Chihuahuas 13, Reno Aces 3
Key Statistics: 3B Casey McElroy, 2-for-5, RBI; CF Hunter Renfroe, 3-for-6, 2R, HR (18), 4RBI; C Austin Hedges, 3-for-6, 3R, 2B, RBI; 1B Hector Sanchez, 2-for-5, HR (3), 2RBI, 2B; RF Jabari Blash, 1-for-3, HR (8), 2R, 2RBI; LF Jason Hagerty, 2-for-4, (2) 2B, BB, 2RBI; PH-2B Taylor Lindsey, 2-for-2, R, 2B; RHP Bryan Rodriguez, 6IP, 6H, 2ER, 2BB, 5K.
Prospect Watch: A big night for El Paso offense, as the club had 20 hits, including three homers in the win ... Catcher Austin Hedges’ homer streak ended at five games but the catcher added three more hits, including a double. The 23-year-old is hitting a robust .372 on the season ... Big league veteran Hector Sanchez started at first and blasted a homer -- his third in the last two games in the win. With Hedges on the roster, Sanchez will be relegated to backup duty but should get at-bats playing first and DH’ing occasionally ... Jason Hagerty made his first professional appearance in left field and had three hits to raise his average to .299. The former Miami product may be evolving into the role that former Chihuahua Cody Decker had the last few seasons -- an organizational veteran who can play multiple positions and supply power.
Missions: The Missions have reached the all-star break. The Texas League All-Star Game takes place tomorrow.
Inland Empire 66’ers 10, Storm 1
Key Statistics: 2B Luis Urias, 2-for-4, R, 3B; LF Franchy Cordero, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI; RHP Chris Huffman (L, 6-3) 3.1IP, 6H, 7R, 6ER, K; RHP Phil Maton, IP. H, 2K.
Prospect Watch: After scoring 43 runs in a four-game series in Lancaster, the Storm returned home and scored a single run against the worst team in the Cal League ... RHP Chris Huffman had a great first half that culminated in starting the Cal v Carolina All-Star Game but he struggled Monday night. The former James Madison righty allowed six earned runs in 3.1 innings to raise his ERA to 2.79. Huffman can touch 93 mph but generally sits 89-91 ... Second baseman Luis Urias had a pair of hits off of big leaguer Tyler Skaggs, who is rehabbing with the 66’ers. Urias is hitting .324, good for third in the league. Urias barrels up the ball as well as anyone in the system and is developing power. He’s still just 19 ... Phil Maton pitched a scoreless inning in relief and struck out a pair of hitters. Maton, 23, has built on last year’s dominance in the Northwest League and is producing the same type of video game numbers in 2016. The righty from Louisiana Tech did miss a month with an injury but he has not shown any lingering effects. Maton has a 28:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio to go with a 1.29 ERA in 15 appearances for Fort Wayne and Lake Elsinore this season.
TinCaps: John Conniff was in Fort Wayne to check out the TinCaps. Read about the game here.
Dust Devils 7, Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 2
Key Statistics: 2B Jose Savinon, 2-for-6, 3B, R; DH Kyle Overstreet, 2-for-5, 2R; 1B Carlos Sosa, 2-for-3, 2 RBI; RHP Emmanuel Ramirez (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, ER, 2BB, 5K; RHP Dalton Erb, IP, 2H, ER, BB, K.
Prospect Watch: Righty Emmanuel Ramirez pitched six solid innings, allowing just a single earned run in six innings. The 21-year-old has a 1.20 ERA in 15 innings with the Dust Devils in 2016. Ramirez didn’t make a team this spring but pitched in nine games out of the bullpen for Fort Wayne. DH Kyle Overstreet had a pair of hits in the Tri-City win Monday night. The 14th rounder a season ago started in extended spring training, before playing 11 games for Fort Wayne. Overstreet figures to get the majority of reps at catcher for the Dust Devils in 2016. Over his first ten games in Pasco, the former Alabama backstop is hitting .250/.311/.250.
AZL Padres 4, AZL White Sox 3
Key Statistics: DH Hudson Potts, 1-for-4, R, 2B; SS Fernando Tatis Jr., 3-for-4, HR (1), R, 2 RBI; 2B Ariel Ortega, 2-for-4, RBI; RHP Starlin Cordero, 3IP, 4H, 2ER, BB, 3K; RHP Lake Bachar (W, 1-0) 3IP, 2H, ER, 5K; LHP Ben Sheckler (H, 1) 1.2IP, 3H, BB; RHP Wilmer Torres (S, 2) 1.1IP, H, 2BB, 2K.
Prospect Watch: 17-year-old Fernando Tatis Jr. can’t vote in this November’s election but he sure can pound his former organization! The infielder, acquired in the James Shields deal, had three hits, including his first professional homer in the win. Tatis also started at shortstop. The teenager is hitting .364 in five AZL games since joining the Padres’ organization. Giant righty Starlin Cordero got the start and gave up a pair of runs in three innings, while striking out three. Like Tatis, Cordero is just 17. The Dominican righty is 6’7 and touches the mid-90’s with his fastball ... 2016 5th-rounder Lake Bachar notched his first professional win, pitching three innings in relief. The righty and former punter at Division III power Wisconsin-Whitewater has nine strikeouts against two walks in his first five innings as a pro.