Chihuahuas 6 – Las Vegas 51s 5
Key Stats: LHP Frank Garces 6 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, BB, 2 K; 2B Carlos Asuaje 3-5, 2B, 3B, RS, RBI; RF Hunter Renfroe 2-5, 2 RS, RBI; C Austin Hedges 3-4, HR (20), 2 RS, 2 RBI; 1B Patrick Kivlehan 3-4, RBI.
Prospect Watch: With the win the Chihuahuas lowered their magic number to two with six games to play. C Austin Hedges hit his 20th home run of the season, That number is remarkable considering he missed over a month this year after hamate bone surgery, and puts him just six home runs behind his career home run total (26 in 380 games coming into this year)… Buddy Baummann was called in to get the save, but after allowing two runs, the Chihuahuas turned to Phil Maton. Maton struck out the only batter he faced for his first Triple-A save. The 20th round pick our of Louisiana Tech in last year's draft has not allowed a hit in five innings while striking out 10.
Midland RockHounds 11 – Missions 3
Key Stats: LHP Jerry Keel 3 IP, 10 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; CF Franchy Cordero 1-3, 3B, RS, BB; RF Nick Schultz 2-4, HR (10), RBI.
Prospect Watch: LHP Jerry Keel has demonstrated throughout the year that when he is on his game he can succeed at any level (6.1 IP, 6 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K last start in Double-A), but when he is not completely on his game he gets absolutely taken apart; which is what happened tonight. In 15 starts this year, Keel has given up two or fewer earned runs nine times, but he has also given up six or more runs four times. That explains his 4.12 ERA despite so many dominant outings… Franchy Cordero is one stolen base away from being able to claim a career high in every offensive category the season. The triple today gave him exactly 100 total bases more than his previous career high. While his overall offensive prowess has put him back on the prospect map, the biggest pleasant surprise has been his extra-base hits. Cordero hit his 51st one tonight with his previous high being only 24,and only 19 in 126 games last year. What is even more impressive is that with this triple, Cordero now has the Texas League lead for triples despite only playing in 58 games since being promoted from High-A Lake Elsinore. Cordero still ranks fifth in the Cal League in triples (eight), and currently leads all MiLB in triples with 16 total. Not bad for someone playing in Double-A that will only turn 22 on Friday.
Modesto Nuts 12 - Storm 2
Key Stats: LHP Dylan Stoops 0.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, BB, K; SS Alexi Amarista 1-4; 2B Jemile Weeks 0-1, BB; 2B Fernando Perez 2-2, HR (9), RBI; 3B/SS Ruddy Giron 3-4, 2B.
Prospect Watch: With rosters set to expand on Thursday it appears that Amarista and Weeks are getting a few more games in with Lake Elsinore before being recalled. Both played part of the game before being removed in a blowout… C Ricardo Valenzuela pitched the final two innings without allowing a run… It seems obvious that Ruddy Giron was saving his raw ability for when he was promoted. After putting up a horrible .222/.284/.304 in his sophomore season with the TinCaps, Giron is now hitting over .400 in eight games with the Storm. Obviously small sample size but he has hits in all seven of his starts including three multi-hit games. By comparison it took him 29 games in Fort Wayne to get that third multi-hit game.
No game for the TinCaps before they begin their final week of play
Eugene Ems 7 – Dust Devils 5
Key Stats: RHP Hansel Rodriguez 3 IP, 5H, 3 ER, K; DH Manny DeLeon 2-3, 2B, 2 RS, BB; SS Hudson Potts 1-3, RS, RBI, 2 BB; 3B Kyle Overstreet 3-5, RBI.
Prospect Watch: It what will probably be Hansel Rodriguez’s last start this season with the Dust Devils, he left us wanting more. If he does not pitch again, Rodriguez, who was acquired in the Melvin Upton trade from Toronto, would have thrown 17.1 innings, 19 H, 15 ER, 11 BB, 8 K. Not the best numbers, but like many of the Dust Devil pitchers is just 19, and will get a full season to shine in Fort Wayne… While the verdict might still be out on whether or not Hudson Potts can stay at short he continues to impress. He made a few really nice plays tonight in the hole showing off his range and arm while reaching base three times. He has now walked seven times in just 11 games in Tri-Cities, compared to nine in 43 AZL games. He still has a ways to go developmentally but it is great to see one of the youngest players in the league do so well.
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