Salt Lake City Bees 5, Chihuahuas 2
Key Statistics: SS Dusty Coleman 2-3, RBI; 2B Carlos Asuaje 0-2, 2 BB; RHP Kyle Lloyd (L, 0-1) 6.1 IP 5 H 5 R 5 ER 4 BB 5 K; RHP Christian Bethancourt 1.0 IP 2 BB K.
Prospect Watch: Kyle Lloyd made his second start in Triple-A, after a strong campaign in Double-A with the Missions, and went into the seventh inning going up only three earned runs. After starting off the inning with a pair of walks he was replaced by Rafael De Paula who proceeded to throw a wild pitch and then gave up a double to plate two runs, both charged to Lloyd. The Chihuahuas plated two runs in the seventh and eighth, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit…slowly but surely Carlos Asuaje is digging himself out of an early season hole. His batting average is still only at .238, but his on-base percentage is up to .360…El Paso has now dropped four out of their last five games.
Springfield Cardinals 2, Missions 0
Key Statistics: SS Jose Rondon 3-4, 2 2B; LF Alberth Martinez 2-4, 2 2B; CF Auston Bousfield 1-2, BB; LHP Jerry Keel (L, 1-1) 6 H 2 R ER BB 4 K; LHP Kyle McGrath 1.0 IP H K.
Prospect Watch: Despite having four doubles on the night and multiple chances to score with one out or less, San Antonio was shut out on Friday night. Interesting factoid, in Jerry Keel’s debut he beat the Cardinals 2-0, tonight he was on the opposite side of the outcome…since being promoted by the organization to Double-A, Keel has a 0.71 ERA in two starts (12.2 innings) and has given up only one earned run…with three hits tonight Jose Rondon pushed his overall slash line to .267/.327/.390. As opposed to last year, Rondon has also seen time at second and third base as well as shortstop…after sitting out all but 11 games last year, Alberth Martinez has bounced back with a strong .292/.351/492 slash line. At 26 the Venezuelan native has been in the organization for eight years and is playing more in left field than center this season.
Storm 8, San Jose Giants 7
Key Statistics: CF Michael Gettys 3-4, 3 HR (7), 3 RBI, BB; 2B Chris Baker 3-3, BB; 1B Carlos Belen 3-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI; RHP Jesse Scholtens 5.0 IP 7 H 5 R 4 ER 3 BB 2 K; RHP Gerardo Reyes (BS, 2)(W, 2-0) 2.0 IP 3 H 2 R 2 ER 2 K; RHP Trevor Frank (S,3) 1.0 IP K.
Prospect Watch: Of the ten hits on the night by the Storm, nine of them were by three players but Michael Gettys was unquestionably the star of the game and the system tonight. Gettys hit three home runs to dead center field. After a bad April that saw him post a slash line of .223/.257/.330 with 44 strikeouts in 23 games, he rebounded to hit .274/.400/.411 in May in 27 games and cut his strikeouts down to 32. On the season he is hitting .261/.342/.430 with 13 stolen bases in 17 attempts. As we wrote in the MadFriars Top 20 for 2017, Gettys has more raw talent than Hunter Renfroe – particularly with his stellar defensive play in center field – the whole question is if the hit tool can come around; which it looks like it may be. Stay tuned…Chris Baker, who was one of the best players in the Northwest League in 2016, is starting to show the form that he did last year. Baker is now 7-10 in the past three games…Carlos Belen was the other player with three hits, breaking out of an 0-10 slump. Belen has mainly played first base in the field for the Storm, with only one game at third after spending his first four years in the organization at the hot corner. Belen’s double in the eighth inning that scored Baker was the difference in the game.
TinCaps 8, Dayton Dragons 6
Key Statistics: LF Jorge Ona 2-4; 3B Hudson Potts 2-4; CF Buddy Reed 2-4; RF Jack Suwinski 2-3, 2 RBI; FH G.K. Young 2-3, HR (5), 3 RBI; C Webster Rivas 2-4, 2B, RBI; RHP Ronald Bolanos (W, 1-1) 5.0 Ip 3 H 2 R 2 ER 4 BB K.
Prospect Watch: Five TinCaps had multiple hits including Buddy Reed in his second game back after nearly a month off with back spasms…G.K. Young is now third on the team in home runs and second in RBI..Ronald Bolanos got the win but has struggled with his command with a 6:9 strikeout to base-on-balls ratio. Ronald Bolancos is one of a trio of young Cuban pitchers A.J. Preller signed in the offseason along with RHP Michel Baez and LHP Osvaldo Hernandez, who have yet to make their stateside debuts…two of the TinCaps’ young position players, Hudson Potts and Jack Suwinski could post much better numbers in the second half. Both are starting to hit better as they get more at-bats under their belts and manager Anthony Contreras has singled them out for their ability to not get to high or too low based on single game performances…tonight’s win broke a three-game losing streak.
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