It was a coming-out party for Robert Hassell III, as he hit three home runs to lead the TinCaps to a wild win in extra innings. Elsewhere, the Missions sweep a doubleheader thanks to great pitching and a walk-off from Ethan Skender.
Chihuahuas (41-60): Another rough week for El Paso. Catcher Luis Campusano continues to be the shining light for an otherwise dreary El Paso season. At home this year, the top catching prospect is hitting .318/.364/.636. Campy finished the month of August hitting .373/.458/.765.
Game 1: Missions 2, Amarillo Sod Poodles 0 (7 innings)
Key Stats RHP Brandon Komar (W, 3-3) 5 IP, H, BB, 3 K; C Juan Fernandez 1-for-2, HR (8), RBI; SS Eguy Rosario 1-for-2, RBI
Game 2: Missions 5, Amarillo Sod Poodles 4 (7 innings)
Key Stats: RHP Sam McWilliams 3 IP, R, 2 BB, 3 K; 2B Ethan Skender 2-for-4, RS, RBI; 3B Eguy Rosario 1-for-3, 2B, RS; 1B Allen Cordoba 1-for-2, HBP, 2 RS, 2 RBI, SB (4)
Prospect Watch: Game one saw a stellar pitching performance from right-handed pitcher Brandon Komar. Komar, the Padres’ 13th-rounder in 2019, was making just his fifth start of the year after 23 relief appearances. He tossed a season-high five innings and allowed just two base runners. The Missions got just enough offense behind catcher Juan Fernandez. It was the 22-year-old’s eighth home run of the year, matching his career total in four previous seasons in the Padres organization. … Game 2 was won on a walk-off. The Missions loaded the bases with one out, and second baseman Ethan Skender roped a 1-0 pitch to left field for a walk-off hit. While Skender was the hero of the game, Allen Cordoba was the jolt all game. After falling behind 3-0, Cordoba lined a two-run single to left, then came around to score on a sac fly to tie the game. After the Sod Poodles went back ahead, Cordoba tied it up all on his own. He was hit by a pitch, then stole second. The throw went into center field and Cordoba came around to score. With the sweep, the Missions climbed back to four games under .500.
TinCaps 12, Great Lakes Loons 11 (11 innings)
Key Stats: CF Robert Hassell III 3-for-6, 3 HR (3), 3 RS, 5 RBI; C Brandon Valenzuela 3-for-3, 2 RS, 2 BB; SS Justin Lopez 2-for-5, HR (9), 2 RS, 3 RBI; LF Reinaldo Ilarraza 2-for-5, RS, 2 RBI, SB (34); RHP Kevin Kopps IP, BB, K
Padres No. 3 prospect Robert Hassell III drills his first High-A homer, then adds another for the @TinCaps. pic.twitter.com/4I94AbM3Pz
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) September 2, 2021
Prospect Watch: It’s Bobby Barrels’ world, and we are all just livin’ in it. After a slow start in his first few games with the TinCaps, Hassell broke a 5-5 tie in the fifth with his first home run in High-A. He extended the lead to 8-5 with another home run to the opposite field in the sixth, and then capped it off with a two-run shot in the eleventh. It was his first career multi-home-run game. The three home runs give him ten total on the season between Lake Elsinore and Fort Wayne and raised his overall 2021 slash-line to .321/.411/.497. … Before Hassell went off, it was shortstop Justin Lopez providing all the offensive firepower. Lopez doubled home the first run, and then later scored himself. After the Loons retook the lead, Lopez hit a two-run blast to give the TinCaps another short-lived advantage. The change in calendar is welcome for Lopez. Lopez hit for his highest average (.277) of any month but hit only one home run and six total extra-base hits all month (22 games). Two in the first game is a nice change of pace. … Catcher Brandon Valenzuela reached base in all five plate appearances. He has now reached base nine times in three games for the TinCaps, with a great 5:1 walk-to-strikeout ratio.
And a third home run for @Padres' Robert Hassell III! pic.twitter.com/elXgTeB8Fv
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) September 2, 2021
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 8, Storm 1
Key Stats: LHP Bodi Rascon (L, 1-1) 2.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 K; RHP Luarbert Arias 1.2 IP, 3 K; 3B Lucas Dunn 2-for-4, RS; LF Angel Solarte 2-for-4, 2B
Prospect Watch: With most of the big prospect hitters gone, center fielder Joshua Mears becomes the offensive focal point. Unfortunately, that pressure hasn’t led to much production. In the last game with Robert Hassell III, Euribiel Angeles, and Brandon Valenzuela, Mears hit a triple and homered. Since they left, Mears has gone 0-for-16, with 13 strikeouts. … Lefty Bodi Rascon got the start and had his first bad outing. Rascon who has been battling injuries most of the year, couldn’t make it out of the third, walking as many batters as he had allowed hits in his last two starts combined. Rascon, who had struck out 16 in 10.2 innings in Peoria, has only struck out three in 10.1 innings in Lake Elsinore. … 20-year-old right-hander Luarbert Arias has had no such issues tallying punchouts. He came on in relief of Rascon and went five up, five down, with three strikeouts. In 16 innings with the Storm, Arias has stuck out 27 batters and has a.182 BAA. Over his last five appearances Arias has gone 7.2 IP, 2 H, ER, 1 BB. 13 K.
Arizona Complex League Padres: After winning the forfeit game Tuesday night, the Padres had the day off. This Complex League season, more than any other in recent years, has been chaotic, marred by COVID outbreaks, forfeits, seven-inning games, and multiple off-days a week.