Chihuahuas 7, Reno Aces 2
Key Statistics: RHP Dinelson Lamet 7 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 9 K; RHP Carter Capps IP, K; RF Nick Buss 2-4, 3 RS, RBI; 3B Jamie Romak 3-5, 2B, HR (10), RBI.
Prospect Watch: CF Franchy Cordero left the game after hitting a triple, his team leading third of the year, in the first. No word on the severity of his injury… How good has Dinelson Lamet been this year? Fellow Chihuahua’s starter Matt Magill has a 1.88 ERA and has given up five times as many earned runs as Lamet. Lamet leads the PCL with a 0.45 ERA, as well as strikeouts with 28 in 20 innings. He ranks first among starters in strikeouts per nine innings and eighth in WHIP; only because of walks… Speaking of league leaders, Jamie Romak hit his league leading tenth home run of the year and the next closest is Ian Happ of the Iowa Cubs with seven. He is averaging a home run every 7.4 at bats. To put that in perspective, the all-time leader in plate appearances per home runs was Mark McGuire at 10.61, closely followed by Babe Ruth (11.76) and Barry Bonds* (12.92). Obviously, it’s only been 18 games but its fun with numbers. Romak's pace is currently twice that of some guy named Ted Williams (14.80).
Missions 2, Frisco Roughriders 5 (12 innings)
Key Statistics: RHP Enyel De Los Santos 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; SS Luis Urias 1-4, RS, BB, K.
Prospect Watch: 21 year-old Enyel De Los Santos has had back-to-back short outings after starting the season strong. He allowed just one earned run over his first two starts (12 innings), but he has sine allowed five earned runs on six walks over his last two starts (7.2 innings). He threw 91 pitches during his 4.2 innings and was removed after a walk and hitting a batter. Struggling or not, it always has to be taken into perspective that at this time two years ago De Los Santos had yet to throw an inning of professional ball. He pitched in both short-season leagues in 2015 before being traded to the Padres where he spent a half year in both Fort Wayne and Lake Elsinore… The bullpen of Adam Cimber, Justin Hancock, Trey Wingenter, and Brad Wieck then combined for 6.1 IP, H, BB, 7 K. The game got weird in extra innings. Both Franmil Reyes and manager Phillip Wellman were ejected at the end of the eleventh for arguing balls and strikes, so in the twelfth the Missions sent out SS Felipe Blanco to pitch and it didn't end well.
Storm 8, Visalia Rawhide 0
Key Statistics: LHP Joey Lucchesi 6 IP, 4 H, 8 K; 2B Peter Van Gansen 2-4, 2B, RS, 2 BB; DH Josh Naylor 2-4, RS, RBI; SS Javier Guerra 1-3, 2 RS, 2 BB, 2 RBI.
Prospect Watch: The Storm collected nine hits and nine walks in the game. Six of the nine batters reached base safely multiple times with only CF Michael Gettys wearing the collar at 0-6… LHP Joey Lucchesi turned in his second absolute dominating night. He allowed just four runners in six innings, lowering his ERA to 0.86, which is surprisingly third in the Cal League. He is also tied for first in strikeouts (27) and fifth in WHIP (0.95). As is always mentioned, Lucchesi led all of the NCAA in strikeouts last season so seeing him at the top shouldn’t be a surprise… Earlier this month there was a debate on whether former high round pick Zech Lemond would be released. He wasn’t, and thus far in five appearances, the Rice product is showing everyone he deserves to stay and is better suited to the bullpen. He threw another scoreless inning with two strikeouts putting his ERA under two (two earned runs in 9.2 IP) with no walks all season and 16 strikeouts. While it is not an apples-to-apples comparison, last season after two starts (12 innings) Lemond had allowed four runs on 14 hits with two walks and only eight strikeouts. Hopefully the move to the bullpen helps him regain his prospect status.
Western Michigan Whitecaps 12, TinCaps 3
Key Statistics: RHP Jesse Scholtens 5.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; CF Buddy Reed 2-3, RS, BB; RF Alan Garcia 2-4, RBI.
Prospect Watch: The final score doesn’t reflect the game. After five innings the score was 1-0 Western Michigan as Jesse Scholtens was locked in a duel with one of the better college pitchers from last years draft class, Kyle Funkhouser. Scholtens got wild in the sixth, but looked to have gotten out of it allowing only one run, but SS Fernando Tatis was unable to get to a bounding ball up the middle, two more runs scored and that was the end of the night for Scholtens. The TinCaps scored three times in the top of the seventh as five of the first six batters reached base but Reinaldo Ilaraza and Tatis were unable to produce the big hit… After reaching base three times and collecting two hits, CF Buddy Reed saw hit batting average reach the Mendoza line for the first time. He has collected five hits in his last four games, however they have all been singles, as Reed has managed just one extra base hit all season.
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