Albuquerque Isotopes 13 Chihuahuas 1
Key Statistics: RF Jose Pirela, 1-for-3, BB, RBI; LF Boog Powell, 2-for-3, 2B, BB, RBI; RHP Bryan Mitchell (L, 0-1) 1.2 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, K; RHP Kazuhisa Makita, 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 3 K; RHP Steven Wilson, 2 IP, H, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: El Paso allowed seven runs in the second inning and lost for the second straight night to Albuquerque. … Boog Powell had a double — the only extra-base hit all night for the Chihuahuas. Powell hasn’t hit for some of the power as his contemporaries but he has been fantastic for El Paso in 2019. He has a robust 14% walk rate and his overall .310/.409/.518 slash-line has been 26% better than the league average. … RHP Bryan Mitchell started Friday night after being activated from the injured list and struggled mightily. Mitchell allowed seven earned runs and nine baserunners in just 1.2 innings to earn the loss. The 28-year-old last started for El Paso at the end of April and made four rehab outings in the Arizona League, prior to being activated. Mitchell continues to have issues throwing strikes; the same trait that plagued him in San Diego last season.
Chihuahuas’ Notes: For our subscribers, read John’s Q&A with El Paso manager Edwin Rodriguez where they talk about why Luis Urias is still in Triple-A and Dinelson Lamet’s long-term prospects.
Sod Poodles 5 Frisco RoughRiders 1
Key Statistics: LF Rodrigo Orozco, 3-for-4, BB, 3 RBI; RF Edward Olivares, 2-for-4, BB, RBI; DH Luis Torrens, 1-for-3, 2 BB, RBI; LHP Adrian Morejon, 2 IP, 2 K; RHP Ronald Bolaños (W, 4-2) 7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K.
Prospect Watch: Marcus Pond was in Frisco to cover the Sod Poodles’ victory and with Grant Wickes for the pictures. Read his recap and see Grant’s photos here.
Storm 7 Modesto Nuts 4
Key Statistics: SS Xavier Edwards, 2-for-5, R, 3B, SB (1); LF Allen Córdoba, 1-for-3, 2 R, BB, SB (21, 22); 1B Olivier Basabe, 3-for-5, 2B, R, RBI; RF Jack Suwinski, 2-for-3, 2 R, HR (7), 3 RBI; RHP Elliot Ashbeck, 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, BB, 2 K; RHP Franklin Van Gurp (W, 1-2) IP, 3 H, ER, BB, K; RHP Javier Guerra, IP, H, 3 K; RHP Jordan Guerrero (S, 1) IP, K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm won their second straight in Modesto to get above .500. … Shortstop Xavier Edwards had his first multi-hit game in the Cal League, with a two-hit effort Friday night. Edwards singled, tripled and stole his first base as a member of the Storm. Edwards is 4-for-13 in three games since being promoted. … Outfielder Jack Suwinski put Lake Elsinore ahead for good with a two-run homer in the eighth inning, his seventh homer of the year. The 20-year-old outfielder has struggled this year after a strong finish in Fort Wayne last year. The former 15th-round pick has struck out in nearly 30% of his plate appearances in his first stint in the Cal League. The good news is that Suwinski is walking in 10% of his plate appearances. Suwinski broke out in August last year with Fort Wayne, so perhaps this is the beginning of a hot stretch. … RHP Javier Guerra came out of the Storm bullpen and threw a scoreless inning, allowing just one hit while striking out the side. The shortstop-turned-reliever has pitched well since coming off of the injured list earlier last week. In a small five-inning sample with the Storm, Guerra has struck out eight batters. With Andres Muñoz now in San Diego, it’s certainly fun to dream about Guerra’s upper 90’s fastball in the Padres’ bullpen in the near future.
