Prospect Watch: Cody Decker, making his first start since representing El Paso in the Triple-A All-Star Game, blasted his organization-leading 16th homer of the season to go along with a single. The film empresario ranks among the top five in the PCL for both homers and slugging percentage. … While his brief stints in the big leagues were brutal, righty Cory Mazzoni had at least been dominant in Triple-A. But since returning to El Paso again in late June, he’s given up 10 runs in 10.1 innings and seen his season ERA jump from 1.99 to 4.09. On the positive side, he has 14 strikeouts against three walks in that period.
Midland Rockhounds 2 – Missions 0
Prospect Watch: Despite taking the loss while his offense slumbered, Justin Hancock turned in a quality start. The righty yielded two earned runs on six hits over seven innings. For just the second time all year, he did not issue any walks and he struck out five. Hancock’s 3.20 ERA is good for fifth in the Texas League and he is tied for second on the circuit with 78 strikeouts in 101.1 innings pitched, which is the league’s fourth-highest count. … Third baseman Duanel Jones had two of the club’s seven hits, including the only extra-base hit on the night. He now has 169 trips to the plate for San Antonio, one fewer than he had in Fort Wayne. While he has actually cut his strikeout rate and kept his walk total nearly flat at Double-A, he has struggled to hit the ball with the same authority. Is isolated power rate for the Missions is half of what it was in Fort Wayne to start the year and he is scuffling with a .227/.278/.331 line.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.
Storm 3 – Visalia Rawhide 1
Prospect Watch: Ronald Herrera put together his best start in about a month as he scattered three singles and a double across 5.2 innings. His only surrendered run came after he left the game with a runner on second who came around to score on a single against reliever Jason Jester. Herrera, 20, struck out six hitters, one off his season high. After a pair of back-to-back outings when he was wild, the Venezuelan righty issued only one free pass. He has now thrown 102 innings this year, good for second on the circuit. … Third baseman Gabriel Quintana had his fifth consecutive multi-hit game, putting up a single and two doubles in four trips to the plate. He has now hit in nine out of 10 contests, collecting eight doubles and a homer in that span. Perhaps most promising in this stretch is that he’s only struck out five times – a good sign for a guy who was third in the Cal League in whiffs last year, but who has shaved his K rate by about five points this year. … Nick Torres had a pair of hits and has now reached safely in all six of his Cal League appearances.
TinCaps 8 – Great Lakes Loons 3
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps continued to roll along, winning to remain a half-game back in the Eastern division. Franmil Reyes had a pair of doubles in the cleanup spot as he works to come back from a rough start to the month. The massive 20-year-old had come into the night with only three extra-base hits in his previous 68 at-bats. … Righty Michael Kelly picked up the win, giving up three runs on six hits over six innings, bouncing back a bit after a pair of rough outings. The 22-year-old now has a 4.44 ERA with 23 strikeouts and 14 walks in 52.2 innings since joining the TinCaps in May. … Padres catcher Tim Federowicz had a pair of hits and a walk, and got some action in on the basepaths as he scored a pair of runs. He has alternated days behind the plate and as the DH this week.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Dust Devils 3 – Spokane Indians 1 in 11
Prospect Watch: Spokane gave the Dust Devils a win in the 11th Friday when, with two outs and a man on first, the Indians’ pitcher unleashed a couple of walks, two wild pitches and a balk to push across the two decisive runs. The club has won eight of their last 10 games. Lefty Travis Radke held Spokane in check for five innings, though with three errors behind him, it was a bit more of an adventure than he might have wanted. The first was the only frame when he retired the team in order, but a pair of double-plays helped him escape unscathed. … With his double Friday, Jose Urena continues to pace the club with a .463 slugging percentage and .892 OPS as the 20-year-old from Sinaloa continues a strong bounce-back season in the Northwest League.
For further reading on the Tri-City Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald
. AZL Padres had the night off
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.