It’s completely understandable if you focused on the MLB All-Star Game, but here’s an update on games that mattered – and had far better uniforms. The upper-level affiliates both lost, but both Single-A affiliates took home wins, while the ACL Padres lost at Camelback Ranch.
Oklahoma City Dodgers 3, Chihuahuas 1
Key Stats: RHP Jesse Scholtens (L, 3-7), 6 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 K; RHP Steven Wilson, 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K; 2B Ivan Castillo, 2-for-5, R; 1B Austin Nola, 1-for-3, BB; RF Taylor Kohlwey, 2-for-4, RBI, SB; LF Tyler Malone, 1-for-2;
Prospect Watch: Jesse Scholtens kept El Paso competitive in the game, allowing three earned runs over six innings. The long ball did Scholtens in, as he allowed two solo shots in the game. In the high-flying Triple-A West, this is the sort of outing that actually dropped Scholtens’ ERA to 5.64. … 2018 eighth-round pick Steven Wilson made his second appearance – and first scoreless outing – for El Paso since returning from a rehab assignment in the Arizona Complex League. A Santa Clara alum, Wilson made 25 appearances for El Paso in 2019, posting a 1-3 record and 4.11 ERA in 35 innings. … Ivan Castillo continued to tear it up in July, with a two-hit night raising his monthly slash line to .395/.415/.447. The 26-year-old from Santiago, Dominican Republic, had hit well enough to earn his first promotion to the Padres during their COVID outbreak, but he struggled upon his return to El Paso, batting .205 in 78 at-bats for the month of June with the Chihuahuas. … Austin Nola made another rehab appearance, his fifth with the Chihuahuas, and maintained his .333 average with the club. Nola played first base and has yet to catch during this assignment. … Taylor Kohlwey continues to feast on Triple-A West pitching, as his July has him slashing .441/.500/.735. A 21st-round pick out Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2016, Kohlwey was promoted from San Antonio on June 16th. … Tyler Malone singled for his second hit of the season in the first game of the season in which he’s had two at-bats. The Roseville, CA native was selected by the Padres in the 27th round of the 2019 Draft from Oregon State.
Corpus Christi Hooks 4, Missions 1
Key Stats: LHP Aaron Leasher, 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K; LHP Joe Beimel, 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K; CF Jose Azocar, 1-for-3, R, BB; DH Michael Curry, 1-for-4;
Prospect Watch: The Missions were held to only three hits in their first game since being no-hit through seven innings by Amarillo. Aaron Leasher allowed two earned runs for the first time since June 1st. The 25-year-old lefty from Morehead State is now 4-4 with a 2.56 ERA in 52.2 innings of work. Notably, he is now 1-3 with a 4.21 ERA in away games. … Two scoreless innings of relief by Joe Beimel dropped his ERA to 1.50 and his WHIP to 0.83 in six innings of work for San Antonio. Beimel, 44, is hoping to make it back to the big leagues for the first time since 2015. … Jose Azocar singled, raising his batting average this month to .279. That and his .819 OPS make it his best offensive month of the season so far. … Michael Curry has a hit in all six games he’s played in July. In that span, he’s batting .333 with two home runs and five RBI. A 16th-round pick in 2018, Curry credits embracing the organization’s emphasis on narrowing the strike zone for his recent success. … Catcher Chandler Seagle had two pickoffs, including one at second base. Seagle, a 30th round pick in 2017 out of Appalachian State, is well-regarded for his play behind the plate and has become known for such plays.
