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The Padres were off yesterday, preparing for the start of a 10-game road trip in Pittsburgh today.  While Petco Park was getting ready for the Metallica concert on Sunday, the big news in Padreland was the promotion of no.9 starter Jacob Nix from High-A Lake Elsinore to Double-A San Antonio.  We covered the move yesterday, in a piece that included an excerpt from an interview with Austin Allen the last time the Padres Prospectus crew visited Lake Elsinore.

With no other major news to report on, let’s get to the action in the minor league system.

Quantrill Gets First Double-A Win

In the first game of a four game series against the Midland RockHounds, Cal Quantrill went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and a pair of walks to secure his first Texas League victory.  He hasn’t allowed more than two walks in any of his four starts for San Antonio, and he continued to pound the zone last night, though he did get burned on a home run to Oakland A’s no.19 prospect Max Schrock and an RBI single by no.5 prospect Jorge Mateo.

The Missions faced a much improved A.J. Puk (A’s no.2 prospect), who had a 73.64 ERA in two starts against the Missions (nine runs in 1.1 innings).  This time around, he struck out a season high 13 in 6.2 innings – the first six of which were shutout innings.  San Antonio got to him in the seventh, however, chasing him after a walk to Javier Guerra, a double by Franmil Reyes, and a single by River Stevens led to a pair of runs.  A triple by Noah Perio off Puk’s replacement helped take the lead, and got Quantrill off the hook.  Guerra and Stevens were the only two Missions to not strike out on the night.


Storm Smash Seven Doubles, Mash Modesto

Playing at the Diamond in Lake Elsinore, the Storm bats had a big night, pounding eight extra base hits, including seven doubles and a home run.  Austin Allen went 2 for 4 and hit his team-leading 25th double, Ruddy Giron went 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles, and Rod Boykin went 2 for 4 with a double and his 5th home run since his promotion to High-A on July 12th.

27-year-old Jake Esch threw six innings, allowing two runs on six hits, while striking out five.  José Castillo got his first save for the Storm after getting the last two outs in the ninth.  Michael Gettys, Carlos Belen, and Fernando Perez accounted for the rest of the Storm’s doubles.


Tri-City Walks It Off In Extras

Luis Asuncion had a big double to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth, and Jalen Washington beat the throw home from third on a Robbie Podorsky infield grounder to help Tri-City beat the Boise Hawks in 11 innings.  Trevor Megill got the win in relief, throwing a hitless 10th and 11th innings while striking out four.

While the pitching wasn’t great on either side (though starter Ben Sheckler was decent enough, allowing three runs in five innings, while striking out five), the offense was the story for the Dust Devils.  They pounded out 14 hits on the night, with Asuncion, Washington, and Luis Anguizola adding a double each.  Kelvin Melean played short and went 3 for 5, while center fielder Tre Carter went 4 for 6.

Elsewhere Around The Farm

  • Hudson Potts and Buddy Reed homered in a big seven-run third inning for Fort Wayne, but it wasn’t enough, as they fell to the West Michigan Whitecaps 9-7. 24-year-old Jim McDade gave up three runs in four innings, while striking out seven.  Nate Easley and J. Kennedy added doubles of their own.  Fernando Tatis Jr. had the night off.
  • Michell Miliano had his third AZL appearance for the Padres 1 squad, going two innings and allowing a run on two hits, while striking out one. Jeisson Rosario scratched out one of the five hits in the 4-2 loss to the AZL Rangers, and Esteury Ruiz went 1 for 2 with a double and a pair of walks.
  • Cole Bellinger, brother of Los Angeles Dodger Cody Bellinger, made his AZL Padres 2 debut last night, throwing a shutout inning and allowing a hit a strikeout in their 8-2 victory over the AZL Athletics. Bellinger was the Padres 15th round draft pick in the June draft.  He pitched in relief of Aaron Leasher, the Padres 6th round pick out of Morehead State, who had his best outing of the young season (4 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 5 K).  Tirso Ornelas, Gabriel Arias, and Eguy Rosario each went 1 for 4 with a walk and combined for four runs.  Olivier Basabe went 1 for 4 with a double and scored twice.
  • The El Paso Chihuahuas were rained out in New Orleans.

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