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The Scoop: Franchy Cycle Watch & Shutdown Pitching

Photo: Grant Wickes

Travis Wood had his second quality start since coming to San Diego, and Cory Spangenberg added his 11th round-tripper of the season as the Padres bested the Phillies 7-4.  Phillies top prospect Rhys Hoskins, who was 1 for 13 entering the game, hit his first home run of his Major League career in the fourth inning, and liked it so much that he hit his second dinger a couple of innings later.

Down 3-2 in the sixth, the Padres beat up on reliever Ricardo Pinto, taking a 6-3 lead on an RBI single by Austin Hedges, a sac fly by Carlos Asuaje, and a 2-RBI single by the untouchable José Pírela.  Manuel Margot finished 0 for 4 on the night, but used his speed to force an error on an infield grounder that scored a run, and threw out Freddy Galvis at the plate.

Brad Hand made it interesting in the ninth, giving up a double and hitting a batter, but nailed down his 10th save on the year.

Though there were two teams in the minors that took the night off, the winning ways would trickle down to four out of the five Padres farm teams.

 

Cordero Spoils Decker’s Return

It was a hit-fiesta in El Paso, and all the Chihuahua hitters brought presents in their 10-7 win over Las Vegas.  Franchy Cordero finished a homer shy of the cycle, hitting his league leading 14th triple, and Ryan Schimpf had two hits, including a 2-run home run.  Travis Jankowski had a multi-hit game, as he and pitcher Dillon Overton added doubles to the El Paso attack.

Overton gave up five runs in five innings to get the win, and Kevin Quackenbush got the last two outs of the game to record his first save with the Chihuahuas.  Former Padre Cody Decker, in his return to his fanbase in El Paso, went 3 for 5 with a double and three RBI.

 

TinCaps win behind Avila, Young, and Easley

In the follow-up to his 17-strikeout performance, Pedro Avila went six innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk, and struck out seven in the TinCaps 8-6 win over South Bend.  Hansel Rodriguez allowed an inherited runner on a wild pitch, but nailed down his 9th save of the season.

Second baseman Nate Easley had his first 4-hit game of the season, continuing a 12-game hot streak in which he’s hitting .359 (14 for 39) with four doubles and a home run.  Fernando Tatis Jr. was 1 for 3 with a double, and though he was removed from the game in the bottom of the sixth, according to Chris Goff of the Journal Gazette, there was no indication that it was injury related.  G.K. Young added a third inning grand slam, his 10th dinger of the season.

 

Sheckler Stellar as Tri-City Trounces Hillsboro

The Tri-City Dust Devils evened their August record to 7-7 with a decisive 10-1 victory over the Hillsboro Hops.  Starter Ben Sheckler, the Padres 8th round pick in 2016, threw seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out six.  Sheckler started off the season in Fort Wayne’s bullpen, posting a 12.8 K/9 rate despite a rough 5.63 ERA.  He has been starting for Tri-City, and though his K/9 rate has dropped to 7.9, has been less hittable and kept more runs off the board.

Luis Almanzar went 1 for 5 with his second homer of the year, and Tyler Benson and Aldemar Burgos had multi-hit games for the Dust Devils.  Josh Magee was 0 for 0 with three walks and a sac fly, and scored three times.

 

Elsewhere Around The Farm

  • Logan Allen threw six shutout innings, scattering six hits and three walks while striking out six in the Storm’s 3-1 loss to the Inland Empire. Reliever Trevor Frank gave up three runs in the seventh, raising his ERA to 4.98.  Lake Elsinore had just three hits on the night, including doubles by Austin Allen and Carlos BelenMichael Gettys was 0-3 with a walk and three strikeouts.
  • José Rondon went 2 for 3 with a pair of walks in a rehab assignment with the AZL Padres 2 in their 11-8 win over the AZL Reds. Tirso Ornelas went 1 for 3 with a triple and two walks, knocking in a pair of runs and scoring twice, and Olivier Basabe was 2 for 5.