Luis Campusano had three hits for El Paso on Saturday. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

Oklahoma City Dodgers 12, Chihuahuas 5

Key Statistics: C Luis Campusano 3-5, RBI; CF John Andreoli 2-5, SB; LF Patrick Kivlehan 3-5, HR(5), 2 RBI; SS Pedro Florimon 2-3, HR (1) 2 RBI, BB; RHP Jesse Scholtens 4.1 IP 9 H 5 R 5 ER 3 BB 2 K; LHP James Reeves 1.1 IP 2 H 5 R 5 ER BB 3 K

Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas were beaten by the creatively named Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate on Saturday night. … Luis Campusano raised his batting average from .186 to .219 on the back of a three-hit night. Despite making his major league debut last year, the 22-year old still only has 17 minor league games above A-ball and has played in 12 big league games. The promotion of Webster Rivas instead of Campusano in the wake of Austin Nola’s knee injury reflects the need to increase Campusano’s game reps rather than having him do spot duty in the major leagues. Campusano has hit wherever he has been in the organization, and there is no reason to think it won’t happen again in the Sun City. … James Reeves, 28, the pitcher acquired from the Yankees for Greg Bird over the winter, had an interesting El Paso debut. After striking out 11 batters in 13 innings with San Antonio, against six walks for a 1.35 ERA, Reeves started his night by striking out the side in the seventh inning. In the eighth, after getting the first batter, he hit the next two, then walked the third batter to load the bases, which was followed by back-to-back hits and five earned runs. The former Citadel star could be a big league relief option, but he has struggled with walk rate throughout his career. … Patrick Kivlehan homered for the third straight night, pushing his slugging percentage to a team-high .475. …  Former Padre Carlos Asuaje started at second for OKC and was 2-4 on the night.

Jack Suwinski has been swinging it for San Antonio. (Photo: San Antonio Missions)

Missions 6 Northwest Arkansas Naturals 2

Key Statistics: LF Esteury Ruiz 0-2, BB, 3 SB; RF Jack Suwinski 3-4, 2 RBI, BB, SB; DH Michael Curry 2-3, 2B, RBI, BB; 2B Eguy Rosario 2-5, BB, RBI, 3 SB; RHP Caleb Boushley (W, 1-2) 5.0 IP 5 H 8 K; RHP Pedro Avila 2.0 IP BB 3 K; RHP Carlos Belen (S, 1) 1.0 IP 2 H

Prospect Watch: The Missions have won four of five over the Naturals heading into the series finale. With one out in the ninth inning, former position player and now reliever Carlos Belen gave up back-to-back singles, but a shoestring catch by centerfielder Jose Azocar followed by a quick throw to second base double-up the runner ended the game. …  With super prospect CJ Abrams still out for an undisclosed amount of time, Jack Suwinski has stepped up. The lefthander has had three multi-hit games in his last five and is now slashing .266/.365/.594 with 10 extra-base hits in 20 games. Suwinski, 22, was an over-slot signee away from the University of Indiana has shown flashes of putting it together for the past three years. … After a pair of rough starts to open the year, Caleb Boushley has not given up a run in his past three starts (14 innings) and struck out a season-high eight batters Saturday. The 27-year-old righty from Wisconsin was a key contributor for the Storm pitching staff in 2019. .. Esteury Ruiz and Eguy Rosario each stole three bases in six attempts.

Matt Waldron has been impressive for Fort Wayne in 2021. (Photo: Jeff Nycz)

TinCaps 3, South Bend Cubs 1

Key Statistics: RF Tirso Ornelas 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB; LF Grant Little 0-1, BB 2 HBP, SB, CS; RHP Matt Waldron (W, 2-1) 6.0 IP 5 H R ER 5 K; RHP Sam Keating 2.0 IP BB; RHP Carter Loewen (S, 4) 1.0 IP H K

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps won their third consecutive game, but in the ninth inning, it got interesting as Carter Loewen allowed a leadoff seeing-eye single followed by a mixup in the outfield that allowed it a fly ball to drop. With two runners on and no outs, Loewen came back to strike out the next batter, followed by a game-ending double play. … Matt Waldron took a perfect game through the first four innings with a lethal mix of cut fastballs, breaking pitches and an occasional knuckleball as the young Cubs hitters struggled to adjust to the movement and speed changes. Waldron, 24, came over in the Mike Clevinger deal with the Cleveland Indians along with Greg Allen in 2020. He pitched four years at the University of Nebraska, along with his twin brother Mike, and was selected in the 18th round by Cleveland in 2019. He pitched well in the 45.2 innings of his draft year in Rookie Ball and Low-A with 57 strikeouts against only four walks. So far, he has put up similar numbers in five starts with Fort Wayne with a 27/3 K/BB ratio in 25.2 innings for a 2.81 ERA. He should be the first one off to San Antonio when an opportunity pops up. … Another big night by Tirso Ornelas. The Padres development staff, before the season and during 2019, made some significant swing adjustments with the big Tijuana native – one of the biggest was getting him to put the ball in the air more. So far this year, of his 17 hits, nine are doubles. No home runs yet, but at 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, they are coming.

San Jose Giants 3, Storm 1

Key Statistics: SS Euribiel Angeles 2-4; C Brandon Valenzuela 2-4, RF Joshua Mears 1-3, BB; DH Sean Guilbe 1-4, BB, HR(1), RBI; RHP Levi Thomas (L, 0-2) 4.1 IP 3 h 3 R 2 ER 4 BB 6 K HR

Prospect Watch:  The Storm dropped their third straight to the San Jose Giants as fielding woes, particularly in the infield, continued for Lake Elsinore. In the fifth inning, second baseman Jordy Barley made a wild throw while trying to turn a double-play, leading to two runs scoring. Barley has a tremendous toolset, both offensively and defensively, but right now, he also has 10 errors in 16 games. .. Robert Hassell III walked but was hitless for the second straight night, a first this season. He still has a .392 on-base percentage and is slugging .463 at 19. .. Brandon Valenzuela, 20, a native of Hermosillo, Mexico, has quietly been putting together a nice season. The switch-hitting catcher has always been considered a good defensive player with a good eye at the plate. This year he has a slash line of .258/.347/.393. .. Sean Guilbe, 21, hit his first home run for the Storm and could be someone to watch. The Padres were able to sign him away from a University of Tennessee commitment after drafting him in the twelfth round in 2018. Guilbe can play both third and left field. The key for him going forward will be to make more contact which will allow his tools to play more.



Posted by John Conniff

John grew up in Poway and has written for MadFriars since 2004. He has written articles for Baseball America, FoxSports San Diego, the El Paso Times, San Antonio Express-News, Amarillo Globe-News, Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette and Pacific Daily News in addition to appearing on numerous radio programs and podcasts. He can also break down the best places to eat for all five of the affiliates. There is no best place to eat in Peoria, Arizona.

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