With El Paso having the day off, all eyes were pointed to Chris Paddack and his start with the Storm.  While he did bizarrely walk a hitter for the first time in four starts, he had his usual dominant stuff.  Despite the strong start, the only winner was in San Antonio, as the Jerry Keel-led Mission team won 5-1.

After a double header Monday, El Paso has the day off

Missions 5, Corpus Christi Hooks 1

Key Stats: LHP Jerry Keel (W, 5-2) 6 IP, 5 H, BB, 4 K; RHP Phil Maton IP, BB, K; SS Fernando Tatis Jr.1-5, RBI; DH Josh Naylor 2-5, RS; 3B Ty France 2-3, 2B, 2 RS, 2 BB; C Austin Allen 1-5, 2B, 2 RBI; CF Michael Gettys 2-4, RBI

Prospect Watch: Jerry Keel went six scoreless innings, to lead the Missions to the win Tuesday. With six games remaining in the first half, they own the league’s best record. Reliever Phil Maton got three days between appearances as he began his rehab assignment. Tuesday, he pitched for the second straight day. If he responds favorably, there’s a good chance he comes off the DL in Atlanta.  Before his injury, Maton had a 0.56 ERA with the Padres, allowing just one run in 16 innings while striking out 17. … Last week we mentioned that no Mission had had 20 extra-base hits in a calendar month in years until Austin Allen did it in April, and Fernando Tatis Jr. followed in May.  Now it looks like a player might try to make it three months in a row.  The player? Austin Allen again.  In nine June games, Allen already has eight extra-base hits including four home runs.  He continues to lead the league in total bases (135) despite fewer at-bats than all of those around him.  (Tatis is second and Naylor third).

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 4, Storm 3

Key Stats: RHP Chris Paddack 5 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 9 K; LF Buddy Reed 2-4, 2B, RS, RBI, BB, SB (30); C Austin Hedges 1-2, BB; DH Luis Torrens 3-4, RS, RBI; 3B Hudson Potts 2-4, 2 2B, RBI

Prospect Watch: After closing down the KFC in Lake Elsinore, Kevin was at the game to watch Paddack toe the rubber.   Check out his game story of both Paddack allowing a walk, and Austin Hedges and Allen Cordoba making rehab appearances.

Bowling Green Hot Rods 2, TinCaps 1

Key Stats: LHP Nick Margevicius (L, 4-4) 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 K; RF Tirso Ornelas 1-4, HR (6), RBI; LF Robbie Podorsky 1-3

Prospect Watch:  All-Star Nick Margevicius rebounded after having his worst start of the yearlast time out (nine hits, five earned runs in six innings).  While the 21-year-old seventh-round pick doesn’t get the same attention as other A-Ball starters, Margevicius has allowed two or fewer runs in seven of his 11 starts and has only walked more than one hitter once this year.  If you take out his disastrous April 23rd start (five walks in 4.1 innings), Margevicius has walked just four in 54 innings including none in his past two starts. … The TInCaps managed only two hits on the night, one of them was a home-run by teenage sensation Tirso Ornelas.  The 18 year-old would have been graduating from high school this week. Instead, he hit his third home run in June.  In ten June games, Ornelas is hitting .289/.400/.579.  On the year, he has walked 27 times already giving him a near 90 point boost in his on-base percentage (.356) compared to his batting average (.267).

Posted by Ben Davey

Writer for MadFriars since 2011. San Diego raised. Grossmont alum. Die hard SD and sports fan. Currently keeping my day job as an AP Chemistry Teacher.

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