Round Rock Express 11, Chihuahuas 10

Key Statistics: LHP Adrian Morejon 1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 K, 2 BB; RHP Sean Reynolds 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 K, 1 BB; RHP Moises Lugo, 2 IP, 1 H, 3 K; RHP Jake Sanchez (H, 3), 1 IP, 2 BB; RHP Kevin Kopps (L, 0-1) 1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, HBP; RF Tirso Ornelas, 3-for-5, 3B, 2 R, 3 RBI; C Chandler Seagle, 1-for-5, HR (2), R, 2 RBI; 2B Tim Lopes, 3-for-5, 2B, 2 SB (40, 41); LF Taylor Kohlwey, 2-for-5, R, HR (11), 3 RBI; RHP Kevin Kopps (L, 0-1), IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB

Tirso Ornelas continues to hit. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

Prospect Watch: In a PCL slugfest, the Chihuahuas got some good relief in the late innings before an unfortunate ninth inning ended in a rally falling just short. Adrian Morejon and Sean Reynolds, two of the three 40-player roster pitchers on the El Paso roster, both struggled again as the Chihuahuas dug a hole early. Morejon walked the first two batters of the game before giving up a 425 foot homer. He worked around two more singles to get out of the inning, but now has a 7.41 ERA in 13 outings for El Paso. … Reynolds’ nightmare run since the Padres acquired him continued as Round Rock jumped him for a pair of doubles and a homer in his first inning of work. A tiny silver lining for the big righthander came as he worked a 1-2-3- second frame, notching a strikeout and two grounders. PCL hitters own a .412 average against him in 11 outings. … Moises Lugo stabilized things with a pair of scoreless innings to get things back on track, striking out three batters while only allowing a hit. The 24-year-old righty has allowed one run in three innings in September as he looks to improve from a 6.17 ERA in 11.2 innings in August. … Handed a one-run lead, Kevin Kopps – who had given up only two runs in his first nine Triple-A innings – was unable to hold on. The 25-year-old righty surrendered four runs on as many hits and a pair of walks as he blew his first save opportunity in two months. … Tirso Ornelas enjoyed an excellent night at the plate, going 3-for-5 and legging out his first triple as a member of the Chihuahuas. After an August in which the outfielder posted a 1.267 OPS, he has kicked off September with a .810 mark. … Chandler Seagle had nine extra-base hits and one home run in 187 plate appearances in San Antonio this season. Since being promoted to El Paso, the catcher has had three extra-base hits and two home runs in 31 plate appearances, including tonight’s two-run homer. The defensive stalwart owns a .633 OPS in his first Triple-A stint.

Efrain Contreras threw two scoreless innings in Midland. (Photo: San Antonio Missions)

Midland RockHounds 9, Missions 8

Key Statistics: RHP Adam Mazur (L, 1-3), 4.2 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K; RHP Efrain Contreras, 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K; 1B Nathan Martorella, 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI; RF Connor Hollis, 1-for-2, 3B, 2 R, 3 RBI; CF Jakob Marsee, 1-for-4, R, HR (3), 2 RBI

Connor Hollis had three RBI on the night. (Photo: San Antonio Missions)

Prospect Watch: After two consecutive six-inning outings, which marked progress in his development at Double-A, Adam Mazur hit a bump in the road. The 22-year-old righty allowed nine hits and a walk in four-plus innings, though he was able to limit the damage to three earned runs while striking out three batters. The 2022 second-rounder is 1-3 with a 4.64 ERA in 33 innings since being promoted to San Antonio. … One bright spot on the pitching staff tonight was Efrain Contreras, who closed out the game with two no-hit innings, walking one and striking out one. The 23-year-old righty is 2-0 with a 3.75 ERA in 24 innings since moving to the bullpen in July after going 4-7 with a 5.37 ERA in 68.2 innings as a starter. … Nathan Martorella slugged a pair of doubles as part of a three-hit outing. The 22-year-old first baseman is slashing .273/.322/.455 in 59 plate appearances since being promoted to the Missions from Fort Wayne. … Connor Hollis got the start in right field and hit a two-run triple while also driving in a run with a sacrifice fly. The 2022 Texas League batting champion, Hollis, has posted a .630 OPS in 209 at-bats in an injury-marred 2023 season with the Missions. … Left fielder Graham Pauley fouled a ball off his right knee in the sixth inning. He stayed in to finish the at-bat and fielded his position in the bottom of the frame, but gave way when the Missions returned to the field in the seventh.

Dayton Dragons 4, TinCaps 3

Key Statistics: LHP Miguel Cienfuegos, 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 2 K; DH Albert Fabian, 2-for-4, HR (3), R, RBI; SS Kervin Pichardo, 2-for-2, 2B, R; 2B Nerwilian Cedeño, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI

Kervin Pichardo was 2-for-2 on the night. (Photo: Jeff Nycz)

Prospect Watch: After a dramatic win on Wednesday, the TinCaps lost to Dayton. Thanks to another loss by West Michigan, the TinCaps maintain a half-game lead on the Whitecaps, going into the final weekend of the 2023 regular season. … Miguel Cienfuegos mostly cruised through five innings despite four walks, but in the sixth inning, the lefty ran into trouble, with a pair of walks and a single loading the bases with one out. A sac fly tied the game after he exited, charging him with a third-earned run. The 26-year-old southpaw is 3-7 with a 4.04 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 78 innings pitched in his first professional campaign. … Albert Fabian went 2-for-4 and opened the scoring for the TinCaps with a home run. The 21-year-old has posted a .904 OPS in 14 at-bats to open September after a tough August that included a .380 mark. … Kervin Pichardo went 2-for-2 with a double, raising his average as a TinCap to .251 for the season. The 21-year-old infielder has seen time with Fort Wayne and San Antonio in the 2023 season, rejoining the TinCaps on July 14. … Nerwilian Cedeño continued a hot start to September with a double. The 21-year-old infielder is slashing .280/.308/.720 in 25 at-bats to begin the month as he bounces back from a .248/.356/.496 line in 101 at-bats in August.

Inland Empire 66ers 4, Storm 2

Homer Bush continues to impress. (Photo: Robert Escalante)

Key Statistics: RHP Breck Eichelberger, 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K; RHP Francis Peña, 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K; CF Dillon Head, 1-for-5, 3B; DH Homer Bush Jr., 1-for-3, R, 2 BB, SB;

Prospect Watch: After surging to get to come into their showdown series only one game back, Lake Elsinore has dropped the first three contests and have been eliminated from a playoff spot. Breck Eichelberger posted his third consecutive scoreless outing as he got the start on the mound. The 23-year-old Utah native is 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in 8.2 innings in his first professional season. … Francis Peña added five outs of scoreless baseball of his own, striking out two and allowing two hits. The 22-year-old Dominican righty has been sublime since joining the Storm, posting a 0.51 ERA in 17.2 innings of work, striking out 17 batters while walking two. … Dillon Head hit his third triple of the season and second since being promoted to Lake Elsinore. The 2023 first-round pick has posted a .564 OPS in 45 at-bats for the Storm, but two of his nine hits have been triples. … Homer Bush, Jr. got it done on the basepaths, logging a hit, scoring a run and stealing a base while also working a pair of walks. The 21-year-old Grand Canyon University alum owns a .369 OBP since joining the Storm.

Posted by Mark Wilkens

Born in San Diego and raised in Escondido, Mark now calls Phoenix home. Prior to MadFriars, Mark had multiple articles featured on Bleacher Report and covering the Padres, Angels and Clippers.

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