Prospect Watch: Daniel McCutchen turned in his third straight quality start, holding the 51s to only four hits and run and giving the Chihuahua’s offense enough time to put together a rally and claim the victory Friday evening. McCutchen, who has shaved more than a run off his ERA in the last seven weeks, struck out four and issued two walks. The 32-year-old righty, who passed 1,000 professional innings earlier this summer, has only lost twice since the start of June. … Jason Hagerty had a single and two walks in five trips to the plate. The 2009 draftee has pushed his hitting line up to .327/.421/.500 since joining the Chihuahuas in June.
Missions 4 – Arkansas Travelers 3
Prospect Watch: While the Missions had a nice come-from-behind win, the troubling story of the night for San Antonio is James Needy, who collapsed in pain after a pitch and left the game. The big righty, who was originally selected in the sixth round in 2009, appeared to have blown out his elbow, but there’s no official word yet. We’ll hope for good news for the Santana High grad and keep you posted when we have more. … Diego Goris, who rejoined the Missions from El Paso on Tuesday, had a double and triple in four plate appearances. The 24-year-old former minor league phase Rule 5 pick has a .266/.291/.362 line in Double-A and mashed for his five game stint with the Chihuahuas.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.
Rancho Cucamonga 6 – Lake Elsinore 3
CF Donavan Tate 2-for-4, 2B, R; RF Nick Schulz 2-for-4, 2B, RBI; 2B Fernando Perez 1-for-4, 3B, R; RHP Ryan Butler 1.2IP, 2H, Prospect Watch: Michael Kelly yielded runs in each of the game’s three first innings as the Storm dropped their fourth straight overall and their 13th in a row against the Quakes. Donavan Tate and Nick Schulz, hitting back-to-back at the top of the lineup, each had a pair of hits including a double. Tate has hit in five of the last six. … Ryan Butler and Zech Lemond each worked in relief again Friday. Butler will be throwing every three days as he comes back from shoulder fatigue, which cost him two months in the midst of his first professional season. The hard-throwing righty surrendered one run on two hits in 1.2 innings. Lemond, whose shift to the bullpen appears to be exclusively related to performance, worked a scoreless eighth inning.
TinCaps 10 – Cedar Rapids Kernels 4
Key Statistics: CF Michael Gettys 3-for 5, 2 2B, 3B, 2RBI, SB (15), OF Assist; SS Ruddy Giron 2-for-4, R, 3RBI; 1B Luis Tejada 2-for-4, 2RBI; LF Edwin Moreno 2-for-3, 3B, Sac, 2R; RHP Ernesto Montas 6IP, 6H, 4R (3ER), 1K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: After two consecutive shutout wins, the TinCaps relied on a big offensive outburst to win their sixth straight game and kick off their homestand. They now own a 19-5 record in Fort Wayne during the second half of the season. … Michael Gettys was a force in all aspects of the game Friday, collecting a pair of doubles and a triple, swiping his 15th base of the year, and picking up his organization-best 18th outfield assist. The uber-talented 19-year-old has been much more effective at home, where he’s hitting .274/.319/.433, an OPS that’s more than 200 points better than his mark on the road. …With all the talented teenagers on the roster, Edwin Moreno’s strong performance has been something of an unnoticed story for Fort Wayne. The 21-year-old outfielder picked up two more hits Friday and is back at a .300 average for the year. He’s been particularly effective in the second half, posting a .330/.363/.464 line.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Dust Devils 3 – Boise Hawks 0
Prospect Watch: Adrian DeHorta led four Dust Devil pitchers to a two-hit shutout of Boise as Tri-City pulled back to even in the second half of the season. DeHorta, the 20-year-old righty selected out of high school for an over-slot bonus out of the eighth round in 2013, yielded only one hit while racking up a career-best eight strikeouts. After missing the first two months of the year with some minor injury issues and scuffling as he found his legs in the Arizona League, DeHorta has been very effective in four Northwest League appearances, yielding only 11 hits and four runs in 21 innings. … Hard-throwing righty Phil Maton picked up his fourth save while extending his scoreless streak to 22 innings. He’s struck out an eye-popping 46 in 26.1 innings during his professional debut, permitting only 20 runners along the way. … It’s been a rough year for 19-year-old Carlos Belen, who has struck out in 40 percent of his plate appearances. But the slugging third baseman is flashing the power that could become his calling card as he slows the game down for himself. Friday he hit his fifth homer of the year and 20 of his 39 hits have gone for extra-bases. In the last week, he has a pair of home runs, two doubles and a triple… and no other hits in 25 at-bats.
For further reading on the Tri-City Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald
. AZL Padres 5 – AZL Royals 3
Key Statistics: 2B Tyler Moore 3-for-5, 2SB (12), R, E; CF Aldemar Burgos 2-for-4, BB, 2R, RBI; SS Daniel Bravo 2-for-4, BB, 3B, RBI, R; RHP Jaimito Lebron 2IP, 2H, 1ER
Prospect Watch: The top of the lineup combined to go 7-for-13 and catcher Kyle Overstreet hit his first professional homerun as the Padres won their second straight on Friday. Overstreet, a 14th-rond pick out of Alabama this June, hit a solo shot with two outs in the second to get the Padres on the board. … Daniel Bravo had the team’s only other extra-base hit, a two-run triple. The 20-year-old shortstop, who’s flown under the radar with all the other middle-infielders at the lower end of the system this summer, has pushed his AZL average up to .308 and at two levels this year owns a 717 OPS to go along with strong up-the-middle defense. … Jaimito Lebron made his 2015 stateside debut, working two innings of relief. The 18-year-old righty spent last season in Peoria, but got a late start this summer and had been throwing in the Dominican for the last few weeks.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.