El Paso Chihuahuas 18 Sacramento Rivercats 8
Key Stats: LF Rodrigo Orozco 2-for-2, 3 BB, SF; SS Seth Mejias-Brean 2-for-4, 2B, HR (11), 2 BB; 3B Jake Vosler 2-for-5, HR (19), BB; 2B Matthew Batten 4-for-4, BB; RHP Bryan Mitchell 4 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 5 K, 1 BB; RHP Gerardo Reyes 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 5 K, 0 BB
Prospect Watch: With their three most productive offensive contributors now in the majors, the Chihuahuas still put up two separate seven-run innings and ran away in a laugher. El Paso remains three games behind Las Vegas, which won its eighth in a row. Every position player in the starting lineup collected a hit and reached at least twice, paced by leadoff man Rodrigo Orozco and Matt Batten, who each were on base five times. Orozco, 24, pushed his OBP over .400 in limited exposure since he was promoted to Triple-A earlier in the month. The switch-hitting outfielder’s strikeout rate has climbed and walk rate fallen, but his overall production is up despite his groundball-heavy approach. … Jason Vosler connected on his 19th roundtripper of the year. The 25-year-old left-handed slugger has hit in 15 straight games, adding 30 points to his OPS in the process.
Sod Poodles 1 Arkansas Travelers 0
Key Stats: Kyle Lloyd 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 6 K, 1 BB; RHP Javier Guerra 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K, 1 BB; RHP David Bednar 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 K, 0 BB; SS Owen Miller 1-for-4, 2B; 3B Hudson Potts 2-for-3
Prospect Watch: The Sod Poodles won Saturday’s showdown between division leaders, carried by a stellar Kyle Lloyd outing. The 28-year-old righty matched top Mariners pitching prospect Logan Gilbert zero-for-zero through the first six frames and finished with seven scoreless innings a turn after he was torched for a career-high 13 hits. Lloyd struck out six and never allowed a runner to reach third base. … Amarillo, which managed only two hits against Gilbert, broke through for a run in the seventh when Owen Miller doubled and came around on a sacrifice fly. Miller has hit in six straight games, including all five on the homestand. The Padres’ third-round pick last year has been especially dangerous in the Panhandle, posting a .903 OPS at home this season, while he’s managed just a .672 mark on the road. … The Sod Poodles bullpen continued its dominant run as Javy Guerra and David Bednar each tossed a scoreless frame. Guerra, making his second Texas League appearance, struck out two and walked one. Bednar, the lowest-drafted player to sign with the Padres in 2016, struck out the side as he extended his latest scoreless innings streak to 13. The righty has allowed just four hits and one walk over that stretch while striking out 25. The 24-year-old righty will need to be in consideration for a 40-man spot this winter.
Storm 16 Lancaster JetHawks 12
Key Stats: Jeisson Rosario 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, 2 BB; 3B Eguy Rosario 4-for-5, 2B, HR (7), SB (21); RF Tirso Ornelas 4-for-6; LHP Joey Cantillo 4.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R (4 ER), 3 K, 2 BB
Prsospect Watch: The Storm scored in every inning, collected 21 hits, and still risked having the tying run come to the plate before they recorded the final out four-plus hours into the game. Welcome to summer baseball in Lancaster, Joey Cantillo. The breakout lefty prospect got through his first three innings impressively, getting the first seven batters and holding Lancaster scoreless. But after a leadoff single in the fourth, he gave up a homer to Luis Campusano‘s co-MVP, Luis Castro. That might have been the end of it, but the Storm threw the ball away on three straight grounders, allowing a pair of unearned runs and requiring Cantillo to work longer on a 90-plus degree night. He struck out the lead batter in the fifth before a single and four-pitch walk finished his night as he crossed the 90-pitch threshold for just the third time this season. After showing strong strike-zone command in Fort Wayne, the 19-year-old has walked seven in his first 13.1 Cal League innings. … While 13 of the 14 hits Tirso Ornelas has collected in nine games since returning to Elsinore have come in Lancaster, there are encouraging signs in his performance. After his four-hit contest Saturday, the 19-year-old from Tijuana has struck out just three times in 41 plate appearances and drawn six walks. It’s an encouraging sign after a lost season for the left-handed slugger. … Hansel Rodriguez left the game with yet another apparent elbow injury in the ninth. The 22-year-old righty, who missed most of last season and has had two extended stays on the IL this year, aborted a pitch midway through his delivery, then walked off immediately with the trainer. As much as the hurler and organization have tried to avoid surgery, that outcome would hardly count as a surprise at this point.
