Oklahoma City Dodgers 8 - Chihuahuas 4
Key Statistics: LF Patrick Kivlehan 3-4; 1B Hector Sanchez 1-4, 2BRBI; 2B Carlos Asuaje 1-3, BB; RHP Daniel McCutchen (L, 9-9) 5.0 IP 10 H 8 R 8 ER 3 BB 7 K HR; RHP Kevin Quackenbush 1.0 IP 2 H 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas dropped the opener to the Yasiel Puig led OKC Dodgers. Puig was 3-5 on the night with a triple, home run and four RBI. He’s hitting .438 in his first four games…Asuaje continue to impress in Triple-A with a .322/.381/.468 slash line and is hitting .322/.381/.435 at home and .323/.382/.502 on the road. He has better range than anyone who is playing second on the big league roster and, although it is very much an imperfect measure of defense, only 10 errors in 112 games…Hunter Renfroe was not in the starting lineup and was limited to a pinch-hitting role where he struck out…El Paso is now ten games over .500.
Missions 1 - Northwest Arkansas Naturals 0
Key Statistics: CF Franchy Cordero 2-4, HR 6), RBI; RF Nick Schulz 1-3; SS River Stevens 1-3; RHP Seth Simmons 6.0 IP H 4 BB 5 K; RHP T.J. Weir 2.0 IP 3 K; RHP Kyle McGrath (W, 1-2) 1.0 IP 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The Missions got another shutout and walk-off win when the left-handed hitting Franchy Cordero, who is quickly regaining his high prospect status since his move to centerfield from shortstop, led off the ninth and hit the second pitch he saw over the right-center field wall to end the game... According to Missions’ broadcaster Mike Saeger it was San Antonio’s tenth walk-off this season and the sixth over the past two homesteads…the Padres front office continue to be scrap heap finders extraordinaire getting diminutive right-hander (5’9”) Simmons after he was released by the Diamondbacks. His slider is starting to make some believers that he could have a role at higher levels. With the Missions Simmons has a 2.17 ERA in 70.2 innings with a 64:51 strikeout to base-on-balls ratio both as a starter and in relief.
Bakersfield Blaze 4 - Storm 2
Key Statistics: SS Luis Urias 4-5, RBI; LF Taylor Kohlwey 2-5; 3B Ty France 2-5, RBI; CF Michael Gettys 2-4; RF Franmil Reyes 2-4, 2B; RHP Brett Kennedy (L, 5-8) 6.1 IP 6 H 3 R 3 ER 2 BB 9 K.
Prospect Watch: Kennedy was rolling until the sixth inning when he gave up three runs, two on a home run, but he bounced back to get the last two batters of the inning on swinging strikeouts. Kennedy has been better than his 5 and 8 record indicates and giving up a home run on some of the Wiffle Ball fields of the Cal League shouldn’t be held against him. In 93 innings the former Fordham Ram he has 93 strikeouts against 39 walks for a 3.29 ERA…Gettys had his third straight multi-hit game…Urias is back atop the Cal League leaders in batting average and started his fourth straight game at shortstop and with Guerra’s well documented struggles at the plate this year, he may be in line to occupy that position at Double-A.
TinCaps 13 - Bowling Green Hot Rods 5
Key Statistics: SS Rudy Giron 3-5, 2B, SB (8); LF Tyler Moore 2-6, 2B, 2 RBI; C Austin Allen 2-5, 2B, RBI; 3B Carlos Belen 3-4, HR (10), 3 RBI; 1B Brad Zunica 3-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB; 2B Peter Van Gansen 3-5, 2 RBI; CF Rod Boykin 0-2, 2 BB; RHP Emmanuel Ramirez (W, 2-0) 5.0 IP 6 H 3 R 3 ER 5 K; LHP Elvin Liriano 2.2 IP 2 H 4 K.
Prospect Watch: Fort Wayne snapped a five-game losing streak in a big way with a six-run explosion in the seventh inning…a big night by Ruddy Giron, who after hitting .180/.245/.237 in the first half has been much better at the plate since the break. In early June TinCaps’ manager Anthony Contreras said they were working on some mechanical issues with Giron, mainly on keeping his right shoulder in so he wouldn’t be as vulnerable to the outside pitch…Belen, he of the monster tools, has also been much better in the second half hitting seven of his ten home runs and watching his OPS climb nearly two hundred points from the first half…Offensively, Catcher Austin Allen has been ready for a promotion for quite some time with a .322/.368/.432 slash line. The reason he is still in the Midwest League is they want to make sure his defense, which has improved significantly from last year, will be there to match his offensive game. The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette’s Chris Goff had a good article describing his progress behind the plate this week.
Dust Devils 5 - Boise Hawks 3
Key Statistics: CF Buddy Reed 2-4, 2B; C Wilfi De La Cruz 2-4, 2B, HR (1), 2 RBI; LHP Joey Lucchesi 3.0 IP 3 H 6 K; RHP Braxton Lorenzini (W, 3-3) 3.0 IP 2 H R ER 2 BB K; RHP Evan Miller (S,2) 2.1 IP 3 H 2 BB 3 K.
Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils are in the midst of playing ten out of thirteen games against Boise and won tonight’s opener on the road. Tri-City put up a single run in five of their nine frames which was enough for the victory…Cal Quantrill and Eric Lauer have garnered the majority of attention by prospect followers for Tri-City - and for good reasons - but this year’s fourth round pick Joey Lucchesi has performed as well as anyone. As our profile of him this week indicated, his innings are limited because of his college workload, but he has a 1.61 ERA in 28 innings with 37 strikeouts against one walk. The big lefty with the unusual motion led the NCAA in strikeouts this season. At 23, he’s a near lock to begin next year in High-A Lake Elsinore and could even be pushed to Double-A.
AZL D-Backs 7 - AZL Padres 3
Key Statistics: DH Fernando Tatis 1-3, BB; SS Hudson Potts 1-4; C Jose Lezama 1-3, BB; RF Dayon Olmo 1-4, HR (4), 2 RBI; RHP Luis Diaz (L, 0-1) 1.0 IP 2 H 2 R ER BB 2 K.
Prospect Watch: Potts notched his fiftieth hit tonight and entered the game leading the AZL in at-bats and tied for first in hits. In the field this year he has seen the most action at shortstop but should be moved over to third base full time during the offseason…Tatis, who like Potts is also only 17 and another tall rangy infielder that San Diego will have to decide upon a position in the winter. He came over in the James Shields trade, and like most of the players that A.J. Preller acquired, is young, Latin and has a ton of tools. On the season he has 15 extra-base hits in 38 games, but is going to have to pick up on his control of the strike zone with only eight walks in 162 plate appearances.
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