Sugar Land Space Cowboys 12, Chihuahuas 11
Key Statistics: 1B Taylor Kohlwey, 4-for-5, 3 R, 2B, 3B, HR (10), 3 RBI; DH Luis Campusano, 2-for-5, R, HR (11), 3 RBI; 3B-LF Brett Sullivan, 3-for-4, 2 HR (5,6), 2 RBI, BB; SS C.J. Hinojosa, 2-for-5, 2 RBI; RHP Pedro Avila, 3.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 6 K; LHP Jose Castillo, 2 IP, H, ER, BB, 5 K; LHP Tom Cosgrove (L, 2-1) IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB
Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas socked four homers on the night but it wasn’t enough to beat the Space Cowboys in El Paso. … In many years, Taylor Kohlwey’s 2022 performance could have lead to a big league opportunity. He may not have a place to play in San Diego currently, but Kohlwey is epitomizing the adage of “focus on what you can control.” The 27-year-old outfielder hit for the cycle Tuesday evening. He started the evening with an RBI single, hit a solo homer in the third, doubled in a run in the fourth, and tripled in the seventh inning to complete the feat. He is the fourth Chihuahuas player to hit for the cycle and the second man named Taylor to accomplish the feat. Taylor Lindsay hit for the first cycle in El Paso Chihuahuas history. Jason Vosler and Carlos Asuaje also achieved the feat for the franchise. Kohlwey’s big night raised his batting average to .324 – just two points off of the league lead. …
Brett Sullivan clubbed two homers and drew a walk in the loss. The versatile Sullivan started the game at third base before moving to left field later in the game. The former Ray and Brewer is 8-for-12 over his last three games. … Luis Campusano started as the designated hitter and had two hits, including his 11th homer of the season. After slugging just .348 in July, Campusano has powered up significantly so far in August. The blast was his third of the month in just six games. The multi-hit effort extended Campusano’s hitting streak to five games.
Roster Moves: Overall, it was the busiest day of the year for roster moves as every full-season club had multiple transactions. Let’s dive in.
El Paso: RHP’s Carlos Belen, RHP Jose Quezada, and Angel Felipe were promoted from San Antonio to the Chihuahuas to help fortify a Chihuahuas bullpen that will see some heavy turnover. For Belen, it took nine years to make his way to Triple-A. He has been playing in the Padres’ system since 2013 and converted to the mound in 2018. Belen had a 4.32 ERA in 27 games with the Missions. … Quezada, 26, has pitched in four games this season for El Paso and the results weren’t pretty. He gave eight earned runs in 4.1 innings. With the Missions, the results were much better. He had a sparkling 0.64 ERA in 14 innings. He walked just two while striking out 17. … Felipe, 24, was signed by the Padres in the off-season as a minor league free agent. In 32 appearances with the Missions, Felipe had a 3.18 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 39.2 innings. … The Padres released a pair of relievers with big league experience, left-hander Travis Bergen and right-hander Aaron Northcraft. The 28-year-old Bergen had a 4-0 record with a 4.07 ERA in 25 games with El Paso. Northcraft, 32, pitched in five games with the Padres last year and posted a solid 2.25 ERA. In 31.1 innings this season, the submariner pitched a 3.16 ERA.
