MacKenzie Gore deals in his return to the TinCaps. (Photo: Elizabeth Getzinger/ Great Lakes Loons)

Round Rock Express 14, Chihuahuas 2

Key Stats: 2B Gosuke Katoh 2-for-3, 2B, BB; DH Matthew Batten 2-for-4, CS; 1B Yorman Rodriguez 2-for-4; LHP Daniel Camarena 3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 6 K, 3 BB

It’s been tough sledding for Daniel Camarena since he rejoined El Paso. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

Prospect Watch: It was another rough one for the Chihuahuas as Daniel Camarena, Brett Kennedy and Kyle McGrath – who all have big league service time – allowed all 14 of Round Rock’s runs in 6.1 combined innings. El Paso plated two runs in the bottom of the seventh to avoid the shutout, but this game wasn’t in doubt from very early. Camarena’s Triple-A ERA was 3.76 when he rejoined the Padres in August, but since returning, he’s surrendered 10 earned runs in 7.1 innings. … With Luis Campusano out of the lineup for the sixth straight game, the Chihuahuas offense scattered eight hits – seven singles – and went just 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Gosuke Katoh and Yorman Rodriguez had back-to-back two-out RBI singles to get the team on the board. Katoh, the San Diego County native, is hitting .278 in his first season with the organization.

Missions 7, Amarillo Sod Poodles 4

Key Stats: DH Eguy Rosario 2-for-4; 1B Kyle Overstreet 1-for-2, HR (4), 2 BB; 3B Olivier Basabe 2-for-4, HR (3), 3 RBI; RHP Pedro Avila 4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 K, 0 BB; LHP Tom Cosgrove 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 K, 1 BB; RHP Nick Kuzia 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 K

Pedro Avila continues to work back for San Antonio. (Photo: Joe Alexander)

Prospect Watch: The Missions made the most of their eight hits, plating seven runs early and holding on for the win Sunday. Kyle Overstreet started the scoring with a homer to lead off the second inning, and Olivier Basabe hit a two-out, three-run blast in the third to cap it. … Pedro Avila worked four one-run innings and, for the first time in over a month didn’t walk anyone. The 24-year-old hasn’t gone more than four innings since rejoining the Missions rotation at the end of July but continues to flash quality stuff in his first season of work since 2018 Tommy John surgery. The righty, acquired from the Nationals in exchange for Derek Norris back in 2016, will be eligible for minor league free agency this winter. … Nick Kuzia struck out the side to pick up his fifth save of the season. The 25-year-old righty, who signed as an undrafted free agent out of UMass-Lowell in 2017, has been absolutely dominant over his last seven outings. In eight innings, he’s allowed three hits while striking out 16. On the year, opponents are hitting just .189 against him, but 23 free passes in 41.2 innings have contributed to a 3.46 ERA.

Great Lakes Loons 6, TinCaps 2

Key Stats: CF Robert Hassell III 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB; SS Euribiel Angeles 1-for-5; RF Tirso Ornelas 2-for-3, 2 BB; LHP MacKenzie Gore 5 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 5 K, 4 BB; LHP Danny Denz 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 K, 1 BB; RHP Kevin Kopps 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R

MacKenzie Gore bounced back from a rough first inning as he returned to the TinCaps. (Photo: Elizabeth Getzinger/Lake County Loons)

Prospect Watch: MacKenzie Gore got off to a rocky start, issuing three walks and surrendering three runs in his first inning back in full-season ball, but the lefty bounced back and allowed just two more baserunners over the next four frames. Gore, coming off three outings against overmatched complex league batters and a two-month hiatus trying to rediscover what made him the game’s top pitching prospect 18 months ago, labored through 30 pitches in that first frame, missing with fastball command frequently. He averaged just 13 pitches over each of the next four innings though and got strike one on 11 of the final 14 batters he faced. With two weeks left for all the affiliates except El Paso, Gore will get a few more opportunities to get squared away this season. … Kevin Kopps worked another perfect inning to finish the game. The Padres’ third-rounder has given up just one hit in six outings since joining the TinCaps and opponents have hit just .114 in 10 overall professional outings. … Tirso Ornelas had a pair of hits and drew two walks as he extended his hitting streak to seven. He’s 16-for-25 and has drawn eight walks while only striking out twice in the stretch. It comes on the heels of a 2-for-37 patch in mid-August.

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 19, Storm 9

Key Stats: SS Jarryd Dale 2-for-3, 2B, BB, SB (24); 2B Bryan Torres 2-for-4, 2 2B, 4 RBI; CF-LF Matt Acosta 2-5, 2B; RHP Nick Thwaits 1 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 2 K, 1 BB; RHP Miguel Rondon 1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 K, 1 BB; RHP Seth Mayberry 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 K

Prospect Watch: Even with a five-run second inning, Lake Elsinore was down by 12 after three innings as the Quakes rolled over them Sunday. Nick Thwaits gave up a five-spot in the first inning and came back out of the second, but allowed a walk and two doubles without recording an out to end his day. An overslot signee out of high school in 2018, Thwaits has been tagged for 16 runs over nine innings in three starts since his dominant six-inning, one-hit outing on August 19. … Matt Acosta had his third straight multi-hit game, collecting a double along the way. With Joshua Mears out of the lineup again and most of the Storm’s firepower promoted to Fort Wayne, the USC product has been anchoring the middle of the Elsinore lineup. … Bryan Torres, 21, had a pair of doubles and drove in four on the day. The right-handed hitting middle infielder signed way back in 2016 but didn’t make his full-season debut until he joined the Storm in July. He got off to a brutal 6-for-47 start and spent more than two weeks on the IL with COVID, but went 5-for-10 with four extra-base hits over the weekend.

Posted by David Jay

David has written for MadFriars since 2005, has published articles in Baseball America, written a monthly column for FoxSports San Diego and appeared on numerous radio programs and podcasts. He may be best known on the island of Guam for his photos of Trae Santos that appeared in the Pacific Daily News.

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