Chihuahuas 5, Tacoma Rainers 4

Key Statistics: DH Matt Beaty 0-4, 3 K; 1B Wil Myers 0-4, 2 K; C Luis Campusano 2-4 HR (8), RBI; SS Eguy Rosario 1-4, HR (16), 3 RBI; LHP Aaron Leasher 2 IP, H, 2 K; RHP Tayler Scott 2.1 IP, BB 6, K; RHP Alek Jacob (L, 0-1) 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 K

Luis Campusano hit his eighth home run on Saturday. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

Prospect Watch: Tacoma hit a two-run home run off Alek Jacob in the eighth inning to give the Rainiers the win at home and their third win in the first five games of the six-game series. After only allowing four earned runs in 34.2 innings with Fort Wayne and San Antonio, Jacob has given up six runs in seven Pacific Coast League innings. … It was a tough night for Matt Beaty and Wil Myers, who combined for five punchouts at the top of the order. In 34 plate appearances with the Chihuahuas, Myers is hitting .235/.235/.441 with a double and pair of home runs. He has played five of his eight games at first base. … Eguy Rosario, 22, has been one of the best players in the system over the past three months, hitting .306/.394/.561 and hitting his 16th home run tonight, a career-high. He told us a big part of his success was just getting a routine that could make him comfortable. He could be in demand during the trade deadline because he can play three infield positions. … Luis Campusano, 23, also homered, his eighth of the year, to give him a season line of .302/.370/.459. Offensively, he’s not quite at the level he was last year, but manager Jared Sandberg noted in our recent interview that the Padres have impressed with his improvement behind the plate. … South African Tayler Scott added to his strikeout totals with six in 2.1 innings. On the season in Triple-A, he has 46 in 36.1 innings against nine walks for a 3.22 ERA.

Missions 4, Midland Rockhounds 3

Key Statistics:  LF Tirso Ornelas 2-4; CF Thomas Milone 2-3; 3B Kelvin Melean 2-3, 2B, BB; 1B Webster Rivas 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI; C Yorman Rodriguez 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI; RHP Brandon Komar 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K HR; LHP Fred Schlichtholz (W, 1-1) 1 IP, 2 H, 3 K; RHP Carlos Belen 1 IP, 2 K; RHP Jose Quezada 1 IP H 2 K

Yorman Rodriguez has shown a big bat this season. (Photo: John Moore)

Prospect Watch:  After dropping the first three games in Midland, the Missions have won the last two and have a chance to even the series Sunday. Second baseman Ripken Reyes‘s double in the seventh inning broke up a tie game, and San Antonio’s bullpen didn’t give up a hit in the final three innings. … Coronado High’s Fred Schlichtholz, 26, has had a nice year at Fort Wayne and San Antonio with a 1.19 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 22.2 innings against only four walks between the two levels. The San Diego native was drafted by the Padres in the 13th round out of Fresno State in 2017. The lefty has significantly cut his walk rate down from when he walked 24 in 44.2 innings last year for a 5.84 ERA between the TinCaps and Missions. Although he’s given up 21 hits in 16.2 innings in Double-A, he has still only allowed two runs for a 1.08 ERA. … With a pair of hits Saturday, Yorman Rodriguez, 25, has 98 for fifth in the Texas League and has a slash line of .300/.331/.437. He’s mainly played first base this season but can also catch and even play a bit of third base. On one of our visits, Missions manager Phillip Wellman praised Yorman’s ability to hit but believes he can become even better when he becomes more selective at the plate and can increase his walk rate (4.8%) and cut down on his strikeouts (17.0%). When he forces the pitcher to throw the ball in the zone, he can do damage.

Peoria Chiefs 7, TinCaps 6

Joshua Mears is working to bounce back for the Fort Wayne TinCaps. (Photo: John Nagel)

Key Statistics: CF Robert Hassell 1-5, 2B, 2 RBI; SS Jarryd Dale 1-2, 2 BB, SB (20); 1B Cole Cummings 1-4, 2B, BB; 3B Lucas Dunn 1-4, RBI, BB; Corey Rosier 1-2, 2 RBI, SF, Sac, SB (33); RF Joshua Mears 2-4, RBI; LHP Noel Vela 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K; RHP Ethan Routzahn (L) 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, K, HR

