Albuquerque Isotopes 9, Chihuahuas 6
Key Statistics: RHP Carter Capps IP, 2 H, ER, K; RF Jabari Blash 2-5, 2 HR (7), 2 RBI; 3B River Stevens 2-3, 2B, RS, RBI; PH Christian Bethancourt 1-1, RBI
Prospect Watch: Carter Capps appeared in his first game since being shutdown on April 30. There is a noticeable difference between his hop tonight compared to when he was rehabbing in April. The hop is barely even noticeable, going away from one of the things that made him such a terror to face in Miami… Jabari Blash homered twice in the loss; it was his first home run since May 22. While that is only a span of about two weeks (13 games), Blash went 7-39 with 16 strikeouts and in that span posted a slash line off .179/.319/.200 during that time… While the Padres still seem set on making Christian Bethancourt a reliever, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune wrote that they might finally end the experiment and let him go back to hitting. It might not be a bad idea as Bethancourt looked a lot more comfortable at the plate, pinch-hitting and driving in a run with an RBI infield single. On the season Bethancourt is hitting .429 in very limited at-bats.
Missions 8, Midland RockHounds 2
Key Statistics: RHP Michael Kelly 6 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 8 K; 2B Luis Urias 1-4, RS, E (11); SS Jose Rondon 3-5, 2B, RS, RBI; 3B Ty France 3-4, RS, RBI; DH Nick Torres 2-4, HR (4), 4 RBI; C Stephen McGee 3-4,RS, 2B
Prospect Watch: Michael Kelly had his first truly bad start of the year last time out. He rebounded nicely tonight working around two errors to allow just one run and five baserunners over six innings. Kelly did not allow a hit until the fifth, but got the next batter to roll over to short. They got the out at second but Urias airmailed the throw to first blowing the double play and giving up an extra base. The next batter doubled and that was the one run. Kelly ended the night at 104 pitches (66 strikes) and eight strikeouts; one off from a season high. With the uncertainty in Triple-A, Kelly is positioning himself to be the next starter promoted to San Diego… Jose Rondon is proving why he is still considered a top 30 prospect despite repeating Double-A for the third time. The 23-year old is hitting .429 over the last two weeks, and more impressively has struck out just three times in that span. On the season Rondon has raised his numbers to .294/.349/.423 which is about as great as anyone could expect from a slick fielding shortstop.
Storm 2, Stockton Ports 1
Key Statistics: RHP Cal Quantrill 6 IP, 5 H, ER, 6 K; CF Michael Gettys 0-4, 3 K; 1B Carlos Belen 2-3, HR (1), RBI; 3B Ruddy Giron 1-4, RBI
Prospect Watch: After surrendering 10 earned runs in his last three starts (14 innings) first-round pick Cal Quantrill was back to his old form. It was the first time since April 26 that he had allowed one or fewer earned runs, and the first time since April 20 that he did not walk a batter. Quantril needed only 88 pitches, 61 of them for strikes, to get through six innings retiring 12 of his final 13 batters faced. Quantrill is one of the few pitchers that works up in the zone and is one his game when he is getting more fly outs than ground outs. That can and will lead to more home runs in the Cal League, but even with the wind blowing out he allowed only a solo home run, retiring most hitters via either strikeout or weak flyout… RHP Colby Blueberg was a mid-season all-star last year in Lake Elsinore, with a 0.90 ERA, 10 saves, and a 0.77 WHIP across 30 innings. He then fell apart in the second half (2-3, 5.46 ERA, 2 of 5 saves, 2.06 WHIP) leading some to think he would be released in the offseason. Instead he earned the closer roll back in Lake Elsinore earning his seventh save in nine chances. Since May 12, Blueberg has gone 11 innings allowing just one run on eight hits, five walks and 17 strikeouts. His WHIP is back below one (0.94), ERA at 1.85, and he increased his strikeout rate substantially (from 9.3 to 11.6). He is well on his way to earning his second all-star bid.
Lake County Captains 2, TinCaps 1 (13 innings)
Key Statistics: RHP Adrian De Horta 6 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 3 K; RHP David Bednar 2 IP, H, 5 K; SS Fernando Tatis 2-5, 2B; CF Buddy Reed 2-4
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps grounded into five double plays and went 0-6 with RISP. The only run they scored was after a Tatis double play and a wild pitch… Buddy Reed singled in the 10th but was thrown out trying to stretch it to a double. He was then replaced the next half inning. No word yet on the severity of the injury. It was Reed’s second multi-hit game since coming off the DL on June 1. He has four hits, two walks, and five strikeouts in 14 at bats… Adrian De Horta drastically improved on his last outing, allowing just four baserunners over six innings. It was his first time going at least six innings since July 27, 2015 when he was with Tri-Cities. In 18.2 innings in 2017, across three levels, De Horta has allowed just 16 baserunners for a 0.96 WHIP and a .159 BAA.
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