Round Rock Express 5, Chihuahuas 2
Key Statistics: 2B Tim Lopes, 3-for-5, R, 2B; 1B Alfonso Rivas, 1-for-2, R, RBI, 2 BB; CF Jose Azocar, 2-for-4; RHP Matt Waldron (L, 1-6) 6 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, BB, 8 K; LHP Jared Koenig, IP, 2 K
Prospect Watch: El Paso allowed four runs in the first inning, and despite having ten hits, they managed to score only two in their second straight loss. … Tim Lopes was the offensive star of the evening for El Paso, as the versatile infielder had three hits, including a double. The 2012 Mariners draft pick has fallen off just a bit in June, posting a .328/.355/.483 slash line. His season OPS of .876 is tied with teammate Taylor Kohlwey for 28th in the PCL. … Center fielder Jose Azocar had a pair of singles while batting fifth in the order. The 27-year-old outfielder pushed his El Paso batting average back up above .300 with the multi-hit night. Azocar has five multi-hit games in June, including a four-hit effort on June 6. … Righty Matt Waldron got hit hard in the first inning but settled in after that. He allowed a two-run double to former Pirate Yoshi Tsutsugo in the first as part of a four-run first. After that, Waldron put up zeroes until the sixth when Tsutsugo connected on a solo homer. The former Nebraska hurler walked just one and struck out eight. In 14 games (12 starts), Waldron has a 7.02 ERA in 66.2 innings. First innings have been a massive issue for Waldron this season. He’s allowed 14 runs in the first this year – good for a 10.50 ERA in the opening frame.
Roster Moves: After a poor start on Thursday, Ryan Weathers has been optioned back to El Paso, and Nabil Crismatt was reactivated from his rehab assignment and joined the Padres. Hard-throwing lefty Ray Kerr was promoted to the San Diego bullpen as Tom Cosgrove hit the IL.
Missions 12, Sod Poodles 9
Key Statistics: SS-RF Ripken Reyes, 1-for-1, 2 R, HR (4), 3 RBI; DH Tirso Ornelas, 3-for-5, 2 R, HR (6), 4 RBI; C Michael De La Cruz, 2-for-5, 2 R, HR (4), 2 RBI; 3B Juan Fernandez, 3-for-5, 2 R, HR (1), 2 RBI; RHP Nolan Watson, 4.2 IP, 9 H, 9 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K; LHP Aaron Leasher (W, 1-0) 2 IP, 3 K; RHP Bobby Milacki (S, 1) 2 IP, 2 K
Prospect Watch: The Missions launched four homers and escaped with a three-run win at Hodgetown. … For the second straight night, Ripken Reyes connected on a homer. It was Reyes’ fourth homer of the season, as the former USD star is amid a breakout at the plate. He leads the Texas League with a .431 on-base percentage, and his .832 OPS represents a career-high. Reyes’ production at the top of the order is a big reason for the Missions’ system-best 34-27 record. … While Reyes has been hotter than a Peoria summer, Tirso Ornelas has been even better. The left-handed-hitting Ornelas had three more hits, including his sixth bomb of the year. Ornelas got off to a slow start in April, looked better in May, but has looked like the kind of hitter the Padres envisioned when they signed him way back in 2016 this month. The 23-year-old has a seven-game hitting streak, with five multi-hit games in that span. In June, Ornelas is hitting .381/.441/.645 with seven doubles, three homers, and 15 RBI. His fly ball rate has been slowing creeping up as the season progresses, but is still sitting at just 33%. … Third baseman Juan Fernandez had three hits, including his first homer since the Chihuahuas’ last regular season game last season. The catcher-turned-third baseman hasn’t flashed much power but continually makes contact. This season, he’s struck out in just over 12% of his plate appearances, and his three-hit night raised his batting average to .315 – the fifth-best mark in the Texas League. … After Nolan Watson struggled, Aaron Leasher pitched two scoreless innings to earn his first win of the season. After opening the season on the injured list, Leasher has worked exclusively as a reliever in 2023 after being primarily a starter for most of the last five seasons. So far, the move to the bullpen has agreed with the 27-year-old lefty, who has pitched to a 0.82 ERA over 11 innings in eight outings. He has struggled a bit with his command, but opposing hitters are batting just .189 against him.
Roster Moves: The Missions added a pair of players to the roster on Friday. Lefthander Brian Gonzalez was activated from the injured list after finishing his rehab assignment last Saturday. In addition, Bobby Milacki was promoted from Fort Wayne to San Antonio. He pitched a pair of scoreless innings in his Missions’ debut Friday night. To make room on the 28-man roster, righty Henry Henry was bumped back to Fort Wayne, and Seth Mayberry was placed on the seven-day injured list.
