OKC Dodgers 2, Chihuahuas 1
Key Statistics: 1B Brandon Dixon 1-for-4, HR (9), RBI; RF Luis Liberato 1-for-2, BB, SB (8); RHP Anderson Espinoza (L, 4-4) 4.0 IP 4 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 4 K; RHP Jake Sanchez 3.0 IP 2 H 3 K; RHP Moises Lugo 1.0 IP K
Prospect Watch: In one of the non-fun parks of the PCL, El Paso was held to three hits on the night as the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City bounced back from three previous losses in the series and will try to even it on Sunday. … Brandon Dixon accounted for the lone Chihuahuas run with a sixth-inning solo shot to left field, his second home run in three games. He now has nine home runs in 29 games with the Chihuahuas to go along with 19 walks for a .373 on-base percentage in 121 plate appearances. Unfortunately, this hasn’t translated to the major leagues, as he has a batting average of .203 and a .573 OPS in 86 plate appearances. … Austin Nola was behind the plate in one of the better pitching performances by El Paso’s staff this season but went hitless in three plate appearances in his second game with Chihuahuas and has yet to get his first hit. … After three scoreless innings; Jake Sanchez has a 1.86 ERA in 9.2 July innings after posting a 12.79 in June in 12.2. In the winter, the Padres signed the Brawley Union HS grad as a minor league free agent. He had been pitching in Mexico since 2018.
Frisco RoughRiders 8, Missions 6
Key Statistics: 2B Ripken Reyes 1-for-2, 3B, 2 BB; SS Jackson Merrill 2-for-4, RBI, CF Daniel Johnson1-for-3, HR (8), 2 RBI, BB; C Chandler Seagle 1-for-3, BB; LHP Daniel Camarena (L, 1-5) 3.2 IP 7 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 K; RHP Duncan Snider 2 IP 3 R, 2 BB, K; RHP Justin Lopez 1 IP H, R, BB, K
Prospect Watch: The Missions closed the gap on the RoughRiders to 4-3 on Daniel Johnson’s solo home run to right center in the top of the sixth. But in the bottom of the inning, Thomas Saggese hit his third grand slam for Frisco to pull away. San Antonio loaded the bases in the ninth before Jackson Merrill launched a sacrifice fly that just missed going out off Matt Bush, who the Padres drafted first overall a few weeks after Merrill turned one. … Merrill, 20, came into the game as the Texas League leader for the week in hits with eight as he has been swinging the bat since his promotion from High-A Fort Wayne. While Merrill only has one walk in his first 37 plate appearances, he has only struck out three times and has five extra-base hits, including a home run. … Ripken Reyes walked twice and was hit by a pitch. He continues to lead the Texas League in on-base percentage at a .428 clip, thanks to 51 walks and an absurd 35 HBPS in 74 games from setting up right on top of the plate from both sides. The closest comparison in recent years for San Antonio was Ty France in 2018, who was hit by a pitch 18 times in 112 games. … Working on just two days rest, Jairo Iriarte tossed a scoreless inning of relief. The 21-year-old allowed his first Double-A baserunners with a hit and a walk Saturday but has tossed five scoreless frames over three appearances since joining the Missions.
TinCaps 6, Lake County Captains 2
Key Statistics: 2B Graham Pauley 2-for-4, 2B, RBI; RF Lucas Dunn 2-for-4, HR (7), 2 RBI; 3B Kervin Pirchardo 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB; C Anthony Villar 2-for-4, RBI; RHP Victor Lizarraga (W, 2-5) 5.0 IP 4 H, 4 BB, 3 K; RHP Ethan Routzahn 2.0 IP, 3 H, R, K
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps got on the board early as Graham Pauley’s double plated the first run, followed by Lucas Dunn’s two-run blast – his first home run at Parkview Field – to get an early three-run lead. Fort Wayne got five shutout innings from Victor Lizarraga and held on to get their second win of the week with a chance to split the series on Sunday. … Pauley, 22, was one of the best hitters in the Cal League before being promoted in late June. The left-handed hitter from Duke has nine extra-base hits and 10 walks in his first 20 games in the Midwest League, with a 21.5% strikeout rate in 83 plate appearances, which is manageable despite jumping from 14.5% in 276 with the Cal League. … Dunn, 24, continues a scorching July with a .375/.470/.536 slash line in his second year with the TinCaps. This season he’s gone back to playing all over the field rather than primarily being ensconced at one position. … Lizarraga, 19, got his second win of the season and, for the first time, didn’t give up any runs. The walks remain an issue, particularly for this month, but one statistic that jumps out is that in 16 innings, batters are only hitting .161 against him this month.