Prospect Watch: After taking the lead on Joshua Mears‘ tie-breaking single in the eighth, the TinCaps lost in the ninth on a two-run walk-off blast to left field. Fort Wayne will try to even the series on Sunday. … Mears had a pair of hits after notching two Friday and pushed his batting average above .200 for the first time since late April. He also showed off his athleticism with some nice plays in right field. After striking out 20 times in 43 plate appearances in a brutal May and going back to Arizona to work on his swing, Mears has struck out only once in his last two games.  Prior to tonight, Mears had struck out in 20 straight High-A games dating back to April 24th.. .. With a pair of RBIs, Robert Hassell III now ranks fifth in the Midwest League with 54. He is also in the top ten in batting average, on-base percentage, and OPS. … With five more strikeouts in his start, Noel Vela now has 98, which is ninth in the League, one behind his teammate Jackson Wolf and 17 behind Robert Gasser, who is third in the league.

Storm 2, Stockton Ports 1

Key Statistics: CF James Wood 2-3, 2B, RBI; DH Juan Zabala 1-3, 3B; 1B Carlos Luis 1-3, HR (6), RBI; RHP Victor Lizarraga (W, 5-2) 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; RHP Manuel Castro 2 IP, 2 H, 3 K; RHP Alan Mundo (S,3) 2 BB, 2 K

Victor Lizarraga keeps on rolling. (Photo: Jerry Espinoza)

Prospect Watch:  The Storm got another great outing from Victor Lizarraga and made an early solo home run by Carlos Luis and an RBI single by James Wood hold up to win a pitcher’s duel and take the fourth straight game in Stockton. … Lizarraga has given up two of fewer earned runs in each of his last eight starts, posting a 2.02 ERA over that stretch. Lizarraga, 18, grew up between San Diego and Tijuana and if you haven’t read David’s Q&A with him, give it a look. … Wood, 19, now has 28 extra-base hits in 49 games and has walked 37 times against only 42 strikeouts. His performance has swayed perhaps his loudest detractor after last year’s draft, Keith Law, who addressed the 19-year-old’s breakout campaign in our discussion with him about another strong Padres draft class earlier this month. … After bouncing around the Dodgers’ system and hitting .200/.274/.323 between three different levels in only 73 plate appearances, Juan Zabala, 22, has found a home with the Padres. The catcher and designated hitter has hit .357/.443/.500 in 113 plate appearances with the Storm.

Roster Notes: Infielder Jackson Merrill is back with the Storm and should be activated in time for Sunday’s game. He is expected to be in the lineup.

ACL Padres 5, ACL Mariners 4

Key Statistics: 1B-3B Josttin Diaz 2-3, 2B; LF Ruben Salinas 1-4 HR (4) 4 RBI; CF Samuel Zavala 0-2, 2 BB; RHP Henry Baez 5 IP, H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K

Graham Pauley in action with the Duke Blue Devils. (Photo:

Prospect Watch: Ruben Salinas, 19, had the big blast with a grand slam home run to move the ACL Padres within two games of .500. The Baja California native, one of the very few position players that hits from the right side but throws left, is hitting .317/.376/.500 this season. Salinas is leading the team with 38 hits, is second with four home runs, and has seen time at all three outfield positions. … Sixth-rounder Jakob Marsee and 13th-round pick Graham Pauley, 21, each made their first professional starts and went 0-for-2 on the day. Marsee, 21, struck out in just 11% of his plate appearances at Central Michigan this season. Pauley is a left-handed hitting infielder who primarily saw time at third base but can play second and hit .293/.402/.495 this year for Duke in 244 plate appearances. Undrafted free agent Braedon Karpathios replaced Marsee late in the game for his first professional plate appearance as well… Henry Baez, 19, is one of several quality pitchers the ACL Padres have on their staff. The 6-foot-3 Dominican has 37 strikeouts against 11 walks in 28.2 innings this season. His five-inning appearance was his longest of this season.

Posted by John Conniff

John grew up in Poway and has written for MadFriars since 2004. He has written articles for Baseball America, FoxSports San Diego, the El Paso Times, San Antonio Express-News, Amarillo Globe-News, Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette and Pacific Daily News in addition to appearing on numerous radio programs and podcasts. He can also break down the best places to eat for all five of the affiliates. There is no best place to eat in Peoria, Arizona.

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