Sacramento River Cats 11, Chihuahuas 10
Key Statistics: CF Rafael Ortega, 2-for-5, 2 RS, 2B; 2B Jose Rondon, 2-for-5, RS; 3B Christian Villanueva, 3-for-5, 2 RS, 2 HR (12, 13) 3 RBI; LF Nick Buss, 2-for-5, RS, RBI, SB (4); 1B Diego Goris, 1-for-5, HR (6), SB (1); C Rocky Gale, 2-for-4; RHP Tyrell Jenkins, 5 IP, 11 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; RHP Kevin Quackenbush (L, 2-1) IP, 3 H, 3 ER, BB, K.
Prospect Watch: T’was a shootout in El Paso, as the teams combined for seven homers. The Chihuahuas allowed a three-run shot in the ninth to lose at home … Outfielder Nick Buss had a pair of hits and stole a base in the loss. Buss made the Triple-A All-Star game, despite still not being eligible for the PCL batting crown. Buss’ overall batting line of .378/.441/.561 is incredible, especially when you consider he did not make the El Paso roster out of spring training … Third baseman Christian Villanueva had a multi-homer game and now has 13 on the season. The former Cub farmhand has eight homers this month, to go with a 1.011 OPS. Villanueva has done most of his damage at home — he is hitting .363/.437/.756 at Southwest University Park and .232/.286/.389 on the road.
Missions 6, Arkansas Travelers 3
Key Statistics: 2B Noah Perio, 3-for-5, RS; DH Nick Torres, 2-for-4; LF Alberth Martinez, 1-for-4, HR (8), RS, 3 RBI; RHP Enyel De Los Santos (W, 5-4) 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K; RHP Yimmi Brasoban, IP, H, BB; RHP Trey Wingenter (S, 6) IP.
Prospect Watch: The Missions returned from the all-star break and cruised to an easy win in Arkansas … Nick Torres started at DH and had a pair of hits. The right-handed hitter is having his best month of the year, although his .721 OPS in June is a little underwhelming. Torres’ power numbers have declined during his second stint in San Antonio and he has struggled against right-handed pitching. Torres looks healthier over the last few weeks, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him get really hot … Infielder Noah Perio had three hits Thursday and is having a huge June (.313/.341/.422). The former Marlin and Dodger farmhand has provided versatility and a very high contact rate in 2017 … Yumpin’ Yimmi Brosoban pitched a scoreless inning out of the ‘pen and has not allowed a run in his first four appearances. The hard-throwing righty missed the first half of the season with an arm injury. San Diego did not add him to the 40-man roster last off-season but Brosoban should get a spot this winter, as long as he stays healthy.
Mission Notes: RHP Michael Kelly, 24, a former first round draft pick in 2011, was promoted to Triple-A El Paso after his appearance in the Texas League All-Star Game where he threw a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. This season for the Missions Kelly has a 2.98 ERA in 84.2 innings for a 7-2 record.
Rancho Cucamonga 6, Storm 3
Key Statistics: SS Javier Guerra, 2-for-4; 3B Carlos Belen, 2-for-4, RS, 2B; C Wilfri De La Cruz, 3-for-4, 2B, RBI; RHP Jesse Scholtens (L, 3-3) 5 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; RHP Jose Ruiz, 2 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 K.
Prospect Watch: Jesse Scholtens got battered around in the first inning, allowing five runs but settled down after. The righty threw an 117-pitch complete game on June 15th but has allowed 11 earned runs in his last two starts. Scholtens has held his own with the top prospects in the Storm rotation his last two outings have shown that he might be a bit overworked … Third baseman Carlos Belen had a pair of hits and is 7-for-14 over a five-game hitting streak. Belen has always intrigued with his plus raw power but it hasn’t translated to game action consistently. The infielder has looked overmatched in the Cal League early on but his recent hot streak certainly gives a reason for optimism … RHP Jose Ruiz had a very solid outing, striking out three over two innings. The former catcher has lowered his ERA every month but has walked seven batters in 9.2 innings this month. The righty can bring the heat, approaching 100 mph with his fastball.
TinCaps 7, South Bend Cubs 4
Key Statistics: SS Fernando Tatis Jr., 2-for-4, HR (11). 2 RS, RBI; DH Marcus Greene Jr., 1-for-2, 2 BB, RBI; 1B Brad Zunica, 1-for-3, BB; RHP Will Stillman (W, 1-1) 5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, BB, 6 K; RHP Wilmer Torres (S, 1) 2 IP, BB, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps are now 7-1 in the second half and have a shot at a playoff berth, despite they were one of the worst teams in all of minor league baseball in the first half … Brad Zunica extended his hitting streak to nine games with a single and he also drew a walk. The big first baseman from Florida has an other-worldly 1.209 OPS in June while reducing his strikeouts to a much lower rate. One impressive stat on Zunica is how he has handled fellow southpaws — he is hitting .327/.450/.559 against same-handed pitching … Fernando Tatis Jr. had a pair of hits, including his 11th homer of the year. The 18-year-old shortstop has five homers this month and has an impressive walk rate. The teenage slugger is still striking out a bit too much but he continues to impress all the way around.
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 2, Dust Devils 0 (12 innings)
Key Statistics: C Chandler Seagle, 2-for-5; 3B Westhers Magdaleno, 2-for-5; LHP Ben Sheckler, 5 IP, H, 2 BB, 4 K; RHP Joe Galindo, 3 IP, H, BB, 4 K; RHP Evan Miller (L, 2-1) 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, ER, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: This one was scoreless through 12 innings until Salem-Keizer pushed across two runs … LHP Ben Sheckler pitched well, allowing just one hit in five innings of work. Sheckler, last year’s 9th-rounder had a very good April out of the bullpen for Fort Wayne but struggled in May. He has joined the Dust Devils rotation and struggled in his previous two outings. The lefty has been able to miss bats in his pro career but has caught too much of the plate at times … RHP Joe Galindo has been nearly unhittable at every stop this season. The 2016 13th-rounder has allowed just a single earned run in 18.2 innings between Tri-City, Fort Wayne and one appearance in Lake Elsinore. Galindo pitched three shutout innings and struck out four Thursday. He has 12 strikeouts in 7.2 innings for the Dust Devils in 2017.
AZL Angels 5, AZL Padres2 0
Key Statistics: 3B Eguy Rosario, 2-for-4; DH Hunter Jarmon, 1-for-3, BB; LHP Ramon Perez, 5 IP, H, 2 BB, 5 K; RHP Starlin Cordero, 0.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, BB; LHP Alan Garcia, 0.1 IP, K.
Prospect Watch: The AZL Padres 2 only managed six singles, losing in Peoria … Third baseman Eguy Rosario had two hits in the loss. The 17-year-old struggled in a perhaps too aggressive assignment to Fort Wayne in the first half but is 7-for-17 in the AZL. It would not be a surprise to see the talented teenager play in Pasco before the end of the season .. LHP Ramon Perez pitched well in his five innings of work, allowing just a single hit in five innings. Perez, 17, signed for $400,000 in last year’s July 2 spending spree. When he signed, Perez’s heater sat in the 89-92 mph range … In yet another transition from position player to pitcher, former outfielder Alan Garcia struck out the only batter he faced. Garcia opened the season in the Lake Elsinore outfield but was sent back to extended spring training. Garcia throws left-handed.