Chihuahuas 6, Round Rock Express 1
Key Statistics: C Luis Campusano, 2-for-4, RBI; CF Jose Azocar, 2-for-5, 2 RBI; 1B Gosuke Katoh, 2-for-4, R, RBI; DH Webster Rivas, 1-for-4, R, HR (4), RBI; RHP Jesse Scholtens, 3 IP, BB, 7 K; RHP Steven Wilson (W, 1-0) 2 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 4 K; LHP Nick Ramirez (S, 1) 2 IP, H, 4 K.
Prospect Watch: This game was knotted at one after seven innings before El Paso exploded with three in the eighth inning and added two more in the ninth to put the game out of reach. … Center fielder Jose Azocar had two hits on the evening and drove in the winning run with an RBI groundout in the eighth inning. The 25-year-old outfielder has impressed with the Chihuahuas over the past two weeks since earning the promotion from Double-A San Antonio. In 37 Triple-A plate appearances, Azocar is hitting .371/.385/.657 with six doubles and two triples. … Catcher Luis Campusano had two hits to extend his hitting streak to five games. The top prospect has been on an absolute tear as he continues to make a case for a roster spot in San Diego. Campusano is hitting .359/.468/.667 with four homers this month. … RHP Jesse Scholtens made his first appearance since July 18 and dominated in three innings of work. The former Wright State hurler didn’t allow a hit in three innings and struck out seven – two off of his season-high. Scholtens’ return should be a boon to an El Paso rotation that has had to piece things together the past few months.
Missions 5, Corpus Christi Hooks 0
Key Statistics: RF Esteury Ruiz, 2-for-5, 2 R, HR (5), 2 RBI; SS Eguy Rosario, 2-for-3, BB, RBI; DH Michael Curry, 2-for-4; C Chandler Seagle, 2-for-4, R, 2B; RHP Moises Lugo, 4.2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 7 K; RHP Dylan Rheault (W, 1-1) 2 IP, 3 H, BB, K; RHP Nick Kuzia, 1.1 IP, 4 K.
Prospect Watch: The Missions scored three in the first and added two more in the second inning to cruise to a win. … Left fielder Esteury Ruiz hit a laser homer in the second inning to plate the two runs in the second inning. It was Ruiz’s sixth homer of the 2021 campaign and his second in as many days. The 22-year-old outfielder has put things together in August, as evidenced by his .292/.370/.528 slash-line in 20 August games. … Eguy Rosario had a pair of hits and reached base via a walk. The infielder was excellent in June and July but he has struggled mightily in August. His multi-hit effort raised his OPS to .593 this month. … Catcher Chandler Seagle had his first multi-hit game in a month Friday night, collecting a single and double. The defensive-minded backstop doesn’t hit much but he is fun to watch behind the plate. … RHP Moises Lugo made his Double-A debut and pitched well although he couldn’t finish the fifth inning to earn the win. Lugo struck out seven batters but was a bit inefficient and needed 87 pitches to get through 4.2 innings. Lugo dealt with some shoulder soreness in July but since then he has racked up strikeouts. Over his last 39.1 innings pitched, Lugo has whiffed 57 between Fort Wayne and San Antonio. … RHP Dylan Rheault earned his first win in affiliated ball since 2018 with a pair of scoreless frames. The 29-year-old would typically be the oldest arm on a Double-A roster but he’s still 15 years younger than Joe Beimel. The enormous 6-foot-9 righty has struggled after signing as a minor league free agent just as the season got underway.
