Prospect Watch: Jason Lane came off the disabled list to pick up the victory for the Chihuahuas Wednesday night, giving up four runs over six innings. The lefty had missed only one trip through the rotation, but was held to 77 pitches in his first game back. He was followed to the mound by Jay Jackson and Marcos Mateo, who combined to strike out seven hitters in three innings. The pair of hard-throwing righties has been a force at the back of the El Paso bullpen, working 28.2 and 28 innings respectively, and combining for a 2.00 ERA with 70 strikeouts. … Shortstop Ramiro Pena has been on a tear. The 29-year-old switch-hitter finished a triple short of the cycle in his ninth multi-hit game of the month. For June, he’s hitting .385 with a .523 slugging percentage, almost 200 points above his career level. … Jedd Gyorko went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Missions rained out again
San Antonio got washed out again. For the third time in a week, they will play a double-header Thursday night.
Stockton Ports 9– Storm 3
Prospect Watch: Starter Rafael De Paula, coming off one of his best performances in the organization, gave up only three hits and one run through his first six innings, but when he came out for the seventh for the first time this season, things went sideways. The 24-year-old Dominican wound up yielding four more hits, including a pair of doubles, and three runs without making it through the inning. Even though he took the loss, the effort was definitely a developmental success for the inconsistent but talented righty. … Marcus Davis continued a strong month, collecting a pair of extra-base hits and a sacrifice fly. The Florida State product’s .333/.423/.421 line for June is a nice bounce-back after a brutal May. … Big righty Adys Portillo (pictured above) could not find his command in his 2015 season debut. Now 23 years old, the one-time Venezuelan bonus baby walked three and unloaded a wild pitch in two thirds of an inning and was ultimately charged with a pair of runs. He had been dealing with a shoulder issue throughout the spring. Despite multiple stints in both Fort Wayne and San Antonio, Wednesday was Portillo’s first appearance ever for the Storm.
West Michigan White Caps 5 – TinCaps 2
Prospect Watch: Luis Tejada, who joined the club on Monday after spending the first two months of the season in extended spring training, made his professional debut at third base for the TinCaps on Wednesday. The 22-year-old Dominican, who was the TinCaps starting first baseman in 2013 and part of 2014, had a double in his first plate appearance and later added a single. He had some adventures in the field which included an error and a grounder that went for a single. He’ll be hoping to become the second player this year to resurrect his career while playing the hot corner for Fort Wayne.
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.