Robinson Canó is working for another chance in El Paso. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

Chihuahas 18, Oklahoma City Dodgers 5 (Resumption of Supended Game)

Key Stats: CF Taylor Kohlwey 3-for-6, 2B; DH Robinson Canó 4-for-5, 2 HR (2); 6 RBI, SF; 2B CJ Hinojosa 4-for-5, 2 2B, 4 RBI; LHP Aaron Leasher 3.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 K, 2 BB

Chihuahas 12, Oklahoma City Dodgers 2 (F/7 innings)

Key Stats: CF Esteury Ruiz 1-for-2, 2B, 2 BB, SB (19); SS Eguy Rosario 3-for-5, 2 HR (13); 1B Kyle Martin 1-for-4, HR (6); RHP Thomas Eshelman 4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 K, 1 BB; LHP Jose Castillo 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R;

Prospect Watch: Rain suspended Saturday night’s contest just as the bottom of the fifth was about to begin with the score tied at four. When the game resumed Sunday, the Chihuahuas put up five runs in the frame and then just kept rolling all night, scoring 26 runs over the 11 innings they played to take a series victory over the division leaders. The 18 runs in the opener set a new season high for the league’s most potent offense. Robinson Canó connected on a pair of homers in game one, his first since joining the Padres organization. The major league veteran raised his slugging percentage over 100 points with a 4-for-5 line in his 17th game with El Paso. … In the nightcap, Eguy Rosario hit two blasts of his own to move into a tie for the team lead at 13. After a slow start to the season, the versatile infielder has posted an OPS approaching 1.100 since the start of June. He’s done the vast majority of his damage at home, eeking out a .646 OPS on the road. … Kyle Martin added one blast in each of the games and now has six in 54 trips to the plate since signing out of the Mexican league. The 29-year-old has a 1.099 OPS in his first taste of affiliated ball since 2018 despite striking out at a 41% clip. … Esteury Ruiz swiped a bag in both ends of the double-header and now sits in at fifth in the PCL after just 23 games. … Reiss Knehr worked effectively in relief in both games, logging the final two outs on Saturday night and coming back for an inning on Sunday. Aaron Leasher worked the bulk of the game one innings Sunday, tossing 3.1 frames of one-run ball before handing it over to Jesse Scholtens for the final two outs. Ryan Weathers is now the only member of the starting rotation who hasn’t also made multiple relief appearances.

Henry Henry delivered in a spot start Sunday. (Photo: Joe Alexander)

Midland RockHounds 5, Missions 2

Key Stats: 2B Ripken Reyes 2-for-3, R; SS Domingo Leyba 1-for-4, 2 RBI; RHP Henry Henry 3 IP, 3 H, 3 K; LHP Fred Schlichtholz 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 K, 1 BB

Prospect Watch: The Missions managed just five singles as they limped to their first series loss in over a month. With a scheduled bullpen day, Henry Henry opened on the mound and tossed three scoreless innings to match his longest outing of the year. The 24-year-old righty struck out three and didn’t issue a walk. On the year, the native of the Dominican Republic, who was a high-profile signee way back in 2015, has a 31:20 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 35.2 innings. … Domingo Leyba singled in the club’s only two runs in the eighth inning. The 26-year-old with big league service time has given the Missions steady production while playing up the middle defensively all year.

West Michigan Whitecaps 13, TinCaps 4

Key Stats: CF Max Ferguson 2-for-4, 2B, HR (1), BB; 3B Lucas Dunn 1-for-3, 2 BB; RHP Ryan Bergert 2.1 IP, 11 H, 9 ER, 2 K, 2 BB; LHP Gabe Morales 3.2 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K

Prospect Watch: West Michigan put up multiple runs in each of the first three innings, making this one a laugher early. Ryan Bergert was tagged for nine earned runs in just 2.1 innings of work. The righty, whose stuff flashes above average frequently, has struggled with command in the zone and sequencing in his first full season back from elbow surgery that cost him his junior year in college, yielding a .293 opponents average and 6.63 ERA. The West Virginia Mountaineer has struck out 69 in 54.1 innings but has been prone to the long ball. He yielded another one Sunday to push his season total to 10. … The Whitecaps continued the onslaught against Gabriel Morales after chasing Bergert with the bases loaded and one out in the third. The lefty, who hadn’t allowed an earned run in 18.1 innings since joining the TinCaps bullpen, hit the first batter he faced and issued a walk to force in another run before a sacrifice fly and three-run homer capped off the inning. The 23-year-old from Venezuela did recover enough to toss three more innings that were largely solid, but the four free passes he issued leave him with one per inning on the year. … Max Ferguson, who showed almost no pop in his first two months with Lake Elsinore this spring, dropped his hands and shortened his swing about six weeks ago, and the payoff has been huge. The left-handed hitter had a double and homer in his sixth game since his promotion to Fort Wayne, continuing a power surge he began last month. Ferguson also drew a walk, continuing to show a good command of the zone even as he steps up the competition ladder. … Lucas Dunn also reached base multiple times Sunday with a hit and two more walks. The versatile defender has been steadily pushing his on-base percentage up since a slow start following his own promotion in May.

Marcos Castanon has been a solid contributor for the Storm. (Photo: Jerry Espinoza)

Inland Empire 66ers 6 Storm 0

Key Stats: 3B Marcos Castañon 1-for-3, 2B, BB; LHP Jesus Gonzalez 4 IP, 4 H, 4 R (3 ER), 1 K, 2 BB; LHP Danny Denz 2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 K, 2 BB; LHP Alexuan Vega 3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 K, 1 BB

Prospect Watch: The Storm finished a strong series against Inland Empire with a lackluster finale, putting together just five hits on the way to a shutout loss. Marcos Castañon connected on a double for the club’s only extra-base hit and also drew a walk batting in the three-hole for the fourth time on the year. The 23-year-old infielder has produced a solid .256/.397/.440 line in his first full season since the Padres drafted him out of UC Santa Barbara in the 12th round last year. … Alexuan Vega turned in his third straight strong appearance, giving up one run over three innings. The lefty has gone three innings in each of his last three appearances and has given up just four hits has he’s gotten a ton of groundballs. Originally drafted out of Puerto Rico in the sixth round back in 2018, this year has been Vega’s first taste of full-season ball.

The ACL Padres had their regularly scheduled day off.

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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  1. […] More importantly, half of his six hits went for extra bases, a double, triple, and home run. In Sunday’s Daily, we discussed the changes that he is making at the plate. This is a significant improvement for Ferguson, who in April and May slugged .292 and .293 with […]


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