West Michigan Whitecaps 3 TinCaps 0
Key Stats: LHP Ryan Weathers 4 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 5 K, 2 BB; LHP Ramon Perez 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 K, 0 BB; LF Michael Curry 1-for-4;
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps managed just three singles on the night as Detroit’s affiliate blanked them in the opener of the final road series of the year. Ryan Weathers was tagged for three runs in four innings as two of the four hits he allowed went for extra bases. Weathers allowed more than one walk for the first time in seven starts and needed 72 pitches to get through his night. … Three nights after Blake Hunt hit the injured list, fellow catcher Juan Fernandez took a couple of foul balls off his body and left the game Saturday. Jose Lezama, who came off the IL to make his 2019 debut, finished the game behind the plate. … Ethan Skender, who had played exclusively at third base, got the start at first Saturday night. He became the 12th different player to appear at first for the TinCaps this season.
Boise Hawks 8 Dust Devils 2
Key Stats: SS Jordy Barley 1-for-4, SB (14); 1B Nick Gatewood 1-for-4, 3B; RHP Ignacio Feliz 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R (3 ER), 4 K, 2 BB; RHP Starlin Cordero 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 K, 2 BB, HBP
Prospect Watch: Tri-City fell two off the division pace with a loss to the league-worst Rockies affiliate Saturday night. They currently have a two-game lead in the race for the final playoff spot, and could still lay claim to an outright division win when they host Spokane for a four-game, season-ending series next weekend. Starter Ignacio Feliz and his bullpen fought for the strike zone all night, issuing nine walks, hitting two and uncorking five wild pitches. Feliz, 19, issued a pair of free passes and allowed five hits over his four innings of work. He’s taken a step back from his performance in the AZL last season, when his strikeout rate was nine points higher and walk rate nearly three lower, but the wiry righty remains one of the more interesting starters on the Tri-City staff. … Earlier in the season, Jordy Barley was keeping his free-swinging ways in check a bit, but the 19-year-old has struck out 15 times over his last 10 games and pushed his K rate back over 30% for the year. The dynamic 19-year-old continues to flash promise, but remains a very raw performer.
AZL Cubs-2 15 AZL Padres-1 7
Key Stats: DH Franchy Cordero 1-for-2, BB; 2B Bryan Torres 2-for-4, 2B, BB; CF Payton Smith 2-for-4, HR (3), E; RHP Seth Mayberry 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 K, 0 BB
AZL Athletics-Gold 15 AZL Padres-2 6
Key Stats: CF Taylor Lomack 3-for-6, 2B; RF Cristian Heredia 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB, E; DH Luis Almanzar 2-for-3, BB, SF; RHP Carlos Guarate 3.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R (4 ER), 5 K, 2 BB
Prospect Watch: Only one Padres squad will make the AZL playoffs as the AZL-1 team was eliminated with their lopsided loss Saturday night. Franchy Cordero singled and walked in three plate appearances as he began a rehab assignment for his quad injury. It remains to be seen whether the outfielder can get enough work in to rejoin the big league club in September. If El Paso doesn’t make it into the PCL playoffs, the Texas League postseason is likely his best bet for seeing enough action. … Outfielder Payton Smith continued his torrid August, homering and posting his fourth-straight multi-hit game. The 19-year-old righty is hitting .359/.419/.590 for the month after collecting just five hits in his first 50 at-bats of the season. A late-round signee out of high school last summer, the South Carolina product is an example of the slow development path the Padres can afford to take with high-end athletes who haven’t faced high levels of competition previously. … Seth Mayberry didn’t throw a competitive pitch after the Padres selected him 17 rounds behind Smith last summer. But the 19-year-old righty has had a solid debut this year, holding opponents to a .198 average. After two scoreless frames Saturday, Mayberry will finish the year with a 2.10 ERA. He could be in line to stretch out in extended next spring. …