Sugar Land Space Cowboys 4, Chihuahuas 2
Key Stats: DH Preston Tucker 0-for-3, BB; C Luis Campusano 1-for-4, RBI, PB; 1B Ben Gamel 1-for-3, 2B, BB; RHP Anderson Espinoza 4 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 K, 4 BB; RHP Moises Lugo 1 IP, 2 K
Prospect Watch: Anderson Espinoza returned after a three-game suspension for throwing at a batter in his last start and tossed four innings Sunday. The righty gave up a pair of solo homers in the outing, and has now allowed eight long balls in his last 22.1 innings of work. The 25-year-old has pitched to a 6.19 ERA across 16 starts on the year and is on track to approach his career high of 108.1 innings back in 2016. … Luis Campusano caught his third straight game and went 1-for-4 at the plate. He is 4-for-11 since moving his rehab assignment up from the complex league and is very likely to rejoin the Padres in Toronto. … Newly acquired Ben Gamel had one of the Chihuahuas’ two extra-base hits on the day, doubling to lead off the second inning. The 31-year-old lefthander made the start at first base. He came into the year with five career starts at first across over 1,400 professional games, but saw semi-regular work there in the Rays system through the first half of the year.
Northwest Arkansas Naturals 4, Missions 0
Key Stats: LF Daniel Johnson 2-for-4, 2 2B; RF Cole Cummings 2-for-3, 2 Outfield Assists; LHP Daniel Camarena 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 K, 1 BB; RHP Adam Mazur 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 K; RHP Efrain Contreras 2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, K, BB
Prospect Watch: The Missions offense continued to struggle, managing just five hits as they were shutout for the seventh time on the year. Daniel Johnson had a pair of doubles, San Antonio’s only extra-base hits on the day. The 28-year-old outfielder, who entered July with a .327 slugging percentage, has the two doubles and three homers in 10 games this month to move that mark for the year up to .370. … Cole Cummings had two hits at the plate, but was more impressive from right field as he threw out a pair of runners on back-to-back plays in the ninth inning. … A day after Jairo Iriarte worked his first relief outing of the year, Adam Mazur and Efrain Contreras both came out of the bullpen for a pair of innings for San Antonio. Mazur, making his Double-A debut a year after he was the Padres’ second-round pick, gave up one run on a pair of hits while striking out three. Contreras was knocked around for six hits and a pair of runs over his two frames. With options dwindling for bullpen help at the big league level, the organization’s thinking is that the relief exposure will give the pitchers some experience with it should they be called upon to break into the big leagues in a bullpen role.
TinCaps 10, Great Lakes Loons 9
Key Stats: CF Jakob Marsee 1-for-4, HR (9), BB; RF Lucas Dunn 4-for-5, SB (10); 2B Graham Pauley 2-for-4, HR (4); DH Juan Zabala 1-for-4, HR (3); LHP Bodi Rascon 4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 K, 5 BB; RHP Keegan Collett (S, 4) 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 K, 3 BB
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps led 10-1 midway through the sixth inning, but barely held off the Loons, who left the bases loaded in the ninth inning after pulling within one. Graham Pauley led the offensive charge for Fort Wayne, connecting on a double and his fourth homer since joining the club and driving in four runs. In 15 games since his promotion, the Duke product is slugging .500, though his on-base percentage is off nearly 100 points from his production in Lake Elsinore as he’s striking out more and walking less against more advanced pitching. The 22-year-old has been one of several strong performers from day three of the Padres’ 2022 draft class. … Lucas Dunn kept up his hot July with four more hits. The utilityman, who was in right field Sunday, has improved each month since a sluggish April and now has his OPS up to .710 on the year. … Bodi Rascon had one of the season’s stranger pitching lines, allowing just one run over four innings despite allowing five walks and a homer. The 22-year-old lefty from Texas walked the bases loaded before getting a strikeout to end the first, then walked two of the first three batters in the second before again stranding them. Opponents are only hitting .229 against Rascon this year, but 29 walks in 50 innings have inflated his WHIP to 1.44. … After the Loons put up six runs against Alan Mundo and Carter Loewen in the sixth, they pulled to within one in the eighth. Keegan Collet came on for the ninth and issued three more walks and a single before ending the game on a strikeout. In 28 innings this year, Collet’s devastating breaking ball has helped him to 46 strikeouts, but his wildness has added up to 28 walks, leaving him with a 5.14 ERA despite some of the nastiest stuff in the organization.
Fresno Grizzlies 8, Storm 4
Key Stats: CF Samuel Zavala 1-for-4, 2B, BB; DH Ethan Salas 3-for-4, BB; 1B Devin Ortiz 2-for-5, 2B; LF Nick Vogt 1-for-4, HR (3); RHP Wilton Castillo 3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 K, 3 BB; RHP Kobe Robinson 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, BB
Prospect Watch: Ethan Salas picked up three more hits for his fifth multi-hit game of the month, pushing his OPS back up to its highest level since his first week with the Storm. The left-handed hitting catcher also drew a walk and has a healthy 34:23 strikeout-to-walk ratio through his first 33 professional games. … Devin Ortiz picked up a single and double, lifting his average to .291. A two-way player at the University of Virginia, Ortiz has played exclusively at the infield corners since signing as an undrafted free agent with San Diego last year. The 24-year-old opened the year in extended before a two week stint in Fort Wayne. In 32 games since joining the Storm, he’s posted a .760 OPS. … Big righty Wilton Castillo, making his second start and third appearance since joining the Storm, worked around three walks to allow just one earned run over three frames. The 23-year-old, who might be taller than his listed 6-foot-7 height, has struggled to use his long limbs to his advantage, often getting less extension than many of his rotation-mates. When he’s on, the Cuban native’s fastball can be a weapon.