Prospect Watch: Chihuahua starter Chris Smith, who was the organization’s most effective pitcher in June, gave up three runs in the top of the first inning, and his club never got back in the game as the El Paso offense was limited to four singles. Smith, a 34-year-old minor league free agent signing last summer, bounced back nicely after the first, only allowing two more hits over five additional innings. … Rocky Gale’s week of adventure continued as he entered the game at third base after pinch-hitting in the eighth. After only catching through his first 368 professional games, he’s now logged time at both second and third base this week. … Cody Decker, who was announced as a Triple-A All-Star yesterday morning, had a single.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
The Missions return from the All-Star break on Thursday night.
Visalia Rawhide 6 – Storm 5
Prospect Watch: The Storm put up a three-spot in the top of the first, but then stalled out and quickly fell behind as Rafael De Paula got knocked around again on Wednesday. The 24-year-old righty, who came over from the Yankees a year ago this month in a Chase Headley trade that has yielded little for either organization, continues to rack up solid strikeout totals, but has been imminently hittable overall. He’s given up six runs three times in his last five outings. … Nick Schulz and Yale Rosen had matching lines of one double in three at-bats, with a walk and strikeout each. Schulz, who signed as an undrafted free agent out of San Jose State last year, is continuing to bounce back from a rough May, which has cost him some playing time.
Tincaps 7 – Bowling Green Hot Rods 1
Prospect Watch: Ruddy Giron took over a share of the team lead by clubbing his seventh homer of the year, a two-out, three-run blast that was part of a seven-run uprising in the fourth inning. The 18-year-old shortstop needed one fewer game to reach that tally than Duanel Jones, who was promoted to Double-A after 41 contests with the TinCaps, and 30 fewer than Trae Santos, who also has seven to his credit currently. Giron had gone 10 days without an extra-base hit before a double on Tuesday, but still own a .557 slugging percentage that’s almost 100 points higher than anyone else on the team. … Righty Michael Kelly only allowed one unearned run in seven innings of work to claim his fourth victory since joining the club at the end of May. The 2011 compensation-round pick has not allowed an earned run in four of his seven starts, a demonstration of what he can do when he’s on. The 22-year-old Floridian has only recorded 16 strikeouts while allowing 11 walks in his 36 innings of work so far. … After having his hitting streak snapped on Tuesday, left fielder Nick Torres had a single to start a new one Thursday. He also threw out the would-be go-ahead run with two outs in the top of the fourth inning. It was his third assist of the year.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Dust Devils 8 – Everett Aquasox 1
Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils managed to plate eight runs on only four hits while going 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position. That’s not easy to do. After going hitless through three, Pete Van Gansen and Henry Charles each hit homers in the fourth, with a Carlos Belen walk mixed in to account for another run. The Devils came back to plate two more on a Jose Urena single in the fifth, and were gifted their final three outs on three walks and a dropped fly ball in the eighth. Charles has had an odd first nine games in his return to the Northwest. He now has as many homers as singles and has 10 strikeouts against seven hits. … Travis Radke bounced back with a strong four scoreless innings, recording six strikeouts along the way. A 25th-round pick out of Rocky Gale’s University of Portland last year, Radke is repeating in the Northwest League. … The victory went to righty Corey Kimber, who has yet to give up a hit in five innings of work. Taken as a late-round pick out of high school in 2012, the North Carolinian has been waylaid by injuries in his young career, but at 21 years old, he has a good mix of pitches to be successful in the back end of a pen.
For further reading on the Tri-City Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald
. AZL Padres had the day off
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.