Dayton Dragons 11, TinCaps 8
Key Statistics: CF Jakob Marsee, 2-for-5, R, HR (5), 2 RBI; 1B Nathan Martorella, 1-for-3, 3 R, HR (11), 2 RBI, 2 BB; LF Justin Farmer, 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 SB (11, 12); LHP Bodi Rascon, 3 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 K; RHP Jose Geraldo, IP, H, 2 K; RHP Adam Smith (L, 0-1) IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, BB, K
Prospect Watch: This Midwest League affair resembled a PCL game, with the two teams combining for 19 runs and 26 hits. Ultimately, the Dragons beat up the TinCaps bullpen and pulled away to win in front of nearly 7,500 fans at Parkview Field. … Nathan Martorella connected on a two-run homer, his 11th homer of the season. He also drew a pair of walks and scored three runs. Martorella is part of a three-way tie for the league lead in homers, and his .495 slugging percentage ranks fifth. … Jakob Marsee had two hits, including a homer to right. The big fly was Marsee’s fifth of the season. The former Central Michigan outfielder didn’t homer in April, but he has heated up quite a bit over the last six weeks. He’s worked on adding pull-side power to go with his excellent batting eye at the plate. Overall, Marsee has a .754 OPS, significantly above the league average. … Justin Farmer had a pair of singles and stole two bases for good measure. After struggling out of the gate, the 24-year-old has put together a tremendous June. In 14 games this month, Farmer is hitting .319/.439/.489 with a homer and 11 RBI. … Bodi Rascon made the start and struggled in his three innings of work. He allowed four runs on seven hits, striking out three Dragons without issuing a walk. The Texas native has shown flashes at times this year, but consistency is an issue. He has a pair of outings in which he has pitched five innings without allowing a run and others like Friday, where he struggles to keep runs off the board. Overall, he has a 5.45 ERA in 10 starts.
Storm 7, Stockton Ports 5
Key Statistics: LF Nick Vogt, 1-for-2, BB, 3 RBI; 3B Devin Ortiz, 1-for-3, R, HR (1), RBI, BB; C Victor Duarte, 1-for-2, 2 R, 2 BB, 2B, 2 RBI; 2B Wyatt Hoffman, 1-for-4, RBI; RHP Henry Baez, 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; RHP David Morgan (W, 2-1) 2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 K; RHP Will Geerdes (S,4) IP, 2 BB
Prospect Watch: The Storm rallied from a three-run deficit to win the comeback against the Ports at home. The Storm had eight hits scattered across eight different players. .. The game’s key hit was a two-run double off the bat of catcher Victor Duarte that gave the Storm the lead in the bottom of the eighth. The sparingly-used Duarte also drew a pair of walks. The 22-year-old backstop has a .394 on-base percentage in 21 games this season for the Storm. … Second baseman Wyatt Hoffman had an RBI single that was almost much more. Hoffman slugged a long fly ball to left field that was a couple of feet away from a grand slam, but the Stockton left fielder hit the ball with his glove but couldn’t make the catch. The normally light-hitting Hoffman is enjoying the finest month of his professional career, hitting .313/.421/.375 in June. … Third baseman Devin Ortiz connected on the first homer of his professional career. The 24-year-old infielder saw time with the TinCaps earlier this season and went 0-for-11 with the High-A squad. With all the injuries to the Storm position player core, Ortiz has recently seen some expanded playing time. He has a .635 OPS in 12 games with the Storm. … Righty Henry Baez shook off a rough beginning to his outing and earned a quality start. Baez allowed a run in the first and two more in the third but kept the Ports off the board in his final three innings of work. Baez has a 4.43 ERA in 10 games (eight starts).
Roster Moves: Lefthander Miguel Cienfuegos had his rehab assignment transferred to Lake Elsinore. The 26-year-old opened the season with Fort Wayne before going on the injured list at the end of April. Cienfuegos was building up in the ACL before Friday.
ACL Guardians 4, ACL Padres 3
Key Statistics: C Carlos Rodriguez, 2-for-3, R, BB, RBI; 3B Jose Sanabria, 2-for-3, BB, SB (3); LHP Zack Qin, 3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K; RHP Francis Pena (L, 0-3) 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 K
Prospect Watch: The ACL Padres managed just six singles and lost on the road in Goodyear. … Catcher Carlos Rodriguez had a pair of hits and drew a walk Friday. Rodriguez, who signed with the Padres as an international free agent in July 2019, made his stateside debut in the ACL last summer. He’s batting exclusively from the left side now after beginning his career as a switch-hitter … Third baseman Jose Sanabria had a pair of hits and stole his third base of the season. The 20-year-old had an excellent season last year in the DSL, hitting .309/.402/.415 in 57 games. In eight games in the ACL, Sanabria has walked 12 times while playing solid third base defense. … Lefty Zack Qin made his second start and pitched better than his first. Qin worked three innings and allowed two runs on three hits, walking three and striking out four. The Beijing, China native signed with the Padres last season out of MLB’s China Development Center.