Tom Cosgrove working with the esteemed pitching coach Burt Hooton (Photo: Gaffer Media/Jacob Murdick)

While no marquee prospects started Thursday, both Tom Cosgrove and Jesse Scholtens dominated in starts for their respective teams. The duo cruised through six innings each and combined for 16 strikeouts. The former received enough support from the TinCaps’ bats to record his first win of 2017, but the latter saw his teammates stifled throughout a 3-1 loss to the Frisco RoughRiders.

Salt Lake Bees 6 – Chihuahuas 5

Key Stats: RHP Kyle Lloyd 5.1 IP, 6 ER, 11 H, 6 K, 0 BB; SS Javy Guerra 1-4, HR, RBI, R, 3 K; RF Franmil Reyes 1-4, 2B, 3 RBI; CF Travis Jankowski 2-4, R, K; C Brett Nicholas 1-2, 2 BB, K, R; LF Shane Peterson 2-4, RBI, K; RP Trey Wingenter 1.2 IP, 0 ER

Prospect Watch:  Franmil Reyes got things going early, cranking a fly ball past former big leaguer Eric Young Jr. for a bases clearing double. The big man sports an .858 OPS through 20 games and has a walk rate in double-digits for the first time since 2013. …Despite striking out in a trio of plate appearances, Javy Guerra tied up the game at 5-5 in the sixth with his fifth home run of the season. He hit nine round-trippers across two levels in 2017. …Having allowed earned runs in four of his seven appearances, six-foot-seven reliever Trey Wingenter entered the game in the top of the sixth with runners on the corners and only one out. He wasn’t able to hold the runner on third, who scored on a fielder’s choice, but Wingenter did retire all five hitters he faced. …The recently acquired Brett Nicholas put together another solid performance. The 29-year-old walked twice and singled on a line drive to a familiar face, Jabari Blash. …Luis Urias is considered day-to-day after leaving Wednesday’s game with a hamstring injury.

Frisco RoughRiders 3 – Missions 1

Key Stats: RHP Jesse Scholtens 6 IP, 10 K, 2 BB, 3 H, 1 ER; SS Fernando Tatis Jr. 0-4, 3 K; 1B Josh Naylor 2-4; 3B Ty France 1-4; C Austin Allen 0-4, K; 2B River Stevens 1-3, HR, RBI, R, K, BB; LHP Matt Strahm 2 IP, 2 K, 0 ER, 1 K, CF Michael Gettys 0-3, K, BB

Prospect Watch:  In a slow-moving game that was knotted at 1-1 until the top of the ninth, the Missions fell 3-1 despite a superb outing by Jesse Scholtens.  The 24-year-old owns a sterling 2.35 era on the season with 31 K in 23 IP. The 24-year-old shot out of the gate in Fort Wayne last year, though his peripherals were not as strong as they have been this year. He struggled a bit in Lake Elsinore last the second half, but has otherwise been effective ever since the Padres took him as a signability ninth-rounder in 2016. …Matt Strahm followed Scholtens with two scoreless innings, giving him three straight appearances without allowing a run. The hard-throwing lefty must finish his rehab assignment by next Wednesday.  … Fernando Tatis Jr., Austin Allen, and Michael Gettys each went hitless with Gettys drawing one of the Missions’ two walks on the game. Since his two-homer game on Wednesday, Tatis is 0-for-9 with seven strikeouts. … After flying out in his first two plate appearances, Josh Naylor ripped singles to the pull-side in his two subsequent at bats. …Second baseman River Stevens belted his first home run of the season, the lone run for San Antonio on the day.

Storm:   Lake Elsinore had a scheduled off-day Thursday.

TinCaps 4 – Great Lakes Loons 1

Key Stats: LHP Tom Cosgrove 6 IP, 6 K, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 H; CF Jeisson Rosario 2-4, K, 3B, R; 3B Esteury Ruiz 0-4, R, RBI, K; SS Gabriel Arias 3 K; RF Tirso Ornelas 2-4, R, RBI; Jared Carkuff 3 IP, 3 K, ER, BB, 2 H, SV

After dropping their first six games of the season, Fort Wayne has quietly turned things around, posting an 8-7 record over their last fifteen games.  Southpaw Tom Cosgrove, a twelfth-round selection in the 2017 draft, tossed six innings of shutout ball to lead the club Thursday.  … Jeisson Rosario continues to flash an advanced ability at plate. The 18-year-old drilled a triple to center field in the eighth to raise his average over the last six games to a robust .455. … With a two-hit performance today, Tirso Ornelas has now collected a hit in five of the last six games, striking out only once in that time.

 

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