Chihuahuas 5 – Colorado Springs Sky Sox 3
Key Stats: RHP Daniel McCutchen 6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; CF Manuel Margot 1-3, 2B, RS, 2 RBI, 2 BB; SS Luis Sardinas 2-5, 2B, 2 RS, RBI; 2B Carlos Asuaje 2-5, 2B, RBI.
Prospect Watch: CF Manuel Margot broke a mini 0-11 slump with a 2 RBI double in the fifth which gave the Chihuahuas the lead. Even with the mini-slump Margot is still hitting .327/.370/.491 since the All-Star Break… Carlos Asuaje extended his hitting streak to eight games, with his fourth multi-hit game during the streak. While a lot of attention has been given to Renfroe’s home/road splits, Asuaje’s are incredibly similar hitting .322 at home vs .324 on the road and he is one of the few people on the club that does not have huge splits. His OPS in nearly every big split (L/R, Home/Away, Pre/Post ASB) are all incredibly similar. Surprisingly the only noticeable difference in splits that he had is a .896 OPS during night games and a strange .639 OPS during day games.
Missions 5 – Arkansas Travelers 2 (Game 1: 7 innings)
Key Stats: RHP Walker Lockett 6 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 2 K; LF Gabriel Quintana 1-3,HR (16), 3 RBI; 2B Nelson Ward 1-2, 2B, 2 RS, BB.
Arkansas Travelers 5 - Missions 1 (Game 2: 7 innings)
Key Stats: RHP Kyle Lloyd 3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, BB, 2 K; CF Franchy Cordero 2-4, LF Gabriel Quintana 1-3, HR (17), RBI.
Prospect Watch: A great afternoon for Gabriel Quintana. He hit his first home run since a walk-off shot all the way back on July 30th. The three-run shot gave the Missions a lead they would never give up. In the night game he hit another home run, giving him a team leading 17 on the season. The concerning issue with Quintana is struck out three times in the two games and has now struck out at least once in 23 of his last 24 games… After being a Cal League All-Star, Josh Van Meter has struggled since his call-up. The infielder is hitting just .132/.179/.189 with only one extra-base hit in his 14 games with the Missions… Over his last five starts RHP Walker Lockett has gone 29 IP, 19 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 22 K a 1.24 ERA and a 0.724 WHIP. His 146 innings this year are now 59 innings more than he threw last year, which raises the question of how much more they will push the former fourth round pick who had been constantly injured since he was taken way back in 2012.
Inland Empire 66ers 5 - Storm 2
Key Stats: RHP Brett Kennedy 5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K; LF Taylor Kohlwey 1-4, 2B, 2 RS; DH Ty France 2-4, 2 RBI.
Prospect Watch: Brett Kennedy is arguably the best pitcher are the Storm despite his 5-9 record. For his ninth start in a row Kennedy allowed three runs or fewer while giving the team at least five innings. That is good no matter what the league, that is great when considering that streak has included games @Bakersfield, @Lancaster, and @Modesto. All three great hitters parks, and the places where he threw his best starts of the year. With five more strikeouts Kennedy now has over 100 with the Storm and 139 all together (leads the organization)… When MadFriars interviewed Colby Blueberg at the All-Star Game he discussed his pride in his control having walked just three batters during the first half of the season. He walked three batters tonight, and has walked 23 in just over 30 second half innings. During this time his ERA has shot up from a legendary 0.90 in the first half to a horrendous 5.87 in the second.
Dayton Dragons 2 – Tin Caps 0
Key Stats: RHP Emmanuel Ramirez 6 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 8 K; 3B Tyler Selesky 1-4; RF Alan Garcia 1-4.
Prospect Watch: The Tin Caps struck out 13 times and managed just two hits in the shutout loss. You know it is a great day when the recap talks about a batter reaching first on a strike three wild pitch… RHP Emmanuel Ramirez was hit hard his first time with the Tin Caps and then went down became a short-season All-Star and came back up. Between the two leagues Ramirez now has a 3.45 ERA, 86 IP, 82 K with batters hitting just .230 off of him. He is another pitcher whose stock could soar next year if he can stay healthy and continue to pound the ball inside, something he wasn’t very effective at earlier in his career.
Everett AquaSox 3 - Dust Devils 2
Key Stats: LHP Joey Lucchesi 4 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 5 K; RHP Braxton Lorenzini 4 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K; 2B Nate Easley 1-3, RS, BB; CF Buddy Reed 2-4; SS Chris Baker 1-3, RS, SB (14).
Prospect Watch: Baseball can be funny… The Dust Devils scored twice in the first off of rehabbing major leaguer Steve Cishek, and then were completely shutdown by a 26th round pick, no hits and one walk in the next four innings...LHP Joey Lucchesi continues to put up numbers to backup that his leading all collegiate pitchers in strikeouts was not a fluke. With five more strikeouts today he now has 42 in 32 innings. His one earned run that he allowed tonight was the first that he has allowed since July 17th, snapping a four-game scoreless streak where he only gave up one run in 17 innings. Per MLB.com one of the top Padre picks, Logan Allen, has been transferred to Tri-City on a rehab assignment. He had gone three innings in his most recent start in the AZL allowing two runs and is slated to throw tomorrow.
AZL Padres 8 – AZL Rangers 6
Key Stats: RHP Reggie Lawson 2 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 K; SS Fernando Tatis Jr 2-4, 3 RS, BB, SB (14); Reinaldo Llarraza 204, RS, RBI, BB; CF Tre Carter 2-3, 3B, RS, 2 RBI, 2 BB; C Jose Lezama 2-5, RS.
Prospect Watch: RHP Reggie Lawson threw a perfect first inning with two strikeouts before allowing a run on two hits in the second. This was only his third time on the mound, and first time he was allowed to go more than one inning. With the AZL wrapping up soon it will be surprising if Lawson gets in more than 10 innings in the AZL… OF Tre Carter was one of the most unusual draftees the Padres had as it looked like he had rejected the Padres offer before finding out that he lost his scholarship at Tennessee due to academic reasons, and then signing with the Padres for an undisclosed amount but not playing in a game for nearly a month. With all that hopefully behind him, Carter has come out swinging and has eight hits and three walks in his first four pro games. Carter is older than most high school draft picks, 19 already, and it will be interesting to see if he can continue to hit over the last two weeks of the AZL season.
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