Key Statistics: 2B Casey McElroy, 4-for-6, 2B, 2RS, RBI; LF Alex Dickerson, 2-for-2, 2B, 2BB, RBI; 1B Jake Goebbert, 2-for-3, 2BB, RBI; RF Rymer Liriano, 3-for-5, 2RBI; SS Hector Gomez, 2-for-4, BB, RBI; C Jason Hagerty, 1-for-3, HR (3); RHP Justin Hancock, 4.2IP, 8H, 2ER, BB, 2K; RHP Nick Vincent, (W, 5-3) 1.1IP. LHP Frank Garces, (S, 3) 0.2IP, BB, 2K.
Prospect Watch: An eighth straight win moved the Chihuahuas into first place in the PCL Pacific Southern Division, 0.5 ahead of Las Vegas … Second baseman Casey McElroy paced the Chihuahuas’ offensive attack with four hits, including a double out of the leadoff spot. McElroy has bounced back-and-forth between San Antonio and El Paso, but the former Auburn Tiger has done his best work with the Chihuahuas, hitting .280/.327/.423 in 52 games in El Paso... Catcher Jason Hagerty hit his third homer of the year in the victory, and the former Miami Hurricane has quietly produced in El Paso. Hagerty, 27, hit just .212 in 40 games this season in San Antonio, but was promoted to El Paso when the team needed a second catcher. Hagerty has hit an impressive .307/.397/.482, with three homers. Hagerty is a switch-hitter, and can play first as well. He can also leave the organization after this season as a minor league free agent … RF Hunter Renfroe went 0-for-6, with a strikeout in his second Triple-A game.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
MNorthwest Arkansas Naturals 3 – Missions 2
Prospect Watch: The Missions lost this one in 13, after tying the game in the bottom of the ninth … Catcher Griff Erickson had four hits, with a walk in the loss. Erickson, 27, is a native of San Diego and attended Mesa College. Prior to the 2015 season, Erickson spent his entire career in the Dodgers’ system. This season, Erickson has struggled as the Missions’ primary catcher. Going into the final few weeks of the season, Erickson is hitting just .227/.316/.328.
Lancaster Jethawks 4 – Storm 0
Prospect Watch: The Storm returned home and were shutout by Lancaster. LHP Brad Wieck took the loss, but turned in a solid start for the Storm. Wieck was hammered last time out, but this time pitched to contact, and generated eight groundouts. Wieck has a 5.76 ERA in 10 starts this season in the California League … Roster Move: The Padres signed independent league first baseman Matt Chavez, and assigned him to the Storm. Chavez, 26, was playing with the San Rafael Pacifics of the Pacific Association. In 66 games, Chavez hit .383, with 31 homers and 86 RBIs. He is the first ever Pacific Association player to sign with an affiliated ballclub. The transaction was reported by Danny Schmidt of the Marin Independent Journal. Fun fact: Former Padres’ farmhands Max Beatty and Cory Bostjancic were teammates of Chavez.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 7 – TinCaps 4
Key Statistics: : 3B Luis Urias, 2-for-4, 2B; SS Ruddy Giron, 2-for-5, RBI; LF Franchy Cordero, 2-for-4, 2 SB (21); RHP Ernesto Montas, 6IP, 6H, 2ER, 3K; RHP T.J. Weir (L, 5-4) 1.1IP, 4H, 5ER, 2BB, K.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps were just 5 outs away from a franchise-record 11th straight win, when Bowling Green scored five runs in the 8th to take the victory … LF Franchy Cordero had a pair of hits and a couple of steals, for good measure. Cordero’s numbers aren’t impressive overall, but he has been more consistent since moving away from shortstop. The talent is still enticing, and Cordero is still just 20.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Dust Devils 4 – Everett Aquasox 3
Prospect Watch: CF Rod Boykin hit his second professional homer, and lead the Dust Devils to victory. Boykin, 20, was a triple short of the cycle and drove in a pair of runs. Boykin has had a major issue his striking out, but he has only whiffed once in his last 18 at-bats. Boykin possesses a tremendous amount of speed and athleticism and has shown a penchant for getting on base this season. Boykin is hitting .256/.344/.364 for the Dust Devils this season … Dust Devils closer Phil Maton notched his fifth save, pitching a scoreless ninth. Maton, a 20th rounder in June, has now pitched 21 consecutive scoreless innings for Tri-City. Maton has struck out 51 batters in 28.1 innings, while walking just four. As a reliever, he could fly through the Padres’ system.
For further reading on the Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald.
AZL Indians 7 – AZL Padres 1
Key Statistics: DH Robert Kral, 1-for-4; RHP Jordan Guerrero, (L, 2-1) 3.1IP, 8H, 4ER; BB; 4K.
Prospect Watch: Pretty uneventful day in the desert, as the AZL Padres managed just seven singles … Catcher Robert Kral started a rehab assignment and went 1-for-4. Kral saw time in Lake Elsinore and El Paso this season …
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.