Chihuahuas 2, Albuquerque Isotopes 1 (13)
Key Statistics: 2B Carlos Asuaje, 2-for-7, RS; RF Hunter Renfroe, 2-for-7, 2B, RBI; SS-3B Casey McElroy, 3-for-6, 2B; C Rocky Gale, 2-for-5, 2B, BB, RS; LHP Frank Garces, 6 IP, 4H, ER, BB, 4K; RHP Derek Eitel, 2IP, 4K; RHP Jose Dominguez, 2IP, K; RHP Eric Yardley (W, 2-0) IP, K.
Prospect Watch: It seems like we talk about El Paso’s ridiculous offensive production on a nightly basis but the bullpen was the story of this win. Five relievers combined for seven shutout innings, allowing just one hit, no walks and seven strikeouts ... Reliever Derek Eitel contributed two of those innings and did not allow a baserunner, while striking out four. Eitel, 28, spent the first six seasons of his professional career in the Diamondbacks’ organization before signing with San Diego in the off-season. Eitel, 28, has had an issue with walks in 2016 but has allowed just one free pass in six innings in June. Overall, the righty has a 2.38 ERA in 25 games for El Paso this season ... We haven’t mentioned infielder Casey McElroy in a while but the diminutive infielder had three hits Monday night. McElroy has seen time all over the infield but with Carlos Asauje, Ryan Schimpf, and Nick Noonan playing well, opportunities have been infrequent for the former Auburn Tiger. In 44 June plate appearances, McElroy is hitting .344/.417/.406.
Corpus Christi Hooks 8, Missions 1
Key Statistics: LF Nick Torres, 1-for-3; C Miguel Del Castillo, 1-for-3, 2B; RHP T.J. Weir, (L, 1-2) 4IP, 6H, 5ER, 4BB, 2K.
Prospect Watch: The Missions dropped their fourth straight to drop to 19-43 on the season -- 21 games behind first-place Corpus Christi with eight games left in the first half ... After two solid outings at the Double-A level, T.J. Weir struggled and got knocked around by the Hooks. Weir allowed five earned runs, while walking a season-high four batters. Still, it is fairly remarkable that the Kokomo, Indiana is starting games in Double-A; he was in the Fort Wayne bullpen this time last season. Weir will have plenty of opportunities this summer to prove he belongs as a starter.
High Desert Mavericks 6, Storm 4
Key Statistics: 2B Luis Urias, 2-for-5, 2B, RBI; 1B Trae Santos, 1-for-4, HR (2), RBI; RF Luis Tejada, 1-for-4, HR (5), RBI; C Jose Ruiz, 2-for-4, 2B; RHP Chris Huffman, (L, 6-2) 5.2IP, 8H, 5R, ER, 4BB, 3K; RHP Phil Maton, 2.1IP, H, ER, 3K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm’s struggles in June continued with a loss Monday night -- the team is now 3-8 this month ... First baseman Trae Santos took advantage of the hitter-friendly conditions of the High Desert and swatted his second homer of the year. Santos’ overall line won’t impress anyone but that also includes a horrendous April in which the former Troy slugger hit .097/.243/.177. Santos has an OPS over .800 in May/June and is third in the Cal League with 18 doubles ... RHP Chris Huffman had a rare off-night on Monday and took his second loss in 2016. The 23-year-old righty walked a season-high four and allowed five runs, although just one was earned. Despite the struggles, Huffman is third in the Cal League with a 2.05 ERA.
West Michigan WhiteCaps 8, TinCaps 3
Key Statistics: LF Kodie Tidwell, 2-for-5, RS, RBI; C Austin Allen, 3-for-4, (3) 2B, RBI; RF Tyler Moore, 2-for-4; LHP Jerry Keel (L, 3-5) 3IP, 5H, 3ER, BB; RHP Corey Kimber, 3IP, H, ER, BB, 3K.
Prospect Watch: Jerry Keel made his first professional start after 35 appearances as a reliever. Keel gave up three runs in three innings and took the loss. Keel has been a very good bullpen arm for Fort Wayne in 2016 and sports an ERA under two. He was a ninth-rounder last season out of Cal-State Northridge ... Catcher Austin Allen whacked a career-high three doubles in the Fort Wayne loss. After a forgettable May, Allen has heated up with the weather and has a .942 OPS in 12 games in June. It remains to be seen if Allen will be in line to a promotion to Lake Elsinore after the Midwest League All-Star Game ... Outfielder Michael Gettys left the game early, although Fort Wayne Gazette writer Chris Goff reports it was not due to an injury. We will be sure to get you more information as it is made available.