Padres Prospect MacKenzie Gore pitches for Lake Elsinore Storm

MacKenzie Gore has dominated the Cal League. (Photo: Cherished Memories)

Tacoma Rainiers 4 Chihuahuas 0 (Game 1)

Key Stats: RHP Cal Quantrill 5.2 IP, 3 R (2ER), 4 K, 3 K, 4 H; SS Luis Urías 1-3, Francisco Mejía 1-3

Tacoma Rainiers 7 Chihuahuas 0 (Game 2)

Key Stats: LHP Logan Allen 3.2 IP, 7 ER, 4 K, BB, 6 H; CF Michael Gettys 1-3, 2B, SB, 2B; Luis Urías 0-3, K; RP Eric Yardley 1.1 IP, 3 K, 0 ER, 0 BB

Prospect Watch:  The Chihuahuas mustered just nine hits and failed to score any runs in the 14 innings of their doubleheader. Southpaw Logan Allen coughed up seven runs after posting a season-best 10 strikeouts in his previous start.  In fact, over his previous eight appearances, Allen had allowed only eight earned runs total.  Nevertheless, his ERA and FIP both sit around 5.00 in a bloated Pacific Coast League. …Through the first three innings, Cal Quantrill struck out two and held the Rainiers’ bats hitless.  He didn’t give up much in the way of hard contact, and if not for a passed ball on Mejia, he would have held Tacoma to just two runs over his 5.2 innings. … Luis Urías‘s 11-game hitting streak ended in the nightcap as he went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. He heads into the last day of the month hitting .351/.460/.617 with matching walks and strikeouts totals of 18 in 113 plate appearances.

Sod Poodles 4 Frisco RoughRiders 1 (Game 1)

Key Stats:  SS Ivan Castillo 2-3, 3B, 2RBI; DH Edward Olivares 2-3, 2B; C Luis Torrens 2-3, 2B; RHP Emmanuel Ramirez 5IP, 2H, 0R, 6K 0BB; RHP Michel Báez 2IP, 2H, 1ER, 2K, 2BB, S (1)

Sod Poodles 3 Frisco RoughRiders 0 (Game 2)

Key Stats:  RHP Jesse Scholtens 7 IP, 7 K, 0 ER, 2 H, BB; RP Kyle Lloyd 1 IP, 2 K, 0 ER, 0 BB; LF Rodrigo Orocozo 1-4, SB; SS Ivan Castillo 2-4, 2B, RBI, R; DH Owen Miller 0-3, RBI, BB; 1B Brad Zunica 1-2, RBI; 2B Hudson Potts 1-4, K

Prospect Watch: Amarillo rode stellar starting pitching to a big doubleheader sweep and series win against division-leading Frisco, moving their record above .500 for the first time in franchise history. Emmanuel Ramirez blanked Frisco on just two singles over five innings in the opener before Michel Báez came on for another multi-inning relief look. The big Cuban struggled a bit with location, but is showing velocity closer to his 2017 numbers than what we saw last year. … Jesse Scholtens was even better in the nightcap, working he was effectively and efficiently to strike out seven and allow just three base runners. After a rocky stint in Triple-A last season, the 25-year-old righty has been up-and-down since returning to the Texas League last summer. …Scholtens was followed by teammate Kyle Lloyd, who has transitioned to the bullpen after making it to San Diego as a starter last season.  It took him just nine pitches to retire the side with a flyout and a pair of strikeouts, earning his third save of the season. … 24-year-old Ivan Castillo continues to rake after signing as a minor league free agent last winter.  The 5’9” infielder is just a 175 lbs and will likely never be a power threat, even in the minors, but his stellar .351/.385/.489 on the heels of last season’s .304/.345/.449 in the Blue Jays system provide some hope that he could eventually live up to the projections for a useful middle infielder off the bench that we heard when he first came stateside for the Indians way back in 2013.

Storm 7 San Jose Giants 1 (Game 1)

Key Stats:  LHP MacKenzie Gore 6.2 IP, 9 K, 0 BB, 1 ER, 2 H; DH Robbie Podorsky 3-3, 3 R; CF Jeisson Rosario 2-4, 3 RBI, 3B, R; 3B Allen Cordoba 2-4, 2B, 2 K, R, RBI; 2B Esteury Ruiz 1-2, R, RBI, K, BB

San Jose Giants 3 Storm 2 (Game 2)

Key Stats: DH Luis Campusano 1-2, HR, 2 RBI, R; CF Robbie Podorsky 1-3, R, K; C Jalen Washington 1-3, 2B; 2B Esteury Ruiz 0-2, K, SB; RP Jean Cosme 2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, K

Prospect Watch: In what was arguably his most dominant start of the season, MacKenzie Gore struck out nine, allowed one earned run, and was one out away from a complete game shutout.  At one point, Gore struck out six consecutive hitters before a single broke up the streak.  The lone run was at the hands of Giants’ number two prospect Heliot Ramos, who hit a solo home run on a full count fastball in the final frame. In addition to being in the upper echelons of every statistical category, Gore has now stranded a staggering 91.5 percent of runners.  …Following a dismal April, Jeisson Rosario has rebounded to the tune of a .263/.356/.368 slash line in  May. While he still hasn’t found a way to tap into his elite speed on the basepaths, the potential to be an above average runner paired with his patient approach at the plate provide plenty to dream on for an athletic center fielder who will play this entire season under the age of 20. … Luis Campusano, who caught Gore for the first time in over a month, hit his fifth homer of the month as the designated hitter in the nightcap. The 20-year-old who the Padres selected in the second round in 2017 has always shown above-average power in batting practice, but hadn’t put much loft into his swing previously. He’s adding the homers while maintaining his elite walk and strikeout rates and is making progress on his receiving skills behind the plate. Watch for his name to appear prominently on end-of-year prospect lists.

TinCaps 1 West Michigan Whitecaps 0

Key Stats: RHP Sam Keating 5.0 IP, 6 K, BB, 3 H, 0 ER; RP Henry Henry 2.0 IP, 3 K, BB, 0 ER, S (4); 2B Xavier Edwards 1-4, K; 3B Justin Lopez 1-4, 3B, K; DH Michael Curry 0-3, RBI, BB, K; RF Agustin Ruiz 0-4, 3 K; 3B Kevin Melean 1-3, R

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps offense managed just one run for their third straight game, but thanks to stellar starting pitching, they came away with victories in two of them. Sam Keating, the Padres’ fourth round selection in the 2017 draft, hasn’t exactly shined in his first two years in the organization, carrying an ERA over 5.20 at every stop while walking nearly as many batters as he struck out. Yet, for the second time in the last three starts, Keating has looked like a different pitcher, collecting 14 strikeouts, walking two, and allowing just two earned runs in those two strong starts. Sandwiched between those, though, he exited in the second after allowing a whopping six earned runs. Working right around 90 mph on his fastball, the Floridian relies on late life to keep batters in check. …As a 19-year-old in the Midwest League, Henry Henry struggled to throw strikes in frigid temperatures against older competition. A year later, the Padres shifted him to the bullpen for his second tour of league, believing his fastball would play up in short stints. They seem to have been right in the early going as Henry has seen his swinging strike rate climb by over two percent and his walk rate plummet to under two per nine.  Additionally, his ERA sits at a superb 1.99, and he has yet to allow a single home run through 31.2 innings, which is something only seven other pitchers in the league have matched this season.

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