Chihuahuas 6, Fresno Grizzlies 4
Key Statistics: RF Hunter Renfroe 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, R, RBI; SS Nick Noonan 2-for-4, 2B, 4RBI; 3B Casey McElroy 2-for-3, BB, 2R, RBI;
Prospect Watch: After being limited to just two hits and a pair of walks through the first five innings by rehabbing Astros righty Lance McCullers, the Chihuahuas put up six runs in their final two innings to claim the victory Saturday. For the third time in four games, Hunter Renfroe had multiple hits, connecting for a double and triple in four plate appearances. In that span, he's nudged his batting average back up to .291 and his slugging percentage now sits at .583, good for third in the Pacific Coast League. ... A night after his streak of multi-hit games ended at six, Casey McElroy started a new streak by going 2-for-3 with a walk. The 26-year-old infielder now has a .902 OPS in 13 games since joining the Chihuahuas. ... Jose Pirela got his first action at second base for the Chihuahuas this evening, logging eight innings before he moved back to left field and Carlos Asuaje shifted back to the dirt. That may turn out to be quite relevant for the Padres as Jemile Weeks is headed to the disabled list in San Diego. Pirela is the only player other than Jose Rondon on the 40-man roster with any infield experience who isn't already with the big league club.
Corpus Christi Hooks 2 - Missions 0
Key Statistics: CF Auston Bousfield 1-for-3, 2B; RHP Bryan Rodriguez 7IP, 3H, 2ER, 1BB, 1K
Prospect Watch: For the second time in as many weeks, San Antonio has run a losing streak to six games as the club was blanked by a trio of Hooks pitchers. Bryan Rodriguez was the hard-luck loser despite giving up only three hits over seven innings. The big righty had gone as deep in one earlier start this year, and now sports a 2.78 ERA across two levels despite a pedestrian 17:11 strikeout-to-walk ratio. His one strikeout tonight was his lowest total of the year. ... Among the Missions' five hits, Nelson Ward had two singles and Auston Bousfield had the only extra-base knock.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.
San Jose Storm 2 - Storm 1
Key Statistics: CF Franchy Cordero 2-for-4, 2B, R; RHP Elliot Ashbeck 3.1IP, 2H, 1R (0ER), 1K, 1BB; RHP Martires Arias 1IP, 0H, 0R, 1K, 0BB
Prospect Watch: The Storm bats continued to be quiet, plating just one late run as the team dropped their third straight and fifth in six contests. Newly-promoted righty Elliot Ashbeck took the loss even though he didn't give up an earned run in his 3.1 innings of work. The 22-year-old, who becomes the first member of the 2015 draft class to join the Elsinore rotation, gave up two hits through three, then left the game after a one-out walk in the fourth. He'd thrown only 49 pitches at that point, but despite the one walk, had struggled a bit with command. ... Ashbeck's arrival coincided with moving Martires Arias to the bullpen. The gigantic righty worked a clean inning with one strikeout. More significantly, he didn't walk a hitter for the first time this year. He'll now work along-side Brad Wieck in the pen. Wieck, who worked two more scoreless frames Saturday and now has 24 strikeouts in 17.2 innings, was Arias's teammate in Savannah last spring when both were members of the Mets organization. Wieck, who at 6'9" is one inch shorter than Arias, presents an interesting counterbalance to Arias. ... Outfielders Franchy Cordero and Edwin Moreno each had a pair of hits on the night, but Cordero's double was the only extra-base hit of the night.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
TinCaps 7 Kane County Cougars 4
Key Statistics: C Kyle Overstreet 2-for-4, 2RBI; 3B Carlos Belen 1-for-4, HR (1), 3RBI; RHP Jacob Nix 2IP, 4H, 1ER, 2K, 1BB; RHP Enyel De Los Santos 5IP, 4H, 2ER, 5K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps rallied for nine runs in the ninth inning to grab the win and their fourth consecutive series victory. Carlos Belen, 20, fueled the late rally with a massive three-run homer to left. It was the first round-tripper for Belen since joining the team. He's struggled to make consistent, hard contact in the Midwest League, working to a .143/.189/.265 line through 13 games, though amazingly, his 32 percent strikeout rate is actually down from last season in Tri-City. ... The Padres continue to be cautious with the first-year teenagers on the TinCaps pitching staff, holding Jacob Nix to only 48 pitches in two innings of work Saturday. The righty surrendered four hits and one earned run before turning it over to Enyel De Los Santos. The 20-year-old Dominican gave up two as he matched a season-high five innings of work, striking out five along the way. ... Kyle Overstreet got his first action behind the plate since joining the club from extended earlier this week. As we noted in our spring training notebook, Overstreet was hitting the ball hard when we saw him in March.
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