Lloyd gave up just one unearned run over seven innings to pace Amarillo in a victory over Oakland’s affiliate. Keep an eye on RHP Evan Miller. The Padres’ 22nd round pick in 2016 bounced around a bit before finding himself as the anchor of the TinCaps pen last year. The 24-year-old posted a 1.15 ERA for the Storm while sharing the closers job on his way to a spot in the Cal League All-Star game. The righty picked up his first save with Amarillo with four strikeouts over two perfect innings Wednesday. He gave up three earned runs on four hits over two innings in his last outing, but has held the opposition scoreless in his other five Texas League outings. … Brad Zunica hit his first home run in over a month.  The power hitter was one of the few bright spots in the Sod Poodles lineup early on, but batted .195/.313/.268 in June.  It was his first full month without a home run since August of 2016 with the TinCaps.

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 3 Storm 2

Key Stats:  RHP Luis Patiño 2 IP, H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K; 3B Eguy Rosario 2-4, 2B; RF Jack Suwinski 1-4, 2B, RBI

Prospect Watch: RHP Luis Patiño knew he was in for a short start before he heads to the Futures Game in Cleveland this Sunday. He might have been a tad too excited as he seemed to try and pump everything by the hitters. After he struck out the first four batters, he issued a walk before Dodgers farmhand Deacon Liput sent a ball over the right field fence. That two-run homer was the only hit Patino allowed.  MLB.com’s Jonathon Mayo mentioned in his most recent podcast how excited he was to see Patiño blow it by hitters in a one inning stint on the big stage of All-Star weekend. … The Storm went 0-for-9 with RISP, and struck out ten times.

Lake County Captains 3 TinCaps 2

Key Stats: LHP Ryan Weathers (L, 2-3) 4.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; 3B Tucupita Marcano 1-5, RS

Prospect Watch: This was not a pretty game for the TinCaps offensively or defensively. With Xavier Edwards getting the night off, Lee Solomon got his sixth start of the year at second and paired with Luis Almanzar, making his fourth start ever at first base, for an inexperienced right side of the infield.  The results were not pretty early on.  Solomon had two errors in the first three innings, and Almanzar had an errant throw after a pickoff. Both cost Ryan Weathers, who made his longest start since April 22.  When we saw Weathers at the end of spring training, he was sitting 91-92 and topping out at 95.  Wednesday, broadcasters had him sitting 88-89 and topping out at 91.  That dip in velocity, even with solid secondary pitches, meant Weathers struggled for most of the night. His night ended on one last defensive let-down as the infield couldn’t turn a would-be inning-ending double play and Lake County pushed across the winning run.

Eugene Emeralds 7 Dust Devils 1

Key Stats: RHP Ignacio Feliz 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), BB, 6 K; RHP Wen-Hua Sung 2 IP, K; SS Jordy Barley 1-4, 2B; 1B Jason Pineda 2-4, HR (1); 3B Carlos Luis 1-2, 3B, 2 BB

Prospect Watch: Righty Ignacio Feliz had his best start of the young season, giving up just one unearned run and striking out six over four innings.  The 19-year-old the Padres acquired for Walker Lockett last winter has 19 strikeouts against only five walks in 16.1 innings of work, but has given up 19 hits and needed high pitch counts to get through short outings. His current repertoire and room for projection make him a player to watch. … Three years ago, in the midst of their J-2 signing spree, the Padres made Taiwanese pitcher Wen-Hua Sung their first ever Asian amateur signing.  After missing the 2017 season and struggling last year, the 22-year-old righty has dominated in relief for Tri-City this year. After two perfect innings Wednesday, batters are hitting just .119 against him and he has a 0.77 WHIP.  … Also signed that same day, Carlos Luis didn’t make much of a name for himself hitting .238/.307/.275 last year in the AZL. This spring, working often with full-season players, he looked stronger and more coordinated, and was hitting the cover off the ball.  Since starting the Dust Devils’ season 1-for-19, Luis is hitting .324 and has drawn six walks in his last four games. The 19-year-old’s lightning-fast wrists make him a threat from the left side at the plate.

AZL Padres-1 14 AZL Giants 9

Key Stats: DH CJ Abrams 2-5, R, SB (8); SS Chris Givin 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI; RF Yordi Francisco 3-5, HR (3), 2 RS, 2 RBI, BB; 3B Victor Nova 2-5, 3B, 3 R, RBI

AZL Padres-2 6 AZL Royals 5

Key Stats: 3B Ethan Skender 2-5, HR (3), 3 RBI; SS Yeison Santana 3-4, RS; C Gilberto Vizcara 2-4

Prospect Watch: Another AZL game, another multi-hit outing with a stolen base for CJ Abrams. Abrams’ ninth multi-hit effort in 12 professional games dropped his average to .455. … SS Chris Givin is still making a solid case to start every day.  The 22-year-old out of Xavier extended his own hitting streak to 12 by collecting his seventh multi-hit games. Fifty at-bats into his career, Givin is hitting .440/.473/.660.  … There is no stopping Yordi Francisco. The big right fielder hit his third home run of the season, setting a new career high in his fourth professional campaign. .. Speaking of on fire 2017 J-2 signing Yeison Santana raised his batting average to .313 by extending his hitting streak to eight with his third straight multi-hit game.  The 18 year-old has had no problems adapting in his first season stateside even though he’s drawn just one walk in 50 plate appearances.  … Ethan Skender is still making the most of his playing time after injuries waylaid his first three seasons.  He is hitting .361/.425/.694 this season showing power, speed, and the ability to make consistent, loud contact. Now 22, the Illinois native is still building up his durability and will have to answer questions about his defense, but he has quickly reasserted himself at the plate. … After a shaky outing in his first game, Blake Baker has struck out eight over 3.1 frames in his last three appearances. The Padres drafted the 20-year-old out of the highly-productive Miami Dade Community College program last month.

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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