Chihuahuas 13 Salt Lake Bees 2
Key Statistics: 3B Seth Mejias-Brean 4-for-5, 3 R, 2B, RBI; C-1B Austin Allen 3-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, HR (17), 3 RBI; DH Jason Vosler 2-for-5, R, HR (18), 3 RBI; RF Michael Gettys 2-for-5, 2 R, HR (29), RBI; 1B-2B Matthew Batten 4-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 3B; SS Peter Van Gansen 1-for-5, HR (4), 3 RBI; LHP Dillon Overton (W, 8-5) 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K; RHP Steven Wilson 2 IP, BB, 4 K.
Prospect Watch: El Paso banged out 19 hits, including four homers in a win in Salt Lake City Thursday night. … Matthew Batten and Seth Mejias-Brean each had four hits for El Paso. Batten, 24, finished a homer shy of the cycle. The former 32nd round pick has seen his playing time dissipate over the last few weeks. Batten, who has played every position on the infield this season, provides value with his versatility and an advanced approach at the plate. Mejias-Brean — like Batten — has been a versatile infielder who can play all over the dirt. The former Mariners farmhand has hit .332/.381/.476 this season. … Catcher Austin Allen had a pair of doubles and connected on his 17th homer of the year. The former fourth-round pick has swung a hot bat in August, hitting .349/.383/.651 with three homers and 13 RBI. … Michael Gettys belted his 29th homer and added a single in the Chihuahuas victory. Gettys is now one homer away from tying Hunter Renfroe‘s single-season franchise record.
Midland RockHounds 16 Sod Poodles 3
Key Statistics: CF Taylor Trammell 1-for-4, R, HR (2); 3B Hudson Potts 1-for-3, R, HR (13), RBI; RHP Pedro Avila (L, 0-2) 1.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; RHP Lake Bachar 3.2 IP, 10 H, 9 ER, 3 BB, 6 K.
Prospect Watch: Amarillo fell behind early and ultimately got blown out at home. … RHP Pedro Avila was activated from the injured list to make his first appearance in Amarillo since April. The big righty pitched into second but labored. Then, as he delivered ball four to walk in a run, Avila fell to the ground writhing in pain and holding his right forearm. While there was no update on his injury postgame, it would be surprising to see him in a game again this year. … Center fielder Taylor Trammell connected on a long homer as part of a 1-for-4 evening. The talented outfielder hasn’t hit much since joining the Padres’ organization but he has flashed the tools that make him one of the best outfield prospects in all of baseball. Through 15 games as a Sod Poodle, Trammell is hitting .167/.262/.278. … Third baseman Hudson Potts connected on his 13th homer Thursday night. The 20-year-old infielder has slumped badly over the last few weeks. In August, Potts is hitting just .149/.245/.404 with 14 strikeouts in 53 plate appearances.
Roster Moves: With slugger Ty France on the way to Philadelphia to rejoin the big league club, infielder Peter Van Gansen was promoted from Amarillo to El Paso. RHP Pedro Avila was also activated from the injured list but seems likely to return to it to give the Sod Poodles another active player. The Padres also officially transferred LHP MacKenzie Gore to the AZL roster, although he won’t pitch there.
Storm 13 Lancaster JetHawks 8
Key Statistics: LF Allen Córdoba 3-for-6, R, 3B, RBI; 2B Xavier Edwards 2-for-6, 2 R, RBI; C Luis Campusano 1-for-5, R, HR (13), RBI; SS Gabriel Arias 3-for-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, BB, SB (8); 2B Eguy Rosario 3-for-4, 3 R, 2B, 3 RBI; RF Tirso Ornelas 3-for-5, R, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI; CF Jeisson Rosario 1-for-4, R, HR (3), RBI, BB; RHP Gabe Mosser (W, 3-0) 5 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 4 ER, BB, 7 K; RHP Elliot Ashbeck 2 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm had 18 hits as they cruised to a series-clinching win in Lancaster. They are two games out of first place, with 17 games to play. … Shortstop Gabriel Arias had three hits, scored three runs and drove in pair for the Storm. The talented shortstop has taken his game to another level, hitting .370/.407/.537 over the last six weeks while showing more patience at the plate. In the field, Arias has tremendous range, great instincts, and a well-above-average throwing arm. … Right fielder Tirso Ornelas had three hits and finished a homer shy of the cycle. It’s been a trying year for Ornelas, who slumped for most of the year before being sent back to the Arizona League to work on his swing. Since returning to the Storm, Ornelas is 7-for-13, with a double, triple, two walks, and – most importantly – zero strikeouts. Even though his return was nicely timed with a visit to hitter-friendly Lancaster, the consistent contact is a positive sign. … RHP Gabe Mosser earned his third win of the year, gutting out five innings. While Mosser allowed seven runs, only four were earned. He avoided hurting himself, walking just one and struck out seven. The 23-year-old righty has been racked up 24 strikeouts over 16.2 innings in his last four outings, but he’s found a little too much of the plate. Last year’s 27th-round pick has surrendered 21 hits, including three homers, in that stretch.
