Oklahoma City Dodgers 9, Chihuahuas 1
Key Statistics: SS Tucupita Marcano, 3-for-5, RBI; C Michael Cantu, 1-for-3, BB; 1B Patrick Kivlehan, 1-for-5; RHP Evan Miller (L, 1-2) 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, K; RHP Parker Markel, 2.1 IP, H, ER, 3 BB, 5 K; RHP Sam McWilliams, 2 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, K; RHP Pedro Avila, 2 IP, BB, 3 K.
Prospect Watch: El Paso allowed four runs in the first and never recovered, as they lost big on the road in Oklahoma City. … Tucupita Marcano had three hits and drove in the only run of the night for the Chihuahuas. Marcano is in the midst of a four-game hitting streak and is hitting .500 (7-for-14) during the stretch. The 21-year-old infielder has bounced back and forth between San Diego and El Paso this year, struggling at both stops. It’s easy to forget that Marcano is just 21 and had never played a regular-season game above Low-A before this year. The Venezuelan infielder/outfielder should continue to get regular playing time in El Paso while moving around the field defensively going forward. … Outfielder Trent Grisham went 0-for-2 and drew another walk in his second game of his rehab assignment. For the second consecutive night, he was removed as planned in the seventh inning. He figures to play at least one more game for El Paso. … RHP Pedro Avila pitched the final two innings and allowed just one walk, striking out three. The 24-year-old righty started the year in the San Antonio bullpen to mixed results but he has been lights out since a promotion to El Paso. In four appearances spanning six innings, Avila has allowed just one hit while punching out ten. Prior to the 2021 season, Avila worked as a starter but it appears he will be in the bullpen going forward. He had Tommy John surgery in 2019.
Missions 13, Midland RockHounds 3
Key Statistics: SS CJ Abrams, 1-for-4, BB, 2B; 1B Taylor Kohlwey, 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B, RBI; 3B Eguy Rosario, 2-for-4, R, HR (4), 3 RBI, BB; RF Jack Suwinski, 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB; C Juan Fernandez, 2-for-4, 2 R, 3B, HR (2), 3 RBI, BB; LHP Osvaldo Hernandez, 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K; RHP Carlos Belen (W, 1-0), 2 IP, H, K; LHP Tom Cosgrove, IP, BB, K.
Prospect Watch: The Missions were being no-hit through five innings and then the bats exploded. San Antonio scored six in the sixth inning and added seven more runs in the eighth to turn a 3-0 deficit into a blowout win. …Red-hot Eguy Rosario spearheaded the comeback with a homer and 3 RBI as part of a multi-hit night. The 21-year-old has continued to tear the cover off of the ball after an abysmal start to the season. Rosario is hitting .378/.452/.730 in June with three homers. A large part of the turnaround has been Rosario drastically reducing his strikeouts. After a three-strikeout night on June 3, Rosario has struck out just twice in his last 27 plate appearances. … Catcher Juan Fernandez clobbered his second homer of the year and tripled Friday night in the Missions’ win. Like Rosario, Fernandez has been on fire at the plate in June with a .333/.379/.667 slash line. He has driven in 12 runs in only six games this month. … Osvaldo Hernandez completed five innings but didn’t factor in the decision. The Cuban-born southpaw gave up three earned runs on six hits, continuing an up-and-down season. After allowing five homers on May 30, he has surrendered nine hits in 10.2 innings over his last two starts. Hernandez, who continues to work to narrow and refine his repertoire, has struggled with command at times, leading to too many walks and an untenable 1.53 WHIP. … LHP Tom Cosgrove tossed a scoreless inning, notching a strikeout. Cosgrove delivered a strong 2018 campaign for Fort Wayne, but struggled early in 2019, hit the IL and attempted to rehab through the summer before undergoing Tommy John surgery late in 2019. While he worked as a starter before the injury, he has pitched exclusively out of the Missions bullpen this season. The 24-year-old has thrown the ball well this season, racking up 18 strikeouts in 13.1 innings. Cosgrove has a good curveball and a low-90s fastball.
Lake County Captains 8, TinCaps 5
Key Statistics: C Jonny Homza, 1-for-3, R, 2B, RBI, SB (4); 2B Reinaldo Ilarraza, 3-for-5, 2 R, SB (10); RF Agustin Ruiz, 1-for-3, R, 2 BB; RHP Gabe Mosser (L, 1-3) 4 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; RHP Sam Keating, 2 IP, R, BB, 5 K; LHP Cody Tyler, 3 IP, H, K.
Prospect Watch: Lake County used a four-run first inning to get past Fort Wayne at Parkview Field. … Second baseman Reinaldo Ilarraza had three singles, scored two runs, and swiped his tenth bag of the season. The fleet-footed infielder has been a menace at the top of the order this month. He is hitting .294/.375/.392 over 39 plate appearances while adding six stolen bases to his ledger. The 22-year-old has routinely posted excellent walk rates in the system but has never been able to find prolonged consistency at the plate. If Ilarraza can cut make more contact, his speed and defensive versatility will give him a chance. … Catcher Jonny Homza doubled and drew a walk out of the leadoff position. Homza has been an absolute monster in June, slashing an absurd .344/.432/.719 with seven extra-base hits, including a pair of homers. Homza, like many others throughout minor league baseball, has had issues making consistent contact. However, Homza’s emergence at the plate has been one of the biggest surprises in the system this season. … RHP Sam Keating pitched struck out five over the final two innings, allowing just an unearned run. Keating, a fourth-round pick in 2017, has struggled out of the TinCaps bullpen this year, so Friday’s outing is a step in the right direction. In six innings of work this month, Keating has held opponents to a .190 average, but Friday’s solid appearance lowered the righty’s ERA to 12.27, so he will need to keep stringing together good outings to undue his struggles in May.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 11, Storm 6
Key Statistics: 2B Euribiel Angeles, 1-for-5, RBI; CF Robert Hassell III, 1-for-5, 2B; LF Jarryd Dale, 1-for-3, R; RF Joshua Mears, 2-for-3, 2 R, HR (2), 2 RBI, BB; C Alison Quintero, 2-for-4, R, 3 RBI; LHP Noel Vela (L, 1-3) 4.1 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, K; RHP Michell Miliano, IP, K.
Prospect Watch: The Quakes scored three runs in the fifth inning to pull away from the Storm at The Diamond. … Outfielder Joshua Mears hit his first homer in nearly a month in the Storm loss. It was only the second multi-hit game all season for the powerful outfielder. Mears has struggled mightily over the past few weeks and is hitting just .129/.289/.258 in June. Mears’ strikeout rate has hovered over 40% this season but his power remains one of the loudest carrying tools in the system. … Jarryd Dale started in left and had a pair of singles. The versatile Dale, who sports a wRC+ of 114, has been the Storm’s most consistent hitter not named Robert Hassell III this season. Overall, the 20-year-old Australian is hitting .294/.374/.422 in 113 plate appearances. … LHP Noel Vela got knocked around and allowed a season-high seven earned runs in the loss. The poor outing raised Vela’s ERA from 2.92 to 4.66. Despite the rough night, Vela has been mostly excellent for the Storm this season.