With the short-season teams winning, the farm went 4-3 on the day. Pitching was led by Luis Patiño in Fort Wayne, who tossed a career high in innings, while Fernando Tatis Jr.and Tre Carter led the bats.
Albuquerque Isotopes 10 – Chihuahuas 3
Key Stats: RHP Walker Lockett 3.2 IP, 9 H, 8 R (3 ER), BB, 4 K; 3B/SS Luis Urias 1-4, RS, RBI, BB; RF Franmil Reyes 1-2, 2 BB
Prospect Watch: For the second game in a row, Walker Lockett got lit up, allowing nine hits and a walk in his shortest outing of the year. Lockett got one out in the fourth before giving up back to back singles. He then induced the ground ball he needed to get out of the inning, but an errant throw by Brett Nicholas opened the flood gates. Four of the next five batters would reach base, though none hit the ball especially hard, and Lockett’s night was done. While his 4.28 ERA for June is pretty solid by PCL standards, he’s also been charged with almost as many unearned runs this month. … Franmil Reyes reached base another three times and has now reached base 11 times in his past five games. He has hit safely in eight of his nine games since his demotion, though two doubles are his only extra-base hits in that stretch.
Missions 4 – NW Arkansas Naturals 3 (10 innings)
Key Stats: SS Fernando Tatis Jr.2-3, RS, 2 BB, SB (13); 3B Ty France 2-5, HR (11), RBI; RHP Jesse Scholtens 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 K
Prospect Watch: The Missions broke through by scoring two in the top of the 10th to take the game. The big hit was a leadoff dribbler by Michael Gettys that the third baseman tossed down the line to plate the runner placed at second to open the inning. After an out, Fernando Tatis, Jr. drew a walk and Josh Naylor was intentionally walked. The plan almost worked as Overstreet grounded out, but another error kept the inning alive, and would be the difference in the game… After posting a 639 slugging percentage in May, Tatis has managed only seven extra base hits this month. He has made up for it slightly by increasing his walk rate to 13 percent, helping him to a still-solid .310/.400/.448 line in June, but his strikeout rate has also ticked back up. … In six starts with El Paso, Jesse Scholtens had a 8.38 ERA. Since he was demoted back to Double-A, Sholtens has allowed just two earned runs in 12 innings. While Triple-A batters hit .320 against him, in Double-A that number sits at just .160.
Roster Notes: Jake Nix, who missed his turn in the rotation Thursday, was put on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to Wednesday – an indication that the club likely expects him to miss only the one start. In his place, the team has promoted 19-year-old fireballing reliever Andres Muñoz, who will join the back of the Missions bullpen.
Modesto Nuts 3 – Storm 1
Key Stats: RHP Pedro Avila 5.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; RHP Elliot Ashbeck 2.2 IP, H, 3 K; LF Buddy Reed 1-4, RS, SB (33)
Prospect Watch: Storm bats are in a freezer right now. Coming off three straight shutouts, the team managed just four hits (all singles) and no walks, but were gifted one unearned run. Buddy Reed scored that run, snapping a 37 inning dry spell, on a single, wild pitch, stolen base, and error. The stolen base was Reed’s organizational leading 33rd. … Entering the sixth, right-handed pitcher Pedro Avila had allowed three hits and one run, but a double, two singles, and an error chased Avila just one out later. Once again the stat line will not show how good his outing actually was. His 4.26 ERA is well below the mark he opened last year with in the Cal League, but his walk rate is up and strikeout rate down in just about double the innings so far this year.
Lake County Captains 2 – TinCaps 1 (11 innings)
Key Stats: RHP Luis Patiño 6.1 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 6 K; LHP Travis Radke 2.2 IP, 6 K; C Jalen Washington 1-4, HR (4), RBI
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps managed only three hits and one walk in 11 innings. RHP Luis Patiño got the start, and tossed a career high 6.1 innings. He allowed only four baserunners while striking out six. This is the six time in eight starts that Patino has allowed less than two earned runs. Patiño finishes his first full month in full-season ball with a 1.54 ERA, .205 BAA, 0.99 WHIP, and 30 strikeouts in 23.1 innings… Travis Radke faced eight batters, retired all eight, and struck out six. The TinCaps closer has allowed one earned run in his last 7.2 innings with nine strikeouts.
Dust Devils 7 – Boise Hawks 4
Key Stats: RHP Cole Bellinger 4 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K; LHP Dan Dallas 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 K; RHP Carter Capps IP, BB, 2 K; LF Aldemar Burgos 2-4, RS; CF Tre Carter 2-4, 3B, RS, RBI; 3B Kelvin Alarcon 2-4, 2B, 3B, RS, 2 RBI
Prospect Watch: Since allowing a run on four hits in his first appearance, former big leaguer Carter Capps has gone six innings, allowing just one hit, walking two, and striking out eight. Given his success, it seems unlikely he’ll remain in the NWL much longer. … Speaking of players too good for the NWL, Dan Dallas struck out another two across 1.1 innings. In 10.2 innings this season, Dallas has 17 strikeouts compared to four walks. He has now thrown more innings than he did last season with nine fewer runs allowed. … After collecting a double and triple Friday, Kelvin Alarcon has as many extra-base hits through 10 games this year as he had in his 35 games in the AZL last summer. … Tre Carter‘s triple pushed his team-best slugging percentage to .490. The 21-year-old outfielder had only two extra-base hits, both doubles, in 31 games with Fort Wayne to open the year. He’s increased his power production in his return to the Northwest League while cutting his strikeout rate significantly.
AZL Padres-1 5 – AZL Royals 4
Key Stats: RHP Luarbert Arias 5 IP, 2 H, 0R, 2 BB, 5 K; SS Ruddy Giron 2-4, 2B, R; CF Juwuan Harris 2-4; RF Agustin Ruiz 2-5, HR (1), 2 RBI; LF Jaquez Williams 1-4, HR (1), RBI
AZL Padres-2 11 – AZL Rangers 10
Key Stats: SS Jordy Barley 2-5, 3B, 2R, RBI; RF Yordi Francisco 2-3, 2B, 3R, BB; C Johny Homza 1-4, 2B, 2R, RBI, BB
Prospect Watch: The Padres love giving their J2 signings time in the AZL league in their professional debuts. Friday, it was 17-year-old Luarbert Arias who got the start and pitched well. After allowing three runs on five hits in three innings last week, Arias tossed five scoreless allowing only two hits this time. … Jordy Barley scored his 10th and 11th runs of the year despite collecting just his fourth and fifth hits. The 18-year-old has six walks in nine games so far, and has continued to be disruptive on the basepaths. His triple Friday also pushed his ISOP north of his batting average in the early going. … Big Jaquez Williams hit his first homer of the year after pacing the AZL clubs with six last year. The 20-year-old from Georgia has worked both to transform his body and rework his swing to let his prodigious raw power translate into games. He’s sporting a .304/.333/.478 line in the early going while holding his own in his conversion to left field.