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Frisco RoughRiders 6, Missions 3
Key Statistics: RHP Brett Kennedy 3 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K; SS Luis Urias 2-4, RS; CF Nick Sculz 1-4, HR (6), 3 RBI; LF Nick Torres 2-4.
Prospect Watch: Yesterday it was discussed how Enyel De Los Santos had two great outings followed by two terrible ones. Today it was Brett Kennedy’s turn. The right-hander allowed just three runs over 10 innings during his first two starts with nine strikeouts. Over his last two he has surrendered 12 earned runs in 4.1 innings striking out six. Kennedy looked pretty good the first time through the order pitching around an error and a couple walks. The second time he allowed five straight hits before a strikeout and a bases clearing double. By comparison the 15 earned runs Kennedy has already given up this year in just 14 innings, is nearly double the eight earned runs he gave up in 28.1 innings in six starts with Fort Wayne last year… Welcome back Nick Torres. After spending the last two weeks on the DL, Torres had a single yesterday in his return and two more hits tonight. He was an All-Star in San Antonio last year before being called up to Triple-A where he hit .308/.343/.508. The demotion back to Double-A is somewhat strange, but Torres has hit safely in six of the eight games he has played in this year.
Storm 4, Visalia Rawhide 1
Key Statistics: RHP Cal Quantril 6 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 5 K; 2B Chris Baker 2-5; 1B Josh Naylor 2-5, 2B, 2 RS, RBI; 3B Ty France 3-4, 3B, RBI, BB; SS Javier Guerra 1-4, 2B, RS, BB.
Prospect Watch: Last year’s top pick Cal Quantrill delivered his best night as a professional. For the first time he was allowed to go six innings and could have easily gone more as he was only at 81 pitches. It was his third start out of four where he allowed one earned run or fewer. While he is not on a technical innings limit, Padres will probably keep him at five to six innings no matter the circumstance to keep his total to 120 for the year…it is hard to ignore the hot streak that Josh Naylor is on. He has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games including five multi-hit games in the past week. In 50 fewer at bats from 2016-2017, Naylor is already surpassing all of his 2016 numbers with the Storm including stolen bases, he has stolen four as compared to what he did in 33 games in 2016.
Western Michigan Whitecaps, 8, TinCaps 2
Key Statistics: LHP Logan Allen 5 IP, 6 H, ER, 3 BB, 5 K; SS Fernando Tatis Jr 2-4; 3B Hudson Potts 1-4, 2B; CF Buddy Reed 2-4, RS; 1B Brad ZUnica 2-4, HR (3), RBI.
Prospect Watch: While pitchers in Double-A are having problems being consistent, this hasn’t been a problem in 2017 for Logan Allen. The lefty has allowed four earned runs total this season including just two over his last four starts. He is currently top 10 in strikeouts with 25, and one of the Midwest League leaders in ERA at 2.00..is Brad Zunica trying to become Jabari Blash lite? In 12 games this year Zuncia has managed eight his, six for extra-bases, and 12 walks. The 12 walks already puts him close to the 22 walks that Hunter Renfroe had in the PCL all of last year (133 games). This means that in 73.5% of at bats tis year Zunica has either homered, walked or struck out.
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