Jeremy Hefner worked seven innings of one-run ball and Anthony Rizzo collected two more extra-base hits as Tucson topped Colorado Springs 6-1.
Rizzo, who went 2-for-4 with a double, homer and three RBIs, is back to terrorizing PCL pitching. In his last five games, he is 13-for-21 with eight extra-base hits, four of which have left the park. If the club does trade Ryan Ludwick, they will face an interesting decision on whether to bring Rizzo back quickly, or defer until after September 1.
Hefner turned in his most complete start of the year, giving up only four hits while striking out six. The lone run he allowed came on a two-out double in the fifth inning, the only extra-base hit he allowed.
Missions no hit by potential teammate
On the same day his name popped up in trade rumors between the Padres and Rangers, righty Joe Wieland faced the minimum and held San Antonio hitless as the RoughRiders topped the Missions 3-0.
Andy Parrino drew a walk to break up the perfect game effort, but was then erased on a strike-em-out, throw-em-out double play. No other Missions hitter reached base.
Jorge Reyes took the loss, but took steps forward in his second start since a stint on the disabled list. Reyes gave up all three runs over six innings, surrendering seven hits. The righty struck out a pair and walked one.
Storm pound Rancho 9-3
Lake Elsinore pushed three runs across in the first inning, then scored in each of the next five frames on their way to an easy victory over the Quakes.
Jonathan Galvez launched a pair of homers as part of a 4-RBI night, reaching double-digits for homers for the second consecutive year. The righty-handed hitter has an 860 OPS overall, with a 326/393/543 line in the season's second half.
Nick Schmidt turned in another solid start, giving up one run over five innings. The 25-year-old lefty scattered eight hits and a pair of walks, but struck out six. In 26 innings since coming back from surgery, Schmidt has a 2.73 ERA with 23 strikeouts.
Fort Wayne snags 2-1 win over Dayton
Rico Noel almost literally stole a run in the sixth inning to put the TinCaps ahead, and then the bullpen kept the Dragons in check to seal the victory.
Noel lined a single to left with one out, then swiped second and third before coming across on a fielding error. Noel's hit was his only of the day. Fellow outfielder Rymer Liriano went 2-for-3 with a walk, a performance that pushed him into the MWL batting average lead at .318.
Kevin Quackenbush earned his second save in as many appearances for the TinCaps, striking out two as part of a perfect inning. Since signing as an eighth-round pick out of South Florida, has given up only one run over 22.2 innings, racking up 37 strikeouts along the way.
Emeralds top Spokane 8-4
Eugene used a balanced, if underwhelming, offense to top the Indians in the middle of a five-game series in Spokane.
Justin Miller, who earned a promotion from Arizona earlier in the week, went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and an RBI. The outfielder, who had the club's only extra-base hits on the night, was a 30th round pick out of Southeastern Oklahoma. In 21 games across two levels, he is hitting .400, with a 1.041 OPS.
As part of innings management, third-rounder Matt Andriese worked a pair of innings in relief, swapping roles with Cody Hebner. Andriese claimed the victory, giving up one run on a triple and groundout. The UC Riverside product has a 1.77 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 35.2 innings.
AZL Padres blank Indians 6-0
Every hitter in the Padres lineup got at least one hit as they cruised to an easy victory behind five pitchers.
Genison Reyes got his first victory – and first scoreless outing – by working two innings of relief. The enormous righty did not allow a hit, walked just one and struck out a pair.