Tacoma Rainiers 7 - Chihuahuas 5
Key Stats: CF Manuel Margot 3-for-5, 3B, R, RBI, OF Assist; C Hector Sanchez 2-for-4, 2B, HR (12), 2RBI;
Prospect Watch: For the second time in two weeks, the Chihuahuas were held in check by former Padre Joe Wieland as the club dropped three of four to fellow division-leaders Tacoma. After missing three straight games earlier this week, Manny Margot had three more hits, including his team-best 11th triple of the year, and finished the series 8-for-15 with seven runs scored and six driven in. He also threw out another would-be run at home to reclaim the team, and league, lead in outfield assists. ... Coming into this year, Hector Sanchez had homered 34 times in just over 1,400 career minor league at-bats, with nine of them in 400-plus Triple-A opportunities. Since joining El Paso in late June, he's hit 12 in 109 at-bats, including a two-run shot Saturday night. The switch-hitting Venezuelan has long been known as a solid defensive back-up catcher at the big league level, but the former Giant has already been designated for assignment twice this year. He'll have the right to opt for free agency this winter if he's not on the 40-man roster at the end of the year. ... Hunter Renfroe stayed in the game to run after getting hit in the arm by a pitch in the third inning, but was replaced in the field the next inning. We'll get an update for you when we can.
Missions 1 - Frisco Rough Riders 0
Key Stats: SS River Stevens 2-for-3, R; CF Franchy Cordero 1-for-3, 2B, HBP; RHP Seth Simmons 6IP, 3H, 0R, 7K, 2BB
Prospect Watch: The Missions pitching staff extended their scoreless innings streak to 24 innings as the club moved back to within one game of .500 in the second half of the season. Seth Simmons continued his improbable dominance for San Antonio, delivering six scoreless innings with seven strikeouts. The 28-year-old undersized righty had never started a professional game when the Padres signed him to a minor league contract a week after he was released by the Diamondbacks, but the 1,204th overall pick in the 2011 draft stepped into the Missions' rotation in June, and has simply dominated in the role. He has a team-best 2.22 ERA in 10 starts, having allowed only 48 hits in 56.2 innings, and he's posted five quality starts in his last six outings. ... Lefty Jose Torres followed Simmons and worked a season-high three scoreless innings to pick up his first Double-A victory. The sometimes closer needed only 30 pitches to get through the frames, striking out four and allowing just one single to Cuban Alexei Bell, who he ultimately picked off of second base. The 22-year-old has a 1.23 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 29.1 Texas League innings.
Storm 7 - Bakersfield Blaze 1
Key Stats: 2B Luis Urias 2-for-3, 2B, HBP, 2RBI; SS Javier Guerra 3-for-4, RBI, R, CS (4); 1B Josh Naylor 1-for-4, HR (1), 4RBI; RHP Brett Kennedy 7IP, 3H, 1ER, 5K, 3BB, WP
Prospect Watch: Josh Naylor made the most of his first homer in the Padres organization, pulling a grand slam deep over the high wall in right field at The Diamond. The 19-year-old slugging first baseman had collected just one extra-base hit in his first week in the system, but sports a solid, though not spectacular, .143 isolated power rate in his first full professional season. After going hitless in his organizational debut, the Canadian has hit in seven straight contests for the Storm. ... Righty Brett Kennedy turned in another another strong start even with a few more command issues than he's had over the last two months. Having turned 22 just last week, the 11th-rounder from 2015 allowed only one run on three hits with five strikeouts. Coming on the heels of six shutout innings on Monday, he's put himself in contention for the Cal League pitcher of the week. Over his last 10 starts, he's posted an impressive 2.21 ERA with more strikeouts than innings pitched. If he stays He'd need to work 25 more innings before the end of the year to qualify for the league ERA title, but he'd currently rank second if he qualified.
Lansing Lugnuts 7 - TinCaps 4
Key Stats: 2B Tyler Moore 2-for-5, 2B; C Marcus Greene, Jr. 2-for-4, 2R, 2E (5), PB; RHP Angel Mejia 4.2IP, 11H, 6R (5ER), 3K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: A night after a 15-inning victory followed by a nearly-three hour bus ride, the TinCaps rested several key position players and came out flat in a loss to the Lugnuts. The club committed four of the game's seven errors, and also mixed in a variety of other defensive miscues along the way. Righty Angel Mejia, making his first appearance for the TinCaps since late May, gave up 11 hits and five earned runs in 4.2 innings as he labored through a 92 pitches. The 21-year-old Dominican has a 4.89 ERA across three levels this year, allowing a .295 average by opponents and a tough 1.61 WHIP. He was signed two years ago after the Phillies released him. ... After missing more than two months with a wrist injury, centerfielder Rod Boykin came back off the DL earlier in the week. The 21-year-old speedster now has a hit in three straight games, and completely remakes the outfield as a top-notch defender in center. Since Michael Gettys's promotion, Tyler Moore, who played on the grass in college, has filled in admirably, but Boykin's return allows him to move back to second base, the position the Padres have worked him at since drafting him last year.
Boise Hawks 4 – Dust Devils 0
Key Stats: CF Taylor Kohlwey 1-for-4, 2B; 1B GK Young 1-for-4, 2B; LHP Joey Lucchesi 4IP, 2H, 0R, 7K, 0BB
Prospect Watch: The Dust Devil offense never got anything going against the Rockies affiliate as they fell to 3-6 coming out of the break. Joey Lucchesi continued his impressive professional debut, working four more scoreless innings and striking out seven. The fourth-round pick out of Southeast Missouri has struck out 31 and only issued one walk in 25 innings, posting a 1.80 ERA along the way. Saturday was the first time the big lefty has been allowed to work past three inning because of his heavy collegiate workload, but he's given up only one earned run on nine hits in his last five starts - a total of 16 innings.
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