Key Statistics: LHP Robbie Erlin 4.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; RHP Jerry Sullivan (L, 5-2) 0.2 IP H 2 R ER K HR; CF Travis Jankowski 1-4, BB; 1B Jason Hagerty 3-5, 2B, RS, RBI; 2B Casey McElroy 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB.
Prospect Watch Since being promoted to AAA, Casey McElroy has quietly had a really nice season. The middle infielder has hit .279/.351/.435 with as many triples (4) as he has hit in his entire minor league career combined. McElroy might not even be considered a Top 30 prospect, but when healthy, has put up extremely consistent numbers both offensively and defensively has been solid in the field.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Corpus Christi Hooks 6 - Missions 3 11 innings
Prospect Watch Bryan Rodriguez finally has a great start, and the bullpen lets him down. After giving up 22 runs in his last five starts (23.1 IP), Rodriguez was masterful over seven strong innings. It was his longest outing since May 3, and he set a new career high in strikeouts with eight in tonight's game…Tough outing for Cody Hebner…After playing shortstop last night Cory Spangenberg saw time at third base.
Storm 7 – Inland Empire 66ers 6
Prospect Watch Miracles happen! Storm win! The Storm have been plagued this year by horrible starting pitching, horrible hitting, and horrible relievers. They took the lead in the fourteenth yesterday only to see the lead blown. Well hopefully at least they are finding a quality arm in Bryan Verbitsky. Verbitsky has allowed just one run in the last 10.2 innings, while striking out 17…also Nick Torres has been a real bright spot in a tough season for the Storm. He had a pair of singles tonight to push his slash line to .337/.346/.490 in 23 games.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
Dayton Dragons 5 - TinCaps 0
Prospect Watch Not much of a positive today. The TinCaps managed only four hits, with no player reaching base more than once. RHP Nick Monroe did throw three scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 2.25. Monroe was a 21st round pick from this years' draft, making the jump from AZL to Fort Wayne and continuing right where he left off. It was his first time going more than two innings, and also his first multi-inning performance without allowing a hit.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
The Dust Devils are on their All Star break
AZL Athletics 6 – AZL Padres 3
Prospect Watch For those who have no idea who Jhonatan Pena is, he is a 21 year old Dominican prospect repeating AZL. Pena had a great year in 2013 in the DSL hitting nearly .300 with a .760 OPS. When he came to the states last year those numbers dropped drastically to just a .575 OPS with four extra-base hits. This year the improvements are extremely noticeable as he hit his fourth home run of the season, and has his batting average back to .292. He is a very long way from ever hearing his name in San Diego, but it is always encouraging to see a prospect show improvements from year to year.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.