The big club beats the Dodgers, and all five affiliate teams win on a good night in Padres land.

Chihuahuas 9, Salt Lake City Bees 7

Key Statistics:  2B Eguy Rosario 2-for-3, 2 BB, SB (3); C Brett Sullivan 2-for-4, HR (5), BB, 2 RBI; LF Oscar Mercado 1-for-4, HR (5), 3 RBI, BB; RF Taylor Kohlwey 0-1, 2 BB; SS Ray-Patrick Didder 1-for-2, 2B, 2 BB; RHP Michael Wacha 2 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 2 K; LHP Aaron Leasher 2.1 IP 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; RHP Eric Hanhold (W, 4-2) 1 IP BB, K; RHP Sean Reynolds 0.0 IP 2 ER, 3 BB; RHP Jake Sanchez 1 IP, 2 K; LHP Jared Koenig (S, 2) 1 IP

Brett Sullivan is having a big year with El Paso. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

Prospect Watch: A four-run sixth inning put the Chihuahuas up in Salt Lake City, but Brett Sullivan‘s fifth home run of the season, a two-run blast in the seventh, was the difference. The Bees rallied for two as newly-acquired Sean Reynolds walked the first three batters in the ninth inning before Jared Koenig could get the final three outs. Reynolds, 25, landed only four of his 16 pitches for strikes after striking out the side in his system debut Wednesday. … Michael Wacha got his rehab start and went two innings with mixed results, striking out two but allowing two hits and walking three in his first appearance since July 1. Bob Melvin had indicated that the club hoped the veteran would get 50-60 pitches in as he works back from shoulder fatigue. Wacha took 46 pitches to get through the two frames and didn’t push to get the extra work. … Sullivan, 29, who has been up and down with the Padres this year, is having the best offensive season of his minor league career with a .330/.405/.536 slash line with 26 extra-base hits in 47 Triple-A games. … Oscar Mercado, 28, also connected on his fifth homer for El Paso. The big league vet has performed well in his first 19 games in the Padres’ organization with a .947 OPS.

Jairo Iriarte made his first Double-A start on Saturday. (Photo: Vashaun Newman)

Missions 3,  Arkansas Travelers 0

Key Statistics: LF Ripken Reyes 1-for-2, BB, HBP, 2 SB (21), CS (7); SS Jackson Merrill 1-for-4, 2B, RBI; CF Daniel Johnson 1-for-4, HR (10), RBI; RHP Jairo Iriarte 1.1 IP 3 H, BB, 2 K; RHP Ryan Bergert 5.2 IP 2 H, BB, 8 K; RHP Efrain Contreras (S,1) 2 IP H, 3 K

Ripken Reyes’ versatility is one of his strengths. (Photo: Vashaun Newman)

Prospect Watch: The Missions topped the Travelers with a combined six-hit shutout to win their sixth straight game. Jairo Iriarte made his first start since his promotion to Double-A, as it appears the brief exposure to the bullpen will come to a close for now. Working three days after his last relief outing, the 21-year-old only threw 31 pitches, 20 strikes, and got a pair of strikeouts. … Ryan Bergert, 23, came in and did what he enjoys, striking eight batters in five innings. Through his first 17 innings in Double-A, his ERA is 2.65, while in 61.2 frames in High-A, it was 2.63. With the big outing Saturday, he has a 19:8 strikeout-to-walk ratio that lags his performance with Fort Wayne, but he has yet to allow a home run, which was a big problem in 2022. … Efrain Contreras, who grew up over the bridge from El Paso in Ciudad Juarez, tossed two innings to pick up his first save since the Dominican Summer League in 2018. The 23-year-old has been better since moving to the bullpen last month, posting a 3.27 ERA with 18 strikeouts over 11 innings. … While he’s seen most of his time this year at second base, Ripken Reyes, 26, was in left field, one of six different positions he’s played this season. The Texas League leader with a .443 on-base percentage reached base three more times, including his 40th hit by a pitch on the year. He is now three away from former Padre Carlos Quentin’s MiLB record of 43 in 2004, though, at 5-foot-7 and 185-pounds, he has a slightly different physical profile than Quentin.

TinCaps 10, Great Lakes Loons 1 (F/5 innings)

Key Statistics: CF Jakob Marsee 1-for-1, 2 BB, HBP; SS Nerwilian Cedeño 2-for-3, RBI, BB; 3B Graham Pauley 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI; DH Albert Fabian 1-for-2, RBI, BB; C Juan Zabala 1-for-3, 3 RBI; LHP Miguel Cienfuegos, (W, 2-2) 5 IP 3 H, R, 2, BB, 4 K

Nerwilian Cedeno as a Fort Wayne Tenderloin. (Photo: Robert Escalante)

