Chihuahuas 7 Reno Aces 4
Key Statistics: SS Luis Urías, 1-for-4, HR (19), R, 2 RBI; 3B-1B Ty France, 2-for-4, R, HR (20), RBI; RF Jose Pirela, 1-for-4, HR (18), RBI; 1B Aderlin Rodriguez, 1-for-4, HR (8), R, 2 RBI; LHP Dillon Overton (W, 5-4) 5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 6 K; RHP Steven Wilson, IP, K; LHP Travis Radke, IP, H, BB, 2 K; RHP Eric Yardley (S, 7) IP, H, K.
Prospect Watch: El Paso jumped out to a lead with two runs in the first and won in Reno. With four homers, the Chihuahuas now have 201 homers on the year to lead all of professional baseball. (H/T to Chihuahuas broadcaster Tim Hagerty). … Shortstop Luis Urias returned to the lineup after missing five days with a minor shoulder injury. Urias hit his 19th homer of the season — his only hit in four at-bats. Urias’ power surge has been a positive development this season but he has cooled off after a blistering start.Since June 1st, Urias is hitting .273/.340/.468, which is three percent below league average. … Ty France had a pair of hits and bashed his 20th homer of the season in the Chihuahuas’ win. With the two homers he hit with the big league club, France has 22 home runs which ties the career-high he set a season ago between San Antonio and El Paso. France has cut his strikeout percentage down to 13.3% this season in El Paso, an impressive figure given the amount of power that he has supplied. As of now, France doesn’t have a path to the big leagues but he could be an interesting trade chip as the deadline approaches.
Springfield Cardinals 10 Sod Poodles 9
Key Statistics: LF Taylor Kohlwey, 3-for-5, 3 R, 3B; 3B Ivan Castillo, 3-for-4, R, HR (6), BB, 3 RBI; 2B Hudson Potts, 1-for-4, R, HR (10), RBI; PH Luis Torrens, 1-for-1, R, HR (8), RBI; RHP Ronald Bolaños, 4 IP, 9 H, 8 ER, 3 BB, 6 K; RHP Carlos Belen, 2 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 2 K; RHP Dauris Valdez, 2 IP, 3 K; RHP Evan Miller (L, 1-1) IP, H, ER, BB, K.
Prospect Watch: The Sod Poodles overcame a six-run deficit and tied the game in the eighth inning on a pinch-hit homer by Luis Torrens. However, the good vibes were short-lived, as they allowed the winning run to score in the ninth. … Infielder Ivan Castillo just keeps hitting. The switch hitter had three more hits and finished a triple short of the cycle. Overall, Castillo is hitting a fantastic .344/.372/.526 in 66 games for Amarillo. His batting average leads the circuit and he’s also tied for the league-lead with 22 doubles. … Hudson Potts had just one hit but it left the yard. For Potts, it was his tenth homer of the year. Since being activated from the injured list on July 1st, Potts is hitting .250/.303/.567, with five homers in 65 plate appearances. Potts has struggled to make consistent contact all season but he has punched out just two times in his last 17 plate appearances. … RHP Ronald Bolaños allowed eight earned runs Thursday but he did not factor in the decision. He allowed nine hits and three walks in four innings, striking out six. Bolaños has had a couple of very poor outings with the Sod Poodles which has skewed the progress he has made since his promotion to Double-A. In 42 innings in Double-A, Bolaños has averaged 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings, up significantly from the 9.1 he averaged in Lake Elsinore. Bolaños has seen a significant spike in homers allowed, perhaps due to the more friendly environment in Amarillo. Overall, Bolaños improvement and increased fastball velocity have raised his stock significantly. He is Rule 5 eligible this season and should make a strong case to be added to the 40-man roster in the off-season.
