El Paso Chihuahuas 6, Fresno Grizzlies 4
|Juan Minaya (H, 2)||1.1||4||2||2||0||0||0||3.46|
|Kevin Chapman (BS, 2)(L, 1-2)||1||4||3||3||0||0||0||9.26|
Fresno's offense last night was powered solely by home runs. Danny Worth, Tony Kemp (!) and Jon Singleton each went deep for the Grizzlies, the latter two solo shots. Otherwise, there were only three hits to be had, as only two above the minimum went to the plate after the third inning. Lance McCullers was the bright spot, allowing four baserunners and no runs while whiffing seven in five innings. The combination of Juan Minaya and Kevin Chapman, however, accounted for eight baserunners and five runs in 2.1 innings.
Danny Worth, he of the two-run shot, is on fire. The 30-year-old journeyman is slashing .367/.454/.578 on the season and an unreal .444/.600/.833 in May, including seven walks and five extra-base hits in only six games. While he doesn't have much worth as a prospect, he does have the possibility off contributing the major-league roster if the need arises.
Outside of this game (during which he once again allowed an earned run) Jandel Gustave has been nearly perfect, allowing earned runs only once before this season--in his very first outing of the year, during which he allowed his only walk of the year. He has also struck out at least one batter in all games save one. This unprecedented control (his BB/9 has never been below 3.30) is hopefully here to stay.
Corpus Christi Hooks 2, San Antonio Missions 0
|Chan Jong Moon||2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.115|
|Keegan Yuhl (W, 1-1)||5||3||0||0||1||3||0||3.25|
|Joe Musgrove (H, 1)||3||2||0||0||0||4||0||0.34|
|Brendan McCurry (S, 3)||1||0||0||0||0||3||0||4.02|
An Evan Gattis homerun and Joe Musgrove with a dominating performance (albeit for 3 innings)? Is this Houston yet? Although Musgrove hasn't yet been called up, this could soon be a reality. Gattis, who played catcher, supposedly framed well and also threw out a baserunner. Keegan Yuhl, Joe Musgrove, and Brendan McCurry shut down the lowly Missions, walking just one batter and striking out ten. Gattis' two-run shot in the fourth was the difference (it scored Alex Bregman, who drew two walks in the game).
Keegan Yuhl, a 35th-round draftee in 2014 (pick #1036), has been inconsistent in 2016, but much of ERA is inflated by a start in which he gave up five runs in 4.2 innings--and still managed to strike out six. His K/9 is a robust 9.53 on the season, and judging by his history, he should keep improving while at Corpus.
The question must be asked: why is Joe Musgrove still in Corpus Christi? Last year, he started out at Lancaster, boasted a 12.9 K/9 and 0.3 BB/9 and quickly outgrew it; he then went to Corpus and kept the walk rate low, but a 1.4 HR/9 and 6.6 K/9 contributed to a 4.25 FIP. Now the K/9 is back with the best of them, as it is 10.03 and his BB/9 1.16. He's walked three batters on the season and given up one earned run. If his past promotion is any indication, we should see Musgrove in a Grizzlies jersey sooner rather than later.
Lancaster Jethawks 19, Visalia Rawhide 5
|Evan Grills (W, 3-1)||5||3||4||4||2||6||1||3.47|
|Yeyfry Del Rosario||2.2||1||1||1||0||4||0||8.1|
Just your average game for these Jethawks. Just one home run, a big inning allowed to the other team...wait, is that 19 runs against the best team in the Cal League and seven runs against a rehabbing Major League pitcher (Josh Collmenter)? Everyone got on base in this absolute massacre of the poor Rawhide pitching staff, with Nick Tanielu going 5-for-6 and Garrett Stubbs hitting his first-ever homer, a three-run bomb. Jamie Ritchie also stood out, getting on base five times due to his three walks.
Quad Cities 6, Lansing Lugnuts 2
|Justin Ferrell (W, 1-1)||5||4||2||2||3||7||0||4.66|
|Albert Abreu (S, 1)||4||2||0||0||2||7||0||3.7|