Tucson 2, 5 Colorado Springs 3, 4
Key Stats: 3B Gyorko 3-7, 2B, 2BB; SS Parrino 3-7, 2B, 3B, 2BB; RHP Weber 6IP, 7H, 4ER, 6K, 1BB; RHP Hynes 6IP, 6H, 2ER, 6K, 1BB
Colorado Springs and the T-Padres split a pair of extra inning contests in Tucson as the clubs made of a game delayed from Thursday night when the Sky Sox team flight was left stranded in Las Vegas for 12 hours.
Jedd Gyorko, fresh off a huge week, reached base five times in nine plate appearances, including a walk-off single in the nightcap. Playing third base in both games, the team’s top offensive prospect went 3-for-7 with a pair of walks. Andy Parrino had the same line across the two games, adding a double and triple. The utility infielder is now hitting 332/412/472 in Triple-A and will likely rejoin the big league club in September.
Righty Thad Weber made his system debut for the Padres in the second contest. The 27-year-old was claimed on waivers from Detroit earlier in the week. While he gave up four runs over six innings, he also struck out six.
San Antonio 4 Frisco 0
Key Stats: RHP Sampson 7IP, 4H, 6K, 1BB; 3B Rincon 3-4, E (21); C Solis 2-4, 2B
Keyvius Sampson continued his strong second half for the Missions, working seven scoreless innings to lead the club to a series split with the RoughRiders. The 21-year-old righty yielded four singles while striking out six against only one walk. Since the All-Star break, Sampson owns a 3.35 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 45.2 innings.
Third baseman had three singles in the game, his fifth multi-hit contest of the week. Jonathan Galvez started his second consecutive game in left field, going 0-for-4.
Lancaster 9 Lake Elsinore 4
Key Stats: 3B McElroy 2-3, HBP; CF Noel 2-4, CS (21)
Elsinore committed five errors which led to five unearned runs as they opened a four-game set in Lancaster with their fifth consecutive loss.
Starter Matt Branham took the loss, despite giving up only two earned runs over 6.2 innings. The 24-year-old righty struck out nine against three walks, but was tagged with three unearned runs as well. Since moving to the rotation, the 2010 draftee owns a 4.02 ERA.
Casey McElroy pushed his on-base percentage back over .400 in the Cal League as he went 2-for-3 and got hit by a pitch. The left-handed batter is 7-for-11 with two walks on the road trip through the desert.
West Michigan 5 Fort Wayne 4
Key Stats: RHP Wisler 6IP, 1H, 0R, 6K, 1BB; CF Jankowski 3-4, BB, SB; RF Asencio 2-5
The TinCaps bullpen couldn’t hold a 4-0 lead they were handed after Matt Wisler’s latest strong outing as Dennis O’Grady and James Jones yielded five runs in the seventh inning.
Wisler gave up just one single in six innings and struck out six as he continued a stellar August. The 19-year-old has worked 17.2 innings in four appearances this month, putting only 14 men on base and striking out 20 on his way to a 1.02 ERA. With the late surge, he now leads the Midwest League with a 2.45 ERA and has moved into the top 10 with 108 strikeouts.
Travis Jankowski extended his hitting streak to eight with a 3-for-4 night. Even with his recent surge, the supplemental round pick has had a slow adjustment to pro ball. He is now hitting .246/.284/.340 for the TinCaps, adding 14 stolen bases.
Tri-City 5 Eugene 4
Key Stats: SS Carmon 2-4, R, SB, E; RHP Guerrero 4IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, 4K, 2BB
A well-executed suicide squeeze in the seventh inning gave the Dust Devils a 5-4 win over Eugene Friday night.
Starter Tayron Guerrero’s jagged path from impressive raw ability to consistent skillfulness continued as the tall righty had another mixed performance. Over four innings, he gave up just one hit and struck out four, but walked two and tossed four wild pitches. After a dreadful 24-41 strikeout-to-walk ratio in Arizona last year, the 21-year-old Colombian has struck out 15 against nine walks in 21.1 innings this year.
Shortstop Stephen Carmon kept up his strong August, going 2-for-4 to push his average for the month to .341. The undersized middle infielder has walked and struck out 20 times each in 160 plate appearances.
AZL Rangers 4 Padres 0
Key Stats: RHP Wilkes 5IP, 3H, 1ER, 4K, 2BB
The Padres managed only four singles as they were shut out by the Rangers. Starter Chris Wilkes worked five solid innings as he gave up only one run on three hits while striking out four. Coming back from a series of arm injuries, the 22-year-old righty has taken two steps backward this year as he struggles to find his command.