Chihuahuas 6, Iowa Cubs 1
Key Statistics: CF Manuel Margot, 2-for-4; SS Nick Noonan, 2-for-3, HR (2), 2 RS, 2 RBI; RF Hunter Renfroe, 1-for-4, HR (9), RBI; PH Alex Dickerson, 1-for-1, HR (7), 3 RBI; LHP Frank Garces, 5 IP, 6 H, ER, 5K; RHP Aaron Northcraft (W, 3-0) IP, H, 2 BB.
Prospect Watch: El Paso got a solid start from LHP Frank Garces and the Chihuahuas cruised to a 6-1 victory in Iowa ... Hunter Renfroe socked his ninth homer in the victory and added a pair of outfield assists, including one at home. Renfroe is now fifth in the PCL with nine home runs. One note of concern is the disparity of Renfroe’s home/road splits. The 24-year-old is hitting .406/.436/.719 at home vs. .219/.240/.439 on the road ... Blackjack! Alex Dickerson didn’t start but had a pinch-hit, three-run home run to extend his minor league hitting streak to 21 games. Dickerson is just biding time in the PCL for now, awaiting his next big league opportunity. The slugger from Poway is now hitting .414/.455/.697 for El Paso in 2016.
Frisco RoughRiders 11, Missions 1
Key Statistics: SS Jose Rondon, 3-for-4, E (6), RS; 1B Taylor Lindsey, 2-for-4; RHP Bryan Rodriguez, (L, 2-4) 6 IP, 12 H, 8 R, 6 ER, BB, K.
Prospect Watch: San Antonio was blown out Monday and now are a season-worst 17 games under .500 (13-30) ... RHP Bryan Rodriguez got knocked around by the Frisco RoughRiders and took the loss. The 24-year-old allowed 12 hits and eight runs (six earned). Rodriguez has been the ace of the Missions staff (not exactly a glowing endorsement) and has a 3.97 ERA on a staff that has a 5.40 ERA in 2016. Rodriguez has an unimpressive strikeout-to-walk ratio but has pitched at least six innings in four consecutive outings ... Infielder Taylor Lindsey singled twice and started at first base in the loss. Lindsey, once considered a top prospect in the Angels’ system looked like he might be regaining his status as a prospect after hitting .322/.400/.559 in April. However, a nasty slump in May has sapped nearly 70 points from his average. Lindsey is hitting just .143/.262/.161 in May. At the very least, Lindsey has shown the ability to play first, second and third.
Storm 14, Bakersfield Blaze 5
Key Statistics: 2B Luis Urias, 1-for-2, 3 BB, 4 RS, 2B; CF Franchy Cordero, 4-for-5, 2B, RS, 3 RBI; RF Luis Tejada, 2B, 2 RBI; LF Edwin Moreno, 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RS, RBI; RHP Brett Kennedy, 4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, ER, 4 BB, 2K; LHP Taylor Cox, (W, 1-1) 1.2 IP, H, ER, BB; RHP Blake Rogers (S, 1) 3 IP, H, ER, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm scored a season-high 14 runs to salvage a split against Bakersfield. The game also marked the debut of new Storm manager Lance Burkhart. David Jay has all the details on the manager change here ... Second baseman Luis Urias was a menace Monday night, as the 18-year-old infielder doubled, drew three walks and tied a career-high with four runs scored. The sweet-swinging teenager has scored 10 runs in his last five games and has walked (16 times in ‘16) more than he has struck out (14 times in ‘16). Urias leads Lake Elsinore with a .383 on-base percentage ... Center fielder Franchy Cordero continues to swing a hot bat, as the 21-year-old added three hits, including a double. Cordero is 18-for-40 (.450 average) over his last ten games with a home run and nine RBI and three stolen bases. Cordero’s OPS is .773 in Lake Elsinore -- a near 200 point improvement from 2015.
TinCaps 3, West Michigan Whitecaps 0
Key Statistics: 2B Kodie Tidwell, 2-for-3, 2B, RS; CF Michael Gettys 2-for-4, RS; LF Rod Boykin, 2-for-4; LHP Logan Allen (W, 3-2) 6 IP, 2 H, 5 K; RHP Trey Wingenter (S, 3) IP.
Key Statistics: The TinCaps rode Logan Allen’s best start of the season to a 3-0 win ... Allen celebrated his 19th birthday in style, pitching a career-high six shutout innings in the Fort Wayne victory. Allen actually threw more pitches in his last outing but was much more efficient Monday night. The lefty fired 70 pitches, 50 for strikes. Allen has not allowed a run in his last ten innings, spanning two starts. Allen now has a 1.91 ERA in nine games (five starts) ... Center fielder Michael Gettys had a pair of hits and moved his average above .300. Gettys, 20, is hitting .417 over his last 10 games. While the toolsy outfielder hasn’t hit for power, his plate discipline has significantly improved. Gettys has not struck out in four games, spanning 14 at-bats; he struck out 162 times in the Midwest League a season ago.
El Paso: Colin Rea optioned by San Diego, RHP Rafael De Paula promoted to El Paso, LHP Keith Hessler promoted to San Diego.
After starting yesterday’s loss to the Dodgers, Colin Rea was optioned to El Paso. The move could be temporary as Rea could be brought up for what would be his next start, assuming the Padres place a pitcher on the disabled list. Otherwise, Rea will just look to get some more seasoning.
De Paula, 25, pitched to 4.19 ERA in 13 games for the Missions, although his ERA is a bit inflated from one bad outing. The righty, acquired in the Chase Headley deal has a big fastball. The Missions figure to make a move or two tomorrow since they played Monday with 23 players, two below the maximum.
For the box scores of all the games please go to MILB scoreboards