Fresno Grizzlies 5 - Chihuahuas 4
Key Statistics: CF Manuel Margot 2-4; LF Jose Pirela 2-4, 2B; RF Hunter Renfroe 2-3, BB; 1B James Loney 2-4, HR (2) 3 RBI; SS Nick Noonan 1-3, 2B, BB; RHP Jeremy Gutherie 5.0 IP 4 H 2 R 2 ER 5 BB 4 K; RHP Jose Dominguez (BS, 1) (L,0-1) 1.0 IP 3 H 2 R 2 ER BB K.
Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas thought they had the game won after Loney’s massive three-run home run to center field in the bottom of the ninth, but the Grizzlies were able to get to one of El Paso’s rotating closers who gave up two earned runs and the game. In his previous five appearances he hadn’t allowed a run…Gutherie had his best outing tonight, but still seems a long way off from being any help to the big club…Noonan is hitting .294 but has yet walk once in 68 at-bats…Casey McElroy finally had a hitless night after posting six straight multi-hit games and watching his batting average climb from .188 to .357. Not bad for a guy that didn’t make a roster out of spring.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Frisco Roughriders 6 - Missions 1
Key Statistics: 1B Mike Olt 2-4, 2B, RBI; LF Nick Torres 1-4, 2B; RHP Luis Diaz (L, 2-2) 6.) IP 7 H 4 R 4 ER 3 BB 6 K HR.
Prospect Watch: The Missions got down early in the second inning and could only generate three hits the rest of the night as San Antonio dropped their fifth in a row. After putting together a three-game winning streak in late-April, they have now dropped 11 of their last 12. Then again when the pitching staff has an ERA of 5.49 in one of the most pitching friendly parks in the minors, it’s not going to be a pretty year….A big organizational question is do they promote Dinelson Lamet, who has been one of the best pitching prospects in the organization. Do the Padres believe his development will he helped or hurt with a promotion from the Storm to the Missions?
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.
San Jose Giants 6 - Storm 4
Key Statistics: CF Franch Cordero 2-5; RF Franmil Reyes 2-4, RBI; 1B Trae Santos 3-4, 2B; RHP Chris Huffman 5.0 IP 5 H 4 R 4 ER BB 3 K; LHP Taylor Cox 2.0 IP K; RHP T.J. Weir (L, 1-2) 0.1 IP R ER BB.
Prospect Watch: The Storm tied the game in the top of the eighth, and as with the Chihuhuas tonight, saw their lead evaportate in the next inning as the Giants put up two runs in the bottom of the inning…Trae Santos, after an abysmal April in which he hit .097, is pulling out of his slump with three hits tonight, now has seven hits in his last 16 plate appearances with three walks. Last year he hit .176 in Fort Wayne before putting together a very good year…both 3B Josh VanMeter and manager Francisco Morales were thrown out of the game for arguing balls and strikes.
For further reading on the Storm please see the <a href=http://www.pe.com/sports/>Southwest Riverside News Network.</a></i><p>
TinCaps 5 - Kane County Cougars 4
Key Statistics: 2B Peter Van Gansen 3-5, RBI; C Austin Allen 2-5, RBI; RF Mason Smith 1-2, 2 RBI, BB; LF Rod Boykin 3-4; RHP Brett Kennedy (W, 2-1) 6.0 IP 8 H 2 R ER BB 10 K HR; RHP Trey Wingenter 2.0 IP H R BB 5 K; RHP Gerardo Reyes (S,1) 1.0 IP 2 H R ER BB 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps added an insurance run in the eighth and held on in the ninth for their fourth win in the past six games…A great effort by Wingenter and Reyes who got seven of the last nine outs by strikeout. Wingenter a sevententh round draft pick out of Auburn is an interesting prospect at 6’7” and has made appearances this year both with the TinCaps and the Storm after not breaking camp. In a combined five innings of work he has ten strikeouts against a single walk…Another good start by Brett Kennedy who has a 2.54 ERA in 28.1 innings with a 38/7 strikeout to base-on-balls ratio. Kennedy, a 2015 pick out of Fordham, seems like a prime candidate for promotion…We’ve kind of run out of superlatives with Austin Allen at the plate, the only negative is six passed balls which leads the Midwest League.
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.