El Paso night off
The Chihuahuas return home for what will likely be an emotional Wednesday night for El Paso.
Sod Poodles 5 Midland RockHounds 3
Key Stats: RHP Ronald Bolaños (W, 6-3, 11-5 overall) 5.2 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 8 K; CF Taylor Trammell 1-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 SB; SS Ivan Castillo 2-4, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB, SB (12); RF Edward Olivares 1-4, R, 2 RBI, SB (27)
Prospect Watch: A night after CF Taylor Trammell hit his first home run in the Padres organization, he reached base three times, stole two bases, and scored two runs. After a 1-for-12 start in the organization, he has now hit in three straight. The combination of patience, speed, and untapped raw power made him the Padres’ key target at the trade deadline. … After being hit around in the middle of the month, RHP Ronald Bolaños has turned in back-to-back stellar outings. The 22-year-old has struck out 15 against three walks while allowing just one earned run in 12.2 innings. His third strikeout Tuesday pushed him past last year’s total and he now has 124 in 112 innings. Bolaños, who should log another 20 regular-season innings, profiles as a back-of-the-rotation starter. His workhorse approach as he continues to hone his pitch sequencing could pay dividends for the Padres, even if it’s via a trade.
Storm 8 San Jose Giants 7 (14 innings)
Key Stats: RHP Luis Patiño 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, 8 K; RHP Javy Guerra IP, H, 2 K; 2B Xavier Edwards 3-5, 3B, SB (9), R, 2 RBI, 2 BB; C Luis Campusano 2-4, BB; SS Gabriel Arias 3-5, 2B, R, RBI, BB;
Prospect Watch: The Storm needed 14 innings, more than five hours, and a cameo on the mound by infielder Ruddy Giron before Jeisson Rosario‘s two-out infield single finally won the game. Long before any of that, RHP Luis Patiño took the mound looking to follow up on his no-hit attempt in his previous start. He started this one by striking out the side in the first. Outside of a rocky third inning, Patiño continued to dominate. He finished the game allowing two runs on six hits over five innings, walking one and striking out eight. Patiño’s 31.6% strikeout rate trails only MacKenzie Gore among Cal League pitchers who’ve thrown 70 innings this year. … 2B Xavier Edwards got the scoring started with a two-run triple in the second. As good as Edwards has been — hitting .340 and reaching base at almost a .400 clip in his first full professional season — his lack of in-game power remains a concern. The triple is just his second extra-base hit in 26 games with Lake Elsinore and he’s pulled only a quarter of the balls he’s put in play. … After Edwards singled, stole second, and moved to third with two outs in the ninth, Giants manager Hector Borg chose to intentionally walk both Luis Campusano and Gabriel Arias. The move worked out as a ground out sent the game into extras. Perhaps he should have done it again two innings later. Instead, he pitched to Arias, who kept the game going by lacing an RBI single. It was part of a three-hit night that raised his batting average to .295. The 19-year-old is hitting .352/.392/.497 since the All-Star break with a strikeout rate under 20 percent.
Luis Patiño's fastball really is something. 95-97 with cut life and explodes through the zone. He can elevate it, drive it down, put it on the outside corner – fastball has been as good as advertised tonight.
— Kyle Glaser (@KyleAGlaser) August 7, 2019
West Michigan Whitecaps 8 TinCaps 0
Key Stats: RHP Moises Lugo 2 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, BB, 2 K; DH CJ Abrams 0-for-4; 2B Justin Lopez 1-2, HBP
Prospect Watch: CJ Abrams made his Midwest League debut, but as the score indicates, it did not go as planned. He went 0-for-4 at the plate, and while he did put the ball in play each at-bat, it all went for naught. The best highlight the TinCaps had all day was Abrams nearly beating out a grounder. The TinCaps not only gave up eight runs but managed only two hits of their own. The loss snapped their five-game winning streak. … Moises Lugo had his second full-season start cut short by a one-hour rain delay after two frames. The 20-year-old was tagged for four runs on a pair of extra-base hits in the first inning.
Lol Abrams almost beat out a routine groundball on his first FW AB. Tatis and Abrams gonna be fun. pic.twitter.com/uKMWLxZZ0C
— Giannis Auntiegotsuspended (@TooMuchMortons_) August 6, 2019
Dust Devils off for the All-Star Break
The Northwest League got outslugged by their Pioneer League opponents 11-7 in Boise. Dust Devils reliever Dan Dallas worked a clean inning, striking out two while utilityman Reinaldo Ilarraza took an 0-for-3 at the plate after entering the game at second base.
The Dust Devils will resume action Thursday in Spokane, where they’ll look to extend their four-game winning streak.
AZL Mariners 4 AZL Padres-1 3
Key Stats: RHP Frank Lopez 3 IP, 2 H, 4 R (0 ER), 6 K, 2 BB; RHP Brandon Komar 5 IP, H, 3 K; SS Chris Givin 4-5, RS, 2B; CF Hudson Head 1-4, RBI, SB (3);
AZL Padres-2 3 AZL Dodgers Mota 1
Key Stats: LHP Tom Cosgrove IP, H, 3 K; RF Junior Perez 1-4, HR (10), RBI; 3B Jarryd Dale 1-3, 2 RBI
Prospect Watch: LHP Tom Cosgrove struck out the side in his first appearance since a May 4 outing in Lake Elsinore. The former 12th round pick was one of the better performers for the TinCaps last year, striking out 122 in 116.1 innings with a 3.71 ERA. This year hasn’t been the same as he made only six starts before going on the IL. … Sharing a roster with Abrams, former Xavier shortstop Chris Givin has been playing primarily second and third. With Abrams in Fort Wayne, Givin shifted back to shortstop and picked right up with four more hits. The 19th-round pick is hitting .362/.410/.521 for the AZL squad. … RF Tirso Ornelas went 0-for-5 on the game and is hitting .160 in 19 games since getting sent back to the AZL to work on a swing overhaul. … Junior Perez became the first AZL Padre to hit 10 home runs in a season since the legendary Cody Decker back in 2009. Perez is, of course, four and a half years younger than Decker was when he accomplished the feat as a 22-year-old graduate of UCLA. The organization has never had a teenager reach double-digits in the AZL before.