Happy birthday to both El Paso infielder Matthew Batten who homered on his birthday, and Fort Wayne right-hander Seth Mayberry who came into the game with a one-run lead, the tying run on third with one out, and struck out Diego Cartaya, the number one prospect in the Dodgers’ system to preserve the lead at the time. Other than that, there were not many highlights as the organization went winless.
Sacramento River Cats 13, Chihuahuas 5
Key Statistics: CF Esteury Ruiz 1-for-4, 2B; DH Robinson Cano 2-for-5, RBI; C Luis Campusano 1-for-4; LF Brent Rooker 2-for-4, R, BB; 2B Matthew Batten 2-for-4, 2 R, HR (10), RBI, BB; 1B Kyle Martin 2-for-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB; RHP Reiss Knehr 0.2 IP, 3H, 4 ER, 2 BB
Prospect Watch: The good news is that birthday boy Matthew Batten kicked off his 27th year with a bang. Batten hit more home runs in May than he did in any full season prior to 2022. While Wednesday’s shot is only his second home run in June, Batten is hitting .328 this month. His strikeout percentage has also continued to drop; it’s down to a career-best 19%. … As dominant as Reiss Knehr has been in San Diego, he has struggled in El Paso. Knehr came on in middle relief and was unable to complete an inning. Sacramento is nowhere near as good of a hitter’s park as El Paso, which makes the offensive explosion by Sacramento all the more surprising. Knehr surrendered a pair of homers and allowed four earned runs while recording just two outs. In 52.1 innings with El Paso, Knehr has allowed a staggering 16 homers. He’s thrown 6.2 innings of scoreless relief in a pair of outings in San Diego. Go figure. … Since C.J .Abrams was pulled from the starting lineup on Sunday, center fielder Esteury Ruiz has gone 2-for-13 with five strikeouts.
The Missions game at Wichita was suspended.
The Missions were trailing 2-1 when the game was shut down in the fourth inning. The teams will finish the game Thursday and then play the regularly scheduled game after.
Great Lakes Loons 4, TinCaps 2
Prospect Watch: If there was any doubt that Great Lakes is a really good team, it was never more evident when they brought out their middle reliever, Ryan Sublette, who started casually throwing 97 mph. Still, the TinCaps managed to take an early lead thanks largely to left fielder Corey Rosier. Rosier had incredible success after being drafted last year (.380/.451/.570 in Low-A Modesto) but had struggled to get on base in June. In 43 plate appearances this month, Rosier has produced just a .302 on-base percentage. Year-to-date, his walk rate has actually increased from 12.8% last season to 16% in 2022, but his BABIP has gone down nearly .200 points which has led to his .221 average. The good news is that Rosier has started to pick things back up. Over his last four games, the former Mariner prospect has six hits, five runs, a double, a triple, and a home run. His 20 stolen bases rank fifth in the league. … Ryan Bergert has had an up and down first full season with the Padres organization. In two of his June starts, he has gone 8.1 IP, allowing two earned runs on eight hits while striking out 14. However, in his last May start and another June outing, he has yielded seven earned runs on 10 hits and seven walks in eight innings with only 9 Ks. Still, Bergert is a strikeout machine, and against the top Midwest League squad, he tossed four one-run innings.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 24, Storm 9
Prospect Watch: If you want to call it good news, the Storm clawed back late, scoring seven in the last three innings to cut into the lead. Other than that, not a lot of good comes from being down 19-2 after six innings. But hey, the team clinched the first-half title Tuesday, so they may not have had their normal focus. … With normal leadoff man Max Ferguson getting the night off, right fielder Justin Farmer moved up in the order and did exactly what you would hope. He reached base four times raising his OBP to a solid .345 and hit his team-best ninth home run, which ranks seventh in the league. He also ranks sixth in runs, and third in walks, which are both led by Ferguson. … Victor Duarte, who entered in the seventh for his first appearance at first base since the DSL in 2019, contributed with his second home run in 102 plate appearances. The 21-year-old tallied one each in his 2019 and 2021 season in rookie ball. Primarily a catcher, Duarte joined the Storm when backup catcher Gilberto Vizcarra went on the injured list. With Vizcarra working his way back into shape, Duarte may spend the second half of the season in Peoria. … Carlos Luis also homered in the losing cause. Luis is finally showing the power that many thought he would possess when he first walked into Peoria in 2018 and 2019. In June he is hitting a robust .356/.415/.542.
The ACL Padres had the day off to rest. Rehabbing shortstop Jackson Merrill and the rest of the squad will be in action Thursday night. Before injuring his wrist Merrill was hitting .393/.452/.518 for Lake Elsinore.