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The Scoop: Lucchesi Goes Eight, TinCaps Win Double Header

Photo: Fort Wayne TinCaps

San Diego: After taking the series opener against the Cardinals on tuesday, the Padres dropped game two of the three game set against St. Louis, 6-2.  Jhoulys Chacin’s road woes continued, as he lasted only 4.2 innings and allowed five runs while tying a Major League record by hitting four batters in the game. On the other side, Luke Weaver was superb for the Cardinals, tossing seven shutout innings and punching out ten. Cory Spangenberg also homered in the loss for the Padres, his 13th of the year.

El Paso: Off Day

San Antonio: Continuing their brilliant 2017 season, the Missions won again Wednesday night, beating Frisco 5-3 to improve their record to 72-55 on the season. Joey Lucchesi had another solid night, posting eight innings of one run ball to lower his Double-A ERA to 1.99. Between all of the San Antonio starters this season, Lucchesi has arguably looked the strongest of any, so be sure to watch his continued progression through the system.

In other news, Fernando Tatis Jr. recorded his first Double-A hit, going 1-4 on the day. Tatis shifted over to second base after starting at short on Tuesday to make way for Javier Guerra while Luis Urias was the DH. It should be interesting to see how the Missions play heir infield for the rest of the season, as there are four more than capable defenders who will have to fill only three spots (Urias, Tatis, Guerra, and Ty France).

Lake Elsinore: The Storm suffered a painful loss at the hands of the Quakes on Wednesday, dropping the contest 3-2 in walk-off fashion. After getting out to a 2-1 lead through six innings, the bullpen couldn’t hold up and faltered in the loss. On the bright side of things, Jesse Scholtens threw well for the Storm, posting six innings of one run ball, which is an encouraging sign after his struggles with the High-A club that have lasted throughout the season (5.93 ERA, 17 GS).

Also, Austin Allen homered in the loss, his 20th of the season. He’s one of the older players in the California League at 23, but he continues to do damage nonetheless, hitting for a respectable .287/.357/.501 slash line. The Padres seem like they will take it slow with Allen since Austin Hedges is under contract for the foreseeable.

Fort Wayne: Game 1– In the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader, the Tin Caps posted a strong 8-1 win behind homers from Hudson Potts and Kyle Overstreet and six solid innings from Reggie Lawson. The resurgent Potts is definitely something that Padres fans will want to keep an eye on as the young prospect has raised his slugging percentage to .429 while hitting the second-most home runs on the Tin Caps with 17. He is definitely a candidate to start next season in Lake Elsinore and possibly even make it up to San Antonio, if all goes well.

Game 2– In the second game of the twin bill, Fort Wayne also came out on top of the Captains, 5-2. This time, the star was Jorge Oña, who blasted his 11th home run of the season en route to a 3 RBI day. After signing him internationally last season, the Padres started the Cuban outfielder in full season ball, and he has responded well, hitting .278 with a respectable 11 home runs. On the mound for Fort Wayne was Lake Bachar, who after throwing seven perfect innings last time out, went 4.2 innings and allowed three runs. Hansel Rodriguez claimed the win in relief.

Tri-City: After winning four of their past five, the Dust Devils could not keep it rolling, as they lost to Spokane 8-7. Though the score indicated a close game, Tri-City was gifted a couple of errors later in the game that led to runs. Still, Kevin Melean had a strong day, going 2-3 with two walks while 17 year old shortstop Justin Lopez was 2-4 with 2 RBI.

AZL Padres 1: In a low-scoring affair, the AZL Padres dropped their game with the AZL Cubs, 3-2. The Padres were pretty much blanked for the most part until they scored twice in the eighth on a double by Jordy Barley, who’s gotten off to a tough start in the AZL, hitting only .226. Luis Patino continues to be solid for the lower levels of the Padres system, as he went five shutout innings to lower his AZL ERA to 2.04. Patino was somebody who started the season in the Dominican Summer League, but after having a 1.69 ERA over four starts, the Padres promptly promoted him to the AZL. With his stretch of success over the course of this summer, it’ll be exciting to see how he fares next season, at either Tri-City, or Fort Wayne (remember, he doesn’t turn 18 until October). Even though he only went 1-4, Padres No. 30 prospect Esteury Ruiz still leads the AZL in Hits, Doubles, Triples, Total Bases, Slugging Percentage, and OPS.

AZL Padres 2: The other AZL Padres team had a much brighter day on offense, though couldn’t pull out the victory, tying the AZL Mariners 8-8. The highlight of this game has to be performance of Mason House, who had a huge day at the plate going 4-5 with 3 RBI.  House, the Padres No. 22 prospect, has been leading the way for his AZL squad all summer, posting a .323 average, which is good for seventh in the AZL. Cole Bellinger also pitched for the AZL 2 squad last night where he went two innings while giving up his first run of the summer, which now pushes his ERA to 0.87.

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