Chihuahuas 6, Sacramento RiverCats 3
Key Statistics: 1B-3B Jose Pirela, 1-for-4, HR (2), RS, 2 RBI; RF Hunter Renfroe, 3-for-4, (3) 2B, 2 RS; 3B Casey McElroy, 2-for-4, RBI; SS Nick Noonan, 2-for-4, 2 RS; LHP Frank Garces, 5.2 IP, 7 H, ER, BB, 4 K; RHP Eric Yardley, (BS,1)(W, 1-0) IP, 2 H, ER, K.
Prospect Watch: A day after his 29-game hitting streak was snapped, Alex Dickerson started a new streak by doubling in a pinch-hitting appearance ... RF Hunter Renfroe tied a season-high with three doubles in the El Paso victory. More impressively, Renfroe has only struck out once in his last 30 plate appearances. The former first-rounder has a .964 OPS in the PCL this season ... Don’t look now but former big league reliever Frank Garces may be reestablishing himself as a starter. The 26-year-old lefty hasn’t started regularly since 2013, but he has allowed just three earned runs in 16.2 innings since transitioning to the El Paso rotation. With Jeremy Guthrie’s release, Garces is sure to remain in the El Paso rotation for the foreseeable future.
Northwest Arkansas Naturals 5, Missions 1
Key Statistics: LF Nick Torres, 2-for-3, BB, SB (4); 3B Gabriel Quintana, 2-for-4, HR (5), RBI, RS; RHP T.J. Weir (L, 0-1) 5 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 K.
Prospect Watch: The Missions dropped their third straight to the Royals’ affiliate and are now 20 games under .500 ... RHP T.J. Weir was named the Cal League Pitcher of the Week a few days ago and he was rewarded by a promotion to the Texas League. The righty gave up nine hits in five innings but he only allowed two runs, while striking out five. The 24-year-old had a 1.45 ERA with the Storm ... Third baseman Gabriel Quintana accounted for the only run, launching his fifth homer of the year. The 22-year-old has delivered his consistent brand of decent power and little plate discipline. Quintana is tied for the team lead with five homers and leads San Antonio with 27 RBI. The Dominican third baseman was only walked five times this season.
Storm 2, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 1
Key Statistics: 3B Josh VanMeter, 3-for-4, RS; RF Franmil Reyes, 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI; SS Javier Guerra, 2-for-3, 2B, BB; RHP Chris Huffman (W, 5-1) 6 IP, 4 H, BB, 4 K; RHP Jon Edwards (H, 1) IP, 3 K; LHP Brad Wieck (S, 1) 1.1 IP, BB, K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm won their third straight game to even their record at 27-27 ... RHP Jon Edwards made his first rehab appearance and struck out the side in the seventh inning. Judging by the recent events in the Padres’ bullpen, his return can’t come soon enough ... Infielder Fernando Perez came off of the disabled list and started at DH. He went 1-for-4. Perez had been on the DL since mid-April ... RHP Chris Huffman came off of the disabled list and pitched six shutout innings. Huffman has quietly won five games for the Storm and his outing Thursday lowered hid ERA to 2.35. Huffman recently did an interview with us. You can read that here ... Third baseman Josh VanMeter had three hits, all singles in the win. VanMeter has already doubled his career-high in homers with six and has a solid .871 OPS in the Cal League in 2016.
TinCaps: David made the excursion to Fort Wayne. Read his report here.
Chihuahuas: Received pitcher Eric Yardley from San Antonio. RHP Colin Rea promoted to San Diego, RHP Leonel Campos optioned to El Paso, RHP Jeremy Guthrie released.
Leonel Campos is back in El Paso after a brief appearance with the big league club. RHP Jeremy Guthrie opted out of his deal and was released by the organization. Guthrie had a 6.60 ERA and failed to impress a club who sorely lacks pitching depth at the big league level.
Missions: Received RHP T.J. Weir and INF/OF River Stevens from Lake Elsinore.
Weir started Thursday and took the loss for San Antonio. Stevens is back with the Missions for the second time this season and will look to supply some flexibility for the struggling Missions.
Storm: Activated RHP Chris Huffman and INF Fernando Perez from the disabled list; RHP Jon Edwards assigned to Lake Elsinore on a rehab assignment.