Kyle Martin has added plenty of pop to the Chihuahuas lineup since signing out of Mexico. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

Chihuahuas 9, Round Rock Express 4

Key Statistics: RF Luis Liberato, 2-for-3, 3 R, HR (12), BB, RBI; DH Luis Campusano, 2-for-3, 2 BB, RBI; CF Taylor Kohlwey, 2-for-4, BB; LF Brett Sullivan, 2-for-3, 2 R, BB; 3B-2B C.J. Hinojosa, 1-for-3, R, HR (7), 4 RBI; 1B Kyle Martin, 1-for-4, R, HR (8), 2 RBI; C Michael Cantu, 1-for-4, R, HR (1), RBI; RHP Matt Waldron (W, 1-2) 6 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 7 K

Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas hit five homers in a game for the second time in a week and cruised to the series-opening win at home. … Right fielder Luis Liberato had two hits, including a monster shot to right-center that hit the scoreboard. The homer was Liberato’s 12th of the year. He hit a career-high 14 homers in 2017 as a member of the Mariners’ organization. … Luis Campusano had two hits and drew a pair walks while batting second in the order. The top prospect has drawn five walks in 26 July plate appearances. … First baseman Kyle Martin only had one hit but it was a big one; the 29-year-old slugger connected on his eighth homer in 22 games in the win. The former Phillies prospect is averaging a homer every 9.3 plate appearances since joining the Padres organization. He was playing for the Guerreros de Oaxaca in the LMB before signing with San Diego. While the power has been abundant, so have the strikeouts; he’s punched out in nearly 40% of his plate appearances in El Paso. … Catcher Michael Cantu hit his first homer of the year in a rare appearance. The 26-year-old has played in just 17 games this season between San Antonio and El Paso. While his contributions on the field haven’t been frequent, he’s been valued by the organization for his work behind the plate. … Lost in all of the homers was Matt Waldron pitching well. The knuckleballer from the University of Nebraska struggled in his first two starts in Triple-A but he threw six good innings to notch his first PCL victory. Waldron pitched six innings and scattered eight hits, allowing two earned runs, striking out seven. The 25-year-old allowed 13 earned runs in his first two starts with the Chihuahuas. If Waldron can harness the knuckler in the PCL, he gives the Padres a depth option in case they need an innings-eater in the second half.

Roster Moves: With Robinson Canó in Atlanta with the Braves and Esteury Ruiz in Colorado with the Padres, El Paso received infielder/outfielder Kervin Pichardo from the Storm. He made his Triple-A debut Tuesday, taking over for Reinaldo Ilarraza at second base.

Amarillo Sod Poodles 6, Missions 5

Key Statistics: SS Domingo Leyba, 1-for-3, 2 R, 2B, 2 BB, RBI; DH Yorman Rodriguez, 3-for-5, R, HR (9) 3 RBI; 1B Webster Rivas 1-for-3, BB; RHP Brandon Komar, 6 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 K; RHP Carlos Belen, 2 IP, BB, 3 K; RHP Angel Felipe (L, 3-2) 0.1 IP, 2 H, ER

Yorman Rodriguez has been putting up numbers in San Antonio. (Photo:Rey Holguin)

Prospect Watch: The Missions jumped out to an early 3-0 lead but ended up losing on a walk-off single. … Yorman Rodriguez had three hits including his ninth homer of the season. The nine homers equal the career-high he set last year. The 24-year-old has a solid hit tool but doesn’t walk much (4.8% walk rate). He’s caught 17 games this season but is better suited for first base/designated hitter work at this point in his career. … Webster Rivas singled and drew a walk Tuesday night. It seems like a lifetime ago, but Rivas played in 24 games for the Padres last season. After being outrighted off of the 40-man roster last October he re-signed with the Padres in the off-season. He opened the year with the Chihuahuas but received sporadic playing time, as the Padres had two catchers on the 40-man roster playing ahead of him. He was sent back to the Missions last week and should see more time behind the dish going forward. After a rough start from Brandon Komar, Carlos Belen righted the ship with two scoreless innings. The right-hander has been in the Padres organization since 2012 – originally signing as a position player before converting to a pitcher in 2018. He has a 1.80 ERA in five July innings.

