Chihuahuas 9, Albuquerque Isotopes 8
Key Statistics: CF Franchy Cordero, 5-for-5, 2B, 2 SB (3,4) 4 RBI; LF Nick Buss, 3-for-5, 2B, RS, HR (2), 4 RBI; 2B Carlos Asuaje, 1-for-3, 3B, BB, 2 RS; RHP Walker Lockett, 5 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, BB; RHP Christian Bethancourt 0.0 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB; RHP Kevin Quackenbush (W, 1-0) 2 IP, K; RHP Phil Maton (S, 4) IP, H, K.
Prospect Watch: Franchy Cordero tied a career-high with five hits, including a double and four RBI in the Chihuahuas victory. The five hits tied Cordero’s career-high -- he had a five-hit game in 2013 while playing with the AZL Padres. Cordero’s five hits raised his batting average from .211 to .253 ... Nick Buss added three hits, including his second home run of the year and drove in four Thursday night. Buss is hitting .429 in 17 games this year ... RHP Walker Lockett allowed five runs (three earned) in five innings and ultimately didn’t factor in the decision. The righty allowed five hits and failed to strike out a batter. Lockett has never been a big strikeout pitcher but he only has 18 strikeouts in 32 innings pitched ... RHP Christian Bethancourt struggled on the mound once again, allowing three runs, two hits, two walks, all without recording an out. At this point, if the organization is serious about converting the former backstop to pitcher, the team needs to make a decision to put Bethancourt in an environment where he can develop his skills as a pitcher without having to worry about results.
Missions 4, Frisco RoughRiders 2 (11 innings)
Key Statistics: CF Nick Schulz, 1-for-2, 3 BB, SB (4); SS Jose Rondon, 3-for-5, 2B, RS, 2 RBI; LF Alberth Martinez, 1-for-4, HR (3), RS, BB, 2 RBI; RHP Michael Kelly, 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 6 K; RHP Eric Yardley, 2 IP, 3 K.
Prospect Watch: The Missions were down 2-0 with two outs in the ninth before Alberth Martinez connected on a game-tying two-run homer. San Antonio took the lead for good in the 11th inning on a two-run double from Jose Rondon ... Martinez’s homer was his third on the year and is hitting .284/.347/.511 for San Antonio, after missing all of 2016 when a torn ACL. Martinez, 25, hit 10 or more home runs from 2013-15. While the outfielder has played center field in the past, he has mostly been relegated to the corners in San Antonio thus far in 2017 ... RHP Michael Kelly turned his third consecutive outing, allowing just two earned runs in seven innings of work. The 24-year-old righty struck out six and walked only one. After struggling with his command in his first few starts, Kelly has walked only four in his last 19 innings.
Modesto Nuts 4, Storm 1
Key Statistics: LF Yuniet Flores, 1-for-4, RS, 2B; RHP Jean Cosme (L, 0-3) 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K; RHP T.J. Weir, 2 IP, H, R (unearned), 4 K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm had their three-game winning streak snapped on the road in Modesto ... The Storm managed just three hits, one from outfielder Yuniet Flores. Flores, 31, is about eight years older than the average Cal Leaguer but Flores has been steady for Lake Elsinore, hitting .323/.447/.387 with seven walks to just three strikeouts in 31 at-bats ... RHP Jean Cosme struggled in the fifth inning, after throwing four shutout innings to start the game. Cosme, 20, has struggled for the Storm this year and his ERA stands at 7.11 through five starts. Cosme has had issues getting through a lineup the third time in each of last three starts.
Quad Cities 11, TinCaps 3
Key Statistics: 2B Eguy Rosario, 2-for-4, 2 SB (6, 7); LHP Jerry Keel (L, 1-2) 4.2 IP, 6 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 3 K; LHP Ben Sheckler, IP, H.
Prospect Watch: Things got ugly for the TinCaps in Davenport, Iowa, as first baseman G.K. Young was forced to pitch an inning in the loss. He pitched a 1,2,3 eighth inning. ... LHP Jerry Keel struggled for Fort Wayne Thursday and allowed three home runs in the loss. Keel gave a career-high eight runs and walked four, which is very uncharacteristic for the former Cal-State Northridge righty. Keel hadn’t allowed a homer in his previous four starts and allowed just one in 75.2 innings last season for the TinCaps. The poor outing saw Keel’s ERA rise from 1.93 to 4.18 ... Eguy Rosario had a pair of hits and added a pair of stolen bases. Rosario’s overall line of .242/.337/.352 isn’t terribly impressive but the quality of the 17-year-old’s at-bats have improved over the last few weeks.