Yorman Rodriguez reached base five times Saturday.  (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

Chihuahuas 10, Oklahoma City Dodgers 2

Key Statistics: SS Matt Batten 2-5, BB; CF Brian O’Grady 2-5, HR (15), 3 RBI, BB; CF Jose Azocar 2-5, RBI;  2B Gosuke Katoh 4-5, RBI, 2B, SB (8); C Yorman Rodriguez 4-4 HR (6), BB ; 3B Pedro Florimon 1-3 HR (10), RBI; LHP Daniel Camarena (W, 6-7) 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K; RHP Nick Kuzia (S, 1) 3.0 IP, 1, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Daniel Camarena had a season-high seven strikeouts. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

Prospect Watch: El Paso blasted the OKC Dodgers on their home turf, outhitting the top Dodgers affiliate 17-4 in route to a 10-2 victory.  The Chihuahuas were down 1-0 in the fourth inning and then put up ten runs over the next four innings to even the series at two games each with the final game of the season on deck Sunday afternoon. … In what might have been his last start in the Padres organization, former Cathedral Catholic star Daniel Camarena delivered one of his best performances, with a season-high seven strikeouts. Camarena, who struggled in August with an 8.31 ERA and in September at 7.36, has rebounded with solid outings in his last two starts giving up only three earned runs in 10 innings. Camarena signed as a minor league free agent before the 2020 season and made the big leagues this summer, but with spots on the 40-man roster at a premium this winter, he might be on the move again this winter. … Gosuke Katoh had another strong night.  The Rancho Bernardo High alum – who, like Camarena, was drafted early by the Yankees after a strong prep career – might have played his way into an opportunity in big league camp next year. The left-handed hitter finished September with a slash line of .364/.424/.623 and now has 39 extra-base hits in 113 games. Evaluators will need to discern how much of that is attributable to Southwest University Park in El Paso, where he posted a .972 OPS compared to a .765 mark on the road. … Yorman Rodriguez‘s recent performance with the bat may have ensured he will get more of a look at catcher next Spring.  The former minor league Rule 5 pick has gotten an opportunity with Luis Campusano injured and has made the most of it. In the last three months, between High-A Fort Wayne, Double-A San Antonio and El Paso he has posted a slash line of .308/.345/.516. … It was the first time in over a month that El Paso put double-digit runs on the board.

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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