There was a lot of offense Friday night, as the Storm and Missions put up double-digits in easy victories. El Paso got a walk-off win, and the ACL team went down in the desert.
Chihuahuas 7, Round Rock Express 6
Key Statistics: SS Eguy Rosario, 2-for-5, R, 2B, RBI; DH Luis Campusano, 2-for-4; C Brett Sullivan, 2-for-4, 2 RBI; 2B C.J. Hinojosa, 2-for-4, 2 RBI; LHP Luke Westphal 2.2 IP. 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, BB, 3 K; RHP Reiss Knehr, IP, K; LHP Aaron Leasher, 2 IP, 3 K; LHP Tom Cosgrove (W, 1-0) 0.1 IP, BB
Prospect Watch: John was on hand as the Chihuahuas came back to win again. Read his game story here.
Missions 18, Sod Poodles 7
Key Statistics: 3B Connor Hollis, 2-for-5, 3 R, BB, RBI, 2 SB (16, 17); CF Thomas Milone, 3-for-5, 3 R, HR (4), 3 RBI, BB; SS Domingo Leyba, 1-for-4, 2 R, HR (9), 2 RBI, BB; 1B Yorman Rodriguez, 3-for-6; DH Webster Rivas, 4-for-6, 2 R, 2 2B, HR (1), 7 RBI; LF Tirso Ornelas, 2-for-6, 2 R, HR (5), 2 RBI, 2 RBI; LHP Ben Krauth, 3.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K; RHP Mason Fox (W, 4-3) 2.2 IP, H, BB, 4 K
Prospect Watch: The Missions had a 4-3 lead after six innings. They proceeded to score 14 runs in the final three innings to cruise to a win in Hodgetown. … Designated hitter Webster Rivas was the offensive headliner Friday evening. The former big leaguer collected four hits, including two doubles and his first homer of the year. Rivas drove in a career-high seven runs – the most RBI in a game for any Missions player this year. In eight Texas League games, Rivas has a .868 OPS. …First baseman Yorman Rodriguez had three hits and scored three runs. Rodriguez went hitless on Thursday but outside of that, he’s been red hot. Over his last five games, Rodriguez is 14-for-26 with a double and a homer. The former Blue Jay prospect makes consistent contact (16.8 K-rate) but he doesn’t draw many walks and doesn’t hit for much power. Despite the flaws, he has been a key contributor to the Missions’ offense all year.
Left fielder Tirso Ornelas had a pair of hits including his fifth homer of the season. The multi-hit effort stretched his hitting streak to five games. For Ornelas, it was his second homer of July. The Tijuana native hasn’t hit for the power that many in the organization hoped, but he’s generally been able to make solid contact at the plate. He is hitting .326/.388/.442 in July. … After a rough start from southpaw Ben Krauth, righty Mason Fox came in and kept the Sod Poodles off the scoreboard. Fox fired 2.2 scoreless innings with a walk and four strikeouts. The 25-year-old allowed six runs in his previous three innings. Fox has struggled with command and that has led to some struggles. When he is in the zone, his stuff plays.
TinCaps Rained Out
The Friday tilt at Parkview Field was rained out. They will once again play two Saturday in Fort Wayne, weather permitting.
Storm 13, Modesto Nuts 4
Key Statistics: CF James Wood, 3-for-5, 2 R, 2B, BB, RBI; 3B Marcos Castañon, 3-for-5, 3 R, 3 2B, 2 RBI; RF Albert Fabian, 3-for-5, 3 R, 3B, HR (10) 4 RBI; 2B Nerwilian Cedeño, 2-for-5, 2 R, HR (2), 3 RBI; 1B Carlos Luis, 3-for-4, R, BB; DH Juan Zabala, 2-for-5, RBI; RHP Garrett Hawkins, 4 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 2 K; RHP Duncan Snider (W, 2-0) 4 IP, H, R, 2 BB, 6 K
Prospect Watch: The Storm scored three times in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings then dropped a four-spot on Modesto in the seventh to win easily at home. … James Wood reached base four times in six plate appearances, including another three-hit effort. Wood had two singles, a double, and drove in a run. His three-hit night raised his OPS to 1.011 in the Cal League. If Wood had enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title, his OPS and .435 on-base percentage would each rank second in the league. … Marcos Castañon hit behind Wood and set a new career-high with three doubles. Coming into July, the former UCSB star had nine doubles, but he has matched that total in 13 July games. The 23-year-old has been the hottest hitter in the Padres’ system this month. Friday’s three-double night put his July slash-line at .365/.459/.827. … Albert Fabian also had three hits and he finished a double short of the cycle. Fabian singled, tripled, and connected on his 10th homer of the year. The 20-year-old outfielder is the third Storm
hitter to reach double-digits in home runs. Fabian joined the Storm in May and he’s been a productive part of their offense. Overall, he is hitting .288/.368/.517. … The Storm offense was firing on all cylinders but the pitching was good too. Garrett Hawkins made his usual Friday night turn in the rotation and pitched well, tossing four shutout innings, walking two and striking out two. If there was a knock on Hawkins, it would be efficiency. He needed 72 pitches to get through four innings. For the most part, the organization has had Hawkins around 75 pitches in his starts, with a few exceptions. He threw 77 pitches two weeks ago when he got through seven perfect innings. … RHP Duncan Snider took over for Hawkins and dominated. The 24-year-old made it through four innings as well and allowed just one hit and an unearned run, striking out six. The 24-year-old has not allowed an earned run in 10.2 innings since joining the Padres organization out of Indy ball.
ACL Rangers 7, ACL Padres 5 (7 innings)
Key Statistics: SS Victor Acosta, 1-for-4, R, SB (5); CF Ruben Salinas, 2-for-3, 2 R, 3B, HR (3), 4 RBI; LHP Ryan Och, IP, BB; LHP Javier Chacon, 3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, BB, 6 K; RHP Riley Yeatman, 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 5 K
Prospect Watch: The ACL Rangers scored four times in the final three innings to steal the victory from the ACL Padres. … The ACL bunch managed just four hits, but one of them was from Victor Acosta. The 18-year-old shortstop singled and stole his fifth bag of the year. After a slow start in the desert, the intriguing prospect is hitting .400/.516/.720 in July with a homer and 4 RBI. … Center fielder Ruben Salinas had a pair of hits, including his third homer of the year. Salinas also had his first triple of the year. The 19-year-old only played in two games last year so 2022 is essentially his first foray into professional baseball. His 32% K-rate is higher than you’d like to see, but he has eight extra-base hits in 94 plate appearances. He should continue to receive regular playing time in the desert. … Left-handed pitcher Ryan Och started and pitched a scoreless inning, walking one. The 23-year-old is on the rehab trail. He’s been out since May 26. He spent the first two months of the season with the TinCaps.