Travis Radke in action on Thursday night. Photo: Grant Wickes.

Isotopes 10, Chihuahuas 2

Key Stats:  SP Dillon Overton .1 IP, 7 ER, 8 H; 2B Luis Urias 1-4, 2 K; C A.J. Kennedy 0-3, R, BB, K; RF Michael Gettys 0-4, 2 K; CF Boog Powell 1-2, 2 RBI, 2 BB

Prospect Watch:  On a forgettable four-hit night, the El Paso offense had zero hitters with an extra-base hit or a multi-hit night.  Michael Gettys struck out twice on the night, giving him a whopping seven strikeouts over the past three games. …Teammate Luis Urias also struck out twice; however, over his last ten games, he is carrying a 3:4 walk to strikeout ratio that is more reminiscent of his previous approach. During that same ten game span, Urias is slashing a stellar .361/.452/.778 with seven extra-base hits.

RoughRiders 5, Sod Poodles 4

Key Stats:  RHP Lake Bachar 2.1 IP, 3 ER, 3 K, 3 BB; RP Travis Radke 2 IP, 0 ER, 2 K, BB; 2B Ivan Castillo 2-4, 2 R, RBI, 2 K; CF Edward Olivares 0-4, BB, SB, 2 K; 3B Hudson Potts 0-4, 2 K; RF Taylor Kohlwey 1-4, 2B, 3 K

Prospect Watch: In his second full season back from Tommy John Surgery, southpaw Travis Radke continues to thrive in a reliever role, carrying a 1.93 ERA in 11 appearances between Lake Elsinore and Amarillo.  Radke’s K/9 is now settling in at a robust 11.45 at Double-A, and while he doesn’t have the heat of the prototypical reliever, Radke is a heady pitcher that utilizes deception, mechanical alterations, and pacing to keep hitters off balance. …At 20 years of age, Hudson Potts continues to play much older competition, but the strikeout numbers are piling up after another two strikeout performance.  His 52 strikeouts on the season are tied for 23rd worst in all of minor league baseball and his .25 BB: K ratio isn’t far off of Tim Tebow’s.

Storm 6, Ports 0

Key Stats:  LHP Aaron Leasher 5 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 5 K, 0 BB; 1B Luis Basabe 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, R; 3B Allen Cordoba 2-4, R, 2B; SS Eguy Rosario 1-3, 3B, 2 RBI, K; DH Gabriel Arias 0-4, 2 K; 2B Esteury Ruiz 0-3, R, K; C Jalen Washington 2-3, R, 2B

Prospect Watch:  In an abbreviated game, Aaron Leasher tossed a superb five innings of ball, scattering three hits and striking out five.  His last two starts have both been scoreless appearances as he struck out 11 and walked just one. …Picking up where he left off last year, Gabriel Arias performed at a torrid pace in April, hitting .300 and getting on base at a .376 clip.  May has been an entirely different story for the young shortstop, who has mustered just four hits in 33 at-bats this month while striking out 14 times without a single walk.

TinCaps 9, Lugnuts 0

Key Stats:  RHP Joey Cantillo 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 K, 0 BB, 1 H; CF Jawuan Harris 1-3, 2 SB, 2 RBI; DH Luis Almanzar 2-3, 3B, 2 RBI; 3B Tucupita Marcano, 3-4, 2 2B, 2 R; SS Xavier Edwards 1-4; 2B Justin Lopez 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, K; LF Grant Little 3-4, R, 2 RBI, 2B

Prospect Watch: Since allowing four runs in back to back games, Joey Cantillo has been downright dominant for the TinCaps, striking out 19, walking just three, allowing six hits and one run over his past three starts. His 12.21 K/9 is nearly one strikeout per nine higher than Ryan Weathers’ mark for Fort Wayne. …After a mediocre first month in the Midwest League, Tucupita Marcano has really found his stride, slashing a sensational .382/.424/.509 in 13 May games.  His 4.7 swinging strike rate is top seven in the Midwest League and not far off of uber Prospect Wander Franco’s.

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