Chihuahuas 2, Las Vegas Aviators 1

Jay Groome had his best outing of 2023. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

Key Stats: LHP Jay Groome 6 IP, 6 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K; LHP Ray Kerr (W, 3-0) IP, BB; 3B Eguy Rosario 1-for-4, HR (1), RBI; DH Brett Sullivan 2-for-4, 2B, RBI

Prospect Watch: A pitchers’ duel ended when Brett Sullivan doubled in Taylor Kohlwey to send the Chihuahuas fans home happy from the fifth walk-off win of the year. …  Sullivan, the only El Paso player to have a multi-hit game, has now reached base safely in seven straight games. Since being demoted on May 30, he is hitting .322/.402/.533. … Lefty Jay Groome delivered a much-needed great game, allowing just one earned run over six innings. It was just the second time all season that Groome has pitched at least five innings and allowed less than two earned runs. The only other time, on May 2, he followed it up by giving up five earned runs in three innings. Groome has been most effective when he limits the number of walks.  After 12 straight starts walking at least three batters, Groome has now walked two in back-to-back games. Wednesday marked the first time all season that Groome has put together back-to-back quality starts.  … Third baseman Eguy Rosario hit his first home run of the year as he continues his rehab assignment in Triple-A. Rosario was sidelined since before spring training, so he’s still playing in what is akin to the first few weeks of March. In ten games with El Paso, Rosario is hitting .231/.302/.359.

Corpus Christi Hooks 4, Missions 3

Daniel Camarena. (Photo: San Antonio Missions)

Key Stats: LHP Daniel Camerena 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB, 3 K; RHP Alek Jacob IP, BB, K; RHP Justin Lopez IP, H, ER; 3B Ripken Reyes 0-for-2, BB, 2 R, SB (13); 2B Michael De La Cruz 2-for-3, R, RBI, BB

Prospect Watch: The Missions battled back from an early deficit to tie the game in the eighth. In the bottom half of the inning, the Hooks played small ball to scratch out a run off Justin LopezLopez, who converted from infield to pitching last year, started his Double-A career without allowing a run in his first six appearances.  He has now allowed at least a run in four of his last six.  Lopez can spot his mid-90s fastball effectively, but like most new pitchers, does not have a well-built repertoire of offspeed stuff to keep hitters from sitting fastball. Still, the talent is there. … After going over a month without allowing an earned run, righty Alek Jacob had surrendered runs in back-to-back games before Wednesday’s clean frame. The scoreless inning lowered his ERA to 1.32, while he maintains a sub 1.00 WHIP.  With all the shuffling of bullpen options, it could be only a matter of time before Jacob gets a chance with the big league club. … As we approach the anniversary of “Slamarena” on July 8, southpaw Daniel Camarena made the start in Double-A and put on a show over six innings on the mound. He was constantly attacking hitters and got ahead. This was the third time in a row that the 30-year-old Camarena has allowed three or fewer earned runs in a start.

TinCaps 6, West Michigan Whitecaps 1

Jacob Marsee continues to heat up for Fort Wayne. (Photo: Fort Wayne TinCaps)

Key Statistics: LHP Austin Krob 5 IP, 8 H, ER, BB, 4 K; RHP Aaron Holiday (W, 2-3) 2 IP, 2 BB, 2 K; SS Jackson Merrill 0-for-4, R, BB; CF Jakob Marsee 1-for-2, R, RBI, 2 BB, SB (28); RF Lucas Dunn 2-for-3, 3B, 2 RBI

Prospect Watch: Fort Wayne received an effective pitching performance from recently-promoted lefty Austin Krob, who allowed just one run over five innings despite allowing eight hits. He walked one and struck out four. After posting a 2.34 ERA over 10 starts in Lake Elsinore, Krob has has yet to get a 1,2,3 inning in 10 frames at High-A, though he has done an excellent job pitching out of danger. Krob will not blow people away with his stuff, but attacks the zone and has the ability to generate swings-and-misses. … Center fielder Jakob Marsee reached base three more times and has a .409 OBP for the month and a .395 mark overall.  Marsee also stole his team-leading 28th base of the season, which is good for second in the Midwest League. … Over the last three days, Lucas Dunn is 7-for-11, with a double, triple, home run, and two stolen bases. The recent hot streak has pushed Dunn’s OPS above .700. … Righty Aaron Holiday pitched two scoreless innings to earn his second win of the year. The former A’s draft pick walked a pair but did not allow a hit while notching a pair of strikeouts. The young righty suffered through a brutal May in which he pitched to a 13.50 ERA in six outings. Since then, Holiday has allowed just three runs over his last 11 innings, walking a concerning nine batters but he’s punched out 16. He was acquired by the Padres last year with Sean Manaea.

Storm 11, Visalia Rawhide 7

Ethan Salas is doing damage at the plate. (Photo: Gail Verderico/IG @baseball_gail)

Key Statistics: DH Ethan Salas 1-for-4, HR (4), 2 RBI, BB; CF Samuel Zavala 1-for-5, HR (7), 2 RS; LF Kai Murphy 3-for-6, 2 2B, RBI; RF Tyler Robertson 2-for-5, 3 RS, RBI, SB (14); 3B Devin Ortiz 3-for-4, 2 RBI, RS, BB; 1B Griffin Doersching 1-for-4, HR (7), 2 RBI, BB; 2B Charlis Aquino 3-for-3, HR (1), 2 RS, RBI

Prospect Watch: Playing in his third game back after missing seven weeks, right fielder Tyler Robertson has picked up where he left off as one of the Storm’s most clutch players.  Robertson scored three runs, had two hits, and stole a base.  Since returning from the injured list, Robertson has gone 4-for-14 with two RBI and two stolen bags to push his total to 14 in 25 games. … For the first time in his brief career, Ethan Salas homered in back-to-back games. It was also his third home run in a week and helped raise his OPS to .787. … Charlis Aquino also homered, though it was his first of the season. The slight infielder has played sparingly over the last two months but was once one of the top international signings in 2018.  Aquino has never really filled out since coming into the organization and has struggled to develop the power the Padres were hoping he would grow into.  His six total bases Wednesday set a new career-high. He’d never topped four in a game over his first three-plus seasons. … Third baseman Devin Ortiz reached base four times with three singles and a walk, and drove in a pair of runs. With the Storm’s recent run of promotions, the 24-year-old undrafted free agent has been thrust into an everyday role with Lake Elsinore. He is off to a 6-for-14 start in July.

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Posted by Ben Davey

Writer for MadFriars since 2011. San Diego raised. Grossmont alum. Die hard SD and sports fan. Currently keeping my day job as an AP Chemistry Teacher.

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