Matt Batten can play all over the field. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

Round Rock Express 3, Chihuahuas 1

Key Statistics:  SS Matthew Batten 2-4, SB (22); RF Jose Azocar 1-3, BB 2 SB (10);  3B Ivan Castillo 1-4, HR (3) RBI; CF Brian O’Grady 1-3, BB, 2 SB (8); RHP Caleb Boushley (L, 3-7) 6.2 IP, 7 H 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 2 HR; LHP Joe Beimel 1.1 IP H K

Prospect Watch:  El Paso missed out on the big hit all night as they left nine runners on base in their 3-1 loss at home on Saturday. The highlights for the Chihuahuas were Ivan Castillo’s solo home run in the fourth and a strong pitching performance by Caleb Boushley. The righty retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced while striking out a season-high eight hitters. Boushley has posted a 5.50 ERA across 72 innings and is third on the staff with 12 starts. … Joe Beimel keeps getting it done in his comeback at 44 years old. In his third appearance since his promotion to El Paso, the lefty came in to finish the seventh, then returned to work a scoreless eighth. The lefty has held opponents to a .150 average since he joined the organization at the end of June. … Quietly Matthew Batten has had a nice year, showing an ability to play all three outfield positions along with his previous experience around the infield.  He’s also served as the emergency pitcher in blowout games. With two hits Saturday, he raised his line to .300/.380/.394 for the year and he swiped 22 bases in 25 attempts.

Amarillo Sod Poodles 6, Missions 3

Esteury Ruiz keeps slashing. (Photo: Joe Alexander)

Key Statistics: CF Esteury Ruiz 1-3; SB (32); LHP Jerry Keel (L, 1-4) 4.0 IP 8 H 5 R 5 ER 2 BB 5 K HR; RHP Henry Henry 2.0 IP 3 BB 3 K

Prospect Watch: Amarillo held the Missions to six hits, all singles, but the home club still managed to send the tying run at the plate in the ninth before Olivier Basabe hit into a game-ending double-play. … Esteury Ruiz stole his 32nd base in 37 attempts to move into a tie for second in the Double-A Central. Though he’s only 4-for-20 in the series, since July 1 he is hitting .270/.321/.467 with 13 extra-base hits 14 stolen bases in 16 attempts. … Agustin Ruiz (no relation to Esteury) got off to a fast start after his promotion to the Missions from Fort Wayne, hitting in six of his first seven games. Since then, though, the 21-year-old native of Mexico has struggled mightily, going just 6-for-57 with 20 strikeouts over the last 15 games. With a single on Saturday, he’s now hit in two straight and will look to finish the year on an upswing.

Euribiel Angeles has his second three-hit day. (Photo: TinCaps)

Great Lake Loons 8, TinCaps 6

Key Statistics:  SS Euribiel Angeles 3-4, HR (1), 4 R, 2 RBI; RF Tirso Ornelas 3-3, 3B, RBI, 2 BB; CF Reinaldo Ilarraza 2-4, 3B, SB (35);  DH Robert Hassell III 0-5, RBI; RHP Carlos Guarate (L, 1-6) 3.1 IP 4 H 7 R 2 ER 2 BB 3 K 2 HR; RHP Felix Minjarez 2.0 IP H 2 K; LHP Fred Schlichtholz 1.0 IP 2 H R ER 3 K

Prospect Watch:  The TinCaps opened the scoring in the first inning on Euribiel Angeles‘s first home run in High-A, but by the bottom of the third, the Dodgers affiliate had six runs on the board. … In addition to hitting his first home run with Fort Wayne, Angeles had his second consecutive three-hit day.  As Kevin noted yesterday, Angeles has been the breakout star of the Padres minor league system and was leading the Low-A West league in batting average at .343 before being promoted to the TinCaps.  He spent his first four games with the TinCaps at third base but shifted over to shortstop Saturday. … Jonny Homza made his first start at catcher since August 6. The 22-year-old hit into a fielder’s choice and stole his eighth base before being replaced by Brandon Valenzuela in the second inning.  Homza has been fighting a nagging shoulder injury since July but has been getting at-bats at designated hitter. … Tirso Ornelas collected three hits including his first triple of the year.  Ornelas is coming off of the worst month of his year in August when he only hit .149/.262/.310.

