Chihuahuas 7, Las Vegas 51’s 6 (10)
Key Statistics: CF Manny Margot, 2-for-5, 2 RS, RBI; 2B-3B Casey McElroy, 2-for-4, (2) 2B, 2 RS, 2 RBI; LF Jose Pirela, 3-for-5, RBI; RF Hunter Renfroe, 1-for-4, HR (5), RS, 2 RBI; RHP Carlos Pimentel 5.2 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K; RHP Derek Eitel, (W, 2-0) IP.
Prospect Watch: El Paso trailed 6-0 after 5 1/2 innings before they busted out with five runs in the 6th. Infielder Casey McElroy scored the game-winning run in extra innings on a wild pitch ... Speaking of McElroy, the diminutive utility infielder continues to pound PCL pitching. The former 11th rounder in 2011 is listed at 5’8 but he is hitting like a man twice his size in the last week. McElroy has six consecutive multi-hit games and is 14-for-25 during that stretch with five doubles, a triple, 10 RBI and eight runs scored. In 38 at-bats in El Paso, McElroy has a .994 OPS ... Hunter Renfroe was mired in an 0-for-21 slump before a pair of hits in yesterday’s game. Today, the top prospect went 1-for-4 with his team-leading fifth homer. While the slump shaved more than 80 points off of his batting average, Renfroe struck out just five times in the aforementioned 21 hitless at-bats. Renfroe’s strikeout rate in 22% -- improved from over 25% a year ago. On the season, Renfroe is still hitting .271/.314/.552.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Frisco RoughRiders 11, Missions 4
Key Statistics: RF Yeison Asencio, 2-for-5, RBI; C Ryan Miller, 2-for-4, HR (1) RS, 3 RBI; RHP Bryce Morrow, (L, 0-3) 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K; RHP Rafael De Paula, IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The Missions lost their fourth straight and now have the worst record in the Texas League at 9-18 ... The main reason for San Antonio’s struggle has been the pitching staff, which ranks dead-last in the circuit with a 5.47 ERA and Thursday was no exception ... After Bryce Morrow struggled through five innings, Rafael De Paula had a rough outing that ruined any chance of a Missions’ comeback. The big righty allowed five runs on five hits but did notch a pair of strikeouts. De Paula, 25, started off the season quite well, allowing just a single earned run in nine innings before his implosion Thursday. De Paula’s ERA stands at 5.40, but he has struck out 15 batters in 10 innings ... Catcher Ryan Miller provided most of the offensive, belting a three-run homer, his first of the season in the loss. Miller has taken over regular duty in San Antonio and has made the most of it so far. Miller, 23, is hitting .306 over his last 10 starts and has even added three stolen bases in that span. Miller is still working on his defense but he does possess a great deal of athleticism for a backstop.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.
Modesto Nuts 8, Storm 0
Key Statistics: 2B Luis Urias, 2-for-4, SB (4); 1B Trae Santos, 1-for-4, 2B; LHP Thomas Dorminy (L, 0-4), 4.1 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 7 K; LHP Trevor Seidenberger, 2 IP, 3 H, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm were shutout in the series finale in Modesto and lost three-of-four to the Nuts. The Storm only scored eight runs in the four-game set and were shut out twice ... LHP Thomas Dorminy, who fronted a solid rotation in Fort Wayne a season ago and knocked around again and took the loss. Dorminy, a tenth-rounder in 2014 gave up a season-high 10 hits and six earned runs Thursday night. In six starts this season, the 23-year-old from Lutz, Florida has an 8.76 ERA. He’s allowed 45 hits in 24.2 innings, although he is averaging more than a strikeout per inning. At some point, Dorminy could be sent back to Fort Wayne to work on the command issues he is having. One more interesting note on Dorminy: He has not allowed a dinger in the 24.2 innings he has thrown this season ... Second baseman Luis Urias had a pair of hits to raise his average above .300. The 18-year-old (yes, he is still 18) has rewarded the organization’s faith in him by hitting a solid .301/.359/.375 in a league where most players are 3-5 years older than Urias. While Urias doesn’t have much power, he makes consistent contact and can play over the infield.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
Kane County Cougars 6, TinCaps 2
Key Statistics: 1B Brad Zunica, 2-for-4; DH Ty France, 1-for-4, RBI; LHP Logan Allen (L, 2-1) 4 IP 6 H, 3 R, ER, 4 K.
Prospect Watch: Fort Wayne avoided a shutout by scoring a pair of runs in the eighth inning and lost the series opener ... LHP Logan Allen lost his first game as a professional Thursday, allowing a season-high six hits and three runs, although only one was earned. Allen, still just 18 went four innings and threw 66 pitches. Allen has a 1.89 ERA with 20 strikeouts in 19 innings on the season. As the summer progresses it will be interesting to see if the organization will allow Allen to work deeper in games ... While there wasn’t much to report on the offensive side, Brad Zunica did have a pair of singles in the loss. Zunica, 20, has shown the power potential that led the Padres to draft him last June. Zunica does have a team-leading four home runs for the TinCaps but is striking out in nearly 43% of his plate appearances.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.
The organization shuffled around catchers as El Paso backstop Jason Hagerty hit the 7-day DL with an undisclosed injury. Here are the roster updates around the organization:
El Paso: Catcher Jason Hagerty to the 7-day DL, catcher Ricardo Valenzuela to El Paso.
San Antonio: With Valenzuela headed to El Paso, catcher A.J. Kennedy moves from Fort Wayne to San Antonio.
Lake Elsinore/Fort Wayne: RHP Elliot Ashbeck promoted from Fort Wayne, RHP Trey Wingenter to Fort Wayne. Catcher Kyle Overstreet sent from extended spring training to Fort Wayne.
It has been a busy season for Ricardo Valenzuela, who is back in El Paso for his second stint of the season. The organization has moved Valenzuela all over the country, as the 25-year-old has seen two stints in El Paso, and has spent time with the Storm and Missions. He has played in just five games and is hitting .231 in very limited playing time.
In the musical catchers shuffle, A.J. Kennedy goes from backing up Austin Allen to backing up Ryan Miller. The 22-year-old out of CSU Fullerton is hitting .154 in 10 games in Fort Wayne in 2016. 2015 14th-rounder Kyle Overstreet will get his first professional action outside of the Arizona League, presumably backing up Allen. The 22-year-old out of Alabama hit .202/.307/.269 a season ago with the AZL Padres.
Finally, a pair of pitchers flipped assignments, as righty Elliot Ashbeck will go to the Storm while big righty Trey Wingenter will go to Fort Wayne. Ashbeck, 22, started on Sunday in the second game of a doubleheader and allowed a single run in five innings of work. The 16th-rounder in 2015 has a 1.71 ERA in 21 innings with the TinCaps this season and opposing hitters are batting just .143 against the righty in 2016.
Wingenter, also 22, has pitched in a pair of games for the Storm and has not allowed a run in three innings of work, striking out five. The big righty should give the TinCaps a live arm in the back of the bullpen.