Albuquerque Isotopes 5 – Chihuahuas 4
Key Stats: RHP Fabio Castillo 4 IP 7 H ER 3 BB 2 K; LHP Buddy Baumann 2 IP, 3 K; 3B Casey McElroy 2-4, 2B, RS, BB, RBI; CF Hunter Renfroe 2-5; LF Alex Dickerson 3-5, 2B, HR (10), 2 RS, 2 RBI; RF Jabari Blash 0-0, BB, HBP.
Prospect Watch: Jabari Blash exited the game after being hit in the face by a pitch. While he required stitches, there doesn't appear to be a more serious injury, and he is going to be day-to-day… Alex Dickerson was just a triple shy of the cycle. At what point do you just assume that he will have a multi-hit game and at least one extra-base hit? The one really eye opening part of his remarkable season is that, on the year he has walked just 16 times in 180 plate appearances, but has only struck out 19 times. Not very many power hitters can boast that they are on pace for 25 home runs and only 50 strikeouts.
Corpus Christi Hooks 4 – Missions 3 (12 innings)
Key Stats: RHP Michael Kelly 7 IP 7 H 3 ER 2 BB 4 K; SS Jose Rondon 2-5, RS, RBI; LF Nick Torres 2-5, RBI.
Prospect Watch: Before the game four players were named to the Texas League All-Star Game: Outfielder Nick Torres, shortstop Jose Rondon, and right-handed relievers Jason Jester and Adam Cimber. Remember that each All-Star roster in the eight-team Texas League is made up of players from only four teams. The Missions have the smallest delegation in the game… In today’s game RHP Michael Kelly rebounded after a tough start. He gave up five hits, three runs and a walk in the first three innings during which he found himself constantly struggling with location. He then managed to settle down, and throw four more scoreless innings to finish his start. All in all it was his third start of at least seven innings in San Antonio, and only the second time he allowed more than two earned runs in an outing. Kelly, a first round supplemental pick in 2011 (48th overall) may have turned the corner at 23. So far this year he has a 2.55 ERA and is holding the opposition to a .255 batting average. He still struggles with location, but the pure stuff is there.
High Desert Mavericks 11 – Storm 5
Key Stats: RHP Brett Kennedy 3.1 IP 7 H 8 ER 3 BB 4 K (L, 1-5); 2B Luis Urias 1-5, 2 RS; RF Luis Tejada 2-4, 2B, HR (6), RBI; CF Franchy Cordero -1-3, 2B, RS, RBI, BB.
Prospect Watch: Everyone is bound do have a bad start sometimes, and for Brett Kennedy it was today. While his record dropped to 1-5, this was only the first start of the year that Kennedy allowed more than three earned runs. Kennedy is a groundball pitcher who until today would allow more than his fair share of baserunners (1.5 WHIP this year) but was always able to get out of it by inducing a double play. Unfortunately, like we you often see with so many Cal League pitchers, if that ball gets left up in the zone, especially on a warm windy night in altitude, its going to be a really tough start… Paid attendance in High Desert was a robust 927, more than 3,000 less than the next lowest attended game of the night on the farm.
Western Michigan Whitecaps 7 – TinCaps 4
Key Stats: RHP Austin Smith 4 IP 9 H 6 ER 2 BB K (L 1-4); 2B Peter Van Gansen 2-4, HR (1), 2 RBI; 3B Carlos Belen 2-4, HR (3), 2 RBI.
Prospect Watch: While many of the Padres 2015 draftees are enjoying success in 2016, top pick Austin Smith has taken a step back again. After a few strong outings, he's been hit hard in two straight appearances now. While bad numbers in A-Ball are not the end of the world for a high pick, none of his metrics look too promising so far. Batters are hitting nearly .300 off of him (.291), he is walking nearly 5 batters per 9 innings, has a WHIP of 1.63, and probably most concerning is that over his last six starts Smith has struck out just eight batters (with eight walks) over 24 innings. He is not missing many bats, and they are making hard contact off of him… Someone trying to find their footing in A-Ball is 3B Carlos Belen. Belen slugged his fifth home run of the year, but on a whole is hitting just .195. While his .608 OPS is bad, there is some reason for optimism as his OPS has improved each month (.535 in April, .601 in May, and now .670 in June).