Chihuahuas 6 – Sacramento River Cats 5
Key Stats: RHP Daniel McCutchen 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, ER, 3 BB, 2 K; CF Manuel Margot 2-5; 2B Jose Pirela 2-4, 2B, RBI BB; RF Hunter Renfroe 1-5, 2 RS; LF Jabari Blash 4-4, 2 2B, 2 RS, 2 RBI, BB
Prospect Watch: Alex Dickerson’s 29 game hitting streak came to an end. It was not only a personal record but also set an El Paso record. He went 0-5 on the day… The man of three possible outcomes, Jabari Blash, had a fourth outcome… he singled. Entering today’s game Blash had four extra base hits compared to only one single. Today Blash hit two more extra base hits, but also two singles. Blash now has nine hits on the year for El Paso, three singles, three doubles, and three home runs. After today his OPS jumped up to an impressive 1.036, which would put him second on the team (Dickerson 1.083).
NW Arkansas Naturals 7 - Missions 5
Key Stats: RHP Bryce Morrow 6 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, K (L, 1-7); RHP Elliot Morris 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, ER, K; LF Nick Torres 2-4, 2B, RS; 3B Mike Olt 1-4, 2B,RS, RBI: RF Yeison Asencio 1-4, 2B, RS, RBI
Prospect Watch: In two full years in the minors RHP Elliot Morris had all of five relief appearances. After being injured to start 2016 he now has made five relief appearances. Morris, a former fourth round pick, was cruising through the minors before reaching AA. He saw his BAA increase over 60 points, his WHIP sore nearly half a runner an inning, and his ERA jump by over 1.5 runs. Through only five games his numbers look remarkably similar, 4.91 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, .300 BAA. Lets hope this is just him shaking off the rust.
Storm 5 – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 3
Key Stats: RHP Walker Lockett 7 IP, 6 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K (W, 1-1); 3B Josh VanMeter 1-5, HR (6), RBI; LF Edwin Moreno 2-4, RS; DH Franmil Reyes 1-4, HR (3), 3 RBI 1B Trae Santos 3-4
Prospect Watch: There are slumps and then there are SLUMPS, top prospect Javier Guerra is mired in a 1-34 slump and 3-61 slump dating back to when I saw him look like a top prospect back on May 11th. He finished May with just a .131/.196/.192 line with 35 strikeouts in just 25 games… While Guerra is slumping, Walker Lockett has looked like the hyped prospect from two years ago. While Lockett’s strikeout numbers are not staggering, Lockett recorded 12 ground outs over his seven innings of work. Lockett continued June where he left off in May. He has allowed no more than one earned run in five of his last six starts (dating back to Fort Wayne), and after a rough first start in the Cal League has thrown 14 innings allowing all of one earned run.
TinCaps 6 – South Bend Cubs 2
Key Stats: RHP Jean Cosme 5 IP, 5 H, ER, K (W, 5-2); SS Rudy Giron 1-3, RS, RBI; RF Jhonatan Pena 1-3, 2 RBI; CF Michael Gettys 1-4, RBI; 3B Carlos Belen 1-3, 2B, RS, RBI, BB
Prospect Watch: 3B Carlos Belen had all the hype coming out of the Dominican. He even, somewhat, lived up to that hype in 2014 hitting .256/.348/.541 in Peoria. Since then it has been a different story. Belen put up a .682 OPS last year and has performed even worse this year (.603 OPS). However, every box score he seems to have a hit. While he has hit safely in 22 of the 35 games he has only four multihit games this year and no games with more than two hits. Belen did have a small uptick in numbers from April (.535 OPS) to May (.601) hopefully his 1.167 OPS in June stays.