Chihuahuas 9 - Reno Aces 2
Key Statistics: CF Manuel Margot 2-5, 2B; 2B Carlos Asuaje 2-4, 2B, BB; RF Hunter Renfroe 3-5, RBI; C Austin Hedges 2-4, 2 HR (13), 6 RBI; LF Jabari Blash 2-5; RHP Carlos Pimentel (W, 8-4) 5.0 IP 4 H 2 BB 4 K.
Prospect Watch: Hedges blasted a pair of home runs tonight giving him 13 in 30 Triple-A games this year and it’s becoming increasing difficult to preach any type of patience on not bringing him up. Felix Chavez of the El Paso Times said on Hedges since he’s returned from his injury, “He is aggressive and confident even on outs he looks great.” Hedges is hitting .389/.437/.815…Hunter Renfroe pushed his batting average up to .329. He is leading the PCL in home runs with 18, is first in extra-base hits with 47 and is first in total bases with 195. It is probably impossible to overstate how hard the Padres’ front office is trying to trade Matt Kemp right now…The Chihuahuas are now 15 games over .500.
Tulsa Drillers 5 - Missions 3
Key Statistics: RF Nick Schulz 2-4; 3B River Stevens 2-4; CF Franchy Cordero 1-4, 2 RBI; C Rocky Gale1-1 3 BB; RHP Seth Simmons 5.0 IP 4 H R ER 6 K HR; RHP Adam Cimber (BS, 2) (L, 2-2) 1.0 IP 4 H 4 R ER.
Prospect Watch: The Missions held a slim 2-1 lead on the back of CF Franchy Cordero’s two RBI double in the sixth but lost the game in the eighth when four runs came across the plate off of the normally reliable Cimber. As in most cases in the minors when there is a big inning it was a combination of a series of hits and a pair of errors…A good pitching performance by Simmons was wasted as he struck out a season-high six batters against no walks…Coming into the game Cimber had a 1.86 ERA and the opposition was hitting .196 against him…Hopefully San Antonio will be able to pick it up in the second half. The team finished the first half with the worst record in the Texas League at 22-48.
Lancaster JetHawks 5 - Storm 1
Key Statistics: CF Michael Gettys 2-4, RBI; RHP Brett Kennedy 4.0 IP 7 H 4 R 4 ER 7 K; LHP Brad Wiek 1.0 IP 2 H Bb 3 K; RHP Colby Blueberg 2.0 IP 2 H BB 3 K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm were held to five hits on the night, but two of them were by Gettys who is now hitting .421in his first nine games with five doubles, a home run and two stolen bases. If, as ESPN’s Keith Law noted in one of his chats a few weeks ago, you are concerned about strikeouts, they are also there with nine; three of which are in the first game. However, and maybe I am a bit of a fan, a .447 on-base percentage kind of negates that statistic…Blueberg lowered his ERA to 1.83 in the Cal League. He now has 36 strikeouts in 34.1 innings against seven walks.
Lake County Captains 3 - TinCaps 2
Key Statistics: RF Alan Garcia 2-3, 2B; 1B Brad Zunica 1-4, HR (9), 2 RBI; RHP Jacob Nix 5.0 IP 4 H R ER 6 K HR; LHP Nathan Foriest 3.0 IP 5 K; RHP Gerardo Reyes (BS, 1) (L, 3-2) 0.1 2 H 2 R ER BB.
Prospect Watch: With the promotion of 1B/3B Ty France, who was one of the Midwest League leaders in on-base percentage to the Storm, the TinCaps are going to struggle to put runs on the board for the rest of the season with not much help on the way. Tonight Fort Wayne squandered a pair of strong pitching performances by Nix and Foriest. Reyes was done in by a pair of errors, one by himself, which allowed a pair of runs to score for the walk-off win…As a further indicator that a won-loss record is not the best indicator of success for a pitcher, Nix has emerged as the top starting pitching prospect in Fort Wayne. The twenty-year old has a 51/11 strikeout to base-on-balls ratio with a 3.88 ERA in 55.2 innings but only a 1-3 record. He had a tough June, it will be interesting to see how much the organization pushes him in the next few months. TinCaps Notes: RHP Chris Paddock will join the TinCaps tomorrow. Baseball America has a breakdown of the trade here.
Dust Devils 3 - Everett AquaSox 2
Key Statistics: 2B Nate Easley 3-4; LF Josh Magee 1-3, 2 RBI; 1B Chris Mattision 1-2, RBI, BB; RHP Braxton Lorenzhina (W, 1-1) 5.) IP H 2 R 2 ER 2 BB 4 K; LHP Joey Lucchesi 1.0 IP.
Prospect Watch: Fifteen games into the season and it appears that the Dust Devils will be a team that pitches well but struggles for offense, which, with the exception of El Paso, has kind of been an organizational theme. Tonight’s offensive star was again, Easley, the son of Damon, one of the Padres’ coaches in the Arizona League. He came around to score in the fifth inning after a lead-off single to open the inning, which ended up being the decisive run on the night and moved the Dust Devils to 10-5 on the year. Easley was an outfielder at JC powerhouse Yavapai College and is being converted into a second baseman and profiles as a top of the order hitter…Lucchesi threw 111 innings for Southeast Missouri, where he led the nation in strikeouts with 149, so don’t look for him to throw too many frames with Tri-City. After a bad initial outing where he gave up four hits and two earned runs, he has struck out five against no walks in his next three. At 23, he should be a candidate for Lake Elsinore next year.
The AZL Padres had a night off inside to enjoy the air conditioning.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLb.com scoreboards.