With the Fourth of July holiday falling on Monday, the Chihuahuas, TinCaps and Storm had the nights off.

Frisco RoughRiders 10, Missions 1

Connor Hollis has been one of the stars for the Missions in 2021. (Photo: San Antonio Missions)

 Key Statistics: CF Thomas Milone 2-4, 2B, RBI; 3B Connor Hollis 1-3, BB; RHP Brandon Komar, (L, 0-3) 5.0 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 2 BB, 2 K; RHP Jose Quezada 2.0 IP, H, K

Prospect Watch: The Missions dropped their fourth straight in an ugly loss at home as they have been outscored 21-1 in the past two games after clinching a first-half playoff spot earlier in the month. Although the promotion of Esteury Ruiz will take some thump out of the offense, the promotion of starting pitchers Thomas Eshelman and Matt Waldron to Triple-A El Paso, who were first and third in innings pitched, is going to affect the team’s ability to compete. … Connor Hollis, 27, continues to have a stellar year after a rough April where he slashed .210/.319/.323. In his last three months, he is hitting .304/.409/.435 and has been quite the minor league free agent pick-up from the Tampa Bay organization. He leads the team in hits (79) and is second in runs scored (48).

Ruben Salinas is a right-handed hitter, but throws from the left side. (Photo: Jerry Espinoza)

ACL Royals 7, ACL Padres 5 

Key Statistics: DH Matt Beaty 0-2, BB: RF Albert Fabian 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI; CF Ruben Salinas 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI,SB; 1B Josttin Diaz 1-3, BB, SB; RHP Jarlin Susana 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 3 K, HR; RHP Elvis Saba (L,0-1) 2 H, 2 R, HR

Jarlin Susana delivers for the ACL Padres. (Photo: Jerry Espinoza)

Prospect Watch: The big news was that someone got a home run off 6-foot-6, 225 lbs. 18-year-old Jarlin Susana. It was his first time pitching in relief. However, on the backfields of the Arizona Complex League, that is a somewhat dubious distinction compared to his previous four outings when he started. If you throw out this appearance, he has a 1.84 ERA in 14.2 innings with 19 strikeouts against five walks and eight hits in his first outings. Because he is relatively “older” than the rest of his teammates, there is a good chance he may be in Low-A Lake Elsinore before the end of the year. … Ruben Salinas reached base twice today to push his slash line to .271/.323/.441. The 19-year-old Mexican native is a very rare position player that throws left-handed but bats from the right side. … Matt Beaty made his second appearance after returning from a troubling shoulder injury and reached base on a walk.


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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