TinCaps 6, West Michigan Whitecaps 2
Key Stats: LHP Erik Sabrowski, 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, BB, 6 K; RHP Felix Minjares (H, 2), 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K; SS Justin Lopez, 3-for-5, HR, R, 2 RBI; LF Grant Little, 3-for-4, R;
Prospect Watch: A solid start by Erik Sabrowski put Fort Wayne in a position to win, though a blown save prevented him from being in line for the win. This was Sabrowski’s first start, as he’s been working his way back from injuries that pushed back his professional debut to this year, after being drafted in the 14th round in 2018. The lefty from Canada struck out six on Tuesday and now has 32 Ks in 19 innings of work. … The eighth inning belonged to Felix Minjares, who picked up his second hold of the season with a scoreless outing. The Riverside native was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Padres in 2018 and has been a workhorse for the TinCaps, pitching 35 innings for Fort Wayne since being promoted from Lake Elsinore on June 2nd. … Fort Wayne got their first lead of the game on a home run by Justin Lopez, his seventh of the year. The 21-year-old infielder from Venezuela has had his best season at the plate so far, with his .758 OPS in 193 at-bats outpacing his career mark of .656. … Grant Little collected his first three-hit night of the season. Little, the 74th overall pick of the 2018 draft out of Texas Tech, has a .429 average in 14 at-bats in the month of July.
Storm 14, Visalia Rawhide 3
Key Stats: RHP Nick Thwaits (W, 1-6), 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K; LHP Cullen Dana, 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K; 2B Jarryd Dale, 4-for-6, 2 R, RBI, SB; CF Robert Hassell III, 3-for-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB; SS Euribiel Angeles, 1-for-4, 3B, 2 R, 2 BB; C Brandon Valenzuela, 2-for-5, 2 R, 4 RBI, BB; RF Joshua Mears, 1-for-4, HR (10), 2 R, 3 RBI, BB;
Prospect Watch: Everything came up Lake Elsinore, as the Storm backed Nick Thwaits with all kinds of run support. Thwaits completed five innings for the first time since June 25th, earning his first win of 2021. … Cullen Dana made his first appearance for the Storm after completing a rehab assignment in Peoria. The Padres drafted Dana, a 6-foot-5 lefty out of Seton Hall, in the 30th round in 2018. … A four-hit night at the top of the order by Jarryd Dale set the table for the Storm’s big offensive outburst. The 20-year-old Aussie is batting .323 in July in the midst of his breakout as a prospect. … Robert Hassell III continues to fill box scores in the Low-A West, and Tuesday was no exception. Hassell has only failed to reach base twice in 11 games in the month of July. … Getting the start at shortstop, Euribiel Angeles tripled to extend his hitting streak to 20 games. In that span, Angeles is batting .474 with a home run, two triples, and five doubles. On the year, he has struck out in just 16% of his plate appearances. … Brandon Valenzuela drove in four runs for the second time this season. The 20-year-old catcher from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico is batting an even .300 in 100 at-bats on his home turf in Lake Elsinore. … After ducking to avoid a pitch and accidentally fouling it off with his bat, Joshua Mears made the ball pay, tattooing it to the farthest reaches of left field for his 10th home run of the season, and third in his last two games. The big man now has a team-best .865 OPS.
ACL Dodgers 6, ACL Padres 5
Key Stats: RHP Brett Kennedy, 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K; DH Charlis Aquino, 1-for-3, HR, R, RBI, 2 BB; RF Cristian Heredia, 2-for-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB; 3B Vladimir Echavarria, 1-for-3, RBI;
Prospect Watch: Making a rehab start, Brett Kennedy pitched two scoreless for the Padres, striking out two. The 26-year-old left his start for El Paso on June 5 with what appeared to be a muscle strain. He went 1-3 with a 9.90 ERA in seven starts for El Paso before the injury. … Charlis Aquino hit his first professional home run. A 19-year-old infielder from San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, Aquino spent 2019 split between the Padres’ clubs in Arizona and the Dominican, batting .255 with 25 RBI in 192 at-bats. … Cristian Heredia broke a four-game hitless streak with two hits, including a double, while driving in one and scoring twice. The native of Madrid, Spain, stands 6-foot-3 and joined the Padres as an international free agent in July of 2017. … Vladimir Echavarria drove in a run with his first hit since his ACL debut on July 1st, a game in which he homered and performed a Tatis-esque stutter step in his trot around third base. Echavarria is a switch-hitting infielder who signed with the Padres in July of 2017. … Yerri Landinez, who struggled at the plate in two seasons at the complex, made his professional pitching debut with a scoreless inning of work. The 20-year-old righty began his conversion from the infield last year.