For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Missions 5 – Tulsa Drillers 3
Key Statistics CF Travis Jankowski 3-5, RS, SB (1); 2B Cory Spangenberg 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, SB (1); 1B Lee Orr 2-4, HR (2), RBI; RHP Matt Wisler 5 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 7 K, RHP Jesse Hahn 2.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, BB, 3 K (H, 1) .
Prospect Watch: After being hammered by Cleveland at USD, Matt Wisler struggled in his first start. The nerves/rust were still apparent when the first batter of the game ripped a Wisler fastball for an easy double. Luckily, Wisler was able to escape the jam thanks in part to centerfielder Travis Jankowski snagging a line drive. That defensive play might have been the difference as Wilser settled down, and at one point struck out five in a row.
Storm 11 - Lancaster Jethawks 9
Prospect Watch: Before the game started, Joe Ross knew that it would be a tough challenge tonight. Ross is not a groundball pitcher, and was about to pitch in a ballpark that has consistently ranked as one of the top HR/game in the minors. Add in the fact that brother Tyson struggled today in Cleveland and it didn't look like a good night for the Ross clan. However by nine o'clock, Ross left the mound with a 10-0 lead. If the stats were not impressive enough, he was completely masterful locating the ball to all sides of the plate. He still gave up fly balls, but nothing was hit square. It didn't matter where he was pitching nothing was going out… Nearly 19 months after his last hit, second baseman Casey McElroy finally got his first hit, ripping an RBI single right back up the middle.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
TinCaps 3 – Kane County Cougars 4 (12 innings)
Prospect Watch: The prospect receiving arguably the most hype over the offseason was Walker Lockett, who missed most of last year battling injuries. Lockett did not disappoint. Despite surrendering three runs early due to some really bad defense from the left side of the infield, Lockett managed to keep his composure battle out of the inning, and eventually settle down retiring 10 of the final 11 batters he faced. Lockett kept the ball low in the zone, and had the Cougar hitters constantly off balance hitting weak grounder after weak grounder… The final three relievers for the TinCaps, righthanders Erik Cabrera, Genison Reyes, and Nick Muntz combined for five innings, one hit, two walks, and ten strikeouts!... We knew this team will have growing pains, but they were seen vividly tonight as five TinCap errors led to all four Cougar runs. SS Franchy Cordero is just 1-21, with 13 strikeouts, and four errors in just five games. He went 0-5 at the plate tonight and his first inning error led to two first inning runs. If that wasn't enough with the bases loaded in the 12th, Cordero fielded a grounder, and threw wide of the plate allowing the game winning run to score. He is still an incredibly talented player, and we knew he would have growing pains. It is just tough to see…and write.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.