Storm 7 Modesto Nuts 3
Key Statistics: 3B Eguy Rosario, 2-for-5, R, RBI; C Luis Campusano, 2-for-5, R; SS Gabriel Arias, 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B, BB, SB (5); LF Allen Córdoba, 2-for-4, R, BB, 2 RBI, 2 SB (25, 26); RF Jack Suwinski, 3-for-4, 2 R, 2B, RBI; LHP Aaron Leasher (W, 8-5) 7 IP, 4 H, 6 K; RHP Javier Guerra, IP, BB, K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm rode a 13-hit attack to victory at home. … Shortstop Gabriel Arias had three hits, including two doubles. He also stole home as part of a well-executed double-steal. Arias is hitting .364/.417/.473 in July with five extra-base hits. The 19-year-old continues to have issues making consistent contact but his tools have displayed fairly consistently this year. Arias had struck out at least once in nine straight games before ending that streak Thursday night. … Left fielder Allen Córdoba had a pair of singles and drew a walk at the plate in the Storm win. He also stole two bags, giving him 26 on the year. The former big leaguer has five consecutive multi-hit games and his .318 average is second in the league to Storm catcher Luis Campusano. Since the all-star break, Córdoba is hitting a ridiculous .396/.460/.541 in 118 plate appearances. … LHP Aaron Leasher threw seven shutout innings to earn his eighth win of the year. Leasher allowed just four hits and struck out six batters without allowing a walk. The former Morehead State star has quietly been excellent over the last month. Over his last five starts, Leasher has allowed just two runs in 31 innings (0.58 ERA), which includes 19 consecutive scoreless innings over his last three starts.
Roster Moves: The Storm transferred outfielder Tyler Benson to the TinCaps. Benson will replace Grant Little, who was placed on the seven-day injured list with an undisclosed injury. We will look to get more information as it becomes available. Infielder Ruddy Giron was activated from the injured list and sent to Lake Elsinore to take Benson’s roster spot.
TinCaps 12 Peoria Chiefs 11
Key Statistics: DH Ethan Skender, 2-for-5, 3 R, SB (1); RF Agustin Ruiz, 3-for-5, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI; C Blake Hunt, 2-for-4, R, BB, HR (5), 2 RBI; LF Michael Curry, 2-for-3, R, 2 2B, BB, RBI; CF Jawuan Harris, 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR (4, 5), 5 RBI; RHP Sam Keating, 4 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 7 ER, BB, K; RHP Adrian Martinez (W, 3-3) 2 IP, H, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps won the game of the year so far in the Padres’ system. They trailed 11-2 at one point before storming back with a vengeance. Center fielder Jawuan Harris tied the game in the eighth with a grand slam and Ethan Skender stole home to win the game for the TinCaps. … Jawuan Harris had a career night, hitting two homers and driving in a career-high five runs in the Fort Wayne victory. Harris, 22, came into Thursday night with just four hits in his last 30 at-bats. The former football star at Rutgers has shown premium athleticism but he has struggled to make consistent contact. With a game like he had Thursday, it’s easy to dream on the tools he possesses. … Designated hitter Ethan Skender had a pair of singles and as we mentioned, he stole home to cap off the comeback. Skender has been one of the best stories in the system all season. The former 28th-rounder missed the last two-and-a-half seasons with knee injuries that resulted in three different surgical procedures. After a hot start in the Arizona League, Skender is 6-for-16 in four games with the TinCaps.
Dust Devils 5 Everett Aquasox 4 (10 innings)
Key Statistics: SS Jordy Barley, 2-for-5, 2 R; 2B Kelvin Melean, 2-for-3, R, 2 BB; RF Matthew Acosta, 2-for-5, R; 3B Sean Guilbe, 1-for-4, BB; LHP Jason Blanchard, 3 IP, 4 H, ER, 4 K; LHP Ramon Perez, 3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K; RHP Mason Fox, 2 IP, H, 4 K; RHP Deivy Mendez (W, 1-0) IP, 2 BB.
Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils won on a walk-off fielder’s choice in the tenth inning. … Right fielder Matthew Acosta had a pair of hits and scored a run in the Dust Devils’ victory. Acosta had been in a bit of a slump but the former USC center fielder has been the most consistent player in Tri-City this year. Overall, Acosta is hitting .282/.380/.345. … LHP Jason Blanchard started and allowed just one run in three innings of work. Blanchard was the Padres’ ninth-round selection in June, out of Lamar University. The southpaw has pitched well over his last two outings after a rough start. … RHP Mason Fox pitched two scoreless innings Thursday, allowing just one hit while striking out four. Fox, a 21st-rounder last year, has been quite good out of the Dust Devils’ bullpen. In 14.2 innings with Tri-City, Fox has struck out 22 batters and opposing hitters are batting just .154 off of the righty.
Both AZL Padres teams had the night off.