Prospect Watch: A night after erupting for 13 runs, the El Paso offense managed just four hits in 12 innings on Friday. Rymer Liriano tied the game with a solo homer in the seventh inning, but the club only managed one more hit, a Jake Goebbert single one out later, through the rest of the game. Liriano’s average has dropped off a bit in the season’s second half, but he’s hitting with more authority, posting a .493 slugging percentage since the break. … Big righty Tayron Guerrero made his Triple-A debut, working two scoreless innings and recording a pair of strikeouts. With lots of moving parts to his delivery, the lanky 24-year-old has always struggled with command, but he earned his promotion by walking only four hitters in 14 innings in the second half of the season for San Antonio. He has one of the biggest fastballs in the organization.
Missions 5 – Frisco RoughRiders 1
Key Statistics: 3B Corey Spangenberg 1-for-5; CF Alberth Martinez 3-for-5, HR (7), 2RBI, 2R; 1B Luis Domoromo 2-for-4, BB, SB, 3R; LF Yeison Asencio 3-for-4, 2B; RHP Justin Hancock 6IP, 2H, 1R, 4K, 3BB
Prospect Watch: Luis Domoromo’s stunning second-half turn-around continued as he extended his hitting streak to 14 games. The 23-year-old Venezuelan now sports a .342/.384/.510 slash line since the half-way point, dwarfing the .465 OPS he posted through the very rough first half of the season. … Meanwhile, center fielder Alberth Martinez (pictured above) is also in the midst of a strong push during the dog days of summer. His three-hit effort, which included his seventh homer of the year, nudged him up to a .308/.384/.445 line over 39 games in the second half. … Yeison Asencio extended his own hitting streak to seven games and is now hitting a cool .464 during that stretch. … Justin Hancock got back on track, allowing only two hits and one run over six innings of work to claim the victory and get his winning percentage back above .500. The 24-year-old from Ohio had struggled a bit over his previous four outings, giving up 13 earned runs in 20 innings of work.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.
Storm 2 – San Jose Giants 1 in 13
Prospect Watch: Coming off a 15-inning marathon on Thursday, the Storm played another marathon Friday, walking off with a 2-1 victory on a two-out RBI single by Marcus Davis in the 13th inning. Given the state of the bullpen after Thursday, Kyle Lloyd’s start may have been the most impressive in the system all year. The righty faced just one batter over the minimum through the first eight innings, giving up just two singles – one of which was immediately erased on a ground ball double play. In all, Lloyd needed only 80 pitches to make it through the first eight frames. With one out in the ninth, though, Lloyd surrendered just his sixth homer all year, tying the game. Tonight was Lloyd’s second straight start with seven strikeouts.
Peoria Chiefs 2– TinCaps 0
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps got shut out for the second time in three nights on Friday to open their series in Peoria. The club now holds a half-game lead in the Eastern Division standings. Starter Dinelson Lamet extended out past five innings for his second consecutive outing. The hard-throwing righty hit a batter and issued a walk wrapped around a pop-up to end his night with one out in the sixth. He was charged with just one unearned run because the hit batter reached after a dropped foul ball error, and ultimately came around to score on a double after Lamet left the game. … Lamet’s night got off to a truly bizarre start as the first three batters he faced reached on a single and two walks. But each runner was subsequently thrown out trying to steal second base by Jose Ruiz. No word on when the last time that happened in the Midwest League was, but 33 years ago Thursday, Bruce Benedict pulled off the feat for just the second time in Major League history. Ruiz threw out two additional runners on the night, finishing the game having thrown out five of six would-be thieves. His 44 caught stealings lead the Midwest League by a wide margin, but part of that is because teams have been very aggressive against the TinCaps pitching staff. His .389 caught stealing percentage is third overall. The 20-year-old, who headlined the Padres’ July 2 signing list in 2011, also had a single at the plate to extend his streak to six games.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Everett AquaSox 3 – Dust Devils 2 in 10 innings
Prospect Watch: While the Tri-City offense was pretty anemic on Friday, scraping together two runs on seven hits as they struck out 17 times, a pair of Dust Devil lefties were very effective on the mound. Starter Jose Castillo allowed only one hit through five innings – his second straight start that long. The 19-year-old who came to the Padres in the Wil Myers trade, has yielded less than one hit per inning to Northwest League opponents. … Elvin Liriano first came stateside briefly in 2013, and then spent most of last year in the AZL bullpen. Moving up cautiously to Tri-City as a 22-year-old this year, the Dominican has been dominant in short appearances. Including Friday’s five-strikeout performance in two innings, Liriano has a 1.09 ERA in 24.2 innings with a stellar 36-to-8 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
For further reading on the Tri-City Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald
. AZL Padres had a scheduled night off
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.