Owen Miller was a home run short of the cycle last night. Photo: Grant Wickes

Chihuahuas 9 Salt Lake City Bees 2

Key Statistics: CF Michael Gettys 2-6, SB (12); SS Matt Batten 2-4, 2 RBI, BB; RF Jose Pirela 3-5, 2B, 3 RBI; DH Aderlin Rodriguez 2-5, 2B; LF Boog Powell 2-4, RBI, BB; C Webster Rivas 3-4, RBI, BB;  RHP Kaz Makita (W, 2-0) 3.0 IP 2 H 4 K; RHP Phil Maton 2.0 IP 3 H R ER 2 K

Prospect Watch: In the final game before the Triple-A All-Star Game (to be held this year at Southwest University Park), the Chihuahuas finished 21 games over .500 and are on top of the PCL Southern Division by four and a half games. …Today they didn’t hit any home runs to add to their minor league-leading total of 190, but they did plate nine runs, three of which came off of rehabbing Angels pitcher Matt Harvey. …Michael Gettys struck out twice today, but also had a pair of hits and stole his twelfth base of the year.  On the season he has struck out at nearly a thirty percent clip, but also has 44 extra-base hits in 84 games while playing a very good defensive center field. …With a pair of hits that drove in two runs, Matt Batten now has nine RBI in the past two games.

Sod Poodles 9 Frisco RoughRiders 7

Key Statistics: DH Rodrigo Orozco 2-4, 2B, BB; 2B Ivan Castillo 2-4, RBI, BB; SS Owen Miller 2B, 3B, 4-5, RBI; 3B Hudson Potts 2-5 HR(6) 2 RBI; LF Tyler Kohlwey 2-4, RBI, BB; 1B Kyle Overstreet 3-5, 3B;  RHP Emanuel Ramirez 6.0 IP 7 H 5 R 5 ER 3 BB 3 K HR 

Kyle Overstreet in action at first base. Photo: Grant Wickes

Prospect Watch: In the bottom of the seventh inning, down by a run, Hudson Potts launched a two-run home run to put Amarillo ahead.  They added another in the eighth inning for the final score. …Potts came into the season as one of the more highly regarded Padres’ prospects but has struggled in Double-A.  What’s hurt him the most has been his strikeout rate, 33.5% this year as compared to 24.7% according to FanGraphs.  The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Potts is still only 20-years old and still has some of the best raw power in the organization if he can get to it more consistently. …Owen Miller was a home run short of the cycle. He is in the Top 10 in the Texas League in on-base percentage and is at #11 in OPS.  He has 95 hits in 79 games and has looked good defensively at both second base and shortstop. …Amarillo has now won seven of their last eleven.

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 6 Storm 1

Key Statistics: CF Alan Cordoba 2-4; 2B Esteury Ruiz 2-5; SS Gabriel Arias 2-5; LHP Caleb Boushley (L, 3-2) 5.2 IP 4 H 2 R ER 3 BB 4 K

Prospect Watch: The Storm’s offense has been missing in action as they have now scored one run in 18 innings. …A bright spot for the Storm this season has been the play of Alan Córdoba, the former Rule V selection in 2017 who missed most of last year after a near-fatal automobile accident which caused severe post-concussion effects.  In 242 plate appearances this year, Córdoba is hitting  .303/.351/.407 with 17 stolen bases in 23 attempts.  This season, he has seen time at shortstop, third base and left and center field.  In June he hit .345/.395/.451 and is still only 23 years old.

TinCaps 3 Great Lakes Loons 2

Key Statistics: 2B Xavier Edwards 1-4, 2B, RBI; LF Grant Little 1-3, BB; RF Dwanya Williams-Sutton 1-3, BB; DH Michael Curry 1-4, HR (5), 2 RBI; RHP Brandon Komar 3.0 IP 2 H 2 R 2 ER 2 BB 3 K HR; RHP Adrian Martinez 2.0 IP 2 K; Henry Henry (S, 7) 1.0 IP K.

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps took the lead in the fifth inning when a Xavier Edwards groundout brought home first baseman Lee Solomon, who opened the inning with a double and was sacrificed to third by center fielder Juwan Harris. Fort Wayne’s bullpen shut down the Loons’ for the next five innings. …Brandon Komar, who was taken in the thirteenth round of this year’s draft by the Padres out of Madison College in Wisconsin (JC), got the start.  This past season with the Wolfpack he was used both coming out of the bullpen and as a starter with 55 strikeouts against only six walks in 47.2 innings.  He was lucky to only have to pitch 5.2 innings in the AZL before escaping to the bucolic Summit City. ..If the TinCaps win on Monday night, they will sweep the Dodgers’ affiliate that is leading the Midwest League’s Eastern Division.

Jason Pineda is some to watch in Tri-City. Photo: Mike Wilson

Spokane Indians 7 Dust Devils 0

Key Statistics: 1B Jason Pineda 2-3, BB; RHP Angel Acevedo (L, 0-1) 5.0 IP 6 H 4 R 4 ER 5 K; LHP Ramon Perez 3.0 IP H 5 K

Prospect Watch: Angel Acevedo returned to the Northwest League after going 0-7 with a 6.53 ERA with the TinCaps. The 20-year-old Venezuelan had walk issues in the Midwest League posting a 55:24 strikeout to base-on-balls ratio in 51 innings. …Jason Pineda is someone to watch.  The 19-year-old Bronx native was drafted in the 17th round in 2017 when the Padres were able to talk him out of his commitment to University of Michigan.  The 6-foot-2, 205 pound Pineda had some of the highest exit velocity for the past two years in the Arizona League – ignore the statistics there – and this year it’s starting to pay off.  In his first 70 plate appearances, he has a .270/.352/.413 slash line.

Luis Patino, Padres pitching prospect with Lake Elsinore Storm

Luis Patino may have stolen the show at the Future’s Game. Photo: Jerry Espinoza

MLB Future’s Game:  The Padres sent three pitchers, left-handers MacKenzie Gore, Adrian Morejon and, right-hander Luis Patino.  As opposed to last year, we didn’t make it out to the Future’s Game in person, but ESPN’s Keith Law posted some excellent notes on the Padres’ contingent.

For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com 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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