Anthony Rizzo continues to do everything in his power to help Tucson, but it was not enough Tuesday night as Salt Lake used a big inning to put away the Padres.
Rizzo, who was named the PCL Player of the Week earlier in the day for his recent exploits, kept up the show by launching his 22nd homer of the season and clubbing a pair of sacrifice flies to rack up four more RBIs. The two-run blast was his sixth in the last nine games and pushed his season slugging percentage to an otherworldly .750. Even in the crazy world of the PCL, that would be nearly 90 points above the runner-up in the league if Rizzo had enough plate appearances to qualify.
Joe Thatcher continued his rehab process, working a scoreless inning of relief and striking out one. The lefty has given up only one run over eight appearances at Triple-A, and is likely on target to rejoin the big league club in about 10 days.
Missions top Corpus 4-0
Robbie Erlin made his system debut in fine fashion, pitching six innings of shutout ball. The 20-year-old lefty, one of two Double-A starting pitching prospects the club got from Texas in exchange for Mike Adams, struck out six, while allowing five hits and one walk. Amazingly, that is still well off his season pace of 10 strikeouts for every walk.
While Erlin was dealing, the Missions offense was stymied by Jarred Cosart, one of the other high-profile trading deadline acquisitions. After managing just two hits through seven, San Antonio finally broke through for four runs. Oscar Garcia, promoted from Elsinore earlier in the day, plated the first run with a pinch-hit infield single. San Antonio is the third stop this year for the El Paso native.
Elsinore knocked off by High Desert
The Mavericks jumped out to a big lead and then held on as a late Storm rally came up a bit short in a late-morning showdown at Elsinore.
Michael Watt took the loss despite a relatively solid five inning start in which he gave up two runs on only three hits and a pair of walks. The lefty, a former post-deadline trade acquisition, recorded six strikeouts for the third straight appearance. While he has given up a ton of hits all year, the one-time first-round pick has racked up 104 strikeouts in 103.1 innings.
Mykal Stokes, who jumped from Eugene before the game, entered as a pinch-hitter in the seventh and collected a pair of singles. The 21-year-old has now filled rosters at four levels this year, with his 37-game stint in the Northwest League his longest yet. Drafted twice by the Padres, he has continued to struggle to turn his immense athleticism into consistent baseball tools.
Hardy, a 23-year-old Canadian, gave up only one run over seven innings while striking out nine. The big lefty surrendered his eighth homer of the season (in 107 innings) to allow the one run. While his strikeout counts are low for the year, he sports a 2.79 ERA thanks in part to drawing a lot of ground balls.
On a quiet night for the offense, B.J. Guinn was the only hitter to each base more than once, and collected the only extra-base hit. The switch-hitting shortstop poked his first double in over a monthand drew a walk, after which he swiped his 28th base of the year. He ranks third on the club and seventh in the league with that total, but still sports just a 629 OPS on the year.
Emeralds comeback late to win 9-4
James Needy was hit pretty hard but for once the offense, led by Donavan Tate, came back with a vengeance. The bullpen was able to throw the final 6.1 IP allowing only 2 H and 1 ER while striking out 6.
Tate not only went 2-5, 2B, 3 RBI but 2 of his outs resulted in runners moving over. It was the 1st time all year Tate had driven in 3 runs, and the 2 hits gave him 7 hits in the last 4 G. The 20 year old is batting .438/.526/.625 against lefties this season.
AZL Padres thump D-Backs 6-2
Gennison Reyes turned in his second consecutive (and second overall) non-horrible appearance for the rookie level Padres, striking out three over two scoreless innings. The tall lanky righty, whose ERA peaked at almost 13 earlier in the season, has allowed four runners over his last four innings, a marked improvement from the nearly .500 on-base percentage opponents had against him through his first six outings.
Outfielder Yair Lopez, in the lineup as the designated hitter, collected three singles in five plate appearances, and promptly stole second each time. The 19-year-old Dominican has a solid .291 average and .479 slugging percentage, but has collected only two free passes in 120 plate appearances. Originally signed in 2008, Lopez is repeated the Arizona League, in large part because of his 56/4 strikeout-to-walk ratio last season.