Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas put up a three-spot in the eighth inning and then held for the win Wednesday. That rally began with a leadoff homer by Jedd Gyorko, his fourth in 12 games since being demoted. Gyorko went 1-for-4 on the night and now has a 926 OPS in 56 plate appearances. He added one strikeout to his tally, but still has a K-rate below 20 percent. … Cody Decker scored what wound up being the decisive run on an infield single by Jake Goebbert. Decker tied the game with a solo homer in the sixth, then had an RBI double before coming all the way around himself. His .589 slugging percentage now leads the Pacific Coast League. … After Marcos Mateo was promoted to the big leagues, the two guys most likely to be the next man up each worked two innings in El Paso Wednesday. Leonel Campos (3.93 ERA) and Jay Jackson (2.23) would both represent another option for a hard-throwing righty if the organization should need to add another pitcher to the 40-man roster at some point.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Corpus Christi Hooks 8 – Missions 3
Prospect Watch: The Missions couldn’t extend to a four-game winning streak against the team with the best record in the minors as Bryan Rodriguez dropped his fourth consecutive decision. The lone bright spot for the Missions on the night was Duanel Jones, who came up a triple short of the cycle. The 22-year-old entered the game in the midst of a 1-for-24 slide which had seen his Double-A average slide from .313 all the way to .239. While his first 100 plate appearances for the Missions have been lukewarm overall, the good news has been that he’s maintained strong strikeout and walk rates while making the jump from Fort Wayne. … Yeison Asencio had his third consecutive multi-hit game and has raised his average up to .311 – the highest it’s been since the third game of the season. Always someone who could control the strike zone, the 25-year-old outfielder has been among the hardest to strike out in the minors this year, posting a career-best K rate of 6.6 percent. … Hunter Renfroe singled to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.
The Storm and the TinCaps both enjoyed the last day of their All-Star breaks. They each return to action on Thursday.
Dust Devils 6 – Vancouver Canadians 3
Prospect Watch: Jose Castillo was dealing for Tri-City, tossing five innings of one-run ball to record his first victory in the Padres organization. The 19-year-old Venezuelan, who came over in the Wil Myers trade, had a little bit of trouble with command during his brief stint with the TinCaps earlier this season, but didn’t issue a walk, hit batter or wild pitch Wednesday, and has a solid 9:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his first 10 Northwest League innings. The big lefty could earn his way back to Fort Wayne before the season is over. … Luis Urias, an 18-year-old middle infielder who featured prominently in our Dust Devils season preview, got into his first game of the year and went 2-for-3 with a pair of stolen bases in the effort. The Sonoran native signed as a 16-year-old when he was already playing with guys twice his age in a Mexican minor league.
For further reading on the Tri-City Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald
. AZL Brewers 9 – AZL Padres 4
Key Statistics: 1B Jonas Lantigua 2-for-4; LF Benji Gonzalez 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, 2R; RHP Trevor Megill 1IP, 2H, 0R, 2K
Prospect Watch: Benji Gonzalez, on a rehab assignment from San Antonio after missing the last two months, had the club’s only extra-base hits as the Padres were shut down for most of the night. Gonzalez, 25, is primarily a utility infielder, but has worked a bit in all three outfield spots to add to his versatility. A switch-hitter out of Puerto Rico, he was originally drafted by the Pirates in 2008 and signed with the Padres prior to last season. … The Padres’ seventh-round pick, Trevor Megill, made his professional debut with a scoreless inning of work Wednesday. The big righty from Loyola Marymount gave up hits to the first two hitters he faced, but stranded the runners with two strikeouts and a come-backer to the mound. While he’ll likely have his innings controlled fairly aggressively after his college season this year, the 21-year-old is regarded as one of the organization’s more interesting day-two picks.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.