Four thrilling games lead to walk-off wins for the TinCaps and Storm. San Antonio scored 14 in a compelling win, while the Chihuahuas had the bases loaded in the ninth but could not bring across the tying run and lost at home.
Round Rock Express 6, Chihuahuas 5
Key Statistics: LHP Ryan Weathers 6.1 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, 3 K; RHP Alek Jacob 0.2 IP, K; RHP Steven Wilson 1 IP, 2 K; RF Brent Rooker 2-for-4, 2 HR (16), 2 R, 3 RBI, BB; CF Taylor Kohlwey 1-for-3, HR (9), 2 R, 2 BB; SS Eguy Rosario 3-for-4, RBI
Prospect Watch: Reliever Steven Wilson, rehabbing from the big club, made an appearance and struck out two in a perfect inning. … Ryan Weathers got the start and ran into trouble early, allowing three runs in the first two frames before settling down in the middle innings. He gave up a home run to former Chihuahua Nick Tanielu and lasted until one out in the seventh inning. Weathers threw 104 pitches, 73 for strikes, and did not walk a batter for the second time this season. … The offense was supplied by Brent Rooker, who appeared in his first game back with El Paso after being sent down Tuesday. In his second at-bat, he crushed a 460-foot home run that hit the concourse past the left-field seats, which would have been a home run in any big league ballpark. He added another home run in the eighth to bring the Chihuahuas within a run. Rooker came up with two on and two outs in the ninth but was pitched around and walked before Brett Sullivan grounded out to end the game. … After back-to-back hitless nights for the first time in over a month, shortstop Eguy Rosario was back to his normal business and collected three hits to push his OPS to 1.190 OPS for July.
Missions 14, Amarillo Sod Poodles 12
Key Stats: RHP Reggie Lawson 3 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 6 K; DH Connor Hollis 2-for-5, 3 RS, 2B, BB; 1B Yorman Rodriguez 5-for-6, 2 RS, 2 RBI, 3B Webster Rivas 2-for-6, 3 RS, RBI, 2B; LF Tirso Ornelas 2-for-3, 2 RS, RBI, BB; 2B Kelvin Melean 1-for-4, GS (1), 4 RBI, BB; CF Edwin Rojas 3-for-5, 3B, RS, RBI
Prospect Watch: The Missions scored two touchdowns to secure the road win at Amarillo. Reggie Lawson got the start and struck out six in only three innings of work. Unfortunately, he had issues finding the strike zone as he also walked five batters and needed 73 pitches to get through three innings. On the positive side, this was the first time Lawson has allowed more than one run since May 25. … It’s normal to see a catcher move to first base or designated hitter to get their bat in the lineup, but Webster Rivas was the starting third baseman for the first time in five years. Though he was out of position, he made every play, contributed two hits, scored three runs, and drove in a run. … Speaking of former catchers playing a different position, first baseman Yorman Rodriguez set a new career-high with five hits. It is part of a great three-game stretch in which he has gone 11-for-16, with five runs and six RBI. … The Missions scored 14 runs but somehow only hit one home run. It was a grand slam courtesy of Kelvin Melean. It was his second home run of the year and first with the Missions. The international signee from back in 2015 has bounced around a few levels this year and is currently hitting a combined .225/.339/.290. … A little over a week ago, outfielder Edwin Rojas was hitting .167 at an empty Peoria Sports Complex. Now he is collecting his first ever full-season multi-hit game in front of nearly 5,000 fans. This is the first time since signing with the Padres in 2018 that Rojas has gotten out of the greater Phoenix area.
TinCaps 8, Lansing Lugnuts 7
Key Stats: RHP Efrain Contreras 2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, BB, 3 K; LF Corey Rosier 2-for-4, 3B, HR (5), RBI, BB; DH Robert Hassell III 1-for-4, BB, 2 RS; CF Matthew Acosta 3-for-5, R, RBI; SS Jarryd Dale 1-for-3, RS, RBI, 2 BB
— Fort Wayne TinCaps (@TinCaps) July 13, 2022
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps scored four unanswered runs to steal the game late. The walk-off was courtesy of catcher Anthony Vilar who singled home Agustin Ruiz, for the win. … After missing the last six days, Robert Hassell III returned to the TinCaps lineup as the designated hitter. After being selected for Saturday’s Futures Game, he might get one more game with the TinCaps before he heads to Los Angeles. … After collecting three hits Tuesday night — all singles — Corey Rosier collected a triple and a home run today. The seven total bases were a season-high for Rosier and tied his career-high set last year when he was in the Mariners organization. Since joining the Padres, he has shown the ability to reach base at an above-average clip (.375). After posting a sub .400 slugging percentage for each of his first three months, Rosier now finds his slugging percentage above .500 for July. … Making his 11th start since coming back from Tommy John surgery, Efrain Contreras left the game after two batters in the third inning, holding his elbow as he went. The righty allowed a run in the first then needed 28 pitches to get through the second as Lansing plated another. Contreras went out for the third inning and gave up two straight hits before being removed; both ended up scoring. Contreras needed 59 pitches to get six outs (38 strikes), and his removal was characterized as more of a precautionary move. … Matthew Acosta had three hits and drove in a run. Over the last week, he is 10-for-28 with three doubles, good enough for a fiery slash-line of .357/.438/.464.
Storm 5, Modesto Nuts 4
Key Stats: CF James Wood 0-for-1, 4 BB, R, SB (13); DH Wil Myers 1-for-4, 2B, R, RBI; LF Albert Fabian 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI; 1B Carlos Luis 2-for-4, RS, BB; 2B Nerwilian Cedeno 3-for-5, 2 RBI; LHP Bodi Rascon 5 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 3 K; RHP Keegan Collett 2 IP, H, 6 K
— Lake Elsinore Storm Baseball (@Storm_Baseball) July 14, 2022
Prospect Watch: The Storm won on a walk-off when Nerwilian Cedeno hit a ball down the right field line with to outs to score Albert Fabian to give the Storm their 50th win. Fabian has scored a run in four straight games. Since coming off the injured list earlier this month, the left fielder is hitting .444/.545/.556. … Designated hitter Wil Myers got into his second rehab game with the Storm. After two hits last night, he hit a booming double in his first at-bat and would later score. Myers will look to get into the field this weekend, possibly returning to San Diego right after the All-Star Break. … Hitting in front of Myers, James Wood went hitless, but reached base with a career-high four walks that raised his on-base percentage to .441. He also stole a base for the second straight game and now has 13 in 16 attempts. … Over his last three starts, Bodi Rascon has thrown 15 innings and only given up one earned run, with 15 strikeouts against nine hits and five walks for a 0.60 ERA. … After the Storm blew a 4-0 lead, Keegan Collett came in and kept the game tied, as he struck out six of the seven batters he faced. In July, Collett has a 3.18 ERA but also has 14 strikeouts in 5.2 innings. Eighty-two percent of the outs Collett has recorded in July have come the way of the strikeout and his 16.0 K/9 for the season ranks second in the Cal League.
The ACL Padres do not play on Wednesdays and carry a 13-14 record into the weekend before the draft. As many would have guessed, 17-year-old Rosman Verdugo leads the club with a .921 OPS. The infielder from Ensanada, who was signed in January of this year, still leads the club with four home runs. … Victor Acosta is the only other “qualifying” 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 and is hitting .438/.591/.938 so far in July.