Dinelson Lamet threw seven strong innings and Cory Spangenberg kept up his blistering pace as the Padres took game two from the Phillies, 8-4. San Diego put up a three spot in the first on a Yangervis Solarte double and Spangenberg’s 12th homer of the season, and never looked back as they cruised to the series victory.
Spangenberg went 2 for 4 and added a double for good measure, and plated half of the Padres runs on the night. The young third baseman has been a tough out, putting up an unexpected slash line of .462/.500/1.038 with four home runs in the past seven games. Last night, he flirted with the Padres record for hits in consecutive at bats (which is eight, set by Tony Gwynn, Dave Winfield, Brian Giles, and most recently, Kevin Kouzmanoff), but was retired in his third plate appearance, ending his streak at five. He will try to ride his hot streak into Wednesday’s series finale. Héctor Sánchez added some insurance, hitting his eighth homer of the year (half of which have come against the Giants).
On the other side of the field, Dinelson Lamet was really good. Again. For his fifth straight start, Lamet allowed two runs or fewer, as he went seven innings, allowing only three hits, a two run homer by Jorge Alfaro, and struck out seven Phillies en route to his fourth straight winning decision. Lamet even carried a no-hitter into the fifth, but Alfaro ended that with a two run missile to dead center, coming off the bat at 114 MPH. Still, Lamet was unfazed, and continued his dominance on the mound.
MacKenzie Gore & More
In arguably the most interesting game of the night, the AZL Padres were able to take down their counterparts, the AZL Rangers, by a score of 3-0. What made the game so exciting was the fifth professional start by Padres No.4 prospect MacKenzie Gore, who has been as advertised since starting his pro career. Tuesday, he went four shutout innings, allowing three hits, and fanning six. Through his first five starts, he has an ERA of 0.56, and has looked very impressive.
There was encouraging progress from Surprise Stadium last night, as both the Padres Rule 5 Pick Miguel Diaz and shortstop Jose Rondon were on rehab assignments. Diaz tossed two scoreless innings, allowing a walk and striking out a pair. The goal for Diaz in the next couple of weeks will be to slowly progress through the system before making his way back to the big league club. After that, it’s yet to be seen what the Padres will do with him, wether it be coming out of the bullpen or starting games, but he should be in a Padres uniform before the season is over. Rondon, who has bounced between Triple-A and Double-A, went 2 for 4, and though he played as the DH, could be returning to El Paso soon. The 23-year-old shortstop had a .685 OPS in the Pacific Coast League, where he would likely slot into the starting job vacated by Dusty Coleman.
Jeisson Rosario and Luis Campusano each added a pair of singles, and it wouldn’t be an AZL recap without mentioning Esteury Ruiz, who went 1 for 4 on the night, bringing his AZL-leading batting average to .367.
Ramirez Hot, Bats Cold in Storm Loss
The Storm looked lost at the plate Tuesday, as they dropped yet another game to the Inland Empire 66ers, their fifth loss in six games. Austin Allen went 1 for 3, accounting for a third of Lake Elsinore’s hits, and raised his batting average to a solid .289. Edwin Moreno added a double of his own, but it wasn’t enough against 66ers starter Joe Gatto, the Angels no.26 prospect who lowered his ERA to 1.84 through his first three Cal League starts.
Emmanuel Ramirez threw the ball very well for his second straight start, even though it ended in another loss. Ramirez, a 23 year old from Puerto Plata, DR, threw seven strong innings, allowing eight hits, one run, and striking out seven. Over three starts at LE, Ramirez has an ERA of 1.50. Ramirez is someone who has progressed through the system very nicely, and while it may be due to the fact that he is older than most lower-level prospects, his numbers this year at Tri-City (2-1, 2.48 ERA), Fort Wayne (24 K in 17.1 IP), and finally Lake Elsinore, have been nothing short of impressive. It’s system that’s loaded with arms, but he’s another one that could be worth keeping an eye on.
Fort Wayne Falters in Extras
Starter Ronald Bolaños was roughed up for six runs in three innings, and though the TinCaps battled back to force extra innings, they couldn’t complete the comeback, losing to Iowa 7-6 in the 10th. The Fort Wayne bullpen was excellent, with Will Headen and the newly promoted Dauris Valdez tossing a combined five scoreless frames. Valdez, a 6’8″ Dominican righty who started the season with Tri-City, struck out five in a row at one point, and though he got a little wild with his breaking ball at times, used his mid-90s fastball to blow past hitters.
With Fernando Tatis Jr. taking a scheduled day off, according to Journal Gazette writer Christopher Goff, Hudson Potts did most of the heavy lifting for the offense, going 3 for 4 with a solo homer and 3 RBI. Potts’ dinger was the only extra base hit for the TinCaps, though Nate Easley and Buddy Reed were among the five Fort Wayne hitters to have multi-hit games. Jorge Oña went 1 for 6 with a single and a pair of strikeouts. After having a hot July, the 20-year-old Cuban is hitting .176/.276/.216 in August (12 games).
Elsewhere Around The Farm
- Jake Esch made the start for the Missions, getting called up from Lake Elsinore, and took the loss as San Antonio fell 7-2 to Springfield. Outside of a Franmil Reyes 2-run homer in the second inning (his 17th long ball of the year), the offense never really got going, scratching together just three hits on the night. Josh Naylor missed his third game in a row, though no reason has been made public as of yet. Luis Urías was 0 for 3 with a walk.
- Ryan Schimpf and Chase d’Arnaud both homered in El Paso’s 4-2 victory over Albuquerque. Chris Huffman got the win, throwing 5.1 innings of 1-run ball while striking out four. Travis Jankowski had a good night at the plate, going 3 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored, though he was picked off once at first and had his first error of the season for the Chihuahuas.
- The Dust Devils edged out Hillsboro again, taking four games out of the five game series after a 4-3 win in Pasco, WA. Starter Aaron Leasher, the Padres sixth round pick in June, wasn’t particularly sharp, allowing a pair of runs in four innings on a hit and five walks, but Tri-City’s bullpen held and the offense gave them just enough spark. Luis Almanzar went 2 for 4 and scored twice, while Justin Lopez went 3 for 4 with an RBI.