Key Statistics: RHP Chris Smith 6.2 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 7 K; RHP Michael Dimock 1.1 IP, 4 K; RHP Dale Thayer (W, 2-0) 2.0 IP BB 3 K; RHP Jay Jackson (S, 13) 1.0 IP; C Jason Hagerty 3-5, HR (4), RBI; SS Hector Gomez 4-5, RBI; CF Rymer Liriano 2-4, BB.
Prospect Watch In a game that saw just as many former Padres playing for the opposition as for El Paso, this time El Paso was able to escape the wrath of Tim Stauffer and Alex Torres, who was with El Paso last year. Jason Hagerty hit a home run in the 11th and Jay Jackson was able to slam the door for El Paso as they climb back to within a half a game of first. Continuing to turn heads in Michael Dimock. He struck out every batter he faced, and thus far in AAA is boasting a 0.765 WHIP…Chris Smith continues to pitch well and by all accounts has earned a promotion. Smith has a 3.50 ERA in 126 innings in the PCL and has struck out 118 batters against only 39 walks. In the second half he has been even better with a 3.18 ERA…Have to wonder what the Padres plans are for Dale Thayer, if they have any? He has pitched well in a very small sample size (7.2 IP, 9 K, 2 BB) but he is not on the forty-man roster…Despite the promotion of OF Alex Dickerson, Cody Decker started the game on the bench and was relegated to a pinch-hitter role.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Missions 11 – Midland Rockhounds 1
Key Statistics: RHP Stephen Kohlscheen 4 IP, 2 H, R, BB, 5 K; RHP Elliot Morris (W, 5-9) 1.0 IP; CF Auston Bousfield 2-5, 2B, 2 RS; LF Alberth Martinez 2-4, 2 RS, BB; RF Yeison Asencio 3-5, RS; 2B Diego Goris 1-5, GS (4); 3B Gabriel Quintana 2-4, 2B, HR (4), 2 RS, 3 RBI.
Prospect Watch Quintana's home run output over his first week in AA, makes Renfroe’s in Triple-A look subpar. In the hitter friendly Cal League, he averaged a home run every 39.75 plate appearances. In San Antonio that number has gone down to a staggering 4.8 plate appearances. Is it keepable? No, but incredibly impressive after a subpar High A season…Kohlscheen made his first start of the year and had his longest outing of the season. The six-foot-six right-hander has bounced between El Paso and San Antonio in 2015 but has been much better with the Missions with his 2.74 ERA in 49.1 innings…Bousfield had his first multi-hit game in Double-A and saw his average rise above .200 (.212) for the first time since he was promoted in mid-August.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 7 - Storm 4
Prospect Watch This time Myers was moved to the infield playing first base. He played seven innings before being removed for a defensive replacement in the eighth and was not really tested at first defensively. He made all the standard plays with the only rust coming off at the plate. After playing a game in center field and at first, it will be interesting to see where he goes tomorrow. The standard is usually one game in the field, one at DH, one in the field, etc… Myers playing the field in back-to-back days might show a slight rush in his preparation to go back to San Diego…the Storm are now 41 games under .500.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
West Michigan Whitecaps 1 - TinCaps 0
Prospect Watch After spending two lackluster years in Eugene where he hit a combined seven home runs and 46 RBI with a .658 OPS, Trae Santos has burst on the scene this season in the Midwest League. He has doubled his home run output, increased his RBI total, and seen his OPS rise by nearly 200 points. His 14 home runs and 33 doubles rank him in the top five in the league in both categories. He is 22, almost 23, but anytime a player can have an OPS of near 1.000 over the last two months of the season, has turned a few heads…Pete Kelich threw six scoreless innings and for the first time in 23 pro starts walked more than one batter. He walked two.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Dust Devils 1– Vancouver Canadiens 0
Prospect Watch The Dust Devils managed only two hits but still got the win. The story of the night might have been their newbie Will Headean, who made his debut. Headen, a 13th round pick from the 2015 draft, was promoted to Tri-City after posting a 3.12 ERA across 26 AZL innings. More impressively was his 34 strikouts even against the .267 BAA. He came in and just overmatched the hitters, striking out five of the first seven batters he faced. After a two-out double in his third inning Headen was replaced. Not a bad way of making a first impression…Also another good outing by Fordham's Brett Kennedy, who despite not having a win has a 2.70 ERA in 30 innings pitched with a 38/11 K/BB ratio.
For further reading on the Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.