Fresno Grizzlies 6 – Chihuahuas 1
Key Statistics: CF Rafael Ortega 2-for-3, 2B, HR (5), BB, RHP Tyrell Jenkins 5IP, 9H, 4ER, 2K, 3BB; RHP Jason Jester 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2K, 0BB
Prospect Watch: A week after being outrighted off the 40 man roster, Tyrell Jenkins continues to struggle in the PCL. The 24-year-old gave up four earned runs on nine hits over five innings. While he’s limped through the year in general – he’s posted a 50:49 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 7.44 ERA in 71.1 innings – this month has been especially rough. The former top 100 prospect in the Cardinals system has a 14.02 ERA and has allowed 47 runners to reach base in 17.1 innings of work. … Rafael Ortega represented the majority of the El Paso offense on Saturday. Playing center field and leading off, the 26-year-old had a double, homer and walk in four plate appearances. The rest of the lineup combined for only two singles.Ortega now owns a 14-game hitting streak.
Missions 8 – Frisco Rough Riders 2
Key Statistics: 1B Noah Perio 4-for-6, 2B; 3B Ty France 3-for-4, 2B, HBP, 2RBI; LF Alberth Martinez 2-for-4, 2B, BB; RHP Kyle Lloyd 8IP, 4H, 2ER, 7K, 0BB
Prospect Watch: The Missions cruised to an 8-2 victory Saturday, despite leaving 13 men on base. The club banged out 16 hits, led by Noah Perio, who played first base in the contest. Perio, who entered the year having played just over 100 innings at first base professionally, has now appeared there in 20 games this season. Offensively, the career second baseman has delivered at almost exactly his career numbers, posting a .256/.309/.343 through 52 contests. … The latest hitting streak for Franmil Reyes reached six games when he had two singles in the contest. He’s now hitting .282 for the year…. Kyle Lloyd posted another strong outing, giving up only two runs on four hits over eight frames. The righty has allowed only 13 hits and struck out 29 over 21.1 innings in his last three Texas League starts, but struggled in his first crack at Triple-A. He’s now moved into seventh on the circuit with a 3.03 ERA. … Luis Urias was back in the lineup after getting hit on the elbow by a pitch and missing two games. The talented middle infielder had one hit in six trips to the plate.
Stockton Ports 2 – Storm 1
Key Statistics: CF Michael Gettys 1-for-4, 3B; LHP Joey Lucchesi 5IP, 5H, 2R (1ER), 3K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: The Storm managed only two hits on the night and weren’t able to do enough to support Joey Lucchesi and four relievers who followed him. Lucchesi allowed just one earned run over five innings, pushing his ERA down to 2.39, good for second behind fellow lefty Eric Lauer, heading into the Cal League All-Star break. The former Southeast Missouri State hurler tossed 73 pitches on Saturday, leaving him in a position to potentially work an inning in the All-Star game. … Michael Gettys had a triple in four trips to the plate, extending his hitting streak to seven games. He’s sporting a .313/.371/.672 slash line for the month, though he continues to strike out in over one third of his plate appearances…. One outing after his scoreless innings streak came to an end, big lefty Jose Castillo worked a clean frame. Ever since his slow start, Castillo has been nearly unhittable in the Texas League.
TinCaps 7 – Dayton Dragons 4
Key Statistics: RF Jorge Ona 1-for-4, HR (GS, 5); CF Rod Boykin 2-for-4, R, RBI; RHP Reggie Lawson 5IP, 7H, 4ER, 7K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: Reggie Lawson picked up his first professional victory on Saturday despite giving up four runs over five innings. The California High Desert native gave up all those runs on long balls, surrendering a leadoff homer, and then a three-run blast with two outs in the fifth. The big righty struck out seven and now has 26, against nine walks, in 20.1 innings of work. … Lawson was ultimately on the winning side because of a pair of homers by his TinCaps teammates. Jorge Ona blasted a two-out grand slam in the third inning to get the club on the scoreboard, and then A.J. Kennedy gave Fort Wayne a lead they never surrendered with a solo shot in the fifth. For Ona, it was his first grand slam and snapped an 0-for-10 streak. … For the second time this month, righty reliever David Bednar was allowed to work back-to-back games, and he picked up his eighth save in a row in the process. A day after striking out the side, he whiffed two more today and now has 46 in 31.1 innings of work this year. A 36th-round pick, Bednar was the lowest selection from the 2016 draft class to sign with the club. Since beginning his professional career last summer, he owns a 2.16 ERA and has held opponents to a .196 average.
Dust Devils 9 – Salem-Kaizer Volcanoes 4
Key Statistics: SS Justin Lopez 2-for-6, 2B; 2B Luis Almanzar 2-for-4, BB, 2E; RF Luis Asuncion 3-for-4, BB; RHP Will Stillman 3IP, 1H, 0R, 6K, 2BB; RHP Jose Galindo 1.1IP, 0H, 0R, 1K, 0BB
Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils had plenty of offense, and even more well-timed offense, as they downed the Volcanoes Saturday. The club collected 13 hits overall, and went 5-for-9 with runners in scoring position. While plenty of attention will, appropriately, fall on the newcomers on the Tri-City roster, a few repeaters will also be important to the club. After a disappointing campaign last year, Luis Asuncion is off to a fast start this season. A physical specimen, the profile right fielder hit .241/.335/.317 last year. Now 20 years old, the Dominican had his second three-hit game of the young season on Saturday. Meanwhile, Boomer White, who struggled even more after he signed late from Texas A&M last year, has hit, and driven in a run, in all three contests so far. The 23-year-old impressed several in the organization while working in extended spring this year. …Will Stillman made his first professional start, working a career-high-tying three innings of one-hit ball. A sixth-round senior sign last year, Stillman struck out six Salem-Keizer batters. … Lefty Travis Radke made his first rehab appearance since Tommy John surgery prior to the 2016 season. The 24-year-old had been effective in short-season and Low-A in 2015, but got hit pretty hard in the Cal League in his first taste of it. He’ll likely get a couple more appearances before he rejoins a full-season squad.
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