Prospect Watch: First baseman/outfielder Jake Goebbert had his best game of the year by a wide margin, blasting a pair of homers among his four hits and driving in four. The 27-year-old lefty, who posted a 949 OPS in the PCL last year before reaching the big leagues, scuffled badly this April (212/263/250), but his been a warming up since. Sunday’s performance caused his slugging percentage to jump from .344 to .406. … Middle infielders Ramiro Pena and Casey McElroy each went 3-for-6 with a double. The duo started a two-out, six-run rally in the eighth inning with back-to-back singles. … In the first game of his rehab assignment, Will Myers had two singles, one of the infield variety, a fly out and two strikeouts.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Missions 10 – Northwest Arkansas Naturals 5
Key Statistics: RF Hunter Renfroe 2-for-4, 2 2B; 3B Duanel Jones 3-for-4, 2RBI; DH Alberth Martinez 2-for-5, 2B, 2RBI, 2R; LF Yeison Asencio 2-for-4, 2B, 2RBI; RHP Brandon Morrow 2.2IP, 8H, 3ER, 3K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: While the Missions put together a stunning nine-run eighth inning against three relievers to claim victory on Sunday, the big news was rehabbing starter Brandon Morrow. The oft-injured former first rounder had to come out of the game in the third inning with an apparent recurrence of the shoulder issue that sent him to the DL in the first place. With neither Josh Johnson nor Cory Luebke terribly close to a minor league rehab assignment, Casey Kelly is the closest thing to a fallback starting option in the organization right now. … With two outs and Alberth Martinez on second base, the Missions strung together six singles, three doubles and pair of walks to power their biggest inning in over two years. Yeison Asencio had both of his hits in the frame. He now has six multi-hit games in his last nine contests and has jumped his OPS 59 points in that stretch.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.
Inland Empire 66ers 14 – Storm 10
Prospect Watch: For the second time in three days, the 66ers put up a seven run inning on the Storm, pushing the game too far out of reach for a late rally by the home club to mean anything. Starter Rafael De Paula gave up six runs (five earned) over four innings to take the loss. The 24-year-old righty yielded five hits, three walks and a pair of hit batters. … Jose Rondon continues to fill up the box score. The 21-year-old shortstop reached base all six times he came to the plate today and swiped a pair of bases for good measure. He’s now hit in 10 of his last 11 games, raising his average from .259 to .297 in that time. With the two stolen bases, he’s caught teammate Auston Bousfield and now trails only Tavis Jankowski in the organization. … Infielder River Stevens, who is one of the quirkier guys you’ll meet in the game, has been healthier than any time since he was drafted in 2011. The 23-year-old is hitting .305 on the year, though with only one extra-base hit in 100 plate appearances. With great speed and defensive versatility, he finds plenty of ways to contribute. Sunday afternoon, that included tossing a scoreless ninth inning to help save the bullpen. The Orange County native induced three quick ground outs, becoming only the second of six Storm players to take the mound Sunday to escape unscathed.
Tincaps 5 – Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 4
Prospect Watch: Franchy Cordero hit a walk-off two-run homer to give the TinCaps a series-opening win on Sunday. The converted infielder has hit in five of six games and has four-multi-hit games on the current road trip. He has a so-so 266/310/394 away from Parkview Field, but just a 476 OPS at home. … Nick Torres had a pair of hits and has gone 8-for-16 since he was named as a Midwest League All-Star. … Righty Ernest Montas returned to an impressive run of output, even as the underlying numbers don’t support its continuation. The 23-year-old only surrendered one run in 5.2innings, but was only able to strike out three while he walked two. On the year, he has only 24 strikeouts in 56 frames. As a result, when he’s on, he’s been very effective. But he also has four different games in which he has been hit very hard
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.