With a majority of the system having the day off only three clubs were in action. In the first seven innings of each game combined the teams were outscored 17-1. Despite the rough night on the farm, Storm starter Ronald Bolaños continued to dominate Cal League hitters.
It’s the All-Star Break for El Paso, where Padre draftee Chad Huffman won the home run derby and Brett Kennedy won the pitchers’ bunting contest. Forrestt Allday was named PCL Player of the Week after hitting .600 with 18 hits, eight extra-base hits, and 31 total bases last week.
Missions had the day off. Jacob Nix is the scheduled starter for Wednesday.
Inland Empire 66ers 5 – Storm 1
Key Stats: RHP Ronald Bolaños (L, 3-6) 6 IP, 2 H, 2 R, ER, 4 BB, 5 K; RHP Carter Capps 2 IP, 2 H, K; DH Luis Torrens 2-4, R; SS Allen Cordoba 2-4; C Marcus Greene Jr 1-3, RBI, BB
Prospect Watch: For the third straight start Ronald Bolaños allowed one earned run or less over six innings. During that time he has a 1.00 ERA allowing only 11 hits and striking out 13 over those 18 innings. Since May 10th, Bolaños has allowed fewer than two runs six times in ten starts. With Chris Paddack promoted and Adrian Morejon on the shelf, no current Storm pitcher has accomplished that. The 21-year-old Cuban has dropped his ERA drop from 9.58 to 4.62 in that span. … For the third straight outing with the Storm, Carter Capps threw two innings. He got out of a first and third, no out jam to keep the 66ers off the board. In 14.2 minor league innings this year, Capps has a 1.84 ERA with 4 walks and 14 strikeouts. He has been throwing two innings every three days so expect to see him pitch again Friday. The big question might be how long until he is promoted again. He spent two weeks in Tri-City before joining Lake Elsinore who he has been with for the past 10 days.
There was no game for the TinCaps. Luis Patiño is the scheduled starter for Wednesday’s contest in Cedar Rapids.
The Dust Devils enjoyed their first day off of the season. Mexicali native Adrian Martinez will open up a series Wednesday against Hillsboro. Subscribers can read our discussion with shortstop Owen Miller here.
AZL Rangers 10 – AZL Padres(1) 1
Key Stats: RHP Dalton Erb 3.1 IP, 2 BB, 2 K; LHP Jose Cabrera 2.1 IP, H, 2 K; 2B Lee Solomon 2-4; LF Tyler Benson 1-3, R, 3B
AZL Padres(2) 5 – AZL Reds 4
Key Stats: LHP Joey Cantillo 4.1 IP, 7 H, ER, 6 K; 2B Tucupita Marcano 2-4, R, 2 RBI; 1B Jason Pineda 2-4, 2B, RBI; SS Jordy Barley 0-3, BB, 2 K
Prospect Watch: With very few members of either AZL Padre club hitting, prospect watch once again turns to Tucupita Marcano. The 2016 J2 signee has done nothing but hit this year. He currently has a five game hitting streak (9-for-21), has walked twice as much as he has struck out (12 to six) and the only game this year he did not reach base safely via a hit or a walk, he still got on (HBP) and stole a base. Over the last week he has “cooled off” to only hitting .375/.429/.458. … Big lefty Joey Cantillo continues his impressive run through the AZL. The 18-year-old lefty – despite being drafted last year, he’s one day younger than Ryan Weathers – allowed his first run, but not until he’d reached 18 innings of work for the year. The Hawaiian got sixth-round money to bypass his commitment to the University of Kentucky last summer. With an easy fastball and improved ability to throw his breaking ball for strikes in the zone, he’s making the decision look like a good one.