Chihuahuas 0, Fresno Grizzlies 2
Prospect Watch: As the Chihuahuas winning streak came to an end, the offense sputtered, collecting just three hits during the game. Josh Naylor was responsible for one of those hits, which pulls his 10 day splits to a robust .372/.460/.767. He also has 9 extra-base hits over that same period. …Over that same span, center fielder Michael Gettys now has a horrendous 16:0 strikeout to walk ratio. He has been reasonably productive on the year, but given his strikeout numbers and the general offensive explosion in Triple-A ball, it is probably wise to taper expectations at this point.
Sod Poodles 1, Springfield Cardinals 0
John Conniff continued his stay in Amarillo to talk to Tom Young of KGNC News Amarillo, stuff his face with a “generous” sampling of Tyler’s barbeque and catch the first shutout in Sod Poodles’ history.
Storm 6, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 5
Key Stats: LF Robbie Podorsky 2-5, HR, 2 RBI, R; DH Luis Campusano 1-3, R, 2 BB, K; CF Allen Cordoba 1-3, HR, R, 2 RBI, BB, K; 2B Esteury Ruiz 1-5, SB, K; 1B Taylor Kohlwey 2-3, R, 2B; SP Ronald Bolanos 6.1 IP, 0 ER (4 R), 2 BB, 6 K, 4 H; RP Evan Miller 2.2 IP, ER, K, BB, 1 H
Prospect Watch: After an error in the bottom of the seventh allowed the Quakes to take a 5-3 lead, the Storm battled back to win thanks to a two-run shot by Robbie Podorsky. The home run was just the third of his minor league career, but he has hit at least .325 in each of his three minor league seasons. …Esteury Ruiz swiped his eleventh base of the season, putting him on pace to possibly surpass his organizational high of 49 last season. Like Gettys, he has a long ways to go at the plate, striking out 12 times over his last ten games without collecting a single walk. …Meanwhile, teammate Luis Campusano continues to flash advanced skills at the plate, and while he has slowed down from the torrid pace he held earlier this season, he is still slashing a stellar .342/.429/.472. He clearly has the frame and raw power to have decent pop by the time he reaches the majors, but it may take him a couple of seasons to tap into it consistently.
TinCaps 4, Kane County Cougars 3
Key Stats: LHP Gabe Mosser 6 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 4 K, BB; RP Carlos Belen 2 IP, 3 K, 0 ER, 1 H; 2B Xavier Edwards 0-4, RBI, K; SS Tucupita Marcano 2-5, 3B, R; LF Grant Little 0-2, SB, RBI, 2 BB, K, DH Luis Almanzar 1-2, R, 2 BB
Prospect Watch: Since sharpening his mechanics at the plate, Tucupita Marcano has been on an absolute tear, hitting safely in nine of the past ten games and driving in nine runs. He still has a ways to go to keep pace with Xavier Edwards, like he did last year; however, there is presently more line drive power in Marcano’s bat. …Southpaw Gabe Mosser has allowed 10 runs in the 10.1 innings he has pitched after giving up only one through his first three starts. On the plus side, Mosser showed terrific poise as the game went on, shutting down the Cougars offense over his final three games and during his third trip through the order.