Chihuahuas: PPD. El Paso’s game was postponed due to inclement weather. They will play their regularly scheduled game tomorrow, then play a doubleheader on Sunday.
Midland RockHounds 6, Missions 2
Prospect Watch: John Conniff is in San Antonio this weekend to watch Missions baseball and chow down on barbecue. Read his game report here.
Storm 7, Inland Empire 66’ers 6
Key Statistics: RF Edwin Moreno, 2-for-5, 3B, 2 RS; CF Michael Gettys, 2-for-5, 2 RS; 1B Josh Naylor, 3-for-5, 3B, HR (5), 3 RS, 3 RBI; C Austin Allen, 3-for-3, RS, 2 BB, RBI; DH Ty France, 3-for-4, RS, 2 RBI, BB; SS Ruddy Giron, 2-for-5; 3B Peter Van Gansen, 2-for-5, 2 RBI; RHP Jean Cosme, 3 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K; LHP Jose Castillo (W, 1-1) 2 IP, 5 K; RHP Colby Blueberg (S, 3) IP.
Prospect Watch: The Storm overcame a five-run deficit to win their series opener against Inland Empire. Seven Storm batters have multi-hit games, including three-hit games for Ty France, Austin Allen and Josh Naylor. The 66’ers jumped all over starter Jean Cosme, who continues to struggle in the early part of the schedule. Cosme, 20 has only pitched more than four innings once in his four starts, with command being the primary issue. Cosme generally sits in the low-90’s and he needs to hit his spots in order to be successful. He walked three tonight and has issued 11 free passes in 19.1 innings ... Catcher Austin Allen had a perfect night at the plate, with three singles and two walks in the Storm victory. Allen, 23, has a seven-game hitting streak and a five-game streak in which he has drawn at least one walk. Allen has only one homer but is tied for the league lead in doubles with eight. In 18 games Allen is hitting a very solid .273/.383/.435 ... While Allen’s bat has been hot, first baseman Josh Naylor has been otherworldly. The Canadian slugger had three more hits, including his fifth homer in the win. Naylor is hitting .432 over his last 10 games, and has seven multi-hit games during that stretch. Part of Naylor’s success can be attributed to his plate discipline; he hasn’t struck out in four games, showing an aggressive approach, while making solid and often loud contact. Naylor’s five homers are second in the Cal League ... LHP Jose Castillo looked more like the guy who impressed during the World Baseball Classic and had his best outing of the season. The 20-year-old lefty pitched two perfect innings and struck out five batters. Castillo gave up earned runs in five straight outings but has seemingly righted the ship with back-to-back solid outings. Castillo has walked 10 in 11 innings pitched, which has contributed to an ERA north of seven thus far.
TinCaps: PPD due to rain. They will play a doubleheader tomorrow. One note of interest: We reported last night that first-round pick Hudson Potts left the game early after being hit by a pitch. Potts, 18, was hit around the wrist and was pulled for precautionary reasons. He should be in the lineup tomorrow.