Chihuahuas 15 Round Rock Express 12
Key Statistics: RF Travis Jankowski, 2-for-6, R, RBI; LF-2B Rodrigo Orozco, 2-for-5, 2 R, RBI; DH Austin Allen, 2-for-4, 2 R, HR (16), RBI; SS Seth Mejias-Brean, 2-for-5, 2 R, RBI; 3B Jason Vosler, 2-for-4, 2 R, HR (17), 4 RBI; CF Boog Powell, 2-for-5, R, 2 RBI; PH Esteban Quiroz, 1-for-1, HR (19), 4 RBI; RHP Bryan Mitchell, 5 IP, 10 H, 9 ER, 5 BB; RHP Matthew Batten (W, 1-0) IP.
Prospect Watch: It was a game for the ages in El Paso. The Chihuahuas trailed 12-5 going into the ninth inning when they erupted for 10 runs. The winning hit came off of the bat of Esteban Quiroz, who connected on a grand slam to win the game in a walk-off. That homer gave El Paso 232 on the season, which is the PCL modern-era record. To make things more bizarre, position player Matthew Batten ended up getting the win after pitching what was seemingly a mop-up inning in the top of the ninth. The dramatic victory also halted a five-game losing streak for the Chihuahuas. … Austin Allen hit his 16th homer of the year as part of a two-hit night. The slugger has three consecutive multi-hit games and a four-game hitting streak. Overall, Allen is hitting .309/.371/.600. … Third baseman Jason Vosler connected on a homer and drove in four runs in the Chihuahuas victory. The 25-year-old has supplied plenty of power while bouncing around the El Paso infield. Vosler needs three more homers to reach 20 for the third consecutive season. … RHP Bryan Mitchell started and got knocked around. Mitchell completed five innings and allowed nine earned runs on ten hits with five walks. He failed to notch any strikeouts. The former big leaguer has struggled mightily in the PCL this year. In 30.1 innings, Mitchell has given up 41 earned runs, 36 hits and 23 walks for a 12.16 ERA. It remains to be seen how much of a leash the organization will continue to give the struggling right-hander.
Frisco RoughRiders 2 Sod Poodles 1
Key Statistics: SS Ivan Castillo 2-for-4, SB (13); DH Brad Zunica 1-for-3, R, HR (14), RBI, BB; RHP Lake Bachar(L, 7-4) 7.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, ER, 2 BB, 8 K.
Prospect Watch: The Sod Poodles lost their second straight to Frisco on the road. … Brad Zunica connected on his 14th homer of the year to account for the only Sod Poodle run of the evening. The big first baseman has flashed power this year but hasn’t had the big-time home run stroke you’d expect. Overall, his .240/.330/.447 slash-line is 15 points above league-average. … On a night the Sod Poodles rallied to support his father’s long-running battle with cancer, RHP Lake Bachar turned in another strong start for Amarillo. While the lack of offense made him the hard-luck loser, Bachar worked into the eighth inning and allowed just one earned run. During the season’s second half, Bachar has quietly been excellent. In nine appearances (six starts), the 24-year-old righty has pitched to a 1.99 ERA in 54.1 innings. Overall Bachar has 110 strikeouts in 111.1 innings in Double-A.
Storm 4 Inland Empire 66ers 1
Key Statistics: SS Gabriel Arias 2-for-4, R, RBI; 3B Eguy Rosario 1-for-4, RBI; CF Jeisson Rosario 1-for-3, R, HR (2), RBI, BB, SB (18); LHP Aaron Leasher (W, 10-6) 6 IP, 5 H, ER, 3 BB, 2 K; RHP Nick Kuzia IP, H, K; RHP Javier Guerra (S, 1) IP.
Prospect Watch: The Storm won their series opener on the road in San Bernardino. … Shortstop Gabriel Arias scored a pair of runs and drove in one in the Storm victory. The shortstop has been arguably the hottest hitter in the entire system since July 1. During that span, Arias is hitting a blistering .356/.396/.504 slash-line with a much more manageable 18.8% K-rate. Prior to July, Arias was striking out in 29% of his plate appearances. Arias doesn’t turn 20 until next February. … Jeisson Rosario reached base twice and connected on his second homer of the year. Rosario seemingly turned a corner in June but slumped pretty badly in July. If there is a positive, it is that Rosario has continued to draw walks. Since July 1st, Rosario has walked in 20% of his plate appearances. … LHP Aaron Leasher battled some command issues to earn his tenth win of the year. The southpaw threw six innings and allowed just one earned run. Leasher has been lights out since the all-star break. In 50 second-half innings, Leasher has a 1.44 ERA with 49 strikeouts.
