Chihuahuas 10 - Albuquerque Isotopes 4
Key Statistics: CF Manuel Margot 3-6, 2 RBI; RF Hunter Renfroe 3-5, 2 RBI; LF Nick Torres 3-5; SS Jose Rondon 2-5, 2B; C Austin Hedges 2-5, 2B, HR(19), 3 RBI; RHP Carlos Pimentel 5.1 IP 6 H 4 R 4 ER 4 BB 2 K 2 HR; RHP Phil Maton (W, 1-0) 1.2 IP BB 4 K.
Prospect Watch: By now it should be apparent to everyone that Austin Hedges is having a very good year. He has always been spectacular defensively since he entered the Padres’ system in 2011, but this is by far his best offensive season at any level despite missing five weeks with a broken hamate bone in his left hand, he came into the game hitting .323/.355/.591 and if you like compilation numbers with tonight’s double and home run he now has 40 extra-base hits on the season and 77 RBI in 74 games…to steal a phrase from Padres’ announcer Mark Grant, the Chihuahuas put crooked numbers on the board in the second (3), seventh (4) and eighth (3) innings…Maton continues to solidify the assumption that he is closest of any of the 2015 draft class to the majors and he got his first win in Triple-A tonight…Renfroe now has 99 RBI on the season…a big breakout offensive night for the Chihuahuas with 18 hits for a club that had been going through a rocky patch offensively in the past few games..El Paso’s magic number to clinch is now six.
Missions 3 - Frisco RoughRiders 1
Key Statistics: CF Franchy Cordero 1-4, 3B, 2 RBI; 1B Luis Tejada 1-3; LHP Tim Berry (W, 2-3) 5.0 IP 6 H R ER 7 BB 3 K; RHP Trey McNutt 1.0 IP K; LHP Jose Torres 2.0 IP 3 K; RHP Michael Dimock (S,1) 1.0 IP H.
Prospect Watch: Things are going right when you can find a way to win with two, yes, two hits on the night, and you’re starting pitcher walks seven in the first five innings and still gives up only a single run. San Antonio got both its hits and all three of their runs in the third inning when Cordero tripled to drive in two and came home later in the inning on a throwing error by the pitcher…Cordero has actually hit better in Double-A (.304) than in High-A (.286). He has eight doubles, seven triples and six home runs on the year to go along with 11 stolen bases in 17 attempts for the Missions. Between both levels, he has 24 doubles, 15 triples and 11 home runs and by all accounts has been playing a very good defensive center field. It’s fascinating to watch the performance on the field is finally beginning to match the tools.
Storm 12 - High Desert Mavericks 0
Key Statistics: CF Michael Gettys 2-6; LF Taylor Kohlwey 2-6; DH Luis Urias 3-6, 3B, 3 RBI; RF Franmil Reyes 2-2, HR(16), RBI, 3 BB; 3B Ty France 3-6, 2B, RBI; 1B Josh Naylor 2-6, 2B, RBI; C Ricardo Valenzuela 3-5, HR (1), 4 RBI; RHP Chris Huffman (W, 10-5) 6.0 IP 3 H 8 K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm made the most of one of their last visits to High Desert with a big stomping of the Mavericks…a truly impressive pitching performance by Huffman in one of the toughest parks in the hitter-friendly Cal League. It was the second straight strong start (how is that for an alliteration) for Huffman who went seven innings against Lancaster last time out and only gave up an earned run and three hits …Reyes continues his huge second half. He came into the game hitting .348/.383/.618. He has 10 home runs in the second half…with three hits tonight its tough to find a negative in Urias’ game. The only one I can think of is he needs to get better at stealing bases with only seven in 20 attempts. Other than its hard to find much fault with a 19-year old hitting .325/.392/.425.
TinCaps 2 - West Michigan Whitecaps 1
Key Statistics: 2B Peter Van Gansen 2-4; SS Chris Baker 2-4, 2B; LF Kodie Tidwell 2-4; C Marcus Greene, Jr. 2-3, HR(5), RBI; RHP Anderson Espinoza 5.0 IP 4 H R ER BB 4 K; RHP Blake Rogers 3.0 IP H 2 BB 4 K; RHP David Bednar (W, 3-3) 1.0 IP.
Prospect Watch: On “Country Night”, featuring some truly hideous jerseys, Marcus Greene got the walk-off home run with one out in the ninth inning on an 0-2 count to send the TinCaps home with the victory. Greene, who was acquired in last year’s trade with reliever Jon Edwards for Will Venable, has steadily been getting more time behind the plate and is hitting .304/.385/.391 in August…Espinoza had one of his best outings since coming over to the Padres and especially since his last when he went only 1.2 innings. Also, according to Chris Goff of the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, Espinoza touched 99 mph tonight and threw his secondary pitches with more confidence than in previous outings…Baker broke out of an 0-11 slump with a pair of hits.
Dust Devils 7 - Spokane Indians 3
Key Statistics: 2B Nate Easley 0-3, 2 BB: 3B Hudson Potts 3-5, RBI; C Kyle Overstreet 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB; RF Luis Asuncion 2-4, 2B; RHP Cal Quantrill 4.0 IP 3 H R ER 5 K; RHP Dalton Erb (W, 2-1) 3.0 IP 4 H 2 R 2 ER K; RHP Jesse Scholtens 2.0 IP BB 5 K.
Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils rode a big fifth inning when they took advantage of a pair of errors and a pair of doubles to plate five runs..Quantrill threw 47 pitches, 34 of them for strikes in his four inning stint…Boomer White broke out of an 0-16 slump..Hudson Potts has a five- game hitting streak. In seven games he has nine hits, all singles.
The AZL Padres were off tonight.
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