Tacoma Rainers 14 - Chihuahuas 4
Prospect Watch:A tough outing for Robbie Erlin, with a very strange pitching line, who has now given up four earned runs or more in three of his last four starts...With Brett Wallace up in the big leagues, Decker has taken over at third base - and with three errors in four games is still a bit of a work in progress at that position defensively - but it hasn’t affected his hitting. Cody blasted his organization leading home run number 15 and is two off of the RBI lead. In June he is hitting .310/.375/.621 and in 46 plate appearances at third is hitting .372/413/.791. Decker is a good defensive first baseman, and if it were me, I would focus on getting him his reps at third. With Pat Murphy managing the big club, it could be his year to be called up...Jake Goebbert has also had a strong June with a .313/.459/.458 line.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Midland Rockhounds 8 - Missions 3
Prospect Watch:For the first three innings Casey was the Casey of 2011, racking up strikeouts and weak contact but then in the fourth the game got away from him and the Missions as he gave up five earned runs. Left-handed batters are still hurting him with a .358/.431/.526 slash line...On the positive side Hunter Renfroe is putting together a strong month with five of his seven home runs in June. He also has 14 RBI compared to eight in May and eight in April...San Antonio has now lost four in a row.
Storm 2 - Ranch Cucamonga Quakes 1
Key Statistics:SS Benji Gonzalez 1-4, RBI; CF Auston Bousfield 1-4, 2B; DH Donavan Tate 1-2, HR (1), RBI; RF Yale Rosen 1-3, 2B; RHP Matthew Shepherd 7.0 IP 6 H R ER BB 3 K; LHP Chris Nunn (W, 3-0) 1.0 IP H BB 2 K; RHP Eric Yardley (S, 14) 1.0 IP.
Prospect Watch:Even though he didn’t get the win, Shepherd had his best outing of the season as he kept the Storm in the game. The Tennessee Tech alum had a strong 2014 as the long man for the Storm and is starting to pick up where he left off after a rough April...Donavan Tate hit his first home run of the year, a solo shot in the fifth inning...Eric Yardley is leading the Cal League in saves with 14.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
TinCaps 2 - Great Lakes Loons 1
Key Statistics:RF Nick Torres 1-4; 3B Luis Tejada 1-4, 2B; 2B Chase Jensen 1-4, 2B, RBI; C Jose Ruiz 1-2, RBI; LHP Brad Wieck (W, 2-0) 5.1 IP 5 H R ER 2 BB 9 K; RHP Seth Lucio 1.2 IP H BB 5 K; RHP Jimmy Brasoban (S, 1) 1.0 IP.
Prospect Watch:The TinCaps had only four hits today but it was enough for their sixth victory in seven games...A nice outing by giant - six-foot-nine, 255 pounds - Brad Wieck, 23, the “player to be named later” in the Alex Torres trade with the Mets. His sheer size and the fact that he is left-handed makes him a really interesting prospect...talk about a change in eye level, after facing Wieck Loons’ batters got to face all five-foot-eight of Seth Lucio and his mid-90s fastball...It was 1B Trae Santos’ sixth straight game with at least one walk and he has a .402 on-base percentage for June.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Eugene Emeralds 7 - Dust Devils 4
Key Statistics:2B Luis Urias 3-4, 2B; RF Mason Smith 2-3, HR (1) RBI; DH Jose Carlos Urena 3-2, 2 BB; RHP Bryce Morrow 5.0 IP 6 H 4 R 4 ER 2 BB K; RHP Brett Kennedy 2.0 IP 2 BB 4 K; RHP Cecil Tanner (L, 0-2) 1.0 IP 3 H 3 R 3 ER BB K.
Prospect Watch:The home town Emeralds broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth to send the Dust Devils down for the second straight night...In three appearances former Fordham pitching star Brett Kennedy, an eleventh round pick of the Padres this year, has yet to give up an earned run.
For further reading on the Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald.
AZL Padres 3 - AZL White Sox 1
Key Statistics:RF Jhonatan Pena 1-3, 2B; BB; 1B Jonas Lantigua 2-4, RBI; SS Kodie Tidwell 2-3, RBI, BB; 2B Tyler Moore 2-3; RHP Jean Garcia 5.0 IP 3 H R 2 BB 3 K; RHP Adrian De Horta 2.0 IP 2 H BB 2 K; RHP Wilson Santos W, 1-0) H K.
Prospect Watch:The AZL Padres scored all three of their runs in the eighth inning for an unusual pitchers’ duel in the dessert....Kodie Tidwell, a twenty-sixth round pick by the Padres from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in the 2015 draft is hitting .294/.333/.412 with the AZL Padres. As a junior he hit .311/.412/.492 and led the Sun Belt Conference with 20 doubles.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.