Luis Campusano, Padres prospect batting for Lake Elsinore Storm

Luis Campusano is putting an exclamation point on his stellar 2019 season. (Photo: Cherished Memories)

Sacramento River Cats 11 Chihuahuas 5

Key Statistics: CF Boog Powell 2-for-5, R, 2 2B; C Austin Allen 1-for-4, HR (21), R, 2 RBI; 1B Aderlin Rodriguez 1-for-4; LHP Jerry Keel 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 4 K; RHP Trevor Megill (L, 2-2) 1.1 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.

Prospect Watch: El Paso lost their second straight to Sacramento to fall three games back in the division. … Austin Allen extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a 1-for-4 performance which included his 21st homer of the year. Allen has homered seven times in August with 25 RBI and a ridiculous OPS of 1.261. The 25-year-old has been the PCL’s second-best offensive performer for the year. … LHP Jerry Keel turned in his second consecutive quality start but did not factor in the decision. Keel allowed just three runs (two earned) with two walks and four strikeouts. After a miserable July in which he pitched to a 13.71 ERA, Keel has a very solid 3.07 ERA in five August starts. Overall, Keel has a 6.85 ERA for El Paso this season while allowing a league-high 194 hits in a system-high 139.1 innings.

Arkansas Travelers 5 Sod Poodles 2

Key Statistics: RF Edward Olivares 2-for-4, 3B, RBI; C Luis Torrens 2-for-4, R, HR (13), RBI; 2B Hudson Potts 1-for-4; LHP Nick Margevicius (L, 4-4) 6 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 5 K; RHP Carlos Belen 2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 K.

Prospect Watch: The Sod Poodles went down in Little Rock, as Mariners top prospect Jarred Kelenic connected on a pair of homers. … Catcher Luis Torrens had a pair of hits, including his 13th homer of the year. The 23-year-old catcher has arguably been the most improved player in the Padres system this year. Offensively, he has posted a 132 wRC+ and a 10% walk rate after below league-average for the Storm last year. Behind the plate, he has just six passed balls after having 21 a year ago in Lake Elsinore. The 23-year-old receiver has one option year remaining after spending the 2017 buried on the bench in the big leagues as a Rule 5 selection. … LHP Nick Margevicius took the loss, despite notching the quality start. The southpaw worked six innings and allowed three earned runs and nine hits. Margevicius has done a good job of limiting the free passes with the Sod Poodles but he has allowed 14 homers in 69 innings. Just three of those have come away from Hodgetown, where his ERA is more than two runs higher than his mark on the road.

Storm 12 Lancaster JetHawks 4

Key Statistics: C Luis Campusano 3-for-6, 2 R, 2B, HR (15), 3 RBI; SS Gabriel Arias 2-for-5, 2 RBi; RF Tirso Ornelas 2-for-3, 3 R, 2 BB; DH Jalen Washington 2-for-5, RBI; 1B Lee Solomon 2-for-5, HR (1), 2 R, 5 RBI; LHP Osvaldo Hernandez 2.1 IP, 3 H, 3 K; LHP Sam Williams (W, 1-0) 1.2 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 K. RHP Caleb Boushley 3 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 6 K.

Prospect Watch: The Storm opened up a pivotal four-game series in Lancaster by pounding the Jethawks. With 10 games left in the regular season, the Storm have a three-game lead over Lancaster for a playoff spot. The two teams will play seven more times down the stretch. … Catcher Luis Campusano had three hits and was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. Campusano hit a two-run homer in the second inning — a laser shot that was 111 mph off his bat. The talented backstop, who was named the Co-MVP of the Cal League earlier in the week, leads the league with a .320 batting average. … First baseman Lee Solomon blasted a second-inning grand slam as part of a career-night. The former 25th-rounder singled as well and drove in five runs. The versatile Solomon was a solid offensive contributor in Fort Wayne. … LHP Osvaldo Hernandez started and limited damage as he got through 2.1 innings with the wind gusting out before reaching his pitch count. The southpaw has been limited to 45 pitches each time out. The southpaw hasn’t always had the sharpest command but he’s managed a 3.03 ERA in 29.2 Cal League innings. Friday he struck out three without issuing a walk as he turned in his best strike-to-ball ratio in a month. … LHP Sam Williams relieved Hernandez and was able to get his first Cal League win. The 23-year-old Williams was signed in June as an undrafted free agent out of Northern Kentucky. He pitched well in the Arizona League and has looked good in a pair of outings in the Cal League…. Righty Caleb Boushley came off the injured list and tossed three innings.

