Chihuahuas 6 – Tacoma Rainiers 0
Key Stats: RHP Carlos Pimentel 6 IP, H, 2 BB, 4 K (W, 10-5); DH Hector Sanchez 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI; 3B Diego Goris 1-4 HR (4), 2 RBI; C Austin Hedges 1-3, 2 RS, BB
Prospect Watch: While no longer a prospect, former Padres catcher Hector Sanchez has done nothing but hit since he was sent down to Triple-A last month. The 26-year-old is hitting a robust .444/.557/.921 with El Paso with eight home runs in his first 22 games. While the case can be made that Sanchez has been aided by a very hitter friendly home ball park, he has actually hit better on the road (.500/.564/.971). Obviously with only 22 games played it is a very small sample size, however if Norris is traded (or just placed on the DL after being hit in the head so many times), Sanchez might be the first replacement instead of Hedges to keep Hedges’ clock from re-starting.
Missions 6 – Corpus Christi Hooks 2
Key Stats: RHP Seth Simmons 6.2 IP, 5 H, ER, 3 BB, 6 K; 3B River Stevens 3-5, walk off GS (4), 2 RS, 4 RBI; RF Nick Scultz 1-4, HR (6), 2 RBI;
Prospect Watch: After 10.1 innings in Double-A lefty Brad Wieck gave up his first run. In fairness to him, he came in with runners on in the sixth, stranded them, went out for the seventh, gave up a scratch hit, and left the game. That hit would come around to score giving Wieck is first earned run. His ERA rose to a horrendous 0.87. On the year Wieck has now struck out 79 hitters in just 51.1 innings… The Missions are eight games over .500 over the last month, and have been doing so without help from arguably their best hitter in RF Nick Torres. While not injured, during that same streak of Mission’s wins, Torres is hitting just .203/.250/.291. Since the Double-A All Star Game Torres has just a .515 OPS. After batting either 3rd or 4th most of the year, he has slowly been dropped in the lineup hitting sixth tonight.
Lancaster JetHawks 12 – Storm 4
John got to witness firsthand the bloodbath that was tonights game.
No Game for the Tin Caps
Spokane Indians 5 – Dust Devils 4
Key Stats: LHP Will Headen 6 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, BB, 7 K; DH GK Young 1-4, RS; 3B Westhers Magdaleno 2-4, RS; 1B Willfri De La Cruz 2-4, RS, 2 RBI
Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils managed just five hits in the loss. Lefty Will Headen was dominant for the first month in Tri-City but will be extremely glad to put July in the books. In 22 innings across five starts, Headen has allowed 20 earned runs on 28 hits and seven walks. The funny thing is that includes a five inning shutout he threw on July 16th. The 13th-round pick from last year's draft is generating plenty of swings-and-misses and strikeouts (24 in that same stretch), but is also finding too much of the plate and the NWL hitters are not missing.
AZL Padres 7 – AZL Mariners 3
Key Stats: RHP Emmanuel Clase 4 IP, 3 H, BB, 3 K; 2B Fernando Tatis 1-4; SS Hudson Potts 2-4, RS, RBI; 1B Jacquez Williams 2-4, 3B, RS, RBI; RF Manny DeLeon 2-4, 2 RS, RBI
Prospect Watch: Starter Emmanuel Clase is an 18-year-old out of the Dominican. He signed in 2014 and made his debut in the DSL last year, pitching to a great 2-1, 1.99 ERA, with 49 K in 54.1 innings. He was brought over to the States this year, but was roughed up in his first two AZL spots, surrendering six earned runs (eight runs) in just two innings. Today he doubled his entire season output going four innings. His ERA is still a way too high 9, and his control problems are still persistent, but it is always nice to see a young players coming through.