Prospect Watch: James Needy spotted Vegas a four-run lead before he’d retired a batter and five overall in the first inning, but he fought back with four scoreless innings to give his offense enough time to come back for a big victory. Through six starts in Triple-A, the big righty owns a 7.22 ERA with an uninspiring 18:10 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 28.2 innings. After a slow April and early May last year, Needy went on a serious run over 10 starts through the end of June. He could use a repeat performance this year. … First baseman Cody Decker had two homers and six RBIs before the second inning was over, ultimately finishing the night with four hits. After a so-so April, he’s got a 1153 OPS through 24 at-bats so far in May. … Rymer Liriano is really enjoying himself in the leadoff spot. In 11 games on top of the lineup, he’s sporting a .326 average and has eight extra-base hits, including all three of his homers.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Missions 12 – Frisco RoughRiders 2
Key Statistics: CF Travis Jankowski 2-for-5, BB, 2R, BB; SS Trea Turner 4-for-6, 2B, HR (3), 3R, 4RBI; RF Hunter Renfroe 3-for-5, 2B, HR (2), 2R, 3RBI; RHP Bryan Rodriguez 6.1IP, 5H, 2ER, 6K, 2BB; RHP Tayron Guerrero 2IP, 0H, 0R, 3K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: A nice night for the Missions, who plated a run to claim a victory in the game that was suspended last night, and then came back and pounded on Frisco for a rare laugher in the scheduled contest. The three first-rounders on the Missions roster each contributed big-time as they combined for a 9-for-16 night with Turner and Renfroe both collecting a double and homer. Renfroe has hit in six of seven and has dramatically reduced his strikeout rate over the last week-plus. … For the first time this year, reliever Tayron Guerrero worked two full innings of relief, finishing off the victory with a scoreless effort. With three strikeouts on the night, he has 12 – against seven walks - in 11 frames this season.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.
Lancaster Jethawks 7 – Storm 6
Prospect Watch: Closer Eric Yardley had given up only one run through his first 10 games, but the 24-year-old righty, an undrafted free agent out of Seattle University last year, was tagged for a two-run homer in his first blown save. The JetHawks came back with one more run in the 10th against Genison Reyes to deny the Storm a victory. … Left fielder Jeremy Baltz put Elsinore ahead with a two-run blast in the fifth inning. The 2012 second-rounder has an 809 OPS on the road in his return performance in the Cal League. … Donavan Tate scored on Baltz hits twice Friday as he posted his first three-hit game since August, 2012.
Roster note: Righty Walker Weickel went to the disabled list one night after working an inning of relief. We’ll look to get more info for you. Lefty Brandon Fry was activated, getting to full-season ball for the first time since he was an 18th-round pick in 2013.
Tincaps 4 – Lansing Lugnuts 3
Prospect Watch: For the first time in six outings this year, piggyback starter Dinelson Lamet worked past the third inning, spinning up his best performance yet. Although he got off to a rough start with a pair of walks and a wild pitch in the first frame, the big righty only allowed one ball out of the infield all night. He finished the evening with a season-best eight strikeouts, though the three wild pitches were also a highwater mark. … Franchy Cordero, in the designated hitter role for the second night in a row, picked up two more hits and another walk as he is starting to find his rhythm at the plate. In three days, he’s raised his slugging percentage almost 100 points and added 67 points to his on-base percentage. … For the seventh time in eight games, Duanel Jones finished with exactly one hit. Six of the seven, including his home run tonight, have been for extra-bases. Three days short of his 22nd birthday, Jones is now second in the Midwest League with a .523 slugging percentage.
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.