Chihuahuas 8, Reno Aces 6
Key Statistics: CF Manuel Margot, 2-for-4, HR (4), BB, RBI; C Austin Hedges, 2-for-4, 2 R; 1B Hector Sanchez, 2-for-2, 2 HR (4,5), 4 RBI, 2 BB; SS Diego Goris, 2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI; RHP Michael Kelly (W, 3-0) 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K; LHP Keith Hessler (S, 1) 2 IP, BB, 3 K.
Prospect Watch: Prior to the game three Chihuahuas were named to the PCL All-Star team. The players were: 2B Carlos Asuaje, OF Hunter Renfroe, and infielder Casey McElroy. El Paso pitching coach Bronswell Patrick will facilitate the same role for the PCL All-Stars ... It appears the Padres caught a break when catcher Hector Sanchez cleared waivers and stayed in the organization. The catcher and now first baseman slammed two more home runs -- giving him five dingers in 11-at bats. The 26-year-old former Giant and White Sox backstop has also drawn four walks, giving him an absurd .545/.667/2.000 line. Blah, blah, sample size ... Catcher Austin Hedges extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a pair of singles Thursday night. Over his last ten games, Hedges is 21-for-40 with eight home runs in that stretch. For what it’s worth, Hedges’ OPS is 100 points higher on the road.
Missions 6, Tulsa Drillers 2
Key Statistics: 1B Gabriel Quintana, 2-for-4, HR (8), 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI; CF Franchy Cordero, 2-for-3, 2 R, 3B, BB, RBI; C Rocky Gale, 2-for-3, R, 2 RBI, BB; RHP Kyle Lloyd (W, 3-3) 5.2 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 4 K.
Prospect Watch: Centerfielder Franchy Cordero made his Double-A debut and had a pair of hits, including a triple. Cordero had been the regular centerfielder in Lake Elsinore but with Michael Gettys patrolling the Diamond, Cordero earned a promotion to San Antonio. The 21-year-old Cordero hit a solid .286/.339/.444 with five home runs for the Storm this season ... RHP Kyle Lloyd turned in a solid start, pitching 5.2 innings in a win. The 25-year-old Lloyd profiles better as a reliever but does have a 2.36 ERA over his last three starts. Lloyd will continue to pitch in the rotation, due to the lack of pitching depth in the upper minors.
Lancaster Jethawks 5, Storm 1
Key Statistics: SS Luis Urias, 2-for-4, 2B; CF Michael Gettys, 2-for-4, SB (3); DH Ricard Valenzuela, 2-for-4; C A.J. Kennedy, 2-for-4; RHP Enyel De Los Santos, 5 IP, 3 H, BB, 3 K; LHP Brandon Alger (L, 3-1) 1.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB.
Prospect Watch: The Storm scored just one run in the loss, despite tallying 11 hits ... Michael Gettys continues to impress since his promotion to High-A, as the talented outfielder had a pair of hits and a stolen base. The 20-year-old former second-round pick has hit safely in all eight games he has played in Lake Elsinore and is hitting .412/.447/.647 ... RHP Enyel De Los Santos turned in his best outing since reaching Elsinore, as the big righty pitched five shutout innings, walking just one. De Los Santos’ command hasn’t been as sharp at the higher level of competition, with nine walks in 14.2 innings before Thursday. De Los Santos has a plus fastball that can be dominant if he can locate it consistently.
TinCaps: The TinCaps lost on John Conniff’s final day in Indiana. Read his story here.
Dust Devils 4, Vancouver Canadians 3
Key Statistics: SS Chris Baker, 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R; C Chris Mattison, 1-for-3, HR (1), 2 RBI; RHP Jordan Guerrero, 5 IP, 2 H, 3 R (all unearned), 3 BB, 3 K; LHP Jose Castillo (S, 1) IP, BB, K.
Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils keep winning, this time scoring three in the eighth to cap off the comeback ... Catcher Chris Mattison hit his first professional homer in the victory. Mattison was drafted in the 16th round out of Southeastern University, an NAIA school in Florida. In 2015, the backstop won the NJCAA Division II National Player of the year while playing juco ball in Maryland ... RHP Jordan Guerrero turned in a solid start for the Dust Devils, allowing three unearned runs in five innings. The 19-year-old was drafted in 2015 in the 6th round. The righty stands at 6’5 and 260 lbs -- fitting the mold of giant arms that A.J. Prefer seems to covet.
AZL Angels 6, AZL Padres 4
Key Statistics: DH Hudson Potts, 2-for-5, R, RBI; SS Fernando Tatis Jr., 2-for-5, R, 2B; CF-RF Dayon Olmo, 2-for-4, 2B, R; RHP Cal Quantrill, 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K; RHP Henry Henry (L, 0-1) 2.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; RHP Jose Ruiz, 0.2 IP, 2 BB, K; LHP Ben Sheckler, 1.1 IP, H, K.
Prospect Watch: The biggest story happened in the Arizona League, where Cal Quantrill made his professional debut. The 8th overall pick pitched two innings and allowed a pair of hits, while also striking out two batters. Quantrill will likely make a few outings to monitor his innings as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery ...The Padres are converting catcher Jose Ruiz into a pitcher. Ruiz signed out of Venezuela in 2011 for $1.1 million. Ruiz is a superb defensive catcher with a rocket arm , although he has hit just .203/.239/.249, with a single homer in nearly 1,000 at-bats. He recorded two outs, with two walks and a strikeout. He did pitch an inning in Lake Elsinore, although that was in a mop-up role.