Chihuahuas 9 Reno Aces 7
Key Stats: RHP Bryan Mitchell 3.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, K; CF Travis Jankowski 2-5, 2 RS; 3B Ty France 1-3, RS, 2 RBI, BB, HBP; RF Jose Pirela 3-5, RS, RBI; C Webster Rivas 2-5, HR (2), 2 RBI
Prospect Watch: Down by five in the ninth inning, Seth Mejias-Brean made the first out of the inning. He then made the second out of the inning with an RBI groundout capping a seven-run inning that in between saw a 7-2 deficit go to a 9-7 lead. …The Chihuahuas only had to come back from so many down because of another struggling start from Bryan Mitchell. Mitchell recorded only 10 outs. During that time he allowed seven hits, five walks, a hit batsman, and five earned runs. He threw 40 balls to get 10 outs, the next four relievers needed only 25 balls to get the final 17 outs of the game (one walk by reliever Brad Weick). … Travis Jankowski extended his hit streak to six games, while fellow former Padres Jose Pirela added another three hits raising hit OPS to 1.105. Luis Urias did not play again.
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Springfield Cardinals 5 Sod Poodles 2
Key Stats: LHP Nick Margevicius 7 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, BB, 4 K; RHP Michel Baez 2 IP, 2 K; CF Edward Olivares 1-3, 2 RBI, 2B, BB; 3B Hudson Potts 0-2, 2 BB
Prospect Watch: For the last month, Michel Baez has pitched two innings, every four games. He has only pitched more than two innings once, on June 3, when he went two and two-thirds. Over his last four outings, Baez has gone 7.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K and on the season, Baez has 38 K in 27 innings. Last year in Double-A, Baez had a 7.36 ERA in 18 innings. One big note is that during these two innings stints Baez has maintained velocity. That is something he struggled with last year in Lake Elsinore when his 96 mph fastball would drop to 91 mph. … Edward Olivares had the only big hit for the Sod Poodles, he now has nine hits over his last five games and is hitting .368/.406/.544 in July.
Modesto Nuts 4, Storm 1
Key Stats: LHP Osvaldo Hernandez 2 IP, H, K; RHP Reiss Knehr 8 IP, 4 H, 10 K; 2B Xavier Edwards 2-5; C Luis Campusano 2-5, 2B, RS, 2 E; SS Gabriel Arias 1-4, 2B, RBI, BB; RF Alan Cordoba 2-4, BB, SB (24)
Prospect Watch: After missing nearly three months with injuries, the Padres continue to take it slow with last years Midwest League ERA champion, Osvaldo Hernandez. Hernandez, who went 11-4, 1.81 ERA last year, has picked up where he left off, with his third straight scoreless start. During that time eight innings, two hits, two walks, eight strikeouts. … Also going eight innings tonight alone was Reiss Knehr. Knehr went a career-high eight innings and tied his career-high with 10 strikeouts. He didn’t join the club until May 31, but in his almost two months with the club has struck out 52 in just 38.1 innings of work, including 28 over his last three outings.
TinCaps 6 Peoria Chiefs 2
Key Stats: LHP Ryan Weathers 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 K; 3B Ethan Skender 2-4, 2 RS; RF Agustin Ruiz 2-4, 2 RS; C Blake Hunt 1-1, RS, RBI, 3 BB; SS Justin Lopez 2-4, 3 RBI
Prospect Watch: The good news, Ryan Weathers tied a season-long for innings, and easily had his best start since coming back from injury on May 20 (10 starts). The bad news, the team he did it against the Orioles of the Midwest League. The Chiefs are 4-21 in the second half and have been the worst hitting team in the league. Still, it is a nice rebound for Weathers who also struck out the most in a start since his return. … Justin Lopez had a big two-RBI single in the third to blow the game open. It was Lopez’s first multi-RBI game since July 2. He had been hitting .184 since that date.
Everett Aquasox 7 Dust Devils1
Key Stats: RHP Connor Lehmann 2 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K; LHP Dan Dallas 2.2 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 K; 1B Nick Gatewood 2-4; LF Sean Guilbe 1-3, RS, 3B, BB
Prospect Watch: Not much to write about. The top four hitters in the lineup went a combined 0-for-14. Seventh-round pick Connor Lehmann got the start. The Dust Devils’ hitters continue to struggle to put the ball in play off of him. They are hitting .167 off him, but he hurts his own cause with nine walks in 10.1 innings…. Fellow seventh-round pick Dan Dallas continued his dominance of the Northwest League. An All-Star in the league last year, Dallas has 23 strikeouts in 16.1 innings and has only allowed a run to score in one of his ten outings this year.
AZL Padres-1 3 AZL Dodgers 2
Key Stats: RHP Garrett Richards 2 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 K; RHP Miguel Rondon 5 IP, 7 H, ER, BB, 6 K; DH Hudson Head 2-3, 3B, RS, BB; RF Tirso Ornelas 1-5, 2 K
AZL Padres-2 12, AZL Brewers 4
Key Stats: RHP Carlos Guarate 5 IP, 2 H, 4 K; CF Junior Perez 5-6, 4 RS, 2 RBI, 3B, HR (2), SB (3); SS Yeison Santana 2-4, 2 RS, RBI, BB, SB (1); 3B Vladimir Echavarria 2-2, RS, RBI, SB(4)
Prospect Watch: Garrett Richards made his Padres’ organizational debut tonight throwing two innings. He struck out three while allowing a run. Despite the report that Richards threw only 15 pitches, there is a good chance he threw that in the first inning alone. After a wild pitch, Richards retired the last five batters he faced. Given the typical full month rehab, that would put Richards in San Diego mid-August as a best case scenario. … CJ Abrams did not play for the second game in a row. … Have yourself a week Junior Perez. The recently turned 18-year-old collected five hits, 10 total bases, and scored four runs. This game alone saw his OPS rise from .783 to .890. Perez is currently on a nine-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in all but one game in July (..345/.379/.545)