Chihuahuas 14, Sugar Land Space Cowboys 5

Aderlin Rodriguez hit another home run on Saturday. (Photo: Mike Wilson)

Key Statistics: 2B C.J. Abrams 3-4, HR(4), BB, 4 RBI; LF Brent Rooker 2-5, 2 HR (8) 5 RBI; DH Nomar Mazara 2-5, 2B, HR (6); 1B Aderlin Rodriguez 1-5, HR (12); SS Eguy Rosario 0-2, 2 BB, 2 SB (6); LHP Luke Westphal 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, BB, 4 K; RHP Ryan Lillie (W, 1-0), 2.1 IP, 4 H 2 R (0 ER) 3 BB, K; LHP Ray Kerr 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 K

Prospect Watch: Except for one hiccup on Thursday, the El Paso offense has rolled to take four of the first five games against the Space Cowboys. They’ve bookended a shutout loss on Thursday with 50 runs in the the other four games. … Corner outfielder Nomar Mazara, 27, has put up excellent numbers in El Paso, posting a .350/.422/.622 line that is good for the third-best OPS in the Pacific Coast League. He’s hit in 10 straight games and continues to show even splits at home and on the road. … After  C.J. Abrams picked up his third multi-hit game of the series and is hitting .294/.350/.353 over his last seven games. … Aderlin Rodriguez hit his twelfth home run, which puts him third in the league in home runs and RBI. The big right-handed 30-year-old Dominican has played 13 seasons in the minors, a year in Japan and eight years of winter ball, but has yet to break through to the majors.

Frisco RoughRiders 10, Missions 6

Connor Hollis has been a key contributor in his first year in the system. (Photo: Rey Holguin)

Key Statistics: CF Esteury Ruiz 1-3, HR (7), HBP, SB (33); 3B Connor Hollis 3-5, RBI; 2B Domingo Leyba 3-5; C Juan Fernandez 2-5, RBI; 1B Yorman Rodriguez 2-4, HR (6) 2 RBI; DH Tirso Ornelas 1-3, BB, 2 SB (2);RHP Lake Bachar 4 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, K, 2 HR; LHP Tom Cosgrove (L, 4-1) 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, BB, K, HR; RHP Dinelson Lamet 1.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, HR

Prospect Watch: The game was going well for San Antonio until the wheels came off in the seventh inning when the home team put up five runs and then added one more in the next inning. The Missions can still win the series with a victory on Sunday. … After not giving up a run, walk, or hit in his first two outings with the Missions, Dinelson Lamet struggled Saturday. Lamet came in with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh. He threw a wild pitch, then gave up back-to-back doubles before getting a fly out to end the inning. In the eighth, he gave up a solo home run and a pair of singles before getting out of the inning. … Several of the players covered in yesterday’s Q&A with Missions’ manager Phillip Wellman had big days, including Esteury Ruiz who is on most Padres fans’ radar. In our interview, Wellman talks about his improvement from last year, including making a point of emphasis on reducing his chase rate, which had held him back in the past. The center fielder collected his seventh homer, reached base a second time and swiped his league-best 33rd base of the year. Connor Hollis pushed his batting average to .324 with three hits. … Korry Howell singled in four trips to the plate. Although he only has a batting average of .233, his on-base percentage is .391, and he has a slugging percentage of .491.

Game 1:  Quad Cities River Bandits 11, TinCaps 3 (7 innings)

Robert Hassell returned to the lineup with hits in both games Saturday. (Photo: Jeff Nycz)

Key Statistics:  SS Jarryd Dale 1-3, 2B, BB; CF Robert Hassell III 2-4, 2B, RBI; 1B Jack Stronach 2-2, LHP Robert Gasser (L, 1-6) 2.2 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 5 K; RHP Sam Keating 2.1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K

Game 2: Quad Cities River Bandits 6, TinCaps 2 (7 innings)

Key Statistics: 3B Olivier Basabe 4-4, RBI; C Adam Kerner 1-3; LF Corey Rosier 1-3, BB, SB (18); RHP Ryan Bergert (L, 0-5) 4.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 5 K; RHP Seth Mayberry 1 IP, K


Adam Kerner keeps grinding. (Photo: Jeff Nycz)

Prospect Watch: In the TinCaps were behind 8-0 after three innings in the first game, and there wasn’t a lot to write home about. … Robert Hassell, who had played in the TinCaps’ first 40 games, came back from a few off days with a pair of hits in the opener and was 1-4 in the nightcap. The 19-year-old had a dominant April, but had been in a 3-for-29 slump. … Robert Gasser, the Padres’ top pitching prospect in Fort Wayne, continued a rough May, which he’ll finish with a 6.46 ERA. He’s still put up a strong K rate with 32 in 23.2 innings this month, but opponents have gotten to him for 24 hits as his location in the zone has been inconsistent. … Ryan Bergert is having a similarly tough month. After posting a 2.93 ERA in April, it’s jumped to 7.48 in May. Like Gasser, he is striking out more than a batter per inning, 23 in 21.2 innings, but has allowed 28 hits and four home runs. … Jarryd Dale, who reached in both games, has a .363 on-base percentage for May. … Adam Kerner has been stuck behind Brandon Valenzuela and Anthony Vilar at catcher, but has kept on working. After only getting into games in April, he has gotten more playing time in May and has hit in four of his six games this month. He’s an outstanding strong catcher and deserves credit for continuing to work even though the playing time was not there.

Garrett Hawkins has been inconsistent as he works on mechanical and pitch mix adjustments. (Photo: Jerry Espinoza).

Inland Empire 66ers 9, Storm 6

Key Statistics: SS Max Ferguson 1-3, 2 BB, SB (34); LF Albert Fabian 2-4; 1B Carlos Luis 3-4, HR (3), 3 RBI; 2B Kervin Pichardo 3-5, 2B; RHP Garrett Hawkins (L, 2-3) 3 IP 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; RHP Ruben Galindo 3 IP, 1 H, 2 K

Prospect Watch: Garrett Hawkins, 22, our pitcher of the month for April, gave up four earned runs in a rough first inning as the first six Inland Empire hitters all got hits. Hawkins came back, struck out the next two batters, and got a ground out to end the inning. He threw three innings, but it took him 78 pitches, 52 for strikes, to get there. The big Canadian has the size you want to see at 6-foot-5, 230-pounds and can show good velocity. Still, he needs to improve on his secondary pitches. … With his 34th steal, Max Ferguson remained one ahead of Ruiz for the minor league lead and extended his lead in the California League to eight bags. This month, Ferguson has been getting on base with a .414 on-base percentage but has only three extra-base hits in 99 plate appearances for a .194 batting average. On the season, he has an outstanding ratio of 46 walks to 41 strikeouts, but needs to make more hard contact going forward.

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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