Albuquerque 20, Chihuahuas 2

Key Stats: SS Matthew Batten 1-for-4, HR (10), HBP, SB (27); C Kevin Plawecki 2-for-4; DH Brett Sulivan 1-for-3, 2B, BB; LHP Jared Koenig 2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 K; LHP Aaron Leasher 0.1 IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 2 BB; LHP Jose Castillo 1 IP, 1 K

Prospect Watch: Albuquerque scored early and often, cruising to a laugher in their fourth straight victory over the Chihuahuas. Jared Koenig was pressed into service to make his first start of the season and gave up a pair of runs in his two innings of work. The lefty, signed as a minor league free agent during spring training, threw 14 scoreless innings in San Antonio to open the year. For El Paso, opponents are hitting .329 against him. … Jose Castillo was the only one of six Chihuahuas pitchers who didn’t allow a run. The lefty struck out one in his inning of work, lowering his Triple-A ERA to 8.44. He threw 12 pitches, 11 for strikes, as his fastball sat at 97. … El Paso was hitless until Matthew Batten homered to lead off the sixth inning. The infielder also was hit by a pitch and stole his league-leading 27th base in the contest. Batten hit three balls with an exit velocity of 104 or better on the day.

Daniel Johnson hit his fourth home run of the year. (Vashaun Newman)

Frisco , RoughRiders 6, Missions 4

Key Stats: 2B Ripken Reyes 2-for-3, BB; CF Daniel Johnson 1-for-4, HR (4), 3 RBI; RHP Bobby Milacki 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 4 K, 1 BB; RHP Raul Brito 2 IP, 1 H, 4 K, 2 BB; RHP Lake Bachar 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K

Prospect Watch: The Missions led 4-1 after three innings, but the visitors scored five unanswered runs, including a pair in the ninth inning. Bobby Milacki, making his first start in almost two years, gave up four runs over five innings. The righty had yet to go even four innings in an appearance yet this year. The 26-year-old, promoted from Fort Wayne last month, has struck out 12 in as many innings with two walks since joining San Antonio. … Raul Brito, who made his Double-A debut with a pair of clean innings earlier in the series, tossed two more scoreless innings Sunday. Like Milacki, Brito signed as a minor league free agent over the winter. He’s posted a 2.08 ERA in 26 frames with a 33:11 strikeout-to-walk ratio. … Lake Bachar came off the IL to throw a scoreless inning. The righty, a fifth-round pick by the Padres back in 2016, has struck out 33 in 25.2 innings on the year. … Daniel Johnson‘s three-run homer, his fourth round-tripper of the year, gave the Missions their only lead.  The fleet outfielder with big league service time is hitting .243 on the year.

TinCaps 3, Lake County Captains 2

Jacob Marsee connected for three hits Sunday. (Photo: Fort Wayne TinCaps)

Key Stats: SS Jackson Merrill 2-for-3, HR (10); CF Jakob Marsee 3-for-3, 2B, 2 SB (27); LHP Robby Snelling 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 K, 2 BB; RHP Alan Mundo (S, 2), 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K

Prospect Watch: Jackson Merrill led off the game with his 11th homer of the year and third of the series and later came through with a single and scored the tying run in a game cut short by rain. The 20-year-old shortstop has his OPS up to a season-best .754. … Batting behind Merrill, Jakob Marsee had three hits, including an RBI double. The center fielder also swiped a pair of bases to tie Batten for the system lead with 27. His .382 slugging percentage is better than it’s been at any other point in the season, while his on-base percentage continues to hover right under .400. The organization will want to see continued focus on aggressive contact from last year’s sixth-rounder. … Robby Snelling‘s High-A debut didn’t exactly start the way he might have hoped. The lefty gave up a single and two doubles to put his team in a quick 2-0 hole, but then he settled down and allowed just one more hit while recording 15 outs. Snelling threw a season-high 92 pitches, striking out four along the way. The Padres’ second pick in last year’s draft, the Reno native now sports a 1.75 ERA as a professional.

Inland Empire 66ers 5, Storm 4

Key Stats: LF Kai Murphy 2-for-5, SB (9); Tyler Robertson 1-for-5, SB (13); DH Ethan Salas 2-for-4, 2B; CF Samuel Zavala 1-for-3, 2B, SF; 1B Griffin Doersching 1-for-2, HR (6), 2 BB; RHP Miguel Mendez 4 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 K, 5 BB; RHP Kobe Robinson 1 IP, K; RHP Cole Paplham 1 IP; RHP David Morgan 1 IP, 1 H

Prospect Watch: The Storm wrapped their series with a loss and will hit the road Tuesday while nearly every other team in full-season ball plays Monday. We’ve got the game story here.

The Arizona Complex League is off on Sundays.

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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