Albuquerque Isotopes 4, Chihuahuas 2
Key Statistics: 2B Carlos Asuaje, 2-for-4, 2B, HR (9), 2 RBI; CF-RF Hunter Renfroe, 2-for-4, SB (5); C Austin Hedges, 3-for-4, SB (1); RHP Carlos Pimentel (L, 12-8) 8 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, BB, 8 K.
Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas will be the only Padres farm team to see playoff baseball, although they are hardly playing their best ball going in. El Paso lost their fifth straight Monday and will finish the regular season with a 73-70 record ... Second baseman Carlos Asuaje gave El Paso all their offense with one swing, homering in the eighth inning in the loss. The 24-year-old has been remarkably consistent for El Paso, delivering a .851 OPS and he led the PCL with 172 hits. While Hedges and Renfroe have grabbed most of the headlines, Asuaje has quietly been one of the best players in all of Triple-A this season ... RHP Carlos Pimentel took the loss, despite pitching eight innings and allowing four runs. The 26-year-old veteran has never cracked a big league roster but he did pace the Chihuahuas with 145 innings in 2016. Pimentel mixed in a few good starts but allowed 242 baserunners and opposing batters hit .297 off of the right-handed pitcher.
Corpus Christi Hooks, Missions 2
Key Statistics: 1B Taylor Lindsey, 2-for-3, BB; DH Ryan Miller, 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI; LHP Tim Berry, 6 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 4 K; RHP Daniel McCutchen (L, 1-2) IP, 4 H, 4 ER, K.
Prospect Watch: The Missions had a 2-0 lead in the ninth inning until J.D. Davis hit a grand slam to end a tough season for the Missions ... DH Ryan Miller had a two-run double in the eighth inning that briefly put the Missions ahead. Miller, 23, finished the season strong, hitting .286 with three home runs in his final ten games of the season. The catcher from Hemet seems like a good bet to return to AA for the Padres next season, whether it is in San Antonio or somewhere else ... LHP Tim Berry pitched well enough to win but the bullpen imploded in the ninth. Berry, 25, hails from San Marcos and was signed in July after he was released by the Marlins organization. The former 50th-round pick struggled for the Missions, finishing with a 6.80 ERA with 33 walks and 30 strikeouts in 47.2 innings.
High Desert Mavericks 4, Storm 3
Key Statistics: CF Jon Jay, 2-for-4, 2B, 2 SB (2); 2B-SS Jemile Weeks, 2-for-5, 2 RBI; DH Luis Urias, 1-for-3, BB; SS-2B Ruddy Giron, 2-for-3, 2B, RBI; RHP Luis Diaz, 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 7 K; LHP Jose Castillo, IP, H, K; RHP Trey Wingenter (L, 2-1) IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm lost their final game ever with High Desert, falling to 69-71 for the 2016 season ... Major Leaguers Jon Jay and Jemile Weeks paced the Storm offensive attack with two hits apiece. Jay also added two stolen bases for good measure... DH Luis Urias had a first-inning single and finished 2016 with a .330 batting average, giving him the Cal League batting title. The 19-year-old can put the batting title next to his Cal League MVP award. The teenage phenom will be part of the Padres’ instructional league team that will play exhibition games at Petco Park next month ... Ruddy Giron had a multi-hit game and finished strong with the Storm. The 19-year-old hit .426/.460/.681 in 14 games, after struggling for much of the campaign with the TinCaps. It will be interesting to see if Giron slides to second base since Javier Guerra seems likely to repeat High-A.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 13, TinCaps 2
Key Statistics: SS Chris Baker, 3-for-5, RBI; CF Taylor Kohlwey, 2-for-5, RBI; 1B Tyler Selesky, 2-for-4; 2B Peter Van Gansen, 3-for-4, RS; RHP Cal Quantrill (L, 0-1) 1.2 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, BB; RHP Lake Bachar, 3 IP, BB, K.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps ended a miserable second-half by getting blown out in their final game of 2016. RHP Cal Quantrill was knocked around in his final performance of 2016, as the 8th overall pick in June’s draft allowed seven earned runs, while recorded just five outs. The talented righty finished his 2016 season with a 5.11 ERA in 37 innings between three levels. Quantrill displayed plenty of polish and should start next season in High-A ... Shortstop Chris Baker may end up being the steal of San Diego’s 2016 draft. The 17th-round pick had three singles for Fort Wayne and will finish his pro debut with a sturdy .299/.384/.432 between Tri-City and Fort Wayne.
Dust Devils 6, Vancouver Canadiens 3
Key Statistics: 2B Nate Easley, 2-for-4, 2 R, BB SB (13); CF Buddy Reed, 2-for-4, 2B, BB, RBI; C Kyle Overstreet, 2-for-3, R, BB; RF Luis Asuncion, 2-for-4, 2B, RBI; LHP Elier Sanchez (W, 1-1) 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K; RHP Diomar Lopez, 2 IP, H, 3 K; RHP Jesse Scholtens (S, 4) IP, H, K.
Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils finished off their 2016 campaign with a win at home ... There were concerns over Buddy Reed’s hit tool after the Padres took him in the second round but Reed played very well in the second half of the season. Reed, 21, hit .275/.365/.385 and stole seven bases over his last 32 games. The outfielder also made several spectacular catches in the outfield, showing why most scouts feel he will be a plus defender ... RHP Jesse Scholtens finished off his professional season by notching his fourth save of the season for the Dust Devils. Scholtens, 22, was drafted in the ninth round of June’s draft. The 6’4, 230 lb. righty finished with a 1.59 ERA over 18 games. He pitched out of the bullpen but should get a chance to start in Fort Wayne next spring.