Sacramento River Cats 2 Chihuahuas 1
Key Statistics: LF Rodrigo Orozco 1-for-5, R, HR (2), RBI; 3B Jason Vosler 1-for-3, BB; RF Michael Gettys 1-for-3, BB; RHP Jacob Nix 6 IP, 4 H, ER, 6 K; RHP Eric Yardley IP, H, BB, K; RHP Steven Wilson (L, 1-2) IP, 2 H, R, 2 BB, K.
Propsect Watch: El Paso lost the first game of their final regular season series. They are two games behind first-place Las Vegas with three left. … RHP Jacob Nix turned in a solid outing as he continues to make his way back to the big leagues. Nix allowed just one earned run on four hits in six innings of work. The righty struck out six without allowing a walk. In two outings with El Paso, Nix has allowed just one run in 12 innings while walking just one batter. With the minor league regular season ending Monday and big league rosters expanding Sunday, watch for the 23-year-old to join the Padres quickly. … Outfielder Rodrigo Orozco supplied the only run of the game for the Chihuahuas by swatting his second Triple-A homer in 23 games. The 24-year-old outfielder has been outstanding since his promotion at the end of July. Orozco has walked in 10% of his plate appearances with El Paso and his .325/.402/.518 slash-line is 24 percent above league-average.
Sod Poodles 15 Arkansas Travelers 6
Key Statistics: CF Taylor Trammell 3-for-4, 2 R, 2B, HR (3), RBI, BB; RF Edward Olivares 2-for-5, 2 R, HR (18), 2 RBI; 3B Owen Miller 2-for-4, 3 R, BB, RBI; C Luis Torrens 3-for-4, 3 R, 2B; 2B Hudson Potts 2-for-4, R, RBI; 1B Kyle Overstreet 3-for-5, 2 2B, 4 RBI; DH Ruddy Giron 1-for-4, R, HR (2), 3 RBI; LF Buddy Reed 1-for-4, R, HR (14), RBI; LHP Sam Williams 3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 7 K; RHP Carlos Belen (W, 2-0) 2 IP, K; RHP Javier Guerra IP, BB, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The Sod Poodles hit four homers and used an 18-hit attack to blow out Arkansas. … Centerfielder Taylor Trammell had his best game since joining the Padres organization. The athletic outfielder homered and finished a triple shy of the cycle. Trammell has started to hit his stride over the last few weeks and is hitting .282 over his last ten games. … Outfielder Edward Olivares hit his 18th homer as part of a multi-hit night. Olivares’ bomb was his first in two weeks and just his second in August. The 23-year-old outfielder has cooled off considerably this month but the underlying numbers are still encouraging. Olivares’ 17% K-rate this month is right in line with what he has produced all year and he is still walking in 8% of his plate appearances. His BABIP is just .247 which is roughly 80 points below his season average. … LHP Sam Williams made the spot start and allowed three earned runs while striking out a career-high seven over three innings. The undrafted free agent has bounced around to fill roster needs in recent weeks and has thrown the ball well at every stop. In 17 games between the AZL Padres, Lake Elsinore and Amarillo, Williams has a 3.94 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 32 innings.
Storm 5 Lancaster JetHawks 2
Key Statistics: DH Franchy Cordero 1-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI; 3B Eguy Rosario 2-for-2, R, 2 BB, RBI; CF Jeisson Rosario 2-for-3, R, BB, RBI, SB (11); RHP Adrian Martinez 6 IP, 6 H, ER, 7 K; RHP Jordan Guerrero (S, 5) IP, BB.
Prospect Watch: For the first time since 2014, there will be playoff baseball in Lake Elsinore. The Storm clinched postseason berth with a win over Lancaster. … DH Franchy Cordero tripled in a pair of runs in a four-run second to help propel the Storm to victory. Cordero went 1-for-7 as he restarted his rehab process earlier in the week in the Arizona League, and should get some at-bats through the Cal League playoffs. The Padres have said they don’t expect a quick return to the big leagues, so how they get him ready with limited minor league games left remains to be seen. … Eguy Rosario reached base four times with two singles, two walks and an RBI. The 20-year-old is in the midst of his finest month as a professional. In August, Rosario is hitting .327/.405/.519 with 14 walks. The Padres are very deep in the infield, but there is at least an outside chance a team might take a chance on the Rule 5-eligible Rosario this winter. … Newly-promoted Adrian Martinez made quite an impression in his Cal League debut. The 22-year-old Mexicali native threw six strong innings, allowing just an earned run on six hits while striking out seven. Martinez has pitched mostly out of the bullpen this season with Fort Wayne but he has fared well in six starts. Martinez should get another start for Lake Elsinore in the Cal League playoffs.
South Bend Cubs 6 TinCaps 4
Key Statistics: 2B Tucupita Marcano 4-for-4, 2B, SB (15); 1B Chris Givin 2-for-3, BB; LHP Ryan Weathers (L, 3-7) 5 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 4 K; RHP Jose Quezada 1.2 IP, H, 3 K.
Key Statistics: Infielder Tucupita Marcano paced the Fort Wayne offense with four hits, including a double. Marcano has been elite this season at making contact, although his overall .270/.323/.338 slash-line is below average. Part of Marcano’s issue is that he isn’t making loud contact. His line-drive rate of 12.6% is the fourth lowest in the Midwest League among qualifying hitters. The slender Marcano is still just 19 and if he can fill out a little more, his contact skills make him a legitimate threat offensively. … LHP Ryan Weathers finished an uneven year that has included flashes of brilliance but only so-so overall results. Weathers allowed 10 hits and three earned runs in five innings Friday and will finish his first pro season with a 3.84 ERA in 96 innings. After a very good April, Weathers faded a bit in the season’s second half and showed some inconsistency with his fastball velocity. Weathers should be able to handle a 120-130 inning workload next season.
Dust Devils 8 Vancouver Canadians 5
Key Statistics: 2B Reinaldo Ilarraza 2-for-4, R, BB, SB (24), RBI; C Jonny Homza 2-for-5, R; RF Matthew Acosta 3-for-5, 3 R, HR (3), RBI, 2B; 1B Luke Becker 2-for-4, 2 R, BB; RHP Ignacio Feliz 3.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K; RHP Jake Sims 2.1 IP, BB, 5 K; RHP Dom DiSabatino (W, 4-0) 3 IP, H, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils clinched a playoff berth with a comeback win. … Outfielder Matthew Acosta had three hits, including his third homer of the year. The 12th-rounder out of USC started quick out of the gate but he has faded in the second half of the season — perhaps due to the rigors of playing in 60 professional games after being drafted. The left-handed outfielder has shown good bat-to-ball skills and a good eye at the plate. … Infielder Reinaldo Ilarraza reached base three times and stole his 24th base of the season. Ilarraza leads the Northwest League in walks and he has shown some pop during his second stint in Pasco. He has homered a career-high six times this year . … RHP Dom DiSabatino earned the victory with his best outing of the year. DiSabatino came out of the bullpen and threw three shutout innings, allowing just one base runner. The former 20th-rounder has struggled mightily with command in his first season after Tommy John surgery, walking 23 batters in 24 innings. The lanky righty has been trending in the right direction since a rough first few weeks of action.