Salt Lake City Bees 8, Chihuahuas 6
Key Statistics: RF-CF Rafael Ortega 2-5, RBI, SB 912); C Tony Cruz 3-4, 2B; 3B Dusty Coleman 0-2, 2 BB, SB (6); RHP Matt Magill 7.0 IP 5 H 2 R 2 ER 4 BB 4 K; RHP Christian Bethancourt 0.0 IP H 4 R 4 ER BB; RHP Jose Valdez (BS, 2)(L, 1-3) 0.2 IP 2 H 2 R 2 ER.
Prospect Watch: El Paso was rolling along, up 6-2 on the road in Salt Lake, and then Christian Bethancourt entered the game. In his last outing, he threw a pair of scoreless innings against Oklahoma City, but tonight it didn’t happen. The first hitter reached base on a throwing error by the first baseman, he hit the next batter and then walked the following to load the bases. Eric Young, Jr. then tripled to clear the bases and Bethancourt was removed from the game. The Bees went on to plate three more runs in the inning for a six run explosion to win the game… Bethancourt now has a 12.54 ERA in 9.1 innings…We haven’t met anyone yet who doubts Bethancourt’s work ethic or if he has the ability to pitch; but it’s not happening right now. If the Padres believe he has the arm to pitch, that’s great; but he probably shouldn’t be trying to learn on the job in Triple-A.
Springfield Cardinals 4, Missions 0
Key Statistics: CF Nick Schulz 1-4, 2B; RHP Enyel De Los Santos (L, 2-3) 8.) IP 6 H 2 R 2 ER BB 7 K.
Prospect Watch: The Missions got shut out and played an ugly game in the field with three errors…On the positive side Enyel De Los Santos, after getting hammered for seven earned runs in 2.1 innings in his last start, bounced back tonight with his longest. The Dominican with a very big fastball threw 99 pitches in eight innings, with 77 for strikes. He’s been up and down all season, but at 21 he’s very young for the Texas League and everyone is more than willing for him to fully develop…1B/3B Ty France was held hitless tonight, which is only the third time in 15 games with the Missions…a rare bad night for Luis Urias who was held hitless, didn’t reach base and made an error at shortstop. In 45 games this year, Urias has been at shortstop for 30 of them. Of his nine errors, eight have come while playing short…after hitting .317/.434/.617 in April, Nick Schulz has slumped to .178/.272/.311 in May.
Storm 9, Visalia Rawhide 2
Key Statistics: LF Auston Bousfield 2-4, 2B, BB; CF Michael Gettys 3-4, RBI; 3B Ruddy Giron 2-4, 2B, BB; DH Josh Naylor 2-4, 2B, HR (6), 3 RBI, BB; SS Javier Guerra 2-5, HR (3), 4 RBI; 2B Chris Baker 2-4, RBI; RF Yuniet Flores 2-4; RHP Jacob Nix (W, 1-0) 5.0 IP 7 H 2 R 2 ER BB 5 K; RHP Colby Blueberg 1.0 IP BB 3 K.
Prospect Watch: It was a very good night for the Storm. First and foremost Jacob Nix, who was the #9 prospect on the MadFriars’Top 20 list for this year, made his season debut and gave Lake Elsinore five strong innings. Nix had been battling a groin injury, had the highest consistent velocity of any pitcher last year and has as much upside, or ceiling, as maybe anyone on the Storm staff…Josh Naylor is truly on an impressive tear in May hitting .368/.429/.544 at only 19. Despite the well-documented problems in the Andrew Cashner trade with Miami last year, it doesn’t look too bad right now. Naylor has played first base twice since coming back from being hit in the face with a baseball…Michael Gettys has hit much better in May at .286/.394/.417 with seven stolen bases in eight attempts. For those that are worried about his strikeouts, he still has 27 in 23 games, but the other numbers he’s posting more than make up for it…Finally, Javier Guerra is hitting .247/.250/.419 in May, which may not sound that great but if he maintains this pace it would be his best performance with San Diego at the plate since last April. He’s an amazing defensive player who has battled quite a few issues and may be starting to turn it around.
The TinCaps and South Bend Cubs were rained out. They will play a doubleheader on Saturday.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.