Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas were held hitless through seven innings, but scored four in the eighth inning to make a game of it … RHP Bryan Rodriguez made his Triple-A debut, and struggled through five innings. Rodriguez, 24, allowed five runs and eight hits on the evening. Rodriguez struggled a bit in the Texas League, allowing opposing batters to .318 in the Texas League, so the PCL might not be the best environment for the righty. LHP Eury De La Rosa was transferred to San Antonio to make room for Rodriguez.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Frisco RoughRiders 4 – Missions 3
Prospect Watch: The Missions allowed a pair of runs in the eighth and the winning run in the ninth to blow a 3-1 lead … 1B Luis Domoromo is swinging the bat well for the first time this season, as the former Venezuelan bonus baby is 5-for-14, with 3 RBI during a modest three-game hitting streak. Overall, the 23-year-old has struggled mightily in Double-A, as evidenced by a .233/.268/.296 batting line. Still, he has played nearly every day as the system attempts to extract some value from the left-handed Domoromo … RHP Dennis O’Grady pitched well for the Missions in his sixth start of the year. O’Grady has been the swingman of the Missions’ staff, teetering back-and-forth between the rotation and the bullpen. O’Grady, 26, has a 2.52 ERA over 32.2 innings in June and July. The former 34th rounder out of Duke has actually been better as a starter this season, as evidenced by his 3.07 as a starter and his 4.80 ERA as a reliever. ..SS Jose Rondon left the game with an apparent hand injury. We will be sure to keep you up-to-date on his status.
Storm 7 – Modesto Nuts 6
Key Statistics: RF Nick Schulz, 2-for-5, 2B, HR (10), RBI; DH Ryan Miller, 2-for-5, 2B, RS; 3B Gabriel Quintana, 3-for-5, 2RBI; SS Chase Jensen, 3-for-4, RS; RHP Matt Shepherd, 4.1IP, 8H, 5ER, 3K; RHP Genison Reyes (W, 2-3) IP, 2H; RHP Jason Jester, (S, 3) IP, H, K.
Prospect Watch: This game was nuts indeed, as the game featured four lead changes. The Storm scored the winning run after an error by the opposing pitcher … OF Nick Schulz clubbed his team-leading 10th dinger of the year in the win Monday night. Schulz has hit seven long balls in the last few weeks -- a good sign after the righty didn’t hit much in the first three months of the season. Currently, Schulz has a .775 OPS through 79 games... RHP Jason Jester pitched the ninth for his third save of the year. Jester has quietly been excellent in the second half for the Storm, as the 23rd rounder in 2014, has not allowed an earned run in 10.2 innings in July. Opposing batters are hitting just .167 off of Jester in July, and Jester also boasts an impressive 16:2 K’s-to-BB-ratio in the aforementioned span.
Dayton Dragons 1 – TinCaps 0
Prospect Watch: Fort Wayne never got anything going offensively, as the club managed just three hits … LHP Thomas Dorminy continued his excellence in the season’s second half, pitching six strong innings in the loss. Dorminy, a 10th rounder in 2014, has a 2.20 ERA in five second-half starts. Overall, the lefty has a 3.75 ERA in 98 innings for the TinCaps this season.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 8 – Dust Devils 5
Key Statistics: 1B Ty France, 3-for-5, RBI, 3B Carlos Belen, 2-for-5, HR (1), RS, 2RBI; 2B Mitch Morales, 2-for-4, 2B; LHP Jose Castillo, 3IP, 5H, 3ER; RHP Luis Distasio, (L, 1-1) 0.1IP, 2H, 2ER, 2BB.
Prospect Watch: 3B Carlos Belen clubbed his first homer of the year in the loss. Belen hasn’t performed well in his first taste of playing in front of fans in the United States, but Monday’s game is an encouraging sight, indeed. Overall, Belen is hitting just .202/.277/.327 and has made eight errors on just 56 total chances at third. Scouts have questioned his hands at third, so the defensive miscues aren’t surprising. Still, Belen is just 19, so a poor stretch in short-season ball shouldn’t diminish his star … 1B Ty France has certainly been one of the surprises in Pasco this summer and the former SDSU infielder is showing a keen eye at the plate. France had three hits Monday night, and raised his average to .277. France is also among the league leaders in walks, with 18. France, 20, hasn’t shown any power, but his eye at the plate makes him a name to watch …
For further reading on the Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald.
AZL Indians 4 – AZL Padres 0
Key Statistics: RHP Starling Ynfante, (L, 0-4) 6IP, 5H, ER, BB, 5K.
Prospect Watch: The AZL Padres managed just four hits and made four errors – three of them by pitchers … RHP Starling Ynfante had his best outing in the Arizona League, although he ultimately took the loss. Ynfante worked six innings, allowing five hits and just one run. The righty signed with San Diego for $200,000 in 2012.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.