Key Statistics:CF Rico Noel 2-5, HR (1), 2 RBI; 3B Brooks Conrad 3-4, 2 HR (6), 3 RBI, BB; RF/LF Alex Castellanos 3-5, 2B; SS Tyler Greene 3-4, 2B, HR (1), 3 RBI; PH Jason Lane 0-0, BB; LHP Juan Oramas (W, 3-1) 6.1 IP 2 H 3 BB 5 Ks; RHP Dennis O'Grady 1.2 IP H K.
Prospect Watch: El Paso broke out of a three game losing streak in a big way with four home runs and the best pitching performance by Juan Oramas all season....Have to wonder if the next time the Padres' need an infielder they might take a look at Brooks Conrad who has played second, short and third to go along with an .864 OPS this season...SS Tyler Greene, 30, who the organization picked up for cash considerations from the Braves is off to a great start in his first 65 plate appearances hitting .361/.403/.475...first game all season Oramas has not given up an earned run...Finally, in 21 plate appearances as a pitcher/pinch-hitter/left fielder Jason Lane has a .421/.476/.684 line.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
-Missions 6 - Midland Rockhounds 5
Key Statistics: CF Reymond Fuentes 2-6, SB (1); SS Adam Buschini 2-4, BB; 2B Casey McElroy 2-4, 2 RBI; C Robert Kral 2-4, HR(1), RBI, BB; RF Yeison Asencio 2-5; RHP Josh Geer 4.2 IP 11 H 5 R 2 ER 2 K; RHP Jerry Sullivan (W, 1-1) 2.0 IP 2 Ks; RHP Johnny Barbato (S, 10) 1.0 IP.Prospect Watch: The Missions were able to play small ball in the top of the ninth as Robert Kral led off the inning with a walk and San Antonio was able to move him around the bases for the deciding run...Kral had his best day of the season at the plate but had a pair of errors behind it. If the organization wants him to develop as a catcher they need to give him a few more reps behind the dish or move him to another position. He is a much better hitter than his numbers show now...Slowly, but surely Casey McElroy's numbers are coming up. In seven games in April he hit .200 and in May his average is now at .313...RHP Jerry Sullivan is a big reason why the Missions' bullpen is as good as it is. Sullivan has struck out 18 batters in 14 innings against only nine hits. He has been much more effective as reliever since the Padres moved him to the pen in Lake Elsinore in 2012.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 4 - Storm 2 10 innings
Key Statistics CF Alberth Martiniez 1-4, BB; 2B Benji Gonzalez 1-4, BB; LF Corey Adamson 1-2, RBIRF Hunter Renfroe 2-4, 2B; C John Nester 1-3, BB; RHP Joe Ross 5.1 IP 4 H 2 R 2 ER 3 BB 6 Ks; RHP Cody Hebner 2.2 IP H 2 Ks; RHP Brandon Alger (L, 0-1) 2 H 2 R 3 BB K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm had eight hits but could only generate a couple of runs despite solid pitching performances from Joe Ross and the underrated Cody Hebner..Hebner has only give up three earned runs in 22 innings. The opposition is only hitting .147 against him the only real negative is his strikeout-to-base-on-balls ratio is not great at 14/9...Joe Ross may be a candidate for AA San Antonio soon with a 2.68 ERA and a 41/10 K/BB ratio in 43.2 innings. In eight starts this season he has gone at least five innings in every outing.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
Fort Wayne had the day off.
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.