Chihuahuas 4, Sugar Land Space Cowboys 3

Brett Sullivan is producing at the plate and behind it for El Paso. (Photo: Jorge Salgado).

Key Stats: RF Esteury Ruiz 1-for-4, SB (23); C Brett Sullivan 2-for-4, 2B, HR (4); LF Taylor Kohlwey 1-for-3, 2B, BB; RHP Pedro Avila 4 IP, 1 H, 5K, 2 BB; LHP Adrian Morejon 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K; LHP Jose Castillo IP, 2 H; RHP Michel Baez 0.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB; LHP Ray Kerr 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K; RHP Alek Jacob 1 IP, 1 K

Prospect Watch: The game was scoreless through seven before El Paso plated four runs in the top of the eighth, only to give three back in the bottom of the frame before they Ray Kerr, who came in with the bases loaded and allowed two runs to score, was able to escape further damage. The Chihuahuas came away with a series victory. … Three pitchers who have logged innings for the big league club this year and two who still might all appeared Sunday. Pedro Avila, who is back off the 40-man roster at this point, allowed just one hit over four innings while striking out five. The 25-year-old righty has given up five earned runs over his last 20 innings of work while posting a 24:6 strikeout-to-walk ration. … Making his second appearance on what is likely to be a brief rehab assignment, Adrian Morejon tossed two scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts. Jose Castillo followed him and pitched himself into a bit of trouble, allowing two one-out singles. However, the big lefty came back to induce a double-play grounder, extending his latest scoreless outing streak to eight games. … Michel Baez came on with the lead in the eighth for his second appearance since joining El Paso. He gave up a one-out four pitch walk and three straight singles, before giving way to Kerr. The lefty surrendered a sacrifice fly and a single on an 0-2 pitch before getting out of the frame. … Alek Jacob worked a scoreless ninth for his first Triple-A save and lowered his professional ERA to 0.64 in the year since he was drafted. … Brett Sullivan, making the Sunday start behind the plate, doubled and connected on his fourth homer of the year. While the 40-player roster member is the rare player who has seen his isolated power rate drop in the PCL, he’s got career highs with a .301 batting average and .350 on-base percentage, helping to keep him at league average offensively.

Roster Moves: As reported yesterday, Robinson Cano was acquirred by the Atlanta Braves for cash considerations.  With El Paso, he slashed .333/.375/.479 in 104 plate appearances, seeing most of his time at designated hitter and second base.  According to the New York Post, he could be in the lineup today against one of his former teams the New York Mets.

Padres prospect Tirso Ornelas bats for San Antonio Missions

Tirso Ornelas had a career day Sunday. (Photo: Rey Holguin)

Missions 10, Frisco RoughRiders 0

Key Stats: Domingo Leyba 3-for-5; LF Tirso Ornelas 2-for-5, 2B, HR (4), 5 RBI; 1B Yorman Rodriguez 3-for-5, 2B; CF Thomas Milone 1-for-5, HR (3); RHP Nolan Watson 6 IP, 1 H, 9 K, 1 BB

Prospect Watch: Nolan Watson and three relievers combined on a three-hit shutout while the Missions offense jumped second overall pick Jack Leiter for six earned runs in the first inning on the way to a rout. Yorman Rodriguez got the scoring started with an RBI double in the first, then came around when Tirso Ornelas jumped an 0-1 fastball for a three-run homer to right. Rodriguez went on to add two more singles in the game and now has his OPS up to .742 on the year. Ornelas later doubled in two more runs to set a career high with five RBI in the game. After a strong June, the 22-year-old outfielder has kept it up this month with an .858 OPS and 22% strikeout rate in 36 plate appearances. … Working with a big lead, Watson absolutely dominated the RoughRiders over six innings, tying a career high with nine strikeouts. He retired nine in a row at one point and didn’t give up a hit until a two-out double in the fifth. Originally a first-round pick of the Royals back in 2015, the Indianapolis native signed as a minor league free agent this winter. The 25-year-old righty has posted a 6.04 ERA across 19 appearances working in a swing role for the Missions.

Jackson Wolf continues to rack up the strikeouts. (Photo: Jeff Nycz)

Lake County Captains 5, TinCaps 2

Key Stats: C Jonathan Vilar 1-for-4, HR (1); LF Corey Rosier 1-for-3, BB, SB (25); LHP Jackson Wolf 6.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 7 K, 2 BB; LHP Gabe Morales 1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 K, 2 BB

Prospect Watch: Jackson Wolf mastered eight of the Captains’ hitters over 6.1 innings of work, but Jonathan Rodriguez got to him for a pair of solo homers and then the Guardians got to Gabe Morales in relief and managed to split the series. Wolf, working into the seventh inning for the second time in his career, struck out seven and didn’t give up a hit to any other Lake County batter. After allowing just one homer over his first 43 innings of the year, the lefty has surrendered eight in the last 30 frames. The Ohio native continues to rank among league leaders with 90 strikeouts in 73 innings and his 4.68 ERA is still tracking almost a full run above his FIP, indicating his underlying work has been a bit stronger than the results so far. … Catcher Jonathan Vilar connected on his first professional homer to get the TinCaps on the board. The Padre selected the University of Miami product in the 15th round last year with the intention of moving him behind the plate. The left-handed hitter has posted a .597 OPS in limited playing time this year.

Storm 8, Visalia Rawhide 5

Key Stats: LF Adrian Fabian 2-for-5; 3B Marcos Castañon 1-for-3, HR (12), 2 BB; C/1B Juan Zabala 2-for-2, 3 BB; SS Kervin Pichardo 2-for-4 HR (3); RHP Duncan Snider 5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 5 K; LHP Danny Denz 1.1 IP, 1 H, 4 K

Prospect Watch: The Storm put up a seven-run sixth inning to give Duncan Snider the win in a dominating first start in the organization. The 6-foot-7 righty, who signed out of the American Association last week, tossed 5.2 scoreless frames while striking out five after making his affiliated debut with an inning of relief work earlier in the series. The 24-year-old pitched at tiny Upper Iowa University before going the independent and then partner league route last year. … Kervin Pichardo homered for the second consecutive game. The 20-year-old infielder, acquired from the Yankees during spring training, had only one multi-hit game through the first three months of the season, but now has two in a row and is 5-for-13 with three extra-base hits on the month. … Marcos Castañon continued his torrid month-plus with another homer Sunday. The 23-year-old infielder now has nine in his last 29 games with an OPS well over 1.000 in that stretch. This month, he’s struck out just nine times against eight walks in 42 trips to the plate.

The Arizona Complex League is off on Sundays.

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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