Albuquerque Isotopes 4 - Chihuahuas 3
Key Stats: CF Manuel Margot 2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI; 3B Nick Noonan 1-for-4, HR (5); RHP Dinelson Lamet 6iP, 8H, 2ER, 6K, 2BB
Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas' ninth inning rally came up one run short as the club's lead in the Pacific Southern division dropped to 4.5 games. The offense had managed only two hits and a run through the first eight frames before suddenly coming on in the final frame. After leading the PCL in most offensive categories all year, El Paso came into the game with only a .701 OPS for the month of August. The offensive drought cost Dinelson Lamet a loss in his first Triple-A start. The 24-year-old, who opened the year in Lake Elsinore, still had a solid showing in the inhospitable pitching environment at Isotopes Park. Lamet gave up two runs on eight hits, while striking out six in six innings. Over his last eight outings before his latest promotion, the big righty posted a 2.28 ERA with 58 strikeouts and nine walks in 43 innings.
Corpus Christi Hooks 5 - Missions 1
Key Stats: LF Luis Tejada 1-for-3, HR (4), 2K, E; RHP Kyle Lloyd 7IP, 57, 5R (2ER), 5K, 3 BB
Prospect Watch: Luis Tejada clubbed a homer to lead off the fifth inning, but the Missions offense otherwise limped through their contest and fell to 3 and 19 against the Hooks on the year. Tejada now owns 11 homers across three levels on the season. While the 23-year-old has seen a spike in his walk rate and a drop in his strikeout rate this year, he's slugging just .406 overall and .382 for the Missions. Although he played primarily third base last year, Tejada has split his time between first and the corner outfield spots this year. ... Kyle Lloyd was charged with five runs, but only two were earned as he was charged with his third loss in four outings. The righthander, who relies on a stellar split-finger fastball, has posted a 3.29 ERA since moving back into a starting role for the Missions, and has been even better in the second half of the year. The 25-year-old has held opponents to a .246 average in 12 starts since the break.
Storm 10 - High Desert Mavericks 8
Key Stats: CF Michael Gettys 3-for-5, 2 HR (9), 3R, 3RBI, CS (6); SS Rudy Giron 2-for-5, 3B, 2RBI, R; 2B Luis Urias 2-for-5, 2B, RBI; RF Franmil Reyes 2-for-5, R;
Prospect Watch: The Storm rallied for five runs in the ninth inning, swiping their second straight victory in what will wind up being their final trip ever into Adelanto. The club had seven extra-base hits among their 14 knocks on the night, including a pair of homers from Michael Gettys. The 20-year-old centerfielder has had five multi-hit games in his last eight, and has nine homers in 249 at-bats after collecting only three in Fort Wayne over the first half of the season. ... With two more hits on Saturday, Luis Urias extended his latest hitting streak to to seven games and extended his lead in the Cal League batting title race. Since the 19-year-old's double play partner Ruddy Giron joined the Storm last Saturday, the two middle infielders have gone a combined 19-for-46 with 30 total bases between them. ... Franmil Reyes had two hits on Saturday as he continued his second-half assault on the Cal League. The big right fielder, who has finally started to incorporate his legs into his swing consistently, has a .913 OPS through the second half and has been on fire throughout August, posting a .365/.413/.646 line. ... Righty Lake Bachar, the Padres' fifth-round pick out of Wisconsin-Whitewater made his second appearance in the Cal League, giving up two runs over a pair of innings. The 21-year-old from the Chicago area has seen limited action because of his workload in college, but has 36 strikeouts in 31.2 pro innings so far.
