Jerry Keel on the mound for El Paso. Photo: Jorge Salgado.

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Key Statistics: RF Travis Jankowski 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 BB, RBI; 2B Ty France 2-for-4, R, 2B, RBI; DH Austin Allen 3-for-5, R; C Webster Rivas 4-for-5, 3 R, 2 HR (4, 5), 5 RBI; LF Rodrigo Orozco 2-for-4, 2 R, HR (1), BB, RBI; LHP Jerry Keel 5.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; RHP Trevor Megill 1.2 IP, 4 H, ER, BB.

Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas lost their fifth straight game in another high-scoring affair in the Sun City. … Catcher Webster Rivas had four hits, including two bombs as part of a monster night. The 29-year-old backup catcher is in his third year in the organization after signing as a minor league free agent prior to the 2017 season. In very limited action, the 29-year-old is hitting .337/.444/.602 with El Paso. He opened the season as the backup in Amarillo. … Ty France started at second base and had two more hits to raise his average to .400. We’ve talked about France’s offense prowess all season but he has yet to cool off. France has 51 extra-base in just 325 plate appearances this year. He has a pretty decent shot of eclipsing a .800 slugging percentage. As of now, it’s at .775. … Austin Allen started at designated hitter and had three singles. Allen is 6-for-14 during a current three-game hitting streak.

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A.J. Kennedy hit his first Double-A Home Run on Thursday night. Photo: John Moore.

Key Statistics: C A.J. Kennedy 1-for-3, R, HR (1); LF Taylor Kohlwey 1-for-2, 2B, BB; RHP Jesse Scholtens (L, 5-6) 6.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K; RHP Blake Rogers 1.1 IP, K.

Prospect Watch: The Sod Poodles managed just two hits in a loss in Frisco. … Catcher A.J. Kennedy blasted a homer for the only Sod Poodles run of the night. The former Cal State Fullerton backstop is a tremendous defensive catcher but hasn’t been able to find any steady success at the plate. … RHP Jesse Scholtens took the loss but threw the ball fairly well. Scholtens worked into the seventh inning and allowed just four hits and three earned runs. Overall, Scholtens has a 5.56 ERA but his FIP and XFIP are about a run-and-a-half lower. He also has the best strikeout rate of his professional career.

Lake Elsinore night off

The Storm open a three-game series Friday in San Bernardino. There was still some Storm news, as LHP Joey Cantillo was promoted to Lake Elsinore. The 19-year-old has had a massive breakout for Fort Wayne this season. Despite being among the youngest pitchers on the circuit, he’s led the league in virtually every category, including a 1.93 ERA and 128 strikeouts in 98 innings. We interviewed the Hawaiian lefty earlier this summer.

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Key Statistics: 2B Tucupita Marcano 2-for-4, R, BB, SB (12); DH Michael Curry, 2-for-3, R, BB, RBI; 1B Lee Solomon 2-for-4, R, HR (3), 3 RBI; RHP Efraín Conteras 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, ER, 2 BB, 8 K; RHP Jose Quezada (W, 6-2) 2 IP, H, 2 BB, 4 K; LHP Cody Tyler 2 IP, 2 K.

Efrain Contreras Padres prospect pitching for Fort Wayne TinCaps

Efrain Contreras has shown the ability to dominate in starts for the TinCaps. (Photo: Jeff Nycz.)

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps won their second consecutive game at home against Dayton. … Second baseman Tucupita Marcano drew a walk and singled twice in the TinCaps’ victory. He also stole his 12th bag of the year. The 19-year-old has now gone six consecutive games without striking out. Marcano is hitting .400/.441/.467 in seven games this month. … RHP Efraín Contreras pitched five innings and allowed just one earned run. The 19-year-old tied a season-high with eight strikeouts. The Juarez native has righted the ship after a pair of poor outings, allowing just two earned runs over his last 11 innings. Contreras’ 103 strikeouts rank eighth in the Midwest League. … RHP Jose Quezada earned his sixth win of the year by throwing two scoreless innings. Last year’s tenth round pick has thrown the ball exceptionally well out of the Fort Wayne ‘pen all year. In 59.1 innings, Quezada has racked up 75 strikeouts and a 2.12 ERA. … With Cantillo’s promotion, RHP Dylan Coleman will rejoin the TinCaps. The Padres’ fourth-round pick last year, Coleman lost his mechanics and dropped significant velocity on his fastball this spring. The Missouri State has gotten back on track in the desert over the last month.

