Chihuahuas 9, Sugar Land Space Cowboys 8

Oscar Mercado brings plenty of big league experience to the Chihuahuas. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

Key Statistics: C Brett Sullivan, 2-for-4, 2 R, BB; CF Oscar Mercado, 2-for-5, 2 R, 2 HR (7, 8), 5 RBI; LF Ben Gamel, 3-for-5, R, 2 2B; 1B Rangel Ravelo, 2-for-5, R, HR (5), 2 RBI; DH Tim Lopes, 1-for-4, 2 R, HR (13), 2 RBI, BB; RHP Nolan Watson, 6 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K; LHP Adrian Morejon, IP, H, 2 K; LHP Jared Koenig (W, 3-4) IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 2 K

Prospect Watch: After blowing a four-run lead in the middle innings, El Paso came back to win on a walk-off, two-run homer from Rangel Ravelo. … For Ravelo, the two-run shot was the exclamation point on a multi-hit effort. It was the veteran’s fifth homer of the season and first in over two months. The native of Havana, Cuba spent most of July on the injured list. His .834 OPS this season is just over his career .824 OPS in the minors. … Ravelo supplied the power late but it was Oscar Mercado who supplied it most often. The veteran outfielder connected on two homers and drove in five runs. In just 24 games with the Chihuahuas, the former big leaguer has connected on eight home runs. Mercado has been especially hot this month; homering six times in 39 August at-bats. … Righty Nolan Watson pitched relatively well, throwing six frames. He did allow four runs on five hits, walking two and striking out five. Most of the damage against Watson came on the three homers he allowed. The 26-year-old doesn’t possess top-tier stuff but he’s been able to give the Chihuahuas 17 innings over his last three starts. That’s good for a more than respectable 3.70 ERA. … In his second outing of his current rehab assignment with El Paso, Adrián Morejón struck out two in a scoreless inning of work. The 24-year-old lefty tossed 17 pitches as he comes back from a knee injury.

Missions 15, Springfield Cardinals 5 (7 innings)

Ripken Reyes. (Photo: San Antonio Missions)

Key Statistics: SS Ripken Reyes, 2-for-2, 3 R, 2B, BB, 2 RBI, SB (22); 2B Jackson Merrill, 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B, BB, 2 RBI; RF Daniel Johnson, 3-for-4, 2 R, HR (12), 5 RBI, BB; 3B Marcos Castañon, 2-for-5, R; C Michael De La Cruz, 3-for-5, 2 R, RBI; CF Korry Howell, 2-for-3, R, 2 RBI; LHP Daniel Camarena, 2.2 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 K; RHP Bobby Milacki (W, 3-2) 3.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Springfield Cardinals 4, Missions 1 (7 innings)

Key Statistics: 3B Ripken Reyes, 1-for-3, R; C Juan Zabala, 1-for-2; RF Justin Farmer, 1-for-2; RHP Ryan Bergert (L, 1-2) 4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 7 K

Prospect Watch: Baseball can be a very strange game. The Missions played two against the Cardinals on Friday. In game one, six players enjoyed multi-hit games in a rout over Springfield. In game two, the Missions couldn’t get anything going and lost to former teammate Brandon Komar, who was plucked from the organization in the minor league phase of last year’s Rule 5 draft. … Jackson Merrill is starting to expand his defensive horizons. After seeing time at first base earlier in the week, he moved over to second base for the first game of the twinbill. Merrill went 2-for-4 in the opener with a pair of doubles and two RBI before going hitless in the nightcap. In his first 24 games as a Mission, Merrill has an .817 OPS – roughly 50 points higher than the mark he posted with the TinCaps earlier this year. … Veteran outfielder Daniel Johnson continues to swing a hot bat. In game one, Johnson had three hits, including his 12th homer of the season. One-third of those homers have come in August. The 28-year-old from Vallejo, California is hitting .276/.436/.690 with four homers this month. … Ripken Reyes reached base four times total in the doubleheader. In game one, he singled, doubled, drew a walk, and drove in a pair of runs. The 26-year-old infielder raised his on-base percentage to .440 with the effort. Ripken Reyes has hit well this year but he’s also been quite adept at getting hit. In 401 plate appearances, Reyes has been hit by a pitch an astounding 42 times, more than 10% of his plate appearances. For perspective, Ron Hunt of the 1971 Expos has the modern big league record with 50 in a season. With about four more weeks left in the regular season, it’s not unfathomable will not just blow past Carlos Quentin‘s minor league season record of 43, but could approach Hunt. 

