A rain-out and a few off-days meant only two clubs were in action tonight.  El Paso had another strong day from reigning PCL Player of the Week Eguy Rosario but fell to the Space Cowboys.  Lake Elsinore meanwhile had one of their more complete wins, demolishing Visalia 13-1.

Eguy Rsoario keeps it going for the Chihuahuas (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

Sugar Land Space Cowboys 9, Chihuahuas 5

Key Statistics: CF Esteury Ruiz 0-for-4, R, BB. SB (20); C Luis Campusano 2-for-5, RBI; SS Eguy Rosario 2-for-4, HR (14), RBI, BB; DH Brett Sullivan 2-for-5, 2B. R; RHP Dinelson Lamet IP, H, 2 K

Prospect Watch:  Sometimes the knuckleball works, sometimes it doesn’t.  Today, was one of the days it didn’t.  Knuckleballer Matt Waldron  got through the first two innings unscathed, but gave up five in the third inning and couldn’t get out of the fifth. He gave way with one out and the bases loaded, but all three runs came around and were charged to him. He walked a season-high four batters and four of the six hits he surrendered were for extra bases. … Shortstop Eguy Rosario continued on his incredible stretch with another big night. The reigning Pacific Coast League Player of the Week hit his fifth home run in the last seven games; Rosario has an OPS approaching 2.000 over the last week. In his five July games alone, Rosario has six extra-base hits, 10 RBI, and six walks. He is up to .271/.363/.495 in 2022.  His batting average and OBP are right in line with his career average, but his sudden power output over the last few weeks has seen a drastic increase. … Catcher Luis Campusano had a pair of hits — his first hits in a week.  Campusano spent most of the last week on the big league taxi squad in case Jorge Alfaro’s knee required a stint on the injured list.

The Missions had the night off after playing Monday and Tuesday and will resume their series tomorrow. The TinCaps were rained out Wednesday night and the Fort Wayne area was pummeled with nearly nine inches of rain over the last few days. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday night that are slated to play Thursday night.

TinCaps note: TinCaps center fielder Robert Hassell III was named to the National League squad for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. He will be the first active TinCaps player to participate in the game (h/t to TinCaps broadcaster John Nolan). The full rosters for be unveiled on Thursday.


Justin Farmer is in double-digits for homers and stolen bases. (Photo: Jerry Espinoza)

Storm 13, Visalia Rawhide 1

Key Stats: CF James Wood 3-for-5, 2 2B, 3 R, 5 RBI, BB, SB (11); RF Justin Farmer 3-for-4, 2 2B, 3 R, RBI, 2 BB; 3B Marcos Castanon 2-for-3, HR (10), 2 R, 3 RBI, BB;  DH Jared Alvarez-Lopez 2-for-5, R, RBI; LHP Bodi Rascon (W, 4-2) 5 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 6 K

Prospect Watch: Another day, another multi-hit game for top-100 prospect James Wood.  Wood tied his career-high in RBI (which he set in his very first game in Lake Elsinore) with five.  He did so by starting the scoring in the third with a double to plate right fielder Justin Farmer. He drove in Farmer again with an RBI double, before capping off his evening with the rare, three-run single. Wood has now hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games. … Speaking of Farmer, the right fielder has enjoyed hitting in the leadoff spot since the promotion of Max Ferguson. In Ferguson’s absence, Farmer has an OBP near .400, and he is the active leader in stolen bases with 25.  Over the last week, Farmer is hitting .316. … Third baseman Marcos Castañon had his sixth multi-hit game over his last seven games.  During this unstoppable stretch, he has gone 13-for-25 with five doubles and three home runs.  He is also on an 11-game hitting streak, that has seen him raise his stat line from .231/.380/.376 to .269/.414/.472.  … For the first time all season, LHP Bodi Rascon had back-to-back exceptional starts.  During these last two starts he has gone 10 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB and 12 K.  That would equate to a sub 1 WHIP and a sub 1 ERA.

The ACL Padres do not play on Wednesday.  With the draft happening in less than two weeks, many of the current ACL Padres will see a significant shift in the roster in the coming weeks.

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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