Prospect Watch: Chihuahuas wasted a great start by Juan Oramas, as Blaine Boyer gave up two runs in the eighth to blow the save. Oramas is a legitimate fly ball pitchers. When he is on, he gets pop up or a shallow fly out. Tonight wasn't much different has he had more flyouts than groundouts… Tony Sipp has now pitched 4.2 innings allowing only three hits while striking out eight. Unfortunately, all three hits allowed have been to left-handed hitters.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Missions had the day off
Storm 4 – High Desert Mavericks 11
Prospect Watch: Joe Ross escaped the hitter friendly haven that is High Desert but Zach Eflin was not so lucky. Eflin had his worst start of his career giving up eight earned runs, five of which came on long balls. By comparing Eflin had allowed only seven home runs in 131 minor league prior to that start… Hunter Renfroe is supposed to be the best prospect on the Storm, but thus far Alberth Martinez has stole the show. The 23 year-old Venezuelan has 13 hits through his first seven games, but also has six extra base hits, and a Cal League leading 14 RBI. As the teams leadoff hitter Martinez has also started the game by reaching base safely in five of the teams seven games.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
TinCaps 7 – Kane County Cougars 4
Key Statistics CF Mallex Smith 1-4, RS, BB, 3 SB (8); C Dane Phillips 4-5, 2B, HR (1), 3 RBI; RF Jose Urena 1-4, HR (1), 2 RBI, BB; RHP Adrian De Horta 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 K; RHP Nick Mutz 1 IP, 1 K (S, 1) .
Prospect Watch: Before the season Mallex Smith was named as a candidate to lead the minors in stolen bases. After adding three more stolen bases tonight, he is the leader. Smith has tremendous speed, but will continue to be limited by his hitting ability. Smith has reached base eight times in six games, and stolen eight bases… Both Dane Phillips and Mallex Smith were surprisingly placed back in Fort Wayne after having above- average years in Fort Wayne. Phillips is a former second round pick and if he continues to hit .467/.500/.867 like he has thus far, he will not be in Fort Wayne for too much longer.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.