Oklahoma City Dodgers 4 - Chihuahuas 2
Key Stats: CF Manuel Margot 2-for-4, SB (25), OF Assist; C Austin Hedges 1-for-4, 2B, 2K, R; RHP 6IP, 9H, 1R (0ER), 0K, 1BB, WP
Prospect Watch: The Chihuahua's infield committed three late errors - two by Jose Rondon - to allow their lead to slip away in Oklahoma City. Bryan Rodriguez made it through another oddly strong start, giving up only one unearned run over six innings despite giving up nine hits and not recording any strikeouts. The big righty, now 25 years old, has a respectable 4.41 ERA in the Pacific Coast League this year, but has walked the edge of the knife all year, allowing more than two and half runners for each strikeout he's recorded. ... Manny Margot was one of four El Paso batters to collect two hits on the night. Continuing to work out of the leadoff spot, the dynamic 21-year-old extended his hitting streak to seven games and pushed his post-All-Star-break OPS up to .939 with a stunning 8:6 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 102 plate appearances. With his first-inning strike to nail Yasiel Puig at the plate, he extended his team and league lead over Hunter Renfroe with 17 outfield assists. With Renfroe's return to the starting lineup for the first time since he was hit by a pitch last week, the Chihuahuas started an outfield that owns 44 assists on the year.
Northwest Arkansas 9 - Missions 7 (F/11)
Key Stats: CF Franchy Cordero 3-for-6, R; DH Gabriel Quintana 3-for-5, 2B, BB, 2R, RBI; LHP Brad Wieck 3IP, 3H, 0R, 3K, 2BB
Prospect Watch: After another rough outing from Tim Berry, the Missions came roaring back to tie the game, but couldn't pull ahead and the bullpen finally cracked in the 11th inning, letting the Naturals escape with the win. Berry, the 25-year-old North County native who signed as a free agent after getting released by the Marlins in early July, surrendered seven runs on seven hits - four for extra bases - in just two innings of work. The lefty now carries a 9.23 ERA in the Texas League, nearly matching the 9.28 mark he posted in the Southern League. ... Brad Wieck, Adam Cimber and Jose Torres did what the Missions bullpen has done so often all year, shutting down the opponent. The trio worked seven scoreless frames, with Wieck lowering his Double-A ERA to 0.47 while Torres now sits at 1.11. Jimmy Brasoban worked a clean 10th inning, but opened the 11th with a walk and the Naturals ultimately pulled ahead on a squeeze play then extended the lead when Brasoban threw away a pickoff attempt. ... Earlier in the summer, we were trying to figure out what the organization would do when Michael Gettys clearly deserved a promotion to Elsinore, but we weren't sure Franchy Cordero was ready to move up to Double-A. He has certainly put any such concerns to rest. The 21-year-old had three more hits Saturday and has hit in 13 of his last 14 games. For August, he's at a cool .400/.423/.620. He's also shaved his strikeout rate and boosted his walk rate at the higher level as he continues to reassert himself as a potential impact player.
Bakersfield Blaze 14 - Storm 13 (F/11)
Key Stats: 3B Ty France 4-for-6, 2B, HR (6), 2R, 3RBI; 2B Kodie Tidwell 4-for-5, HR (1), BB, 2R, 3RBI; 1B Josh Naylor 1-for-4, 2BB, 3R, RBI;
Prospect Watch: Even by Cal League standards, Saturday night's contest was a wild one as the teams scored multiple runs in an inning nine different times in the game. The Storm blew an early 10-2 lead and couldn't hold on after taking the lead again in the 11th. The game featured 36 hits, 449 total pitches, and four Storm errors. Every batter in both lineups collected at least one hit as the clubs played for nearly four and a half hours. Ty France and Kodie Tidwell paced the Storm offense with four hits each, with both infielders collecting a homer in the game. France, who came up a triple short of the cycle (and continues not to have one in his career), has been on a tear since getting back to Southern California last month. He's hitting .322 with a slugging percentage right at .500 in 39 Cal League games. ... Cuban lefty Elier Sanchez made his second start against the Blaze since arriving in the Cal League last Sunday. The 29-year-old gave up four runs - two earned - in 2.2 innings while allowing eight runners. After signing a low-profile minor league deal in February, Sanchez is off to a slow start in his US career, with seven earned runs allowed over 12.2 frames. ... Phil Maton gave a sign that he might be human. The hard-throwing righty was charged with his first blown save, giving up two runs, as well as a pair of inherited runners in just two thirds of an inning. Even after the rough outing, he's only allowed six earned runs in 31 innings for the Storm.
