Stay hot, El Paso! The Chihuahuas cruised into the All-Star break with their fifth consecutive win. The Missions also won in front of John Conniff as did the Dust Devils for David Jay, while the Storm and TinCaps lost at home.
Chihuahuas 15, Salt Lake Bees 6
Key Statistics: Forrestt Allday, 4-for-6, 3 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI; DH Franmil Reyes, 3-for-6, R, 2 RBI; C Raffy Lopez, 2-for-5, R, 2B, HR (8), 5 RBI; SS Javy Guerra, 2-for-5, 2 R, HR (8), 2B, 2 RBI; SS Dusty Coleman, 3-for-3, 2B, HR (9), 2 RBI, 2 BB; RHP Colin Rea (W, 2-2) 5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 5 K; LHP Brad Wieck, IP, H, K.
Prospect Watch: El Paso went into a pivotal five-game series in Salt Lake tied for first place; they left with a five-game lead. The Chihuahuas scored 41 runs in the five-game sweep. … Another write-up, another report that Forrestt Allday is as hot as the sun. The 27-year-old outfielder went 4-for-6, with three doubles and scored three runs as well. Allday is hitting .600 (18-for-30) during a seven-game hitting streak. During the streak, Allday has struck out just twice. … RHP Colin Rea earned the win but struggled quite a bit with his command. The former big leaguer walked six batters in five innings while allowing four earned runs. In four starts with El Paso, the hurler from Cascade, Iowa, has walked 10 batters in 20 innings while striking out just 12. As we’ve mentioned, Rea is still finding his way back from Tommy John but his stuff isn’t sharp currently. … Catcher Raffy Lopez socked a grand slam and drove in five runs for the Chihuahuas. Lopez, 30, hasn’t hit much since the team returned him to Triple-A, compared to what he showed in San Diego, but he does possess the ability to drive the ball, as evidenced by his eight homers in 111 at-bats for El Paso this year.
Missions 4, Arkansas Travelers 1
Key Statistics: SS Fernando Tatis Jr., 1-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI; DH Josh Naylor, 2-for-3, BB; CF Michael Gettys, 2-for-3, R; RHP Cal Quantrill, 6.1 IP, 4 H, ER, 4 BB, 3K; RHP Eric Yardley (W, 2-1) 1.2 IP, BB, K; RHP Andres Munoz (S, 1) IP, BB.
Prospect Watch: John Conniff is still in San Antonio watching the Missions. Read his game report here.
Visalia Rawhide 6, Storm 1
Prospect Watch: The Storm were done in by a five-run fourth inning and they lost at home. … While the offense was quiet, Hudson Potts had a pair of singles. Potts, 19, has had a very good year in the Cal League, even though Buddy Reed has grabbed most of the headlines. Potts has 41 extra-base hits, and his 27 doubles are second in the league and his 13 homers are fifth. … RHP Emmanuel Ramirez struck out eight batters without walking a batter but he was done in by a three-run homer in the aforementioned fourth. Ramirez has bounced around the system the last few years but he has always had the ability to miss bats. He has 64 strikeouts in 50.2 innings for the Storm in 2018.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 4, TinCaps 3
Key Statistics: LF Robbie Podorsky, 2-for-4, R, RBI; CF Jeisson Rosario, 1-for-4, 3B, RBI; 1B Nick Feight, 2-for-3, R, 2 2B; RF Jack Suwinski, 1-for-2, R, HR (5), RBI; LHP Aaron Leasher, 4.1 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, BB, 5 K; RHP Dylan Coleman, 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, K; LHP Travis Radke (L, 1-4) 1.1 IP, 2 H, ER.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps lost a third straight contest to Bowling Green, dropping them below .500. … First baseman Nick Feight (pronounced fight) had a pair of doubles in the loss Sunday. The former 19th-rounder hasn’t hit a ton in Fort Wayne this year but he has only struck out eight times in 74 plate appearances. … Robbie Podorsky had two more hits Sunday, raising his average to .346. … LHP Aaron Leasher had a rare poor start, allowing a season-high 11 hits and three earned runs in 4.1 innings. With Nick Margevicius now in Lake Elsinore, Leasher has become the de-facto ace in the Summit City. The southpaw still managed five strikeouts, giving him 79 in 77.1 innings.
Dust Devils 5, Everett Aquasox 0
Prospect Watch: David Jay was in Pasco to watch the Dust Devils shutout win. Check out his game story here.
Both the Padres’ AZL teams had Sunday night off.
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