TinCaps 12 Lansing Lugnuts 4
Key Statistics: 2B Tucupita Marcano 1-for-4, R, BB, 2 RBI; C Blake Hunt 3-for-5, R, 3B, RBI; SS Justin Lopez 1-for-5, 2 R, HR (11), 3 RBI; 3B Ethan Skender 2-for-5, 2 RBI; LF Tyler Benson 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B, RBI; RHP Efraín Contreras (W, 5-5) 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 3 K; RHP Henry Henry 3 IP, H, BB, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps won big on the road in Lansing. … Catcher Blake Hunt had three hits, including a triple and drove in a run in the Fort Wayne victory. Hunt has slumped a bit in August but overall the catcher has enjoyed a productive season. The backstop has a 10% walk rate and has produced a 105 wRC+. … Ethan Skender had a pair of hits and drove in two runs to extend his hitting streak to five games Thursday night. The third baseman pushed his line to .330/.387/.443 in 103 plate appearances since being promoted to Fort Wayne. We profiled the 22-year-old’s remarkable journey last week. … RHP Efraín Contreras picked up his fifth win with another solid start. The 19-year-old pitched five innings and allowed five hits and a pair of earned runs. After a rough July, Contreras has thrown the ball well in August. In 15.2 innings this month, Contreras has a 2.30 ERA with 16 strikeouts.
Dust Devils 9 Everett Aquasox 5
Key Statistics: SS Jordy Barley 2-for-5, 2 R; 2B Reinaldo Ilarraza 3-for-5, 2 R, HR (6), 4 RBI; DH Nick Gatewood 1-for-4, R, HR (3), 2 RBI; LF Jack Stronach 2-for-3, R, BB; RHP Angel Acevedo 5.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, BB, 5 K; LHP Dan Dallas 2 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 K; RHP Tom Colletti (W, 3-4) 1.1 IP, H, 3 K.
Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils won in Everett Thursday night and moved back into a tie atop the division for the second half. … Second baseman Reinaldo Ilarraza had three hits and belted his sixth homer of the year. The 20-year-old is enjoying his best professional season after a rough couple of years. Ilarraza has reached a career-high in homers and has shown a keen eye at the plate. Overall, Illarraza is hitting .235/.376/.371 with Tri-City. … Outfielder Jack Stronach had a pair of singles and drew a walk in Thursday’s win. The former UCLA star has picked up his production recently after a very rough start. Over his last 10 games, Stronach is 10-for-28 with four doubles and a homer. He attended Helix High in La Mesa. … RHP Tom Colletti recorded the final four outs to pick up his third win. The 24-year-old has seen time with three affiliates but has seen the most action in Tri-City. The former undrafted free agent has struck out 41 hitters in 27.1 innings, to go with a 1.98 ERA.
AZL Padres-1 3 AZL White Sox 2
Key Statistics: CF Hudson Head 2-for-5, 2B; 3B Yerry Landinez 2-for-4, R, RBI, 2B; DH Brandon Valenzuela 2-for-3, BB; RHP Jesus Gonzalez 5 IP, 3 H, ER, 5 K; LHP Dylan Hoffman IP; RHP Seth Mayberry (W, 3-1) 2 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 2 K; RHP Martin Carrasco (S, 2) IP, H, 3 K.
AZL Reds 12 AZL Padres-2 0
Key Statistics: DH Luis Almanzar 1-for-2, 3 BB; CF Angel Solarte 1-for-3, BB; RHP Mark Zimmerman IP, H, 2 BB, K; RHP Duilio Ochoa, IP, 2 H, ER, K; RHP Michell Miliano IP, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The AZL teams split a pair in the desert Thursday night. … RHP Mark Zimmerman made his first appearance since 2017 and pitched a scoreless inning. A 33rd-rounder back in 2016, the righty is working his way back from Tommy John surgery. The 25-year-old pitched 55.1 innings in 2017 between Tri-City and Fort Wayne. … Fellow Tommy John patient Duilio Ochoa also made it back into action for the first time since the end of the 2017 campaign. The righty from Culiacan, Mexico, signed as an 18-year-old late in the 2016 signing period. … Outfielder Hudson Head doubled and singled for the AZL Padres-1 in their win. Head has hit safely in each of his last four games and eight of his last 10. Head has made consistent contact all year and is one of the most exciting players that the Padres have seen in the desert in 2019. … RHP Martin Carrasco struck out the side in the ninth inning to pick up the save. The 19-year-old righty has been dominant out of the bullpen in 2019. The Tijuana native has struck out 33 batters and walked just two in 19.1 innings.