Chihuahuas 5, Sacramento River Cats 0
Key Stats: 3B Carlos Asuaje 3-for-4, 2B; 1B Allen Craig 2-for-4, RBI, R; LF Shane Peterson 2-for-4, 2B, R; LHP Dillon Overton 7IP, 2H, 0R, 3K, 0BB
Prospect Watch: Lefty Dillon Overton turned in his most impressive performance as a member of the Padres organization, giving up two hits over seven scoreless frames. The University of Oklahoma product claimed off waivers just less than a year ago, needed only 85 pitches to cruise through the Giants’ top affiliate. Originally a second-round pick back in 2013, Overton, now 26, sports a 2.78 ERA across two levels this year despite a 34:12 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 45.1 innings of work. He last had a stretch this strong in 2016 as a member of the A’s organization. … Carlos Asuaje had three hits in four trips to the plate, including a double. The 26-year-old has hit .318/.388/.386 in 12 games since being sent back to El Paso. … Kaz Makita and Kyle McGrath each worked a scoreless inning of relief.
Missions 6, Springfield Cardinals 0
Key Stats: CF Michael Gettys 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, BB; LF Josh Naylor 1-for-3, BB, HBP; 3B Ty France 1-for-3, 2B, SF; C Austin Allen 3-for-5, 2B; SS Matthew Batten 1-for-3, HR (1), BB, 4RBI; RHP Cal Quantrill 7IP, 3H, 0R, 10K, 1BB, HBP; RHP Rowan Wick 1IP, 1H, 0R, 2K
Prospect Watch: The Missions rode Cal Quantrill‘s best professional start and a most unlikely grand slam to a 6-0 win over the Cardinals to extend their division lead to two games. Quantrill, 23, allowed three singles over seven innings, striking out a career-high 10 against only one walk and a hit batter. The 2016 first-rounder had his slider working as he consistently got swinging strikes with it all night and was able to command it to both edges for called strikes as well. Quantrill threw 97 pitches, 62 for strikes, including 19 swinging strikes. He tossed seven innings for just the second time in his career. … Leading 1-0 in the eighth, the Missions loaded the bases with a double and two walks to bring up Matthew Batten. Last year’s 32nd-round draft pick out of Quinnipiac – was hitless through his first three games with the Missions, but turned on a pitch and hit a grand slam for his second home run in 254 professional plate appearances. The 22-year-old has already played at three levels this year, filling roster needs on the middle infield in Lake Elsinore and El Paso. … Centerfielder Michael Gettys continued his hot streak, collecting a double, triple and walk in five trips to the plate while batting in the leadoff spot for the third time this year. The 22-year-old Georgia native, coming off three straight games with homers, has hit in 11 straight games, raising his OPS 128 points in the process. He is one of five qualifying Missions’ hitters with an OPS over .800.
Storm 7, Inland Empire 66ers 6
Key Stats: 3B Hudson Potts 1-for-3, HR (9), BB; SS Kelvin Melean 2-for-3, 2 2B, BB; LF Buddy Reed 1-for-4, BB; RHP Ronald Bolaños 3.1IP, 6H, 6R (4ER), 7K, 2BB
Prospect Watch: The Storm fell behind early on a rough start by righty Ronald Bolaños, but came back with six unanswered runs over the final six innings to walk off with a 7-6 win. Buddy Reed sliced a ball the other way inside the first base bag to plate the winning run. The switch-hitter reached base twice in four plate appearances from the right side today. He has had pretty equal splits from both sides this season. … Hudson Potts blasted his ninth homer of the season and hit another ball to the warning track in center, and also drew a walk in the game. The 19-year-old third baseman has six extra-base hits over his last seven games and now has his season line up to .263/.329/.495. He has struck out only five times in his last 10 games. … Bolaños has given up at least four earned runs in six of his nine appearances this year and has allowed 74 runners to reach base in 39.1 innings. The 21-year-old worked in the rotation for Fort Wayne most of last year, but moved to the bullpen at the end of the year and was effective there.
Great Lakes Loons 3, TinCaps 1
Key Stats: RF Tirso Ornelas 2-for-4, BB; 2B Esteury Ruiz 1-for-4, BB; DH Luis Campusano 2-for-5; RHP Luis Patiño 4IP, 4H, 1R (0ER), 8K, 0BB, WP, HBP; LHP Ben Sheckler 4IP, 4H, 2ER, 1K, 0BB
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps loaded the bases three different times, including in the ninth inning, but couldn’t convert on any of them and managed just one unearned run Sunday. The club left 12 men on base total. Starter Luis Patiño was charged with one unearned run in four otherwise dominant innings. He struck out the side in the first and finished his day by whiffing the final two batters he faced. Reports from the game had his fastball up to 96 as he K’ed a career-high eight without issuing a walk. The 18-year-old Colombian needed 81 pitches – six more than he threw in his five-inning outing last week – to get through his afternoon. … Tirso Ornelas extended his hitting streak to seven games and has reached base safely nine games in a row. After striking out eight times in the first frigid week of the season, the Tijuana native has whiffed just 26 times – with 21 walks – in 44 games. … Fellow teenager (aren’t they all) Luis Campusano also had a pair of singles Sunday, pushing his batting average up to .291, the highest it’s been since April 24. In his first full season of play, the club’s 2017 second-round pick has kept his strikeout rate under 15 percent while drawing walks at a healthy eight percent clip.
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