Key Statistics: CF Travis Jankowski, 2-for-5, 2RS; 2B Cory Spangenberg, 1-for-3, 2RS, HR (1), 2BB; SS Hector Gomez, 3-for-4, 2B, RBI; RHP Chris Smith, 4.2IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K; RHP Jay Jackson (W, 2-3), IP, 2K.
Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas capped off the dramatics with a walk-off single from new infielder Hector Gomez … Speaking of Gomez, the Friars signed the 27-year-old infielder a few days ago, after he elected to decline his assignment to the minors. Gomez had played in 66 games for the Big League Brewers this season, and hit .181/.212/.323. Gomez is off to a 4-for-8 start in his first three games in the Padres’ organization … Second baseman Cory Spangenberg continued his march back the big club by swatting a homer, and drawing a pair of walks in the win. Spangenberg has played in nine games on his assignment – six with San Antonio and three with the Chihuahuas. In the nine games, Spangenberg is hitting .211/.286/.342, with a homer.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Northwest Arkansas Naturals 3 – Missions 1
Prospect Watch: RHP Casey Kelly turned in his longest outing of the season, pitching six complete innings. Kelly also set a season-high in pitches, with 96. Kelly’s control was spotty with five walks, but the length of his outing is certainly encouraging. Kelly only allowed one earned run, as the defense committed three errors behind him. Kelly also managed to lower his ERA to 3.97 … CF Alberth Martinez had two hits on the evening, and provided all of the offensive for the Missions with a solo home run, his tenth of the season. Martinez won the Texas League Player of the Week for his efforts last week, and Martinez hasn’t shown signs of letting up. The 24-year-old outfielder is hitting .488 over his last ten games, with five homers and 12 RBIs. Martinez is hitting a very impressive .291/.360/.423 this season for San Antonio.
TinCaps 3 – Quad City River Bandits 0
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps won their fifth straight Thursday, and sit in first place, with a 29-17 record in the second half … Centerfielder Michael Gettys contributed with sixth homer of the year in the victory. The 19-year-old has experienced some growing pains playing in the Midwest League, but the potential still remains. Gettys has struck out 133 times this season, so he will really need to make more consistent talent as he progresses through the system … RHP Dinelson Lamet turned his usual solid start of five innings, and earned his fourth win on Thursday. Lamet, 23, has not allowed an earned run in his last two starts, and the Dominican righty lowered his ERA to 3.18. Lamet is a late-bloomer, but his stuff is as good as anyone in the system.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Boise Hawks 4 – Dust Devils 0
Prospect Watch: The bats were silent in Pasco, as the Dust Devils managed just five hits … Two of the hits came off of the bat of All-Star outfielder Jose Carlos Urena. Urena, 20, left the game Tuesday for an undisclosed reason, and sat out Wednesday. Urena bounced back with a multi-hit game, and also drew his first walk in nearly a week. Urena struggled last season with Fort Wayne, but he has torched the Northwest League with a batting line of .292/.406/.468 this season.
For further reading on the Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald.
AZL Padres 4 – AZL Rangers 2
Prospect Watch: 2015 2nd Round Pick Austin Smith had one of his best outings of the season Thursday night. Smith, 19, threw two shutout innings, allowing just a walk, while striking out two. Smith has only thrown 11 innings in the AZL, and has struggled to a 6.55 ERA. AZL stats should be taken with a grain of salt; Smith is merely getting his feet wet in professional baseball.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.