The TinCaps were the only winners in the system Thursday night. Offense was at a premium and both the Storm and AZL Padres-1 managed just one hit. On to Friday!
Sacramento RiverCats 2, Chihuahuas 1
Key Statistics: 3B Ty France 2-for-4, R, HR (1), RBI; SS Javy Guerra 1-for-3; LHP Dillon Overton 6 IP, 6 H, ER, 2 BB, 2K; RHP Seth Simmons (L, 1-1) 2 IP, 3 H, ER.
Prospect Watch: There wasn’t much offense for El Paso, as the Chihuahuas lost at home. … Newly promoted infielder Ty France had a multi-hit game, including his first Triple-A homer. France, 24, had a very solid campaign in San Antonio, posting offensive totals well above league-average. The former SDSU star has 18 homers between San Antonio and El Paso this season and is making a case for a 40-man spot this winter, as he will be Rule 5 eligible. … LHP Dillon Overton has spent enough time on big-league rosters that he no longer qualifies as a prospect, but he continues to build a case for another big league opportunity. The southpaw pitched six strong innings, allowing just an earned run, while striking out a pair. Overton doesn’t have big-time stuff but he does have a sub-3.00 ERA pitching in the PCL this year, which is quite an achievement. Oakland’s second-rounder in 2013 did make one start last year with the Padres after they claimed him off waivers, but with a 40-man roster crunch coming, Overton may not get another big league opportunity in San Diego.
Springfield Cardinals 4, Missions 3
Key Statistics: CF Buddy Reed 1-for-5, 2 SB (14,15); 3B Hudson Potts 0-for-2, 2 BB (Double-A debut); C Webster Rivas 2-for-4, RBI; SS Matthew Batten 1-for-3, R, 2B, BB; RHP Chris Paddack 5 IP, 4 H, ER, 4 K; RHP Elliot Ashbeck (L, 0-1) IP, 2 H, 2 ER, BB (Double-A debut)
Prospect Watch: The Missions went down at home, as the team dropped to .500 (23-23) in the second half of the season. … Chris Paddack was his normal, dominant self, as the righty pitched five fine innings, allowing just one run. Paddack’s ERA actually increased to 1.38, as the Texas-born hurler has yet to allow more than two earned runs in any outing since being promoted to San Antonio. Paddack has not struck out as many batters in Double-A, but opposing hitters are batting just .122 against the top prospect to keep his production numbers looking stellar. … Infielder Hudson Potts made his Double-A debut and drew a pair of walks. … Outfielder Buddy Reed bunted for a single and stole second and third in the eighth inning, but wasn’t able to score. Reed has struggled with the bat since being promoted but he has been a menace on the basepaths, stealing 15 bags. For the year, the Florida product has 48 stolen bases in 57 attempts between Lake Elsinore and San Antonio.
Roster Moves: In addition to France, Potts and Elliot Ashbeck, the Padres announced a number of other roster moves. River Stevens joined France in El Paso, Travis Radke shifted down to Lake Elsinore, and Michel Baez made the jump to San Antonio. The big righty posted a 2.63 with 65 strikeouts and 16 walks over 54.2 innings in his final 10 starts for Elsinore.
Visalia Rawhide 11, Storm 0
Key Statistics: SS Chris Baker 1-for-3, 2B; RHP Ronald Bolanos (L, 5-8) 5 IP, 9 H, 9 ER, BB, 2 K; LHP Travis Radke 2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, K; RHP David Bednar IP, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: John Conniff has the game story from a rough night in Elsinore.
TinCaps 4, Lake County Captains 0
Key Statistics: CF Jeisson Roasrio 1-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI; SS Owen Miller 3-for-4, 2 R, HR (2), RBI; LHP Osvaldo Hernandez (W, 10-4) 6 IP, H, 5 K; RHP Reiss Knehr 2 IP, H, 4 K; RHP Jose Quezada IP, K.
Prospect Watch: Fort Wayne rode another outstanding outing by lefty Osvaldo Hernandez to a victory on the road. … Hernandez, 21, delivered six shutout innings, lowering his league-leading ERA to 1.81. The southpaw allowed just a single hit in his six stellar innings of work. Over his last five starts, Hernandez has allowed just two earned runs in 28.2 innings. With more pitching moves to come in the system today, it wouldn’t surprising to see the Cuban hurler advance a level. … Shortstop Owen Miller homered for the second consecutive game for Fort Wayne. The third-rounder was an All-Star in Tri-City, thanks to a .335/.395/.440 slash-line. The former Illinois State star is 4-for-9 in his first two games with the TinCaps. … A pair of 2018 draft picks finished up the victory for the TinCaps Thursday night. RHP Reiss Knehr (20th round) pitched two scoreless innings, striking out four. Knehr began his pro career in the AZL, pitching to a 2.84 ERA in 19 innings. He went to Fordham, the same school that produced Brett Kennedy. … RHP Jose Quezada (10th-round) pitched a scoreless inning . Quezada, a righty out of Texas Tech, has a mid-90’s fastball that has touched 98 mph in a few outings this year.
Hillsboro Hops 3, Dust Devils 0
Key Statistics: SS Xavier Edwards 1-for-3, BB; RF Dwanya Williams-Sutton 1-for-4; RHP Sam Keating (L, 3-5) 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K; RHP Gabe Mosser 2 IP, H, 4 K.
Prospect Watch: Shortstop Xavier Edwards made his Tri-City debut and reached base twice out of the leadoff spot. The 38th overall pick in June’s draft destroyed AZL pitching, hitting .389/.478/.467 with 12 stolen bases. The infielder also turned 19 on Thursday night. … RHP Sam Keating turned in his second consecutive good start, pitching five innings in the Dust Devils’ loss. Keating, a fourth round selection last year, allowed just two runs in those five innings, walking two and striking out five. The righty has also struck out 10 batters over his last 10.1 innings, after punching out just 15 in his first seven starts.
AZL D-backs 2, AZL Padres-1 1
Key Statistics: 1B Carlos Luis, 1-for-2, BB; RHP Frank Lopez, 2 IP, 3 H, ER, K; RHP Efrain Contreras (L, 1-2) 5 IP, 4 H, ER, 5 K.
AZL Royals 3, AZL Padres-2 2
Key Statistics: C Jonny Homza, 1-for-3, R, RBI; LF Mason House, 3-for-4, 3B, RBI; RHP Jean Cosme, 2 IP, BB; RHP Mason Fox (L, 1-1) 2 IP, H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.
Prospect Watch: Rough night in the desert as both teams went down, with the AZL 1 team being one-hit. … Outfielder Mason House had three hits, including a triple for the AZL-2 squad. House started in Tri-City but was demoted to due to his inability to make contact. House has power and is a great athlete but he has struck out in over 40% of his plate appearances at both levels this season. … Catcher Jonny Homza had a hit and drew a walk. Homza, who is the second season of his conversion to catcher, has thrown out 32% of base stealers and has cut down his amount of passed balls considerably. At the plate, Homza has shown a keen eye, as evidenced by his .374 on-base percentage. … RHP Efrain Contreras came out of the ‘pen and threw five solid innings. Contreras, who made his pro debut in the DSL this year, has a 3.55 ERA, while averaging a strikeout per inning with the AZL club.