Salt Lake Bees 9, Chihuahuas 7
Key Statistics: CF Manuel Margot, 2-for-5, RBI; 2B Carlos Asuaje, 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI; DH Hunter Renfroe, 3-for-5, HR (21), RS, 2 RBI; RHP Edwin Jackson (L, 0-1) 4.2 IP. 10 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 2 K; RHP Eric Yardley, 3 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 K.
Prospect Watch: El Paso fell behind 6-1 early, but made a game of it by scoring three runs in the ninth ... Hunter Renfroe had three hits, including his PCL-leading 21st homer in the loss. Renfroe is in the middle of a 12-game hitting streak, including four straight multi-hit games. Renfroe will be in San Diego for the Future’s All-Star game on Sunday ... Righty Edwin Jackson has taken on Jeremy Guthrie’s role of big league veteran pitching in El Paso. The former Cub and Marlin allowed 14 base-runners in just 4.2 innings of work and took the loss. Jackson pitched reasonably well in his first two outings and should continue to eat innings for the Chihuahuas as the summer moves on.
Missions 6, Tulsa Drillers 4
Key Statistics: CF Franchy Cordero, 2-for-5, 3 RS, 3B, HR (1), RBI; 2B Nelson Ward, 1-for-4, HR (4), 2 RBI, BB; 3B Gabriel Quintana, 2-for-4; LF Luis Tejada, 2-for-4, R, HR (1), RBI; RHP Dinelson Lamet (W, 2-3) 6 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 8 K; RHP Jason Jester (S, 10) IP H, R, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The Missions hit three homers and rode the right arm of Dinelson Lamet to a victory ... Speaking of Lamet, the Dominican righty had his best outing of the year in Double-A, pitching six solid innings to notch the victory. Lamet walked just two batters -- a season-low for him in Double-A, while also striking out eight. The 23-year-old has a 4.11 ERA in six Texas League starts, although one rough outing has skewed his numbers a bit. With Thursday’s outing, Lamet has thrown 95.2 innings -- he threw 105.1 for Fort Wayne in 2015. One would think that Lamet could be shut down after July, in an effort to cap his innings ... Centerfielder Franchy Cordero had two more hits, including a triple and his first Double-A home run. The 21-year-old has hit safely in 14 straight games, including eight since joining San Antonio. Between San Antonio and Lake Elsinore, the Dominican outfielder is hitting an impressive .293/.347/.471, with six home runs. The next step for Cordero will be limiting his strikeouts; he has 92 in 331 at-bats in 2016.
Stockton Ports 8, Storm 7
Key Statistics: CF Michael Gettys, 2-for-5, RS, 2 RBI; DH Fernando Perez, 2-for-4, RBI; SS Javier Guerra, 2-for-4, RS; 1B Trae Santos, 1-for-4, R, HR (5), 2 RBI; RHP Chris Huffman, 4 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; RHP Ben Paullus, 2.1 IP, 3 H, BB, 2 K; RHP Gerardo Reyes (L, 0-1) IP, H, R, K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm jumped out to a 5-1 lead early, before a five-run fifth put Stockton ahead ... RHP Chris Huffman pitched well through four innings but allowed four earned runs in the fifth, without recording an out. Huffman had an excellent first half but he has scuffled a bit in the season’s second half. The former James Madison righty has a 7.53 ERA in three second-half starts, with only seven strikeouts in 14 innings. Huffman’s secondary stats will never overwhelm you, but his inability to miss bats thus far in the second half has to be a concern ... Shortstop Javier Guerra had a pair of hits, perhaps showing signs of finally getting on track in 2016. To say 2016 has been a disappointment for Guerra would be an understatement. He is hitting just .211/.272/.344 with 101 strikeouts -- third most in the Cal League. Guerra also hasn’t drawn a walk in two weeks. Still, the natural ability is still apparent when you see Guerra, he just hasn’t been able to produce with any consistency.
South Bend Cubs 5, TinCaps 3
Key Statistics: 3B Carlos Belen, 2-for-4, 2B, R; RF Jhonatan Pena, 1-for-4, R, HR (7), RBI; RHP Chris Paddock, 4 IP, 6 H, ER, 6 K; RHP Blake Rogers (L, 1-2) 3 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 3 K.
Prospect Watch: Righty Chris Paddack made his organizational debut for the TinCaps and looked dominant at times. The righty did allow a season-high six hits but also had six punch-outs, without walking a batter. Paddack’s fastball velocity ranged between 90-95 mph with his changeup ranging from 79-83 mph and his curve sat at 73-76 mph. His changeup generated four of his six strikeouts on the evening. The righty was Miami’s eighth-rounder last year and was acquired in the Fernando Rodney deal. Paddack also has an insane 27:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, giving the TinCaps another arm to add to the stable ... Outfielder Jhonatan Pena has quietly flashed impressive power in the second half for the TinCaps. The 22-year-old has a .875 OPS in 14 second half games, to go with six home runs in just 52 at-bats. He doesn’t walk much but he, along with third baseman Carlos Belen, has supplied much of the offense for the club in July.
Dust Devils 8, Hillsboro Hops 3
Key Statistics: CF Buddy Reed, 4-for-5, R, 2 SB (2), 3 RBI; 3B Boomer White, 2-for-5; RHP Emmanuel Ramirez (W, 3-0) 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K.
Prospect Watch: Have a game, Buddy Reed! The 2016 second-rounder had a career-high four hits and swiped a pair of bags. Reed also contributed with three RBI. Thursday night showed why the Padres took him in the draft -- he has outstanding athleticism and can change the game with his speed. If he can hit like he did on Thursday, he could reach Fort Wayne by season’s end ... One could argue that Emmanuel Ramirez has been the best pitcher in the Northwest League in 2016. Ramirez actually had his worst outing on Thursday but he is tied for the league lead in wins, third in ERA and he leads the league in innings thrown.
AZL Cubs 10, AZL Padres 4
Key Statistics: 3B Tyler Selesky, 2-for-4, RBI; 1B Jacquez Williams, 2-for-4, R, 2B, 3B; RHP Cal Quantrill (L, 0-1) IP, 4 H, 4 ER, K; RHP Brandon Morrow IP, 2 H.
Prospect Watch: Right-handed pitcher Cal Quantrill’s second professional outing was not nearly as successful as his first. The eighth overall pick in this year’s draft allowed four earned runs on four hits against the Cubs’ rookie team. There shouldn’t be a reason for concern, the righty is still shaking off the rust after Tommy John surgery ... Underrated Tyler Selesky had a pair of hits to raise his average to .341 -- the best on the club. He played his college ball at Florida Gulf Coast ... First baseman Jacquez Williams had a double and a triple for his first multi-hit game as a professional. This year’s 18th round pick is a dual-sport athlete from Georgia. ... Brandon Morrow's outing was planned to last just one inning.