Cedric Hunter went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in his third Triple-A game and first start after not hitting above Low-A Fort Wayne. Hunter also took away a homer in the seventh frame, leaping above the wall to snatch one away from the opposition. He went 2-for-4 in his brief Triple-A stint with three RBIs. He has four homers over his last 23 games after netting four bombs in his first 102 contests. Hunter ended the year with 43 hits in his final 132 at bats across two leagues, a .326 average.
Shawn Estes worked two innings of scoreless relief, allowing two hits and striking out one. He also drew a walk at the dish. After allowing eight runs in a start on August 4 and seeing more than three weeks off due to soreness from off-season surgery, Estes has tossed four scoreless frames over the last week. Across three leagues of rehab work beginning in the Arizona Rookie League in late June, Estes has allowed 14 runs over 28.1 innings for a 4.45 ERA.
San Antonio won 6-4 over Corpus Christi (Astros) in playoff primer
Chase Headley went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI, pushing his season average up to .330 to top the Texas League by 21 points over his closest competitor. The third baseman ranked fourth in the circuit with 20 homers, 78 RBIs, and 143 hits while placing third in doubles at 38 and extra base hits (63). He also topped the Texas League in on base percentage (.437) and slugging percentage (.580) while sitting fifth in runs scored at 82.
Matt Antonelli snapped out of a 0-for-15 slump by going 2-for-3 with a walk, a sacrifice fly, two runs scored and two RBIs. He ended the year ranked fifth in the system with a .307 average over two leagues. His 21 bombs ranked fourth, as did his 78 RBIs. He topped the list with 123 runs scored and placed second in stolen bases with 28. Antonelli collected 17 multi-hit games in 49 Double-A contests. After hitting .419 over his first 17 games with the Missions, Antonelli hit .232 over his last 32.
Lake Elsinore won 7-2 over Inland Empire (Dodgers) in a 7-inning playoff primer, game two cancelled since it did not have playoff implications
The Storm earned the number two playoff seed with the win, eliminating the need for the second game of the night – a makeup for last week's rainout.
Kyle Blanks cracked a two-run homer, his 24th, giving him RBIs 99 and 100 on the season to become the second player in the system to collect 100 on the year. He ended the season ranked fourth in the California League in that category and tied for fourth in homers. His 59 extra base hits ranked fourth. He has homered in two of his last four games, knocking in five. Blanks has been on base in eight straight, going 8-for-22 with five walks.
David Freese fell four RBIs shy of the 100 mark with his two to give him 96, going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles to end the year with the third most in the system. Freese also ranked third in runs scored with 104. He has 24 multi-RBI games this season and has knocked in seven over his last six games. Freese kept his average over .300 since May 30, ending the year at .302 – sixth best in the system.
Fort Wayne won 6-2 over Great Lakes (Dodgers) in season finale
Brian Lauderdale reached base three times, going 2-for-3 with a walk, his first Midwest League homer, two runs scored and three RBIs. The utility man had an RBI in four of his final five games, driving in six. His three-run bomb was his second homer in three games across two leagues and fifth in his last 13. Eight of his last 13 hits went for extra bases. He has scored seven runs over his last six games.
Allen Harrington allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out four over six innings in a no-decision. He also picked off a runner at first. The left-hander has given up six earned runs over his last 39.1 innings in the Midwest League, sporting a 1.37 ERA over that span. Harrington has given up nine hits in 48 at bats to left-handed hitters this year, a .188 average.
Dylan Axelrod (2-1) worked 2.2 scoreless frames, allowing four hits and fanning a pair. The right-hander has given up one earned run over his last 13.1 innings and has allowed earned runs in six of his 21 outings across two leagues. He has a 2.72 ERA between the Arizona Rookie League and Midwest League, holding the leadoff man of an inning to a .242 average over that span.
Eugene won 12-7 over Salem-Keizer (Giants)
Drew Cumberland reached base four times with three hits and a walk, scoring three runs and has been on base six times over his two games in the Northwest League. Cumberland has 10 multi-hit games in 23 contests across two leagues and has been on base at least three times on five times. The shortstop has whiffed just nine times in 93 at bats. He is hitting .366 with runners on base.
Lance Zawadzki collected four hits in five at bats, cranking out two singles, a double, a triple, two runs scored and three RBIs. The shortstop has seven hits over his last two games and has reached base in nine straight games. During that time, he has five multi-hit games, going 15-for-36 with seven walks for a .512 on base percentage. He has pushed his average from .182 to .275 with his current on base streak. He has five RBIs over his last three games after netting six in his first 21.
Yefri Carvajal singled three times in five at bats, scoring twice and driving in a pair. The outfielder has an eight-game hitting streak, going 13-for-33 over that span to raise his average from .215 to .268. He has an RBI in five of his last seven games, knocking in eight and scoring five runs. Carvajal has, however, struck out in 17 straight games after fanning on Monday and has whiffed once every 3.0 at bats since joining the Northwest League.