Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas jumped on Dodgers prospect Zach Lee – with the help of some porous Dodgers defense – for seven runs through the first five innings and cruised to victory Friday night. Shortstop Hector Gomez has been on fire since joining the organization earlier this month. The 27-year-old former Rockie and Brewer came up a homer short of the cycle on Friday and has hit in five straight. In 18 contests, he’s put together a .364/.419/.667 line while playing solid enough defense to usurp Ramiro Peña as the primary starting shortstop. Without a spot on the 40-man roster and a career minor league OPS of just .708, it seems unlikely that he’d get a look in September, despite the strong showing. … Speaking of strong performances would likely go unrewarded, righty Chris Smith spun another strong outing on Friday, giving up just one earned run on four hits in seven innings. The 34-year-old, who was out of affiliated ball for two years prior to joining the Padres last season, has worked to a 2.95 ERA this month and a 3.62 overall mark at El Paso.
Frisco RoughRiders 3 – Missions 0
Key Statistics: RHP Aaron Northcraft 5IP, 5H, 1ER, 4K, 0BB
Prospect Watch: The Missions were held to only three singles as their offensive woes continued Friday evening. The club came into the contest hitting only .230 for the month and only two players in the lineup - Yeison Asencio and Alberth Martinez -, have a batting average above the league median. … Auston Bousfield, who looked pretty gassed at this point in his first professional season even before getting promoted to Double-A, had a single and walk to reach base multiple times for only the second time since joining San Antonio. … Aaron Northcraft, who came over in the Justin Upton trade and who has shuttled between El Paso and San Antonio this year, enjoyed his first start since mid-July. The 25-year-old matched a season high with five innings of work and, despite being saddled by the loss, turned in a strong showing overall. Northcraft only allowed one earned run in five innings of work.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.
Lancaster Jethawks 16 – Storm 4
1B Matthew Chavez 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2R, RBI; LF Nick Torres 1-for-4, HR (2)
Prospect Watch: With the wind blowing out in the high desert, the host JetHawks pounded Storm pitchers for 19 hits and 16 runs while the Storm offense sputtered along. Minor league free agent signee Matthew Chavez had a pair of extra-base hits, including his first homer since converting from being a pitcher following the 2012 season. … Shortstop Daniel Bravo made his Cal League debut Friday after spending most of the year between the Arizona League and Tri-City. The 20-year-old Venezuelan is less of an offensive threat than the younger middle infielders who’ve made such a difference in Fort Wayne this year, but still has an interesting tool set to work with. Bravo collected one hit in three at-bats. … Blake Rogers, the Padres’ 37th-rounder out of Oklahoma this June, also joined the Storm to help backfill a pair of promotions. Congrats kid, you’ve been promoted! Now go pitch in the most hitter-friendly park on the continent with the wind blowing out at more than 20 miles per hour! The righty was tagged for three runs in two innings of relief. … Backup catcher Ricardo Valenzuela has long been the emergency fallback to save the bullpen. But in his fifth appearance on the mound this year, he finally was hit hard. He gave up his first four unearned runs, including a homer, of the season as he saved the pitching staff from having to work through the eighth inning.
Lake County Captains 1 – TinCaps 0
Key Statistics: RHP Pete Kelich 5IP, 3H, 1ER, 4K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: All good things come to an end. The TinCaps were shut out to lose their first game at home since the middle of July, snapping a 17-game home winning streak. The club was shut down by a trio of Captains hurlers who allowed only two singles and a pair of walks. TinCaps starter Pete Kelich continues to pitch well in his surgery return, taking the loss despite giving up only one run in five innings. He’s made three strong starts and had one rough outing in the four appearances he’s made since getting back to the Midwest League.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Everett Aquasox 4 – Dust Devils 1
Key Statistics: Carlos Belen 2-for-4, 2B; CF Rod Boykin 2-for-4, HR (3)
Prospect Watch: Rod Boykin and Carlos Belen each had a pair of hits including an extra-base knock – and yes, naturally, a strikeout each – but the Tri-City bats were otherwise very quiet on Friday. Boykin launched his third homer of the year in the fifth, his first against a lefty. Southpaws have tormented him this season as, even with the homer Friday, he’s hitting just .162/.262/.284 with a ghastly 33 strikeouts in 74 at-bats.
For further reading on the Tri-City Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald.
AZL Padres 4 – AZL White Sox 2
Prospect Watch: Walker Lockett turned in his strongest outing since getting demoted to Arizona. The 21-year-old, who had been the Dust Devils’ top performer before going back to the AZL, gave up a pair of runs in six innings, but did not walk anyone as he struck out five. It’s been a weird year for the former fourth rounder as he’s finally stayed healthy for a full season, but is finishing the year two levels below where he opened the season. … Catcher Zach Risedorf has had a brutal summer in the desert, but the 19-year-old connected for his first homer of the year to give the club the lead. The Padres took Risedorf out of high school in the sixth round last year, and the Connecticut native stayed back in Peoria again this year. Coming into Friday, he was only 2-for-33 with 33 strikeouts.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.