Fresno Grizzlies 7, Chihuahuas 5
Prospect Watch: After trailing all night, the Chihuahuas’ bats came alive in the bottom of the ninth, plating three runs, but it was too little too late. It was a disappointing performance for Logan Allen, who allowed three earned runs in 4.1 innings after carrying a sterling 1.63 ERA over five games with El Paso. This marked the first time in the second half that Allen has given up more than six hits in a game and just the third time all year he didn’t last at least five innings. …Ty France continued to build upon his strong season, playing a part in three of the five El Paso runs; he is now 6-for-9 with 4 RBIs through two playoff games. …Perhaps, the most damning number of the night is that the Chihuahuas mustered only two extra base hits, doubles by Carlos Asuaje and Brett Nicholas. The club goes on the road in Fresno Friday night down two games to none in the best-of-five series. They will turn to Cal Quantrill to keep their season alive.
Corpus Christi Hooks 5, Missions 1
Prospect Watch: Following a shutout loss Wednesday, the Missions offense continued to struggle, failing to score until the top of the ninth when Austin Allen hit a solo shot. Allen was the team’s only player to collect more than one hit, and his home run was the team’s only extra hit of the day. …16 of the 27 outs for the Missions were by strikeout with Buddy Reed and Hudson Potts each striking out three times. … Emmanuel Ramirez had turned in four strong regular-season starts with the Missions as part of a season in which he appeared for all four full-season affiliates, but allowed a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first and worked from behind all night. The 24-year-old, who has been in the system since 2013, struck out seven in his six innings of work but allowed four earned runs. … With this loss, the Missions now trail by two games and need to win on the road Friday night if they want to stay alive in this best of five series. They’ll have Jesse Scholtens going up against top Astros prospect Forrest Whitley.
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