Fresno Grizzlies 10 – Chihuahuas 8
Key Stats: RHP Carlos Pimentel 4 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K; CF Manuel Margot 2-4, RS, RBI, BB; 2B Carlos Asuaje 3-5, 3B, 3 RS; C Hector Sanchez 1-4, HR (13), 4 RBI
Prospect Watch: Hunter Renfroe made his first appearance in nearly a week when he pinch-ran for RF Nick Torres in the ninth. Renfroe would have been the tying run, and could have played the field had the game gone into extra innings. Hopefully this means he is only a day or two from being back in the starting lineup… Coming into tonights game 2B Carlos Asuaje had been in a slump. He was hitting below .200 in August, and striking out at his worst clip all year. While one three hit game will not right the ship it did end an 0-16 slump. Despite the slump he is still hitting .322/.381/.468, and if the Padres decide to go with a second baseman that will make the most contact-and is the best defender - could have an outside chance of starting next year in San Diego.
Missions 2 – Arkansas Travelers 1
Key Stats: RHP Michael Kelly 5 IP, 2 H, ER, 6 K; RHP Walker Lockett 4 IP, 3 H, 4 K; 3B Josh VanMeter 2-4, RS; SS River Stevens 2-4, 2B, RS;LF Gabriel Quintana 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Prospect Watch: Missions won on a walk-off RBI single by Gabriel Quintana who drilled the ball through the 5.5 hole… After four straight poor outings Michael Kelly finally turned in a solid performance. It was the first time since July 17th that he allowed less than three runs in a start, and the first time since June 19th that he did not walk a batter. The five inning start might have more to do with innings than effectiveness as he was only at 74 pitches, and had retired the last 12 hitters in a row. Kelly has already blown past his career high in both innings (118.2) and strikeouts (108), and while he is only 20 innings above his former career high, the Padres might taper his use over the final month… Speaking of being careful with innings, RHP Walker Lockett made his second straight bullpen appearance, despite the fact that his last start was an eight inning shutout. Lockett has a 2.83 ERA across three levels and has his best ERA in Double-A (2.20). However, with the appearance tonight is now at 140 innings for the year; 53 more than his previous career high of 87.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 10 – Storm 5
Key Stats: RHP Chris Huffman 4.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, BB, 3 K; DH Fernando Perez 1-3, HR (7), 2 RS, RBI, BB; CF Michael Gettys 2-4, HR (5), 2 RBI
Prospect Watch: CF Michael Gettys was an All-Star with Fort Wayne earlier this year, and while he continues to impress with his fifth home run in Lake Elsinore (eighth overall), something has been missing from his game… speed. In 68 games this year in Fort Wayne, Michael Gettys had five triples and 24 stolen bases. In 42 games so far with the Storm, Gettys has no triples and only eight stolen bases. Much of that can be attributed to his battling nagging back and groin injuries and remaining in the lineup. While batting average (both around .300) and slugging (around 420) might be virtually the same between leagues the difference in speed, and not walking as much as made Gettys look like a different player… This is the third start in a row that Huffman has been hit hard. He has an ERA over seven in his last nine starts and does not look like the same pitcher from earlier in the season. Hopefully, it is just tiredness.
The Tin Caps had the night off
Dust Devils 2 – Spokane Indians 1
Key Stats: RHP Cal Quantril 4.2 IP, 2 H, 8 K; CF Buddy Reed 1-4, 2B, RS; 3B Boomer White 1-4, 2B, RS
Prospect Watch: Boomer White had the walk off “hit” in the bottom of the ninth. He hit a ringing double to right field, but ended up coming around to score on two errors trying to field the ball… Cal Quantril showed why he was the top pick by the Padres. He blew hitters away, never allow a batter to even get to second. After a single to start the game, Quantril retired 13 in a row before another single and then strikeout ended his night. He threw only 14 balls in the game (59 pitches), and never even threw three balls against a hitter.
AZL Padres 10 – AZL Cubs 8
Key Stats: RHP Walker Weickel 2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 K; 2B Fernando Tatis Jr, 3-5, 2B, HR (3), 2 RS, 3 RBI; DH Hudson Potts 2-5, RS; 1B Carlos Sosa 2-4, 2B, 2 RS, 2 RBI, BB; CF Josh Magee 1-5, RS
Prospect Watch: Walker Weickel made just his second appearance since going down last May with Tommy John surgery. Any innings he throws from here on out will not matter, as it is more about just getting his stretched out and ready for 2017 (even though he is very likely to start in the bullpen somewhere considering all the prospects that will be in Fort Wayne and Lake Elsinore next year)… Fernando Tatis homered for the first time in exactly a month. Since then he has seen his OPS fall from .916 down to .678. However he now has eight hits during his current five-game hitting streak.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.