The Chihuahuas game with the Oklahoma City Dodgers was suspended due to rain in West Texas. The teams will play the game to its full nine-inning completion Sunday, resuming tied at four with no outs in the bottom of the fifth, then play their regularly scheduled contest as a seven-inning game.

Midland RockHounds 5, Missions 4

Key Statistics: 3B Connor Hollis 2-5, 2B; 1B Yorman Rodriguez 2-4 HR (8), 2 RBI; SS Domingo Leyba 2-5, 2B, RBI; LF Tirso Ornelas 2-3, RBI, BB; LHP Osvaldo Hernandez 4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K, HR; RHP Mason Fox (L, 3-2) 1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, K; RHP Michel Baez 2 IP, 4 K

Connor Hollis has been one of the better performers in the Texas League. (Photo: San Antonio Missions)

Prospect Watch: The Missions took the lead in the fifth inning when Yorman Rodriguez hit his eighth home run of the year to put San Antonio up 4-2, but reliever Mason Fox struggled with his command and gave up three runs and the lead in the bottom half of the inning. The hard-throwing righty, who converted to the mound late in his college career, walked four in the game, pushing his total to 16 in 24.1 innings this year. … Connor Hollis, 27, had a pair of hits to hold steady at eighth in the Texas League in both batting average at .313 and on-base percentage at .417. The infielder has been a great contributor since signing at the end of Spring Training.  Hollis is a great story of persevering at every step of his journey, from walking-on at the University of Houston, going undrafted, and improving even after he was released by Tampa. … Tirso Ornelas had his best month in Double-A in June, hitting .347/.380/.480 with eight extra-base hits. He has a line of .292/.335/.397 for the season but will need to elevate the ball for more power to have a shot going forward. While his batting average is easily a career high, his 5.3% walk rate is less than half what it was in both 2019 and 2021, keeping his overall production below league average. … Osvaldo Hernandez made his fourth start of the year and pitched well in a season-high four innings. The lefty from Cuba, listed generously at six feet, has mainly worked in relief this year, posting a 2.79 ERA in 19.1 innings while relying on a wide array of breaking balls, offspeed pitches, and arm slots. … Michel Baez threw two more scoreless frames. The 40-player roster member has allowed just two earned runs over his last 11 frames while striking out 18.

TinCaps 4, West Michigan Whitecaps 2

Key Statistics: CF Robert Hassell III 1-3, 2 BB; 3B Lucas Dunn 2-5 RBI; LF Corey Rosier 1-3, 2 RBI, BB, SB (24); DH Max Ferguson 1-4, 3B, BB; LHP Robert Gasser 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 5 K, 3 BB

Robert Gasser has been dominant for the TinCaps. (Photo: Jeff Nycz)

Prospect Watch: Robert Gasser delivered another stellar pitching performance with six scoreless innings against the Detroit Tigers High-A affiliate. Except for a three-run home run in the first inning last Saturday, Gasser has allowed just one earned run in his previous five starts, 30.2 innings, with 37 strikeouts against seven walks. He had a 6.46 ERA for May, but since then has significantly improved his command, and Midwest League batters still have trouble finding the ball from his three-quarter arm slot. … Robert Hassell III came into the game having stolen 19 bases without being caught, but the Whitecaps got him twice Saturday. Hassell reached base three times, keeping his OBP at .376, good for eighth in the Midwest League. … Corey Rosier stole his 24th base, which places him fifth in the league, after reaching base two more times.

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Storm 9, Inland Empire 66ers 7

Key Statistics: RF Justin Farmer 2-5, RBI, SB (25); 3B Marcos Castañon 2-4, BB; 1B Carlos Luiz 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB; C Jared Alvarez-Lopez 3-4, 2 RBI; 2B Wyatt Hoffman 1-3, BB; RHP Victor Lizarraga 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K; RHP Ruben Galindo (W, 3-2) 2.2 IP, H, BB, K

Prospect Watch: Anything coming off the Storm’s historic night on Friday was bound to be a bit of a letdown, but Lake Elsinore took their fourth victory in five games from the Angels’ affiliate on Saturday with a steady barrage of hits. Most of the interest in the Storm this year has been on the spectacular play of 6-foot-7 James Wood in center field, but Carlos Luis, 22, is also having a breakout season. Luis’s double was the club’s only extra-base hit, extending his team lead to 18.  Coming off a .361/.423/.535 line in June, the left-handed hitting 22-year-old also leads the team with 71 hits while turning in a strong.316/.384/.471 line so far. Now nearly 70 pounds above his listed weight, he’s getting to his power more consistently while walking more and striking out less than he did in his first taste of full-season ball last year with the Storm. … Justin Farmer stole his 25th base, which ties him for fourth in the California League. The 23-year-old undrafted free agent has improved his production in each month of the season. … Juan Zabala, who reached base twice tonight, has been a nice pickup from the Dodgers’ organization for the Storm. In nine games with the Storm, he is hitting .441/.513/.765 with four extra-base hits. … Wood stole his tenth base of the season in 13 attempts and was 1-5 on the night.

ACL Mariners 4, ACL Padres 1

Key Statistics: Rosman Verdugo 1-2, RBI, BB, SB (1); RHP Miguel Rondon 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, BB 3 K

Rosman Verdugo acclimated quickly after signing in January. (Photo: Jerry Espinoza)

Prospect Watch: The ACL Padres were held to three singles and only two walks. Rosman Verdugo collected one of the three hits, two of the stolen bases, and the only RBI on the day. Verdugo is leading the team in hits with 17 in 19 games and is second to only Joshua Mears with four doubles. … Venezuelan righty Miguel Rondon, 21, threw four innings today as he looks to get things on track. The 2017 signee spent most of last year with the Storm showing the stuff to strikeout 65 hitters in 46.2 innings, but struggled mightily with control, walking 41 batters and giving up 58 hits, 14 of which went over the wall. In Rondon’s four appearances in the desert this summer, opponents are hitting .340 against him.

Posted by John Conniff

John grew up in Poway and has written for MadFriars since 2004. He has written articles for Baseball America, FoxSports San Diego, the El Paso Times, San Antonio Express-News, Amarillo Globe-News, Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette and Pacific Daily News in addition to appearing on numerous radio programs and podcasts. He can also break down the best places to eat for all five of the affiliates. There is no best place to eat in Peoria, Arizona.

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  1. […] Gasser, 23, didn’t give up a run in his start this week and struck five against three walks. As we discussed in Saturday’s Daily, he has been dominant in his last five […]

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