Esteury Ruiz got his first hit with El Paso, but it was Eguy Rosario who took over the game and made his presence felt.  Despite all four teams missing numerous players for various reasons, the system managed an even split (2-2).

Eguy Rsoario has had more to celebrate recently in El Paso (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

Chihuahuas 14, Albuquerque Isotopes 7

Key Statistics: LHP Ryan Weathers (W, 3-4) 6.2 IP, 9 H, 6 R (5 ER), 3 BB, 3 K; 2B Eguy Rosario 4-for-5, 2 HR (5), 2B, SB (10), 3 R, 6 RBI; LF Esteury Ruiz 1-for-4 HR (10) RBI, BB; DH Kyle Martin 2-for-5, HR (1), 2 RBI; C Brett Sullivan 2-for-5, 2B, R; CF Luis Liberato 3-for-5, 2B, R, RBI

Prospect Watch: There were so many prospect storylines from today’s game, not the least of which is the absence of both C.J. Abrams and Luis Campusano, who missed their fourth and third straight games respectively. El Paso has not placed them on the IL or COVID list, and it sounds like both should be back in action quickly. … Eguy Rosario was the star of the game as he blasted two homers, stole a base, and drew a walk to finish a triple shy of a cycle. He set a new career-high with 11 total bases. Despite being 200 at-bats into the season, this one game still raised his slugging percentage 46 points to .369.  While Eguy has been with the Padres organization since 2015, he is still just 22-years-old in Triple-A. … Left fielder Esteury Ruiz sent his first Triple-A hit a LONG way, launching his 10th home run of the season 444 feet out to left. Ruiz has now gone three games without a stolen base, matching his season-long drought. … The Padres signed Kyle Martin from Guerreros de Oaxaca of the Mexican League and assigned him to El Paso. The 29-year-old last played in affiliated ball in 2018, then spent three seasons in the independent American Association before latching on in the LMP this year. After hitting 31 homers in just 99 games last year, he posted a .364/.480/.884 line this spring. He homered and collected two hits in his El Paso debut. The left-hander was originally a fourth-round pick by the Phillies back in 2015. … Finally, Ryan Weathers earned the win and pitched into the seventh inning for just the second time all year, but, he also gave up six runs.  It was his own error on a pickoff that led to the only unearned run. He got nine swing-and-misses as he relied more on his four-seam fastball than he has in recent outings. The Isotopes put 25 balls in play, hitting him hard when he missed in the zone.

Connor Hollis collected one of the only hits for the Missions. (Photo: Rey Holguin)

Corpus Christi Hooks 2Missions 0

Key Statistics: RHP Thomas Eshelman (L, 2-3) CG, 8 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 4 K; 2B Ike Freeman 1-for-4, 2B; 3B Connor Hollis 1-for-4

Prospect Watch: After the Missions used three high-profile arms Monday night, they needed just one pitcher as righty Thomas Eshelman continued his run of brilliance with the Missions.  The 27-year-old has allowed two runs or fewer, pitched into the sixth inning, and avoided walking a batter in four of his last five starts.  During this stretch, he has a 2.48 ERA.  The former big leaguer has allowed three walks over 45 Double-A innings. … With several Missions on the COVID list, the Padres traded for infielder Ike Freeman on Monday. The former Indians farmhand collected his first hit with the Missions.  He has hit .175/.327/.350 between Double and Triple-A this season. … The Padres also acquired catcher Juan Zabala from the Dodgers organization. The 22-year-old backstop signed with the Dodgers out of Venezuela back in 2016 and had played in just four games with the High-A Great Lakes Loons before the trade. …San Antonio had three hits.

Robert Gasser set a new career high with 11 K (Photo: Jeff Nycz)

Lake County Captains 5 – TinCaps 2

Key Statistics: LHP Robert Gasser 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 11 K; CF Matthew Acosta 1-for-4, RS; DH Brandon Valenzuela 1-for-4, RS; 1B Jack Stronach 2-for-4

Prospect Watch: Lefty Robert Gasser turned in his best start of the year, delivering career highs with seven innings of work and 11 strikeouts. The Padres’ third selection in last year’s draft Gasser has shown flashes of dominance but has had issues getting the sliders to stay in the strike zone, and locating his fastball. Tuesday, he started the first three batters 0-2 before striking out the last two on that slider that bent perfectly in the zone.  He then came out and struck out the next two in the second on high mid-90s fastballs. He is now second in the league with 68 strikeouts (11.8 K/9). … Outside of Gasser, it was a rough game for the TinCaps, Batters went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position, and only scored two runs thanks to a three-base error with two runners on. … First baseman Jack Stronach had the only multi-hit game and the former Helix Highlander is hitting .381/.480/.571 in June.

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Storm 8 – San Jose Giants 2

Key Stats: SS Max Ferguson 1-for-5, 2 RBI, 2B; 1B Cole Cummings 3-for-4, 2 RS, 3B; LF Albert Fabian 2-for-4, RS, RBI; DH Carlos Luis 3-for-4, 2 RS, 3 RBI; LHP Bodi Rascon 4 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, K

Prospect Watch: Despite facing one of the deepest and best teams in the Cal League without the top two picks from last years draft, the Storm cruised to victory over the Giants. A pair of players who have flown under the radar led the offense.  First baseman Cole Cummings had three hits including his second triple of the season. The undrafted free agent out of UC Santa Barbara has a .850 OPS despite battling through some nagging injuries. Designated hitter Carlos Luis, part of the Padres’ much-discussed 2016 international class, collected his first multi-hit game in nearly two weeks after missing three straight contests. Luis, 22, has shown a drastically better ability to hit for average and has considerably increased his walk rate this year, but he is still working to get to the premium raw power he can generate from his big 6-foot-5 frame in games.  His last extra-base hit was on May 28. …  Bodi Rascon’s first start of the month was a good one. The lefty from Texas onlly struck out one, but allowed just one earned run for the third straight start. In 29.1 innings, Rascon has pitched to a 4.30 ERA.

Wednesday is a scheduled off day in the Arizona Complex League

Posted by Ben Davey

Writer for MadFriars since 2011. San Diego raised. Grossmont alum. Die hard SD and sports fan. Currently keeping my day job as an AP Chemistry Teacher.

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