Logan Allen made his Triple-A debut Saturday and continued to show why he has continued to rise up prospect lists. Elsewhere, the Storm and the Dust Devils found the win column, while San Antonio continues to struggle.
Chihuahuas 2, Sacramento RiverCats 1
Key Statistics: RF Forrestt Allday, 1-for-4, R, 2B; SS Luis Urias, 1-for-3; 1B Allen Craig, 1-for-4, R, HR (13), RBI; LHP Logan Allen (W, 1-0) 6 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 6 K; RHP Kazuhisa Makita, IP, 2 K; RHP Rowan Wick (S, 4) 1.1 IP, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: LHP Logan Allen had no issues moving up to Triple-A as he did what has done all season: dominate. The 21-year-old threw six shutout innings, allowing just four hits and three walks, while striking out six. Allen also singled in a pair of plate appearances. The six-inning outing put Allen at 127 innings for the season — he threw 125 last year. Allen stands to make three to four more starts in the regular season. … First baseman Allen Craig homered for the first time since July 25 in the Chihuahuas win. The 34-year-old former All-Star has had a very solid year for El Paso, hitting .297/.376/.504. Craig has spent much of the last three seasons at the highest level in the minors. He hit six homers combined in in 165 games with Boston’s top farm club in that span.
Tulsa Drillers 3, Missions 0
Key Statistics: LF Taylor Kohlwey, 1-for-4, 3B; RF Nick Schulz, 2-for-4, 2B; RHP Emmanuel Ramirez (L, 0-1) 4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K; RHP Elliot Ashbeck, 2 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 K; RHP Andres Muñoz, IP, BB, K.
Prospect Watch: The Missions managed just four hits and dropped their third straight game. … Outfielder Taylor Kohlwey was promoted to San Antonio on May 12th, seemingly to fill a roster spot. While the 24-year-old has not played everyday, he has made the most of his opportunities. Kohlwey tripled Saturday and is hitting .345/.429/.524 in 29 games since the all-star break. After hitting one homer each in 2016 and 2017, the left-handed swinging Kohlwey has seven homers between Lake Elsinore and San Antonio this year. … Nick Schulz had a pair of hits, including a double Saturday. Schulz has been a very solid organizational player after signing with San Diego as an undrafted free agent back in 2014. This year, Schulz has struggled to a slash-line of .210/.322/.321 between San Antonio and El Paso. … RHP Andres Muñoz threw a scoreless inning in the loss, striking out a batter. Muñoz has been too liberal with the walks, but he has produced a 1.38 ERA as a 19-year-old in 13 Double-A innings. … Emmanuel Ramirez took the loss despite a solid debut outing in Double-A. The 24-year-old, who has now appeared at all four full-season affiliates this season, allowed two earned runs over four innings, with six strikeouts. He’s whiffed 115 in 95.2 innings on the year.
Storm 4, Inland Empire 66’ers 1
Key Statistics: 2B Eguy Rosario, 1-for-4, 2B; DH Michael Cantu, 2-for-4, R, HR (2), RBI; SS Chris Baker, 1-for-3, HR (4), RBI; LHP Aaron Leasher (W, 1-0) 6 IP, 7 H, R, 2 BB, 4 K; RHP Dauris Valdez (S, 9) IP, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm used a pair of homers to beat the 66’ers in San Bernardino. … DH Michael Cantu homered as part of a multi-hit game. Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas last summer, the 22-year-old catcher is in his second stint with the Storm this season. … Shortstop Chris Baker homered Saturday, as the infielder continues to show promising signs of production. Baker has a five-game hitting streak and the former Washington Husky is hitting .314 over his last ten games. The 23-year-old Baker can play all over the dirt and has a little pop in his bat. … LHP Aaron Leasher made his High-A debut and pitched well. The 22-year-old southpaw was in the midst of a very good campaign in Fort Wayne, where he earned an All-Star berth. Leasher allowed an unearned run in six innings, scattering seven hits. The former Morehead State star has averaged about a strikeout per inning since the Padres selected him in the sixth round last June.
West Michigan Whitecaps 3, TinCaps 1
Key Statistics: 3B Olivier Basabe, 2-for-5; DH Owen Miller, 2-for-4, R, 2B; 2B Kelvin Melean, 3-for-4, 2B; LHP Ben Sheckler (L, 1-4) 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 K; RHP Austin Smith, 2 IP, 3 H, BB, K .
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps had nine hits but could only muster one run in a loss at home. … Olivier Basabe and Owen Miller had a couple of hits apiece, and the infielders have not missed a beat since being promoted to Fort Wayne. Basabe, 21, is 6-for-19 with a triple for the TinCaps, and Miller is 7-for-17 with a pair of homers. … LHP Ben Sheckler pitched well again but took the loss. The big lefty pitched five innings and allowed a pair of earned runs. In five starts, Sheckler has a 3.86 ERA.
Dust Devils 4, Hillsboro Hops 1
Key Statistics: 2B Tucupita Marcano, 1-for-3, R, RBI, BB; LF Michael Curry, 1-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI; RHP Angel Acevedo, 6 IP, 2 H, ER, 4 K; LHP Ramon Perez (W, 2-1) 3 IP, 3 H, 5 K.
Prospect Watch: John is Pasco watching the Dust Devils. Read his game story here.
AZL Athletics 8, AZL Padres-1 4
Key Statistics: LF Jaquez Williams, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI; 2B Luis Guzman, 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB; LHP Alexuan Vega (L, 0-1) 3 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, K; RHP Starlin Cordero, IP, BB, K.
AZL Cubs-1 9, AZL Padres-2 3
Key Statistics: C Jonny Homza, 1-for-3, 2 RBI, BB; 2B Jarryd Dale, 1-for-3, 2 R, 2B; LHP Noel Vela (L, 1-3) 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, ER, 2 BB, 4 K; LHP Hazahel Quijada, IP, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: Both AZL teams lost on Saturday. … LHP Alexuan Vega took the loss for the AZL Padres-1 squad. The sixth-round pick in June’s draft signed an under-slot deal with San Diego. The southpaw has had a rough go in his pro debut, pitching to a 13.06 ERA in 10 innings. He is from Puerto Rico and is listed at 6’2, 160 lbs. … Australian infielder Jarryd Dale scored a pair of runs and doubled in the AZL Padres-2 loss. The 17-year-old is hitting .202/.279/.266 in the desert this season, despite being the age of a high school senior.