TinCaps 2 - Bowling Green Hot Rods 1
Key Stats: SS Ruddy Giron 2-for-4, R; RHP Jean Cosme 5.1IP, 5H, 1ER, 2K, 1BB; RHP Corey Kimber 3.2IP, 0H, 0R, 2K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps rallied for yet another walk-off win Saturday as pinch hitter Tyler Selesky came through with a game-winning single to plate Peter Van Gansen, converting on a pair of stellar pitching performances for the victory. Starter J.C. Cosme gave up only one run on five hits over 5.1 innings, shaving his ERA on the year to 3.38. The 20-year-old righty has been revitalized since getting a breather in the bullpen to limit his workload. Since moving back to the rotation, Cosme has allowed just four earned runs in 16 frames over three starts with 14 strikeouts against four free passes. He's been working with a fastball in the low-90s a big breaking curve and change, though without much weight on his frame, he's had some trouble holding velocity later into games. ... Behind Cosme, hard-throwing Corey Kimber turned in his longest outing since joining the squad, tossing 3.2 hitless frames. Now 22, the lowest selected of the high school pitchers that highlighted the 2012 draft class has at times struggled with focus and command, but working in the upper-90s, he can be very hard to square up. While he might ultimately profile at the back of the bullpen, he's been working in a hybrid relief role to build up his in-game experience since he has just 106.1 career innings to his name so far. ... Austin Allen's 24-game hitting streak came to an end, though he did drive in the TinCaps' first run with a sacrifice fly in his fourth plate appearance.
Dust Devils 10 - Boise Hawks 6
Key Stats: LF Manny DeLeon 2-for-3, BB, 3RBI, R; 2B Nate Easley 2-for-4, 2 BB, 2R, 1RBI; LHP Will Headean 6IP, 6H, 3R (2ER), 7K, 2BB, WP
Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils clawed their way to victory in a sloppy contest that featured nine errors and a variety of miscues on the basepaths. The 10-run total could actually have been significantly higher, but the club managed to go only 4-for-18 with runners in scoring position.Starter Will Headean turned in his third straight strong outing, giving up only two earned runs over six innings of work and matching his season high with seven strikeouts. He's given up four earned runs over his last 17.1 innings and for the Devils this year, he's posted a strong 56:16 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 54.1 innings of work. He'll be 23 at the start of next season and will likely be asked to provide some veteran leadership for what's shaping up to be another very young, very strong Fort Wayne staff. ... Undrafted free agent Manny DeLeon paced the offense out of the leadoff spot, scoring three runs. A 23-year-old out of tiny Tabor College in Kansas, was the NAIA player of the year this year. Born in the Bronx, DeLeon grew up in the Dominican Republic. He had an NAIA-best .897 slugging percentage while also swiping 25 bases. He began his pro career in the desert, but joined Tri-City last Friday.
AZL Padres 9 - Rangers 8
Key Stats: SS Fernando Tatis 2-for-5, 2B, HR (4), 4RBI, 2R, SB (12); C Bryant Aragon 2-for-4, 3B, 2RBI; LHP Logan Allen 3IP, 5H, 2ER, 4K, 0BB; RHP Reggie Lawson 1IP, 2H, 1ER, 0K, 0BB
Prospect Watch: Going with the theme on Saturday, the rookie league club held off a late charge by the Rangers, finishing the game with the tying run on first base. Logan Allen's rehab assignment took another step forward as the lefty stretched out to three innings as he stepped back into a five-day schedule to prepare for a return to Fort Wayne. The 19-year-old lefty has eight strikeouts against one walk in his three AZL appearances, each one inning longer than the last. He may get one final appearance in the desert before completing his assignment. ... Fernando Tatis clubbed his fourth homer as he extended his hitting streak to seven games. The homer was his second in three days and he's had four doubles in the streak as well, adding 57 points to his slugging percentage in the week. ... Tre Carter appeared as the designated hitter in his professional debut, going 0-for-3 with a walk. The 11th-round pick had been in line for a pretty significant payday before health concerns led a restructured agreement.
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