Chihuahuas 9 Sacramento River Cats 5
Key Statistics: SS Luis Urías, 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI; 1B/3B Ty France, 1-for-2, 2 R, 2 BB, RBI; 2B Esteban Quiroz, 3-for-5, 2 R, 2B, 2 RBI; RHP Dinelson Lamet (W, 1-0) 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K; RHP Andres Muñoz, 2 IP, H, 4 K.
Prospect Watch: John was in El Paso tonight and will be there all weekend. Read his game recap here.
Sod Poodles 6 Corpus Christi Hooks 4
Key Statistics: 2B Ivan Castillo , 3-for-4, 2 R, 2B, 3B, SB (9); RF Edward Olivares , 2-for-4, R, HR (10), 2 RBI, 2 SB (19, 20); 3B Peter Van Gansen , 2-for-4; LHP Adrian Morejon , 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 K; RHP Lake Bachar (W, 4-2) 5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; RHP David Bednar (S, 5) IP, K.
Prospect Watch: The Sod Poodles got the win at home against Corpus Christi. … Ivan Castillo had three more hits, finishing a homer away from a cycle. The 24-year-old also stole his ninth base in the Amarillo win. Castillo has been a revelation this year, as he currently leads the Texas League with a .348 average. He has also posted a .373 on-base percentage and his .517 slugging percentage sits almost 200 points above his career rate entering the year. The versatile switch-hitting utility man continues to be someone to watch. … Right fielder Edward Olivares homered and singled in four at-bats Friday night. He also stole two bases to give him 20 on the campaign. Olivares is hitting .307/.386/.432 this month as he’s cut his rate to just just 12.2% while increasing his walk rate to 10.2%. Through April and May, the 23-year-old struck out in 24.8% of his plate appearances and walked in 8%. Assuming he spends the final two months in Double-A, he has a shot at a 20/40 season. … LHP Adrian Morejon started and completed two innings. The lefty has been limited since coming off of the injured list on May 13, never throwing more than 41 pitches. Morejon needed just 30 pitches Friday night, throwing 22 for strikes. He touched 98 mph a few times and worked more efficiently than he has in his last few outings. Earlier in the day, he was named to the National League squad for MLB’s Futures Game. He will join LHP MacKenzie Gore and RHP Luis Patiño in Cleveland.
Inland Empire 66ers 4 Storm 3 (12 innings)
Key Statistics: C Luis Campusano , 1-for-5, RBI; Esteury Ruiz , 1-for-4, HR (6), R, RBI; DH Jack Suwinski , 1-for-3, 2 BB; RHP Luis Patiño , 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K; RHP Nick Kuzia , 2 IP, BB, 2 K; RHP Seth Blair , 2 IP, H, 5 K; LHP Will Headean (L, 0-2) 0.1 IP, H, R, BB.
Prospect Watch: The Storm let a late lead slip away and they lost on the road against San Bernardino. The Storm only advanced their placed runner to third base once in three extra-innings and that came courtesy of a two-out wild pitch in the 11th. … Second baseman Esteury Ruiz came off the bench and went 1-for-4 with his sixth homer. The 20-year-old Ruiz was red-hot in May but has come down to Earth a bit in June as his strikeouts ticked back up a bit. He is slugging just .395 in June. Ruiz’s bat speed and easy power have flashed frequently in the Cal League, and outside of Luis Campusano, he has been the most exciting position player in Lake Elsinore this year. … Gabriel Arias left the game after being hit in the face with a pickoff throw to first. As of now, there is no update on his status but hopefully, he will avoid a trip to the injured list. … RHP Luis Patiño struck out a season-high nine batters in five innings of work but he ultimately did not factor in the decision. The 19-year-old hasn’t produced the eye-popping numbers that friend and rotation-mate MacKenzie Gore has this year, but he has allowed two or fewer earned runs in 11 of his 13 outings. Overall, the top prospect is averaging 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings during his 59.1 innings of work. While he’s just short of qualifying, most of his numbers would slot into the back half of the Cal League’s top 10. … 30-year-old (yes, he’s 30) Seth Blair pitched a pair of scoreless innings, notching five strikeouts. The former Arizona State hurler was drafted in the Comp A round way back in 2010 and hadn’t appeared in affiliated ball since 2014 before he signed with the Padres late this spring. Overall, he has a 3.68 and 20 punchouts in 14.2 innings.
South Bend Cubs 8 TinCaps 1
Key Statistics: 2B Xavier Edwards, 1-for-4; 1B Lee Solomon, 1-for-3, R, HR (2), RBI; Jawuan Harris, 1-for-3; RHP Sam Keating (L, 3-4) 4.1 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 2 K; RHP Carlos Belen, 2 IP, H.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps lost big at home, mustering just four hits. The pitching staff struggled as well, walking seven batters while punching out just two. … First baseman Lee Solomon drove in the only run of the night, homering for the second time this year. Solomon, a 25th-rounder last year, has been an above average offensive player for Fort Wayne in 2019 without any accolades. He’s walked in 14% of his plate appearances and has a .351 on-base percentage. … RHP Sam Keating allowed seven earned runs in 4.1 innings. Keating, 20, has had a very uneven season. In eight starts, Keating has allowed six or more earned runs three times. In the other five outings, he’s allowed two earned runs or less while completing five innings or more in four of those starts. Keating’s inability to miss a lot of bats has contributed to the wild swings. His swinging strike percentage is the eighth lowest in the Midwest League for pitchers that have pitched at least 30 innings.
