Albuquerque Isotopes 6, Chihuahuas 3
Key Statistics: RHP Bryan Rodriguez 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, ER, BB, K; CF Franchy Cordero 1-3, RS, BB; SS Dusty Coleman 2-4, 2B, HR (3), 2 RBI.
Prospect Watch: While not appearing in the key stats, “athlete” Christian Bethancourt has appeared as a pinch-hitter in the last two games. Since being optioned, he has appeared in every game as either a pinch-hitter or pitcher… At this time last year Carlos Asuaje was hitting .295/.319/.489 in Triple-A, this year he is struggling to stay over the Mendoza line, hitting just .212 with a .650 OPS. With Cory Spangenberg, Ryan Schimf, and Yangervis Solarte all doing well in San Diego, he might be pressing a bit. Despite the struggles, Asuaje had a 1:1 BB:K ratio entering into today which is extremely impressive for any player.
Missions 5, Frisco RoughRiders 3
Key Statistics: RHP Barry Enright 5.1 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; SS Luis Urias 0-2, 3 BB, RS; CF Nick Schultz 2-4, RBI, BB; RF Nick Torres 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, SB (1); 3B River Stevens 2-4, RS.
Prospect Watch: The Missions scored four times in the ninth including with two bases loaded walks and a two RBI double by Nick Torres, which turned a two-run deficit into the eventual final score. Since returning from the disabled list, Torres has 11 hits in nine games, reaching base safely in eight of them, with a sacrifice fly RBI in the only game he didn’t reach base. He has three multi-hit games in a row and has seen his batting average climb from .231 to .283… RHP Barry Enright was just added to the roster this morning and made the start for San Antonio. The 31 year-old former second round pick last appeared in the majors in 2013 (Angels), and has spent the last two years playing for the Tijuana Toros in the Mexican League (10-5, 3.19 ERA last year in 127 innings). Random fact, the last time he faced the Padres Triple-A team they were in Tucson, and old friends Jaff Decker, Cody Decker, Dan Robertson, and Dean Anna all started for the Tucson Padres, the predecessor of the El Paso Chihuahuas. Matt Andriese started the game with Tommy Layne, Kevin Quackenbush, and Miles Mikolas also appeared.
Storm 5, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 6 (11 innings)
Key Statistics: RHP Pedro Avila 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, ER, 2 BB, 8 K; LHP Jose Castillo 1.1 IP, H, 3 K; SS Javier Guerra 1-4, 2B, 2 K; 3B Ruddy Giron 1-4, 2B, RS, RBI, BB, SB (1); 1B Ty France 3-6, RS 2 RBI; RF Edwin Moreno 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, BB, SB (1).
Prospect Watch: After Austin Allen struck out with the bases loaded and one out, Ty France was able to deliver the walk-off hit, with a single to right field. That hit ended a grueling four-hour game that started off with Pedro Avila, who was acquired for Derek Norris, facing two big leaguers in Logan Forsythe and Joc Pederson. Avila struck out Forsythe in his only at-bat, and got Pederson to fly out and walk in his two plate appearances. While Avila struggled with location, three wild pitches in one inning, he struck out a season high eight batters, one off from his career best set last July with the Nationals' organization… Ruddy Giron only had one hit but he made it count. He hit a game tying double with two outs in the eighth, and then came around and scored one batter later to give the Storm the lead. That would have been the game winner, but with a runner on third and two outs in the ninth, Colby Blueberg struck out the hitter only to have a wild pitch score the game tying run and send the game into extra innings...Since arriving in Lake Elsinore 31-year old Cuban Yuniet Flores has reached base safely in all seven games including nine hits and seven walks.
TinCaps 4, Quad Cities River Bandits 0
Key Statistics: LHP Logan Allen 6 IP, 2 H, BB, 9 K; 3B Hudson Potts 2-4, RS; 1B Brad Zunica 1-2, HR (5), 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: Entering today Quad Cities led all of minor league baseball in home runs and led the Midwest League in most offensive categories. Until they ran into the buzz saw that is still teenager, Logan Allen. Allen set a career high with nine strikeouts and also tied a career high in throwing six innings. At one point he had set down 13 in a row, and even after his streak was broken with two outs in the sixth, Allen easily got the next batter to roll over on a grounder to end the inning… Hudson Potts played in his first game in a week after being hit by a pitch. He didn’t miss a beat collecting another multi-hit game. While his stat line of .238/.271/.325 isn't too impressive, he went 3-28 (.107/.103/.107) over the first 8 games of the season. Since then he has hit 16-52 (.308/.357/.442) hitting safely in 11 of 12 games.
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