Chihuahuas 5 – Fresno Grizzlies 1
Key Stats: RHP Michael Dimock 2.1 IP, 3 BB, 3 K; CF Manuel Margot 1-4, RS; DH Carlos Asuaje 2-4, 2 RS; C Austin Hedges 2-4, 2B, HR (18), 3 RBI; 1B Hector Sanchez 2-4, 2B, RBI; RF Nick Torres 2-4, 2B, RBI
Prospect Watch: It was a bullpen game for El Paso, as no pitcher lasted three innings. Formerly suspended Michael Dimock got the start at threw 2.1 scoreless innings. It was his first scoreless outing of August. Dimock’s season numbers are misleading. While his ERA is substantially higher (4.75 vs a career 3.5 ERA), his batting average against (.218) and strikeout numbers (11 K/9) are right in line with his career averages. The biggest difference is the walks (0.9 BB/9 up to 3 BB/9) and home runs (1 per 7 innings this year compared to 1 per 10 last year)… Austin Hedges hit his first home run today since July 18th (18 games). However he hasn’t been slumping as he has 10 hits in his last six games including four doubles and now a home run. The 18 home runs puts him just five behind the number he hit in his entire minor league career (325 games entering this year 23 home runs).
Missions 4 – Arkansas Travelers 0
Key Stats: RHP Dinelson Lamet 6 IP, 3 H, 7 K; RHP Trey Wingenter 3 IP, BB, 5 K; DH Ryan Miller 2-3, 2B, HR (4), 2 RBI; SS Felipe Blanco 1-3, 2B, RBI
Prospect Watch: In his last start Dinelson Lamet was not able to escape a jam, leaving with the bases loaded, only to see a reliever give up a grand slam. Tonight, Lamet got himself into another jam giving up back to back singles in the fifth and fell behind another hitter. With a reliever warming up in the pen, this time Lamet was able to battle back for a strikeout and then retire the side without a runner crossing the plate. It was only his second shutout start since joining the Missions, and also his second start to not walk a batter. The latter stat is the most impressive for Lamet as most of his troubles have stemmed from walks (walking nearly three batters per start). Over his last nine starts Lamet is 4-4 with a 3.19 ERA striking out 60 in 48 innings. According to reports from the San Antonio press box Lamet was sitting between 94 to 96 mph for most of the night.
Storm 4 – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 2
Key Stats: LHP Jerry Keel 8 IP, 3 H, 2 R, ER, 7 K; RHP Phil Maton IP, 3 K; 3B Ty France 2-4; 2B Kodie Tidwell 1-3, 2B, RS; 1B Josh Naylor 2-3, 2B, RS, RBI
Prospect Watch: LHP Jerry Keel pitched 5 plus innings for the first time as a pro ball player a little over a month ago. Tonight he had the first eight inning start of any Storm pitcher this year. Outside of one bad start, Keel has been consistent. Since that first five inning start on June 24th Keel has gone 47.1 IP, 10 ER, 38 K, 1.90 ERA (again taking out the one horrendous start on July 21st)… Speaking of domination, RHP Phil Maton got the save tonight, not only did he strike out the side, but the only contact made against him the entire night was a foul bunt. 11 pitches, two balls, three called strikes, five swing and misses, and one foul bunt. He now has 64 strikeouts on the year in 44 innings.
Lansing Lugnuts 4 – TinCaps 3 (13 innings)
Key Stats: LHP Jose Castillo 3 IP, 4 H, BB, 4 K; 2B Tyler Moore 3-5, 2B; 3B Carlos Belen 2-6, HR (9), RBI; C Marcus Greene Jr 2-6, 2B, RS; RHP David Bednar 3 IP, 2H, 2 BB, 5 K
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps scored one in the eighth and two in the ninth to force extras only to lose on a walk off in the 13th… While LHP Jose Castillo has been coming out of the pen he has followed the schedule of a starter, pitching only every fifth day. With today’s action he is now close to reaching his innings thrown in Fort Wayne last year (28 vs 23.2). While the batting average against is exactly the same (.255) the walks have substantially decreased (5.3 BB/9 down to 1.5 BB/9) and the strikeouts have gone considerably up (5.3 K/9 up to 13.3 K/9). Castillo was one of the pieces in the Wil Myers deal, and should be able to start the year in Lake Elsinore in 2017… 35th round pick David Bednar had the honor of being the first 2016 draft pick to full-season ball. Since allowing three earned runs in his first Fort Wayne appearance, Bednar has thrown nine innings allowing only one run while striking out 13.
Spokane Indians 6 – Dust Devils 5
Key Stats: RHP Hansel Rodriguez 4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, K; RF Taylor Kohlwey 2-4, 2B, 2 RS; SS Chris Baker 4-5, 2B, 3 RBI
Prospect Watch: Newly acquired prospect Hansel Rodriguez did not allow a run in his first outing with the Dust Devils and was poised to do it again. He was removed from the game with two on and no out in the fifth up 4-1. The lead quickly vanished after two more singles and the incredibly common bases loaded, bases clearing sac fly. CF Buddy Reed caught the ball but threw wild to the plate, one of two errors on Reed in the game, a second runner tried to score when the pitcher, also threw wild to the plate allowing the runner to score all the way from first… SS Chris Baker had his first four hit game as a professional. The 17th round pick raised his average to .310 and has now reached base safely in 38 of the 46 games played.
AZL Padres 2 – AZL Rangers 1
Key Stats: RHP Mason Thompson 2 IP, H, 2 K; RHP Emmanuel Clase 4 IP, 4 H, 4 K; RHP Jim McDade 3 IP, H, ER, BB, 6 K; 2B Hudson Potts 1-4, 2B; SS Fernando Tatis Jr 1-4, RBI, SB (10)
Prospect Watch: After five days of rest RHP Mason Thompson made his second “start” for the Padres. This time he went two innings allowing only a scratch single. In three pro innings so far Thompson has allowed only the one hit while striking out three… RHP Jim McDade was an undrafted free agent signed by the Padres. After a rough start he has allowed just three earned runs over his last 20 innings, going 3-0 with a save. He fits the mold of a Preller signee at 6’5” and 190 lbs.