Roster Updates: Outfielder Jawuan Harris came off the IL and went 1-for-3. Lefty Omar Cruz also joined the club from Tri-City after a 10 strikeout effort in his last outing. Kelvin Melean went down to Tri-City and starter Efraín Contreras hit the temporarily inactive list as he deals with a personal issue.
Everett Aquasox 9 Dust Devils 4
Key Statistics: SS Jordy Barley, 2-for-5, R, HR (2), 2 RBI; 2B Reinaldo Ilarraza, 1-for-3, 2 BB, SB (7); LF Tre Carter, 2-for-5, 2 R, 3B, HR (1), RBI; RHP Jason Reynolds (L, 1-1) IP, H, 4 ER, 2 BB, K; LHP Cullen Dana, 2 IP, H, R, BB, 4 K.
Prospect Watch: Shortstop Jordy Barley had two hits, including a homer Friday night. Barley’s excellent play has easily been the most exciting development in the early going in Pasco. The 20-year-old has an eight-game hitting streak going and his overall slash-line of .279/.338/.475 is quite good for the Northwest League. … Second baseman Reinaldo Ilarraza singled, stole a base and drew two more walks in the Dust Devils loss. Ilarraza’s start to the season has been quite fascinating. The 20-year-old has drawn a league-high 19 walks in 50 plate appearances. For those of you keeping score, that’s a 38% walk rate. The next closest batter to Ilarraza has drawn 11 walks. He also leads the league in stolen bases with seven. However, Illarraza has just six singles in 50 plate appearances, which has led to a .167/.500/.167 slash-line. … Former 11th-rounder Tre Carter homered and tripled Friday night. The 22-year-old is spending his third consecutive summer in the Northwest League, after seeing some time in Fort Wayne last year. Carter has played in 147 games as a Dust Devil over three seasons but he is still one of the better athletes in the system.
AZL Padres–1 10 AZL Brewers Blue 3
Key Statistics: CF Hudson Head, 1-for-3 , 2 R, BB; 3B Hudson Potts, 1-for-3, 2 RBI; SS Chris Givin, 2-for-5, R, HR (1), RBI; RF Joshua Mears, 2-for-5, R; LF Yordi Francisco, 2-for-4, 3 R, BB, HR (1, 2), 2 RBI; 2B Luis Paez, 3-for-5, R, RBI; RHP Chris Lincoln, IP, ER, BB, K; RHP Dylan Coleman, (W, 1-0) IP, 3 H; RHP Brandon Koma , 3 IP, H, BB, 6 K; RHP Miguel Rondon (S,1) 4 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, BB, 10 K.
AZL Padres-2 12 AZL Brewers Gold 3
Key Statistics: 3B Ethan Skender, 1-for-4, 2 R, 2B, BB, 3 RBI; CF Angel Solarte, 2-for-5, R, 2B, 4 RBI; RF Junior Perez, 2-for-4, R, HR (1), BB, 3 RBI; 1B Emmanuel Guerra, 2-for-4, 2 R; RHP Robert Briley, IP, K; RHP Anderson Polanco, 1.1 IP, BB, 2 K; LHP Fernando Sanchez, 3 IP, 2 H, BB, 5 K.
Prospect Watch: The two AZL squads combined for 22 runs and four homers as they beat up on their Brewers’ counterparts. … Outfielder Yordi Francisco hit a pair of homers as part of a career-best night. The 22-year-old outfielder is spending his second consecutive season in the AZL after two years in the Dominican Summer League. Signed in 2015 as an 18-year-old following a late grown spurt, the Dominican remains an interesting one to watch despite his age. … Outfielder Hudson Head hit a deep triple and scored a pair of runs Friday night. The newly-signed Head is 4-for-11 since starting his pro career. … Speaking of guys named Hudson, third baseman Hudson Potts went 1-for-3 before being pulled from the game. Potts is 5-for-7 on his rehab assignment as he eases back into action. It shouldn’t be too much longer until he makes his way back to Amarillo. … RHP Miguel Rondon got a save Friday night despite working on a starter’s schedule. He pitched four innings for the AZL Padres-1 squad, but followed a pair of 2019 draftees and big Dylan Coleman who is working his way back into form. Rondon, 18, struck out 10 batters and walked just one. Rondon, who’s bigger than his listed 5-foot-10 and 150 pounds, should continue to put on more weight as he gets older. The righty was part of the Padres’ July 2 class in 2017. … Righty Robert Briley made his professional debut, working one scoreless inning for the AZL-2 squad. The Padres drafted the 19-year-old out of JuCo in his native Okalhoma in the 16th round.