AAA Fresno Grizzlies: 18-5 win over Las Vegas (NYM)
The Grizzlies have scored 77 runs over their last six games, which is good for a per-game average of 12.8 runs. That doesn’t suck.
A big part of that offensive surge (an impressive run scoring bout even for an offensive juggernaut of a team like Fresno, which is chock full of position players who would be starters on several MLB teams) has been the July surge of AJ Reed, who hit a pair of home runs in last night’s contest. In his last ten games, Reed has five home runs (three in his last two games) and has now gotten his wRC+ for the season back over the league average mark.
Jon Kemmer hit a pair of home runs of his own and continues to quietly dominate the PCL in his second season there. Reid Brignac and Preston Tucker each had a home run, and Tucker added a double to his night. New Grizzlies third baseman JD Davis had a double, and Alejandro Garcia and Max Stassi had two-baggers as well.
All told, Fresno banged out 18 hits and drew eight walks on the night. Jacob Dorris had a solid 2 inning outing on the hill, but really, there weren’t any particularly notable pitching performances in this one. Of course, there rarely are in Fresno this year.
AA Corpus Christi Hooks: 5-3 win over Midland (OAK)
First, yes, Kyle Tucker is still out. He’s on the disabled list.
Jack Mayfield (who is also quietly having an interesting season) was involved in each of the first three runs the Hooks scored in this one. First, he hit a solo home run in the first inning - his thirteenth of the season. Then, he was batting while a passed ball allowed the second run to score in the third. He drove in the third run of the game in the eighth to tie the game at three with a sacrifice fly before Dexture McCall and Jason Martin each hit solo home runs to give the Hooks the lead and the win.
Brock Dykxhoorn and Ralph Garza each allowed a run in combining for five solid innings to atart the game, and Yoanys Quiala was brilliant over four relief innings - only allowing an unearned run - to earn the win.
A+ Buies Creek Astros: 8-3 win over Carolina (MIL)
Arguably the most notable event in this game was Yordan Alvarez returning to the lineup after some mild discomfort shelved him for a couple days. He went 0-4 with a walk in the victory.
Myles Straw had a pair of hits (you’re shocked, I know) and Jake Rogers continued punishing the baseball with a pair of hits...but otherwise it was the Anibal Sierra show. The 23 year-old Cuban shortstop slashed 3-4 on the night with a single, a triple, and a home run while driving in five runs.
A- Quad Cities River Bandits: 3-2 loss to Lansing (TOR)
Daz Cameron continued his resurgence with a pair of hits (including a double) while Hawaii-produced 2017 sleeper draft pick Josh Rojas hit his eighth home run in his sixteenth professional game.