TinCaps 12 Burlington Bees 1
Key Statistics: SS Tucupita Marcano, 3-for-5, 3 R; RF Agustin Ruiz, 3-for-4, 2 R, 2B, BB; C Juan Fernandez, 1-for-5, R, HR (1), 2 RBI; 2B Justin Lopez, 2-for-4, 2 R, BB, RBI; LF Michael Curry, 3-for-5, 2 R, HR (6), 3 RBI; 3B Luke Becker, 2-for-4, R; LHP Omar Cruz (W, 1-0) 5.2 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 10 K; RHP Austin Smith (S, 5) 3.1 IP, 3 H, 3 K.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps pounded out 15 hits in an easy win over Burlington. … Shortstop Tucupita Marcano had three hits and scored three runs out of the leadoff spot for Fort Wayne Friday night. The young infielder continues to make consistent contact, even though his slash-line doesn’t jump off of the page. In 45 plate appearances in July, Marcano has punched out just three times. If there is a drawback, it is Marcano’s lack of power; his last extra-base hit came on June 29th. … Outfielder Agustin Ruiz also chipped in with three hits, including a double. The 19-year-old has shown flashes of potential, followed by prolonged slumps. Coming into Friday’s game, Ruiz was in a 2-for-36 stretch over his last nine games. Ruiz has had two months (April and June) in which he had an OPS north of .800. So far in July, he has an OPS of .415. … LHP Omar Cruz dominated through 5.2 innings, earning his first win as a TinCap. The southpaw allowed just three hits and walk, to go with 10 strikeouts which ties a season-high. Cruz, 20, has been dominant in his five starts between Fort Wayne and Tri-City this year. Overall, the Mexican-born hurler has racked up 37 punchouts in 21.1 innings between the two stops.
Dust Devils 7 Spokane Indians 0
Key Statistics: SS Jordy Barley, 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, BB; Reinaldo Ilarraza, 1-for-3, R, BB, 2 RBI; RF Matthew Acosta, 2-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI, SB (2); C Jonny Homza, 2-for-3, R, 2 2B, BB, RBI; LHP Cullen Dana, 4 IP, 2 H, 4 K; LHP Jason Blanchard (W, 1-2) 3 IP, H, 4 K.
Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils bounced back from a heartbreaking loss Thursday and blew out Spokane at Gesa Stadium. … Catcher Jonny Homza had a pair of doubles and drove in a run the Dust Devils’ win. The 20-year-old backstop is getting his first taste of professional baseball outside of the Arizona League in 2019. The Alaska native is hitting .215/.301/.292 in 71 plate appearances with Tri-City. … Outfielder Matthew Acosta doubled, singled and drove in three runs Friday night. The 12th-rounder in June has played well for the Dust Devils in his first foray into professional baseball. Overall, the former USC outfielder is hitting .315/.417/.391 with 14 walks and 13 strikeouts in 106 plate appearances. … LHP Cullen Dana has had quite the start to his professional career. Dana, 21, threw four shutout innings for Tri-City, allowing just two hits. In 15 innings, (six starts) Dana has not allowed a run. Over that stretch, he has racked up 16 strikeouts while walking just one batter. The southpaw was drafted in the 30th round last June, out of Seton Hall University. He had Tommy John surgery and missed all of the 2018 season.
AZL Athletics Green 11 AZL Padres-1 7
Key Statistics: DH C.J. Abrams, 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI; CF Hudson Head, 2-for-4, 2B, BB, RBI; SS Bryan Torres, 2-for-5; RF Joshua Mears, 2-for-4, R, BB; 3B Yerry Landinez, 2-for-5, R, 2B, RBI; RHP Frank Lopez, 3.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, K; LHP Sam Ballard (L, 0-1) 0.2 IP, 3 ER, 4 BB, K.
AZL Brewers Gold 8 AZL Padres-2 7
Key Statistics: DH Ethan Skender, 2-for-5, R, RBI; CF Angel Solarte, 2-for-5, 2B, RBI; LF Junior Perez, 2-for-5, 2 R; C Gilberto Vizcarra, 3-for-4, R, RBI; LHP Sam Williams, 3 IP, H, 4 K; RHP Blake Baker (L, 0-1) IP, H, 2 R.
Prospect Watch: There was a lot of offense on a brutally hot night in the desert but both AZL teams lost Friday night. … Someone should tell C.J. Abrams that professional baseball is supposed to be difficult. The 6th overall pick in June had three more hits, extending his hitting streak to an incredible 19 games to start his career. Abrams had two doubles and scored two runs while serving as the designated hitter. Overall, Abrams is hitting .443/.468/.704 in his first 19 games as a pro. … A night after having four hits, catcher Gilberto Vizcarra had three more hits, all singles. The 20-year-old catcher is off to a .417/.500/.500 start. … Hudson Head and Joshua Mears each had multi-hit games Friday night. Head doubled, singled, walked and drove in a pair of runs while Mears singled twice. Head has hit safely in all nine games since debuting in the desert. Mears hasn’t had the same blistering start as Abrams or Head but he is 5-for-13 over his last three games.