Chihuahuas 11, Memphis Redbirds 5
Key Statistics: 2B Carlos Asuaje, 2-for-5, R, 2B, BB; LF Hunter Renfroe, 2-for-5, HR (23), 2 RBI, R; C Austin Hedges, 3-for-5, HR (17), 2B, 3 RBI; 1B Hector Sanchez, 3-for-3, 2 HR (6,7), 2 RBI, BB; SS Nick Noonan, 2-for-4, BB, RBI; LHP Frank Garces, (W, 4-3) 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 8 K; RHP Brandon Morrow (H, 1) IP, 2 H, ER, K.
Prospect Watch: El Paso hit four more home runs Monday night in an easy victory over Memphis. The club now has 113 home runs -- 18 more than the next closest club ... Austin Hedges had three more hits, including his 17th dinger of the year. Hedges is only six blasts behind PCL leader and teammate Hunter Renfroe despite having half as many at-bats as Renfroe. Hedges’ .377 batting average would also lead the league if he qualified ... It seems almost disappointing when Hunter Renfroe doesn’t homer since it just seems like a given at this point. The slugger pounded his league-leading 23rd homer in the victory. Renfroe is also second in the PCL with a .338 average and leads the circuit in home runs and RBI. At this point, Renfroe has done all he can in the minors ... Hector Sanchez has quietly hit well since being demoted to Triple-A last month. The former Giant and White Sox has seven homers in 45 at-bats.
Missions 4, Frisco RoughRiders 3
Key Statistics: DH Jose Rondon, 1-for-3, 3B, R, 2 RBI; RF Nick Schulz, 1-for-4, R; RHP Dinelson Lamet (W, 3-4) 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K; RHP Jason Jester (S, 14) IP, 2 H, ER, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The Missions won, despite netting only four hits. As brutal as the team was in the first half, they are only two games under .500 since the All-Star break ... RHP Dinelson Lamet pitched well enough, although he was shaky with his command. The righty allowed two runs in 5.2 innings, walking three and striking out two. Lamet has the stuff and the poise to be a capable big league starter, he just needs to be more consistent with the command of his fastball. Lamet has a respectable 4.07 ERA in eight Double-A starts.
Storm 4, Inland Empire 2
Key Statistics: SS Luis Urias, 3-for-5, (2) 2B, R, RBI; 3B Josh VanMeter, 2-for-4, 2B, R, BB, RBI; LF Edwin Moreno, 1-for-4, R, HR (10), RBI; RHP Chris Huffman (W, 8-3) 5 IP, 7 H, ER, BB, 3 K; RHP Phil Maton, (S, 5) IP, 2 H, K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm are surging towards a playoff spot and a possible second-half division title. The team won their seventh straight Monday night and is now tied for first ... SS Luis Urias continues to make a case for Cal League player of the year. The 19-year-old can’t drink on Thirsty Thursday but he did have three more hits and now leads the league with a .331 batting average. Urias has also struck out in less than 10% of his plate appearances. If Urias continues to get stronger, he would possess a skill set similar to Astros second baseman Jose Altuve ... Phil Maton has seemingly taken the closer role from Colby Blueberg and doesn’t seem likely to relinquish the title. The righty allowed just a pair of runs in 18.1 innings, while holding batters to a .100 average. Last year’s 20th-round pick could be the first player from the ‘15 draft to crack the big leagues.
Cedar Rapids Kernels 3, TinCaps 2
Key Statistics: 1B Brad Zunica, 2-for-4, 2B; SS Ruddy Giron, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI; RHP Chris Paddack, 5 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 8 K; RHP David Bednar (L, 0-1) 2.1 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps lost their fifth straight and are now 9-16 in the second half ... RHP Chris Paddack walked a season-high two batters and took the no-decision in the Fort Wayne loss. Despite the two free passes, Paddack struck out eight batters and allowed three hits. Paddack has an absurd 0.85 ERA in nine starts with 71 strikeouts in 42.1 innings ... David Bednar made his Fort Wayne debut Monday night and took the loss. The righty was drafted in the 35th round in June and joins 33rd-rounder Mark Zimmerman, who pitched for Elsinore tonight, as the first players from June’s draft to appear with a full-season squad. Between Tri-City and Fort Wayne, the former Lafayette College righty has a 0.73 ERA in 12 innings, with 17 strikeouts and no walks.
Everett Aquasox 9, Dust Devils 5
Key Statistics: SS Chris Baker, 3-for-5, HR (2), 2 R, RBI; 3B Boomer White, 4-for-4, 2 R, BB, RBI; RHP Braxton Lorenzini, 4 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, BB, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils dropped their fifth straight to drop under .500 ... Third baseman Boomer White had four more hits, a night after a three-hit game. The outburst resulted in the 10th-rounder raising his average from .189 to .256. White, 22, has shown good plate discipline in his early career and was considered one of the better pure hitters in the draft ... SS Chris Baker also had a big night, with three hits and his second home run. Baker has been the best player for Tri-City in 2016, as he leads the club in most offensive categories. Overall, the shortstop out of Washington is hitting .297/.396/.408.
AZL Rangers 3, AZL Padres 2
Key Statistics: SS Hudson Potts, 2-for-5, 2B, RBI; LF Jack Suwinski, 2-for-4; RHP Lake Bachar, 4 IP, 3 H, 2 K; RHP Adrian De Horta, 1.2 IP, H, BB, K.
Prospect Watch: Hudson Potts started at short and had a pair of hits, including a double in the loss. The 24th overall pick in June’s draft has had a nice pro debut with the rookie league Padres. The infielder is hitting .314/.344/.430 in 86 at-bats ... RHP Lake Bachar had a second consecutive scoreless outing in the loss. Bachar, this year’s 5th-round pick pitched four shutout innings, with a pair of strikeouts. The former Wisconsin-Whitewater punter figures to be promoted to Tri-City in the near future. ... Reinaldo Ilarraza, who had been sidelined by an injury, made his organizational debut at shortstop on Monday. The 17-year-old Venezuelan, the youngest position player on the roster, went 0-for-2, but he will join an impressive infield rotation of Potts and Fernando Tatis, Jr. Ilarraza earned the right to stay stateside while fellow 2016 signees Kelvin Melean and Kelvin Alarcon headed to the DSL because of his smooth hands and high baseball aptitude.