Luke Westphal took the mound for the last home game of 2021. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

Sugar Land Skeeters 4, Chihuahuas 2

Key Statistics: 2B Gosuke Katoh, 1-for-3, R, BB, 2B; CF Jose Azocar, 1-for-4, R, RBI; C Michael Cantu, 1-for-4; LHP Luke Westphal, 3 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 2 K; LHP Joe Beimel, 1.1 IP; RHP Miguel Diaz (L, 0-3) 0.2 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 K; LHP Nick Ramirez, IP, K

Gosuke Katoh has played five different positions for El Paso this year. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

Prospect Watch: El Paso notched just six hits and their three-game winning streak came to an end at the hands of the Sugar Land Skeeters. The loss dropped El Paso’s record to 3-2 in the Triple-A Final Stretch and 49-76 record overall. … Gosuke Katoh reached base twice with a walk and a double Monday afternoon. The double was Katoh’s 25th of the year; he is just two away from his professional-high, set it 2018 while in the Yankees’ organization. In 109 games this year, the Rancho Bernardo alumnus has posted a .851 OPS, his best result since his stint in the Gulf Coast League eight years ago. … Former Indy ball pitcher Luke Westphal got the start for El Paso and tossed three shutout innings, despite allowing six batters to reach base. The 32-year-old was signed on July 1 to provide depth for decimated El Paso pitching staff. He has bounced back and forth between the rotation and bullpen with middling results. In 44.2 innings, Westphal has pitched to a 6.25 ERA to go with a 1.61 WHIP. On a positive note, he has a 10.3 K/9 with El Paso. … LHP Joe Beimel recorded four outs without allowing a baserunner and failed to record a strikeout. Beimel has recorded a scoreless outing in nine of his 12 outings with El Paso, after pitching well with the Missions. Beimel has a 6.00 ERA with El Paso but six of the seven runs he allowed came in back-to-back outings. The 44-year-old hasn’t produced big strikeout numbers so it seems like his odds of pitching for the Padres down the stretch are minimal. … RHP Miguel Diaz took the loss, allowing a run (via solo homer) while recording just two outs. The former San Diego Padre has struggled down the stretch for El Paso, displaying an alarming lack of command. In 8.2 September innings, Diaz has walked 10 batters and allowed 13 hits. The WHIP of nearly three has led to an 8.31 ERA on the season’s final month. In 42 innings with the big league club, Diaz had a solid 1.19 WHIP but in 13.2 innings in El Paso, it balloons to a ghastly 2.34. Despite his struggles in Triple-A, Diaz has proven useful in the big leagues and will likely get another opportunity in the big leagues.

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Kevin Charity has written for MadFriars since 2015 and has had work featured on Fox Sports San Diego. He is a lifelong San Diego native and is looking forward to seeing the current wave of prospects thrive in San Diego.

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