TinCaps 7 Dayton Dragons 4

Key Statistics: 3B Ethan Skender 1-for-3, 2 R, BB, RBI, SB (4); 2B Tucupita Marcano 2-for-5, R, 2 RBI; SS Justin Lopez 1-for-4, R, BB, 2 RBI; RHP Adrian Martinez (W, 6-4) 5.2 IP, 4 H, BB, 7 K; RHP Austin Smith 2.1 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 K.

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps jumped out early and won in Dayton. … Second baseman Tucupita Marcano had a pair of singles and drove in two runs, as he continues to show signs of breaking out of a slump. Marcano has two multi-hit games in his last three starts. Overall, Marcano is hitting .250/.310/.316 in August. … Shortstop Justin Lopez singled and drove in two runs Friday night. Lopez has hit safely in eight of his last ten games. In another encouraging sign, Lopez has drawn a free pass in three consecutive games and continues to minimize his strikeouts. The switch-hitting, teenage infielder has enjoyed the best month of his professional career in August. Lopez is hitting .312/.361/.468 with a pair of homers in 20 August games. … RHP Adrian Martinez tied a season-high by completing 5.2 innings to earn the victory. The 22-year-old Mexicali native has thrown the ball well over the last two months, posting a 1.67 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 27 innings across his last ten outings

Dust Devils 8 Boise Hawks 2

Key Statistics: RF Jack Stronach 2-for-3, 3 R, BB, SB (2); 1B Nick Gatewood 3-for-4, R, 2B, BB, SB (1); RHP Nick Thwaits (W, 4-3) 5 IP, 6 H, ER, 3 BB, 4 K; RHP Chris Lincoln 2 IP, H, 2 K.

Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils won big on the road. The Dust Devils are tied with Everett for a playoff spot. … Right fielder Jack Stronach reached base three times with two singles and a walk. He also stole home in the second inning. The former UCLA Bruin got off to an incredibly slow start but he has swung the bat well in August. In 51 plate appearances this month, Stronach is hitting .378/.453/.600 with a pair of homers. He hit just .173/.253/.227 in the season’s first two months. … First baseman Nick Gatewood had three singles and drew a walk. Gatewood started the year in Fort Wayne but was sent back to extended spring training after a slow start. The catcher/first baseman has shown some power since debuting in the system last summer. … RHP Nick Thwaits allowed just one run in five innings to pick up the victory. The 20-year-old has a 1.42 ERA over his last four starts with 15 strikeouts in 19 innings. Overall, Thwaits has a 3.86 ERA for Tri-City in 2019. … Fifth-rounder Chris Lincoln made his first Northwest League appearance after getting promoted from the desert earlier in the day. The righty out of UC Santa Barbara had allowed two runs over his final 10 outings in the AZL.

AZL Padres-1 6 AZL Mariners 4

Key Statistics: SS Charlis Aquino 3-for-5, 2 RBI; RF Joshua Mears 2-for-3, 2B, 2 BB, RBI, SB (8); 1B Michael Suarez 2-for-5, R, 2B; CF Payton Smith 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B; 3B Luis Paez 2-for-4, R, 2 RBI; RHP Martin Carrasco (W, 4-0) 2 IP, H, 3 K; RHP Andrew Dean 3 IP, H, 2 K; RHP Luis Eusebio (S, 4) IP, 2 K.

AZL Padres-2 5 AZL Giants-Orange 0

Key Statistics: RF Junior Perez 2-for-3, R, BB; 1B Luis Almanzar 1-for-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI; DH Cristian Heredia 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI; C Gilberto Vizcarra 2-for-4, R; LHP Gabriel Morales 5 IP, 3 H, 8 K; RHP Oliber Guzman (W, 3-2) 2.2 IP, H, 2 K; RHP Blake Baker (S, 8) 1.1 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 K.

Prospect Watch: Both the AZL teams won Friday night. The AZL Padres-2 clinched a playoff spot with their victory. …  Shortstop Charlis Aquino had three hits and drove in two runs in his Arizona League debut. The 17-year-old shortstop was just promoted from the DSL, where he hit .261/.343/.344 which was about 8% below league average. The fast-twitch righty was signed last July and was the only member of his J2 class to spend last fall in Arizona for the instructional league program. … Second-rounder Joshua Mears collected his third straight multi-hit game and reached base four times with a double, single and two walks. Mears, 18, has flashed power in his pro debut, although he has been prone to strikeouts. He has homered six times in 176 plate appearances in his first taste of professional baseball. … LHP Gabriel Morales ran his scoreless streak to 28.2 with five more shutout innings. The 20-year-old southpaw has struck out 37 batters during the stretch while walking just six. In 48.2 innings overall, Morales has pitched to a 1.66 ERA.

Posted by Kevin Charity

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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