Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas needed extra innings, but they clinched the division title and a playoff spot with a 7-4 victory in Reno Sunday night. Protecting a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth, Jay Jackson gave up a two-out, two-run double to tie the score. However, El Paso came back on Hunter Renfroe’s second double of the night and then a two-run single by Ramiro Pena to really cinch the game. With a pair of two-baggers on the night, Renfroe now owns a .659 slugging percentage since moving up to Triple-A. … In what might well be his last career start, Jason Lane (pictured above) turned in a strong performance. The 38-year-old former big league outfielder, who debuted in the majors in 2002, gave up only two runs over 5.2 innings of work. He also slugged a double at the plate to nudge his season average up to .196.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Pas Times.
Corpus Christi Hooks 9 – Missions 2
Prospect Watch: The Missions limped through their penultimate game of 2015 much as they have the bulk of the second half, getting little offensive production and minimal room to work on the mound. Starter Bryan Rodriguez wound up yielding five earned runs, and seven total, in just 4.2 innings thanks to four walks and a hit batter. The righty, who fell to 6-14 for the year, will present the organization with an interesting choice in the fall when he is eligible to become a minor league free agent. … Taylor Lindsey’s had a really rough year, but the second baseman launched his fifth homer of the season. The 23-year-old left-handed hitter has pushed his average up to .272 heading into the lidju
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.
Storm 5 – Visalia Rawhides 3
Prospect Watch: Matthew Chavez continued his long, weird road in minor league baseball by belting his third homer in 14 games for the Storm. The 26-year-old former pitcher, who was out of affiliated ball this spring, owns a .519 slugging percentage in 54 at-bats, but has also struck out 19 times without drawing even one walk. He’s listed on the roster as a catcher, and it will be interesting to see if he’s brought back for further work next spring. … The club got a big boost from lefty Travis Radke, who worked 6.2 innings. Though he gave up three earned runs on nine hits, Radke earned his first Cal League victory in the process.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 5 – TinCaps 2
Prospect Watch: With a playoff spot already wrapped up, the TinCaps came out a bit flat on Sunday, giving up three runs late and dropping their second-to-last game of the regular season. They’ll begin their playoff series on Wednesday. Luis Tejada, who’s been the club’s primary third baseman and shifted over to handle first base on Sunday, filled up the boxscore with three hits, including a double, and a stolen base. He’s nudged his average back up to .290 on the season. … Lefty Jose Castillo, worked five innings, gave up a pair of earned runs, and finished out his season on a high note. The 19-year-old Venezuelan ends the year with a 3.74 ERA and, somewhat surprisingly, only 335 strikeouts in 52.1 innings.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Dust Devils 9 – Spokane Indians 2
Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils are heading into the playoffs on a hot streak at the plate, putting up a nine-spot against Spokane again Sunday. Slugger Carlos Belen had a double and triple on his way to three RBIs for Tri-City, though he did also strike out two more times. … On the mound, Emmanuel Ramirez put together one of the best pitching performances we’ve seen in short-season ball in a long time, striking out 10 in his five innings of work. The 21-year-old from the Dominican now has 25 strikeouts in 24 innings.
For further reading on the Tri-City Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.