Reno Aces 15, Chihuahuas 3

Taylor Kohlwey continues to produce. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

Key Statistics: RHP Anderson Espinoza (L, 5-6) 4.1 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 3 K; LHP Tim Hill IP, K; 1B Brandon Dixon 1-for-4, 2B, R; RF Taylor Kohlwey 3-for-5, R; 2B Max Schrock 2-for-4 2 2B, 2 RBI

Prospect Watch: Through the first four innings, El Paso was up 3-1, and Anderson Espinoza was in the midst of another strong start. Unfortunately, things fell apart in the fifth inning as the first six batters reached base to start the frame. Then, after a strikeout, the following four batters also reached. By the end of the inning, Reno had plated 10 runs. After Espinoza threw seven shutout innings two starts ago, he has now allowed 15 earned runs over 8.1 innings in his last two starts. … One of the few bright spots for El Paso tonight was Taylor Kohlwey. After a week-long stretch without a hit, Kohlwey has nine hits over his last five games.  … Tim Hill‘s first rehab outing in Lake Elsinore went poorly as he gave up six runs in less than an inning, but the lefty fared much better in his first appearance at El Paso. While he did not allow a baserunner, he needed 22 pitches, 17 for strikes to retire the side in order. With three extra roster spots available beginning Friday, the Padres will need to decide how quickly the 33-year-old is ready to come back.

Missions 9, Wichita Wind Surge 2

Robby Snelling dazzles over five hitless innings. (Photo: Ed Bailey/Wichita Wind Surge)

Key Statistics: LHP Robby Snelling (W, 1-0) 5 IP, 3 BB, 9 K; 1B Nathan Martorella 3-for-5, HR (1), 3 R, 3 RBI; 3B Graham Pauley 1-for-4, 2B, 2 R, BB; CF Jakob Marsee 1-for-4, RS, 3B (3); C Ethan Salas 1-for-3, RS, RBI, BB, HBP; 2B Marcos Castañon 2-for-5, R, RBI; LF Ripken Reyes 2-for-5, 2B, RBI

Prospect Watch: While it was only Wednesday and anything can happen, there is a good chance Robby Snelling just earned MadFriars Pitcher of the Week honors. The 19-year-old did not allow a hit over five innings and struck out nine batters – a strikeout total he has now reached in three different leagues this year. The only blemish on his night was issuing three walks in his second Double-A start, but an improvement from his first outing. He struck out five of the last six batters he faced Across three levels this year, Snelling is 10-3, with a 1.80 ERA and 110 strikeouts in 95 innings. … If it weren’t for Snelling’s dominance, Nathan Martorella would have been the talk of the game. He had three hits, scored three runs, and drove in three. In the ninth inning, he destroyed a ball that landed deep over the right field wall for his first home run in seven games with the Missions and 17th overall on the year. The 22-year-old has a .822 OPS between Fort Wayne and San Antonio this year. … Ethan Salas had his best night in Double-A after struggling his first week, reaching base three times with a single, walk, and getting hit by a pitch. He has reached safely in six of seven Double-A games. Salas has not struck out the last two games and has been working the count as well as anyone on the team. … Speaking of reaching base safely, Jakob Marsee continues to be one of the best in the minors and has reached base safely in all seven Double-A games with six hits and seven walks. The center fielder stole his third base for the Missions and a system-leading 44th for the year.

TinCaps 3, South Bend Cubs 2

Henry Baez has been among the system’s breakout performers in 2023. (Photo: Robert Escalante)

Key Statistics: RHP Henry Baez 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 8 K; RHP Carter Loewen (W, 4-0) 2.1 IP, 3 H, 5 K; LF Tyler Robertson 2-for-3, 2 2B; C Anthony Vilar 2-for-2, 2B, R, RBI; 1B Griffin Doersching 1-for-3, R

Prospect Watch: Henry Baez only struck out three batters combined in his first two starts with the TinCaps. The 20-year-old, who had averaged over a strikeout an inning in Lake Elsinore before his promotion, got back on track Wednesday and tied a career-high with eight strikeouts. Baez cruised through the first four innings, recording all eight strikeouts and allowing just three hits. As he went over 80 pitches in the fifth though, things quickly changed as he allowed the first three runners to reach base, which included a booming home run. Baez has a 3.49 ERA over 95.1 innings at two Single-A levels this season. … Just over two years ago, Carter Loewen needed Tommy John surgery. Now fully healthy, his fastball is back to sitting at 95 mph, and his slider is generating a lot of swing and miss. Over his last five outings and 9.2 innings, Loewen has allowed two earned runs, walked one, and struck out 11.  … Many of the newly-promoted TinCaps have had a tough start at High-A, but  Tyler Robertson quickly recovered. In his first week with Fort Wayne, Robertson went 3-for-19, all singles. In the three games since, the Alabama native has three multi-hit games, going 6-for-11, with two doubles, a triple, and two stolen bases. The former 14th-round pick is one stolen base away from 30 on the season.

San Jose Giants 4, Storm 3

Charlis Aquino offers upside at the plate and positional versatility on the infield. (Photo: Jerry Espinoza)

Key Statistics: RHP Jose Luis Reyes 4 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, BB, K; RF Charlis Aquino 2-for-4, SB (10), R, RBI; 2B Jose Sanabria 2-for-3, 2B, R, RBI; SS Nik McClaughry 1-for-4, 3B, R

Prospect Watch: Wednesday’s game featured an inexperienced lineup for the Storm. Charlis Aquino, who has seen the bulk of his time at second base this year, moved to right field and led the way offensively with two hits, and stole a base. After not reaching base in the first two weeks of August, Aquino has heated up slightly with hits in three of his last four games. This was his first multi-hit game since July 20. … Aquino’s move to the outfield allowed Jose Sanabria to slot in at second. In his sixth game with the Storm, Sanabria collected a double for his first extra-base-hit. Between Peoria and Elsinore, the 20-year-old Venezuelan has posted a .284/.422/.328 line in his first action stateside. … Undrafted free agent signee  Will Varmette tossed a perfect ninth inning. The 20-year-old out has not allowed an earned run in five outings for the Storm. He has struck out nine over five innings.

Roster Moves: Before Wednesday’s action, the Storm placed first-rounder Dillon Head on the temporarily inactive list. Catcher Jacob Campbell was activated from the development list and returned to the active roster.

Posted by Ben Davey

Writer for MadFriars since 2011. San Diego raised. Grossmont alum. Die hard SD and sports fan. Currently keeping my day job as an AP Chemistry Teacher.

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