Storm 22, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 4
Key Statistics: DH Kai Murphy 2-for-4, HR (6), 2 RBI, BB; LF Tyler Robertson 3-for-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI; CF Samuel Zavala 0-for-1, RBI, 3 RBI; 3B Devin Ortiz 2-for-4, 2 2B, 4 RBI, BB; RF Nick Vogt 3-for-5, 2 2B, 5 RBI, BB 2 SB (12); SS Rosman Verdugo 2-for-5, 2 RBI, BB; 1B Victor Duarte 2-for-5, 2 RBI; C Oswaldo Linares 2-for-4, 2 RBI, BB; RHP Henry Williams 3.2 IP 2 H, 4 R, 5 BB, 5 K; RHP Enmanuel Pinales (W, 1-0) 2.1 IP 2 H 3 K; RHP Ruben Galindo 1.0 IP 2 K; RPH Kobe Robinson 2.0 IP BB 4 K
Prospect Watch: Down a run in the bottom of the first, the Storm’s first five batters reached base and scored. The visitors cut the lead to 5-4 in the bottom of the fourth. Lake Elsinore returned with 17 more runs, the team’s most since 2011. Tyler Robertson, Devin Ortiz, and Nick Vogt each hit a pair of doubles, and after a rough fourth inning by starter Henry Williams, the Storm’s bullpen of Enmanuel Pinales, Ruben Galindo, and Kobe Robinson put zeros on the board for the last five and a third with nine strikeouts against a single walk. … Robertson, 23, continues to have a strong season, leading the team in batting average at .326, slugging percentage at .526, and second in on-base percentage at .429. He was sidelined for almost two months by a hamstring injury, so he has only 166 plate appearances in 34 games, but the highly athletic 6-foot-4, 200-pound outfielder, who has also stolen 18 bases in 19 attempts, was a nice find in the 14th round of last year’s draft. … Kai Murphy, 22, a non-drafted free agent from 2022 – and the son of former Padres manager Pat Murphy – has quietly put up a .796 OPS. He has been especially hot in July, with a .378 OBP and a .559 slugging percentage. In college, the 5-foot-9 left-hander pitched but has only been an outfielder as a professional, with most of his appearances coming in left field. … Williams, 21, struggled with his command, which is somewhat to be expected from a pitcher still coming back from Tommy John surgery. This month he’s walked eight batters in 15.2 innings and four starts, but he’s also punched out 17 as the league is still only hitting .232 against him. … Lake Elsinore is up three games to two and will try to win the series on Sunday.
ACL Padres 8, ACL Rockies
Key Statistics: DH Homer Bush, Jr 1-for-3, SB, BB, RBI; 3B Eguy Rosario 3-for-4, HR (1) GS, 4 RBI; 1B Romeo Sanabria 2-for-3, HR (6), 2 RBI; SS Nik McClaughry 0-for-1, 2 BB; 2B Jay Beshears 0-for-2, BB; RHP Jordan Guerrero 1.0 IP, 2 H, R, 2 K; RHP Jhosep Chirinos (W, 2-1) 2.0 IP, H, 4 K
Prospect Watch: Homer Bush, Jr., Nik McClaughry, and Jay Beshears, all from this year’s draft class, made their professional debuts. Bush, 21, the fourth-round selection and son of fellow Padres draftee Homer Bush, had a breakout season for Grand Canyon University hitting .370/.478/.500 with 25 stolen bases in 31 attempts after posting an OPS of .333 in his freshman and .696 in his sophomore year. At 6-foot-3, 200-pounds, he becomes one of the better athletes in the Padres’ system and has played all three outfield positions in college. This year the Antelopes, which have only been a Division 1 since 2017, had three players taken in the first five rounds. He had a pretty good day for his pro debut, reaching base twice, driving in a run, and stealing a bag. … While his fellow Arizonan, Nik McClaughry, 23, didn’t quite have the same success, he did reach base twice. The 5-foot-9 former Wildcat was the tenth-round pick as the Pac-12 defensive player of the year. Offensively he nearly walked (35) as much as he struck out (36) in route to a .429 on-base percentage. … Beshears, 21, who will join his former Duke teammates Henry Williams and Graham Pauley in the organization – by now, probably tired of hearing about the “dry heat” – also reached base but went hitless in his debut. Beshears transferred to Duke after playing two years at Northwestern University and led the Blue Devils in slugging percentage (.586) and was second in on-base percentage at .438. At 6-foot-4, 215 lbs. He may not stick at second base, but his collegiate career has also seen time at third base and both corner outfield positions. … Eguy Rosario, who first appeared in the Arizona league when his new organization mates were about to start high school, had three hits including a homer in his second game in this pass at a rehab assignment. If he gets through the next few days without discomfort, expect to see him back out in El Paso quickly.
Notes: Jackson Wolf made his major league debut and got the win going five innings, giving up six hits and three earned runs with a walk and a strikeout.