Joey Cantillo Padres prospect pitches for Lake Elsinore Storm

Joey Cantillo picked up his first Cal League victory Saturday. (Photo: Jerry Espinoza)

Salt Lake City Bees 5 Chihuahuas 4

Key Stats: 3B Seth Mejias-Brean 2-for-4, 2B; LF Rodrigo Orozco 1-for-4, 3B; DH Aderlin Rodriguez 2-for-4, HR (14); C Austin Allen 1-for-4, HR (18); RHP Emmanuel Ramirez 5.1 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2K, 3 BB, 3HR

Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas fell behind early and weren’t able to close the gap despite a pair of late-inning homers as they fell back into a tie for the division lead. Starter Emmanuel Ramirez, who has been a solid contributor across the system over the last two years, continued a rough introduction to the PCL, giving up five runs on three more homers Saturday night. The 25-year-old has been rocked for 42 runs in 32.2 frames over seven outings since joining El Paso. He’s given up both frequent and loud contact, yielding a .361 average and 19 homers since his mid-July promotion from Amarillo. … The home run parade continued for the Chihuahuas, who added two more to their minors-leading total of 233. Eleven different El Paso hitters are in double-digits for the year. Aderlin Rodriguez, who has logged only 60 games this year, clubbed his 14th of the season Saturday and has an outside shot at his fourth straight 20-homer season. In just one more contest, Austin Allen has 18 round-trippers after his two-run blast to chase Salt Lake’s starter.

Frisco RoughRiders 9 Sod Poodles 2

Kyle Overstreet was 2-3 on Saturday. Photo: Eddie Kelly.

Key Stats: DH Kyle Overstreet 2-for-3, 2B; CF Taylor Trammell 1-for-4, 2B, 2 K; RHP Kyle Lloyd, 3.1 IP, 13 H, 9 ER, 4 K, 3 BB, WP

Prospect Watch: Frisco jumped Amarillo starter Kyle Lloyd for nine runs over the first four frames and cruised to the win. Despite a three-game losing streak, Amarillo remains in the division lead. Lloyd had been on a stellar run anchoring the Sod Poodles rotation. Coming into the night, the 25-year-old right-hander had given up nine runs over his previous 34.2 innings. With his next outing, Lloyd will edge over 100 innings for the fifth time in the six full seasons since the Padres drafted him out of Evansville back in 2013. … Sod Poodles relievers stanched the bleeding well as Dauris Valdez, Blake Rogers and David Bednar combined for 4.2 scoreless frames before newly re-promoted infielder Ruddy Giron tossed an inning of mop-up work. Bednar struck out two of the three batters he faced, extending his scoreless innings streak to 11. He’s struck out 18 while allowing just four hits in that stretch. … Kyle Overstreet collected two of the Sod Poodles’ three hits on the night, including a double to open the sixth and break up the no-hitter.

Roster Moves: In the wave of moves to backfill Ty France and Travis Jankowski‘s promotions to the big leagues, Taylor Kohlwey joined Pete Van Gansen, who had already moved up to El Paso Thursday. Giron rejoined the Soddies from Lake Elsinore, while Tyler Benson jumped up to join them from Fort Wayne.

Storm 7 Stockton Ports 2

Key Stats: SS Gabriel Arias 4-for-4, 2 3B, HR (14); DH Luis Campusano 1-for-3, BB; CF Jack Suwinski 0-for-1, 3 BB; LHP Joey Cantillo 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 6 K, 1 BB, HBP

Prospect Watch: Joey Cantillo rebounded from a rocky Cal League debut to throw five shutout innings of two-hit ball as the Storm cruised. After walking four in his first appearance with the Storm, the big lefty issued just one free pass Saturday while striking out six. Now over the 100-inning threshold for the season, Cantillo needed 84 pitches to get through his five frames. The 19-year-old has topped 90 pitches in just two of his outings during his breakout campaign. … Gabriel Arias tripled in each of his first two at-bats and finished the night a double short of the cycle. The dynamic shortstop now sports a .391/.426/.625 line in 15 August games and an OPS of .955 in the second half.

Ethan Skender has five extra-base hits in his last five games. Photo: Jeff Nycz

TinCaps 3 Bowling Green Hot Rods 2

Key Stats: 2B Ripken Reyes 2-for-4, 3B; C Blake Hunt 2-for-4, 3B; DH Ethan Skender 1-for-2, BB, HR (2); RHP Adrian Martinez 4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 K, 1 BB; RHP Dylan Coleman 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 K, 2 BB; RHP Franklin Van Gurp 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 K, 1 BB, WP; RHP Mason Fox 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 6 K, 0 BB

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps bullpen struck out 11 of the final 12 batters they faced to lock down a win in front of another huge Fort Wayne crowd. Dylan Coleman, continuing to work back from a mechanical make-over in the desert, worked a pair of scoreless frames and struck out the final two batters he faced. He still isn’t back to the upper-90s velocity he showed on occasion last year but is working better in the zone. Franklin Van Gurp issued a two-out walk in the process of striking out the side in his inning before giving way to Mason Fox. The North Carolina native blew away all six of the batters he faced and has struck out 16 of the 23 batters he’s faced since his promotion from Tri-City. To learn more about the hard-throwing reliever, check out TinCaps broadcaster John Nolan’s interviewTinCaps broadcaster John Nolan’s interview from earlier this month. …  Ripken Reyes had a single and triple in his first game in full-season ball. The Padres’ 30th-round draft pick out of the University of San Diego outmatched his competition in the AZL, batting .315/.419/.430 while striking out just 10.5% of the time. The 22-year-old and fellow infielder Chris Givin joined the club Saturday to replace Benson and Lee Solomon, who went to Lake Elsinore. … With his second homer and another walk, Ethan Skender pushed his Midwest League OPS up to .842. He has five extra-base hits in his last five starts.

Dust Devils 2 Hillsboro Hops 0

Key Stats: RHP Nick Thwaits 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 6 K, 1 BB; LF Jack Stronach 3-for-4, HR (2); 1B Jason Pineda 2-for-3, 2B, BB; CF Matt Acosta 1-for-4, HR (1)

Prospect Watch: Starter Nick Thwaits delivered his best outing of the year and the Tri-City offense got a pair of homers from their duo of Southern California collegiate rivals to remain one game out of first place. Thwaits tossed six innings of scoreless ball, allowing just three hits and one walk. The 20-year-old righty has allowed just two earned runs over his last 14 innings, shaving more than a run off his ERA in the process. A 15th-round pick last year, Thwaits had worked into the sixth inning only one time previously. … Jack Stronach and Matt Acosta were cross-town rivals at UCLA and USC this spring, but the outfielders have been important contributors together in Tri-City. Acosta, 21, came into the game mired in an 0-for-18 slump before connecting on his first professional homer. Stronach, selected in the 21st round, hit only two homers in his collegiate career but has equaled that count already as a professional.

Posted by David Jay

David has written for MadFriars since 2005, has published articles in Baseball America, written a monthly column for FoxSports San Diego and appeared on numerous radio programs and podcasts. He may be best known on the island of Guam for his photos of Trae Santos that appeared in the Pacific Daily News.

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