Springfield Cardinals 7 – Missions 1
Prospect Watch: Luis Domoromo’s first homer of the year in the eighth inning saved the Missions from being shut out as the Cardinals took the series finale. Domoromo, who is still just 23, has had a brutal year in the Texas League, posting just a .235/.263/.291 line through 75 games. The one-time million-dollar signee from Venezuela has finally gotten on a role, hitting in nine straight games and posting a robust 1.179 OPS through the first eight games of July. … Elliot Morris had a strong run to finish out 2014 in the Cal League after he came over to the Padres in the Huston Street trade. But the big righty has had a tough go for San Antonio, pitching to a 5.04 ERA overall and 6.04 mark in his last 10 games. On Friday, he yielded five earned runs over five innings as the Cards reached him for five extra-base hits.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.
High Desert Mavericks 5 – Storm 4
Prospect Watch: Outfielder Nick Schulz continued his recent hot streak, clubbing his eighth homer overall and fourth in the last three days. The San Jose State product has pushed his OPS above .800 for the first time since the season’s third week as he figures out how to be slightly more aggressive on hitter’s pitches, while still keeping his discerning eye, which has helped him to second place in the Cal League with 51 walks. … Zach Lemond’s rough season continued as he yielded five earned runs on 10 hits. The 22-year-old has only turned in one quality start in his last 10 trips to the mound, giving up 75 hits in 53.2 innings to push his ERA up almost two full points since late May. … ROSTER NOTE: Cal State product and 2014 fourth-rounder Nick Torres will be in uniform for Saturday evening’s game after earning a promotion with consistently strong work in Fort Wayne.
TinCaps 8 – Great Lakes Loons 7
Key Statistics: 2B Luis Urias 2-for-4, BB, 2RBI, SAC; RF Franmil Reyes 2-for-3, 2B, 2BB; CF Edwin Moreno 3-for-5, 3RBI, SB; 3B Luis Tejada 2-for-2, 3BB, SB (3); RHP Dinelson Lamet 5IP, 2H, 1ER, 3K, 1BB; RHP Jimmy Brasoban 2IP, 3H, 1ER, 1K, 1BB
A walk-off suicide squeeze by Luis Urias gave the club another victory and helped them keep the best second-half record in the Midwest League so far. Righty Dinelson Lamet, who is still seeing his work load managed cautiously in his first season stateside, turned in five more solid innings, giving up only two hits and a run. Over his last seven starts, he’s posted a 2.72 ERA with 30 strikeouts and nine walks in 33 innings. … Urias had two hits and a walk in addition to his squeeze bunt to finish out his first week with the TinCaps with a .333 average and .798 OPS. … Luis Tejada, who at 22 skews toward the old side among position players now with the TinCaps, reached base safely five times Friday with a pair of hits and three walks. After drawing only that many walks through his first 17 games in the Midwest League, he’s earned at least one free pass in three straight games.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Dust Devils 12 – Eugene Emeralds 3
Key Statistics: LF Jose Urena 2-for-5, HR (3), 2RBI; C Austin Allen 2-for-4, 2B, BB, 3RBI; DH Carlos Belen 3-for-5, 2B, R, 2K; RHP Angel Mejia 4IP, 5H, 3ER, 2K, 2BB, 2HBP; LHP Jose Castillo 4IP, 3H, 0R, 3K, 0BB, WP, HBP
Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils rode seven hits and six walks to a 10-run second inning that put the game out of reach early. Austin Allen’s first professional extra-base hit was the key blast of the inning, a bases-clearing double to left. The powerful left-handed hitting catcher came into the contest with an average and slugging percentage at only .186 through his first 16 games since signing as a fourth-round pick out of little-known Florida Tech. … The Padres appear to be piggybacking Angel Mejia and Jose Castillo at this point. Castillo, 19, picked up the victory by allowing just three singles in his four innings of work. Since stepping back to the Northwest League, the talented Venezuelan has given up five earned runs in 15 innings with an impressive 13-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
For further reading on the Tri-City Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald
. AZL Padres 3 – AZL Mariners 2
Key Statistics: RF Ronaldo Contreras 1-for-4, HR (1), 2RBI; RHP Enmanuel Ramirez 6IP, 3H, 2R (0ER), 1K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: Righty Enmanuel Ramirez bounced back after three errors allowed the Mariners to post a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, as the 20-year-old allowed only one more hit and one walk in six innings. Through four starts since coming stateside, Ramirez has posted a truly bizarre line as only one of the nine runs he’s given up in 21.2 innings has been earned. He has a very impressive 18-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio. … Outfielder Ronaldo Contreras, whose signing bonus came in behind only Carlos Belen’s in the Padres’ 2012-2013 signing class, hit his first homer in the States almost a week before his 19th birthday. A wiry-strong athlete, Contreras has 13 strikeouts with only one walk so far this season.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.