Texas League North (Affiliate, Record, Last Week’s Record)

Arkansas Travelers (Los Angeles Angels), 21-19 (3-4)

Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Kansas City Royals), 21-19 (4-3)

*Springfield Cardinals (St. Louis Cardinals), 19-21 (6-1)

Tulsa Drillers (Los Angeles Dodgers), 18-22 (1-6)

Texas League South (Affiliate, First-Half Record)

Midland RockHounds (Oakland A’s), 27-13 (5-2)

*Corpus Christi Hooks (Houston Astros), 19-21 (4-3)

San Antonio Missions (San Diego Padres), 19-21 (2-5)

Frisco RoughRiders (Texas Rangers), 16-24 (3-4)

*First Half Champion

Leading Off, San Antonio Missions

Thursday, August 4th: 2-3 L vs. Frisco

Speedy lead-off man Franchy Cordero had another good week, continuing to build quite the impressive Double-A résumé. Reliever Walter Lockett pitched six (yes, six!) innings out of the pen, striking out five and allowing just two hits.

Friday, August 5th: 3-0 W vs. Frisco

First baseman Trea Santos hit his first Double-A home run and Luis Tejada, playing left field in this one, stole his second base. River Stevens collected two hits and his 24th RBI. Kyle Lloydworked for his sixth win and Yimi Brasoban had his third save. Lloyd gave up just three hits.

Saturday, August 6th: 1-0 W vs. Frisco

Stevens had two more hits in a pitcher’s duel won by Seth Simmons (6 IP, 7 K) and finished byJose Torres, who got the win with three innings of shutdown ball.

Sunday, August 7th: 7-6 W vs. Frisco (11)

Franchy had three RBI while fellow zippy teammate Nelson Ward stole his 26th base to go along with three runs scored and two walks. Tejada had deuces wild in hits, runs and RBIs. Brad Wieck struck out for in two innings.

Monday, August 8th: Off

Tuesday, August 9th: 4-0 W vs. Arkansas

Ryan Miller got the half day off and homered (4). Dinelson Lamet continued the Missions’ strong pitching with six scoreless innings, striking out seven with just three hits surrendered.Trey Wingenter picked up a nine out save.

Wednesday, August 10th: 2-1 W vs. Arkansas

Cordero stole his ninth base, Gabby Quintana drove in his 56th and 57th runs. Walker Lockett got another positive decision in a lengthy bullpen appearance of four innings.

Batting Second, Midland RockHounds

Thursday, August 4th: 7-1 W vs. Corpus Christi

J.P. Sportman kept a great 2016 going. He went 2-for-4 with a double, run, two RBIs (43) and a stolen base, his 13th. Joel Seddon earned the win with six strong innings and the Hounds win was capped off by two scoreless innings from Andres Avila.

Friday, August 5th: 2-3 L vs. Corpus Christi (11)

Tyler Marincov racked up four hits (4th in TXL in batting average), Franklin Barreto and Matt Chapman had two but Midland fell in 11.

Saturday, August 6th: 7-2 W vs. Corpus Christi

The elite power of Chapman was on full display. He hit homers 25 and 26 and put up six RBIs. He also tripled and continues to lead the Texas League in home runs and RBIs.

Sunday, August 7th: 1-3 L vs. Corpus Christi

Catcher Andy Paz went 2-for-3 with a double and Daniel Gossett valiantly struck out eight batters in 6.1 innings.

Monday, August 8th: Off

Tuesday, August 9th: 7-6 W @ Tulsa (10)

Barreto stole his 25th base (4th in the league) and had two hits. Chapman brought in two more runners. Beau Taylor had three hits and Sam Bragg picked up his first save of 2016.

Wednesday, August 10th: 3-1 W @ Tulsa

Matt Chapman, everybody. His second multi- home run game of the week to give him 28. Taylor had three hits for the consecutive game. Joel Seddon earned the win and Kyle Finnegan got save number four.

In the Hole, Springfield Cardinals

Thursday, August 4th: 3-2 W @ Arkansas (10)

Paul DeJong and Blake Drake had three hits. Shortstop Juan Herrera walked twice, had two hits and stole his second bag. Deck McGuire struck out eight in seven innings without allowing an earned run (one total). Ronnie Shaban struck out two for his 10th save.

