Key Statistics: LHP Robbie Erlin 6 IP, 7 H, ER, BB, 3 K; RHP Dale Thayer 2 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 K (W, 1-0); RHP Jon Edwards1.0 IP, H, BB, K (S, 21); SS Hector Gomez 2-4, 2B, HR (2), 2 RBI; PH Hunter Renfroe 1-1, RS.
Prospect Watch With El Paso clinging to life for the playoffs, Robbie Erlin carried the team to a win. While Erlin kept the team from being blown out for the fourth straight game, it remained tied until Renfroe led off the eighth with a pinch-hit bullet up the middle. He would later score what would be the winning run on a Gomez double. However, the player of the night went to Rymer Liriano, who was playing center field, a position he hasn’t played much of the last few years. With two outs in the ninth, and a runner on second, Edwards gave up a single up the middle. Liriano fired a bullet to catcher Rocky Gale who tagged out the runner to end the game. Anything other than a great throw and the game is tied.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Frisco RoughRiders 6 - Missions 3
Prospect Watch CFAlberth Martinez left the game after an apparent injury. No word on the severity of it, but he appeared to be in pain after failing to stop a double that turned into an inside the park home run. He lasted through the rest of the inning but was pinch-hit for the very next inning. Martinez was playing center and pushed Bousfield to right for the first time (aside from when a MLB player was rehabbing). After getting his average up to .300 he was hitting just .120 over the last two weeks.
Storm 5 – Modesto Nuts 2
Prospect Watch Brad Wieck was the player to be named later from the Alex Torres trade over the winter. He was 3-5 with a 3.21 ERA for the Savannah Sand Gnats, the Mets' Low-A farm club. The most encouraging factor though was his 74 strikeouts in just 56 innings. He was promoted to Elsinore after just 10 innings in Fort Wayne, and as his record and 5.76 ERA would point out he hasn’t had much success. To be fair in two of his last three starts he has allowed just two runs in 12 innings, unfortunately his last start he allowed nine runs in 4.2 innings. He is another very tall player at 6’9” 255 lb, and can be extremely over powering when he uses his height to generate a big downhill plane with his fastball.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
TinCaps 3 – Lansing Lugnuts 2
Prospect Watch As surprising as it is,Trae Santos climbed to third in the MidWest league in home runs with his thirteenth tonight. Also surprising, with the year almost over, the next highest home run total by the TinCaps is Rudy Giron with nine… The TinCaps won a franchise record 16th game in a row at home. They are 39-19 in the second half… Last season the TinCaps rotation struggled throughout the year, with no starter having more than six wins and only two starters having more than 100 innings. In 2015 three starters already have nine or more wins and three already have over 100 innings with Chris Huffman now at 98 innings. This year Huffman along with Ernest Montas, Dinelson Lamet, and Thomas Dorminy are among the league leaders in every pitching category.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Hillsboro Hops 3 - Dust Devils 2
Prospect Watch Since his last home run, Jose Urena has gone a cool 0-19 with three walks, and seen his average drop nearly 30 points. Urena is just 20 and has an OPS of .829, still has Urena struggles so do the Dust Devils who have won just one of their last five games…Maton, who has been one of the best pitchers for the Dust Devils this season with a 51 strikeouts in 29.2 innings against only four walks blew the save tonight giving up a game winning walk-off double.
For further reading on the Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald.
A day off for AZL Padres
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.