Chihuahuas 7 - New Orleans Zephyrs 6
Key Statistics: RF Hunter Renfroe 3-for-5, HR (6), 3RBI; 2B Diego Goris 2-for-3, 2BB, 2B, RBI, 2R; 3B Ryan Schimpf 2-for-3, 2BB, RBI, R
Prospect Watch: Hunter Renfroe continues to build a case for his readiness for the big leagues, collecting three hits including his sixth homer of the year. The right-handed hitter now sports a .311 average for the month of May, which is better than he hit in April, though his slugging percentage is off from the stellar mark he had through the first month. Among the most encouraging signs from the corner outfielder is that for the month, he's only struck out seven times in 63 plate appearances. While he still has some finishing touches to focus on, including adjustments to breaking balls and increasing his walk totals, but his early-season performance is one of the reasons the organization felt comfortable risking sending Rule 5 pick Jabari Blash back to the Mariners. ... While the big league club continues to deal with an avalanche of injuries to middle infielders, they have a group performing quite well in El Paso. Carlos Asuaje was held hitless on Sunday, but is hitting .328 while he works to add versatility by playing left field as well. Diego Goris, the 25-year-old former minor league Rule 5 pick, owns a 989 OPS since joining the Chihuahuas in April. Free agent signees Ryan Schimpf and Nick Noonan are posting solid numbers at the plate, and system veteran Casey McElroy still sports an average north of .400.
Missions rained out
The Missions and RockHounds were washed out on Sunday. They will make up the game when the Missions are in Midland next month.
Storm 6 - Lancaster JetHawks 3
Key Statistics: 1B Trae Santos 3-for-4, HBP, HR (1), 3RBI; LF Luis Tejada 2-for-5, 3B, 2 Outfield Assists; RHP Dinelson Lamet 5IP, 7H, 3ER, 4K, 4BB, 3WP
Prospect Watch: It was an odd afternoon in the Mojave Sunday as the wind whipped through Lancaster. The Storm claimed the victory as Dinelson Lamet had his first less-than-stellar outing of the year, bolstered by TraeSantos's first homer of the season. The big first baseman, who had a nightmare April, has been stellar throughout May, hitting .366/.480/.585 this month. ... Lamet struggled through the game, but still picked up his sixth victory of the year. In five innings, he gave up season-highs in hits, runs, walks and wild pitches, but even after the game still has the fourth-best ERA on the circuit. ... The Storm bullpen continued it's dominant performance as Brad Wieck, Jose Torres, and Colby Blueberg combined for four scoreless innings. They are among six current relievers with an ERA at or below 2.00.
West Michigan White Caps 1 TinCaps 0
Key Statistics: RHP Walker Lockett 7IP, 5H, 1ER, 3K, 0BB; 1B Brad Zunica 2-for-4
Prospect Watch: After starting the year with one of the hottest offenses in the minor leagues, they've been sputtering over the last few weeks. Today's game was the sixth time they've been held to two or fewer runs in the last seven contests. The power outage has undermined several strong pitching performances, including Walker Lockett's seven inning performance Sunday. Lockett gave up only one run on five hits, and now has surrendered two earned over 17.2 frames in his last three outings. While his 29 total strikeouts in 45 innings aren't stellar, he's also limited self-inflicted damage by walking only eight hitters so far. ... Big righty Trey Wingenter finished out the game with another clean frame, needing only seven pitches to record a strikeout, grounder and pop out. The Auburn product has whiffed nine hitters in three outings since joining the TinCaps and has 14 Ks overall in 7.1 innings at two stops this season.
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