Dayton Dragons 6 TinCaps 1
Key Statistics: SS Justin Lopez, 2-for-4, R; C Juan Fernandez 2-for-3, BB; RF Agustin Ruiz 1-for-3, BB; LHP Cullen Dana (L, 2-1) 5 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; RHP Dylan Coleman 2 IP, 2 H, 3 K.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps managed just seven singles in the loss to Dayton. … Shortstop Justin Lopez singled twice and scored a run Friday night. The 19-year-old has swung a hot bat over the last few weeks. He has hit safely in nine of his last ten games. The middle infielder has some pop but his plate discipline and approach need continued refinement. He has made some improvements though; he has gone five straight games without a strikeout. RHP Dylan Coleman made his first appearance in Fort Wayne this year and threw a pair of scoreless innings. Coleman opened the year in Lake Elsinore but was sent back to extended spring training to work on his mechanics. Last year’s fourth-rounder made 13 appearances in the AZL, getting back toward the high-90s velocity he showed last year with much better command. … The TinCaps got some bad news in the short-term as CJ Abrams traveled to San Diego to have his shoulder examined. While the 18-year-old star appears to have gotten good long-term news, he’ll head to the IL for a few weeks just as the TinCaps have been heating up.
Spokane Indians 9 Dust Devils 2
Key Statistics: CF-3B Reinaldo Ilarraza 2-for-5; SS Kelvin Melean 2-for-4; C-RF Logan Driscoll 1-for-3, 2 R, 2B, BB; DH Nick Gatewood 1-for-3, BB; RHP Angel Acevedo (L, 1-5) 1.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, BB, K; LHP Ramon Perez 2.2 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, K.
Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils fell behind early and were blown out in Spokane. … Reinaldo Ilarraza had a pair of hits in the Dust Devils’ loss. The versatile Ilarraza has been an on-base machine in Tri-City this year. He leads the league with 38 walks and has already hit a career-high five homers this year. Overall, the Northwest League All-Star is hitting .221/.380/.338. … Shortstop Kelvin Melean had a pair of singles to extend his hitting streak to six games. Melean has bounced around a bit this season, as Tri-City is the third affiliate he has suited up for. The 20-year-old is hitting .330/.396/.409 in 127 plate appearances on the year. … RHP Angel Acevedo got roughed up Friday night and took the loss. The 20-year-old had some success in Tri-City last year but he has struggled mightily in 2019. Acevedo has allowed 21 earned runs in 21 innings with the Dust Devils after an equally rough stint in Fort Wayne through the first half of the season.
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AZL Padres-1 2 AZL Rangers 1
Key Statistics: RF Tirso Ornelas 2-for-3, R; SS Chris Givin 1-for-4; LF Joshua Mears 1-for-3; RHP Pedro Avila 5 IP, H, BB, 5 K; LHP Jesus Gonzalez (W, 3-3) 4 IP, 4 H, ER, 5 K
AZL Padres-2 6 AZL White Sox 2
Key Statistics: DH Taylor Lomack 2-for-5, R, RBI; RF Junior Perez 1-for-3, R, HR (11), BB, RBI; 3B Vladimir Echavarria 4-for-4, 2 R, 2B, 2 SB (7, 8); LHP Fernando Sanchez 4.2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K; RHP Michell Miliano (W, 2-0) IP, H, ER, 3 BB; RHP Blake Baker (S, 5) 2 IP, 2 H, 3 K
Prospect Watch: Both Arizona League teams found the win column on Friday night. … Outfielder Tirso Ornelas had his second consecutive multi-hit game, as he works to regain his form. The 19-year-old outfielder only has a .498 OPS in 92 plate appearances in the AZL but hopefully, the work he is putting in will get him back on track. … Right fielder Junior Perez slugged his 11th homer of the year and drew a walk. Perez is now second in the AZL in homers and his .988 OPS ranks eighth in the league. Overall, Perez is hitting .299/.384/.604. … Third baseman Vladimir Echavarria had a career-high four hits, including a double. He also stole a pair of bags to give him eight on the year. The 19-year-old signed with the Padres as part of the 2017 international signing class. The Dominican-born infielder has a .418 on-base percentage in the AZL this year. … RHP Pedro Avila made his fourth rehab start and worked five sterling innings, allowing just a bunt single. It seems likely the 22-year-old has made his last appearance in the desert after striking out five batters and walking just one. He could go to Amarillo or even El Paso to help them down the stretch.