Chihuahuas 1, 4 - Sacramento River Cats 5, 0
Key Statistics: 2B Carlos Asuaje 3-for-7, BB, R; RF Hunter Renfroe 2-for-5, HR (25), 3RBI, BB; RHP Eric Yardley 5IP, 2H, 0R, 5K, 0BB; RHP Aaron Northcraft
Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas picked up the nightcap to split a double-header in Sacramento on Sunday and salvage the last of a four-game series against the Giants' top affiliate. Once again, Hunter Renfroe was in the middle of the offense, clubbing his system- and league-leading 25th homer as he nudged his average back up to .331 on the year. Thanks to the Futures Game and All-Star break, the 24-year-old slugger has only made 83 trips to the plate this month, but has seven homers and an on-base percentage of .395 in July. ... The hero of the day for the Chihuahuas may have been Eric Yardley who worked a career-high five innings of scoreless ball in the nightcap, to take pressure of the bullpen in the midst of a three-city, 12-game road trip. The 25-year-old submarining righty only gave up a pair of hits and needed just 53 pitches to get through his duties, even with five strikeouts. Yardley got eight ground-ball outs and didn't allow a runner to reach second. ... Brandon Morrow worked a scoreless seventh in the nightcap as he continues to work to get in good enough shape to contribute to the big league club in 2016. The 31-year-old, who made one abortive attempt to return earlier this year as a starter, has been working in relief since he began his latest rehab cycle in Peoria at the end of last month. He's throwing every three days at this point, though still struggling. He labored through his frame, giving up a walk and single, throwing 28 pitches in all. He's given up three runs on six hits in 4.1 innings since rejoining the Chihuahuas pitching staff.
Missions 5 - Midland RockHounds 0
Key Statistics: LF Nick Torres 3-for-4, 2 2B, R; C Ryan Miller 2-for-3, HR (3), 3RBI; RHP Walker Lockett 8IP, 4H, 0R, 6K, 0BB
Prospect Watch: Walker Lockett's season of re-emergence continued as he worked a career-best eight scoreless frames on the way to a shutout win for the Missions, who now sport a .500 winning percentage in the second half of the year. Lockett, picked up his first Double-A victory, only yielded four singles in the game and had his heavy sinker working all night, drawing 12 ground-outs along with six strikeouts. On the year, the 22-year-old righty, who finished his 2015 campaign back in the Arizona League, owns a 2.95 ERA with a 1.06 WHIP across three levels. ... Outfielder Nick Torres has been in a frigid slump since the All-Star break, coming in with just a .139 average and two extra-base hits in his last 17 games. The Cal Poly product will hope that his 3-for-4 night might be the start of breaking out of it. Importantly, Torres had a pair of doubles mixed in, pulling one and taking one the other way.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 17 - Storm 4
Key Statistics: 3B Josh VanMeter 3-for-4, 2 2B, 3RBI, E (18); RF Franmil Reyes 1-for-4, HR (9)
Prospect Watch: The second crack at the Cal League isn't going much better for Thomas Dorminy than the first go-around. While the lefty did record six strikeouts, he was jumped for five earned runs on eight hits (four for extra bases) in 4.1 innings. After handling his demotion to the Midwest League like a pro and posting a solid 3.36 ERA for the TinCaps, the 24-year-old Floridian is once again giving up essentially one run an inning for the Storm. ... Things didn't get better for the Storm when Dorminy was replaced. The Quakes pounded Ben Paullus for six runs in his inning, including a grand slam, and then dinged Martires Arias and Gerardo Reyes in their innings as well. In fact, only catcher/emergency reliever Ricardo Valenzuela had an unscathed inning, recording two strikeouts along the way. The 25-year-old has appeared on the mound in each of his seven professional seasons and actually has an impressive 22:5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 24 innings. ... Things weren't much better offensively, where the Storm were held in check by the Dodgers' 40th-round pick last year, Isaac Anderson, who was making just his second Cal League appearance. Josh VanMeter twice doubled in Ty France as part of a 3-for-4 day in one of the club's few bright spots. It's the first game with multiple extra-base hits for the 21-year-old since late May. ... Michael Gettys and Luis Urias both missed their second straight games after leaving Friday's contest early. We're working on updates on both.
TinCaps 8 - Beloit Snappers 7
Key Statistics: 1B Brad Zunica 3-for-5, 2B, HR (14), 2RBI, BB, K; SS Rudy Giron 1-for-4, 2BB, R; RHP Jacob Nix 6IP, 7H, 5ER, 3K, 1BB, 2 HR
Prospect Watch: The ball was sailing in Beloit Sunday as the two clubs combined for six homers and the TinCaps almost gave away a game they led 6-2 early. Brad Zunica hit his 14th homer of the year and now has a reasonable shot at the franchise record of 20. The big first baseman has been a force this month, slugging .633 with seven doubles and six homers in 20 games. However, The young slugger also continues to whiff at an alarming rate, going down on strikes 25 times in 83 plate appearances in July. ... While it certainly wsan't his finest effort of the year, Jacob Nix picked up his second professional victory. Last year's third-rounder, coming off a pair of one-run outings, was charged with five runs on seven hits, including a pair of homers. The big righty had allowed just one round-tripper in his last eight appearances.
Dust Devils 5 - Eugene Hops 4
Key Statistics: SS Chris Baker 2-for-4, 2B, 2R; 1B GK Young 1-for-4, HR (2), RBI, 2K, E (4); 2B Nate Easley 2-for-3, BB, 2 SB (6), R; RHP Emmanuel Ramirez 6IP, 4H, 0R, 9K, 3BB, WP
Prospect Watch: The Devils appeared to be on the way to the system's third shutout of the day, then they seemed to be on the verge of a loss, before ultimately coming back for a walk-off win in the ninth. Emmanuel Ramirez turned in one of the strongest performances of the year for Tri-City, blanking the Hops across six innings with nine strikeouts. The just-turned 22-year-old has had an odd campaign for Tri-City, putting together an ERA just above one through his first six outings despite low strikeout totals. Then he'd struck out 20 over 17.2 innings coming into tonight's game, but had been touched for 10 runs as well. Tonight he finally put it all together. ... Evan Miller followed Ramirez with a pair of scoreless frames before handing it over to Diomar Lopez, who had been almost unhittable. The Nicaraguan teenager promptly gave up four runs on five hits, more than doubling his ERA on the year. Even after the blow-up tonight, Lopez has as many strikeouts as hits allowed (22) through 26 innings. ... After falling behind by one, Tri-City pulled back even on an RBI single by Luis Asuncion before Taylor Kohlwey walked them off with his own RBI single.
AZL Padres 6 - Giants 1
Key Statistics: LF Dayon Olmo 2-for-5, 2B, 2 SB, CS, 2R; C Tucker Pennell 2-for-3, 2RBI, R, BB; RHP Lake Bachar 3IP, 2H, 1ER, 4K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: Despite giving up 10 hits, Padres pitchers only allowed one run as they beat the Giants in their first match-up of the year. Fifth-rounder Lake Bachar gave up one run on two hits over three innings. He's now begun his professional career by striking out 24 in 19.2 innings while walking only four and allowing just four runs. The 21-year-old righty, a Division II product, is holding opponents to a .208 average in the early going. ... Undrafted free agent Tucker Pennell had two hits and reached base four times Sunday, driving in a pair along the way. The former Arkansas Razorback has had limited plate appearances working behind Jose Lezama and Bryant Aragon at catcher, but he's reached base at a .489 clip in his first 45 professional plate appearances.
Full box scores from all the games are available here.