Prospect Watch: The Storm Chasers jumped on starter Robbie Erlin for four runs in the first two innings, and never let the Chihuahuas get back into it. Erlin, 24, has an ERA of 5.49 for the year, exactly in line with his career line across 33 starts in the Pacific Coast League. … Shortstop Ramiro Pena went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to seven games. The 29-year-old switch-hitter has a .310 average and a 764 OPS that is in line with his production for the Braves in 2013. The Monterrey, Mexico native did commit his 10th error of the year tonight, but if he continues to produce, the club may have to consider him as a viable alternative at the big-league level.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Missions 8 – Northwest Arkansas 7
Prospect Watch: The Missions came into the night having not managed to come back from more than a two run deficit all year. So when Justin Hancock, who had been nearly unhittable for a month, yielded a six-spot in the third inning, it seemed likely the game was over. But San Antonio rallied back twice, ultimately winning on a walk-off single by Duanel Jones. Jones is now hitting .308 in 26 at-bats since jumping to Double-A, but has only one extra-base hit so far. … Hancock, who gave up only four earned runs in May, was tagged for seven runs in six innings Friday. The 24-year-old Ohio native still owns a 2.81 ERA and has been improving his strikeout-to-walk ratio.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.
Inland Empire 66ers – Storm 6
Prospect Watch: The 66ers put up a five spot in the seventh inning to claim the third in a five-game series at the Diamond. Storm starter Zech Lemond was in line for a win despite not having his best stuff. The Houston-born righty gave up five extra-base hits and four runs. He needed 97 pitches to get through six innings, walking three and striking out five. … Center fielder Auston Bousfield came back off the disabled list and picked right up where he’d left off. The 21-year-old Ole Miss product had a pair of hits and a walk and swiped his 15th stolen base in 42 games.
Tincaps 3 – Beloit Snappers 0
Prospect Watch: Starter Michael Kelly turned in six shutout innings, giving up only a pair of hits and no walks as the Tincaps claimed a series victory over the Snappers. The 22-year-old, who was a compensation-round pick in 2011, showed last year that when he’s on, he can be dominant. However, he has struggled to find consistency throughout his career. He has now worked back-to-back scoreless games since a rough 2015 debut outing. So far, opponents are hitting just .178 against him. … Nick Torres collected two more hits while extending his hitting streak to eight games. The Lakewood, California native was playing for Cal Poly a year ago, and has produced a solid, if not flashy .291/.342/.424 since becoming a professional.
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.