Tacoma Rainers 8 – Chihuahuas 3
Key Statistics: 3B Cory Spangenberg 1-5, RBI, 2 K; 2B Luis Urías 0-5, 2 K; C Brett Nicholas 1-4, 2B; DH Franmil Reyes 1-3, 2B, R, BB; SS Javy Guerra 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, K; SP Chris Huffman 3.1 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 4 BB, 0 K; RP Trey Wingenter 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 3 K
Prospect Watch: Javy Guerra broke an 0-for-17 streak with an RBI double in the second inning. The young shortstop now sports a .466 slugging percentage for El Paso, though his .283 OBP remains a concern. … A pair of Luis Urias strikeouts pushed his K rate up to 17.9%. His walk rate is still a robust 17.3%. … After six consecutive games with at least one homer, Franmil Reyes has now gone four consecutive games at sea level without leaving the yard. He’s 5-for-13 (.385) during that time, with a pair of doubles, four walks, and just two strikeouts. … This was the third abbreviated start in a row for Chris Huffman, who has gone 12.1 innings in that time, allowing 15 runs on 24 hits, 8 walks, and 5 strikeouts. … After some early struggles, Trey Wingenter – who John Conniff featured in a profile yesterday – is working on 4.2 scoreless innings in his last three outings. He’s allowed just one hit during that time, while walking three and striking out five.
Roster Notes: Michael Mariot was released outright. The Padres moved Dillon Overton up from San Antonio and will have Trevor Megill take his spot for the Missions after posting a 29:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 17.2 innings for the Storm.
Missions 5 – Frisco RoughRiders 4
Key Statistics: SS Fernando Tatis Jr. 1-5, RBI, 2 K; DH Josh Naylor 2-4; C Austin Allen 1-4, K; 2B Peter Van Gansen 3-4, 2B, 3B, RBI, 2 R, K; SP Jerry Keel (W, 2-0) 6.1 IP, 4 ER, 10 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 HR; RP Jose Castillo (S, 5) 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 K
Our very own David Jay was at Wolff Stadium on Friday night and provided live coverage of the Missions tenth win in a row.
Modesto Nuts 3 – Storm 1
Prospect Watch: In his fourth start for Lake Elsinore, Michel Baez got another tough-luck loss, despite allowing just two hits. The big righty needed 86 pitches to get through 4.2 innings of work, continuing a trend as he adjusts to working at higher levels. He’s averaging over 19 pitches an inning through four starts and the 10 walks he’s surrendered in 16.2 innings so far already match his total in four times as many frames last year. … Outfielders Buddy Reed and Edward Olivares combined for four of the club’s nine hits and three of their four doubles. Reed came into the game in a mini 2-for-20 slump. Both of his hits were sprayed the opposite way. Reed has largely ceded centerfield to Olivares, who has made his last eight starts in the field up the middle. … Elliot Ashbeck walked a season-high three in 2.2 innings of scoreless relief, but continues to rack up strikeouts. The righty, often working multi-inning assignments, has whiffed 26 in 23.2 innings while allowing only 11 hits.
Kane County Cougars 6 – TinCaps 5 (12 innings)
Key Statistics: CF Jeisson Rosario 0-4, R, 2 BB, 2 K, SB; DH Esteury Ruiz 2-5, 2B, 3 RBI, BB, 2 K, SB; 3B Luis Almanzar 0-5, BB, K; C Luis Campusano 2-5, R, K; 2B Justin Lopez 0-4, R, BB, 2K; SS Gabriel Arias 1-5, 3 K; SP Aaron Leasher 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, BB, 3 K
Prospect Watch: Starter Aaron Leasher had one of his best starts of the young season, allowing just an unearned run on four hits in seven innings, the longest start of his professional career. He lowered his ERA to 3.31, and now sports a 30:13 strikeout-to-walk ratio through 32.2 innings for Fort Wayne. … In the fourth inning, Jeisson Rosario drew a walk and stole second, then scored on Estuery Ruiz‘s two-out double, to push the TinCaps lead to 4-0… A costly fielding error by Luis Almanzar (his second in as many games with Fort Wayne) led to an unearned run in the seventh. … With a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth, Fort Wayne handed the ball over to Jordan Guerrero, who allowed a pair of walks, a single, and a double to allow the Cougars to tie it up. Jared Carkuff prevented any further damage in the ninth by coming on with one out and inducing an inning-ending double play. Guerrero struggled with his command early in the year, but had walked only two in his previous eight outings entering the night. … With an inherited runner starting on second base in extras, the TinCaps missed an opportunity in the 12th when Almanzar’s bunt was popped up a few feet in the air in front of home plate, and the catcher was able to double up Ruiz at second. Kane County went on to win on an RBI groundout… In addition to his error in the seventh, Almanzar botched an extra inning bunt that was ruled a single (though it didn’t impact the outcome of the game). The 18-year-old had 23 errors in 67 games for Tri-City last season… While Luis Campusano‘s .261/.313/.348 hitting line doesn’t particularly impressive, the 19-year-old catcher has a 14% K rate through 25 games.