Austin Allen hit a walk-off shot for the Missions, while Luis Urias left the game in the first inning for El Paso. The system also saw strong pitching performances from prospects Adrian Morejon and Chris Huffman.
Chihuahuas 6 – Salt Lake Bees 4
Key Stats: 2B Luis Urias 0-1; RHP Chris Huffman (W, 2-1) 6.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; CF Travis Jankowski 3-4, RS, BB; DH Franmil Reyes 1-4, RS, 2 RBI, BB; SS Javier Guerra 2-4, RS; LF Shane Peterson 2-3, 2 RS, 2B, RBI, BB
Prospect Watch: Luis Urias left the game after a first inning flyout. Despite wild speculation on Twitter immediately after, it appears to have been a relatively minor hamstring pull. While he left the dugout for a while to be examined, local CBS reporter Eric O’Brien later tweeted that Urias was back in the dugout and moving relatively freely. He’ll be re-evaluated Thursday, but seems to have escaped with a minor scare. … Chris Huffman gave up three runs in the first and allowed the first two runners in the second to reach base. He then did not allow another base runner until a Ryan Schimpf walk in the seventh. Huffman continuously hit his spots down in the zone, and while his stuff did not create many swings and misses, he had hitters off balance and beating the ball into the ground all night. While he has struck out only 16 on the year, opposing batters are hitting just .227 against him. … With another multi-hit game, shortstop Javy Guerra now has a five game hitting streak and season line of .286/.338/.586. That’s impressive for any player, even more so for a top fielding, 22 year-old shortstop in Triple-A. Questions still remain due to his 34% strikeout rate and an unsustainable BABIP of .455. Still his .924 OPS is almost double than the .480 mark he had at this time last year.
Missions 8 – Frisco RoughRiders 7
Key Stats: SS Fernando Tatis Jr 0-5, 4 K; LHP Jerry Keel 3.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K; LF Josh Naylor 2-5, 2B, 3B, 2 R, RBI; 3B Ty France 2-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI; 1B Austin Allen 1-5, HR (7), RBI; RF Michael Gettys 1-3, 3B, 2 R, BB
Prospect Watch: Entering today’s game, Austin Allen led the Texas League in total bases by one over teammate Josh Naylor. Naylor doubled as part of a two run Mission first inning, and tripled in the seventh to bring the Missions within one, all while Austin Allen failed to reach base. Allen changed that in the ninth. With one out, he hit a game winning walk-off home run over the high wall in right field. The shot was his Texas League-tying seventh home run of the year, where he is now tied with… Josh Naylor. The two finished the night in a tie with 53 total bases. For fun, 53 total bases is the same amount as Austin Hedges (18), Manuel Margot (14), Wil Myers (17), and Chase Headley (4) have combined for the big league club. Subscribers can read up on Austin Allen on the site courtesy of Marcus Pond. … A day after he homered twice, Fernando Tatis, Jr. struck out in four of his five plate appearances. He has whiffed in 17 of his last 42 plate appearances. … Righty Robert Stock struck out two more hitters in a scoreless inning of work. The hard-throwing minor league free agent signee has 15 Ks in eight innings on the year.
San Jose Giants 4 – Storm 3 (10 innings)
Key Stats: RHP Adrian Morejon 5 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 5 K; RF Jorge Ona 2-5, 2B, RS, RBI; SS Ruddy Giron 2-4; CF Edward Olivares 1-5, 2B, RS, 3 K; LF Buddy Reed 1-5, 3 K, SB (9)
Prospect Watch: Adrian Morejon, our number six prospect coming into the year, received rave reviews Wednesday. He allowed just one run on a solo home run, and never allowed more than one batter on base in any inning. His fastball sat 92-95 and topped out at 96. While Morejon had lost control around the fourth or fifth inning in previous starts, However, he retired the final five hitters before he left the game. The lefty needed 76 pitches, 46 for strikes, to get through five innings… Reliever David Bednar got to face the wrath of the new extra inning rule. Bednar faced one batter in the 10th under the new rule that puts a runner on second to begin the inning. He promptly gave up a single that plated the run and ended the game. That run is charged as unearned by rule. For all the drawbacks of the new approach, on a get-away day with a long bus ride home awaiting the Storm, getting a resolution in under three hours may not have been the worst thing overall.
Great Lakes Loons 8 – TinCaps 3
Key Stats: RHP Mason Thompson (L, 1-3) 3.2 IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 4 K; CF Jeisson Rosario 2-5, R; RF Tirso Ornelas 1-4, 2B, SB (1); SS Gabriel Arias 1-3, R, BB, 2 K (E, 7)
Prospect Watch: Mason Thompson once again struggled to find home plate. In 3.2 innings the big righty threw 81 pitches, only 45 for strikes. By contrast the next two relievers Nick Kuzia and Travis Radke needed only 65 pitches to get through the final 4.1 innings. The good news is Thompson showed a filthy breaking ball and above average fastball. The bad news is both pitches were inconsistent and would flatten out at times making them incredibly hittable. The third round pick has now allowed 14 earned runs over 5.2 innings in his last two starts. … After collecting two hits on the day, CF Jeisson Rosario has now reached base in 14 of the 15 starts for the TinCaps (did have an 0-1 pinch hitting appearance). The 18-year-old still boasts a .472 OBP, by far the highest on the team. … Radke, 25 and two years post-Tommy John surgery, has struck out 20 hitters in 10.2 innings of work. When he last worked for Fort Wayne back in 2015, he had 13 Ks in 16 innings of work as a starter.
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