Round Rock Express 6, Chihuahuas 4
Key Statistics: LF Taylor Kohlwey, 2-for-5, R; SS Matthew Batten, 2-for-5, R, RBI, SB (21); CF Jose Azocar, 2-for-5, 2 RBI, SB (8); 3B Ivan Castillo, 2-for-4; C Webster Rivas, 3-for-4; DH John Andreoli, 2-for-4, R; RHP Adrian Martinez, 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K; RHP Miguel Diaz (L, 0-1) IP, 2 H, 2 ER, BB, 3 K.
Prospect Watch: El Paso had six players tally multi-hit games but a pair of double plays and a 2-for-12 night with runners in scoring position led to just four runs. The team had 15 hits but 14 were singles. … Catcher Webster Rivas went 3-for-4 and doubled – the lone extra-base hit of the night for the Chihuahuas. The former Padre backstop went through a rough stretch in the middle of August but has hit safely in five of his last six games. … Center fielder Jose Azocar drove in a pair and stole his eighth bag with El Paso. The 25-year-old has been a consistent performer since being promoted to El Paso on August 3. In 22 games with the Chihuahuas, Azocar sports an .816 OPS. … RHP Adrian Martinez had an encouraging outing Friday night but did not factor in the decision. Martinez completed five innings and allowed a pair of earned runs on four hits. He struck out three but also walked three batters. After a pair of brutal outings to start his tenure in El Paso, Martinez has been better over his last two, pitching to a 4.09 ERA in his last 11 Triple-A innings.
Amarillo Sod Poodles 8, Missions 1
Key Statistics: 2B Ethan Skender, 1-for-4; 1B Allen Cordoba, 2-for-4, 2B; RF Michael Curry, 1-for-4, 2B; RHP Tyler Viza, (L, 1-1) 5 IP, 12 H, 6 ER, BB, 4 K; LHP Tom Cosgrove, 2 IP, 2 H, K; RHP Mason Fox, IP, 2 H, 2 ER, BB, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The Missions surrendered three homers and lost big at home against the Sod Poodles. … Allen Cordoba had a pair of hits, including his 20th double of the season. That total ties his career-high which he achieved with the Storm back in 2019. Cordoba’s multi-hit game raised his batting average to an even .300. Since Ethan Skender‘s arrival with the team, Cordoba has been working primarily at first base. … RHP Tyler Viza made his third start as a member of the Padres organization and it did not go as well as his previous two. Viza allowed 12 hits, including a pair of homers, and surrendered six earned runs. Viza, 26, was plucked from Kane County of the independent American Association a few weeks ago. … LHP Tom Cosgrove pitched a pair of scoreless innings, striking out one. The 25-year-old has quietly been very effective in a relief role this season, after working primarily as a starter in 2018 and 2019 before Tommy John surgergy. The Manhattan College product has a very good curveball to pair with a low-90s fastball. In 22.2 innings this year, Cosgrove has struck out 27 hitters and has held opposing batters to a paltry .169 batting average. … RHP Mason Fox allowed a double and homer a homer in an inning of work, but he did manage to strike out two hitters. Fox has suffered through a miserable season that included a stint on the development list. Fox went about six weeks between outings and the results haven’t been much better since being activated. Fox has allowed a staggering 66 baserunners in 25.2 innings this year. Opposing batters are hitting .370 off of the former Gardner Webb star.
