Tacoma Rainiers 8, Chihuahuas 3
Key Stats: DH Wil Myers 0-for-1, 3 BB; RF Matt Beaty 0-for-1, HBP; SS Eguy Rosario 1-for-1, 2 BB, HBP, SB (17); 2B C.J. Hinojosa 1-for-3, HR (11), BB; RHP Matt Waldron 3 IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 2 K, 3 BB; LHP Tom Cosgrove 1 IP, 2 K, 1 BB; RHP Robert Suarez 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 K
Prospect Watch: The three Padres with El Paso for rehab assignments had mixed results as the club dropped the game to lose their road series. They head home having lost 7 of 9 since the All-Star break. Wil Myers, who is rejoining the big league club Monday, drew his first three walks since joining the Chihuahuas and struck out in his other trip to the plate as designated hitter. Myers hit .229/.289/.429 with a pair of homers in nine Triple-A games as he worked back from a knee injury. … Robert Suarez worked an inning for the second time in three days as he comes back from his own knew issue. The hard-throwing reliever was charged with an unearned run after giving up a pair of singles, but struck out two more batters as well. He will be eligible to come off the 60-day IL later this week. … Matt Beaty was hit on the upper forearm in his first trip to the plate. After a relatively extended conversation with the trainer and manager Jared Sandberg, the outfielder stayed in the game at that point, but he was lifted after a strikeout to end the second. His rehab assignment has already had several fits and starts, so it will be worth watching if he’s in the lineup Tuesday. … Eguy Rosario capped his stellar July by reaching base four more times Sunday, pushing his line for the month to .364/.449/.670. He also swiped his sixth base of the month in seven tries for good measure. Subscribers can read John’s interview with the sparkplug infielder from yesterday.
Midland RockHounds 13, Missions 12 (12 innings)
Key Stats: Connor Hollis 2-for-5, BB, 2 2B, PO/CS; LF Tirso Ornelas 5-for-6, 2 2B; 1B Yorman Rodriguez 1-for-5, BB, HR (11); RHP Reggie Lawson 1.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 K, 3 BB; RHP Angel Felipe 2 IP, 1 H, 3 K
Prospect Watch: After the Missions rallied to tie with four runs in the eighth and plated a pair in the 10th, they took a deflating loss when Midland walked them off with a two-run double in West Texas. The loss came despite a 13-hit, 10-walk attack by a San Antonio lineup led by Tirso Ornelas. The big left-handed hitter collected his first career five-hit game, including a pair of doubles, ending the day with his average sitting at an even .300. Ornelas, 22, had a brutal May, but he’s posted an .830 OPS over the last two months while striking out just 31 times in 172 plate appearances. He’s started all but one game in left field this year as he’s quickly shifted down the defensive spectrum, so he’s going to need to continue to increase his production. … After missing two games, Connor Hollis returned to the lineup and had a pair of doubles and a walk. The infielder has now hit in 12 straight and reached base in 19 in a row. … After a stellar June, Reggie Lawson has had a rough month. The RockHounds chased him in the second inning with three earned runs already in and the bases loaded Sunday. Lawson has been tagged for nine earned runs in just 6.1 inning across his last three starts. The righty, who turns 25 this week, has had an up-and-down campaign coming back from elbow and shoulder injuries. Overall, he sports a 5.34 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 62.2 innings. After surrendering a pair of homers Sunday, he’s at 11 in just 60.2 innings.
TinCaps 8, Peoria Chiefs 2
Key Stats: 2B Max Ferguson 2-for-5, 2B, HR (3), SB (4); CF Robert Hassell III 1-for-5, HR (10); RF Joshua Mears 1-for-5, HR (10); 1B Cole Cummings 4-for-5; LHP Jackson Wolf 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 9 K, 1 BB
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps scored in five of their final six innings to roll to victory and split their series in Peoria. Both Robert Hassell III and Joshua Mears connected on their 10th Midwest League homers of the season, while Max Ferguson had a double and homer and stole a base. Hassell has gone 9-for-40 since returning from the Futures Game, shaving 27 points off his season OPS, but he’s still outproduced league average by about a third for the year. … After a five strikeout series opener, Mears has hit in five in a row, collecting a pair of homers along the way. Just 11 of his 27 trips to the plate in the series ended with a ball in play, but he converted them for five hits. … Cole Cummings had four of the TinCaps hits, all singles. For the month, he’s had just five extra-base hits in 100 trips to the plate, well below his pace since signing as an undrafted free agent last summer. … With the offense firing on all cylinders, Jackson Wolf converted for his fifth win of the season while surrendering just one earned run. The 6-foot-7 lefty tossed five innings, recording nine strikeouts to cross the century mark for the year. He’s carrying a 4.40 ERA over 88 innings of work, but opponents have hit just .223 against him on the year.
Storm 11, Stockton Ports 9
Key Stats: SS Jackson Merrill 0-for-5, R; CF James Wood 4-for-5, 2B, HR (10); RF Justin Farmer 1-for-2, 2 BB, 2B, SB (32); LHP Bodi Rascon 1.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 0 K, 1 BB; RHP Aaron Holiday 1.1 IP, 0 H, 3 K, 1 BB
Prospect Watch: While starter Bodi Rascon struggled for the first time in over a month and failed to make it out of the second inning, the Storm offense bailed him out with four runs in the seventh inning to take the win. The 6-foot-5 lefty from Texas was tagged with five earned runs and didn’t record a strikeout, a far cry from the 0.43 ERA he’d posted over his previous four outings. Drafted in the 14th round back in 2019, Rascon got the equivalent of fifth-round money to bypass a commitment to Oklahoma State as a bet on his ability to add velocity and find more consistency in pro ball. … The offense was, once again, led by James Wood, who connected on his 10th homer in 50 Cal League games as part of a four-hit night. The big left-handed hitter continues to assert a claim as one of the top hitting prospects in the game, now sporting a 1.003 OPS across 81 professional games. Each of Wood’s slash line stats would rank second on the circuit if he had enough plate appearances to qualify. Thanks to his two trips to the IL to deal with a wrist injury, he’s still a week or so away from showing on the leader boards. … Jackson Merrill returned to the Storm lineup after missing more than three months with a broken wrist and subsequent strained hamstring. The club’s 2021 first-round pick didn’t collect a hit, but he’s still carrying a .361 average on the year. … Justin Farmer reached base three times with a pair of walks and a double and swiped his 32nd base of the season as the back-half of a double steal that allowed Carlos Luis to take home. The 23-year-old from Florida is one of just 12 players in double-digits for homers and 30 or more stolen bases on the year, and his nearly 20% walk rate has further fueled a strong debut season.