Chihuahuas 7, Oklahoma City Dodgers 3 (10 innings)
Key Statistics: LF Matt Beaty, 2-for-5; C Luis Campusano, 1-for-5, R, HR (13), 2 RBI; CF Luis Liberato, 3-for-4, 3 R, 2 2B; SS C.J. Hinojosa, 3-for-4, BB, 2B, RBI; 1B Kyle Martin, 1-for-5, R, HR (12), 2 RBI; LHP Ryan Weathers, 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K; LHP Ray Kerr (W, 4-0) 2 IP, H, BB, 2 K
Prospect Watch: El Paso trailed 3-1 after 4 innings but they scored the final six runs of the game, including four in the tenth inning to win the series opener. … Catcher Luis Campusano went hitless in his first four at-bats before connecting on a two-run homer in the tenth to give El Paso a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. It was Campusano’s fourth homer this month and his 13th of the year. The 23-year-old hit 15 homers in both 2019 and 2021. Barring a September call-up, Campusano will have another month in Triple-A to reach a new career-high. … First baseman Kyle Martin followed Campusano’s blast with a two-run shot of his own – his 12th of the year. After a brutal July (.162/.250/.412), Martin has heated back up in August. The former Phillie draftee is slugging over .600 in August with three homers. … Left-hander Ryan Weathers shook off some struggles in the fourth inning and ended up completing five innings. The former first-rounder allowed three earned runs on six hits, walking a pair and striking out seven. It was just the fourth time this season that Weathers averaged more than a strikeout per inning in a start (22 starts). It’s easy to look at Weathers’ 6.67 ERA and 1.77 WHIP and point out his struggles. However, the much bigger concern is how his stuff has played at the highest level of the minors. Among qualifying pitchers in the PCL, Weathers has the lowest K% (15.2%) and the fourth-lowest SwStr% (10%). For Weathers to have success at any level, he will need to find a way to miss more bats. If you are looking for some positives, he has taken the ball at every turn and has typically been able to gut out five to six innings a night.
Missions 7, Midland RockHounds 3
Key Statistics: 2B Domingo Leyba, 2-for-4, R, RBI; 1B Yorman Rodriguez, 1-for-3, R, BB, RBI; C Webster Rivas, 2-for-4; CF Joshua Mears, 1-for-4, R, 3 K; RHP Brandon Komar (W, 3-3) 5 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K; RHP Moises Lugo (S, 2) 3 IP, 2 H, BB, 4 K
Prospect Watch: The Missions allowed three runs in the first inning but they had the last laugh by scoring the final seven runs to beat Midland. … Infielder Domingo Leyba continued his solid season by adding a pair of singles and an RBI to his ledger. The 26-year-old infielder has slowed down a bit in August. Despite the slow month, he is second on the team with a .786 OPS this season. … Center fielder Joshua Mears was promoted from High-A earlier in the day and went 1-for-4 in his Double-A debut. He singled and struck out three times. The 21-year-old posted an .815 OPS and a 120 wRC+ this season with the TinCaps. Both those numbers are impressive for a 21-year-old in High-A, however, that isn’t the full story with Mears. He struck out in a staggering 43.5% of his 207 plate appearances in the Summit City. That number is not sustainable but if Mears can find a way to make more contact, he can be a force at the plate. His power is the loudest tool in the system. … Right-hander Moises Lugo pitched the final three innings and shut down the RockHounds offense, earning his second save in the process. Lugo allowed a pair of hits, walking one and striking out four. The 23-year-old right-hander has been absolutely lights-out in August. In 12. 1 innings this month, Lugo has a 0.73 ERA. He’s struck out 15 and walked just four. After working as a starter last season, Lugo has thrived in a multi-inning relief role. He will be Rule 5 eligible this winter and he has given the Padres a pretty compelling case to be added to the 40-man.
Great Lakes Loons 13, TinCaps 2
Key Statistics: RF Agustin Ruiz, 1-for-4, R, HR (5), 2 RBI; CF Justin Farmer, 2-for-4; C Anthony Vilar, 1-for-2, 2 BB; LHP Bodi Rascon (L, 0-2) 2.2 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 2 K; LHP Gabriel Morales, 2.1 IP, H, BB, 2 K
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps went up to Midland, Michigan, and were blown out by the Dodgers’ High-A club. … Right fielder Agustin Ruiz supplied all of the offense for the TinCaps with a two-run homer. The 22-year-old from Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico posted a .809 OPS last season in Fort Wayne and ultimately earned a promotion to San Antonio where he struggled down the stretch. This season he once again started with the Missions but was sent back to Fort Wayne after producing a .732 OPS in 23 games. He has actually produced a lower OPS in Fort Wayne (.679) than he did with the Missions. He has shown flashes of power at times and he’s still young enough to find the form that intrigued last season. … Justin Farmer made his TinCaps debut and had a pair of singles. The 23-year-old outfielder was hitting .224/.381/.370 with the Storm – a slash-line that was just above league average. … Left-hander Bodi Rascon started for the TinCaps and got knocked around. He allowed three home runs and seven earned runs in 2.2 innings. Rascon pitched to a 4.20 ERA in 64.1 innings with Lake Elsinore. Since his promotion to Fort Wayne though, the 21-year-old has allowed 15 earned runs in 6.1 innings which includes 5 homers. Rascon has thrown 69.2 innings – more than double the 32 he threw a year ago. He should get one more opportunity to finish the season on a positive note next week.
