Desert Gators 4 - Sacramento River Cats 3
Key Statistics: C Rocky Gale 2-3, 2B; 2B Carlos Asuaje 1-3, RBI, BB: PH Jason Hagerty 1-1; RF Hunter Renfroe 1-4, HR (13), RBI; SS Nick Noonan 1-3, BB: RHP Carlos Pimentel (L, 5-4) 5.0 IP 8 H 4 R 4 ER 2 BB 3 K HR;
Prospect Watch: On "What Could Have Been Night" “the El Paso Desert Gators" (and for a reason on the origin of the nickname click here) had a tough night as they lost a potential game winning grand slam by third baseman Ryan Schimpf in the eighth inning as the ball curled too high above the right field foul pole. The umpires couldn't determine whether it was fair, and ruled it foul despite a vigorous protest by El Paso manager Rod Barajas. There is no video reviews in the minors, so it stood. It was El Paso’s third straight loss…In 16 games Jabari Blash is hitting .234 with eight extra-base hits and a 10/14 walk-to-strike-out ratio..Alex Dickerson’s average finally fell below .400 to a “slumping” .398..Renfroe now is tied for home run lead on the team with Schimpf with 13 and is third overall in the PCL.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Frisco RoughRiders 3 - Missions 2
Key Statistics: LF River Stevens 1-4; SS Jose Rondon 3-5, 3 2B, RBI; 1B Mike Olt 2-4, 2B; CF Nelson Ward 1-3, BB; RHP Dinelson Lamet (L, 0-1) 5.0 IP 3 H 3 R 3 ER 4 BB 5 K; RHP Adam Cimber 2.0 IP H BB 2 K; LHP Kyle McGrath 2.0 IP H 2 K.
Prospect Watch: Lamet, after going 7-1 with a 2.35 ERA for the High-A Storm, didn’t give up a hit until the fourth inning in his Double-A debut. He finally allowed a run in the sixth, when he gave up three consecutive singles. Despite a somewhat misleading box score, it was a strong outing for the top pitching prospect in the organization at the Double-A level and above…another big night for Rondon who now has nine hits in his past 13 plate appearances. His overall slash line is .271/.301/.384…Nelson Ward started his third straight game in center field for the injured Auston Bousfield…River Stevens has a .320/.419/.320 line in eight games since being promoted to San Antonio.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see San Antonio Express-News.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 7 - Storm 3
Key Statistics: 1B Trae Santos 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI; CF Franchy Cordero 2-4, 2B; RHP Zech Lemond (L, 1-2) 3.0 IP 9 H 6 R 6 ER BB K; LHP Taylor Cox 2.0 IP 2 H R ER BB 2 K HR; RHP Trey Wingenter 2.0 IP 2 BB 2 K; RHP Phil Maton 1.0 IP; RHP Colby Blueberg 1.0 IP 2 H 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm lost their sixth in their past seven games..Franchy Cordero is leading the Cal League in triples with seven and had a solid May hitting .308/.339/.450. After two years of dealing with defensive problems at shortstop he seems to have finally found a home in center field and at the plate. Hopefully the organization lets him stay with the Storm for the full year to consolidate his gains.…Santos now has seven RBI in nine games. After a truly abysmal April where he hit .097, he’s pulling up his overall numbers..MadFriars’ top prospect SS Javier Guerra is hitting .201 and it's no longer early in the season...Lemond had his worst outing of the year and saw his ERA rise from 3.50 to 5.57 in 21 innings and four starts…The Storm bullpen only gave up a single run after Lemond was replaced in the third…Colby Blueberg, a Cal League All-Star this season who many believe resembles Padres’ reliever Kevin Quackenbush in his ability to hide the ball, has a 1.04 ERA in 27 innings this season.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
Dayton Dragons 11 - TinCaps 1
Key Statistics: CF Michael Gettys 2-4; SS Rudy Giron 2-4; RHP Jacob Nix (L, 0-3) 3.0 IP 8 H 7 R 5 ER BB 2 K; RHP Ty France 2.0 IP 2 H K.
Prospect Watch: In Dayton the TinCaps were scored on early and often as Jacob Nix, who was nearly perfect in his first nine starts, has been hit hard in two of his past three outings...The TinCaps had won five in a row and eight of their last nine before today…In eight games in June Gettys is hitting .394/.412/.424 and has 23 steals in 31 attempts for the year. He still has struck out 61 times in 59 games, but he also has a .378 on-base percentage. He’s making progress…Rudy Giron, after a big year last season, is still in a nasty slump. He is hitting .187 in 197 plate appearances…Also have to wonder if the Padres will consider sending Carlos Belen, who is hitting .185 in 164 plate appearances, back to Tri-Cities when their season begins next week…Finally infielder Ty France, and SDSU alumni, made his pitching debut and according to the report from TinCaps’ broadcaster Mike Monaco, pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning and a scoreless ninth - which was better than any other TinCaps’ pitcher for the evening.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.