Round Rock Express 16 - Chihuahuas 7
Key Statistics: RF Hunter Renfroe 3-for-5, 2B, R, 2K; DH Jabari Blash 2-for-4, 2HR, 4RBI, BB, K; LF Alex Dickerson 2-for-5, 2R; LHP James Loney 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0K, 1BB
Prospect Watch:The Express one again blitzed the El Paso pitching staff, this time posting an 11 run third inning to make Sunday afternoon's contest a laugher. It was the third straight game that the Rangers' top farm team posted double-digit run totals, and the fifth time this month an opponent has pulled off the feat. The Chihuahuas have only held an opponent under four runs three times in that same span. Jabari Blash, who had to leave Saturday's game because of cramping, is off to quite a start for the Chihuahuas. He blasted a pair of homers on Sunday and now has three in 10 plate appearances. True to form, only two of his plate appearances thus far have ended in something other than a homer, walk (2) or strikeout (3). ... Hunter Renfroe collected his eighth multi-hit game in his last nine contests, knocking a double and pair of singles in five trips to the plate. He did strike out in his other two at-bats, marking the first time this month he's whiffed more than once in a game. He nonetheless pushed his OPS for May up to .968. ... Starter Daniel McCutchen took the brunt of the damage on the mound, giving up nine runs on 11 hits in only 2.1 innings of work. It marked his shortest outing in 31 starts for El Paso since the start of last year. Jose Dominguez stepped out of his late-inning role and was tagged for four runs of his own in 1.2 innings. Things got ugly enough that long-time big league first baseman James Loney made his first professional appearance as a pitcher, and worked a scoreless ninth inning. The club hits the road for an eight game road trip through the "flatland" portion of the Pacific Coast League tomorrow in Iowa and Omaha. The staff will hope for some reprieve at low elevation.
Frisco RoughRiders 7 - Missions 1
Key Statistics: DH Yeison Asencio 2-for-4, SB (3); RHP Luis Diaz 3IP, 6H, 5R (4ER), 2K, 3BB, 82P
Prospect Watch: As if the Missions haven't had enough challenges this month, Sunday they played the role of the Washington Generals in Yu Darvish's last minor league rehab appearance before rejoining the Texas Rangers. The big league ace held them to only three hits over six innings. Yeison Asencio, who rejoined the club from El Paso on Monday, had two of the safeties and also swiped a base against Darvish. The 26-year-old outfielder has hit in six of seven contests since coming back down to the Texas League. ... Big righty Luis Diaz continues to have a rough go of it in his second crack at Double-A. The 24-year-old minor league free agent signee made it through only three innings, yielding four earned runs in the process. On the season, he's posted a 5.40 ERA through nine starts, a close match to his 5.47 mark for the Red Sox Eastern League affiliate Portland (Maine) Sea Dogs last season. While he's actually improved his strikeout and walk numbers significantly in his first season as a Padres farmhand, he's also on a pace for more homers allowed than he's given up in the last three campaigns combined.
Bakersfield Blaze 6 - Storm 4
Key Statistics: 2B Luis Urias 2-for-3, BB, HBP, 2R, E (10); 3B Josh VanMeter 2-for-4, HR (4), 2RBI, BB; RHP Chris Huffman 5.2IP, 5H, 3R (1ER), 3K, 3BB; LHP Jose Torres 1IP, 4H, 3ER, 2K, 1BB, L
Prospect Watch: The Blaze rallied for three runs in the ninth against the usually reliable Storm bullpen to take their second straight at the Diamond. Lefty Jose Torres gave up all three to take the loss and his second blown save of the year. Acquired from Oakland along with Drew Pomeranz, the hard-throwing reliever, who is the only member of the 40-man roster playing below San Antonio, entered with a 1.77 ERA on the year. ... Second baseman Luis Urias had a pair of hits and reached base four times to push his average back over .300 for the year and move his on-base percentage up to .424. The sweet-swinging Mexican native drew a walk, but is still in the uncustomary position of having struck out more often (14) than he's earned a free pass (13) this year. He also committed his 10th error of the year, with five of them at his most natural position of second base, three at third and two in limited exposure at shortstop. He's a guy whose youth and raw tools imply that he'll eventually be an above-average defender, even with a slow first step, but he just needs to get more in-game experience.
Organizational note: As we first told subscribers on Saturday, Manager Francisco Morales has resigned from the organization. The 43-year-old former catcher was in his third year with the organization and second as a manager. He led many of the players currently on the Storm roster to a playoff berth with the TinCaps last year after serving as the hitting coach in San Antonio in 2014. Tony Tarasco, who was in uniform for the Storm and actually managed them in-game through their first roadtrip of the season even as Morales handled pregame instruction, will take over as the club's manager. Tarasco, a Los Angeles native and eight-year big leaguer, had joined the organization as minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator this winter, taking over for Tarrik Brock, who joined the big league staff. The organization has been tight-lipped about the change, but we'll work to get you further information in the coming days.
West Michigan Whitecaps 2 - TinCaps 1
Key Statistics: 3B Carlos Belen 2-for-4, RBI; CF Michael Gettys 1-for-3, 3B, HBP, OF Assist; RHP J.C. Cosme 5IP, 4H, 0ER, 4K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: In the mix with plenty of high profile pitchers, it can be easy to skip past J.C. Cosme. But the hurler, who turns 20 Tuesday, has more than held his own after joining the organization in exchange for Odrisamer Despaigne this spring. The slight righty worked five scoreless frames on Sunday, limiting the Whitecaps to only four hits. Originally drafted by the Orioles out of Puerto Rico as one of the younger pitchers in his class in 2014, Cosme has an impressive 34:9 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 36 innings for the TinCaps. Like most of his staffmates, he's been limited to no more than five frames in a piggy-back role through the season's first two months. ... In addition to his impressive work at the plate and on the basepaths, Michael Gettys continues to show that he's a weapon in the field as well. On Sunday, he was credited with his eighth outfield assist of the year, one off the Midwest League lead and tied with Manuel Margot for best in the system. Unfortunately for the TinCaps, the 20-year-old's throw was missed by backup catcher Kyle Overstreet, allowing the decisive run to come across in the eighth inning. Gettys is making a pretty strong case for a mid-season promotion to Lake Elsinore, as his triple today pushed his average up to .296 with a .771 OPS.
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