Cody Decker-Mandatory Credit: MiLB.com
It was another tough day for the organization minor league affiliates, with more than a couple bullpen meltdowns and going 2-5 as a whole. Hunter Renfroe and Cody Decker both stayed hot and both smashed another dinger.
The El Paso Chihuahuas split a doubleheader with the Albuquerque Isotopes, losing the first game 7-6 and winning the second 8-7
Game One: It was quite the heartbreaker, as the Chihuahuas gave up a two run lead in the ninth inning thanks to a bases loaded, walk-off double. On the positives, SS Tyler Greene went 3-4 with two doubles and 1B Cody Decker collected his 13th homer on the year. Top prospect Matt Wisler only went 0.2 ineffective innings, allowing two runs on a homerun.
Game Two: It was more favorable for the Chihuahuas, winning this time and holding on. 2B Jace Peterson went 3-4 with two doubles and a triple, and RF Jeff Francoeur was perfect by collecting four hits in four at-bats. Decker showed off his versatility, by playing both catcher and first base in the win. Jerry Sullivan preserved the one run lead for his second save on the year, although he allowed two baserunners and nearly blew it.
Today, they will host the Salt Lake Bees and Anthony Lerew (1-4, 7.04) and the El Paso starter is still TBA.
The San Antonio Missions were walked off 7-6 by the Midland Rockhounds. The Missions blew a 3-1 lead and a late rally to fall to the Rockhounds. 2B Cory Spangenberg has started to cool off, as he went 0-5 on the day.LF Hunter Renfroe came through big, smashing a homer and driving in four runs. RF Yesion Ascensio totalled four hits in four trips, with three being doubles. Starter James Needy was tough to watch, pitching just four innings and allowing eight hits and four runs. Frank Garces gave up the walk off run with two outs in the ninth.
Today features the same teams, with Bryce Morrow (1-2, 1.41) going for the Missions and Nate Long (8-4, 3.24) taking the hill for the Rockhounds.
Class A Advanced
The Lake Elsinore Storm destroyed the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 7-3
The bats came out in force in this matchup, highlighted by a grand slam by DH Gabriel Quintana (14) in the third inning. 3B Benji Gonzalez collected two hits on the day, including a double and scoring twice. Starter Bryan Rodriguez pitched seven strong innings and picking up seven strikeouts. Once the Storm started hitting, that game was all but over.
The Storm and Zach Eflin (7-5, 3.75) will face off against the High Desert Mavericks and Dylan Unsworth (5-8, 6.94).
Single A Low
The Fort Wayne Tincaps were demolished 8-1 by the Great Lakes Loons.
This was a game that started slow, but once things got rolling for the Loons it was pretty much decided. Jimmy Brasobran was decent his first time through the order, but fell apart after allowing six earned runs. His control failed him, as he only allowed four hits but walked as many batters. 2B Reynaldo Bruguera went 2-4 and brought his nine game batting average up to .364 in Low-A. The only run came off an RBI single by RF Franmil Reyes in the third inning. The offense was purely shut down afterwards, letting opposing pitcher Victor Arrano collect his fourth win on the year. Today the crowd will be treated to post game fireworks, although both teams hope the in game results are less explosive.
The Tincaps will send out Cody Hebner (0-0, 3.00) against Sean Furney (4-4, 4.68) of the South Bend Silver Hawks.
The Eugene Emeralds were edged out by the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 6-5.
Another level, another bullpen failure. Nursing a 3-2 lead going into the bottom of the sixth, reliever Cody Bostjanic fell apart and allowed four runs to cross the plate. A late, two run rally couldn’t overcome the outburst by the home Volcanoes. SS Trea Turner followed up his first pro homer game with a hit in four appearances, raising that average to .207 now. DH Franchy Cordero stayed hot, also racking up a hit plus an RBI. 1B Marcus Davis hit two doubles to bring his 25 game batting average up to .325, and his OPS to 1.102 now. Today the Emeralds are back at home, hosting the Boise Hawks.
The Emeralds will go with Michael Kelly (2-3, 5.24) and the Hawks will send out Joshua Conway (0-0, 1.54).
Dominican Summer League
The DSL Padres lost 5-4 thanks to a blown save against the DSL White Sox.
Taking a lead into the later innings seems to be trouble with the organization. Going into the ninth up 4-3, Angel Mejia gave up three hits and let two runs cross the plate to lose the game (to be fair, one was unearned). Ernesta Moyes had a decent start, allowing three runs in six solid innings of work. Despite scoring four runs, the team was not pounding any pitcher as they only collected six hits as a whole. What really did the DSL White Sox early was lack of control, as five batters ended up reaching base thanks to too many balls.
Arizona Summer League
The AZL Padres fell 11-7 to the AZL Indians
Despite the close result, the Padres were never in this game. The only reason it even looks like a game is because of a five run outburst in the eighth against a bullpen in mop-up mode. LF Jhonatan Pena went 3-4 with a run and RBI. Starter Starling Ynfante was terrible, going only three innings and allowing five runs.