Chihuahuas 8, Reno Aces 3
Key Statistics: SS Matthew Batten, 2-for-3, 2 R, 2 HR (6, 7), 2 RBI; 1B Rangel Ravelo, 3-for-4, R, BB; 2B Tim Lopes, 3-for-5, 2B, RBI; 3B Jantzen Witte, 3-for-4, R, RBI; CF Taylor Kohlwey, 2-for-4, R, HR (5), 2 RBI, SB (3); RHP Angel Sánchez, 2 IP, 3 H, BB, 4 K; RHP Nabil Crismatt, 2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 K; LHP Jose Castillo (W, 1-0) IP, K
Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas jumped to a 3-0 lead and held Reno off with a 15-hit attack. … Matthew Batten kicked off the scoring festivities with a leadoff homer in the first inning. In the second inning, he went yard again. It was the first multi-homer game of Batten’s professional career. The El Paso infielder has homered in three straight games as he shakes off a slow start and shows the skills that earned him his major-league debut last season. The 27-year-old is hitting .247/.396/.547 with six homers in May. … Center fielder Taylor Kohlwey had a pair of hits, including his fifth homer of the year. The multi-hit effort extended Kohlwey’s hitting streak to six games. The Wisconsin native got off to a dismal start in April, but like Batten, Kohlwey has looked like the player on the cusp of making the big league roster this spring. In 74 May plate appearances, Kohlwey has a 1.023 OPS. He’s walked 16 times this month while striking out just 11 times. … As hot as Batten and Kohlwey have been, no Chihuahua is having a better week than Jantzen Witte. The veteran who had a five-hit game Wednesday added three more hits Friday night. The 33-year-old was drafted in 2013 in the 24th round by the Red Sox. Since then, Witte has played in 796 minor league games and two seasons in Japan. The Texas native hasn’t cracked the big leagues yet, but if he can continue to hit at this level, perhaps his opportunity will come this season. Witte’s average has risen from .237 to .294 during his six-game hitting streak. … El Paso used Johnny Wholestaff tonight, and a couple of arms with extensive league experience saw action. Nabil Crismatt threw two innings and coughed up a two-run homer. He did punch out three batters and did not allow a walk. In four outings with El Paso, Crismatt has pitched to a 6.75 ERA. … Lefthander Jose Castillo threw a scoreless inning, notching one strikeout. After a rough outing last Friday, the southpaw has put together a pair of scoreless outings.
Missions 8, Amarillo Sod Poodles 2
Key Statistics: 2B Ripken Reyes, 1-for-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 HBP; 1B Cole Cummings, 1-for-3, R, 2B, 2 BB, 2 RBI; DH Jorge Oña, 1-for-4, R, BB, RBI; LHP Jackson Wolf (W, 3-5) 6 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 BB, 4 K; RHP Justin Lopez, IP
Prospect Watch: The Missions continue to roll. San Antonio drew 11 walks and cruised to their fourth straight win over the Sod Poodles. … Second baseman Ripken Reyes opened the scoring with a two-run double in the second inning. The 26-year-old, who also got hit by two pitches Friday, has been the Missions’ most productive hitter this year in his second go-around in the Texas League. The former USD Torero came into Friday’s game with a team-best 134 wRC+ and a .423 on-base percentage that ranks fourth in the league. In 234 career games, Reyes has a .400 on-base percentage. … Cole Cummings reached base three times, once with a single and two walks. The 24-year-old is off to a .333/.500/.556 start in three games with the Missions. … Lefthander Jackson Wolf earned his third win of the season by keeping the Sod Poodles off-balance. He allowed one run on two hits, walking three and striking out four over six frames. It was the second time this year Wolf has gone that deep as he stretched out to 93 pitches. In 39 innings, Wolf has struck out 53 batters. His ERA sits at 4.38, but he’s been a bit unlucky with balls in play.
