Chihuahuas 15, Las Vegas Aviators 7
Key Stats: CF Michael Gettys 2-6, 2 R, 2B, 2 K; 2B Luis Urías 3-5, 2 3B, 3 R, RBI, BB; LF Josh Naylor 2-4, HR (6), 4 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB; DH Alex Dickerson 2-5, R, RBI, BB; RF Jacob Scavuzzo 4-6, 2 HR (6), 2 R, 6 RBI; 3B Seth Mejias-Brean 2-4, HR (2), 2 RBI, BB
Prospect Watch: Reigning PCL player of the week Ty France was called up to San Diego and catcher Austin Allen got a night off, just as El Paso opened a series against the top team in the PCL. The offense didn’t miss a beat, pounding out 15 runs on 19 hits. The Chihuahuas blew the game open in the third when eight straight batters reached base, capped off by a Seth Mejias-Brean home run. … 2B Luis Urías had two triples among his three hits and drew a walk while striking out once Urías has hit safely in all six games this season for El Paso with five extra-base hits for a .407/.467/.741 line. He has struck out six times in 31 plate appearances. … Fellow top prospect Josh Naylor continued to rake. Not only has Naylor hit three home runs in the last three games, but has four straight multi-hit games, a six-game hitting streak, and has scored 15 runs over his last eight games. With a week left in the month, Naylor is one home run away from equaling the seven he hit as part of a stellar .379/.450/.674 last April in San Antonio. Naylor then hit seven more home runs over the next three months combined. … Mejias-Brean and fellow minor league free-agent signee Jacob Scavuzzo have added thump to the Chihuahuas lineup. Scavuzzo, an Orange County native drafted by Logan White’s Dodgers out of high school in 2012, hit 50 homers in parts of the last three seasons spent in Double-A.
Sod Poodles 4, Springfield Cardinals 2
Key Stats: RHP Lake Bachar 6 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K; 2B Owen Miller 2-4, HR (3), RBI; C Luis Torrens 3-4, HR (2), 2 R, RBI; 3B Hudson Potts 1-4, HR (3), 2 RBI; PH Jorge Ona 1-1
Prospect Watch: Luis Torrens has hit two homers this week, matching his total from all of 2016. Over his last four games, Torrens has gone 8-for-15 with the two homers and a double. Encouragingly, he’s walked twice without striking out and has a 7:6 ratio in 46 plate appearances or the season. … Hudson Potts homered in consecutive games, but has gone 2-for-9 in those games with three strikeouts. … Speaking of strikeouts, since going on a tear with six home runs on the first homestand, Buddy Reed is 1-for-19 with no walks and five strikeouts. Reed’s batting average has now fallen back below the Mendoza line. With a 26 percent strikeout rate and an improbable .170 average on balls in play, there is reason to hope for better results, but he owns a .289 OPS away from HODGETOWN. … Lake Bachar turned in six strong innings, matching his season high with seven strikeouts. The 23-year-old righty is averaging more than a strikeout per inning, up significantly from his stint in the Texas League last year, but with nine walks through 21 innings, he continues to struggle with both command and control at times on his riding fastball.
Lancaster JetHawks 7, Storm 5
Key Stats: RHP Mason Thompson (L, 0-2) 2.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; CF Jeisson Rosario 2-4, RS; C Luis Campusano 1-3, BB; SS Gabriel Arias 1-2, 2 RS, BB; 3B Kelvin Melean 3-4, 2B, HR (1), 3 RBI
Prospect Watch: Righty Mason Thompson was one of the highlights of spring training, showing easy mid-90s and better heat with plus movement. That hasn’t translated through his first four High-A appearances. Thomson has surrendered 12 earned runs in 11.1 innings over his last three starts and he’s while he’s struck out 16, he has issued 13 walks. … Kelvin Melean played in his first game in a week and made the most of it, hitting his first home run of the year, and collecting three RBI for the first time since July 25th of last year. The 20-year-old Venezuelan provides solid defense at all three infield spots. The beauty of a small sample size, one game raised his OPS from .445 to .715. … Luis Campusano, who made his first start back off the disabled list Tuesday at designated hitter, was back behind the plate Thursday. He reached base two times to drop his OBP to .491.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 9, Tin Caps 2
Key Stats: RHP Efraín Contreras (L, 0-1) 4 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, BB, 6 K; 2B Xavier Edwards 2-4, 2B; C Blake Hunt 2-4, HR (2), RBI; LF Agustin Ruiz 2-4
Prospect Watch: Despite the blowout loss, RHP Efraín Contreras continued to rack up strikeouts. Contreras has struck out 20 over his last three starts (14 innings) and is currently eighth in the league in strikeouts, despite throwing the fewest innings of anyone in the top 10. While the line for today was by far his worst of the year, he pitched out of jams in both the third and the fourth including striking out the last two hitters he faced. Though his size may limit his upside a bit, the 19-year-old from Juarez, Mexico, attacks hitters with both his four-seam fastball and sinker well. … Xavier Edwards played in just his second game in over a week, but made the most of it, collecting two hits including his first extra-base knock of the season. Edwards is now hitting .298/.359/.316 in his first full season of pro ball, with strong strikeout and walk rates and a team-best six stolen bases.