TinCaps 7, Lansing Lugnuts 1

Key Statistics: 3B Lucas Dunn, 2-for-4, R, SB (2); LF Corey Rosier, 3-for-3, 2 R, BB, SB (26); DH Adam Kerner, 2-for-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI, SB (1); LHP Noel Vela (W, 5-5) 6 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, K; HP Edwuin Bencomo, 2 IP, 2 K

Noel Vela. (Photo: Jeff Nycz)

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps opened up their series against Lansing with an easy win at Parkview Field. … Corey Rosier paced the TinCaps’ offensive attack with three hits and he scored a pair of runs as well. The 22-year-old outfielder has moved into the middle of the order for Fort Wayne since Max Ferguson arrived in the Midwest. Rosier has a .290/.421/.350 line in 38 plate appearances this month. … Adam Kerner started at designated hitter and had a pair of singles to go with his second career stolen base. The former USD catcher has played incredibly sparingly this season; despite being on the active roster all season, he’s appeared in just 14 games. In a limited sample, he has performed capably at the plate, with a 727 OPS. In 52 games last year, Kerner produced a .552 OPS for the TinCaps. … After two poor outings, southpaw Noel Vela got back on track Tuesday. Vela earned his fifth win of the season, pitching six solid innings. He allowed just one run on five hits, walking one and striking out one. The 23-year-old from Mission, Texas has been mostly good this season but his command has wavered at times. He allowed nine earned runs in his previous two starts. When Vela is on, he is one of the best pitchers in the Padres system.

Modesto Nuts 14, Storm 5

Key Statistics: DH Wil Myers, 2-for-4, R; 3B Marcos Castañon, 1-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI; CF James Wood, 1-for-5, R, SB (12); RHP Manuel Castro (L, 1-2) 3.1 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K; Ruben Galindo, IP, BB, K

Prospect Watch: The Storm returned home and were pummeled by Modesto. … Wil Myers started his rehab journey to the big leagues with a voyage to Lake Elsinore. He had a pair of singles in four at-bats before being lifted for a pinch-hitter. … James Wood had a double in five at-bats in the Storm loss. Around the double, Wood struck out three times. It was the first time all year that he has struck out more than twice. Despite the less-than-stellar night at the plate, Wood has struck out in just 18% of his plate appearances. In contrast, he punched out in nearly 32% of his plate appearances in the ACL last year. … Right-hander Manuel Castro started and got through the first two innings with ease. After allowing a run in the third, he fell apart in the fourth and allowed five earned runs before being pulled. The 20-year-old righty had a nice debut in the desert this summer before earning a promotion to Lake Elsinore. He’s shown flashes of ability but has struggled with consistency. He’s struck out 23 batters in 14.2 innings which is impressive but 28 baserunners have led to a ghastly 11.05 ERA. … With a double in five plate appearances, second baseman Marcos Castañon extended his hitting streak to 16 games. The infielder has anchored the Storm’s offense over the last month. He is hitting an absurd .359/.468/.795 in July.

ACL Padres 6, ACL Dodgers 2

Key Statistics: SS Victor Acosta, 2-for-3, 2 R, SB (4); CF Ruben Salinas, 2-for-3, BB; C Colton Bender, 1-for-3, R, HR (2), 2 RBI; RHP Jarlin Susana, 4 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, 8 K; RHP Luis Acosta (W, 1-0) 3 IP, BB, 4 K

Jarlin Susana delivers for the ACL Padres. (Photo: Jerry Espinoza)

Prospect Watch: The ACL squad beat their Dodger counterparts Tuesday night. … After having his six-game hitting streak snapped Monday, shortstop Victor Acosta bounced back with a double and a triple in the ACL squad’s win. The 18-year-old got off to a slow start this season but he has picked up his production considerably over the last two weeks. With his two-hit effort, Acosta raised his OPS to .842. … Catcher Colton Bender connected on his second homer of the season. The former Quinnipiac backstop raised his OPS to .736 with the big fly. … Jarlin Susana started and worked four innings. He allowed two runs but struck out eight while walking just one batter. The eight punchouts set a new career-high. Opposing hitters are batting just .189 against Susana this season and he’s struck out 33 batters in 21.2 innings. … Right-hander Luis Acosta took over for Susana and earned the win. The 21-year-old pitched the final three innings and didn’t allow a hit. He walked one and struck out four. Acosta started the year in the DSL and came stateside on July 2.

Posted by Kevin Charity

Kevin Charity has written for MadFriars since 2015 and has had work featured on Fox Sports San Diego. He is a lifelong San Diego native and is looking forward to seeing the current wave of prospects thrive in San Diego.

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  1. […] Padres player with an OPS over .800.  The 18-year-old struggled out of the gate, but as Kevin noted last night, has really come on strong the last two weeks.  He is hitting .438/.591/.938 so far in […]

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