Chihuahuas 3 Nashville Sounds 2
Key Statistics: 1B Jose Pirela 2-for-4, R, RBI, SB (6); CF Franchy Cordero 2-for-5, R; RHP Dinelson Lamet 4IP, 2H, 1ER, 6K, 1BB; RHP Jarred Cosart 4IP, 2H, 0R, 4K, 1BB;
Prospect Watch: El Paso starter Dinelson Lamet and rehabbing big leaguer Jarred Cosart held the Sounds in check for just one run and four hits over the first eight innings before Phil Maton worked around a challenge in the ninth to pick up his fifth save of the year. The Chihuahuas are now even through two of their eight games on their two-stop road trip to Tennessee. Lamet was perfect through his first three innings, striking out five of the first six batters he faced. In the fourth, he gave up two singles and a walk to yield one run. Bouncing back from his lone bad start of the year, the big righty moved back into third overall in the PCL with 38 strikeouts in 29 innings of work. ... For Cosart, the four scoreless frames were a big step up from his appearance with the Storm last week when he allowed five men to reach base in his two innings of work. Cosart threw 44 of his 65 pitches for strikes. ... Nick Buss had two more hits and an RBI on Suday, pushing his batting average up to .451 through 57 plate appearances. Since being recalled from extended spring training for the second time this year on April 24, the 30-year-old outfielder has hit in 11 of his 12 games (taking an 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter on May 2), and is 20-for-35.
Missions 7, Corpus Christi Hooks 1
Key Statistics: SS Luis Urias 1-for-3, BB, SF, 3RBI; 3B River Stephens 2-for-3, 2B, BB, 2R, E (6); 2B Jose Rondon 2-for-5, R, RBI; RHP Kyle Lloyd 6.2IP, 6H, 1ER, 5K, 2BB; RHP Cesar Vargas 1.1IP, 0H, 0R, 1K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: Kyle Lloyd's strong outing and a balanced offensive attack led the Missions to their fifth straight victory Sunday. Lloyd, who we recently interviewed, moved back into second in the Texas League with 35 strikeouts in his 36 innings of work. The 26-year-old, who pitched with Rockies lefty Kyle Freeland for two years at Evansville University, has gone at least six innings in each of his three starts since his one poor outing of the year. ... It was a rough April for third baseman River Stephens, who managed only a .424 OPS and struck out well above his career rate for the month. But he's showing signs of stabilizing through the first week of May, hitting .318/.400/.455 so far with as many walks (three) as strikeouts in 25 plate appearances. Originally a ninth-round pick out of junior college in 2012, carried a .612 career OPS into the year. ... Jose Rondon has hit in seven of nine games since coming off the disabled list and has three multi-hit games in his last four. The surge has pushed his average up 50 points since his return.
Modesto Nuts 7 - Storm 6
Key Statistics: DH Austin Allen 3-for-5, 2RBI; CF Michael Gettys 1-for-4, 2B, R, RBI; LF Tyler Kohlwey 2-for-3, BB, R, RBI; RHP Chris Huffman 1.2IP, 6H, 6R (2ER), 0K, 0BB, RHP TJ Weir 3IP, 1H, 0R, 5K, 0BB
Prospect Watch: The Storm fell behind 6-0 in the second inning, then spent five frames chipping away at the lead until they'd tied it up in the seventh. But their rally fell short when they left the bases loaded, and the Nuts eventually walked off with the victory on Sunday. Chris Huffman had a rare rough outing, failing to make it out of the second inning thanks to a combination of too-hittable pitches and some choppy defense behind him. After three quick groundouts in the first inning, the Virginian righty gave up five singles - several grounders that found holes - and was bitten by a pair of errors by his defense. He still had a chance to escape the frame, but a two-out, two-run triple chased him from the game. ... Righty T.J. Weir was fantastic in relief, giving the club a chance to climb back into the contest. The 2014 draftee out of Ball State allowed only one runner over three scoreless innings and struck out five. He's been a valuable contributor as a long man out of the Storm bullpen after working in both starting and relief roles across two levels last year. He's struck out 22 in 19.1 innings over 10 outings for the Storm, and also worked a pair of two-inning stints for the Missions earlier in the year. It seems likely he'll get more looks at the Texas League this year. ... Austin Allen, in the lineup as the DH as he got a day off from work behind the plate, had three hits, including a two-run single that got the Storm on the board after that ugly second inning. He's hit in six of seven games.
Cedar Rapids Kernels 4 - TinCaps 1
Key Statistics: 3B Hudson Potts 2-for-4; LF Rod Boykin 1-for-2, BB, SB (9), R; RHP Hansel Rodriguez 4.2IP, 4H, 4ER, 4K, 6BB, 2WP;
Prospect Watch: Starter Hansel Rodriguez labored, giving up four runs and failing to make it out of the fifth inning. The 20-year-old hurler, acquired for Melvin Upton last July, only threw 40 of his 81 pitches for strikes, surrendering six walks and consistently pitching behind in the county. While his fastball is impressive and he has solid secondaries behind it, his tendency toward trying to throw it past everyone gets him in trouble. He's been trending in the wrong direction, issuing 10 walks in his last two outings after only three across his first 17 innings. ... Hudson Potts collected two of the club's six hits - all singles - on the afternoon. After striking out at a high clip through his first few weeks, the 18-year-old from Texas has only whiffed three times in 21 at-bats since coming back off the disabled list.
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