Chihuahuas 11 Albuquerque Isotopes 5
Key Statistics: LF Josh Naylor, 3-for-6, R, 2B, 3 RBI SB (1); 3B Matthew Batten, 3-for-5, R, 2 RBI; CF Boog Powell, 2-for-5, R, 2 2B, RBI; 1B Jason Vosler, 4-for-5, 3 R, HR (7), 3 RBI; C Chris Stewart, 3-for-5, 2 R; LHP Dietrich Enns (W, 5-2) 5.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, BB, 3 K; RHP Robert Stock, IP, H, 3 BB, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: El Paso scored 11 runs on 16 hits but only one left the yard. … That homer came off the bat of first baseman Jason Vosler, who had four hits Friday night. Vosler, 25, was acquired in the off-season from the Cubs, in exchange for RHP Rowan Wick. The left-handed swinging infielder had been in a 3-for-25 slump over the last nine games prior to tonight. Overall, Vosler’s production has been roughly league average but he has walked in 11% of his plate appearance and his line drive rate is at 25%, which ranks third among El Paso hitters. Only Josh Naylor and the recently-promoted Austin Allen have hit the ball harder. … Naylor had three hits of his own, including a double, and drove in three runs. The outfielder’s productive night bumped his overall line to .297/.371/.521 — which is about 15% above league average. Naylor’s strikeout rate of 12% also ranks just outside the PCL’s top ten. … RHP Robert Stock came in and got the final out in the sixth inning then struck out the first two hitters he faced in the seventh. Then he walked the bases loaded and had to be lifted. Since being optioned to El Paso, Stock has a 2.70 ERA, despite walking 10 batters and allowing 12 hits in just 10 innings pitched. Stock’s FIP in a small sample in El Paso is approaching seven, so he will need to display better command if he is to return to the big leagues.
Sod Poodles 7 Frisco RoughRiders 5
Key Statistics: LF Rodrigo Orozco, 2-for-5, R, 2B, 2 RBI; 1B Kyle Overstreet, 2-for-4, R; CF Buddy Reed, 2-for-4, R, 2B, RBI; LHP Adrian Morejon, 2 IP, 2 H, 4 K; RHP Miguel Diaz (W, 1-0) 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 5 K; RHP Andres Muñoz (S, 4) 1.2 IP, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: Amarillo scored four in the sixth inning and three more in the seventh to win on the road in Frisco. … Center fielder Buddy Reed had a pair of hits, running his hitting streak to four games. Reed is 8-for-14 over the stretch to push his average is up to .215. Reed also had his first multi-hit game away from Amarillo Friday night. … LHP Adrian Morejon came back after three days off to made another abbreviated start and pitched two scoreless innings, striking out four. Morejon only threw 29 pitches in his second start since being activated with a sore shoulder. There were no reports of issues so it appears the organization is bringing him along slowly. … RHP Miguel Diaz made his third rehab outing and earned the win, pitching five innings. Diaz allowed three earned runs and struck out five. As Diaz’s allotted time for rehab winds down, he could be in line to get a crack at the big league roster soon. … RHP Andres Muñoz got the five-out save, mowing down Frisco with ease. Muñoz threw 21 pitches — 15 of them strikes Friday night. The Mexican-born righty has posted ridiculous numbers for Amarillo this season. He 10 outings since April 14, he has not allowed a run while walking four and striking out 25 in 11.2 innings.
San Jose Giants 1 Storm 0 (10 innings)
Key Statistics: CF Jeisson Rosario, 2-for-3, 2 BB, SB (3); DH Estuery Ruiz, 1-for-3, SB (14); LHP MacKenzie Gore, 5 IP, 3 H, BB, 6 K; RHP Steven Wilson, 2 IP, 4 K; RHP Jordan Guerrero, 2 IP, 4 K; RHP Hansel Rodriguez (L, 1-1) 0.1 IP, H, R, BB.
Prospect Watch: The Storm couldn’t get the bats going and they were shut out in San Jose. … While the Storm bats were quiet, MacKenzie Gore dominated once again. Gore threw five shutout innings, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out six. The six punchouts were actually the second-lowest total Gore has posted in the Cal League. The sterling performance lowered Gore’s ERA to an obscene 1.07. The 20-year-old hurler has struck out 56 batters in 42 innings. For what it’s worth, the Storm have been shutout in Gore’s last two starts — both against the Giants’ Cal League affiliate. … Center fielder Jeisson Rosario was the lone bright spot for the Storm offense, as he had a pair of hits and drew two walks. Rosario is hitting .314 over his last ten games after a slow April. … The Storm got excellent work out of the pen from Steven Wilson and Jordan Guerrero. Wilson, 24, has been a pleasant surprise for Lake Elsinore in 2019. The former Santa Clara hurler struck out four in two innings, lowering his ERA to 1.21. Wilson is averaging 14 strikeouts per nine innings in his 39.2% K percentage is tops on the staff. Guerrero, who topped 100 mph on a few occasions last year also struck out four in two innings. The big righty has 10 strikeouts in 8.2 innings since joining the Storm staff at the beginning of May.
TinCaps 3 Lansing Lugnuts 2
Key Statistics: 2B Justin Lopez, 1-for-4, R, HR (2), 2 RBI; LF Grant Little, 2-for-3, R; SS Xavier Edwards, 1-for-3, R, 2B, BB; RHP Sam Keating (W, 1-1) 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 8 K; RHP Henry Henry (S, 2) 2 IP, 2 H, K.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps won at home in front of a big crowd on Friday night. … Shortstop Xavier Edwards doubled and walked Friday night, extending his hitting streak to 12 games and on on-base streak to 20. Perhaps more impressively, Edwards has not struck out since May 4th — a span of 46 plate appearances. Edwards leads the Midwest League in batting average (.364), on-base percentage (.429) and hits (47). … RHP Sam Keating turned in a fine start and earned the win. The 2017 fourth-round pick struck out a career-high eight batters in 5.2 innings. Keating has walked just one batter in his first two Midwest League starts, spanning 8.2 innings. … Justin Lopez homered for the second time in three games in the TinCaps’ victory. Lopez has struggled with the bat thus far but is still one of the youngest players in the Midwest League. His power production is certainly an encouraging development.