Reno Aces 9, Chihuahuas 8 (10 innings)

Ray-Patrick Didder had a solid week offensively. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

Key Statistics: SS Ray-Patrick Didder, 2-for-4, 2 R, HR (6), 2 RBI, 2 R, BB; RF Tirso Ornelas, 2-for 5, R; 1B Brandon Dixon, 1-for-5, HR (15), 2 RBI; 3B Eguy Rosario, 2-for-5; LHP Aaron Leasher, 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K; LHP Drew Pomeranz, 0.2 IP, 4 H, ER, BB; RHP Jose Espada, 3 IP, 5 H, 6 K; RHP Sean Poppen (L, 1-2)

Prospect Watch: On a rainy night in the “Biggest Little City in the World,” El Paso fought back from a deficit to tie the game in the ninth. Daniel Johnson grounded out with the bases loaded in the tenth, and Reno walked it off with a single on the first pitch of the tenth inning. …Shortstop Ray-Patrick Didder continues to rake in the friendly confines of the PCL. Didder had two more hits, including his sixth homer since joining the Chihuahuas. Between San Antonio and El Paso, the veteran minor leaguer has homered 12 times, equaling the career-high he set last year while in the Marlins organization. In 34 games with El Paso, the 28-year-old is hitting .296/.441/.556. … Tirso Ornelas tied the game in the ninth with a single through the infield. It was Ornelas’ second hit of the evening. Ornelas has hit safely in 20 straight games, including his last 14 with El Paso. The 23-year-old outfielder hit .393/.424/.656 in August with the Chihuahuas. … Lefthander Drew Pomeranz made his second Triple-A rehab assignment appearance, which wasn’t pretty. Pomeranz allowed four runs and four hits while recording just two outs and committing a fielding error. His fastball velocity topped out at 92 mph. He has now allowed 12 baserunners in 1.2 innings across three outings in two different stints with El Paso this year.

Ryan Bergert struck out eight batters on Friday. (Photo: Ed Bailey)

Wichita Wind Surge 2, Missions 0

Key Statistics: SS Jackson Merrill, 2-for-4; LF Graham Pauley, 2-for-4, 2B; RHP Ryan Bergert, 6 IP, 3 H, BB, 8 K; RHP Efrain Contreras, IP, 2 H, 3 K; RHP Seth Mayberry (L, 3-3) 0.2 IP, H, 2 R, ER

Prospect Watch: This one was scoreless after nine innings, but in the tenth, Seth Mayberry served up a two-run homer to nine-hole hitter Willie Joe Garry to give the Wind Surge a win. … At the plate, the Missions got two hits apiece from Jackson Merrill and Graham Pauley, but nothing else all night. … Merrill singled twice to pull up his batting average to .292 with the Missions. He finished up in August, hitting .261/.364/.467. … After a slow start to his Double-A career, Pauley is heating up. The left-handed hitter extended his hitting streak to five games with a single and a double on Friday night. During the five-game stretch, the former Duke infielder is 8-for-21. … Ryan Bergert pitched well again, but the Missions failed to score runs for him. The former West Virginia University hurler pitched six shutout innings and allowed just three hits. He walked one and struck out eight. Dominance is nothing new for Bergert. Over his last three starts, the 23-year-old righty has not allowed a run in 17.2 innings. He’s allowed just eight hits and five walks while notching 22 strikeouts. The Ohio native hasn’t gotten much attention this season, but he’s been as effective as any pitcher in the system. Friday’s start lowered his ERA with the Missions to 2.08. Despite the excellent work, Bergert has taken a no-decision in his last three starts because the Missions have scored just one run combined in those games. 

Dylan  Lesko got the first win of his professional career. (Photo: Jeff Nycz)

TinCaps 6, South Bend Cubs 2

Key Statistics: 2B Nerwilian Cedeño, 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B, HR (5), 2 RBI, SB (6); 1B Griffin Doersching, 3-for-4, R, HR (3), 2 RBI; RF Lucas Dunn, 1-for-4, R, 2 RBI; RHP Dylan Lesko (W, 1-1) 5 IP, H, 3 BB, 9 K; RHP Keegan Collett (S, 8) 1.1 IP, H, BB, K

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps opened up an early 6-0 lead and cruised to a win at home. … On the mound, the TinCaps got a career-best (so far) outing from top prospect Dylan Lesko. The 19-year-old hurler pitched five spectacular innings, dominating the Cubs with ease for the first win of his professional career. He allowed just one hit, walking three and striking out a career-high nine. Lesko has enjoyed pitching at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore and beautiful Parkview Field in Fort Wayne. In 16 innings while pitching at home, Lesko has allowed just one run and four hits, good for a 0.56 ERA. He’s allowed 12 earned runs in eight innings on the road, good for a 13.50 ERA. With the season winding down, Lesko will get at least one more start, perhaps more if Fort Wayne can make the playoffs. … First baseman Griffin Doersching is enjoying playing in the Midwest League. The slugging first baseman connected on a massive homer to left field that went off a second-level window. For Doersching, it was his third homer since joining the TinCaps. In seven games in the Summit City, the Wisconsin native has a 1.062 OPS. … Nerwilian Cedeño has swung a hot bat lately, and Friday was no exception. The switch-hitting infielder had a pair of extra-base hits out of the leadoff spot Friday, including his fifth homer of the year. The 21-year-old infielder has hit safely in all four games in the series against the Cubs, including a pair of homers.

Storm 11, San Jose Giants 0

Key Statistics: CF Homer Bush Jr., 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, RBI; LF Nick Vogt, 2-for-5, R, RBI; DH Romeo Sanabria, 3-for-4, 3 R; 1B Victor Duarte, 2-for-4, 2 R, 3 RBI; 3B Charlis Aquino, 2-for-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB; RHP Braden Nett (W, 1-0) 5 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 6 K; LHP Fernando Sanchez, 3 IP, H, BB, 4 K

Braden Nett got his first win for the Storm. (Photo: Robert Escalante)

Prospect Watch: Don’t look now, but the Storm are marching towards another Cal League playoff berth. The Storm won convincingly, whitewashing the Giants at home. The win pulled the Storm within three games of the Inland Empire 66ers. The two teams will play a pivotal series next week in San Bernardino. … Center fielder Homer Bush, Jr. had a pair of hits, including a double. He also made a spectacular catch in left-center, robbing a Giants hitter of a certain hit. Bush has been solid at the plate in his first professional experience, hitting .271/.378/.386 in 83 plate appearances with the Storm. … Romeo Sanabria started at designated hitter and delivered with three hits, in addition to scoring three runs. The 21-year-old from Miami impressed in the desert, leading the ACL in OPS and RBI. Since joining the Storm, the left-handed hitting slugger has a .826 OPS since joining the Storm. … Victor Duarte started at first base and had a pair of hits. He also drove in three runs. The 22-year-old hasn’t received a lot of playing time this season, but he’s produced a solid .348 on-base percentage when he’s been out there. He’s been a clutch contributor, producing a .294/.375/.412 slash-line with runners in scoring position. … Braden Nett scored a solid performance on the mound, earning his first Single-A win. Nett completed five shutout innings, allowing three hits. He walked four and struck out six. The 21-year-old signed with the Padres last season as an undrafted free agent. Control has been an issue, but he possesses good velocity and high-octane stuff. Between the ACL and Lake Elsinore, he’s struck out 41 and walked 34 batters in 36 innings as opponents have hit just .185 against him.

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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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