Chihuahuas 4, Round Rock Express 3
Key Statistics: RF Tucupita Marcano 2-for-3, R, BB; CF Brian O’Grady 2-for-4, HR (7), 3 RBI, R; C Luis Campusano 2-for-4, 2B; LF Patrick Kivlehan 1-for-4, HR (14), RBI, R; LHP Jerry Keel 6 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, K; RHP Alex Powers (H, 1) 1.1 IP, H, BB, K; RHP Sam McWilliams (S, 2) 0.2 IP, K
Prospect Watch: El Paso used a seventh inning rally to win their second straight over the Express at Southwest University Park. Brian O’Grady led the charge offensively, blasting his seventh home run of the season in the first inning. The 29-year-old fan favorite now sports an OPS of 1.020 in Triple-A this year and figures to have very little left to prove at that level. … Tucupita Marcano had yet another strong game out of the leadoff spot, collecting a pair of singles and drawing a walk. Marcano, 21, is in the midst of a ludicrous June, slashing .443/.500/.721. Marcano added an outfield assist for good measure and continues to provide versatile defense all over the diamond. … Jerry Keel got the starting nod for El Paso, tossing six innings and giving up three earned runs. The 27-year-old Cal State Northridge alum has struggled to limit traffic on the basepaths, posting a 1.75 WHIP so far this season in his 40.2 innings of work. … Sam McWilliams entered the game in a difficult spot, inheriting runners on second and third with one out in the ninth, clinging to a one run lead. McWilliams was able to get a strikeout and a flyout to end the festivities. The 25-year-old organizational newcomer has struggled with injuries and control in his minor league career, but possesses intriguing stuff and a 6-foot-7 frame.
Frisco Roughriders 5, Missions 4
Key Statistics: 3B Allen Córdoba 2-for-4, HR (3), 2B, 3 RBI, R; LF Michael Curry 2-for-4, 2B, R; SS CJ Abrams 0-for-4, 3 K; RHP Reggie Lawson 2.2 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K; RHP Adrian Martinez 5.1 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K; RHP Mason Fox (L, 2-2, BS, 1) 0.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), K
Prospect Watch: The Missions lost in brutal walkoff fashion for the second night in a row on the road in Frisco, extending their losing streak to six games. After the club plated three runs to take the lead in the ninth, Mason Fox was unable to preserve the lead, allowing a bases clearing double. In a strange turn of events, CJ Abrams was called for interference, allowing the winning run to score. … Allen Córdoba led the San Antonio offense, hitting his third home run of the season. After getting a late start to the season, the 25-year-old former Rule 5 draftee owns a .313/.370/.500 slash line in 13 games since joining the Missions. … Reggie Lawson made his fourth start in his comeback from elbow reconstruction, tossing 2.2 innings in what represents his longest outing thus far. The highly regarded 23-year-old struck out five, but was tagged for an early home run by top prospect Josh Jung. While he’s struck out nine in 6.2 innings, he’s issues six walks as he works to find his command. … Lawson’s early departure allowed Adrian Martinez to shine in what was a standout relief appearance. Martinez, 24, allowed just two hits and a pair of walks in 5.1 innings, striking out six. The Mexicali native owns a mid-90s fastball and a quality slider that make him a name worth monitoring.
TinCaps 1, South Bend Cubs 1 (Suspended, 3rd inning)
Fort Wayne and South Bend getting together continues to be a recipe for rain. The clubs got through the top of the third innings before they got suspended for the night. They’ll complete the full nine innings of the contest Sunday and then play a seven inning nightcap. … Ethan Elliott, who is likely approaching the end of his stay in Hi-A, struck out two and gave up one run in his abbreviated outing. Agustin Ruiz got the TinCaps on the board in the top of the first with an RBI double. The left-handed outfielder has only five hits over his last 29 at-bats, but they’ve all been doubles.
Modesto Nuts 12, Storm 11
Key Statistics: 2B Jordy Barley 1-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB, SB (27); SS Euribiel Angeles 2-for-4, R, BB; C Brandon Valenzuela 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R; Zack Mathis 2-for-4, 2B, 2 R, BB; RF Joshua Mears 1-for-4, HR (6), 2 RBI, 2 R, BB; RHP Dwayne Matos 2 IP, H, BB; RHP Carlos Guarate (L, 0-2) 3.1 IP, 13 H, 11 R (10 ER), BB, K, RHP Michell Miliano 1 IP, BB, 2 K
Prospect Watch: The Storm saw a late rally come up short to fall under .500 on the season. Despite the offensive onslaught, the contest finished in a tidy 2 hours and 59 minutes. Jordy Barley led the charge out of the leadoff spot, reaching base twice. The toolsy infielder also swiped his 27th base of the season, extending his league lead. The enigmatic 21-year-old has a .398 on base percentage in June. … Brandon Valenzuela added three hits to his ledger, including a double. The rising 20-year-old backstop has shown some improved power and has been a consistent on-base threat in his full season debut. … Speaking of tooled up 20-year-olds, enter Joshua Mears. The 6-foot-3 outfielder put his immense raw power on display, smashing his sixth home run of the year. Despite persistent contact issues, Mears owns an OPS of .800. … It was a night to forget for Carlos Guarate. After Storm starting pitcher Dwayne Matos worked his two scheduled innings in his second start after being shut down for most of a month, Guarate was asked to provide some length in the Lake Elsinore bullpen. Unfortunately, the results were disastrous. The 20-year-old Venezuelan allowed 13 hits and 10 earned runs over 3.1 innings of work, throwing 79 pitches. The outing ballooned Guarate’s season ERA to 5.58. … In much more positive pitching news, Michell Miliano continued his strong season, throwing a shutout inning while adding two strikeouts around a walk. Miliano has leveraged his split-finger fastball to strike out 42 batters in just 20.2 innings this season, although he has also issued 16 free passes. Opposing hitters are hitting just .178 off the 21-year-old Dominican.