All was quiet on the major league front, both on the field and off, as the Padres took the day off, and the front office didn’t make any trades at the deadline. There was plenty of action in the minors, however, as two teams took games into extra innings, and two of the top arms in the system had dominant outings.
Franmil Reyes’ Career Night
The Missions have been slumping as of late, and narrowly avoided a sweep on Sunday night, thanks to a late 2-run home run by Franmil Reyes. Reyes continued his power surge on Monday, going 3 for 4 with a pair of dingers and a whopping seven RBI, leading San Antonio to a 12-0 victory over the Corpus Christi Hooks. Reyes, who earlier in the year slotted in as the Missions cleanup hitter, had been in a slump that caused him to be dropped down to the seventh spot. He seems to be breaking out of his slump.
— San Antonio Missions (@missionsmilb) August 1, 2017
Javier Guerra went 3 for 5 with his second Double-A home run, and the Missions combined for 20 hits. Josh Naylor went 4 for 5, raising his average to .286.
Lost in the shuffle was Brett Kennedy’s gem, as he spun six shutout innings, allowing three hits, three walks, and striking out six. His six K’s boosted him back up above Grand Holmes (Midland RockHounds) for the lead in Texas League strikeouts.
Michel Baez Strikes Out Almost Everybody
Despite a ninth inning rally, the TinCaps held on to win 4-3 against the Dayton Dragons, behind a stellar start by Michel Baez. The 6’8″ Cuban sensation was lifted with two outs in the seventh, and allowed one run on five hits, while allowing no walks and striking out 14. FOURTEEN. It was the most strikeouts ever by a pitcher at Fort Wayne’s Parkview Field, and just one short of LaTroy Hawkins’ record, set in 1993.
Baez now has five starts under his belt in Single-A, and in those 29.2 innings, has allowed three earned runs (all on home runs, surprisingly), walked three, and struck out 47. His 14.3 K/9 and 0.91 ERA are incredibly impressive, as is his ability to pound the strike zone (he threw 100 pitches last night – 77 for strikes) with high velocity.
Second baseman Nate Easley went 2 for 3 with a home run and a walk, and Buddy Reed went 1 for 3 with an RBI triple. Dragons centerfielder Jose Siri was 0-3 against Baez, but was able to extend his Midwest League record 36 game hitting streak against Diomar Lopez in the eighth.
— Justin Prince (@JPrinceWFFT) August 1, 2017
MacKenzie Gore’s Third Appearance
MacKenzie Gore dominated in longest AZL outing to date for #Padres. 4IP, 1H, 0BB, 5K. FB 91-94, used 80 mph changeup more tonight. CB 82.
— Bill Mitchell (@billazbbphotog) August 1, 2017
Well, this tweet pretty much sums it up. Wasn’t able to find any video of Gore’s pitches, but suffice it to say that we should be getting excited about him.
Esteury Ruiz went 1 for 5 on the night with a double and three strikeouts.
Elsewhere Around the Farm
- El Paso fell to the Round Rock Express in extra innings, 7-6. Michael Kelly struggled, allowing five runs in 3.1 innings. After falling behind 5-1, the Chihuahuas clawed their way back, tying it up in the ninth on a Travis Jankowski RBI double. In the eleventh, catcher Tony Cruz hit a go-ahead solo home run, but Christian Bethancourt took the loss, giving up a walkoff double to Will Middlebrooks. Jankowski went 2 for 5 with a walk, while Francy Cordero went 3 for 4 with a triple. Carter Capps threw 1.2 innings, allowing a hit while striking out three.
- The Lake Elsinore Storm also fell in extra innings, losing to the Lancaster JetHawks 2-0 in ten innings. The Storm managed just six hits, all singles, including two by Ruddy Giron. The rehabbing Christian Friedrich threw three shutout innings, allowing three hits and two strikeouts. Gerardo Reyes took the loss, allowing a bases loaded walk and a run scoring wild pitch.
- The Tri-City Dust Devils are at the All-Star break, with the game being held today in Hillsboro, Oregon. Their representatives are outfielder Luis Asuncion and pitchers Emmanuel Ramirez, Jose Galindo, and Henry Henry.
- AZL Padres 2 had an off day.