MacKenzie Gore will start Sunday. (Photo: Jerry Espinoza)

Roster Watch: With Outfielder Grant Little hitting the 7-Day Injured List, Angel Solarte was transferred in from Lake Elsinore. The 20-year-old has hit .337 since the start of July. It also looks like a left-handed pitcher has joined the TinCaps from the Arizona Complex League to start on Sunday.

Jarryd Dale is another Padres’ prospect who can play all over the field. (Photo: Jerry Espinoza)

Game 1: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 7, Storm 6 (7 innings)

Game 2: Storm 1Quakes 0

Key Statistics: (Game 1): RF Jack Stronach 2-3, R, BB; SS Jarryd Dale 1-3 HR (6), 2 RBI; CF Matthew Acosta 3-4; 3B Lucas Dunn 1-3, 3B (3), RBI; 2B Bryan Torres 3-3, 3B (2), 2 RBI, 2 R; LHP Jackson Wolf 3.0 IP 2 H 2 R 2 ER BB 5 K HR; RHP Luarbert Arias (L, 0-1) 2.0 IP 3 H 4 R 3 ER BB 4 K 2 HR
(Game 2): 1B Matt Acosta 2-for-4; 3B Lucas Dunn 1-for-3, BB; RHP Dwayne Matos 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 K, 1 BB; LHP Ryan Och (W, 1-0) 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K; RHP Keegan Collett (S,1) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K

Jackson Wolf in action the ACL. (Photo: Jerry Espinoza)

Prospect Watch:  The Storm split a double-header up the road in Rancho Saturday, needing an extra inning to plate the only run in the nightcap. In the opener, Jackson Wolf gave up a two-out, two-run homer in the second, but otherwise turned in a solid effort in his third start for the Storm. The 6-foot-7 fourth-round draft pick out of West Virginia struck out five over three innings and has 16 in 10 professional innings. He tossed 89 innings with a 3.03 ERA and 104 in his senior year for the Mountaineers with Baseball America noting that while his fastball sits 88-91 mph range, the big selling point is the vertical break and spin profile of the pitch. His secondaries will need some work. … Jarryd Dale came stateside at 17 and played 40 games in the AZL in 2018, then returned to the desert for 31 more the next year, hitting .240/.303/.288 line with no home runs across the two seasons. The Australian, who turns 21 next week, finally grew into his frame coming into this year, and is beginning to turn his tools into production on the field. He hit his sixth home run of the season Saturday and is now hitting .261/.314/.379 for the year. He’s played all four infield spots and across the outfield this year. … In the nightcap, Dwayne Matos, Ryan Och and Keegan Collett combined to three-hit the Quakes over eight innings. The Storm offense only mustered three hits themselves over the regulation seven innings, but Matt Acosta came through with a two-out single to plate the bonus runner in the top of the eighth. Acosta finished the day 5-for-7 and with Joshua Mears is one of only two current members of the Storm roster with an OPS over .700.

Max Ferguson could be someone to watch going forward. (Photo: Jerry Espinoza)

ACL Mariners 3, ACL Padres 1

Key Statistics: 3B Cole Cummings 1-3, 2B; RBI; SS Max Ferguson 1-3, SB (10);  RHP Jairo Iriate  (L, 0-1) 2.2 IP 2 H 2 R 2 ER 3 BB 3 K; RHP Joshua Paulina 3.1 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 5 K

Prospect Watch: With the Padres’ top two picks from this year’s draft on a field trip to Petco Park, there were opportunities for the rest of the roster. Cole Cummings, 22, added another double and RBI, extending his hitting streak to five. An undrafted free agent signee from UC Santa Barbara, the left-handed infielder is hitting .276/.392/.500. … Fifth-rounder Max Ferguson, 21, another lefty-hitting/righty throwing infielder in an organization filled with them, went 1-for-3 while shifting over to shortstop. Ferguson came into the year with high draft hopes after big production in the University of Tennessee’s abbreviated 2020 season but hit just .253/.378/.461 this spring. In our post-draft interview, The Athletic’s Keith Law identified Ferguson as a good athlete who may have been trying to do too much at the plate in this season.  So far he is hitting .239/.416/.328 with 10 stolen bases in 11 attempts.

Posted by John Conniff

John grew up in Poway and has written for MadFriars since 2004. He has written articles for Baseball America, FoxSports San Diego, the El Paso Times, San Antonio Express-News, Amarillo Globe-News, Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette and Pacific Daily News in addition to appearing on numerous radio programs and podcasts. He can also break down the best places to eat for all five of the affiliates. There is no best place to eat in Peoria, Arizona.

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