Albuquerque Isotopes 8 - Chihuahuas 5
Key Stats: RHP Eric Yardley 3IP, 4H, 0R, 1K, 0BB; SS Jose Rondon, 2B, HR (1), RBI, 2R, E (6); 1B Patrick Kivlehan 1-for-3, HR (12), BB, 2RBI, SB (5); CF Manuel Margot 1-for-4, BB, 2SB (30)
Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas gave up six runs over the final two frames to drop their third straight game to Albuquerque since clinching the division. Buddy Baumann took the loss, giving up five earned runs in 1.1 innings, including a three-run homer in the eighth and then two runners he left to Jose Torres in the ninth. Baumann has surrendered runs in two of his last three outings, after giving up only three runs total in his first 25.2 Triple-A innings this year, nearly tripling his season ERA in the process. For Torres, who also was charged with an earned run in addition to the inherited runners, he's finishing his first year in the Padres organization after coming over in the Drew Pomeranz trade at his third level. In 64.1 innings total, he's posted a 2.24 ERA with 63 strikeouts and a .198 opponents' average. ... Shortstop Jose Rondon came up a triple shy of the cycle as he hit his first Triple-A homer and edging his OPS for the season over .700.
Corpus Christi Hooks 4 - Missions 2
Key Stats: LHP Jerry Keel 7.2IP, 8H, 4ER, 3K, 4BB; RF Nick Schulz 2-for-3, 2 2B, BB, RBI; DH Austin Allen 2-for-4, HR (1);
Prospect Watch: Jerry Keel gave up a pair of runs in the first on two walks and a double, but then settled in and worked into the eighth inning for the second time this year. The big lefty finishes his first full professional season with a 4.16 ERA overall and as the only pitcher in the Padres' 2015 draft class to make it to Double-A. He's had a number of hiccups since leaving Fort Wayne behind, posting an ERA above six at stops in both Lake Elsinore and San Antonio, but for a guy who was something of an afterthought as a low-bonus ninth-round selection as a senior out of Cal State Northridge, the 22-year-old has done a great job of putting himself on the map this season. ... Two days after joining Keel in making the jump to Double-A, Austin Allen had a homer and single. The fourth-rounder is capping off a strong debut season in his own right, posting an OPS just below ,800 with an average that was good for fifth in the Midwest league while adjusting to the rigors of being an everyday catcher professionally. While his defense has made strides since he joined the system, it will be interesting to see whether he can stay on the position as he advances, especially if his bat continues to show as advanced as it has so far. ... Nick Schulz collected a pair of doubles in the game, capping a solid campaign that's shown improvements across the board over his 2015 season in Lake Elsinore.
High Desert Mavericks 7 - Storm 4
Key Stats: LF Edwin Moreno 2-for-3, HR (14), 2R; RF Franmil Reyes 2-for-4; LHP Thomas Dorminy 3.1IP, 9H, 6ER, 2K, 2BB
Prospect Watch: Thomas Dorminy's third crack at the Cal League didn't go any better than the first two, as the lefty was jumped for six runs in the second innings and didn't make it out of the fourth. While he's held his own both times he's been sent back to Fort Wayne this year, Cal League opponents are hitting .415 against him and his ERA through 12 Storm appearances is 9.94. ... Outfielders Edwin Moreno and Franmil Reyes each had a pair of hits, including Moreno's 14th homer of the campaign as both continued strong second halves for Elsinore. Moreno has hit .308/.328/.560 in somewhat limited action since the all-star break, while Reyes has been even better in a nearly daily role, hitting .321/.388/.526. Moreno would be eligible for the Rule 5 draft this offseason, though with his continued swing-and-miss tendencies and defensive shortcomings, he'll likely be back to bookend Reyes in the San Antonio outfield next year. ... Jon Jay went hitless with a walk in four trips to the plate as the designated hitter, while Jemile Weeks was 0-for-3 while playing second base as both continued their rehab stints. Weeks had been sidelined for the last three games after his first appearance with the Storm.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 6 - TinCaps 5 (F/11)
Key Stats: 3B Carlos Belen 2-for-5, HR (12), BB, 5RBI; CF Taylor Kohlwey 2-for-4, BB, HBP, SB; LHP Logan Allen 2.2IP, 1H, 3ER, 1K, 3BB; RHP Austin Smith 3.2IP, 3H, 2ER, 5K, 2BB
Prospect Watch: Carlos Belen smacked a grand slam and an RBI single, but the TinCaps couldn't hold a late lead and ultimately surrendered to their 10th extra-inning loss and, somewhat amazingly, took their 31st one-run loss of the year. Belen had come on strong in July, but the powerful third baseman has been in a prolonged slump over the last five weeks, hitting just .176 and striking out in nearly a third of his plate appearances in August. The homer was his first extra-base hit in his last 30 at-bats. ... Lefty Logan Allen cruised through his first two innings, but gave up a pair of walks and a few hard-hit balls to load the bases in the third before giving way to Aaron Cressley, who gave up a bases-clearing double. Allen hasn't made it through four innings since getting back to the TinCaps from being shut down for two months and after showing impeccable command early in the year has walked eight in his 10 inning return. Still just 19 years old and having worked only 62 innings this season, Allen could well return to Fort Wayne to open next season. ... Austin Smith's final outing of a challenging first year in the system was something of a microcosm of the year. The hard-throwing righty made it through three innings scoreless with five strikeouts, but after getting two quick outs in his fourth frame, he couldn't finish off the Hot Rods. He gave up a walk and single before giving way to Elvin Ramirez, who allowed a double that plated both runners. For the season, Smith owns a 5.26 ERA with only 63 strikeouts and 46 walks in 90.2 innings.
Dust Devils 6 - Vancouver Canadians 5 (F/10)
Key Stats: SS Hudson Potts 1-for-4, BB, SB (2), R; CF Buddy Reed 1-for-5, 3B (4), R; RHP Hansel Rodriguez 3.1IP, 6H, 2R (1ER), 5K, 1BB;; RHP Jose Ruiz 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2K, 0BB, W (2-0)
Prospect Watch: Luis Asuncion scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the tenth inning to give the Devils a walk-off victory, making up for the team's 4-for-18 performance with runners in scoring position on the night. Every hitter in the Tri-City lineup had at least one hit except for Tyler Moore, who drew three walks. but they couldn't get timely hits with any frequency. ... Hudson Potts had a single and drew a walk, but also struck out three times. The 17-year-old first-rounder has been challenged since his early promotion to the Northwest League, managing just a .606 OPS with one extra-base hit in his first 15 games with the Dust Devils. ... Despite giving up six hits over three-plus innings, Hansel Rodriguez turned in his best start since his system debut back on July 30. The 19-year-old righty allowed only one earned run and struck out five. He posted a 6.97 ERA across six starts with Tri-City after coming over in exchange for Melvin Upton, Jr. seeing a spike in his walks and decrease in his strikeouts after the trade.
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