Tuesday featured a series of one-sided affairs across the organization, with only San Antonio playing a close game.
El Paso Chihuahuas 11, Round Rock Express 0
Key Stats: LF Tucupita Marcano, 2-for-5, 2B, 3B, R, 2 RBI, BB; C Luis Campusano, 3-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 R, RBI, BB; SS Pedro Florimon, 3-for-4, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB; LHP Daniel Camarena (W, 2-2), 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K; RHP Pedro Avila, 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K;
Prospect Watch: Tucupita Marcano made his return to the minors in style, with a double and triple. Marcano has played more games for the Padres than in the minors this year, despite never playing above Fort Wayne before this season. The 21-year-old also got the start in left field, showcasing some of the versatility he’d been working on since spring training. Primarily a shortstop in his minor league career, Marcano appeared mostly a second baseman and outfielder in San Diego, never playing his natural position in 25 games. … Home runs cure what ails you, and for Luis Campusano his hitting outburst has been timely. After a cold start in stints for both the Chihuahuas and Padres, he is slashing .296/.387/.556 in seven June games for El Paso. … Pedro Florimon led El Paso with 3 RBI. The veteran infielder is batting .400 in June with a home run and 9 RBI. … Daniel Camarena continued a solid 2021 season, facing two batters over the minimum in six innings of work. The 28-year-old lefthander landed 51 of his 77 pitches for strikes. … Pedro Avila extended his scoreless innings streak to start his Triple-A career. The 24-year-old righty has allowed just one hit while striking out seven in four innings since his call-up from San Antonio on May 31. Fans will remember him from his lone appearance for the Padres in April, 2019.
San Antonio Missions 4, Midland RockHounds 2
Key Stats: RHP Reiss Knehr (W, 4-1), 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, BB, 2 K; RHP Jose Quezada (SV, 5), 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K; 2B Eguy Rosario, 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI; RF Jack Suwinski, 2-for-3, 3B, R, BB; C Chandler Seagle, 2-for-3, RBI, BB
Prospect Watch: Daily CJ Abrams Update: the Padres prospect started at shortstop, went 1-for-4, scored a run, and had a throwing error. He’s batting .298 with a .783 OPS for the Missions on the year. … Reiss Knehr posted his fourth win in a quality start for San Antonio despite only 51 strikes on 85 pitches. The 24-year-old from the Oyster Bay hamlet of Glen Head, New York, has pitched into the fifth inning or deeper in each of his five starts since May 9. The righty sports a 2.70 ERA despite an 18:10 strikeout-to-walk ratio in that stretch. … Eguy Rosario drove in two for the Missions. The 21-year-old saw significant time with the big club in spring training after slashing .278/.331/.412 for Lake Elsinore in 2019. Rosario, who signed out of the Dominican Republic in August, 2015, sports an OPS of 1.117 this month. … Jack Suwinski had another big night, scoring a run after a triple and adding a single to the mix. The Padres’ 15th-round pick in 2016, Suwinski has been turning heads with his performance for San Antonio, especially his last six games, in which he’s slashed .350/.462/.750. … Chandler Seagle had a multi-hit game. The 2017 30th-round pick is 4-for-9 in three starts in June after batting just .038 in nine games in May.
Lake County Captains 8, Fort Wayne TinCaps 3
Key Stats: RHP Anderson Espinoza, 2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; C Jonny Homza, 2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI; 1B Seamus Curran, 3-for-4, 2 2B, RBI
Prospect Watch: Jonny Homza got things started for Fort Wayne with a leadoff home run, but things got ugly for the TinCaps in the middle innings. Homza added a second solo homer in the 5th inning. The 2017 5th-round pick out of Anchorage, Alaska now owns a .929 OPS for the TinCaps in his first taste of full-season ball. … Anderson Espinoza started off strong in his fifth start of the season, needing 33 pitches to get through the two scoreless innings, and touching the upper 90s on the radar gun. In the third, however, a leadoff walk led to trouble as a single and then a double led to the first of his two earned runs. Even while not getting into trouble in the first few innings, it was clear that while his velocity was strong, the command was not quite there. On the plus side, his curveball, which was sitting in the low 80s, provided a stark contrast to his fastball and showed potential as an offering Espinoza can pair with a slider he’s shown to be an effective out pitch in previous starts. … Seamus Curran added his second multi-hit night since joining the TinCaps as a free agent on May 26th. The 6-foot-6 first baseman from Springfield, Massachusetts was the Baltimore Orioles’ eighth round pick in 2015, and in 2019 hit 17 home runs for the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 15, Lake Elsinore Storm 4
Key Stats: RF Matt Acosta, 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI; C Brandon Valenzuela, 2-for-4, RBI; CF Robert Hassell III, 1-for-3, 2 RBI, BB, SB
Prospect Watch: This game was tied before Cucamonga broke open this battle of fierce rivals with a 10-run fifth. Matt Acosta was the main bright spot for the Storm offense with a double and home run. Acosta, a USC product from Chino Hills, was drafted by the Padres in the 12th round in 2019. Brandon Valenzuela had a pair of hits an RBI. The 20-year-old switch-hitting catcher was already well-regarded for his work behind the plate, but is starting to show needed development as a hitter as well. … Robert Hassell III did Robert Hassell III things, contributing at the plate as well as on the base paths. The 2020 eighth overall pick has walked 20 times against 28 strikeouts, and has stolen 12 bases while only being caught once. … Infielder Zack Mathis made his professional pitching debut in mop-up duty. Mathis, signed by the Padres after the 2020 draft out of LSU, has primarily played third base, while also appearing at second and first. … Connor Lehmann was activated from the disabled list and made his season debut, giving up three runs as part of the Quakes’ big fifth inning. Lehmann, 24, posted a 3.03 ERA in his professional debut for Tri-City after the Padres drafted him out of Saint Louis University in the seventh round in 2019.