Chihuahuas: El Paso has reached the all-star break. They play next on Thursday.
Missions 8, Springfield Cardinals 3 (12)
Key Statistics: CF Franchy Cordero, 3-for-7, RBI, SB (7); 2B Nelson Ward, 2-for-7; SS Jose Rondon, 3-for-7, 2 R, (2) 2B; 1B Taylor Lindsey, 2-for-5, 2 R, HR (7), 4 RBI, BB; RHP Seth Simmons, 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB, 7 K; LHP Kyle McGrath, 2 IP, 3 K; Rafael De Paula (W, 4-2).
Prospect Watch: The Missions may have their best win of the year. After falling behind 3-0, San Antonio scored the tying run in the ninth, then erupted for five runs in the 12th for the victory ... Shortstop Jose Rondon had a nice night at the plate, with three hits, including a pair of doubles. Rondon has hit 20 doubles this season -- good for 3rd in the Texas League and just six off of his career-high. Rondon has had a solid campaign but he still has 13 walks in 2016 ... Franchy Cordero continued his impressive play in the Texas League with three singles and a stolen base. Cordero has hit safely in all 11 games he has played in for the Missions. Cordero is already 4th on the active roster with six stolen bases as well. The 21-year-old Cordero has been one of the best stories in the system this season.
Storm 5, Modesto Nuts 0
Key Statistics: 2B Luis Urias, 1-for-3, RBI; C A.J. Kennedy, 2-for-4, (2) 2B, 2 R, RBI; RHP Brett Kennedy (W, 3-6) 7 IP, 4 H, 9 K; RHP Phil Maton (H, 2) IP, K.
Prospect Watch: This was a low-scoring pitchers duel until the Storm scored four in the ninth inning to pull away ... RHP Brett Kennedy had one of the best outings of any Padre farmhand this season, earning the win Thursday night. Kennedy pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits to earned his third Cal League win. The former Fordham righty didn’t walk a batter and struck out nine -- one off his season-high. The righty has a 3.77 ERA while averaging better than a strikeout per inning in the Cal League this season ... Catcher A.J. Kennedy started the year as Austin Allen’s backup and is now the starting catcher in the level above him. Kennedy, a 30th-round pick in last year’s draft, has enjoyed being back in Southern California. The Irvine native and former Cal-State Fullerton backstop had a pair of doubles and drove in a run in the Storm victory. Kennedy is hitting a solid .283/.333/.413 in 13 games for the Storm in 2016 ... Luis Urias is back from his brief cameo in El Paso, where the teenager showed his skills on a more advanced stage. Urias went 4-for-9, homered, scored six runs and walked five times in three games for El Paso. Urias returned to Lake Elsinore Monday night and singled in three at-bats. Urias’ average in the Cal League is at .324, just behind the since-promoted Kyle Petty of Bakersfield who was hitting .327 at the time of his promotion.
TinCaps 4, West Michigan WhiteCaps 3 (13)
Key Statistics: C Austin Allen, 3-for-5, HR (7), BB, RBI; 1B Brad Zunica, 1-for-6, HR (10), 2 RBI; LF Jose Carlos Urena, 1-for-6, HR (1), R, RBI; 2B Peter Van Gansen, 4-for-5; RHP Jacob Nix, 5 IP, 5 H, ER, 4 K; RHP Nick Monroe (W, 3-2) 3 IP, 4 H, BB, 2 K; RHP Louis Distasio (S, 2) IP, H.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps braved a four-hour, 13 inning game that also featured a two-hour rain delay ... Austin Allen busted out of a slump, including his seventh home run of the season. Allen was 6-for-37 in his previous nine games coming into Monday afternoon. Allen seems to be feeling the rigors of his first full professional season. The left-handed swinging catcher is hitting .242/.265/.409 in the season’s second half ... Jose Carlos Urena hit his first homer of the year in the win. The Mexican slugger recently returned from an 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs ... RHP Jacob Nix bounced back from a rough outing with five solid innings on Thursday. The 20-year-old allowed an earned run on five hits, without issuing a walk. Nix hasn’t allowed a walk in three July starts and has issued just 11 in 64.2 innings for the TinCaps in 2016. The righty has been hittable this season, as opponents are batting .281 against the former third-rounder. He has a 4.18 ERA in 17 starts this season.
Dust Devils 4, Vancouver Canadians 1
Key Statistics: 2B Nate Easley, 1-for-2, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB; C Kyle Overstreet, 1-for-3, BB, 2B, RBI; LHP Joey Lucchesi, 3 IP, H, 2 K; RHP Evan Miller (W, 1-0), 2 IP, H, 3 K; RHP David Bednar (S, 2) 0.1 IP, K.
Prospect Watch: LHP Joey Lucchesi made his second career start and looked sharp, allowing just one hit, whole striking out a pair. The NCAA leader in strikeouts this season has punched out a dozen batters in his first 12 professional innings. The fourth-rounder out of Southeast Missouri State has yet to walk a batter in his professional career ... The Dust Devils have a team ERA of 3.05 through 25 games -- which ranks first in the Northwest League ... Second baseman Nate Easley had a hit and a pair of walks in the Dust Devils victory. Easley, 20, was drafted in the 23rd round out of Yavapai College in 2016. He is second in the Northwest League with 15 walks in 2016.
The AZL Padres had the night off.