Steve Wallace

Lake Elsinore Storm hit seven home runs as they cruise to victory

Storm bust out the bats as they cruise to a victory while Fort Wayne continues to show their dominance both on the mound and at the plate. With San Antonio having the day off only El Paso suffered defeat.

Chihuahuas 1 - Tacoma Rainiers 3

Key StatsRHP Daniel McCutchen 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (L, 2-1); CF Manuel Margot 1-4, 2B; 2B Carlos Asuaje 2-4, 3B; 1B Jason Hagerty 1-3, 2B, RBI

Prospect watchOnce again, the Chihuahuas ran into the seemingly unstoppable Rainiers.  El Paso is 0-5 against Tacoma this year.  Second baseman Carlos Asujae hit his first triple of the year.  He now has more triples than doubles and walks combined (both at 0).  He is also currently on pace to steal more bases than he did in the past two years combined.  Not bad for a player considered to be a throw-in in the Kimbrel trade…  If it seems like Jason Hagerty has been in Triple-A forever, it might be because he has.  He is one of the few current minor-leaguers to say that they once played for the great Portland Beavers.  Now in his eighth year in the organization Hagerty is playing backup catcher and 1B.  He is still putting up healthy numbers at .278/.350/.500, but time seems to be running out on Hagerty ever getting that major league call up.   

For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times. 

No Game for San Antonio 

For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.

San Jose Giants 3  - Storm 17 

Key Statistics: RHP Martires Arias 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, ER, 4 BB, 3 K; CF Franchy Cordero 3-5, 2 HR (2), 3 RS, 4 RBI; SS Javier Guerra 3-4, HR (2), 3 RS, 2 RBI; DH Josh VanMeter 2-3, HR (2), 2 RS, 2 RBI, BB; LF Edwin Moreno 2-5, 2 HR (4), 4 RBI; 3B River Stevens 1-4, HR (1), 2 RS, 4 RBI

Prospect WatchLets play a counting game… All NINE starters collected at least one hit, EIGHT players scored at least one run, SEVEN players had an extra base hit, SIX players collected an RBI, and FIVE players had multi-hit games.  Not to mention the franchise-record seven home runs or the five walks…  Edwin Moreno was a part-time player last year in Fort Wayne where he impressed hitting .308/.343/.450 in 89 games.  While his average has started out incredibly low (.211 now) and his strikeouts are up (17 K in 12 games), it only took him two weeks to hit the same number of home runs as he did in all of 2015 (four)…  While Guerra and Urias will get most of the hype this year in Lake Elsinore, one of the most intriguing prospects will be Franchy Cordero.  Cordero added three hits including two home runs bringing his overall average up to .286.  As the everyday centerfielder, Cordero is starting to show the offensive potential (small sample size) that had scouts raving about him a few years ago.   

For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.

TinCaps 6 - Lansing Lugnuts 1

Key Statistics: RHP Jacob Nix 3 IP, 4 H, R, BB, 4 K; RHP Logan Allen 4 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K (W, 2-0); SS Peter Van Gansen 2-5, 2 RS, 2B, RBI; CF Michael Gettys 2-5, 2B, RBI, SB (9); 1B Brad Zunica 1-4, HR (3), 2 RBI; LF Jhonatan Pena 3-4, 2B, 3B, RS

Prospect Watch: When we said at the beginning of the year that Fort Wayne would be really good… we weren’t wrong.  Jacob Nix, who is a top 15 prospect in the organization, may not even be one of the five best pitchers on the staff at this moment. His four strikeouts today were easily his best of the year (previous high was one), and second-best of his career (six last August 15).  He still has a lot of developing/refining to do, but the Padres love his projectability and expect to see the numbers continue to get better as he gets older… .  Lefty Logan Allen continues to impress, by tossing another four scoreless innings. He has now allowed just one earned run over ten innings while striking out 11…  In addition to continuing to lead the league in steals, centerfielder Michael Gettys also showed off his arm, brilliantly chasing down a double, throwing a perfect strike to shortstop Peter Van Gansen who threw home for a textbook relay. 

For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.

For the box scores of all the games please go to the scoreboards.

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