Fresno Grizzlies 3 - Chihuahuas 1 (F/10)
Key Stats: RF Nick Torres 2-for-3, 2B, BB, HBP, R; SS Diego Goris 1-for-3, BB, RBI; RHP Bryan Rodriguez 6IP, 5H, 1ER, 4K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: After getting blanked through eight innings, the Chihuahuas rallied for a run in the bottom of the ninth, but then fell when the Grizzlies came back and scored two in the 10th. Right fielder Nick Torres continues his strong showing in Triple-A, collecting a pair of hits, including the team's only extra-base hit on the day, a double that set up his game-tying run. He also drew a walk and was hit by a pitch to push his OPS north of 1.000 in 11 games since his promotion. ... Bryan Rodriguez has been an enigma throughout his career, following up deep and impressive outings with absolutely duds. The big righty got back on track again Sunday, giving up only one run on five hits over six innings. The 25-year-old lowered his PCL ERA to 4.85. ... Casey McElroy came off the disabled list and played third base for the Chihuahuas. Meanwhile, Hunter Renfroe, who left last night's game after getting hit by a pitch, was held out of the lineup with a bone bruise, but doesn't appear to be headed to the disabled list.
Missions 7 - Frisco Rough Riders 6 (F/11)
Key Stats: CF Franchy Cordero 2-for-5, BB, 3RBI; LF Luis Tejada 2-for-5, 2B, 2R, 2RBI; LHP Tim Berry 3.2IP, 9H, 5ER, 1K, 4BB, 2WP, Balk; LHP Brad Wieck 2IP, 0H,0R, 4K, 2BB, W (1-0)
Prospect Watch: After going down early, the Missions got strong relief work and then walked off with the win on a River Stevens single in the 11th inning. Stevens got the chance to be the hero for the second time in as many weeks after Nelson Ward drew a leadoff walk and swiped his 26th base of the season, good for second in the organization. The other half of the Joaquin Benoit trade that returned Enyel De Los Santos, Ward had a single and two walks on the day, scoring each time he reached base. The 24-year-old second baseman has only a .316 slugging percentage in 102 games, but his speed makes him a valuable addition to the system. ... The experiment of bringing in San Marcos native Tim Berry isn't going terribly well. The lefty, whose success in 2014 had him on many prospect watch lists for the Orioles, signed a few days after he was released earlier this year. Since joining the Missions, the 25-year-old has struggled to find the strike zone, and has been hit hard when he has. After giving up five earned runs in 3.2 innings Sunday, he has a 7.40 ERA with 31 hits and 16 walks allowed in 24.1 innings. which is actually an improvement from what he did in the Southern League earlier this year. ... Brad Wieck worked two more scoreless innings to pick up his first victory at Double-A. The big lefty has allowed only one run in 13 outings since joining the Missions and has 26 strikeouts in 16.1 frames.
Bakersfield Blaze 5 - Storm 1
Key Stats: Luis Urias 1-for-3, BB, LHP Elier Sanchez 5IP, 5H, 3ER, 2K, 1BB; RHP Colby Blueberg 2IP, 1H, 0R, 4K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: The Storm managed only six singles as they fell to the Blaze in Cuban Eliezer Sanchez's Cal League debut. The 29-year-old lefty was delayed getting into the United States after signing a minor league deal early this year, then worked on the side in Peoria rather than in AZL games before making his organizational debut with a pair of two-inning appearances for San Antonio last week. He'll likely work out of the rotation for Elsinore for the remainder of the year and then the club will evaluate their plans for 2017. Sanchez worked five innings on Sunday, giving up three runs on five hits. He loaded the bases to open the third, then came back with a strikeout and short fly ball, but gave up a two-out triple to clear the bases and account for all his runs. He struck out only two, but got four groundouts and three pop-ups on the day. ... Catcher A.J. Kennedy had a rough go of it early in the year as he shuttled to different levels to fill organizational needs. But now that he's settled in on the Storm roster, playing 60 miles from his hometown, he's putting up some solid numbers. The 30th-round pick out of Fullerton had a hit and two walks on the day, and is now hitting .275/.341/.367 for Lake Elsinore.
Lansing Lugnuts 1 - TinCaps 0
Key Stats: Austin Allen 1-for-4, 2B; LF Jose Urenas 1-for-3, 2B, BB; RHP J.C. Cosme 5.2IP, 7H, 1ER, 5K, 1BB; RHP Will Stillman 2.1IP, 0H, 0R, 3K, 0BB
Prospect Watch: J.C. Cosme was the hard-luck loser as Fort Wayne was shut out for the twelfth time this year. Cosme, who worked into the sixth inning for the first time since early June, allowed only run over 5.2 frames before giving way. His 81 pitches matched a season high as he edges closer to 100 innings on the season. The 20-year-old had been ratcheted back through July to maintain his availability as the TinCaps push toward the playoffs, but is now building back up. Over his last 10 outings, he's worked 28.2 innings, with a pretty fantastic 28:4 strikeout-to-walk ratio. ... Austin Allen hit a first-inning double to extend his hitting streak to 21 games. The 22-year-old catcher has seen his power fade as he works through his first long summer as a professional, but he's still hitting .319 since the break and currently ranks fifth in batting average in the Midwest League.
Dust Devils 5 – Boise Hawks 1
Key Stats: RHP Jordan Guerrero 5IP, 2H, 0R, 3K, 1BB, HBP; RHP Jose Ruiz 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2K, 0BB; 1B Kyle Overstreet 3-for-4, 2RBI, R; 3B Boomer White 2-for-4, R
Prospect Watch: When big righty Jordan Guerrero has been on this year, he's been really fantastic. Sunday, he was on. The hard-throwing Floridian, who turned 20 last Monday, gave up two singles in five scoreless innings, striking out three and only allowing one walk. It's the fourth time in nine appearances that he's delivered five earned run-free innings. His other five appearances, though, have been pretty spotty, with 15 earned runs in 14.2 innings and more walks than strikeouts. ... Jose Ruiz's conversion from catcher to pitcher continued on Sunday as he made his first appearance in Tri-City after spending about six weeks in Peoria working on making the adjustment to pitching. The big Venezuelan struck out two in his inning of work and did not allow a base-runner. ... Boomer White had two hits Sunday, the fourth time in six games he's had multiple hits. the 10th-round pick got off to a bit of a slow start to his professional career, with a .182 on July 13. Since then, he's added 75 points to his average and 145 points to his OPS, with only six strikeouts along the way.
AZL Royals 12 – AZL Padres 5
Key Stats: RHP Reggie Lawson 1IP, 1H, 1ER, 0K, 0BB; 3B Carlos Sosa 3-for-4, HR (1), 2R, 2RBI; 1B Jacquez Williams 1-for-3, HR (1), BB, 2RBI;
Prospect Watch: It was a long night for the Padres, who were outgunned by the Royals. Third baseman Carlos Sosa had a big night, including a homer off rehabbing big-leaguer Jason Vargas, to celebrate his 21st birthday. The Dominican had a rough go of it in a brief turn with Tri-City, but is now hitting .333 through seven games in the desert. ... Reggie Lawson gave up a homer in one inning of work three days after his first professional appearance. The big righty from the California high desert got two grounders and a line drive to complete his inning. ... Jacquez Williams had a reputation as a bat-first player out of high school when the Padres selected him in the 18th round, but he's had a rough time thus far in the desert. On Sunday, though, he connected for his first professional homer, shooting a ball the opposite way to left field. The Georgia native is hitting just .163 and has struck out in more than a third of his plate appearances.
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