Chihuahuas 11, Fresno Grizzlies 7 (10 innings)
Key Statistics: CF Manuel Margot 2-4, 2 RBI; 2B Carlos Asuaje 2-5, 2B, 2 RS; DH Hector Sanchez 4-6, 2B, 2 HR (2), 2 RS, 4 RBI; C Tony Cruz 4-5; 1B Diego Goris 3-5, 2B, 3 RS
Prospect Watch: Bullpen game for the Chihuahuas as six relievers combined to pitch the ten innings. RHP Adam Cimber got his first start since 2014 with the Storm… CF Manuel Margot played the field for the first time in his rehab, going five innings. He was removed in the bottom of the sixth as 1B Christian Villanueva came into the game at first. That ended up being the eventual difference in the game. After a Diego Goris double in the tenth, El Paso had second and third and no outs. Two outs later Villanueva stepped up to the plate and clubbed a massive home run to straight away center for his ninth of the season. After playing a year in Mexico, this is by far his best season since in All-Star Double-A campaign back in 2013… Hector Sanchez appeared in back to back games for the first time as he tries to prepare himself to rejoin the Padres. He looked incredibly poised at the plate, not just because of the two home runs hit, but his overall approach at the plate, looked like things were clicking into place. While he is on a rehab assignment he will probably be given a few more games to make sure he can catch back- to-back games, hopefully without sustaining another concussion… Ryan Schimpf and Jabari Blash went a combined 0-11 with five strike outs. While Schimpf is the most likely call up for Solarte, he is hitting just .231 in the hitters paradise of El Paso with 16 strike outs in nine games.
Corpus Christi Hooks 6, Missions 1
Key Statistics: RHP Brett Kennedy 6 IP, 4 H, ER, 6 K; 2B Luis Urias 0-2, BB, HBP, RS; CF Auston Bousfield 1-4, SB (5)
Prospect Watch: Tough night on the diamond for the Missions as they managed just four singles. Brett Kennedy continued to be one of the best prospects not on a top 30 list. The 11th round pick from 2015, has walked just two batters in 24 innings in June while striking out 24. Since May 1st, Kennedy has gone 6-2 in 57.2 IP, only allowing 51 H with a 56:8 strikeout to base-on-balls ratio along with a 2.34 ERA… Six months ago RHP Yimmi Brasoban was thought to be one of the most likely players taken in the Rule V draft. He was left unprotected, and as a reliever with an upper 90s fastball seemed like a lock. Due to an injury he wasn’t selected, and he is showing why he will definitely be on the 40-man next year; if not earlier. Tonight, Brasoban effortlessly struck out the side. In three games back- three innings – Brasoban has struck out six without allowing a run. The Padres are pacing him between outings, but if he can show he is healthy there is no reason he shouldn’t be with the Padres by the end of the year.
Cal North All Stars 5, Cal South All Stars 3
Key Statistics: RHP Eric Lauer IP, 2 H, ER, BB; DH Josh Naylor 1-4, 2B, 2 K; RHP Trevor Frank IP, 2 K; RHP Gerardo Reyes IP, H
Prospect Watch: Eric Lauer got the start, and unfortunately looked very hittable. Per Kyle Glaser of Baseball America who was at the game “Lauer was 87-90 FB, 83-85 CH, 75-76 CB. Gave up some hard hit balls but escaped with a double play.” … Josh Naylor’s one hit was a double in the first setting up the South’s first run of the game… RHP Gerardo Reyes took the award for hardest thrower of the night. In an All-Star Game, Reyes was the only one to touch 98 on the gun, sitting 95… Cal Quantrill, Joey Lucchesi and Colby Blueberg did not play.
MWL West All-Stars 5, MWL East All Stars 2
Key Statistics: SS Fernando Tatis Jr 0-1, K; DH Jorge Ona 1-2; LHP Logan Allen 0.1 IP, K
Prospect Watch: Not much to report. Ona got the start as the DH and singled up the middle in his first at bat. Allen looked good in striking out the only batter he faced. Tatis played the final three innings, never fielding a ball at short and striking out in the ninth.
Dust Devils 10, Spokane Indians 0
Key Statistics: RHP Jim McDade 7 IP, 2 H, 10 K; 3B Kevin Melean 2-5, 2 RBI; SS Luis Almanzar 2-5, 2B, RS; RF Luis Asuncion 2-5, 3B, RS, RBI; CF Tre Carter 3-5, 3 RS, 3B, RBI; DH Boomer White 1-2, 3 RS, RBI, 3 BB; C Tucker Pennell 4-5, 2 2B, RS, 4 RBI
Prospect Watch: As has been the case all week with the Dust Devils there is a lot to like. First it should be pointed out that it is not usually this easy. Last year at this time the first seven hitters in the lineup were all hitting under .240 (with four of them hitting below .200). That included Boomer White who was hitting .125 at the time (this year hitting .364). Luis Asuncion was the only hitter last year to have a respectable first week (he had one hit in each of the first 10 games). This season he has started hitting .429/.500/.762. Whatever the Padres’ player development team did in Peoria, it worked, as these guys are ready to play… Six days ago RHP Jim McDade tossed six innings with Fort Wayne allowing just one earned run. He was sent down the next day. In his first start with Tri-City, McDade absolutely dominated. Needing just 74 pitches (59 strikes) to get through seven innings. He gave up a leadoff single, then proceeded to retire the next 12 in a row, before another leadoff hit to start the fifth. Again he retired the next nine batters before being removed. While McDade is 24 it should be mentioned that both he and battery mate Tucker Pennell (who has started his 2017 campaign 6-10 with four walks) were both undrafted signings by the Padres.
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Full box scores for the night are available from MiLB.