Chihuahuas 6 Nashville Sounds 1
Key Statistics: 3B Ty France 4-for-5, 2 R, 2B, RBI; 1B Aderlin Rodriguez 2-for-4, R, 2B, 3 RBI; C Austin Allen 1-for-3, 2 BB, R; LHP Jerry Keel (W, 7-7) 7 IP, 6 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K; RHP Carl Edwards Jr. IP, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: El Paso won again in Nashville and now own a 41-18 record on the road for the year. They maintain a two game lead in the division. … Another day, another four-hit game for Ty France. The Chihuahuas third baseman singled three times and also doubled. France increased his average to a league-leading .396, meaning he could hit .400 with a hot August. France is also leading the PCL with an OPS of 1.240. … LHP Jerry Keel threw seven innings Friday night, matching his season-high. The big lefty allowed just one earned run and six hits to notch his seventh win of 2019. The former ninth-round pick has scuffled this year in the PCL, after putting up respectable numbers last year. Coming into Friday’s start, Keel had allowed 50 earned runs over his last 40 innings (11.25 ERA). During his pro career, Keel has typically been tough against fellow southpaws but in 2019, they are hitting .356 with 10 homers off of him. … RHP Carl Edwards Jr. made his organizational debut and pitched a scoreless frame with a pair of strikeouts. Edwards Jr. struggled in the big leagues with the Cubs this year, but has a track record of success at the game’s highest level. He was acquired on July 31 in exchange for LHP Brad Wieck.
Frisco RoughRiders 5 Sod Poodles 2
Key Statistics: CF Taylor Trammell 1-for-4; LF Buddy Reed 2-for-2, 2B, SF, RBI; SS Owen Miller 1-for-4, R, HR (11), RBI; LHP MacKenzie Gore (L, 2-1) 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 K; RHP Blake Rogers 2 IP, 2 H, BB, K.
Prospect Watch: The Sod Poodles went down to Frisco at home. … Outfielder Buddy Reed had a pair of hits and drove in a run Friday night. Reed, 24, had a strong July, hitting .280/.318/.520. The issue for Reed continues to be his ability to make contact. Despite the good numbers in July, Reed still struck out in a third of his plate appearances. … LHP MacKenzie Gore struggled a bit Friday and took his first Double-A loss. Gore walked a career-high four batters but still pitched into the sixth and only allowed three runs. The 20-year-old hasn’t been sharp in the two starts he has made at HODGETOWN since being promoted, with a lack of fastball command being the main culprit. Gore has a 4.50 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 20 innings with Amarillo. … Taylor Trammell collected his first hit in the Padres organization, but also struck out three times. He struck out more than once just one time in his final 15 games in the Reds system.
Storm 7 Stockton Ports 1
Key Statistics: C Luis Campusano 1-for-3, 2 R, BB, 2B; 3B Eguy Rosario 4-for-4, 2 R, 3B, 2 RBI; 1B Olivier Basabe 2-for-3, R, HR (6), RBI; LHP Aaron Leasher (W, 9-6) 7 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 4 K; RHP Nick Kuzia IP, H.
Prospect Watch: The Storm won their third straight on the road trip to Northern California. They are one game out of first in the season’s second half. … Infielder Eguy Rosario had a four-hit game and drove in a pair of runs in the Storm victory. The 19-year-old infielder had a good July and has been a roughly league-average hitter in 2019. The infielder has some pop but hasn’t fully displayed it in game action. Overall, he is hitting .271/.313/.388 this year. … LHP Aaron Leasher bounced back from a poor start last time out and worked seven innings to notch his ninth victory of the year. Leasher allowed just three hits and struck out four batters. Leasher has been excellent since the all-star break and may be in line to earn a promotion to Amarillo in the near future. In seven outings since the break (six starts), Leasher has a 1.43 ERA in 44 innings. … RHP Nick Kuzia pitched a scoreless eighth inning and allowed a hit. The 23-year-old Kuzia has been excellent with the Storm, flashing a low-90s fastball and a good breaking ball. In 29 innings out of the Storm bullpen, Kuzia has a 0.93 ERA and 32 strikeouts. He signed as an undrafted free agent in 2017.
TinCaps 3 Great Lakes Loons 1 (10 innings)
Key Statistics: 2B Tucupita Marcano 3-for-6, RBI; RF Agustin Ruiz 2-for-2, 2 BB, HBP; RHP Efraín Contreras 5.2 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 5 K; RHP Mason Fox (W, 1-0) 2 IP, 4 K.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps scored a pair in the tenth inning to earn the victory. … Second baseman Tucupita Marcano had three singles and drove in a run in the Fort Wayne victory. Marcano hasn’t shown much power in Fort Wayne this year, but he continues to make solid, consistent contact. The left-handed swinging Marcano has struck out in just 9.7% of his plate appearances for the season. … RHP Efraín Contreras bounced back after back-to-back poor starts and worked into the sixth inning, allowing just one earned run. In his last start, Contreras gave up six earned runs without recording an out. He threw a clean inning out of the bullpen on July 30. Overall, the 19-year-old out of Juarez has 95 strikeouts in 83.2 innings after throwing 68.1 official innings across three levels last year. … Mason Fox worked two perfect innings with four strikeouts out of the pen to pick up the victory. The hard-throwing righty hasn’t given up a run in his first two Midwest League outings after finishing his stay with Tri-City on an 11.2 inning scoreless streak in which he struck out 22.
Dust Devils 4 Vancouver Canadians 1
Key Statistics: SS Jordy Barley, 2-for-5, R, HR (8), 2 RBI; LF Matthew Acosta, 2-for-3, BB, R; RHP Nick Thwaits, 3 IP, 4 H, BB, 3 K; LHP Ramon Perez (W, 2-2) 2 IP, 3 K; Deivy Mendez, 2 IP, H, BB, K.
Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils topped Vancouver to open their brief three-game homestand. … Shortstop Jordy Barley hit his eighth homer of the year and singled Friday night. Barley’s eight homers lead the team and his power has been awfully impressive. Barley’s eight dingers are the most for any Tri-City player since 2010, when the Dust Devils were a Rockies affiliate. Overall, Barley is hitting .266/.317/.474 this season. … RHP Nick Thwaits pitched three shutout innings but labored quite a bit in order to get through them. The 20-year-old threw 74 pitches in his three innings worked. The former 15th-rounder struck out three batters but allowed four hits and a walk. Thwaits has been a little inconsistent at times but his xFIP of 3.74 shows that he has been a little unluckier than his 4.73 ERA would imply.
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