Chihuahuas 2, Sugar Land Space Cowboys 0

Jesse Scholtens is fourth in the PCL in ERA. (Andy Nietupski / TTL Sports Media; T: @TTLSports; IG: @TTLSportsMedia)

Key Statistics: DH Luke Voit 0-5, 5 K; LF-1B Taylor Kohlwey 3-4, 2B; 1B-3B Aderlin Rodriguez 1-3, HR (6), BB, 2 RBI; RHP Pedro Avila 2.1 IP, 1 H, 4 BB, 2 K; RHP Evan Miller 0.2 IP, 1 K; RHP Jesse Scholtens (W, 3-0) 4 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K; RHP Tyler Higgins 1 IP, 1 H, 3 K; RHP Grant Gavin (S,2) 1 IP, K

Prospect Watch: Stellar pitching by El Paso and a two-run home run by Aderlin Rodriguez in the sixth inning were the difference in the game as the Chihuahuas have taken three out of five on the road. Five pitchers combined for El Paso’s first shutout of the year and Jesse Scholtens lowered his ERA to 1.95, the fourth-best in the PCL. … Rodriguez, 30, leads the Pacific Coast League with 28 RBI. The Triple-A slugger was with El Paso in 2019, when he hit .321/.363/.634 before playing in Japan in 2020 and in the Tigers organization in 2021. … Luke Voit continued to struggle on his rehab assignment with five strikeouts in five plate appearances a night after striking out in all four plate appearances. He’s still looking for his first hit since joining the Chihuahuas on Tuesday.

Missions 10, Corpus Christi Hooks 7

Jorge Oña had a pair of doubles on the day. (Photo: Rey Holguin)

Key Statistics:  CF Esteury Ruiz 1-5, 2B, BB, SB (18); SS Domingo Leyba 2-5, 2B, RBI; Jorge Oña 2-4, 2 2B, RBI; Korry Howell 1-1, 3 BB; DH Agustin Ruiz 0-3, 2 BB, 2 SB (2); RHP Reggie Lawson 2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, HR; RHP Mason Fox (W, 1-1) 1.1 IP, 3 K

Prospect Watch: Reggie Lawson made his fourth start for San Antonio and labored through his fourth straight rough outing. On the year, the 24-year-old has allowed 15 earned runs in 10 innings, with a brutal 5:12 strikeout-to-walk ratio. When he is in the zone, opponents are hitting .378 against him. … On the positive side, after being down 3-0 after the first inning, the Missions fought back with two in the third before putting a four spot on the board in the sixth. San Antonio took advantage of eight walks by the Hooks staff, four errors in the field and ran wild on their catcher with seven stolen bases. … Esteury Ruiz swiped one base and is leading the Texas League with 18. He remains tied for second on the circuit with 22 walks and his OPS is good for fourth. He came into the year with twice as many strikeouts as walks in his career, but has that down to a 1:1 ratio this season. … Jorge Oña, 25, had his third multi-hit game of the season with a pair of doubles. After bottoming out at .130/.161/.296 on April 28, he’s hit in six of seven games since to raise his OPS 163 points. Saturday was just his second game all year without a strikeout. One of the Padres’ key international signings in 2016, the Cuban outfielder has struggled with injuries and performance and has not played more than 25 games since 2018.

Wisconsin Timber Rattler 6, TinCaps 3

Joshua Mears is tied for the Midwest League home run lead. (Photo: Fort Wayne TinCaps).

Key Statistics: Corey Rosier 0-3, 2 BB, SB (10); DH Robert Hassell III 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI; CF Joshua Mears 2-3, HR (8) BB,RBI; 2B Ripken Reyes 2-3, 3B, BB; LHP Danny Denz (L, 0-2) 2.1 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, HR; RHP Wen-Hua Sung 2 IP, 1 BB, 3 K; RHP Seth Mayberry 1, 1 BB, 2 K

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps are in a tough stretch; they dropped five out of six on their homestead and now have lost four out of five on the road at Wisconsin. Fort Wayne was down by six at the end of four, but the offense did show some signs of life with a run in the sixth and two in the eighth. The most positive sign was for Joshua Mears, who had a homer in his first multi-hit game since April 23. Despite his well-chronicled struggles, he is still tied for the Midwest League lead with eight home runs and has a .806 OPS in spite of his .196 batting average. In 49 plate appearances at home, Mears has a slash line of .068/.180/.091 with one double. On the road, with 52 plate appearances, he’s hit .313/.400/.896. … Corey Rosier drew two more walks and is second in the league with 23. He also swiped his 10th base to stay tied for fifth. Subscribers can read John’s Q&A with the outfielder acquired from Seattle this offseason.

Victor Lizarraga has relied heavily on his changeup early in the year. (Photo: Dylan Otto/Insta: @DylanOtto13)

Storm 7, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 1

Key Statistics:  2B Marcus Castañon 2-3, BB; 1B Cole Cummings 1-3, HR (1), BB, 3 RBI; LF Justin Farmer 2-4, HR (3), SB (8), RBI; DH Albert Fabian 2-4, 2 2B; RHP Victor Lizarraga 3.1 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 3 K; RHP Aaron Holiday (W, 3-1) 2.2 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 4 K; RHP Alan Mundo 2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 K; Yerry Landinez 1 IP, 2 K

Prospect Watch: Cole Cummings opened the scoring in the third inning with a three-run shot to center field. Cummings, 24, signed as an undrafted free agent out of UC Santa Barbara last summer, then hit .311/.426/.563 between the complex and Lake Elsinore last summer. After getting some work at third last year, he’s only been at first since getting a late start this year because of an injury. … Fellow UDFA Justin Farmer had an inside the park home run and notched his eighth stolen base of the year. While he’s struggled against velocity, he’s shown flashes of an interesting package of tools. … Victor Lizarraga didn’t allow a run, but struggles with command meant he only made it through 3.1 innings in his fifth start of the year. While the 18-year-old relied heavily on his change-up early in the year, he showed a better feel for the breaking ball Saturday as he held a solid Rancho lineup to only two singles. The San Diego native via Mexico has stuck out 19 in 20.2 innings against only nine walks. He is still being stretched out and has only thrown five innings in one start.

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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  1. […] Mears began to see some light at the end of the tunnel with a rare single and a walk on Friday, followed by a home run, walks and another single on Saturday, before closing with an 0-3 and a walk on Sunday. Despite a batting average of .189, Mears still […]


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