Ruben Salinas shows promise with the bat. (Photo: Jerry Espinoza)

ACL Dodgers 19, ACL Padres 7

Key Statistics: CF Michael Green, 2-for-3, R, BB, RBI; RF Joshua Mears, 2-for-4, R, BB, 3B, RBI, SB(1); DH Ruben Salinas, 2-for-5, R, HR (1), 2 RBI; RHP Henry Baez (L, 0-2) 0.2 IP, 5 H, 8 R, 3 ER, BB, K; RHP Evan Sweeting, 2.1 IP, BB, 5 K;

Prospect Watch: They played nine in the ACL for the first time this year and things got ugly. The ACL Padres allowed 19 runs, 13 hits, 11 walks, and uncorked five wild pitches for good measure. The nine inning affair took just over four hours to complete in 100 degree heat. … On the offensive side, Ruben Salinas was a big positive. The Mexican-born outfielder had a multi-hit game which included his first professional homer. The sample size is small but Salinas is off to a nice start. Through five games, Salinas is 6-for-14 with a homer and five RBI. Originally signed as a two-way player, he’s moved to full-time work in the outfield in the Padres organization. … Michael Green, in the desert on a rehab assignment, reached base three times with a pair of singles and a walk. The Clemson product had been sidelined since signing as an undrafted free agent in 2020 before finally getting just over two weeks of action in Lake Elsinore before he hit the IL again at the start of the month.The 24-year-old should head back out to full-season ball this week. … Speaking of rehab assignments, James Wood was in the lineup again and went 1-for-4 with a walk and a single. The big left-hander is 2-for-13 in Peoria over four games as he works back from his wrist injury and should also be nearing a return to the Storm. … Right fielder Joshua Mears had a multi-hit game, including a triple. The powerful outfielder spent three weeks on the Fort Wayne development list after a rough stretch in Fort Wayne before he was assigned to the ACL. It will be interesting to see how much longer he stays in desert. … RHP Evan Sweeting pitched in the middle innings and was the one bright spot for the ACL bunch. Sweeting threw a career-high 2.1 innings, allowing just one walk while striking out five batters. The 20-year-old from the Bahamas appeared in one game last year and he’s looked sharp in two outings this year.

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Kevin Charity has written for MadFriars since 2015 and has had work featured on Fox Sports San Diego. He is a lifelong San Diego native and is looking forward to seeing the current wave of prospects thrive in San Diego.

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