Chihuahuas 11, Sugar Land Space Cowboys 3
Key Statistics: RF Esteury Ruiz, 1-for-4, R, 2 BB, SB (21); 2B Robinson Canó, 4-for-6, 2 R, HR (3), 2 RBI; C Luis Campusano, 2-for-6, 2 R, HR (6), RBI; LF Brett Sullivan, 2-for-5, 2 2B, RBI; 1B Kyle Martin, 1-for-4, R, HR (7), 2 RBI; CF Luis Liberato, 2-for-4, R, HR (11), RBI; LHP Luke Westphal, 3.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, ER, 3 BB, 2 K; RHP Grant Gavin (W, 5-0) 0.2 IP, H, 2 K; RHP Michel Baez, IP, K; LHP Jose Castillo, IP, H, 2 K. RHP Alek Jacob, IP, H
Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas offense had five on it, as they blasted five homers in an easy win in Sugar Land. … Big league veteran and potential (although not likely) Hall-of-Famer Robinson Canó had a vintage performance, collecting four hits including his third homer of the season. Friday’s four-hit performance was the second this month for the 39-year-old. In 21 games with El Paso, Canó is hitting .333/.375/.479. … Catcher Luis Campusano had a pair of hits including his sixth homer of 2022. The top prospect has connected on two homers in his last four games after going on a five-week stretch in which he did not connect on a big fly. The bat-to-ball skills have been there all year for the talented catcher; he’s hit at least .300 every month this year. He slugged just .427 in June and that number was propped up by a hot stretch during the last few days. If Campusano can continue to find the seats in the Pacific Coast League, he may get another opportunity in the big leagues soon. … Rehabbing big leaguer Matt Beaty started at DH and singled and walked before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning. As of press time, there is no update on his status. … The Padres bullpen has been shaky this year but two potential options for fortification pitched well for El Paso. Michel Baez put up a scoreless inning in his Triple-A debut. He didn’t allow a base runner and struck out a batter. The 26-year-old has a 1.98 ERA in 18 games, most of which came with the Missions. … Not to be outdone, Jose Castillo tossed a scoreless inning of his own. He allowed a hit and struck out a pair. The scoreless outing lowered Castillo’s Triple-A ERA to a sparkling 0.92.
Frisco RoughRiders 10, Missions 7 (12 innings)
Key Statistics: SS Domingo Leyba, 3-for-6, R, 2B, HR (8), 2 RBI; RF Jorge Oña, 2-for-5, R, RBI; C Chandler Seagle, 2-for-5, R; RHP Moises Lugo, 3 IP, 3 BB, 3 K; LHP Osvaldo Hernandez, 2 IP, 2 H; LHP Fred Schlichtholz, 2 IP, 4 H, BB, 2 K; RHP Kevin Kopps IP, H, K; LHP Mason Fox (L, 3-3) IP, 2 H, 4 R (2 ER), 2 BB, K.
Prospect Watch: This one was a low-scoring affair until the ninth inning. The Missions trailed 4-1 heading into the ninth before scoring three times, tying the game on an RBI single from Tirso Ornelas. When the game went to extra innings, each club scored a run in the 10th and 11th before the RoughRiders plated four in the 12th inning to defeat the Missions. … Shortstop Domingo Leyba supplied one of the runs in the ninth, coming courtesy of his eighth homer of the season. Leyba had three hits, finishing a triple shy of the cycle. The 26-year-old former big-leaguer started the season with the Chihuahuas but was moved back a level after starting slowly. He hasn’t lit the world on fire with the Missions but he’s been a steadying presence for a team that looked dead in the water after the first few weeks of the season. He’s delivered a solid .759 OPS this season. … Right fielder Jorge Oña singled twice and drove in a run in the Missions’ loss. After a miserable April and May, the 25-year-old Oña has hit well since June 17, when he came off of the COVID list. He’s hitting .313 during the current stretch albeit with just three extra-base hits. … The Missions went with the bullpen game Friday night and Moises Lugo ate up three of those innings. He didn’t allow a hit but he walked three batters while also punching out three. After starting much of last year, Lugo has transitioned to a multi-inning reliever this season and he’s shown flashes of ability. He’s struck out 53 batters in 37.2 innings while dishing out 26 walks. Among pitchers in the Texas League with at least 30 innings pitched, Lugo has the sixth-highest K% (32.7%) and the 11th-highest walk rate. If he can cut down on the walks, his stuff absolutely plays in the bullpen. … Kevin Kopps pitched a scoreless frame, allowing a hit and notching a strikeout. After a brutal outing in which he gave up four earned runs in Wichita, the right-hander has allowed just one earned run over his last six innings. Walks have still been an issue for him; he’s walked four over those six innings. However, he did not walk anyone in his appearance on Friday.