For subscribers: Kevin has a profile on TinCaps infielder Ethan Skender, who has returned after missing the last two-and-a-half seasons due to persistent knee issues.

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Key Statistics: DH Logan Driscoll 1-for-3, R, HR (1), 3 RBI, BB; 1B Nick Gatewood 1-for-2, R, HR (2), 2 RBI; RF Matthew Acosta 2-for-3, R, BB, RBI; LHP Jason Blanchard 3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K; RHP Felix Minjarez 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER); RHP Deivi Mendez (L, 1-1) 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, ER.

Logan Driscoll has hit for power since returning from his injury. (Photo: Mike Wilson)

Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils put up five runs in the sixth to take the lead, but gave up two in the bottom of the ninth to lose on the road. Tri-City also made six errors in this one. … Logan Driscoll connected on a three-run shot for his first professional homer. The Comp Round B pick missed a good chunk of the season with a hamstring injury. When he’s been on the field, he’s been fairly productive. Overall, Driscoll has a .851 OPS and he’s struck out just four times in his last 43 plate appearances. … The other Dust Devils homer came off of the bat of Nick Gatewood, who entered the game as a substitute. Gatewood opened the year in Fort Wayne but struggled and was eventually sent to extended spring training. Drafted in the 11th round last June, Gatewood has homered in each of the last two games. … LHP Jason Blanchard started and pitched well as he continues to work abbreviated outings. Blanchard worked three shutout innings, striking out three batters. Blanchard has allowed just one earned run over his last 17.2 innings after getting blasted for 11 in his first 4.1 pro innings. Over his last 21 frames, Blanchard has struck out 26 batters.

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Key Statistics: SS Chris Givin 2-for-5, 2 R, BB, 2 RBI; RF Tirso Ornelas 3-for-6, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI; 3B Yerry  Landinez 2-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI; 1B Michael Suarez 3-for-5, 3 RBI; 2B Luis Paez 3-for-5, R, RBI; LHP Noel Vela 2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K; RHP Sam Ballard (W, 1-1) IP, 3 K; RHP Luarbert Arias 5 IP, 4 H, BB, 8 K

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Key Statistics: 2B Ripken Reyes 2-for-4, 2B, R; CF Angel Solarte 2-for-4, RBI; 3B Jarryd Dale 2-for-4; LF Taylor Lomack 2-for-4; RHP Jeferson Garcia (L, 2-3) 4.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

Prospect Watch: The AZL teams split their games in the desert. … Right fielder Tirso Ornelas had three hits, including a double for the AZL Padres-1. The 19-year-old has been back in the desert working on his swing after struggling in Lake Elsinore. The results in Peoria haven’t been there, but perhaps his performance Thursday is a step in the right direction. … First baseman Michael Suarez had three hits and drove in three runs in the AZL Padres-1 win. Suarez, signed as a 38th-rounder out of high school in Miami last year, has hit well in sparse playing time. The left-handed batter sports a .361/.465/.444 line in 43 plate appearances. … RHP Luarbert Arias threw five shutout innings, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out eight. The 18-year-old Arias is in his second campaign in the desert after signing back in July of 2017. Arias has 43 strikeouts and just seven walks 36.2 innings this season. … Four different AZL-2 batters had multi-hit games, but the club went just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and plated just one run.

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Kevin Charity has written for MadFriars since 2015 and has had work featured on Fox Sports San Diego. He is a lifelong San Diego native and is looking forward to seeing the current wave of prospects thrive in San Diego.

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