Key Statistics: DH Melvin Upton Jr., 2-for-5, HR (1), 2R, RBI; 2B Ramiro Pena, 2-for-5, 2B; LF Alex Dickerson, 2-for-5, RBI; RHP Chris Smith, 5.2IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K; RHP Cory Mazzoni, (L, 1-1, BS, 1) 1.1 IP, 3H, 3ER, 3BB.
Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas gave up five runs in the final two innings to lose at home. In the defeat, El Paso committed five errors, including two by second baseman Ramiro Pena … Melvin Upton Jr. hit his first dinger in his extended summer vacation in West Texas. Upton is 46 at-bats into his rehab stint, and should be getting closer to big league action. In his time with the Chihuahuas, Upton is hitting .286/.340/.391 with a homer and 6 RBI … Cory Mazzoni took the loss, allowing three earned runs in 1.1 innings. Mazzoni’s command eluded him, as he walked three batters and allowed three hits. While the 25-year-old has struggled at the big league level, he had been throwing well for El Paso. Including the rough inning Thursday night, Mazzoni has a 2.41 in 13 outings in Triple-A. Roster Move: El Paso demoted RHP Stephen Kohlscheen to Double-A San Antonio yesterday. Kohlscheen, 26, was acquired last season with Abraham Almonte in the Chris Denorfia deal. Kohlscheen had a good 2014, but has struggled in El Paso, pitching to a 6.08 ERA in 17 games.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Missions 9 – Arkansas Travelers 5
Key Statistics: CF Travis Jankowski, 2-for-4, 2B, SB (16), BB; SS Trea Turner, 2-for-5, R; 2B Diego Goris, 3-for-4, R, RBI; LF Alberth Martinez, 1-for-5, R, 2RBI; RHP Casey Kelly, 4.1IP, 6H, 3ER, 5BB, 3K; RHP Adam Cimber, (W, 2-1) 1.2IP, H, 2K.
Prospect Watch: The Missions have had a successful trip to Arkansas thus far, as they have scored 19 runs in the first two games of the series. The Missions only had one extra-base hit on the night: a double by Travis Jankowski … Speaking of Jankowski, he had another multi-hit game, with two hits. Jankowski has 18 multi-hit games this season and is third in the Texas League in hits with 62. In addition to his prowess at the plate, Jankowski stole a bag to run his season total to 16 … Casey Kelly made his second start of the season for San Antonio, and could not get out of the fifth inning. Kelly allowed five walks and six hits before being pulled. Kelly threw 78 pitches – only 41 for strikes. The former first-rounder is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery, so it will be interesting to see him continue to build up strength through the summer.
Storm 0, 5 – Inland Empire 66’ers 5, 2
Key Statistics: Game one: C Ryan Miller 1-for-3, 2B. RHP Matt Shepherd (L, 1-3) 6IP, 7H, 2ER, BB, 5K. Game two: SS Jose Rondon, 2-for-3, 2B. 1B Marcus Davis, 2-for-3, R. 3B Gabriel Quintana, 2-for-3, HR (6) 2RBI. RF Yale Rosen, 1-for-2, HR (5), R, 2RBI; LHP Travis Radke, 4IP, 7H, 2ER, BB, 3K. LHP Chris Nunn (W, 2-0) IP, BB, 2K. RHP Eric Yardley, (S, 10).
Prospect Watch: The Storm played a rare doubleheader at home, and managed a split. Lake Elsinore was almost no-hit in game one, as a Ryan Miller double in the bottom of the seventh broke up the bid … Gabriel Quintana has been one of the hottest hitters in the Cal League the last few weeks, as he homered in the second game of the double-dip. Quintana, 22, has hit .366, with four home runs and 12 RBI’s in his last 10 games. Despite the surge, Quintana has an ugly line of .234/.253/.406, but with six home runs. Quintana is still one of the best power hitting prospects in the Padres’ system … RHP Matthew Shepherd turned in a solid outing in game one, allowing just two runs over six innings. The former 31st rounder in 2012 moved into the rotation two weeks ago and has pitched well. Shepherd has pitched better than his ERA indicates and possesses a mid-90’s fastball and the ability to miss bats. Shepherd, 25, is 1-3, with a 6.50 ERA, but has a 3.38 ERA over his last three starts. Roster Move: The team brought LHP Travis Radke to start the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader. Radke, 22, was the Padres’ 25th round pick in 2014. To make room on the roster, the Storm sent catcher Adolfo Reina to short-season Tri-City. Reina, 25, was hitting .242/.314/.286, with seven RBI in 26 games for the Storm this season.
TinCaps 10 – Beloit Snappers 5
Key Statistics: SS Ruddy Giron, 3-for-5, 3R, HR (5) 2RBI, SB (5). LF Franchy Cordero, 2-for-5, RBI, 2R. RF Nick Torres, 4-for-4, (2) 2B, CF Michael Gettys, 2-for-5, RBI. RHP Dinelson Lamet (W, 1-3) 5IP, 4H, 2ER, 2K.
Prospect Watch: Just when you think Ruddy Giron is coming back to Earth, he goes out and has another huge game. The 18-year-old continues to amaze, as he had three hits, a stolen base and belted his fifth homer for good measure. Through 19 games, Giron is hitting a ridiculous .410/.439/.692, with five homers, 12 RBI and five steals. For those playing at home, Giron has an absurd 1.131 OPS in 19 games for Fort Wayne … After hearing he made the Midwest League All-Star team, Nick Torres went out and went 4-for-4, with two doubles and four RBI. Torres is now tied for the league lead in doubles, and is sixth in the circuit with a .322 average. Torres and teammate Thomas Dorminy will represent the TinCaps in Peoria.
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.