TinCaps 11, West Michigan Whitecaps 1
Key Statistics: LF Grant Little, 2-for-4, 3 R, HR (1), 2 RBI, BB; 2B Justin Lopez, 2-for-4, 2 R, BB, RBI; RF Luis Almanzar, 2-for-5, 4 RBI; C Adam Kerner, 2-for-4, R, BB; RHP Connor Lehmann (W, 3-2) 5 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 2 K; RHP Kevin Kopps, IP, H, K; RHP Felix Minjarez, IP, 3 K.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps scored four in the first inning and cruised to a win on the road in Midland, Michigan. … It took 701 plate appearances, but Grant Little finally connected on his first professional homer. The two-run shot came in the fourth inning when the TinCaps were already in control. The former Texas Tech star has battled various injuries throughout his pro career and has never surpassed 300 plate appearances since the Padres selected him as a Competitive Balance Round B pick in 2018. While he plays solid defense in left field, he hasn’t hit like the organization thought he would. His .287/.371/.358 line this month is encouraging. … Luis Almanzar had two singles and tied a career-high with four RBI. The multi-hit night extended Almanzar’s modest hitting streak to five games. Almanzar received $4 million to sign with the Padres back in 2016 but he has never developed into the hitter the Padres envisioned when they signed him. In just over 1000 career plate appearances, Almanzar has a .596 OPS. … RHP Connor Lehmann picked up his third win since joining Fort Wayne, turning in another solid outing. The 25-year-old righty allowed just one run in five innings, walking two and striking out two. After getting knocked around in his first few innings with the TinCaps, Lehmann has allowed just one earned run over his last 10 innings.
Roster Moves: The TinCaps announced a pair of roster moves prior to the game Friday. RHP Chase Walter was promoted from the Lake Elsinore Storm, where he struck out 52 batters in 27.2 innings. The TinCaps also received 2021 third-rounder Kevin Kopps from the ACL team. Kopps, 24, won the Golden Spikes award after dominating as a multi-inning reliever for Arkansas this season. He made his TinCaps debut Friday night and pitched a scoreless inning, striking out one.
Inland Empire 66’ers 6, Storm 3
Key Statistics: CF Robert Hassell III, 2-for-4, 2B; RF Angel Solarte, 2-for-4, R; 3B Lucas Dunn, 2-for-4, R, 2B, SB (1); RHP Jairo Iriarte (L, 0-3) 4 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, BB, 4 K; RHP Luarbert Arias, 2 IP, H, 4 K; LHP Ryan Och, 1.2 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm jumped out to an early lead but a five-run outburst in the third inning by Inland Empire gave them a lead they would not relinquish. … Robert Hassell III had his third consecutive multi-hit game Friday night. He is 6-for-11 in the first three games of their latest six-game set with the 66’ers. Hassell singled and connected on his 27th double of the season, which ties him for the league lead. The 19-year-old has a .450 on-base percentage this month. … Outfielder Angel Solarte had a pair of hits a night after he saw his seven-game hitting streak come to an end. The 20-year-old outfielder has been excellent this month and has displayed a more selective approach after producing a 2% walk rate in July. He is hitting .349/.411/.413 in July. … RHP Jairo Iriarte cruised through the first two innings before getting pummeled in the third. Iriarte allowed three homers in the frame and ended up taking the loss. The 19-year-old righty signed with the Padres as an international free agent in 2018 and made his stateside debut in the ACL this season. He was promoted to Lake Elsinore to help out when a number of players were forced to the injured list by a COVID outbreak among vaccinated players two weeks ago. In three outings, spanning eight innings for the Storm, Iriarte has surrendered 19 earned runs and five homers, for an ERA of 21.38. The players … RHP Luarbert Arias came out of the ‘pen and tossed two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out four. Arias, 20, pitched well as a starter in the complex league (AZL) in 2019 before reaching short-season Tri-City at the end of the year. After getting a late start this year, the 20-year-old has worked exclusively as a reliever despite having a pitch mix that could play in the rotation. After a four-run outing right after his promotion, Arias has allowed just one run over his last 8.1 innings. He has 14 strikeouts during that stretch, though he’s needed to work around 10 walks.
Roster Moves: The Storm welcomed a couple of new arms for the final stretch of the season. Comp B pick LHP Robert Gasser was added to the roster. Gasser made his professional debut on August 10 and threw a scoreless inning – his only pro action to date. He will likely make his debut early next week and throw sparingly down the stretch after throwing 85.2 innings this season for the University of Houston. Joining Gasser on the Storm roster is LHP Ryan Och, 23, the Padres’ seventh-round pick out of Southern Mississippi. Och struck out eight hitters in 4.2 innings for the ACL club. More roster moves should be coming as the group under COVID protocols are getting ready to return.
ACL Padres at ACL Royals Cancelled
The ACL Padres were scheduled to play Friday night but the game was not played. There was no update available as to why the game was not played.