Chihuahuas 10 - Salt Lake City Bees 8
Key Statistics:Travis Jankowski 3-6, 2B, 2 RBI; 3B Will Middlebrooks 3-6, HR (1), 2 RBI, SB; DH Cody Decker 1-3, RBI, 2 BB; RF Rymer Liriano 2-5, 2B, HR (8), RBI; LF Tommy Medica 2-4, RBI, SB; 1B Jason Hagerty 2-3, RBI, BB; RHP Brandon Morrow 2.1 IP 3 H 2 R 2 ER BB K; RHP Bryan Rodriguez (W, 1-1) 2.2 IP 6 H 3 R 3 ER BB K; LHP Frank Garces (S, 2) 0.1 IP H K.
Prospect Watch:El Paso and Travis Jankowski keep on rolling, although giving up three runs in the bottom of the ninth made it interesting. The Chihuahuas won their fifth in a row and Jankowski now has eight hits in his first 16 plate appearances, three of them doubles, to go along with two stolen bases. Have to wonder if we will see him in San Diego in September....Despite having 30 less plate appearances that San Antonio’s Duanel Jones, the organizational leader in RBI, Cody Decker is one behind with 61 and second overall in the organization in walks with 74 behind Rymer Liriano...Jason Hagerty is hitting .333/.397/.561 in his first 61 plate appearances in Triple-A.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Midland Rockhounds 9 - Missions 7
Key Statistics:1B Duanel Jones 2-4, HR (5), RBI; 3B Diego Goris 2-4; SS Benji Gonzalez 1-3, BB; C Griff Erickson 2-3; RHP Dennis O’Grady (L, 3-3) 1.2 IP 9 H 8 R 6 ER 2 BB HR; LHP Brandon Alger 3.1 IP 4 H BB 3 K; RHP Adam Cimber 2.0 IP H.
Prospect Watch:It’s getting ugly in San Antonio. The Missions lost their fifth game in six tries. Three of their past four wins have come when James Needy was on the mound, without him they are 1-8...Duanel Jones hit his third home run of the month and looks to be bouncing back from a poor June....Rough outing by Dennis O’Grady who is much better suited to relief than as a starter.
High Desert Mavericks 5 - Storm 0
Key Statistics:C Ryan Miller 2-3; SS Chase Jensen 2-3; LHP BradWieck (L, 0-3) 6 H 4 R 4 ER 3 BB 6 K.
Prospect Watch:Also, not a lot to write about; it’s just been a tough season for the Storm as they dropped their fourth in a row...A bright spot has been catcher Ryan Miller who is hitting .293/.312/.467. It would be nice to see more than three walks in 187 plate appearances, but Miller is a young athletic catcher who has some pop, and it’s hard to find those....A change of scenery has also helped SS Chase Jensen, 24, who is hitting .291/.325/.430 after hitting .197/.227/.307 in Fort Wayne in 131 plate appearances. A rangy six-foot-four and 200 pounds he has gotten the chance to play everyday at his college position and it seems to be working....Some tough breaks for Brad Wieck, who has pitched better than his 0-3 record indicates.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
TinCaps 2 - Bowling Green Hot Rods 0
Key Statistics:1B Trae Santos 1-4, BB, RBI; RF Franmil Reyes 1-4, 2B; 3B Luis Tejada 1-4, 2B; C Jose Ruiz 1-2, BB; LHP Thomas Dorminy (W, 8-7) 6.0 IP 2 H BB 4 K; RHP Colby Blueberg 2.0 IP 2 K; RHP Jimmy Brasoban (S, 4) 1.0 IP 2 K.
Prospect Watch:What gave Fort Wayne their turnaround this season was stellar pitching and today delivered with another good outing. In his past three starts Thomas Dorminy has thrown six innings in each outing and and only given up one earned run...Colby Blueberg has allowed one earned run since May 31 in 22.2 innings.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
First Game Tri-City Dust Devils 5 - Vancouver Canadiens 4 7 innings
First Game: Key Statistics:DH Peter Van Gansen 1-3, BB; 1B Ty France 2-3, BB; RF Mason Smith 2-4, 2B, RBI; SS Kodie Tidwell 1-1, 2 RBI, 2 BB; CF Rod Boykin 1-3, RBI, BB, SB; PH Jose Carlos Urena 1-1, RBI; RHP Walker Lockett 5.0 IP 5 H 3 R 3 ER; RHP Phil Maton (BS,1) (W, 2-1) 1.2 IP H BB 3 K; RHP Luis Hernandez (S,2) 1.0 IP BB K.
Second Game Tri-City Dust Devils 4 - Vancouver Canadiens 2 7 innings
Second Game Key Statistics:CF Rod Boykin 1-3, 2B, BB; SS Peter Van Gansen 1-2, BB; 2B Kodie Tidwell 1-2, BB; 3B Carlos Belen 1-2, 2B, RBI, BB; LHP Jose Castillo 4.0 IP 2 H 2 R 3 BB 4 K; LHP Jerry Keel
Prospect Watch:The Dust Devils swept both games of the doubleheader to put them seven games above .500 and tied for first place in the Northwest League North. Tri-City has been the most surprising team in the system - and one that most of us at MadFriars thought wouldn’t be very good because of the Padres’ lack of a high draft pick. In fact, San Diego’s first two picks, RHPs Austin Smith and Justin Nix, have yet, and our unlikely, to appear at this level.
So why are they so good?
A big reason has been the play of unheralded late draft picks SS Peter Van Gansen, who is sixth in the league in batting average at .313 and one of the better defensive players in the league, and San Diego State’s 1B Ty France, who is also among the leaders in batting average and slugging percentage. CF Rod Boykin is third in runs scored with 29 and on the mound RHP Walker Lockett is finally healthy and performing up to his ability with a 2-0 record and 2.91 ERA.
For further reading on the Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald.
AZL Athletics 7 - AZL Padres 1
Prospect Watch:Josh McGee, a fifth round pick in the 2015 draft, broke out of a 1-22 slump with a single in the seventh. The product of Franklinton High School in Franklinton, Louisiana has had a tough time in his pro debut with a .198 batting average...the Storm’s Yale Rosen was 0-4 with two strikeouts in his first game in the desert.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.