Prospect Watch: While the Chihuahuas have lost six in a row and eight of ten, individual players continue to make cases for themselves. Left-handed hitters Alex Dickerson and Jake Goebbert both had a pair of hits on Sunday and both would be realistic candidates to join the big league roster if Wil Myers must head to the DL. Dickerson now sports a .317/.388/.490 line. … While Jason Lane turned in his best start in a month, it’s reliever Cory Mazzoni who continues to make a bid for a return call to the Padres bullpen. The righty struck out two in his inning of work and in nine frames since returning to Triple-A, the righty who came over from the Mets in spring training has allowed one run on three hits while striking out 14. Fellow righty Marcos Matteo also worked a scoreless frame on Sunday, and now has a stellar 24-to-5 strikeout-to walk ratio in 19.1 innings. His path to the bigs is more complicated because he is not currently on the 40-man roster.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Missions 5 – Midland Rockhounds 3
Key Statistics: CF Travis Jankowski 4-for-5, 3B (3); R, SB (14); SS Trea Turner 2-for-5, HR (4); 3B Casey McElroy 1-for-5, HR (2), 2RBI; RHP Justin Hancock 6IP, 5H, 1ER, 3K, 3BB; RHP Tayron Guerrero 2IP, 1H, 0R, 2K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: A one-out error by the RockHounds in the top of the ninth set up Casey McElroy’s two-run game-winning homer. The 25-year-old middle infielder has had a strange reverse split through the early going of the season, so it’s nice to see his blast come against a righty. His OPS against southpaws was 300 points higher than against righties before the blast. … Once again, Travis Jankowski and Trea Turner represented half of the Missions’ total offense. With his 4-for-5 game, Jankowski now sits fourth in the Texas League with a .346 average and sixth with a .435 on-base percentage. … Justin Hancock continues to put up impressive results with less inspiring peripherals. The righty turned in his sixth quality start overall, and his third against the RockHounds. While he is now sixth on the circuit with a 2.49 ERA, nobody else in the top 20 has issued more than his 20 walks, and his K rate is among the bottom 10 qualifiers.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 4 – Storm 3
Prospect Watch: Yale Rosen’s one-out homer in the ninth brought the Storm to within one run of the Quakes, but the late rally came up short as the Storm dropped their third straight to the South Division leaders. The team went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. … Righty Kyle Lloyd sailed through the first four innings, matching zeroes with the Dodgers’ emergent prospect Jose De Leon. However, three groundball singles, a pair of walks and one groundout added up to three runs charged to him in the fifth. Lloyd has been charged with 15 earned runs in 18 innings since moving back to the rotation. … Auston Bousfield extended his hitting streak to seven and swiped two more bases, but it was his first error of the year in the bottom of the eighth that gave the Quakes the decisive run. He is now hitting .308/.396/.400 for the year.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 8 Tincaps 3
Prospect Watch: The Hot Rods scored in five straight innings and blanked the TinCaps until Trae Santos’ fourth homer of the week got the Caps on the board in the eighth. So far, 15 of the big first baseman’s 24 hits have gone for extra-bases. Santos, 22, is getting to his power much better than he did in either of his two stints in the Northwest League, but is still working on making consistent contact. The lefty has already surpassed his home run counts from either 2013 or 2014.
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.