Lansing Lugnuts 7, TinCaps 3

Jarryd Dale is back with Fort Wayne. (Photo: Jeff Nycz)

Key Statistics: CF Jakob Marsee, 2-for-4, R, SB (41); SS Nerwilian Cedeño, 2-for-4, 2B, SB (3); 3B Jarryd Dale, 1-for-4, R, HR (1), RBI; LHP Austin Krob (L, 2-3) 4 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, BB, 3 K; RHP Joan Gonzalez, 3 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 K

Prospect Watch: Lansing jumped out early and often and beat the TinCaps in a game that was over fairly quickly. … On the mound, lefty Austin Krob had his first real clunker of the season. The lefty worked four innings but allowed seven earned runs on eight hits, including three homers. He walked one and struck out four. Krob came into Friday’s effort having allowed just one homer in 81 innings and zero in six starts with the TinCaps. The 23-year-old has been a groundball merchant this year but Lansing figured out a way to get him airborne on Friday. Krob will look to get back to his stingy ways in his next outing. … Center fielder Jakob Marsee continues to be a spark plug for the TinCaps. The former Central Michigan outfielder had two hits and stole his 41st base of the year. Marsee is hitting .387/.578/.645 this month. … Third baseman Jarryd Dale came off the Injured List and connected a homer in his first non-rehab game of the season in the loss. The 22-year-old injured himself with the Australian World Baseball Classic squad and only got back into action earlier this month. In 2021, Dale put up a .711 OPS for the Storm while showing impressive athleticism and defensive versatility. Last season, he was the primary shortstop for the TinCaps and produced just a .597 OPS. The Australian infielder has put on 30 pounds since joining the organization as an international free agent in 2017. He’s still just 22.

Visalia Rawhide 6, Storm 4

Key Statistics: RF Homer Bush Jr., 2-for-4, R, HR (1), RBI, 2B; 1B Victor Duarte, 2-for-5, RBI; LF Tyler Robertson, 1-for-4, R, 2 SB (21, 22); RHP Dylan Lesko, 4 IP, H, BB, 7 K; RHP Kobe Robinson, 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; RHP Francis Pena (L, 0-1) 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 K

Prospect Watch: John Conniff has coverage of the early dominance from Dylan Lesko. Despite his best effort, the Storm lost to Visalia at home. 

ACL Padres 5, ACL Dodgers 3

Braedon Karpathios. (Photo: Jerry Espinoza)

Key Statistics: LF Braedon Karpathios, 2-for-3, 2 R, 2B, BB, SB (4); DH Dillon Head, 2-for-4, R; 1B Romeo Sanabria, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI; RHP Jonney Rosario, 4 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; RHP Breck Eichelberger, IP, H, BB; RHP Alejandro Lugo (W, 1-1) 3 IP, H, BB, 4 K

Prospect Watch: The ACL Padres used four doubles to get past the ACL version of the Dodgers in Peoria. … After leading the Storm offense with a walk-fueled .800 OPS last week, Braedon Karpathios was sent back to the desert. On Friday, Karpathios paced the offense with a double, a single, and a walk. The 20-year-old outfielder walked in 31% of his Single-A plate appearance but struggled to do much else. In the desert, Karpathios has looked much more comfortable at the plate. He has a 1.057 OPS for the ACL squad this year. … Dillon Head continues to look good at the plate, as the first-rounder had two more hits. The 18-year-old Chicago native has 12 hits in nine games since starting his pro career for an OPS of over 1.000 in the desert. … On the mound, Jonney Rosario started and completed four innings. He allowed three runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out three. The 19-year-old has a 5.76 ERA in 12 games (three starts) this season. … The club got a scoreless outing from righty Breck Eichelberger in his professional debut. He allowed a hit and a walk but was able to escape without allowing a run. The 23-year-old St. George, Utah native played his college ball at Abilene Christian. He is not related to one-time Padres hurler Juan Eichelberger


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Kevin Charity has written for MadFriars since 2015 and has had work featured on Fox Sports San Diego. He is a lifelong San Diego native and is looking forward to seeing the current wave of prospects thrive in San Diego.

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