El Paso continues to march towards another playoff berth. The club won their thirteenth straight game at home. Elsewhere, Lake Elsinore and the AZL Padres-1 squad found the win column while San Antonio and Fort Wayne suffered losses.
Chihuahuas 8, Las Vegas 51’s 7
Key Statistics: 2B Luis Urias, 1-for-4, 2 R, 3B, RBI; C Raffy Lopez 2-for-3, 2 R, 2B, RBI, 2 BB; LF Shane Peterson, 3-for-4, R, RBI; SS Javy Guerra, 2-for-4, R, 2B, HR (12), 2 RBI; RHP Colin Rea, 3 IP, 2 H, R, BB, 4 K; LHP Jerry Keel, 4.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, BB, 4 K; LHP Kyle McGrath (W, 6-2) IP.
Prospect Watch: El Paso won on a walk-off single from Ty France. The win was El Paso’s thirteenth win in a row at home. … Luis Urias extended his hitting streak to nine games with a ninth-inning triple. Urias is hitting .500 (18-for-36) over his last ten games. While much has been made of Urias’ pronounced leg kick and a significant increase in strikeouts, Urias has an on-base percentage approaching .400 and has 42 extra-base hits, which is a career-high. Perhaps Urias will get some big leagues at-bats in September. … Right-handed pitcher Colin Rea was activated from the disabled list prior to the game and pitched well in an abbreviated start. Rea allowed an unearned run in three innings, walking one and striking out four. Rea threw five shutout innings in his previous start back on July 30. If the 28-year-old can finish strong, he could be a candidate for a September call-up, as he already occupies a 40-man roster spot. … Shortstop Javier Guerra connected on his 12th homer — three away from his career-high. Guerra has certainly had his issues offensively (his 148 strikeouts are third in the PCL) but he has hit well as of late. Since July 2nd, the shortstop is hitting a solid .279/.340/.488 — good for a wRC+ of 114. In that span, Guerra is still striking out in 30% of his at-bats and his BABIP of .416 since July is probably not sustainable. If Guerra and hit .230 in the big leagues, his defense can make him a valuable player.
Tulsa Drillers 3, Missions 1
Prospect Watch: The Missions managed just three hits and lost in Tulsa. … Catcher Austin Allen had the only RBI of the night, as the catcher connected on his 22nd dinger of the year. Allen has faded a bit over the last two months, hitting just .250 since July 1st. However, he has connected on four homers so far in August and will likely finish amongst the league leaders when the season ends in a few weeks. … Right-handed pitcher Lake Bachar allowed just two runs in six innings, pitching around five walks. Bachar got off to a rough start after his promotion to San Antonio but he is starting to find his stride a bit. If you remove one brutal outing Bachar had against Midland, he has a 2.72 ERA since June 21st, although his peripheral stats aren’t as encouraging, as the righty has been a bit too liberal with the free passes.
Storm 6, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 2
Key Statistics: CF Nate Easley, 2-for-5, R, 2B; 1B Brad Zunica, 3-for-3, R, 3 RBI, BB; SS Chris Baker, 2-for-4, R; LHP Nick Margevicius (W, 4-3) 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, BB, 6 K; RHP David Bednar, 2 IP, 3 H, BB, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm cruised to a win against the top team in the Cal League. … First baseman Brad Zunica had three hits, all singles and drove in three runs in the victory. Zunica, who possesses some of the best raw power in the organization, has had a solid but not spectacular season in Lake Elsinore. He has been slightly better than league-average at the plate and has a healthy 10% walk rate but his power has dipped in a much friendlier environment for hitters. While Lake Elsinore is probably the worst hitter’s park in the Cal League, Zunica has been much better there than on the road. He does have 16 homers on the season, second to the recently promoted Hudson Potts, who has 17. … On the mound, Left-handed pitcher Nick Margevicius turned in another excellent start, pitching six solid innings to notch the victory. Margevicius allowed a pair of unearned runs, walking just one and striking out six. Margevicius has thrived at The Diamond, where he has a 4-0 record, with a 0.72 ERA in four starts. His ERA on the road is in five outings (four starts) is 9.78.
Storm Notes: As Jeff Sanders reported in today’s San Diego Union-Tribune, infielder/outfielder Allen Cordoba underwent season-ending surgery for damage to his left thumb that was injured while he was diving for a ball in the outfield. It’s been a lost season for Cordoba who was only able to return late this year after nearly dying in an off-season accident. In 164 plate appearances for the Storm, he was hitting .206/.233/.310 after spending all of 2017 on the big league roster.
Lansing Lugnuts 5, TinCaps 3
Key Statistics: CF Jeisson Rosario, 1-for-3, BB; SS Owen Miller, 1-for-4; RF Jack Suwinski, 2-for-4, 2 RBI; DH Gabriel Arias, 2-for-4, 2B, 3B; 1B Jalen Washington, 1-for-4, R, HR (6), RBI; RHP Mason Thompson (L, 6-7) 5 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 K; RHP Austin Smith, IP, BB, K.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps lost on the road in Lansing. … Gabriel Arias started at DH and had a pair of hits, a double and a triple, in the Fort Wayne loss. Arias got some preseason buzz as a borderline top-100 prospect but has struggled for the most part this year. However, the 18-year-old has been tremendous in August, hitting .316/.409/.544, with 10 extra-base hits. Arias had only 16 extra-base hits during the first four months of the season. … Right-handed pitcher Mason Thompson took the loss, allowing three earned runs in five innings. Thompson has battled some nagging injuries but he has shown some promise and has averaged more than a strikeout per inning.
Tri-City Dust Devils: The Dust Devils game was postponed due to poor air quality from wildfires burning in British Colombia, per a press release. As of now, no makeup date has been announced.
AZL Padres-1 10, AZL Royals 9
Key Statistics: 3B Luis Almanzar, 2-for-5, R, RBI; DH Nick Gatewood, 4-for-5, 3 R, RBI; LF Jaquez Williams, 4-for-5, 3B, RBI; 2B Lee Solomon, 1-for-4, R, HR (7), 2 RBI; RHP Luarbert Arias, 4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 3K; RHP Carlos Belen (W, 3-1) IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 K; LHP Omar Fernandez, IP.
AZL Rangers 7, AZL Padres-2 4
Key Statistics: DH Jonny Homza, 1-for-4, 2B; C Alison Quintero, 1-for-3, R, 2B, BB; 3B Elvis Sabala, 1-for-3, R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB; RHP Mitchell Miliano (L, 1-2) 3 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; RHP Vijay Miller, 3 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 K.
Prospect Watch: There were quite a few standout performers on the offensive side, as the AZL teams split decisions. … Big Jaquez Williams set a new career-high with four hits, including a triple in the AZL Padres-1’s victory. The 20-year-old is spending his third consecutive summer playing in the Arizona League and his big night raised his average nearly 30 points to .276. When drafted out of high school in Georgia, Williams was considered raw but with power potential. After playing his first two seasons at first base, Williams has transitioned to left field in 2018. … DH Nick Gatewood had his second four-hit game of the week for AZL Padres-1. The former Georgia State catcher has DH’ed mostly in the AZL and he raised his average to .298. He was drafted in the 11th round in June’s draft.