TinCaps 1, Lansing Lugnuts 0 (10 innings)
Key Statistics: RF-CF Joshua Mears, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI; 2B Kervin Pichardo, 1-for-2, BB; RHP Ryan Bergert, 7 IP, 3 H, BB, 8 K; RHP Keegan Collett, 2 IP, H, 5 K; RHP Chris Lincoln (W, 1-0) IP, BB
Prospect Watch: This one was scoreless until extra innings when Joshua Mears stroked a game-winning double to right-center to give the TinCaps the victory. Fort Wayne appears to be shaking off a slow start; they have won three straight and 8 of 11 overall. … The 22-year-old Mears has hit safely in four of his last five games. The powerful outfielder continues struggling to make contact, and Friday was no exception. He punched out twice in the win and has struck out five times in his last eight at-bats. Despite that, Mears had a .370 on-base percentage in May. … Righthander Ryan Bergert turned in his finest start as a professional, but thanks to the lack of support, walked away with a no-decision. Bergert threw a career-high seven innings and allowed just three hits. He walked one and struck out eight. The former West Virginia product has sometimes struggled with command, but his stuff has played up this year. In 32 innings for Fort Wayne, Bergert has pitched to a 1.69 ERA. He’s racked up 37 strikeouts this season. … Keegan Collett threw two scoreless innings and dominated the Lansing lineup, striking out five of the seven batters he faced. The 24-year-old has been among the most interesting pitchers in the Padres’ system. He possesses lethal stuff when he is one, highlighted by a mid-90s fastball and an excellent curveball. He’s struck out 24 batters in 13 innings this season but has also walked 13. In 121 career innings, he’s walked 103 batters and struck out 210 batters as a Padres farmhand.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 10, Storm 9 (10 innings)
Key Statistics: 3B Graham Pauley, 3-for-5, 2 R, RBI; CF Samuel Zavala, 2-for-6, 2 R, HR(5), 3 RBI; LF Albert Fabian, 3-for-6, R, 2B; 1B Griffin Doersching, 2-for-4, R, BB, 3 RBI; LHP Adrian Morejon, 0.2 IP, 2 H, ER, K; RHP Henry Baez, 4.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K; RHP Dwayne Matos (L, 1-2) 1.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 K
Prospect Watch: This one got a little wild as both teams blew three-run leads, but when the dust cleared, the Quakes emerged with the win in 10 innings. Lake Elsinore will have two more chances to claim the series win this weekend. … Graham Pauley had his first multi-hit game in nearly two weeks from the leadoff spot. Pauley singled three times, scored two runs, and drove in a run. The 22-year-old Pauley cooled off a bit in May, but he’s still been an on-base machine. After hitting .371/.482/.557 in April, Pauley is hitting .273/.435/.318 this month. Overall, Pauley leads the Cal League with a .459 on-base percentage. … Center fielder Samuel Zavala had two hits, including his fifth homer of the year. The 18-year-old has anchored the Storm offense and played strong center field defense as he’s taken it up a level in May. He is hitting .305/.442/.475 this month with three homers. … As hot as Zavala has been, first baseman Griffin Doersching has arguably been hotter. Doersching turned in his seventh multi-hit game of the month and drove in three runs. The former Oklahoma State star has a lot of swing-and-miss in his game, but he also can hit the ball as hard as anyone in the organization. The 24-year-old is hitting .317/.370/.524 this month. … Adrian Morejon made his second rehab start, and like the first one, he couldn’t get out of the first inning. Morejon recorded two outs but also allowed two hits and an earned run. He threw 21 pitches, 12 for strikes. It will be interesting to see if Morejon will be stretched out more or if he will continue to throw about 20 pitches per outing. … Righthander Henry Baez took over for Morejon and worked 4.1 innings. The 20-year-old allowed three earned runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out eight. Baez hasn’t got the accolades that other Padres prospects have this year, but he’s been quite good. In seven games (five starts), Baez has a 3.03 ERA with with 37 punchouts in 29.2 innings.