Missions 6, Frisco RoughRiders 5
Key Statistics: SS Fernando Tatis Jr., 2-for-2, 2B, 3B, 2 R, 2 BB; 1B Yorman Rodriguez, 2-for-5, R,2B, 2 RBI; 3B Juan Fernandez, 2-for-4, RBI; RHP Henry Henry (W, 3-0) 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K; RHP Moises Lugo, 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, ER, 2 BB, 2 K; LHP Fred Schlichtholz (S, 1) IP, H, ER, BB, K
Prospect Watch: The Missions opened their series in Frisco with a win against the RoughRiders. … We know the main reason why you are here, so let’s get it out of the way: Right-hander Henry Henry completed five innings for the first time this year. The man with the 80-grade name allowed a pair of earned runs on three hits, walking two and striking out five. Henry made his third consecutive start after starting the season in the bullpen. The 23-year-old has made three consecutive starts for the first time since 2018 when he was a member of the Tri-City Dust Devils. … Oh, you are here for the other big story in the Texas League. Fernando Tatis Jr. started at shortstop and reached base in all four of his plate appearances. The 23-year-old superstar doubled to lead off the game, walked in his next two trips to the plate, then tripled in the seventh before giving way to pinch-runner Connor Kaiser. Tatis Jr. was originally slated to start the game in center field but he was moved to short to avoid playing in the rain-soaked grass in the outfield. In three appearances with the Missions, Tatis Jr. is hitting .286/.545/.714. … Juan Fernandez started at third base and had a pair of singles to go with an RBI. Fernandez has hit safely in all seven games that he has played in August. He has just one extra-base hit during the stretch but he has driven in six runs. Fernandez is hitting a cool .444/.464/.556 to start August.
Roster Moves: The Missions received right-hander Grant Gavin from the Chihuahuas. Gavin, 27, pitched to a 4.85 ERA with El Paso in 33 games. He struck out 48 batters in 39 innings. He should slot into the end of the Missions’ bullpen. … Left-hander Noel Vela, right-hander Edwuin Bencomo, and outfielder Matthew Acosta were all promoted from the TinCaps. Vela, 23, earns his first trip to Double-A after performing well for the TinCaps this season. The southpaw has dominated at times but his command issues have led to some inconsistent results. He is the top pitching prospect currently active in the system. He was 6-7 with a 3.83 ERA in 20 starts this year. In 87 innings, he struck out 101 batters. … Bencomo, 23, has generally been excellent in the bullpen for Fort Wayne over the past two years. This season, the right-hander has pitched 55 innings out of the TinCaps’ bullpen. He has a 2.44 ERA this season. … Outfielder/first baseman Matthew Acosta will join his third affiliate of the season. Between the three stops, the former USC star is hitting .234/.328/.364 with seven homers and 33 RBI. … To make room for Acosta, outfielder Wyatt Ulrich headed to Fort Wayne. The 26-year-old was hitting .209/.277/.209 in 11 games for San Antonio. He was signed from the independent American Association, where he was playing with the Sioux Falls Canaries.
Lake County Captains 3, TinCaps 1
Key Statistics: CF Joshua Mears, 2-for-3, R, HR (12), 2B, RBI; DH Carlos Luis, 1-for-3; RHP Efraín Contreras, 3 IP, BB, 4 K; RHP Nick Thwaits (L, 3-4) 2 IP, H, ER, BB
Prospect Watch: Fort Wayne managed just four hits in a loss on the road in Eastlake, Ohio. … Center fielder Joshua Mears was the TinCaps’ offense Tuesday night. He doubled and hit his 12th Midwest League homer of the year. As we note the good with Mears, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the concern; Mears struck out just once Tuesday. In seven August games, Mears is hitting an excellent .333/.360/.667 with two homers, five RBI, and a walk, yet with 10 strikeouts in 25 plate appearances, his K rate is hovering at 40%. Mears will need to continue to whittle down the strikeouts to get to his power more frequently in game action. … Right-hander Efraín Contreras started for Fort Wayne and pitched three scoreless innings, walking one and striking out four. Contreras left a start on July 13 with an arm injury and missed roughly three weeks. He is working on getting stretched back out as a starter. After working two innings his last time out, Contreras got back to three innings. He has not allowed a run over his last five innings.
