With many eyes on Petco Park for a big series against the rivals to the north, the organization as a whole had a good day, with only San Antonio taking a loss.
Chihuahuas 11, Sugar Land Skeeters 7
Key Stats: RHP Caleb Boushley (W, 1-0), 5 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K; RHP Jose Quezada (H,1), 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K; 1B Patrick Kivlehan, 3-for-3, HR, 2 2B, 2 R, 5 RBI; 3B Ivan Castillo, 2-for-4, R, RBI; RF Tucupita Marcano, 2-for-4, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI;
Prospect Watch: Tonight was the first Triple-A start for Caleb Boushley. Boushley, drafted out of Wisconsin-La Crosse in the 33nd round of the 2017 draft, threw 61 of his 89 pitches for strikes and located well, walking only one batter. He got hit hard at times, but such is life in the rugged Triple-A West. Boushley joined the Chihuahuas after eight starts for San Antonio in which he went 2-3 with a 3.79 ERA. … In a night of debuts for El Paso, Jose Quezada pitched his first inning of Triple-A ball. The 25-year-old righty and 2018 10th round pick out of Texas Tech pitched a scoreless sixth, and recorded an out in the seventh before allowing a home run and a single and seeing his evening cut short. Quezada had posted a 3.93 ERA and was 8/8 in save opportunities for San Antonio before getting the call to head west. Listed at 5-foot-9, the native of Chihuahua, Mexico, has racked up 127 strikeouts through 102.2 career innings. … Patrick Kivlehan had himself a night, with a pair of doubles and a home run. The 31-year-old veteran was making his eighth start at first base for El Paso, who usually uses Kivlehan as a corner outfielder. In 13 home games, Kivlehan is now slashing .415/.466/1.019 and has 20 RBI. … Ivan Castillo stayed hot with his second consecutive two-hit night. The 26-year-old infielder is batting .180 in June, after a hot start to May led to a cup of coffee with the Padres during their COVID situation. … Tucupita Marcano added to his single season high with his fourth home run of 2021. Marcano, getting the start in right field, has slugged .520 in Triple-A this season. His career high in any previous minors stint was .438 in 2018 split between Padres’ Arizona League rookie club and the Tri-City Dust Devils. As Marcano adjusts to Triple-A pitching, he has shown improvement in his power, long the weakest part of his game. In June, Marcano has a 1.238 OPS in 53 at-bats.
Frisco RoughRiders 7, Missions 2
Key Stats: C Juan Fernandez, 2-for-4, 2B, RBI; SS CJ Abrams, 1-for-4, 2B; 1B Kyle Overstreet, 1-for-3, BB, R;
Prospect Watch: San Antonio struggled to get any offense going against solid Frisco pitching, with Juan Fernandez hitting the Missions’ first extra-base hit with his 5th inning double. Fernandez, signed by the Padres in 2016, is batting .318 in 44 at-bats in the month of June. He also does his best work with two outs, slashing .293/.356/.512 in such situations. … CJ Abrams added a double, his 11th of the season. It was his third eighth-inning double of the season, the most of any frame for Abrams. After logging just two extra-base hits in his first 15 games back from his ankle injury in late May, Abrams now has four two-baggers in the last four contests. … Kyle Overstreet hit safely in his third straight game. A 14th round pick out of Alabama in 2015, Overstreet has played most of his professional games at first base, though he can also catch, play third, and has a little bit of experience at second base.
TinCaps 7, South Bend Cubs 6
Key Stats: RHP Sam Keating (W, 1-4), 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K; RHP Carter Loewen (H, 2), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K; RHP Jose Geraldo (S, 2) 1 IP 0 H, 0 R, BB; DH Jonny Homza, 2-for-3, R, 2 RBI, 2 BB; 3B Kelvin Melean, 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI;
Prospect Watch: A five-run fifth inning and some late rallying pushed the TinCaps past South Bend to give Sam Keating his first win of the year. The 2017 4th round pick pitched two scoreless in relief. With four scoreless outings in his last five, the 22-year-old has lowered his ERA to 10.13 after a forgettable start to the season. … Carter Loewen struck out the side in the eighth on 10 pitches. Loewen, added as a free agent from the University of Hawaii in 2020, has struck out 18 in 15 innings of work in his first professional season. … Jose Geraldo made his third appearance for Fort Wayne, earning his second save. Signed out of the Dominican Republic just before his 19th birthday in 2018, Geraldo was called up from Lake Elsinore on June 15th after recording a 2.42 ERA in 22.1 innings across 14 appearances in his full-season debut. … Jonny Homza reached base four times in the leadoff spot. Homza, taken by the Padres in 2017 in the 5th round out of South Anchorage High School in Alaska, is at or very near career highs in every offensive categories as he continues a breakout season, which is buoyed by a June that’s seen him slash .365/.452/.587 in 63 at-bats. … Kelvin Melean got a hit in his third straight game, and had his second straight multi-hit night. Signed by the Padres in 2015, Melean played for what were then all three levels of Single-A in 2019, appearing in games for Lake Elsinore, Fort Wayne, and Tri-City.
Storm 11, Modesto Nuts 5
Key Stats: RHP Ruben Galindo (W. 2-1), 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, K; 1B Jack Stronach, 3-for-5, 2B, 5 RBI; SS Jordy Barley, 2-for-4, R, BB, 3 SB; CF Robert Hassell III, 2-for-4, 2B, 3 R, RBI, BB; 2B Jarryd Dale, 2-for-5, R, 2 RBI; 3B Euribiel Angeles, 3-for-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB;
Prospect Watch: The Storm broke open a tie with eight runs between the in the seventh and eighth innings to help Ruben Galindo to his second career win. Galindo, part of the Padres’ 2019 signing class, is 2-1 with a 4.02 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 15.2 innings of work in his first season of pro ball. … All five of Jack Stronach‘s RBIs came in the seventh and eighth inning on a single and double, respectively. A 21st-round pick in 2019 out of UCLA, Stronach has topped much of his 2019 production in 35 fewer at-bats. … Jordy Barley took sole possession of the Low-A West stolen bases lead with three more heists tonight. With 23 on the season, Barley is now tied for fifth in all of the minors in steals and has only been caught twice. … Robert Hassell III had his first multi-hit night in eight games, although he has hit safely in five of his last seven games. The 2020 first-rounder is entertaining home crowds at the Diamond to the tune of a .311/.388/.486 slash line in 74 at-bats. … Jarryd Dale added a pair of singles and drove in two runs. The Melbourne, Australia native has a .742 OPS in 2021, up from a career line of .646 as he continues to impress with development at the plate, flashing power he has added as he’s grown since joining the Padres in 2017. … A big night for Euribiel Angeles brought his average over .300 for the 2021 season. In two professional seasons, Angeles has been remarkably consistent, slashing .301/.359/.376 for the DSL Padres in 2019, and .302/.335/.396 so far for Lake Elsinore.