Friday, August 5th: 6-3 W @ Arkansas

First baseman Luke Voit is second in the Texas League in batting average (.289). In this one he was 2-for-3 with a pair of walks, doubles (14) and RBIs (57). Corey Baker struck out seven in five innings, surrendering just two baserunners.

Saturday, August 6th: 4-5 L @ Arkansas

Voit tripled on Saturday and drove in two more. Justin Wright threw three spotless innings in relief.

Sunday, August 7th: Rain

Monday, August 8th: Off

Tuesday, August 9th: 16-4 W vs. Frisco

Drake did as Midland’s Matt Chapman did and had a huge six RBI day. He hit his 14th home run and had three hits, as did Nick MartiniBruce Caldwell homered as well, his ninth. In his AA debut, Vaughn Bryan had two hits and two runs scored. He’s played at three levels this year, starting the season at Low-A.

Wednesday, August 10th: 1-8 L vs. Frisco

DeJong moved from his usual third base to shortstop and wasn’t slowed down. He earned two walks and stole his third base. Martini doubled twice, catcher Jesse Jenner had two hits and despite the lopsided loss, Chris Perry pitched two scoreless innings of relief.

Batting Cleanup, Northwest Arkansas Naturals

Thursday, August 4th: 3-5 L vs. Tulsa

Three hits for left fielder Carlos Garcia, including his seventh double. Terrance Gore stole his Texas League-leading 34th base.

Friday, August 5th: 2-10 L vs. Tulsa

Frank Schwindel hit his 18th home run. He’s third in the league in long balls. Garcia hit his eighth double and stole his eighth base.

Saturday, August 6th: 7-5 W vs. Tulsa

Schwindel walked three times, scored twice and Terrance Gore stole again for number 35. Ryan O’Hearn and Corey Toups got in on the fun, stealing their third and 13th bases respectively.Josh Staumont struck out eight, in five innings for the win and Mark Peterson recorded his seventh save.

Sunday, August 7th: 2-1 W vs. Tulsa

Schwindel (19) and O’Hearn (10) went deep. Aroni Nina earned a bullpen win and Daniel Stumpf notched his first save for the Nats.

Monday, August 8th: Off

Tuesday, August 9th: 4-1 W @ Corpus Christi

The third home run of the week for Schwindel gives him an even 20. Toups walked three times and doubled when he didn’t reach on a free pass. Yender Ceramo allowed one run in six innings for his third win. Mark Peterson got the save, his eighth overall and second in three games.

Wednesday, August 10th: 4-5 L @ Corpus Christi

Right fielder Alfredo Escalera had three hits, O’Hearn and shortstop Jack Lopez had two.Miguel Almonte contributed two perfect innings out of the bullpen.

Hitting 5th, Corpus Christi Hooks

Thursday, August 4th: 1-7 L @ Midland

Vanderbilt grad Conrad Gregor went 2-for-4 with his 16th double.

Friday, August 5th: 3-2 W @ Midland (11)

Ramon Laureano went deep for his second of the season. The versatile Mott Hyde had three hits and his 20th RBI. Cy Sneed allowed an unearned run in in six innings. Kevin Comer‘s two scoreless innings preceded Eric Peterson‘s second save.

Saturday, August 6th: 2-7 L @ Midland

Laureano was back at it with two doubles, his sixth and seventh. Fellow outfielder James Ramsey also had two hits as well as a walk.

Sunday, August 7th: 3-1 W @ Midland

Chase McDonald used his half day off well to the tune of 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs (44). Houston’s top pitching prospect Francis Martes dominated yet again with seven innings, one run allowed with just four hits, a walk and seven strikeouts. He picked up his eighth win.Jacob Dorris got his first save in six outs.

Monday, August 8th: Off

Tuesday, August 9th: 1-4 L vs. Northwest Arkansas

Nick Tanielu and J.D. Davis had two hits. Gregor walked twice and doubled. Transitioned reliever Kyle Smith used a starter’s stamina to twirl three perfect innings.

Wednesday, August 10th: 5-4 W vs. Northwest Arkansas

Mott Hyde had three RBIs, Alejandro Garcia had three hits. Comer provided nice relief yet again (2.1 scoreless) and Ryan Thompson earned save #2.

Due Up 6th, Tulsa Drillers

Thursday, August 4th: 5-3 W @ NWA

The Dodgers top position player prospect, Cody Bellinger, hit home run #15. Edwin Rios hit his second Double-A dinger. Scott Barlow struck out seven batters in five frames for his fourth win.Joe Broussard tallied his third save.

