Key Statistics: RF Rymer Liriano 2-for-4, HR (6), BB, 3R, 4RBI, SB (7);LF Alex Dickerson 3-for-5, 2B, HR (4), 3R, 3RBI; CF Melvin Upton 2-for-3, BB, 3R, SB (2); RHP James Needy 6IP, 5H, 1ER, 8K, 1BB; RHP Nick Vincent 1IP, 1H, 0R, 3K;
Prospect Watch: The offense had three big innings and righty James Needy turned in his most impressive outing of the year as El Paso ran away with Friday night’s series opener against Iowa. Needy, 24, surrendered only one earned run on five hits over six innings – just the second time all year he’s gone that deep. As he did in his last start, the 2009 draftee struck out eight and walked a pair. Since getting shelled by Fresno on the 18th, he’s turned in his best 11 frames of the year. … Fellow San Diego county product Alex Dickerson continues to rake. A few days after he turned 25, the corner outfielder came up a triple short of the cycle. He leads the Chihuahuas with a .393 OBP and trails only Cody Decker, who slugged two more doubles Friday, with his .514 slugging percentage. … Melvin Upton Jr. was joined on a rehab assignment by Yonder Alonso. Upton had his best showing yet, going 2-for-3 with a walk and stolen base. Alonso, who should be ready to rejoin the big league club by the end of the weekend, was 0-for-3 with a pair of walks.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Missions rained out
San Antonio’s first game in Northwest Arkansas was rained out. They’ll play a double-header Saturday.
Storm 8 – Inland Empire 66ers
Prospect Watch: The Storm’s Matthew Shepherd and IE’s Chris Ellis matches zeroes through the first four frames before the offenses got going. Ultimately, every position player but the newly-added Michael Miller had at least one hit in the game. Donavan Tate had his second three-hit game in the series, collecting a double and triple along the way. He had entered the series with only three extra-base hits in his first 16 games with the club, but has raised his slugging percentage 107 points in San Bernardino. … With a double and homer on Friday, second baseman Fernando Perez now sports a .527 slugging percentage for the month of May. … ROSTER NOTE: Miller (not to be confused with fellow catcher Ryan Miller, who came of the DL on Monday) was activated when Auston Bousfield was placed on the disabled list. No word yet on the injury, but the center fielder left Wednesday’s game after an awkward slide at second base.
Tincaps 5 – West Michigan Whitecaps 4 in 12
Prospect Watch: Franmil Reyes crushed the first pitch of the 12th inning over the left-center field wall for a game-winner, sending the TinCaps to their second walk-off victory of the week. The giant 19-year-old was 3-for-5 on the day, including a double and his third homer of the year. After a disappointing start to the year, Reyes’ slugging percentage is now at a season-high .374 – still well below what the talented Dominican is capable of. … Nick Torres was hit by a pitch last Sunday and had to miss a few games. But he came back for Thursday’s double-header and is showing no signs of a lingering problem. The 21-year-old, who was last year’s fourth-rounder out of Cal Poly, had a pair of doubles Saturday. Following Duanel Jones’ promotion, he now leads the club’s qualified hitters with a .307 average, .363 on-base percentage, and .454 slugging percentage. … Dinelson Lamet was rocky in his first start off a short stint on the DL. The 22-year-old gave up runs in three of four innings, adding three more strikeouts and a pair of walks to his totals. Relievers Brandon Fry, Bryan Verbitsky and Seth Lucio were stellar in their eight innings of work. The trio allowed only three hits and struck out nine as they kept the Whitecaps in check.
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.