Reno Aces 10, Chihuahuas 7
Key Statistics: C Luis Campusano 2-for-5, HR (13), 2 RBI, R; LF Taylor Kohlwey 2-for-3, 2B, BB, RBI, R; RHP Adrian Martinez (L, 0-1) 3 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 2 K; RHP Alex Powers 3 IP, H, ER, BB, 6 K
Prospect Watch: One day after El Paso relied on some late drama to steal a win, they came out a bit flat against the Aces. The end result was a seven run deficit after just three innings of play. A belated comeback fell short, as the Chihuahuas took their fifth loss in their last seven contests. … Luis Campusano‘s pounding on the door is reaching the crescendo stage. The Georgia native launched his 13th home run of the season and second in as many games. All the 22-year-old has done in August is hit, posting a slash line of .367/.472/.767 across nine games. When rosters expand in September, Campusano is a legitimate possibility to provide support for the big league club. …All eyes were on the Triple-A debut of Adrian Martinez, perhaps the organization’s most “ready” pitching prospect. The Aces were unimpressed as they tagged the 24-year-old right-hander for seven runs across three innings, forcing Martinez to throw 68 pitches before his early exit. Alex Powers entered in relief and stemmed the tide, tossing three innings of one run ball, striking out six. The 29 year-old from Hyannis, Massachusetts has held opposing hitters to an on base percentage of just .298 so far this season.
Roster Moves: Three El Paso pitchers went to the IL Tuesday. Reliever Jordan Guerrero underwent Tommy John Surgery and likely won’t see competitive action again until 2023. Lefties Aaron Leasher, who hasn’t pitched in two weeks while dealing with an unspecified arm injury, and Kyle McGrath, who missed most of June as well, also hit the shelf. No corresponding moves have yet been announced.
Missions 5, Corpus Christi Hooks 1
Key Stats: CF Agustin Ruiz 2-for-5, HR (2); 1B Kyle Overstreet 2-for-4, 2B; LF Esteury Ruiz 1-for-5, 2B, SB (25), 2 K; RHP Matt Waldron 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 K, 0 BB; RHP Dylan Rheault 2.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 K, 2 BB, HBP; RHP Carlos Belen 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 K, 1 BB
Prospect Watch: Matt Waldron retired eight of the first nine batters he faced, striking out four along the way. But after a generously-scored infield single with two outs in the third, he threw a wild pitch and immediately walked off the mound to call for the trainer. It appeared he felt something in the back of his upper arm, but no additional information is available at this point. It would be surprising to see him take the mound again without some down time. … After Waldron’s early departure, four Missions relievers combined to allow just one earned run over 6.1 innings of work. Righty Dylan Rheault came on to relieve Waldron and allowed one run on over 2.1 innings before Carlos Belen blew through two innings, only allowing a walk. The converted infielder has posted a 2.32 ERA since the start of July. He’s worked around traffic all year, allowing a .321 average. … While the pitching staff took the hit of losing another arm, Agustin Ruiz got the offense off to a quick start with a two-run homer in the first. The 21-year-old outfielder, whose interview with Ben we published yesterday, later added a single to push his line through his first seven Double-A games to .313/.333/.563.
West Michigan Whitecaps 5, TinCaps 3
Key Stats: 3B Chris Givin 2-for-5, 2B; CF Reinaldo Ilarraza 2-for-4, 2B, SB (29); LHP Noel Vela 4 IP, 3H, 2 ER, 3 K, 2 BB; RHP Luke Boyd 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 K, WP
Prospect Watch: With no hitter in the lineup with an OPS above .700, the TinCaps put together 10 hits, but went just 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position as they snapped a three-game winning streak. Lefty Noel Vela allowed two runs in the first before settling in and tossing three more scoreless frames. The 22-year-old from South Texas has posted a 4.15 ERA with 13 strikeouts in as many innings in three starts since joining Fort Wayne. … The Storm put up two runs in the sixth when Justin Lopez followed a Yorman Rodriguez single and ground-rule double from Tirso Ornelas with an infield single which Whitecaps third baseman Jose King then threw away to allow Ornelas to come all the way around. The club took the lead in the seventh on a Chris Givin RBI single, but the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead.
Inland Empire 66’ers 4, Storm 1
Key Stats: SS Euribiel Angeles 1-for-4, 2B; CF Robert Hassell III 1-for-3, BB; RHP Ruben Galindo 3 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 5 K, 2 BB, WP, HBP; LHP Gabriel Morales 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 K, 1 BB
Prospect Watch: Euribiel Angeles led off the game with a double and came around on a two-out RBI single by Jarryd Dale, but that was all the scoring Lake Elsinore could manage on the night. The Storm offense managed just three singles over the final eight frames. Robert Hassell III was the only batter to reach multiple times, slashing a single to center and drawing a walk in the eighth. With that, he moved into a tie with Angeles for the team lead with a .405 on-base percentage. … Ruben Galindo cruised through the first two, striking out five, but lost his feel in the third. The righty opened the frame with a hit batter and walk before giving up three straight singles and an RBI groundout to push in four runs. The 20-year-old from Colombia has yielded a .285 average on the year with a 43:19 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 49 innings. … Gabe Morales followed with three scoreless frames and four strikeouts. The lefty has allowed just four hits and one earned run in 10.2 innings this month, striking out 17 along the way. When he has a feel for his mechanics, Morales, 22, has the ability to shut down the opposition.
Roster Notes: Right-handed reliever Duilio Ochoa hit the IL, two days after making his only appearance of the month for the Storm. The 23-year-old has struck out 40 in 31.1 frames. He came into the year having thrown only three innings since his 2017 debut campaign.
ACL Padres 14, Brewers Gold 1
Key Stats: 3B Max Ferguson 2-for-3, 2B, SB (7), SF; SS Jackson Merrill 2-for-5, SF; DH James Wood 2-for-4, HR (1), 2 BB; RF Jorge Ona 0-for-2, 2 HBP, SF, E; LHP Jackson Wolf 2 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 4 K, 1 BB; RHP Adam Smith 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 K; RHP Garrett Hawkins 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 K; RHP Seth Mayberry 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K
Prospect Watch: The Padres scored in seven different frames and five pitchers combined to allow just two singles as they cruised in Maryvale. James Wood connected on his first professional home run to put the club up 2-0 in the first. The gigantic 18-year-old added a single and two more walks later in the game, pushing his on-base percentage to .480 through his first 13 pro games. While much was made of his 26 strikeouts in 90 high school plate appearances this spring, he’s striking out at a slightly lower rate thus far since getting underway in the desert. … Fourth-rounder Jackson Wolf struck out four over two innings in his second appearance. The lefty out of West Virginia University walked the leadoff batter who came around when Jorge Ona couldn’t come up with a two-out fly ball. Ona had along night, getting hit twice in five trips to the plate as he continued his rehab assignment. … Adam Smith, the Padres’ 14th-round pick out of UNC Wilmington, worked three scoreless frames and has yet to allow a run in his first three appearances. The 21-year-old has shown what could be a quality slider, striking out a batter per inning through his first six innings.