Prospect Watch: Playing as the Hoosier State Tenderloins in honor of Indiana’s iconic pork tenderloin sandwich, Fort Wayne sent 13 batters to the plate in the first inning and put eight runs on the board as they blew out the Dodgers’ High-A affiliate in a rain-shortened game. The big blow came from catcher Juan Zabala, who hit a massive three-run home to left field. It’s been a roller-coaster season for the 23-year-old who, after hitting below .160 in April and May, hit .324 in June and then .189 in July. … Miguel Cienfuegos, 26, threw 106 pitches to get through 5 innings but allowed only one run on three hits. In eight outings for Fort Wayne, Cienfuegos has a 2.88 ERA across 34.1 innings, holding opponents to a .203 average. … Graham Pauley had to settle for a two-run double in three trips to the plate Saturday. The 22-year-old leads the Midwest League with 29 RBI since he joined the TinCaps on June 29. On the season between Lake Elsinore and Fort Wayne, the 13th-round selection from Duke is hitting .299/.401/.520. … Jakob Marsee, 22, reached base four times, is second in the Midwest League with a .399 OBP, and has a league-best 80 walks.

Storm 10, Modesto Nuts 6,

Key Statistics: CF Tyler Robertson 1-for-4, BB; 3B Jay Beshears 2-for-5, 2 RBI; 1B Griffin Doersching 1-for-4, RBI, BB; SS Rosman Verdugo 3-for-5, HR (3), 2B, RBI; C Victor Duarte 2-for-4, BB; RHP Wilton Castillo 2.2 IP 7 H, 4 ER, BB, 2 K, HR; RHP Dwayne Matos 2.1 IP H, 2 ER, BB, 3 K, HR; RHP Dylan Nedved (W, 5-5) 2 IP, 2 H, BB, K; RHP Cole Paplham 1 IP, K

Rosman Verdugo has settled in as one of the youngest players in the Cal League. (Photo: Rosman Verdugo)

Prospect Watch: The Storm rallied from down 6-4 to put six runs on the board in the ninth to avoid the system’s only loss. The first eight batters of the inning reached base as the club got the benefit of four walks and an error. The go-ahead run came in when Samuel Zavala was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded before 2023 sixth-round draft pick Jay Beshears singled to plate two more. Beshears finished the night 2-for-5 and is hitting .250 through his first seven games with the Storm. … Rosman Verdugo fell a triple short of a cycle on a big night at the plate. The Ensenada, Mexico native, one of the youngest players in the Cal League, is coming off his best month of the season. The 18-year-old posted a .818 OPS for July and is off to an even stronger start this month. The middle infielder has cut his strikeout rate each month of the season. … Cole Paplham got the final three outs to end the Storm’s four-game losing streak. The hard-throwing righty has struck out 12 over 9.2 innings since coming off the IL at the end of June.

ACL Padres 10, ACL Diamondback 0 (7 innings)

Key Statistics: LF Homer Bush, Jr. 3-for-5, 2B; CF Dillion Head 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, 2 BB; 3B Jarryd Dale 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB, SB (5); 1B Romeo Sanabria 0-for-3, RBI, 2 BB; RF Daniel Montesino 2-for-2, 2 RBI, 3 BB; SS B.Y. Choi 1-for-4, RBI, BB; C Kaden Hollow 2-for-2, HR (1) RBI, 2 BB; RHP Braden Nett (W, 1-2) 6 IP, 6 K; RHP Xavier Ruiz 1 IP, H, K

Homer Bush, Jr. continues crushing in the ACL. (Photo: Jerry Espinoza)

Prospect Watch: Braden Nett, 21, turned in a stellar outing, carrying a no-hitter through six innings. Only an error behind him kept it from a perfect outing. An undrafted free agent signee out of St. Charles Community College in Missouri last year, Nett opened the year on the IL but has been underway since mid-June. The six innings he went to today doubled his longest outing of the season. Across 21.1 innings, he has 27 strikeouts, but he’s also walked 19, leaving him with a 5.06 ERA despite holding opponents to a .203 average. Not giving up a walk in his longest outing is a huge step in the right direction. … Homer Bush, Jr., 21, continued terrorizing the ACL with three more hits. In his first 46 professional plate appearances, he has 16 hits, five for extra bases, and six walks against six strikeouts. … Jarryd Dale, 22, who only returned to the field on July 28 after injuries he sustained with the Australian team at the World Baseball Classic, had pair of hits, including a double. He’s collected five stolen bases in seven rehab games and has yet to be caught. … Romeo Sanabria, 21, didn’t get a hit but had a pair of walks to maintain his ACL-leading OPS of 1.101. He also added to his RBI tally and paces the league with 48 in 40 games.

Posted by John Conniff

John grew up in Poway and has written for MadFriars since 2004. He has written articles for Baseball America, FoxSports San Diego, the El Paso Times, San Antonio Express-News, Amarillo Globe-News, Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette and Pacific Daily News in addition to appearing on numerous radio programs and podcasts. He can also break down the best places to eat for all five of the affiliates. There is no best place to eat in Peoria, Arizona.

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