Las Vegas Aviators 11, Chihuahuas 8

Key Statistics: 3B Jose Iglesias 2-for-5; 2B Tim Lopes 2-for-5, 2 RBI; C Brett Sullivan 3-for-4, 2B, 3B, HR (2); CF Taylor Kohlwey 1-for-5, HR (8), 3 RBI; 1B Rangel Ravelo 1-for-3, HR (4), RBI; LHP Jay Groome 5 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 4 K; LHP Jared Koenig (L, 1-2) 1 IP 3 H, 2 R, BB, K HR; LHP Ray Kerr 1 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, BB, 2 K, HR

Brett Sullivan was a single short of the cycle. (Photo: Jorge Salgado)

Prospect Watch:  A pair of late home runs by the Aviators sent El Paso down to defeat on the road in Las Vegas. Jay Groome got the start and walked three of the first ten batters he faced and needed 62 pitches to make it through the first two innings. He was able to provide the Chihuahuas bullpen a favor and made it through five innings, throwing 106 pitches overall. Groome came into the year as one of our top prospects above the A-ball level, but has struggled mightily with his command. In 51.1 innings with El Paso last year, Groome had an ERA of 3.16 with a 44:19 strikeout-to-walk ratio. This season in 52.2 innings, he has a 9.06 ERA and has walked 42 batters against 50 strikeouts. In addition to his loss of command, hitters are making louder, contact posting a .333 average and more than doubling the rate of homers on fly balls to 16.7 percent. … Brett Sullivan was a single short of the cycle and showed his athleticism with a triple and an inside-the-park home run. In 16 plate appearances since returning to Triple-A, Sullivan has seven hits, three doubles, a triple, and a home run to go along with a pair of walks.

Missions 6, Frisco RoughRiders 4

Key Statistics: RF Tirso Ornelas 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI; 1B Pedro Castellanos 2-for-5, 2B; LF Cole Cummings 1-for-3, 2 BB, RBI; SS Ray-Patrick Didder 1-for-4, BB; RHP Efrain Contreras (2-4) 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R (3 ER), LHP Aaron Leasher 1.1 IP 3 H; RHP Jose Espada 1.2 IP, 2 BB, 2 K; RHP Nick Hernandez (S,5) 1 IP 2 K

Tirso Ornelas had three hits on Saturday. (Photo: Rey Holguin)

Prospect Watch: After Friday’s bullpen implosion, the Missions bullpen locked down the RoughRiders with four scoreless innings to give San Antonio their fourth win in five games at Frisco. Nick Hernandez earned his fifth save, striking out two of the three batters he faced to preserve the two-run lead with a runner on. … Tirso Ornelas, hitting in the leadoff spot, is off to a nice start in June with five hits and two walks in his first 15 plate appearances, including a double and home run. The 23-year-old struggled to a .188 batting average in April and .233 in May. … Cole Cummings had a hit and drew two walks. In eight games since his promotion from Fort Wayne, the former UC Santa Barbara Goucho has a .903 OPS after posting a .674 mark in Fort Wayne. He will see time in left field and first base. … Efrain Contreras tossed five innings, giving up three earned runs to pick up his second win. After struggling through April with a 7.71 ERA, The 23-year-old was much better in May with a 3.86. He’s posted a strong 38:9 strikeout-to-walk ratio over his last 28.1 inning, averaging just under five innings a start. The Ciudad Juarez native is one of the better prospects in Double-A for the Padres and has a nice pitch mix when he’s on.

South Bend Cubs 11, TinCaps 4

Key Statistics: CF Jakob Marsee 2-for-4, 2B; LF Justin Farmer 1-for-3, BB, SB (7), 2 RBI; LHP Bodi Rascon 4.0 IP 4 H, 2 R, BB, 3 K; RHP Ethan Routzahn (L, 1-1) 2.0 IP 3 H R; RHP Adam Smith 0.0 IP 4 H, 6 R, 2 BB; RHP Nick Thwaits 2.0 IP 2 H K

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps were down by one before their normally steady bullpen coughed up six runs in the eighth inning. Throw in four errors by the defense, including a pair of throws by normally plus center fielder Jakob Marsee, and it wasn’t a pretty night at Parkview Field. … Adam Smith had his worst outing of the year, giving up six earned runs without getting an out. He came into the game with a 3.21 ERA in 14 innings and hadn’t given up a run in five of his past six appearances. … With a double in four trips to the plate, catcher Brandon Valenzuela kept his OPS at .799. The switch-hitter’s 130 OPS+ is 19th on the circuit among hitters with 100 plate appearances. … The highlight of the night may have come before the game when three members of the Fort Wayne Daisies of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, made an appearance with this year’s TinCaps wearing replica Daisies jerseys that were auctioned off to benefit the preservation of their legacy. … The TinCaps will attempt to even the series on Sunday.

Graham Pauley had the game-winning hit for Lake Elsinore. (Photo: Robert Escalante)

Storm 4, Visalia Rawhide 3 (10 innings)

Key Statistics: C Ethan Salas 1-for-4, 2 R, BB, SB (1); 3B Graham Pauley 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI; RF Albert Fabian 2-for-4, RBI; CF Kai Murphy 1-for-3, BB; RHP Henry Williams 4 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, K; LHP Fernando Sanchez 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, BB, 5 K; RHP Carter Loewen 1.2 IP H 3 K; RHP Kobe Robinson (W, 6-0) 1 IP, BB, K

Prospect Watch: The Storm rallied from a run down in the eighth inning and won in the tenth when Graham Pauly hit the second pitch he saw to score Ethan Salas from second base to give Lake Elsinore their third win in the series. Salas led off the eight with a walk, stole his first career bag, and came home on Albert Fabian‘s single to left field to even the score. Fabian leads the Cal League with 43 RBI. … Salas caught all ten innings behind the plate and has reached base in 12 of his first 22 plate appearances. … Kobe Robinson got his sixth win, holding serve in the top of the tenth by inducing a comebacker with two runners on to keep the score even. Robinson has been impressive on the season, posting 22 strikeouts against only nine walks in 22 innings and holding opponents to a .197 average on the way to a 1.64 ERA. … Henry Williams had his longest outing of the season, throwing 49 pitches, with 29 for strikes. The organization is still careful with the former Duke hurler, who is 19 months post-Tommy John surgery, but so far, the results have been encouraging. The 21-year-old has allowed three runs while striking out nine in 11 innings. … The win against Visalia was the Storm’s second walk-off win this year, and Lake Elsinore’s overall record is now 26-21.

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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