Chihuahuas 15, Oklahoma City Dodgers 5
Key Statistics: 2B Eguy Rosario, 0-for-4; DH Preston Tucker, 1-for-1, 3 R, 2B, RBI, 4 BB; SS José Iglesias, 3-for-5, 2 R, 2B, 3 RBI; CF Jose Azocar, 4-for-5, R, 2B, SB (2), 2 RBI; 1B Taylor Kohlwey, 2-for-4, 2 R, BB, 3 RBI; LF Luis Liberato, 2-for-5, 3 R, 2 HR (2, 3), 3 RBI; RHP Angel Sánchez, 4 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; LHP Jared Koenig (W, 2-2) 2 IP, H, BB, 3 K
Prospect Watch: El Paso put up 15 runs on 15 hits to blow out Oklahoma City at home. … The big blasts came off the bat of left fielder Luis Liberato who slugged two homers in the victory. Liberato homered in the second the traditional way, then added an inside-the-park homer in the fifth. Surprisingly, Liberato came into Tuesday’s game with just one homer in 143 plate appearances. Last season, the 27-year-old slugged a career-high 20 homers and earned his first brief big league promotion. Liberato’s big night raises his OPS to .833 – about 50 points lower than last season in the Sun City. … Second baseman Eguy Rosario began his rehab assignment with an 0-for-4 night. He broke his ankle with his winter league club, costing him the chance to compete for a spot on the big league roster to open the year. Assuming that Rosario produces in El Paso, he adds much-needed position player depth to the system. … Center fielder Jose Azocar had a four-hit night, including a double. The speedy Azocar added his second steal since joining the El Paso roster. The 27-year-old has taken his demotion in stride, hitting .474 (9-for-19) in four games with the club. In 2021, the outfielder known as “Sugar” hit .306/.352/.520 in 20 games with the Chihuahuas. … José Iglesias extended his hitting streak to seven games with a three-hit performance. Iglesias had a double and two singles and drove in three runs. Iglesias’ continued offensive prowess raised his El Paso OPS to .924. … Designated hitter Preston Tucker doubled and walked four times, reaching base in every plate appearance. Tucker’s RBI came on a bases-loaded walk. The 32-year-old raised his on-base percentage for the year to a cool .500 in the process. His 1.206 OPS leads the circuit.
Missions 6, Wichita Wind Surge 5
Key Statistics: RF Tirso Ornelas, 2-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI; C Yorman Rodriguez, 1-for-4, HR (1), RBI; 3B Juan Fernandez, 2-for-3, R, 2B, BB, SB (5); LHP Daniel Camarena, 2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, BB, 3 K; RHP Kevin Kopps, 2.2 IP, H, BB, 2 K
Prospect Watch: The Missions fell behind 5-0 early and trailed 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth before Tirso Ornelas stroked a bases-loaded double for the Missions to swipe a victory from the Wind Surge. … With a two-hit night, Ornelas has hit safely in all five contests this month. During the five-game hitting streak, the 23-year-old is hitting .348/.400/.565. … Third baseman Juan Fernandez singled, doubled, drew a walk, and stole his fifth base of the year Tuesday night. The 24-year-old raised his batting average to .328. Fernandez does an excellent job of making consistent contact, but his lack of power limits his upside. Fernandez has homered just once in 596 career plate appearances as a Mission. Fernandez is slugging just .376 with San Antonio this year. … The Gary Sanchez effect has caused a ripple effect throughout the system. … With Brett Sullivan‘s demotion to Triple-A, there was no more room on the roster for Yorman Rodriguez, and he was subsequently demoted to Double-A. Yorman connected on his second Missions homer of the year – his only hit of the night. Rodriguez should get the lion’s share of the work behind the dish, as his offensive potential supersedes defensive stalwart Chandler Seagle and 30-year-old Michael De La Cruz. The 25-year-old Rodriguez has homered twice in four games for the Missions. … Reigning MadFriars Pitcher of the Week Daniel Camarena could not replicate last week’s success. In his previous outing, he allowed just one hit in six innings. Tuesday, he lasted just two innings and allowed five runs on six hits, walking one and striking out three. The rough outing raised his ERA to 8.41. … Righthander Kevin Kopps ended a dubious four-appearance streak in which he allowed at least one earned run. Kopps kept the Wind Surge off the board for 2.2 innings, allowing just a walk and a hit. He notched a pair of strikeouts as well. The righty has shown better command this season, but more strikes have led to more hits. Last season, Texas League batters hit just .219 off of the former Arkansas hurler; that mark has jumped to .263 this year. Overall, Kopps has a 3.81 ERA in 15 games.
Roster Moves: The Missions received righthander James Bourque from the ACL. The 29-year-old has seven games of big league experience, coming with the Washington Nationals in 2019 and 2020. Last season, he pitched in seven games with Triple-A Iowa in the Cubs organization. He signed a minor league deal with the Padres last month. Righty Henry Henry was placed on the development list to make room on the roster.
