Chihuahuas 2 - Salt Lake City Bees 1
Key Statistics: SS Luis Sardinas 0-2, 2 BB; RHP Carlos Pimentel 5.2 IP 3 H R ER 4 BB 9 K; RHP Jason Jester (W, 2-2) 1.2 IP H K; RHP Eric Yardley (S, 3) 1.0 IP.
Prospect Watch: A rare pitcher’s duel in El Paso where the Chihuahuas came out on top. LF Nick Torres RBI single in the bottom of the sixth plated the deciding run…nice outing by Pimentel who bounced back from three straight starts where he gave up at least five earned runs, including his last when he allowed eight in four innings. He set a Chihuahuas' 2016 team high of nine strikeouts…after a shaky start in Triple-A Jason Jester is starting to find his groove as his ERA continues to slide from 20.25 on August 4 to 6.30. He has only given up one earned run in his past five appearances…Yardley, who got the save tonight, has been even better. In his last 11 appearances Yardley has only allowed one earned run.
Northwest Arkansas Naturals 2 - Missions 0
Key Statistics: 3B Josh VanMeter 1-3, SB; LF Luis Tejada 1-3, SB; RF Nick Schulz 1-4; 1B Trae Santos 1-3; RHP Kyle Lloyd 6.0 IP 7 H BB 5 K; RHP T.J. Weir (L, 2-4) 2.0 IP 2 H W R ER K.
Prospect Watch: In three of his past four August starts, Lloyd has not given up an earned run and may have moved himself into the El Paso rotation next year. This month he has a 1.23 ERA in 22 innings, a 14:5 strikeout to base-on-balls ratio and has held the opposition to a .226 batting average…T.J. Weir after pitching a clean seventh inning, hurt his own cause in the eighth when he made a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt to put runners on first and second with no outs. The next batter singled and was followed by a sacrifice fly later in the inning to plate a pair of runs. It was uncharacteristic of Weir who came into the game with solid marks out of the bullpen in Double-A with batters only hitting .133 against him…the Missions were held to four hits on the day, all singles.
Lancaster JetHawks 8 - Storm 5
Key Statistics: CF Michael Gettys 2-5 HR (7) 2 RBI; RF Franmil Reyes 2-4, 2B; SS Ruddy Giron 2-4 2 2B; 2B Luis Urias 0-1, 3 BB; RHP Enyel De Los Santos 4.2 IP 5 H 2 R 2 ER 3 BB 4 K; RHP Colby Blueberg 0.1 IP H R ER 3 BB K; RHP Zech Lemond (BS,1) (L, 6-5) 0.1 IP 3 H 4 R 4 ER BB.
Prospect Watch: An ugly night for the Storm bullpen as Zech Lemond may have had his worst night of his professional career. The former Rice University star gave up four earned runs in the eighth inning to blow the save and the game. It’s been a tough season for Lemond between battling through injuries and commanding his fastball…Colby Blueberg, a Cal League All-Star, has also struggled in the second half with a 5.46 ERA in 29.2 innings after posting a 0.90 ERA in the first (30.0 IP)…on the positive side a big night for Ruddy Giron, who the Padres’ organization believes has made some major mechanical swing changes and is primed to finish the season strong…Franmil Reyes has also put together a strong second half hitting .301/.358/.512 with nine home runs.
Lake County Captains 6 - TinCaps 1
Key Statistics: LF Kodie Tidwell 2-4; RF Alan Garcia 2-4; DH Tyler Selesky 1-2, 2 BB; 1B Brad Zunica 1-3, BB; RHP Anderson Espinoza (L, 0-3) 1.2 IP 6 H 4 R 4 ER 2 K; RHP Blake Rogers 4.1 IP 5 H 2 R 2 ER 2 BB; RHP Aaron Cressley 3.0 IP H BB 5 K.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps were held to seven hits on the day, all singles and three of them in the infield. Fort Wayne announcer Mike Monaco wrote in his post-game notes that the TinCaps have only scored eight runs in its past nine games…Espinoza, and it is important to remember that he is only 18 and Americans his age might be just finishing high school, had his worst outing of the year. Chris Goff of the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette gave a brief account of what he saw, “He was having trouble putting batters away. The fastball was flat and straight and the velocity on his curve was only in the high 60s to low 70s.”…In six starts with the TinCaps, Espinoza has a 5.79 ERA in 23.1 innings and has given up 31 hits but does have an 18:6 strikeout to base-on-balls ratio…Alan Garcia,19, an over-slot signee in the 19th round of the 2015 draft, isn’t walking much, two in 64 plate appearances, or slugging much, a sole double, but this August his .274 batting average is for the first time above .176 he hit in June and the .197 in July. It all starts with small victories.
Dust Devils 5 Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 3
Key Statistics: LHP Eric Lauer (W, 1-0) 5.0 IP 2 H BB 7 K; 2B Nate Easley 2-4, RBI; SS Hudson Potts 2-3, RBI; CF Buddy Reed 0-2, 2 BB; 3B Fernando Tatis 2-4.
Prospect Watch: Lauer had his longest outing of the year, his first win, and still only threw 49 pitches, 34 of them for strikes. He also picked a runner off of first to help keep his pitches down. In 21 innings in the NWL he has a 1.29 ERA and 29 strikeouts against only six walks. Maybe he can hit too…Tri-City broke the game open in the fifth inning with four singles and a walk to plate three runs. Salem made it close in the ninth with the tying runs on board before the hitter lined into a double-play..big nights for the 17-year olds as both Tatis and Potts had multi-hit games. Right now the Padres plan to keep rotating Tatis and Potts between second, shortstop and third base.
The AZL Padres and David Jay were off tonight.
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