AAA Fresno Grizzlies: 4-1 win over the Reno Aces
Having several players promoted to the Astros didn't stop the Grizzlies in this one. Starter Mike Hauschild pitched seven innings of one-run ball, and Brendan McCurry and Jandel Gustave nailed down the victory. Gustave was especially impressive taking over the closer's role from James Hoyt by striking out the side in the ninth.
The bottom of the Grizzlies' order did most of the offensive damage, with 7-9 hitters Andrew Aplin, Tyler Heineman and Nolan Fontana chipping in with multiple hits. Aplin cracked a solo home run and scored two runs.
Jon Kemmer also hit a solo homer, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. He added a walk and stolen base on the night.
AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 4-2 win over the San Antonio Missions
Top pitching prospect Francis Martes dominated for the Hooks, striking out 12 batters over six and a third innings. It was the second straight dominant outing for Martes, who has struckout 21 in his last 13 innings.
The Hooks offense did all their scoring in the 2nd inning. It hasn't taken long for center fielder Ramon Laureano to adjust to Double A. His 2-3 night with a run scored, two walks and a stolen base now has him batting .310 since his promotion.
James Ramsay also went 2-3 with a run scored, a double and a stolen base.
High A Lancaster JetHawks: 10-9 loss to the Lake Elsinore Storm
A big night for Yulieski Gurriel overshadows the loss in this one. Batting third and DHing, Gurriel went 3-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. It looks like he's quickly knocking off whatever rust he had from his long layoff away from baseball.
Shorstop Osvaldo Duarte also had a strong offensive night for the JetHawks, going 2-5 with a home run, three RBI, a walk and a stolen base.
Lancaster went up 7-1 after the first three innings. Lake Elsinore tied it in the fifth, and then neither team scored until the 12th inning. Strange game.
JetHawks reliever Ryan Deemes struckout four batters over three innings of work.
Low A Quad Cities River Bandits: 8-2 loss to the Beloit Snappers
Some nights doing this recap I don't find much to write about, and other nights the top prospects make it easy and have big nights. Last night was the latter, with Kyle Tucker adding to the parade of successful performances. He went 2-4 with a home run and two RBI for the River Bandits.
Myles Straw went 2-4 on the night and he's now hitting .363 on the season. Daren Willman from MLB.com posted his spray chart the other day, Straw seems to be a dead pull hitter, at least when he gets it out of the infield. I'm not sure if that makes him more likely or less likely to succeed as he progresses through the system.
— Daren Willman (@darenw) July 29, 2016
SS Tri-City ValleyCats: 3-2 win over the Lowell Spinners
The offensive star for the ValleyCats in this one was second baseman Ryne Birk, who went 3-3 with a double and two runs scored. Shorstop Alexander De Goti went 1-2 with a stolen base and run scored.
Ryan Hartman earned the victory in relief with three and a third impressive innings, allowing a run on two hits but striking out six.
Rookie Greeneville Astros: 6-5 win over the Kingsport Mets
Shortstop prospect Miguelangel Sierra filled up the boxscore going 2-3 with a double, home run and a walk. The 18 year old is more than holding his own at the level, slashing .289/.386/.620 over 31 games.
Devin Raftery struckout the side in the ninth for Greeneville to notch his first save.