Key Statistics: LF Jake Goebbert, 3-for-4, HR (10), 3RS, BB, RBI; CF Rymer Liriano, 3-for-5, HR (14), 3RS, 3RBI; 3B Will Middlebrooks, 3-for-5, HR (4), 2RS, 3RBI; RHP Daniel McCutchen (W, 9-8) 7IP, 4H, ER, 4BB, 2K.
Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas have a 0.5 game lead over Vegas for first place. El Paso will play five games over the next four days to decide their postseason fate … Left fielder Jake Goebbert hit his 10th homer, as part of his big day for El Paso. Goebbert can leave the organization as a free agent this season; although his left-handed swing and versatility could give him a callup ... Will Middlebrooks had one of his best games since being demoted to Triple-A in the Chihuahuas victory. Middlebrooks started at first, and had three hits, including his fourth homer of the year. Middlebrooks occupies a 40-man roster spot currently, although he could be a non-tender candidate in the off-season. Middlebrooks hasn’t done much in the friendly confines of El Paso, as evidenced by his .264/.289/.400 slash-line.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Midland Rockhounds 4 – Missions 1
Prospect Watch: The Missions were confounded by A’s top prospect Sean Manaea. Manaea struck out 13 batters, including six Missions in a row at one point … Hey, there was a Taylor Lindsey sighting in San Antonio! The so-called ‘centerpiece’ of the Huston Street deal, contributed with a pair of singles in three at-bats. It was Lindsey’s first multi-hit game since August 5th. Lindsey has been a disaster this year, hitting .189/.285/.286, between San Antonio and El Paso … RHP Ronald Herrera took his first loss in Double-A, as the 20-year old righty allowed four earned runs in his six innings of work. Herrera has held his own in the Texas League, despite facing batters three to four years older than him. Herrera throws in the low 90’s and also features a curve that is his best pitch. He hasn’t been ranked in many Padres’ top prospect lists, but anytime a 20-year-old reaches Double-A, it is a definite cause for optimism. Herrera has a 4.08 ERA in 145.2 innings between Lake Elsinore and San Antonio this season.
Storm 5 – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 1
Prospect Watch: The Storm FINALLY beat Rancho in 2015. The Storm were 0-17 against the Quakes this season before Thursday’s win … First baseman Marcus Davis paced the offense with a pair of hits, including his eighth homer of the year. Davis has played in 124 games this season, so durability doesn’t appear to be an issue. Davis has power potential, but will need to pull the ball with more authority and improve his pitch selection to advance through the system. Overall, the 23-year-old is hitting .250/.295/.370 this season for the Storm … RHP Kyle Lloyd finished the 2015 season strong, allowing just one earned run in seven innings of work. Lloyd has flashed impressive stuff – his splitter might be one of the best pitches any Padres farmhand possesses. He may be better suited for a bullpen role, although his splits say he was better as a starter this season. Lloyd and the aforementioned Ronald Herrera were the most consistent starters for Lake Elsinore this season. Overall, Lloyd has a 4.72 ERA, with 139 strikeouts in 137.1 innings.
Western Michigan 7 – TinCaps 1
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps managed just one hit – an RBI single by Michael Gettys in the seventh inning … RHP Bryan Verbitsky was sent down from Lake Elsinore, and pitched three innings out of the pen. Verbitsky was the Padres’ third-rounder in 2013, and has pitched fairly well out of the bullpen this season. Verbitsky has a 3.43 ERA in 45 games between Lake Elsinore and Fort Wayne this season. He is averaging more than a strikeout per inning this season.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Dust Devils 2 – Vancouver Canadians 1
Prospect Watch: While the TinCaps managed just one hit, the Dust Devils allowed just one hit in their win over Vancouver. Tri City scored both runs in the bottom of the ninth, winning on a walk-off single by second baseman Mitch Morales … LHP Jerry Keel got the win out of the pen, pitching two perfect innings. Keel, 21, was drafted by the Padres in the 9th round in June. Keel was a starter at Cal-State Northridge, but has pitch exclusively out of the bullpen in Tri City. Keel has a large frame (6’6, 245lbs) and should be a candidate to open up 2016 in the Fort Wayne rotation … Outfielder Henry Charles had a pair of hits in the Tri City win. Charles, 21, signed with San Diego for $300,000 out of the Dominican Republic back in 2012. Charles spent all of 2014 in Fort Wayne, but has racked up frequent flyer miles shuttling between Pasco and Fort Wayne this season. Charles hasn’t done much with the bat this season, and is carrying a .572 OPS between the two levels this season.
For further reading on the Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.