Chihuahuas 9 - Albuquerque Isotopes 4
Key Stats: CF Manuel Margot 3-for-5, 2B, 3B, 4RBI, R; LF Nick Torres 2-for-4, 2HR (6); 1B Diego Goris 2-for-3, BB, 2B; RHP Walker Locket 6.2IP, 7H, 2ER, 5K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: El Paso pulled out a series victory over their closest pursuers, dropping their magic number for the playoffs to four with eight games left to play. The offense was paced by the starting outfield. Manuel Margot came up a home shy of the cycle as he drove in four out of the leadoff spot. Meanwhile Nick Torres hit a pair of homers to push his Triple-A OPS above .900, and Hunter Renfroe had a triple in five plate appearances. ... While the offense was producing 13 hits, Walker Lockett was strong in his second straight start since his promotion from San Antonio. The 2012 fourth-rounder gave up two runs over 6.2 innings, striking out five with only one walk. The righty has now tossed 158.2 innings this year, 40 more than he'd totaled in his career coming into the season. The big Floridian has allowed barely over a runner per inning across all four levels where he's pitched in this remarkable comeback year.
Corpus Christi Hooks 6 - Missions 0
Key Stats: RF Nick Schulz 1-for-4, 2B; 3B Josh VanMeter 2-for-4;
Prospect Watch: The Missions season-long track record of futility against the Hooks continued as they were blanked by Dan Deetz in his Double-A debut. While San Antonio outhit Corpus 9-to-7, they went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and struck out 12 times overall. Nick Schulz had the team's only extra-base hit, a ground rule double that bounced over the wall to keep Rocky Gale from coming around to score. The offense then stalled out as Gabriel Quintana and River Stevens struck out. The Missions fell to 4-20 against the Hooks, while they're only five games under .500 against the rest of the league.
High Desert Mavericks 10 - Storm 2
Key Stats: 2B Luis Urias 3-for-4, 2B, RBI; SS Ruddy Giron 1-for-4, 2B, R; RHP Brett Kennedy 2.2IP, 9H, 8ER, 1K, 2BB
Prospect Watch: Brett Kennedy's stretch of dominance came to an end in the heat of Adelanto as he became the last victim of a park that will be abandoned at the end of this season. Kennedy was tagged for eight runs over just 2.2 innings as he failed to make it out of the third inning for the first time this season. Last year's 11th-rounder saw his ERA jump more than half a run on the night, something that's not easy to do this late in the season. In six innings at High Desert this year, he's given up 16 earned runs. In his other 19 starts, he owns a 2.75 ERA with a strikeout per inning. ... Luis Urias is trying to win the Cal League batting title going away. The 19-year-old, who has already been named the Cal League MVP, added three hits tonight to extend his hitting streak to eight games, with multiple hits in five of them. The late surge has pushed his average up to .332 and his OPS to .834. Over the season's second half, he owns a .916 OPS, adding 100 points to his slugging percentage from the first half.
West Michigan Whitecaps 7 - TinCaps 3
Key Stats: C Austin Allen 3-for-4, SF, RBI; DH Jose Urena 3-for-4, BB, R
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps were in this one until West Michigan pulled away with three runs over the final two frames. Starter Emmanuel Ramirez gave up four runs over six innings, allowing eight hits and three walks along the way. It was the roughest outing for the 22-year-old righty since he rejoined the TinCaps earllier this month. Despite a so-so 4.47 ERA in the Midwest League, he's still recorded 49 strikeouts in 52.1 innings, with only 19 walks allowed. However, without a consistently effective secondary offering, he's allowed 51 hits. ... Austin Allen had three hits and a sacrifice fly, his second straight three-hit game. Last year's fourth rounder is now fourth in the Midwest League with a .317 average.
Dust Devils 3 - Spokane Indians 2 (F/11)
Key Stats: CF Buddy Reed 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2BB; 1B GK Young 1-for-5, 2B, BB, R; LHP Joey Lucchesi 4IP, 2H, 0R, 4K, 0BB
Prospect Watch: The Devils came back to tie the game in both the eighth and ninth innings, then finally claimed the victory in the eleventh. The game got off to a good start as Joey Lucchesi continued his dominant professional debut. The fourth rounder out of Southeast Missouri allowed just two hits as he worked four more scoreless frames. In 14 outings, he owns a 1.35 ERA with 53 strikeouts and only two walks in 40 innings. He's been even more impressive since stretching out a bit in the rotation, giving up only two runs over his last 31 frames, with 43 strikeouts. After a long college season, he's worked no more than four innings in any outing. ... Buddy Reed had three more hits, including a pair of doubles, and two walks as he extended a strong end-of-season surge. The second round pick has added 140 points to his OPS over the last ten games and also cut his strikeout total to just eight in 46 plate appearances. Highly regarded for his athleticism since he arrived at University of Florida, the 21-year-old true centerfielder has never been able to translate those tools into consistent offensive performance. If his current streak is an indication that he's gotten his timing right at the plate, he has the potential to be an impact player.
AZL Padres 7 - White Sox 4
Key Stats: RF Euri Minaya 2-for-4, HR (1); CF Jack Suwinski 1-for-3, 2B, BB, RBI, R; RHP Mason Thompson 4IP, 3H, 2ER, 4K, 0BB; RHP Jose Savinon 1IP, 1H, 1K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: Righty Mason Thompson cruised through his first three frames, but gave up two runs as he pitched the fourth for the first time as a professional. The 18-year-old righty got two quick outs in the fourth before three consecutive hits plated twice as many runs as he'd given up through his first 11 innings in the desert. He'll finish his debut year with a 2.25 ERA and having struck out 12 in as many frames. ... After slugging just .298 over 178 at-bats in the last two years, Jose Savinon might be making a move to the mound. The 20-year-old right-handed thrower worked a scoreless frame, striking out one to work around a walk and hit, and picked up the victory in the process. With the system's incredible depth at middle infield, Savinon was quickly falling behind more than a half dozen options as a position player. ... Eguy Rosario had two more hits, including another double. He's now hit in all six games stateside and has multiple hits in each of his last three.
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