Game 1: Chihuahuas 10 - Reno Aces 0 7 innings
Key Statistics:3B Casey McElroy 2-3, 2B, RBI; RF Hunter Renfroe 2-4, 3B; 3 RBI; SS Hector Gomez 3-4, 2B; CF Rymer Liriano 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI; 1B Cody Decker 1-4, RBI; LHP Robbie Erlin(W, 7-6 ) 7.0 IP 5 H BB 4 K.
Game 2: Chihuahuas 4 - Reno Aces 2 7 innings
b>Key Statistics:CF Rymer Liriano 2-3, 2B; 3B Will Middlebrooks 1-2, BB; P Aaron Northcraft 0-0, 2 BB; LF Jake Goebbert 1-3, 2B, BB; 1B Cody Decker 2-3; 2B Casey McElroy 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI; RHP Aaron Northcraft (W, 3-4 ) 5.0 IP 3 H R ER 4 BB 4 K; RHP Michael Dimock 1.0 IP 2 H R ER 3 K; RHP Jay Jackson 1.0 IP K.
Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas swept a big doubleheader to put them in the driver’s seat for the PCL South title over Las Vegas, the Mets’ affiliate. In the first game El Paso put up four in the second and six runs in the seventh as Robbie Erlin pitched the first complete game for the Chihuahuas this season. It got so bad the former Padre Phil Nevin, now the manager of the Aces, brought in an infielder to get the last three outs in the top of the seventh...Decker got his first start in three games and had an RBI. He is three behind the organization’s new leader Hunter Renfroe who is hitting .338 in 19 Triple-A games... In his last three starts Erlin has given up three earned runs in 18 innings... also really strong second halves by El Paso outfielders Rymer Liriano and Jake Goebert...Since the promotion of Travis Jankowski Liriano has been in center field and is hitting .386/.427/.671 there...In Game 2 Northcraft also had his best start of the year. El Paso got all of its runs in the second inning which was punctuated by a big 2 RBI double by McElroy...Jay Jackson is now 14 out of 16 in save opportunities and has struck out 69 in 62.2 innings against only 16 walks.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Missions 2 - Corpus Christi Hooks 1
Key Statistics:DH Benji Gonzalez 2-3; RF Auston Bousfield 2-4; LF Kyle Gaedele 0-1, 2 BB; C Adolfo Reina 1-2, BB; LHP Eury De La Rosa (W, 2-1) 6.0 IP 6 H 2 R 2 ER 2 BB 2 K; RHP Adam Cimber 1.0 2 H 2 K; LHP Chris Rearick (S, 2) 1.0 IP 3 H 2 K.
Prospect Watch:De La Rosa had his first start of the season for the Missions and turned in a gem as San Antonio rode him and got solid relief pitching as the Missions had their third win in five games...after a slow start Bousfield is starting to get his second wind in Double-A. He had his third multi-hit game in the past four games.
Visalia Oaks 9 - Storm 8
Key Statistics:RF Nick Schulz 2-4, 2B; LF Nick Torres 2-4; 2B Fernando Perez 2-3, RBI, BB; SS Daniel Bravo 1-2, HR (2), RBI; 1B Matthew Chavez 2-4, HR (2), RBI; LHP Kyle Bartsch (L, 1-3) 3.0 IP 8 H 6 R 6 ER 4 K; RHP Zech Lemond 1.1 IP H 3 K.
Prospect Watch:The Storm are now 17-51 in the second half and have fallen 42 games under .500 overall. They showed some heart with four runs in the eigth inning, but it wasn’t enough to offset the 9-2 deficit…Lake Elsinore finished the game having only one regular, 3B River Stevens hitting over .280...on a positive note Lemond seems to have returned to his comfort zone in the bullpen.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
TinCaps 4 - Bowling Green Hot Rods 3 11 innings
Key Statistics:1B Trae Santos 1-5, 3B; C Michael Miller 3-5; RF Franmil Reyes 1-2, 2B; CF Michael Gettys 0-2, 2 RBI (two sacrifice flies); RHP Chris Huffman 7.0 IP 4 H R ER BB 7 K; RHP T.J. Weir 1.0 IP 3 K; RHP Jimmy Brasoban (BS, 2); RHP Taylor Cox (W, 1-3) 2.0 IP 3 H R ER BB K.
Prospect Watch:After giving up a run in the top of the eleventh the TinCaps came back the way they have the whole second half as they put three consecutive batters on base to tie the game which was followed by Josh Van Meter’s “walk-off” bunt when he forced a wild throw by the catcher to third to give Fort Wayne the win..It was their eleventh walk-off win of the season for the TinCaps...Brasoban had a rare misstep on Saturday night. Entering the ninth with a one run lead he gave up a one out double and then proceeded to throw a pair of wild pitches to allow the Hot Rods to tie up the game. Brasoban bounced back and struck out the next two batters...TinCaps’ manager Francisco Morales was ejected in the fourth inning after protesting a double by Franmil Reyes that he believed should have been a home run...Michael Gettys has 158 strike outs in 514 plate appearances which many will focus on during the off-season. But he also has 39 extra-base hits, 20 stolen bases, was voted the Midwest League’s top defensive outfielder by Baseball America, and is nearly three years younger than the average player in the league. A lot of positives, but the swing-and-miss are going to have to decrease.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Dust Devils 8 - Spokane Indians 2
Key Statistics:1B Ty France 3-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI; C Austin Allen 2-3, RBI, BB; LF Jose Carlos Urena 0-0, 3 RBI, BB; RF Justin Pacchioli 2-3, 2 RBI; RHP Angel Mejia (W, 6-3) 6.0 IP 6 H 2 R ER BB 7 K; LHP Elvin Liriano 2.0 IP 2 K; RHP Wilson Santos 1.0 IP H K.
Prospect Watch:Tri-Cities won their fifth straight game, their longest of the season...great story with Ty France of SDSU. He was a 34th round draft pick this year by the Padres and came into tonight second in the Northwest League in on-base percentage and OPS. Throw in the fact that he is playing a new position at first base - he was a third baseman for the Aztecs - and its a nice pro debut…Great outing by Mejia, who the Padres' believe could be something special...3B Carlos Belen set the Northwest League record yesterday with 107 strikeouts in a season and added four more tonight with the “Golden Sombrero”. He also made his twenty-first error of the season; the next highest total on the squad is infielder Kodie Tidwell with six. When it rains, it pours. Expect to see Carlos back in the NWL next year, he has talent, it just hasn’t shown up so far...the Dust Devils will make their first playoff appearance since 2011.
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.