TinCaps 6, Great Lakes Loons 1
Key Statistics: CF Robert Hassell III, 1-for-5, R, RBI; 3B Euribiel Angeles, 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI; 1B Chris Givin, 2-for-3, 2 R, BB; LHP Noel Vela, 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 7 K; RHP Edwuin Bencomo (W, 6-4) 2 IP, H, 4 K; RHP Chase Walter, IP, ER, 2 BB, 3 K.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and cruised to a win against the Dodgers’ High-A squad. … After an 0-for-6 night on Wednesday, infielder Euribiel Angeles got Thursday off. The respite worked wonders for the 19-year-old, as he paced the TinCaps attack Friday with three hits, including a pair of doubles. Angeles has been the breakout star of the 2021 minor league season and he’s now hitting .278/.350/.389 in four games with the TinCaps. … Chris Givin had a pair of hits and also drew a walk. The versatile Givin has played every infield position this season for a TinCaps team that has had their fair share of injuries. He doesn’t offer much with the bat but he’s a valuable player for his ability to play competently all over the field. … LHP Noel Vela pitched well but could not complete the five innings to earn the win. Vela scattered five hits and walked a pair in 4.2 shutout innings, throwing 87 pitches before he was lifted. Vela’s fastball sat 90-94 and his changeup looked excellent as well. The 2017 draftee out of high school has been quite good this season, his first in full-season ball. While he has an ugly 1-10 record this year, his 3.46 ERA in 80.2 innings between Lake Elsinore and Fort Wayne tells a better story. Vela’s fastball command will need to improve for him to establish himself as a legitimate prospect; he’s walked nearly five batters per nine innings pitched. … RHP Edwuin Bencomo pitched a pair of scoreless innings and walked away with his sixth win. The 22-year-old righty has functioned as a multi-inning reliever for the TinCaps this season and has 71 strikeouts in 58 innings. While his ERA is 4.34, he has a FIP well under four.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 5, Storm 2
Key Statistics: SS Jarryd Dale, 2-for-4; LF Angel Solarte, 1-for-3, R; 1B Carlos Luis, 2-for-4, 2B; LHP Robert Gasser, 3 IP, 3 H, 3 K; RHP Ruben Galindo (L, 4-4) 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K; RHP Jason Reynolds, 2.1 IP, 4 H, 3 K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm offense fell flat against in Rancho against sometimes Dodgers big-leaguer Mitch White and lost to the Quakes. … Jarryd Dale had a pair of hits out of the leadoff spot. The Australian-born prospect, who turns 21 next Friday, has shown some flashes of excellence this year but has also struggled at times to make contact. Dale has played every position except catcher and pitcher. He has plus speed and has gained strength, although that hasn’t resulted in a ton of homers yet. Dale has a .693 OPS this season. … Carlos Luis had two more hits Friday night and has seven so far in the first four games of the series. Luis posted an excellent line of .327/.352/.538 in August and is 5-for-12 so far this month. The big left-handed hitter has struck out in just 19% of his plate appearances but his 5.7% walk-rate leaves plenty to be desired. … LHP Robert Gasser got the start and breezed through three scoreless innings with three strike outs. The 22-year-old has allowed just one run in eight innings with the Storm. He has yet to walk a batter and has seven strikeouts. Gasser should get two more starts before the season ends in a few weeks. … RHP Jason Reynolds tossed 2.1 shutout innings, striking out three. Reynolds struggled in July but has been excellent since the start of August. Over his last 19.2 innings, the Voorhees (named after a former New Jersey governor and not the fictional slasher) New Jersey native has allowed just two earned runs with a 19:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
ACL Rangers 5, ACL Padres 2 (Game 1 continuation/7 innings)
ACL Padres 2, ACL Rangers 0 (Game 2/7 innings)
Key Statistics: SS Charlis Aquino, 1-for-3, R; 3B Cole Cummings, 1-for-1, 2 BB, RBI; RHP Victor Lizarraga, 2.1 IP, 5 BB, 1 K; RHP Garrett Hawkins (W, 1-1) 2.2 IP, H, BB, 4 K; LHP Ben Miller (S, 1) 2 IP.
Prospect Watch: The Rangers topped the Padres in a game they picked up in the middle of the fifth inning after it was interrupted by lightning August 13. The Texas affiliate led 1-0 when play resumed and they put up four runs against 20-year-old righty Reinier Parra over the final two frames for the win. Ironically, they got to Parra for two runs in the game the clubs completed on August 13, leaving him with an unusual game log for the month.
In the regularly-scheduled contest, three ACL Padres pitchers combined for a one-hit, seven-inning shutout. … RHP Victor Lizarraga avoided giving up a run despite walking five batters in just 2.1 innings. Lizarraga walked four batters on August 2, then went three weeks without throwing a competitive pitched. The native of Mexico doesn’t turn 18 until the final day of November. … RHP Garrett Hawkins earned his first professional win, pitching 2.2 shutout innings with a hit, walk, and four strikeouts. Hawkins, the Padres’ ninth-rounder out of the University of British Colombia, lost most of his final two collegiate seasons due to COVID-19 protocols in Canada, but impressed in the inaugural draft league season in June. In a small sample of 9.1 innings, Hawkins has a sparkling 15:1 K/BB rate. … Third baseman Cole Cummings had an RBI single and drew a pair of walks in the win. The 23-year-old undrafted free agent is older than most players in the complex league player, but has walked 11 times in 66 plate appearances to go with a pair of homers. The Orange County native attended college at the UC Santa Barbara.