TinCaps 5, Lake County Captains 4
Key Statistics: CF Matthew Acosta, 2-for-4, R, BB; C Brandon Valenzuela, 2-for-3, 2 R, HR (6), 2 RBI, BB; 2B Jarryd Dale, 2-for-3, R, BB, 2 SB (14, 15); RHP Efrain Contreras, 4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, BB, 7 K; RHP Dwayne Matos (W, 1-2) 4.2 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 2 K
Prospect Watch: On a night when Robert Hassell III got the night off, the TinCaps scored five runs on 10 hits, winning at home. … Catcher Brandon Valenzuela had a pair of hits, including his sixth homer of the season. Coming into Friday’s game, Valenzuela was just 2-for-31 since a multi-hit effort on June 19. The switch-hitting catcher has continued to show excellent patience at the plate and his strikeout rate is roughly what it was during his breakout in Lake Elsinore last year. Last season with the Storm, Valenzuela hit .379 on balls in play; this season he’s hitting just .263. Typically, league-average is somewhere around .300. As long as Valenzuela’s approach remains the same, he should heat up at some point. … Infielder Jarryd Dale reached base three times and stole a pair of bags, giving him 15 this year. Dale has spent most of the year playing shortstop but he slid over to the keystone when Max Ferguson arrived in the Summit City. The 21-year-old from Australia was just 1-for-14 in July coming into Friday night. The infielder has made some strides at the plate this season, even though the numbers don’t necessarily show it. He’s nearly doubled his walk rate and lowered his K-rate but the results haven’t shown the improvement. His .259 BABIP is the 11th-lowest in the circuit. … The TinCaps needed just two pitchers to complete the victory. Right-hander Efrain Contreras started and allowed three earned runs in 4.1 innings. While he allowed seven hits, he only walked one and tied his season-high with seven strikeouts. The 22-year-old righty has worked into the fifth inning during his last two starts, a sign that the organization is allowing him to work back into a starter’s workload. … Dwayne Matos relieved Contreras and allowed just one earned run in 4.2 innings. The 21-year-old showed flashes last year in Lake Elsinore and made the Missions’ roster out of spring training. He was hit hard in Double-A but he’s looked better of late with Fort Wayne. He’s allowing too much contact (37 hits in 29 innings) but he’s walked just five in High-A. He doesn’t possess big-time velocity, so a move to the bullpen should help his stuff play up a bit.
Visalia Rawhide 6, Storm 3
Key Statistics: CF James Wood, 1-for-3, R, 2B, BB; 3B Marcos Castañon, 1-for-4, R, HR (11), RBI; SS Wyatt Hoffman, 1-for-3, R, 2B; RHP Garrett Hawkins, 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; RHP Keegan Collett, 2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 K
Prospect Watch: The Storm fell behind early and their comeback effort came up short in Visalia. … James Wood doubled and walked in the loss Friday. Wood drove a ball the other way and it hit the wall in left. The 19-year-old is off to a .300/.364/.600 start in July. … As hot as Wood has been, no Storm hitter has been as hot as infielder Marcos Castañon. The infielder had just one hit but it was a homer. It was Castañon’s 11th homer of the year – his eighth since June 1. The hit extended his streak to 13 games. The former UC Santa Barbara star has been otherworldly during the first week of July. With Friday’s outstanding performance, he is hitting .440/.548/.960 with four doubles and three homers. His 11 homers now lead the team. … A week after firing seven perfect innings, righty Garrett Hawkins was a little more hittable Friday night. Hawkins worked four innings and allowed four runs, two of them earned. He walked two and struck out four. Hawkins has displayed excellent stuff this year but he’s struggled at times to prevent the big inning. He allowed three runs in the third inning.
ACL Padres 11, ACL White Sox 4
Key Statistics: SS Victor Acosta, 2-for-2, 3 R, 3 BB, 2B, RBI, SB (3); 2B Rosman Verdugo, 2-for-4, R, 2B, 3B, BB; CF Ruben Salinas, 2-for-5, SB (2); 1B Kelvin Alarcon, 2-for-5; LF Juan Murillo, 3-for-4, R, RBI; RF Jake Perez, 2-for-3, 3 R, BB, 2 RBI, SB (2); LHP Javier Chacon, 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 7 K; RHP Riley Yeatman (W, 1-1) 3 IP, 2 H, K
Prospect Watch: On a blistering 111-degree day in Peoria, the ACL Padres had their most complete win of the season. The offense scored 11 runs on 15 hits and the pitching staff allowed just one earned run in the victory. … Shortstop Victor Acosta had his best game of the season. The 18-year-old had two singles and walked three times. He also added his third stolen base of the year. Acosta extended his hitting streak to five games in the win. During that stretch, Acosta is 9-for-18 with a triple. His hot stretch has raised his OPS to a season-high .802. … Rosman Verdugo had two hits, including a double and a triple. The 17-year-old from Ensenada is the current front runner for our ACL Player of the Year. He is second in the league with a .613 slugging percentage and seventh in OPS with a .989 mark. … Righty Riley Yeatman worked three scoreless innings, allowing just two hits while striking out one. The 18-year-old from Adelaide has shown some potential in his pro debut, averaging more than a strikeout per inning. Yeatman has pitched in five games in his short career, and he’s allowed 11 earned runs in two of them. In his three other outings, he’s allowed just one run. The inconsistency is not a surprise, considering he’s the same age as a high school senior.