Chihuahuas 4, Round Rock Express 3
Key Statistics: 3B Yangervis Solarte, 2-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI; LF Alex Dickerson, 2-for-4, RBI; RF Hunter Renfroe, 2-for-4; RHP Fabio Castillo, 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K. LHP Daniel Moskos, (W, 3-0) IP, H, K.
Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas won their sixth straight game on a walk-off single from rehabbing big leaguer Yangervis Solarte. Solarte had a triple and a single in his rehab debut ... Alex Dickerson is doing his best to make his latest stay in El Paso a short one. With two hits Thursday night, the former Indiana Hoosier is 10-for-13 in four games with three home runs. Dickerson’s OPS is a Bonds-like 1.170 in Triple-A this season ... LHP Daniel Moskos was the beneficiary of Solarte’s single as the reliever picked up his third win of the season with a scoreless inning in relief. Moskos, 30, was the 4th overall pick in the 2007 MLB Draft by Pittsburgh. His career has taken a few interesting turns, most notably a stint in the Atlantic League with the Lancaster (PA) Barnstormers in 2015. This season, Moskos has a 2.45 ERA in 18.1 innings, with 15 strikeouts with El Paso.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Corpus Christi Hooks 8, Missions 4
Key Statistics: LF Nick Torres, 2-for-4; 1B Mike Olt, 1-for-1, 3 BB; RF Nick Schulz, 2-for-4, RS; C Ryan Miller, 2-for-4, RS, RBI; RHP Michael Kelly, 7 IP, 7 H, ER, BB, 6 K; LHP Ramon Benjamin, (L, 0-2) 0.1 IP, 2 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, K.
Prospect Watch: Perhaps the reports of Michael Kelly’s demise were premature. A few weeks ago, after a brutal start in Bakersfield, it looked like Kelly could be a release candidate. However, Kelly has had two quality starts for a Missions staff that has an ERA approaching six. Kelly, 23, threw seven innings, allowing just a single run while striking out six. Kelly has a 2.25 ERA in two starts for the Missions with just two walks to go with 12 strikeouts in 12 innings of work. Kelly hasn’t missed bats this consistently since a nice run with the Eugene Emeralds back in 2013. With the Missions rotation struggling, Kelly should continue to get an opportunity to reinvent himself back into a true prospect ... Shortstop Jose Rondon went 1-for-5 but is in the midst of a prolonged slump that has sapped his batting average. Rondon is 5-for-45 over his last 11 games, although one of those hits was an opposite-field home run. The recent slump has lowered the shortstop’s average from .333 to .256. Rondon has a .652 OPS this season -- 70 points lower than his career mark.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.
Storm 6, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 2
Key Statistics: 2B Luis Urias, 3-for-5, 3 RS, 3B, RBI; CF Franchy Cordero, 3-for-4, RS, 2 RBI; RHP T.J. Weir, (W, 2-2) 5 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 5 K; LHP Jose Torres, (H, 7) 2 IP, 2 H, unearned run, K.
Prospect Watch: Lake Elsinore scored three runs in the first and pulled away later ... Second baseman Luis Urias had three hits, including a triple. The youngest player in the Cal League doesn’t turn 19 until June 3rd but he has been the Storm’s most consistent everyday player in 2016. Urias is hitting .303/.367/.387 and has only struck out 14 times in 142 at-bats ... RHP T.J. Weir made the start and pitched well, allowing just one run in five innings of work. Weir, 24, has primarily pitched out of the bullpen in his professional career but has started two consecutive games. Weir was part of the Storm’s dynamic bullpen and the righty from Ball State has a 1.96 ERA in his first trip through the Cal League.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
TinCaps 5, Lansing Lugnuts 4
Key Statistics: 3B Carlos Belen, 2-for-2, 2 RS, 2B, 2 RBI; LF Rod Boykin, 2-for-3, 3B, RS, 3 RBI; RHP Enyel De Los Santos, 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, BB, 3 K; RHP Angel Mejia (W, 1-1) 1.1 IP, H, 2 BB; RHP Trey Wingenter, (S, 2) 1.2 IP, BB, K.
Prospect Watch: Speedy outfielder Rod Boykin had three hits, including a triple to go with three RBI in the TinCaps win. Boykin, 21, had a bases-clearing triple in the second inning and later added a single. Boykin had been in an 0-for-24 prior to a two-hit game yesterday. The 12th-rounder in 2013 has game-changing speed but has struck out in 36.5% of his at-bats this season. If Boykin can make consistent contact, his abilities and athleticism make him a player to watch ... RHP Enyel De Los Santos pitched a season-high six innings and allowed four runs but only two were earned. The hard-throwing righty also threw 77 pitches, 54 for strikes. De Los Santos has a solid 2.70 ERA in eight starts in the Midwest League in 2016.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
El Paso: Received third baseman Yangervis Solarte on a rehab assignment. RHP Tayron Guerrero optioned back to El Paso.
San Antonio: Released LHP Kyle Bartsch, RHP Eric Yardley sent back to El Paso.
Well, at least Kyle Bartsch will always be the answer to a trivia question. Bartsch, 25, was the first player acquired by Padres general manager A.J. Preller, when he acquired the left-handed reliever from Kansas City in exchange for Reymond Fuentes. The southpaw was the Royals’ 7th round pick in 2013, out of South Alabama. Bartsch had a 8.31 ERA in 10 games for the Missions. Opposing hitters were hitting a Tony Gwynn-like .390 off of the hurler.
Yardley is back in San Antonio for the third time in 2016 but the side-winding reliever has thrown quite well this season. Between the two stops, Yardley has a 2.20 ERA in 12 games between San Antonio and El Paso in 2016.