Friday, August 5th: 10-2 W @ NWA

Like San Antonio’s Franchy Cordero, the speedy Tim Locastro has given the Drillers a midseason addition of a dynamic leadoff man. He went 4-for-5 with two stolen bases (6, 7). All-Star Willie Calhoun hit his 23rd home run. He trails only Matt Chapman, nothing to hang your head about (see above). Right fielder Joey Curletta hit two of his own over the fence in his seventh Double-A game. They were his first two at level and he also raked in five RBIs.

Saturday, August 6th: 5-7 L @ NWA

Edwin Rios hit his third home run of the season, his second of the week and drove in three Driller teammates. Calhoun picked up his 72nd RBI, a category he is also second to Chapman in.Jacob Scavuzzo doubled twice.

Sunday, August 7th: 1-2 L @ NWA

Bellinger went 2-for-4 with his 14th double while Issac Anderson pitched strong in defeat. He went five, allowed four hits and a run with six strikeouts.

Monday, August 8th: Off

Tuesday, August 9th: 6-7 L vs. Midland (10)

A great week went on with home run 16 for Bellinger. Joey Tarsovich pinch ran and immediately stole a base (6). Kyle Garlick had two hits and an RBIs.

Wednesday, August 10th: 1-3 L vs. Midland

Moving to center field didn’t hinder Bellinger at all, he had two hits. Andrew Sopko pitched a quality start with no walks.

7th, Frisco RoughRiders

Thursday, August 4th: 3-2 W @ San Antonio

Utility man Isiah Kiner-Falefa played third and scored twice as well as walking twice. Andy Ibanez stole two bases (4, 5) and also drove in two (14, 15). Jack Snodgrass began what would be a great first week in Double-A with a win. He walked one and had seven strikeouts in six innings. He allowed just two hits. Joe Filomeno notched his first save.

Friday, August 5th: 0-3 L @ San Antonio

First baseman Edwin Garcia stole his second base to go with his first AA double. Reed Garrettreturned to Frisco (from High-A High Desert) with a vengeance. He struck out seven in six and allowed just two hits. If that sounds familiar, Snodgrass had the same results a night earlier.

Saturday, August 6th: 0-1 L @ San Antonio

Cuban Alexeis Bell had two hits. Ariel Jurado pitched very strong (5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 6 K, 1 BB) in a losing cause.

Sunday, August 7th: 6-7 L @ San Antonio (11)

Eduard Pinto had his first of two four-hit games on the week. He scored three times and collected his first double and RBI. Recent acquisition Carson Blair DH’d and homered (4) with two walks. Garcia had three hits and a walk. Filomeno added two more spotless innings.

Monday, August 8th: Off

Tuesday, August 9th: 4-16 L @ Springfield

Joe Jackson got the half day off and singled twice. Bell drove in two for his fourth and fifth RBIs.David Perez had a second straight good outing, tossing two scoreless innings with three punch outs.

Wednesday, August 10th: 8-1 W @ Springfield

The second four-hit contest for Pinto, who was joined in a 4-for-5 game by Luis Marte. Jackson moved to center and hit his fourth homer. Kellin Deglan hit his seventh. Snodgrass was excellent again as he hurled six innings of one-run ball with five strikeouts to pick up his second win of the week.

And 8th, Arkansas Travelers

Thursday, August 4th: 2-3 L vs. Springfield (10)

Versatile Anthony Phillips was deployed at shortstop and collected two hits. Chris O’Gradystarted and allowed just a run in seven innings.

Friday, August 5th: 3-6 L vs. Springfield

Alex Yarbrough went 3-for-4 with his 43rd RBI and Sean Coyle walked twice. The Paredes brothers (Eduardo and Edward) notched scoreless innings.

Saturday, August 6th: 5-4 W vs. Springfield

Coyle went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs. Phillips and Andrew Daniel also had two hits.

Sunday, August 7th: Rain

Monday, August 8th: Off

Tuesday, August 9th: 0-4 L @ San Antonio

Unfortunately, nothing of note.

Wednesday, August 10th: 1-2 L @ San Antonio

Daniel and Jabari Henry had a couple of hits. All-Star Jordan Kipper went six strong allowing a run with a 3:0 K:BB ratio. Kevin Grendell struck out three in two scoreless innings out of the Travelers bullpen.

Next Week: August 11-August 17

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