Prospect Watch:Jason Lane had his first start for the Chihuahuas since being called up to San Diego at the end of May and struck out four of the first seven batters that he faced. The difference in the game was the third inning when he gave up three doubles to allow Round Rock to put up three runs, their only crooked number of the night, which was enough for victory. Lane was impressive in his two appearances in the big leagues and should get another chance later on this season...Not a big night for offense for El Paso as they were held to just four hits, but walked seven times.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Missions 2 - Midland Rockhounds 1Cody Overbeck's bunt single to the shortstop was enough to score Rymer Liriano for a 2-1 win in San Antonio....Very nice Texas League debut by Bryce Morrow, who was signed out of the Independent Frontier League, and pitched well in the Cal League with a 3.75 ERA in 50.1 innings
Storm 7 - High Desert Mavericks 6 11 innings
Key StatisticsCF Alberth Martiniez 2-4, HR (6), BB, 3 RBIs; 3B Gabriel Quintana 3-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI; DH Duanel Jones 1-3, HR (4), 2 BB, 2 RBI; RHP Colin Rea 3.0 IP 4 H R ER BB 3 Ks; RHP Matthew Shepherd (W, 4-1) 2.0 IP 5 Ks; RHP Brandon Alger (S,3) 1.0 IP K.
Prospect Watch:The Storm benefitted in the top of the eleventh when a throwing error on a force out put Luis Domoromo on third with one out which was followed by 3B Gabriel Quintana's 16th double of the year to score him for the difference maker as Lake Elsinore broke a two game losing streak...As Ben noted the other day, the pendulum has swung back for Martiniez who is hitting .320/.373/.520 in June after hitting .212 in May and .306 in April...Duanel Jones, who was a highly regarded signee out of the Dominican Republic in 2010, offensive statistics have slowly been creeping upward.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
TinCaps 8 - Bowling Green Hot Rods 4
Key StatisticsDH Ronnie Richardson 1-4, 2B, BB; CF Mallex Smith 3-4, 2B, 3B, SB (48); 3B Dustin Peterson 3-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI, BB; 2B Fernando Perez 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI; LHP Payton Baskette (W, 2-3) 5.1 IP 8 H 4 R 2 ER 3 BB 3 Ks; RHP Tayron Guerrero 1.0 IP 2 H 2 Ks.
Prospect Watch:The TinCaps got down 2-0 in the first but came back to tie the game in the bottom of the inning and put four on the board in third and two more in the next inning which was good enough for the victory on Saturday...3B Dustin Peterson is now leading the organization with 55 RBI. Regardless of which camp you fall into on the utility of the RBI statistic, 55 in 64 games isn't a bad number...When Hunter Renfroe moves up in Lake Elsinore, Mallex Smith should replace him and thrive in the Cal League. He's doing everything you want for a top-of-the-order batter; .292 batting average, .391 OBP, 48 stolen bases and 19 extra-base hits...After a rough opening two innings Payton Baskette settled down and held the opposition scoreless for the next three innings.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Spokane Indians 5 - Emeralds 3
Prospect WatchThe Emeralds lost their second game of the season and Michael Kelly, the forty-eighth overall pick of the 2011 draft, took the loss. Kelly has great size and loads of talent/tools but just has never been able to put it together as he is making his second tour through the Northwest League. In 119 professional innings over three minor league seasons he has an ERA of 6.66 with 90 walks to only 104 strikeouts. He is still only 21 and hopefully he can turn it around this year for the Ems. He simply has too much talent to struggle as much as he has.
For further reading on the Emeralds, see the Eugene Register-Guard.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.