TinCaps 6, Quad Cities River Bandits 3
Key Statistics: SS Jackson Merrill, 1-for-3, BB, RBI; DH Carlos Luis, 2-for-4, R; C Brandon Valenzuela, 1-for-3, 2 R, 2B; BB; RHP Jairo Iriarte, 4 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; RHP Raul Brito (W, 1-0) 3 IP, H, 2 BB, 4 K; RHP Keegan Collett (S, 1) 2 IP, H, BB, K
Prospect Watch: Much like the Missions, the TinCaps trailed early and rallied late. Fort Wayne scored the final six runs of the evening to win in Davenport, Iowa. … Carlos Luis found the hit column twice and scored a run. The 23-year-old has two multi-hit games in four starts this month, going 4-for-13 so far in June. … Catcher Brandon Valenzuela doubled and drew a walk. The 17th-ranked prospect in the system coming into the year struggled offensively last season with the TinCaps, but he has shown much more power this year. In 27 games this season, the 22-year-old has three homers and a .457 slugging percentage, the highest in his career. Parkview Field and the Midwest League favor pitchers, making Valenzuela’s power production very impressive. … Right-hander Jairo Iriarte showed flashes Tuesday but overall was inconsistent. He needed 88 pitches to complete five innings and allowed three runs on six hits. Since pitching the first six innings of a combined no-hitter on May 16, the 21-year-old righty has allowed 11 earned runs in 13 innings. The rough stretch has inflated his ERA from 1.73 to 3.69. … 26-year-old Raul Brito took over for Iriarte and stabilized things in the middle innings. The former Marlins farmhand pitched three innings, keeping Quad Cities off of the board. He allowed a hit, walked two, and struck out four. Last season, Brito spent time in the Midwest League with Beloit, appearing in 33 games. He signed a minor league deal with the Padres last December.
Fresno Grizzlies 6, Storm 5
Key Statistics: DH Ethan Salas, 1-for-5, R, HR (1), 2 RBI; 3B Graham Pauley, 2-for-5; RF Albert Fabian, 2-for-5, 2 R, HR (8), RBI; SS Rosman Verdugo, 2-for-4, RBI; LHP Austin Krob, 5 IP, 6 H, R, 6 K; RHP Carter Loewen (L, 1-2) IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, K
— Lake Elsinore Storm (@Storm_Baseball) June 7, 2023
Prospect Watch: While the TinCaps and Missions overcame multi-run deficits, the Storm blew a four-run lead in this one to lose their first contest to Fresno this season. … Despite the crushing loss, this Storm game will be remembered as prized prospect Ethan Salas connected on his first professional homer. The left-handed swinging Salas hit a two-run jack to give the Storm a lead they couldn’t hold. Despite the homer, Salas also struck out three times. Salas has punched out eight times in 27 plate appearances through six games. You can’t ask for much more than the .300/481/.500 slash-line the 17-year-old has produced out of the gate. … Right fielder Albert Fabian had a multi-hit effort, including his team-leading eighth homer of the year. Per the Fresno Grizzlies broadcast, the ball left the bat at 105 mph. While Fabian’s track record of supplying homers has remained intact this season, his 4.7% walk rate has hindered his overall production. Despite being in the top five in the league in homers, his offensive production has been about league-average this season. … After a brutal May, 18-year-old Rosman Verdugo has shown signs of progress in the first week of June. The teenager from Ensenada had a pair of hits and drove in a run. Verdugo has back-to-back multi-hit games, equaling the amount of two-hit efforts he had all last month. Verdugo is hitting .278/.316/.444 through five games this month. … Southpaw Austin Krob continued his excellent season with five more stellar innings of work. Krob scattered six hits and allowed an unearned run before giving way to the bullpen. For the second time this season, Krob pitched five or more innings without allowing a walk. The former TCU star lowered his ERA to 1.54 and leads qualified starters in the Cal League by more than a full run as of press time.
ACL Padres 11, ACL Cubs 8
Key Statistics: C Oswaldo Linares, 1-for-3, 2 R, HR (1), BB, 2 RBI; RF Eddy Beltre, 1-for-4, 2 R, BB, HR (1), 2 RBI; DH Lamar King Jr., 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB; SS Spence Coffman, 2-for-4, 2 R, BB, RBI; RHP Gabe Mosser, IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, K; LHP Brian Gonzalez (W, 1-0) 2 IP, H, 4 K; RHP Jhosep Chirinos (S, 1) IP, BB, 3 K
Prospect Watch: If you like homers and rehab assignments, this game was for you, as the ACL Padres notched their first victory. … One of my favorite pastimes is looking at the temperature at first pitch for 6 pm start times in Phoenix. On Tuesday, it was cool 95 degrees when the two teams began the evening. … Righty Gabe Mosser pitched the first inning and allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits in an inning of work. It was the 26-year-old’s first appearance of the year. He missed most of last season with an injury. … Oswaldo Linares connected on his first homer stateside in the victory. The 20-year-old catcher also drew a walk. The young catcher began the season with the Storm but played sparingly after Anthony Vilar tormented the Cal League in April. Linares showed offensive potential in the DSL last year, and should split time with Lamar King Jr. and Carlos Rodriguez behind the dish. … Spence Coffman didn’t record a hit last year in five games in the ACL, but he’s looked good early on. After a hit and two walks in his season debut, Coffman had his first multi-hit effort on Tuesday. The 19-year-old was the Padres’ 19th-round pick out of high school in Mississippi last year. Coffman bypassed a commitment to Southeastern Louisiana University to sign with the Padres. … Outfielder Eddy Beltre connected on his first homer of the season in the win over the ACL Royals. Like Linares, it was Beltre’s first stateside homer. The 19-year-old Beltre showed flashes in the ACL debut last season, posting a .394 on-base percentage in 28 games.