Roster Moves: Nope, we are not even close to being done! The TinCaps received starters Garrett Hawkins and left-hander Bodi Rascon from Lake Elsinore. Hawkins, 22, has been the Storm’s undisputed ace in a season in which they will make the playoffs. In 17 starts for the Storm, the righty had a 3.94 ERA with 108 strikeouts in 77.2 innings. … LHP Bodi Rascon had a 4-2 record with a 4.20 ERA in 64.1 innings with the Storm. The 21-year-old will get his first taste of High-A at some point this week. … Right-handed reliever Sam Keating was released. The 23-year-old was the Padres’ fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft, out of high school in Florida. The righty has had issues with command and wasn’t able to develop as a starter. He attempted to remake himself as a submarining reliever, but will finish his Padres career with a 6.88 ERA in 111 appearances.
Storm 5, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 4
Key Statistics: SS Jackson Merrill, 1-for-4, R; RF Justin Farmer, 3-for-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI; CF Samuel Zavala, 1-for-3, BB; LHP Drew Pomeranz, IP, 2 H, ER, K; RHP Duncan Snider (W, 4-0) 6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K; LHP Ryan Och (S, 2) 0.1 IP, K
Prospect Watch: The Storm returned home and beat the Quakes to open their six-game series. …Big league reliever Drew Pomeranz had his rehab sent to Lake Elsinore. The lefty functioned as the opener and allowed a run on two hits before departing. Pomeranz opened his rehab stint last Friday in the ACL. It seems likely that Pomeranz will pitch again during the Storm’s homestand. … Right-hander Duncan Snider took over for Pomeranz and would have notched a quality start if he didn’t start his outing in the second inning. The 24-year-old Snider earned his fourth win, pitching six innings. He allowed three earned runs on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts. In 29 innings with the Storm, the righty from Muscatine, Iowa has a 2.17 ERA with just five walks and 35 strikeouts. The organization signed him out of the American Association, where he was pitching for Lake County. … Right fielder Justin Farmer had three hits, including a double. The 23-year-old has been a steady, on-base machine at the top of the order but he has been moved into the middle of the order with the return of Jackson Merrill. Farmer has 10 homers this year but he has not reached the seats since June 25. He is second in the Cal League with 81 walks.
Roster Moves: With Hawkins and Rascon departing, the Storm added four pitchers to their active roster. Three of them signed recently as undrafted free agents. Righties Will Geerdes, Matt Boswell, and Jared Kollar were added to the roster. In addition, righty Dylan Nedved was added to the roster. The former Iowa Hawkeye was the Padres’ ninth-round pick last month. He becomes the first 2022 draft pick to be added to a full-season roster. … Ryan Och, who had been working for Elsinore on a rehab assignment, was officially transferred from Fort Wayne.
ACL Padres 2, ACL White Sox 1 (7 innings)
Key Statistics: 2B Graham Pauley, 1-for-3, 2B; LF Juan Murillo, 1-for-3, R, 2B, RBI; 3B Josttin Diaz, 2-for-3, RBI, SB (4); RHP Jeferson Garcia, IP, K; RHP Jose Luis Reyes (W, 1-0) IP, K; RHP Miguel Rondon, 3.2 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, 6 K; RHP Brandon Heiss (S, 2) 1.1 IP, 3 K
Prospect Watch: The ACL bunch eked out a win against the ACL White Sox. If you like rehab assignments, then this was the game for you! Infielder Ethan Skender started at designated hitter and drew a walk in a pair of plate appearances. On the mound, right-hander Jeferson Garcia pitched a scoreless frame in his first appearance since May of last year when he appeared in a game with the Storm. Before that, he spent most of the 2018 and 2019 seasons in what was then the AZL, in addition to two total games with the Tri-City Dust Devils. If Garcia can show he’s healthy, he could make an appearance in Lake Elsinore before the end of the season. … 19-year-old Jose Luis Reyes took over for Garcia and earned the win with a scoreless return outing of his own. He made his professional debut in 2021, making 12 appearances in the ACL.
Roster Transactions: The remainder of the Padres’ draftees and undrafted free agents have all been officially activated and added to the roster in the desert.