Ryan Weathers in action earlier this year with El Paso. (Photo: Jorge Salgado).

Sacramento River Cats 5, Chihuahuas 3

Key Stats: RF Esteury Ruiz 2-for-5, 2B; LF Taylor Kohlwey 1-for-3, 2B, BB; LHP Ryan Weathers 6 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 1 K, 5 BB

Prospect Watch: Ryan Weathers cruised through the first three innings against the Athletics’ top farm team, but as has happened many times this season, he lost his command in the fourth and allowed three runs on three hits and two walks. After a quick fifth, the 22-year-old lefty ran into more trouble in the sixth, walking two more and giving up two more hits. In all, Weathers was charged with all five of the River Cats’ runs as he continued a nightmare season in the Pacific Coast League. In 66 innings, he’s allowed a staggering 84 hits and posted a 43:33 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The lefty continues to sit 93-94 with his fastball, but only 22% of them went for called or swinging strikes Sunday. The same pitcher who got a playoff start in 2020 now sports a 6.95 ERA in 14 Triple-A starts this season. … Esteury Ruiz collected two more hits, including a double he rifled into left field during El Paso’s sixth inning, the only frame in which they scored. Ruiz extended his latest hitting streak to five games and finished the series with only four strikeouts. Additionally, he also made his fifth start of the year in right field and has played two games in left, but the majority have been in center field. … A day after his 14-game hitting streak came to an end, Taylor Kohlwey collected a double and a walk in four trips to the plate Sunday to continue a torrid June. The 27-year-old has hit .407/.455/.678 since coming off the COVID list early this month.

Alek Jacob’s low release point makes him a difficult match-up. (Photo: Vashaun Newman)

Missions 2, Wichita Wind Surge 1

Key Stats: CF Thomas Milone 2-for-4, SB (7); SS Connor Kaiser 1-for-3, BB, 2 SB (8); C Chandler Seagle 1-for-4, 2B; LHP Osvaldo Hernandez 2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 K, 2 BB; RHP Kevin Kopps 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 K, 2 BB; RHP Alek Jacob (S, 2); 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 K

Prospect Watch: The Missions managed only five hits – just one for extra bases – and relied on seven pitchers to get through the game, yet still won their third straight to claim the series victory in Wichita. San Antonio got their runs in the second, courtesy of a single, a third strike that got away from the catcher, a throwing error, and a double by Chandler Seagle, who has hit in each of the last eight games in which he’s had a plate appearance. The club got just three more singles over the next seven frames, but made the two runs hold up. After Osvaldo Hernandez and Kevin Kopps  worked two innings apiece, a parade of five Missions hurlers each worked a scoreless frame, striking out four without issuing any walks. Alek Jacob picked up his second save as he extended his scoreless streak to 17.1 innings in which he has allowed only eight hits. In 51.1 innings since the Padres drafted him out of Gonzaga in the 16th round last year, the soft-tossing righty has posted a 0.70 ERA with an eye-popping 73:9 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The 24-year-old’s performance has slowed down a bit in Double-A, but he’s still holding Texas League opponents to a .220 average.

Great Lakes Loons 11, TinCaps 3

Robert Hassell III could be on the move soon. (Photo: Jeff Nycz)

Key Stats: CF Robert Hassell III 1-for-4, BB; 3B Kelvin Melean 1-for-3, BB; LF Corey Rosier 1-for-5, R, RBI; RHP Dwayne Matos 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 K

Prospect Watch: The Loons put up seven runs in the final two innings to run away from the TinCaps and take their fifth victory in six contests in the Summit City. Fort Wayne fell to 0-3 in the second half of the season, managing just five singles along the way. Robert Hassell III, who could be playing his way out of Single-A very quickly, reached base twice with a single and a walk and is now hitting .328/.375/.586 on the month. The 20-year-old, still leading the Midwest League in batting average, is in the top 10 for both on-base percentage and OPS. … Lucas Dunn drew a pair of walks on the afternoon and finished the series with seven free passes against six strikeouts. The utility man took a bit to find his legs after his promotion from Low-A on May 31, but has his OPS up over .700. … Dwayne Matos got the start for the TinCaps, but the 21-year-old dropped his second consecutive start. Matos struggled through five appearances after jumping to Double-A to open the year. While Midwest League opponents are still hitting a robust .337 against him, he’s found his command and has pitched to a 21:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 21.1 innings with the TinCaps.

Storm 8, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 7

Key Stats: SS Max Ferguson 1-for-4, 2B, BB, SB (51); LF Justin Farmer 2-for-4, 2B; CF James Wood 1-for-4, HR (4); 2B Nerwilian Cedeño 1-for-3, 2B, BB, SB (8); LHP Jesus Gonzalez 5 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 2 K, 2 BB; LHP Danny Denz 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K; RHP Alan Mundo 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K, 2 BB

We have game coverage from the Storm’s series win over Rancho here.

Posted by David Jay

David has written for MadFriars since 2005, has published articles in Baseball America, written a monthly column for FoxSports San Diego and appeared on numerous radio programs and podcasts. He may be best known on the island of Guam for his photos of Trae Santos that appeared in the Pacific Daily News.

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