TinCaps 15 - West Michigan Whitecaps 4
Key Stats: SS Chris Baker 3-for-5, 3B, HR (2), BB, 3RBI, 3R; C Austin Allen 3-for-5, 2B, 2R, 3RBI; RF Jose Urena 2-for-5, HR (4), R, 3RBI; RHP Jake Nix 6IP, 3H, 1ER, 4K, 1BB; RHP Evan Miller 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: It's not often you can say an 11 run game wasn't as close as the final score, but the TinCaps completely dominated this game and only gave up three runs in the ninth inning, long after it was decided. Seven different TinCaps hitters had multiple hits on the night, led by Peter Van Gansen's four hits. Shortstop Chris Baker came up a double short of the cycle, finishing the night with three hits, including his second homer since arriving in the Midwest League, and a walk. Baker needed 54 games to tally two homers in the Northwest League, but has already matched that total in just 32 trips to the plate for Fort Wayne. ... While the offense was banging out season highs in runs and hits (20), Jake Nix was holding the Whitecaps offense in check. The 20-year-old righty allowed just one run on three hits over six innings capping off a strong August in which he posted a 2.52 ERA with an 18:5 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 25 innings. After looking gassed in late June, the Southern California native made a nice push down the stretch as he inched past 100 innings of work in his first full professional season.
Dust Devils 9 - Spokane Indians 3
Key Stats: 1B GK Young 1-for-2, HR (3), 3RBI, 3BB; 2B Fernando Tatis, Jr. 1-for-3, 2B, 2BB, 2R; LHP Eric Lauer 4IP, 2H, 1R, 3K, 1BB; RHP Adrian DeHorta 4IP, 2H, 2R (0ER), 4K, 0BB
Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils rode a six run third inning to their second straight victory over the Rangers' affiliate in Spokane. Six different Tri-City players scored a run as the club drew eight walks and mixed five extra-base hits into their total. First baseman G.K. Young's three run put an exclamation point on the third inning as the big left-handed hitter went the opposite way for his third round-tripper of the year. Young also drew a season-high three walks as he as he looks to break out of a slump that had seen him strike out in nearly 50 percent of his plate appearances over the 10 games coming into tonight's action. ... Fernando Tatis drew his first two walks since coming to the Northwest League last week. The 17-year-old also collected his third double in eight games. ... Eric Lauer gave up only one run over four innings Saturday, but that was enough to actually raise his ERA in the Northwest League to 1.44. The lefty first-rounder has allowed only 24 baserunners in 25 innings for the Devils, while posting 28 strikeouts. ... He was relieved by Adrian De Horta, who worked four innings of his own. The 2013 eight-rounder was charged with two unearned runs, but struck out four against only two hits. The righty from Southern California got a late start to the season after injuries this spring, but has shown much better command than he had in previous attempts at the NWL. This year, he's posted a respectable 20:5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 23.1 innings. He'll have his work cut out for him to make the TinCaps rotation to start next year, but does still possess quality, if inconsistent, stuff.
AZL Royals 6 - Padres 5
Key Stats: 2B Eguy Rosario 2-for-4, 2 2B; CF Aldemar Burgos 1-for-3, HR(1), 2RBI; LHP Dan Dallas 3IP, 3H, 1ER, 3K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: Lefty Dan Dallas capped his professional debut in the desert by throwing three innings of one-run ball for the Padres. The 18-year-old worked himself into some trouble in the second inning, loading the bases with one out, but then got a groundout and strikeout to end the frame with only one run in. Two of the three hits he gave up on the night were infield singles, and he finishes the year with 16 strikeouts in 11.2 innings. ... It's been a rough year for Aldemar Burgos, who was sent back to the desert after posting an anemic .477 OPS in Tri-City and hasn't done much more in Peoria. But the wiry strong outfielder hit his first professional homer in the fifth inning. A product of the Carlos Beltran Academy in Puerto Rico, Burgos was an eight-round pick last June. Despite looking strong in batting practice, the right-handed hitter has struggled mightily with pitch recognition in games, striking out in well over a third of his plate appearances this year. ... Eguy Rosario collected a pair of doubles in four trips to the plate, pushing his AZL slash line up to .400/.455/.500 through his first week stateside.
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