Roster Moves: It was a very busy day for roster moves up and down the system. In addition to Mears’ promotion to San Antonio and Farmer moving up to Fort Wayne, the TinCaps placed INF/OF Olivier Basabe on the seven-day injured list which likely will end his season. Taking his place on the roster is Charlis Aquino, who was with the Storm. The TinCaps also received Josttin Diaz from the ACL squad. The 20-year-old hit .246/.317/.413 in 44 games in the ACL. The organization also released outfielder Wyatt Ulrich from the active roster. Ulrich was signed by the Padres last month and he hit .180/.254/.180 in 18 games with the Missions and TinCaps.
Inland Empire 66ers 8, Storm 7
Key Statistics: 3B Marcos Castañon 1-for-5, R, HR (20), RBI; C Juan Zabala, 2-for-3, 2 R, BB; DH Nathan Martorella, 2-for-3, 2 R, BB; 2B Graham Pauley, 1-for-3, R, BB, 4 RBI; RHP Duncan Snider (L, 5-1) 3.2 IP, 9 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 3 K; RHP Jordan Guerrero, IP, 2 K; RHP Carter Loewen, IP, BB, K
Prospect Watch: It’s unclear whether the Storm had name tags Tuesday night but they probably needed them. Seven new players graced the roster for the Storm, along with a few departures (more on that later) but they could not will the Storm to the victory. … Marcos Castañon only had one hit but he made it count. The 23-year-old infielder connected on his 20th homer of the season. He joins Fernando Tatis Jr. and Hudson Potts as the only players to hit 20 or more homers at the Low-A level since AJ Preller started running the team in 2014. Overall, the infielder has an .892 OPS in his first full professional season. … Nathan Martorella made his Storm debut and began his tenure with the Storm the same way he ended his stint in the ACL; with a multi-hit game. Martorella drew a walk and had a pair of singles Tuesday night. The 21-year-old first baseman went 8-for-12 in his final three games in the ACL after a slow start to his professional career. In 39 plate appearances as a professional, the former Cal bear has a 1.105 OPS. … Second baseman Graham Pauley also made his Storm debut and he drove in four runs, tying his career high. Pauley’s big hit came in the eighth inning when he hit a bases-loaded double that drove in all three. The former Duke Blue Devil hit .213/.333/.447 in his pro debut in the desert. … Righty Duncan Snider turned in his first clunker of the season, taking his first loss in the process. In 3.2 innings, Snider allowed eight runs and nine hits, walking four and striking out three. The poor outing raised Snider’s ERA from 2.38 to 4.06.
Roster Moves: The Storm had a bevy of transactions. Here is the breakdown.
Promoted from the ACL: OF Jakob Marsee, INF Graham Pauley, 1B Nathan Martorella, OF Kai Murphy.
In addition to Pauley and Martorella, sixth-rounder Jakob Marsee was added to the roster. Lake Elsinore now features four position players who were drafted in July’s draft.
Added to the roster on rehab assignment: RHP Carter Loewen, RHP Jordan Guerrero.
The Storm got a pair of rehabbing righties, thanks to the Complex League season ending. Both pitchers worked a scoreless inning Tuesday and should provide some experience to a very young bullpen for the next few weeks.
Transferred from San Antonio: C Alison Quintero
Placed on the seven-day injured list: C Jared Alvarez-Lopez.
Transferred to the ACL: OF Ruben Salinas
Released from the roster: Angel Solarte
Catcher Jared Alvarez-Lopez was placed on the injured list with an undisclosed injury. With Alvarez-Lopez on the shelf, Quintero, Juan Zabala, and Colton Bender should split time behind the plate. … Outfielder Ruben Salinas was sent back to the ACL which will effectively end his season. The 19-year-old performed well in the desert (.318/.377/.500) but struggled mightily in a brief run with the Storm. He had just three hits in 38 at-bats with a whopping 24 strikeouts. … Outfielder Angel Solarte was released, ending his run as a Padres farmhand. In 66 games between the TinCaps and Storm, Solarte hit just .200/.299/.239. He was signed in 2017 as an international free agent.
ACL Mariners 8, ACL Padres 3 (7 innings)
Prospect Watch: It was closing time in the desert as we wave goodbye to another ACL season. The games may be over but the memories will last forever. … The ACL Padres lost their final game of the season and wrapped up the campaign with a 29-25 record. … Ruben Salinas touched down in Peoria and wrapped up a successful campaign with a pair of hits, including a double. Salinas will finish the ACL with a .300 average in what equates to his first season as a professional. … Right-hander Pierce Johnson joined the bevy of rehabbers in the desert by beginning his march back to the Padres. He started and completed a scoreless inning, striking out a batter. … Chase Walter followed up with a scoreless inning of his own. The 24-year-old struggled in his first outing on August 20. He failed to record an out while walking three batters. The former Western Carolina star will almost certainly move to another affiliate in the coming days.