Nashville Sounds 19 - Chihuahuas 5
Key Statistics: 3B Carlos Asuaje 3-5, 2 2B, RBI; SS Nick Noonan 1-3, 2B, BB; RF Hunter Renfroe 2-5, RBI; C Hector Sanchez 1-3, BB; LF Jabari Blash 1-3, BB; RHP Daniel McCutchen (L, 8-6) 4.0 IP 10 H 9 R 9 ER BB K 2 HR; RHP Leonel Campos 1.0 IP 4 H 6 R 6 ER 4 BB K; RHP Eric Yardley 2.0 IP 4 H 3 R 3 ER 3 BB K 2 HR; RHP Taylor Lindsey 1.0 IP BB.
Prospect Watch: The Sounds won by two touchdowns which is bad in football and really bad in baseball. El Paso suffered their most lopsided loss of the season and the largest margin in the team’s history. It was their third straight night the Chihuahuas have given up double-digit runs…Nashville is now 18-1 against Pacific conference teams…Infielder Taylor Lindsey pitched for the first time as a professional with a scoreless inning in the ninth, which was the only scoreless inning by the five Chihuahua pitchers…a brutal night for relief pitcher’s ERAs…Asuaje got his first start of the season at third base, a position he played frequently when he was with the Red Sox organization.
Missions 1 - Midland Rockhounds 0
Key Statistics: C Rocky Gale 0-3, RBI; 1B Luis Tejada 1-3, R; RHP (W, 1-2) Seth Simmons 6.0 IP 2 H 3 BB 5 K; LHP Jose Torres 1.0 IP H K; RHP Yimmi Brasoban 1.0 IP 2 H; RHP Jason Jester (S, 13)1.0 IP H 3 K.
Prospect Watch: In his sixth start, Seth Simmons got his first win with an immaculate performance against Midland to split the series. Simmons, a five-foot-eight pitcher from East Carolina, came over from the Diamondbacks’ organization, has a 2.72 ERA in 31.2 innings as a starter with the Missions…Jason Jester, one of the more unheralded relievers in the organization, got his thirteenth save in fourteen attempts as he locked down a 1-0 lead with the tying and winning runs on base with a pair of game-ending strikeouts. Despite being on the organization’s worst team, he is the organizational saves leader…the Missions sole run was on Gale’s groundout to second base to score Tejada…this was the eleventh one or two-run game in the past 15 for the Missions.
Storm 7 - Inland Empire 66ers 4
Key Statistics: 2B Luis Urias 2-5, RBI; 3B Josh VanMeter 4-5, RBI, SB; CF Michael Gettys 2-5, HR (2), 2 RBI; SS Javier Guerra 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB; LF Edwin Moreno 2-4, 2 3B, RBI; RHP Enyel De Los Santos 4.0 IP 4 H R ER 3 BB 3 K; RHP Trey Wingenter (W, 2-0) 2.2 IP 2 K; RHP Phil Maton 2.0 IP H R ER 2 BB 3 K HR
Prospect Watch: The Storm are now on a season high five-game winning streak. De Los Santos only went four innings but tonight’s start was significantly better than his past two when he gave up five earned runs…VanMeter followed a big game last night with four hits and a stolen base…Wingenter is one of the seemingly endless supply of six-foot-six over pitchers in the Padres’ organization. He’s been a little wild at times with 11 walks in 21 innings, but he also has 20 strikeouts and a very real downward plane on his fastball at 6’7”…Gettys now has 10 extra-base hits in his first twenty-two games to go along with six stolen bases. He’s making a real push to be in Double-A next year and is a plus defender in center.
Cedar Rapids Kernels 13 - TinCaps 10 (10 innings)
Key Statistics: SS Peter Van Gansen 0-4, 2 BB; 1B Brad Zunica 1-3, HR (12) 4 RBI; 3B Carlos Belen 1-4, HR (5) CF Tyler Moore 2-4, 2 2B, BB; RHP Austin Smith 3.2 IP 6 H R ER 5 K HR; RHP Nick Monroe 1.0 IP 7 H 6 R 6 ER 2 K HR; RHP Elvin Liriano 3.0 IP 3 H 2 R ER BB 5 K; RHP Lousi Distaio (L,1-2) 1.0 IP 4 H 3 R 3 ER K.
Prospect Watch: After stating last night that the pithing in Fort Wayne shouldn’t be a problem, the opposite happened tonight - such is life. In a wild game that saw the TinCaps score two runs to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, Fort Wayne lost the game in the top of the next inning when closer Distasio allowed four straight singles to plate three runs…Zunica is now tied for the Midwest League lead in home runs…Despite an overall 4.54 ERA, Austin Smith has pitched better recently. Tonight was the fifth straight start in which he has allowed one earned run or less. His biggest problem is the number of pitches that it is taking him to get out of innings and implementing new mechanics. Smith is one of the better athletes in the system, with a very good arm - but he’s also only 19; so it’s going to take some time.
Eugene Emeralds 4 - Dust Devils 3
Key Statistics: CF Buddy Reed 3-4, SB (5); 2B Nate Easley 1-4, BB; DH G.K. Young 1-4, BB; 3B Boomer White 1-3, 2B, BB; LF Taylor Kohlwey 2-4, RBI; SS Chris Baker 2-5, 2B; LHP Will Headean 5.0 IP BB 7 K; LHP Evan Miller (L, 1-1) 1.0 IP H 3 R 3 ER 2 BB.
Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils were doomed by a big seventh inning by the Emeralds as they went down for the third straight night…Second round pick Buddy Reed had his best night as a pro with three hits. He also has five stolen bases in his first eleven games…after having his worst start of the year in his last outing, Headean came back with one of his best. The big lefty should be back in Fort Wayne when the next pitching opening pops up.
AZL Reds 4 - AZL Padres 3
Key Statistics: C Jose Lezama 3-4, 2B, RBI; RF Manny DeLeon 1-3, BB, SB; 1B Luis anguizola 2-4; LF Jack Suwinski 2-4, RBI; RHP Jean Garcia 6.0 IP 3 H 2 R ER 5 K; RHP Starlin Cordero (L, 0-1) 0.1 IP 2 R ER 3 BB.
Prospect Watch: The Padres gave Jack Suwinski $550,000 dollars in this year’s draft to buy the fifteenth rounder out of his commitment to the University of Indiana. Tonight he had a pair of hits and an outfield assist…Jean Garcia, 19, at six-foot-five, 220 pounds, is in his second go-around in the AZL looked great tonight. As someone would expect, he has a very good fastball and now has 25 strikeouts in 26 innings against only six walks. Just needs a little more consistency.
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