Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas scored a run early, but the Isotopes scored three runs in the third inning to pull away … RHP James Needy struggled once again, allowing four earned runs and eight hits in five innings of work. Needy has pretty drastic home and away splits – he has an 8.74 ERA in 10 home starts and a very respectable 3.24 ERA in five road starts. Overall, the 2009 6th round pick has a 6.78 ERA in 15 starts this season … Right fielder Rymer Liriano had his second consecutive multi-hit game in the loss. Liriano has quietly had a solid season, although he hasn’t flashed a ton of power. Liriano has a career-high 12.1% walk rate, to go with a slash-line of .285/.386/.438, with six home runs and 38 RBI on the season.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Midland Rockhounds 5 – Missions 0
Prospect Watch: The Missions managed only four singles in the shutout loss … RHP Elliot Morris pitched well, despite taking the loss. Morris, 23, had a solid April, but May and June have not been as kind to big righty. Morris has a 7.11 ERA in June, so it is certainly encouraging to see him return to a form that saw him produce a 2.66 ERA in four April starts
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 7 – Storm 3
Prospect Watch: The Storm opened the second half of the season with a loss, after allowing three runs in the first inning … Starter Rafael De Paula had a rough evening, allowing the three-run homer in the first, and another in the second. De Paula has a big fastball, but he has struggled to maintain any semblance of consistency in 2015. De Paula has a 4.71 ERA this season in his second tour through the Cal League.
TinCaps 4 – Great Lakes Loons 1
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps opened the second half of the season in dramatic fashion, pushing across three runs in the 13th inning. One of the runs came on a steal of home by first baseman Trae Santos … RHP DInelson Lamet continues to establish himself as a legitimate prospect, and Thursday night might have been his best outing of the year. The 23-year-old Dominican pitched five innings, allowing just two hits and zero walks, to go with six strikeouts. Lamet has gone five innings in four straight starts, pitching to a 2.25 ERA in that span … CF Michael Gettys homered early for his only hit in the extra innings affair. Gettys has struggled in the Midwest League as a 19-year-old, hitting just .229/.245/.368. The biggest challenge in the second half for Gettys will be improving his plate discipline. The 2014 2nd rounder has whiffed 88 times in 253 at-bats.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Dust Devils 9 – Vancouver Canadians 3
Prospect Watch:Tri-City used a four-run fifth inning to wipe out an early deficit. RF Mason Smith had his first two extra base hits of the year, ripping a double and a triple, to go with a pair of RBI. Smith, 20, was a fourth-rounder in 2013, and has spent the last two seasons in the Arizona League. Smith is 3-for-6 in his last two games, after starting out 0-for-14.
For further reading on the Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald.
AZL Padres 7 -- AZL Brewers 6
Key Statistics: : CF Josh Magee, 3-for-4, RS, RBI, SB (2); LF Aldemar Burgos, 2-for-5, 2RS, 3B, RBI; SS Benji Gonzalez, 2-for-2, 2R, RBI; 1B Jonas Lantigua, 1-for-4, HR (2), RBI, RS; RHP Joel Linares, 5.2IP, 7H, 4ER, 3BB, 4K; RHP Nathan Foriest (W, 1-0) IP, H, 2K. Prospect Watch:LF Aldemar Burgos made his professional debut Thursday night, and had a pair of hits, including a triple. The 2015 8th round pick signed for $172,600 out of the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico … Speaking of outfielders drafted in 2015, 5th rounder Josh Magee had three hits and a stolen base. The speedy outfielder is hitting .300/.391/.300 in his first five games as a pro.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.