Albuquerque Isotopes 9, Chihuahuas 8
Key Statistics: LF Ben Ruta 2-for-4, 2 2B, BB, 2 R, 2 RBI; 2B Mat Batten 2-for-3, 3B, BB, R, RBI, SB; RF Patrick Kivlehan 1-for-5, HR (2), 2 RBI; LHP MacKenzie Gore 3.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, BB, 4 K; RHP Mason Thompson (L, 1-1) (BS, 2) 1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 K
Prospect Watch: El Paso could not hang on after mounting a six run lead through two innings, surrendering four in the seventh to fall to 8-4 on the season. MacKenzie Gore‘s third start yielded some mixed results as the key prospect was unable to escape the fourth inning. The 22-year-old southpaw did show some improved command of his fastball and was the victim of a bit of bad luck on balls in play, but he threw 77 pitches to record just eight outs. Through three starts, Gore sports a 7.26 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 13.2 innings. … Ben Ruta laced a pair of doubles out of the leadoff spot to help pace the Chihuahuas offense. The 26-year-old free agent signee has a solid .954 OPS thus far while playing all three outfield positions. … Mat Batten posted a multi-hit effort, including his second triple of the season. The 25-year-old Quinnipiac product also added a stolen base. After a slow start with his opening assignment in Double-A, Batten has hit .350/.417/.700 in six games since joining the Chihuahuas. … One day after being sent down by the big league club, Patrick Kivlehan launched his second home run off the season off former big league hurler Chris Rusin. The well-traveled veteran outfielder filled in admirably in his short stint with the Padres and could be an option off the bench later on in the season.
Frisco RoughRiders 1, Missions 0
Key Statistics: CJ Abrams 1-for-4, 2B, K; RHP Caleb Boushley 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K; LHP Sam Williams (L, 1-1), 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, BB, K
Prospect Watch: In the epitome of a pitchers’ duel, the RoughRiders made one hit stand up to win at Nelson Wolff Stadium. The only run scored on a wild pitch by Missions’ righthander Henry Henry. The lackluster offensive showing spoiled a gem by Caleb Boushley, who twirled five innings of hitless ball, striking out a pair of hitters. The 2017 draftee out of Wisconsin – La Crosse struggled in his first first two outings of the season on the road, but settled in nicely in the friendly confines of the Wolff. Working as a swingman in High-A in 2019, Boushley posted a 3.61 ERA. … CJ Abrams reached base safely once again, posting his fifth double of the season. The 20-year-old has a .302 average as the youngest position player in Double-A, continuing to cement his status as one of the brightest prospects in baseball.
TinCaps 13, Lansing Lugnuts 1
Key Statistics: RF Agustin Ruiz 3-for-5, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 3 R, BB; LF Tirso Ornelas 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R, BB; CF Juwuan Harris 3-for-5, 2B, BB; 2B Reinaldo llarraza 2-for-4, R, 2 BB, 2 K; RHP Matt Waldron (W, 1-1), 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER (HR), BB, 5 K; RHP Felix Minjarez 3 IP, 2 H, O ER, 3 K
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps used a nine run onslaught across two innings to win going away at Parkview Field. … Have a day, Agustin Ruiz. The Fort Wayne right fielder blasted two home runs out of the cleanup spot, tallying eight RBI. Ruiz’s grand slam in the fourth inning essentially put the game out of reach. The native of Tabasco, Mexico has shown flashes throughout his minor league tenure and won’t turn 22 until late September. … Tirso Ornelas posted his own three hit night, including a pair of doubles. Ornelas has an early prospect darling, but has struggled to incorporate changes to his swing and gone backward in the last few years. Tuesday’s multi-hit effort raised his average to a meager .158. … Juwuan Harris completed the outfield trio by contributing his own three-hit night and scoring three runs. The speedy former Rutgers wide receiver struggled to make consistent contact in his first full season in 2019, but is off to a strong .296/.472/.556 start this season. … Matt Waldron collected his first win as a member of the organization, allowing just two hits and a run in his five innings of work. The righthander is a name worth monitoring after coming over from the pitching-rich Indians last July in the Mike Clevinger blockbuster.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 8, Storm 6
Key Statistics: CF Robert Hassell III 1 for-5, K; LF Joshua Mears 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R, BB, 3 SB; 1B Jack Stronach 2-for-4, 2 2B, RBI, R; LHP Noel Vela (L, 0-1), 4.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K; RHP Jose Geraldo 1.2 IP, 3 H, O ER, 3 K
Prospect Watch: A late Storm rally came up short as Lake Elsinore lost the series opener to the visiting Quakes. Robert Hassell III maintained his season-long streak of reaching base safely with a single in the seventh inning. … Joshua Mears has some of the best raw power in the organization, but Tuesday he put his speed and baserunning instincts on display, swiping three bases during a multi-hit effort. The 20-year-old from Washington is an absolute physical specimen and a player to watch if he can put the tools together consistently. … Noel Vela took the loss for the Storm, laboring through four plus innings. The lefty loaded the bases in the first before getting out of it unscathed. He then found a bit of tempo, giving up one run over the next three frames until he hit a wall in the fifth. 22-year-old southpaw, a 28th-round unheralded high school pick in 2017, spent three years in the AZL dealing with control issues and an injury. Vela has walked 53 batters in 68.1 career innings.