Chihuahuas 14, Salt Lake Bees 5
Key Stats: CF Franchy Cordero 3-5, HR (6), 3 RS, 2 RBI, BB, SB (8); LF Rafael Ortega 4-5, 2B, 2 RS, 2 RBI; 3B Christian Villanueva 2-5, HR (5), 4 RBI; 1B Nick Buss 2-5, HR (3), 3 RBI.
Missions 2, Tulsa Drillers 1 (14 innings)
Key Statistics: RHP Kyle Lloyd 6.1 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 12 K; 2B Luis Urias 2-6, 3B, RS; 3B Ty France 2-6, 3B, RS.
Prospect Watch: There has been a lot written about Ty France recently but just wanted to point out that a multi-hit game actually lowered his batting average to .458… RHP Kyle Lloyd threw a no-hitter 10 days ago only to be knocked around a bit in his last start. This outing was more up his alley with him setting a season high in strikeouts with 12 and allowing just four base runners in 6.1 innings. His career high came back in July 112, 2014, with Fort Wayne where he struck out 13 in six innings. Lloyd is not normally a strikeout pitcher but when his split-finger fastball is working it can make hitters look foolish. Also switching from a four-seam fastball, to a sinker - or as Lloyd calls it his "one-seamer" as his primary pitch to set up the split-finger has helped him immensely this season … Over his last 10 outings LHP Brad Wieck has struck out 22 hitters in just 11.1 innings. While is ERA (3.12) and batting-average-against (.203) are impressive, its still nothing compared to his 1.17 ERA last year and .152 BAA at High-A Lake Elsinore. Wieck struck out the side around a walk in his scoreless inning of relief and has allowed runs in just two of his last ten appearances.
Storm 13, Inland Empire 66ers 2
Key Statistics: RHP Pedro Avila 7 IP, 4 H, 8 K; LF Auston Bousfield 3-4, 2B, RS, BB; 3B Ruddy Giron 2-5, 2 RS, 2B, 2 RBI; DH Josh Naylor 3-4, 3 RS, 2 RBI, BB; SS Javier Guerra 2-5, 3B, RS, 4 RBI; 2B Chris Baker 2-4, 2 HR (2), 5 RBI.
Prospect Watch: It’s a great night when your middle infielder not known for his power hits two home runs and second baseman Chris Baker did just that. The former Washington Huskie blasted two home runs and collected five RBI, both career highs. He also saw his OPS jump 56 points in one game. It had been a tough season for Baker who hit .299/.384/.432 across two levels last year, but has struggled this year in the Cal League. Hopefully the home runs snapped him completely out of his 2-19 slump… Pedro Avila had by far his best performance with the Padres' organization tossing a career high seven innings, which is just a third of an inning less than he had in his last two outings combined. More impressively he didn’t walk a batter for the first time all year. While his 4.86 ERA and 1.62 WHIP are still bad, he does have 45 strikeouts in just 33.1 innings, and in May has allowed just six earned runs in 18.1 innings (2.95 ERA) while striking out 30.
West Michigan Whitecaps 2, TinCaps 1 (10 innings)
Key Stats: LHP Logan Allen 6 IP, 5 H, ER, 6 K; SS Fernando Tatis Jr 2-5; C Marcus Greene Jr 2-4, 2B, RBI; 1B Brad Zunica 1-4, 2B, RS, BB.
Prospect Watch: Logan Allen has been so dominant that this start is actually his second worst in May; he gave up three earned runs on May 9 and none in his two other outings. He ranks as the teams' best pitcher in every category, and is in the top 10 in the Midwest League in nearly every pitching category including ERA (1.76), K (51), and WHIP (0.95). Similar to Pedro Avila, the biggest plus from this start is that Allen didn’t walk a batter for the first time this year. He has also walked just one batter over his last two starts (12 innings). Remember Allen was hailed for walking just one batter in 24.1 innings in his GCL (Rookie League) debut with the Red Sox, but hasn't had quite the same success rate this year. Although, that is searching for something negative because when batters are hitting just .168 off of him and walks have been their only chance of scoring…The best chance for the TinCaps came in the top of the seventh inning, they had loaded the bases with one out with their best player, Fernando Tatis Jr, up at the plate. Unfortunately, he struck out, killing the rally and eventually the game. As great a season as Tatis has had, he has still struck out 55 times in just 43 games.
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