Chihuahuas 11 – Fresno Grizzlies 5
Key Statistics: 3B Ryan Schimpf 4-for-5, HR (3), 3RBI, 3R; RF Jabari Blash 4-for-5, HR (12), 2RBI, 2R; RHP Andre Rienzo 0.2IP, 1H, 2ER, 4BB, 1K; RHP Rafael DePaula 4.1IP, 0H, 0R, 7K
Prospect Watch: The top five men in the Chihuahuas lineup combined to reach base 17 times and score nine runs as El Paso bounced back from a rough start by Andre Rienzo to cruise to a win. After three strong starts since stepping into the rotation, the 28-year-old Brazilian never found his equilibrium on Sunday and couldn’t make it out of the first inning. Rienzo walked four of the first five hitters he faced before a two-run double by Juan Centeno chased him from the game. He would have been in more trouble had Rocky Gale not thrown out the first recipient of a free pass on the bases. Even with the rough outing, Rienzo has had a solid first half in the Sun City, posting a 2.83 ERA in 41.1 innings across 21 outings. Despite an ERA since converting to the bullpen in the Marlin’s system last year that’s nearly a full run below his career mark, Rienzo has been downright stellar as a starter in his first season with the Padres, giving up only three earned runs in his first four starts combined. … As rough as the day was for Rienzo, it was just as good for Rafael DePaula. The right-handed reliever came on for Rienzo, got a flyout to end the threat and then came back for four more perfect innings. He struck out seven and threw 44 of his 57 pitches for strikes in his longest outing since shifting to the bullpen in July, 2015. The 26-year-old, who was part of the Chase Headley deal, had allowed 18 runners in his first eight innings since a well-earned promotion at the end of May. Today’s strong outing shaved two runs off his ERA in limited action for El Paso. … Jabari Blash and Ryan Schimpf each had four hits, including a homer each as they paced an 18-hit attack against Fresno. Four of Schimpf’s eight hits since his demotion have been homers, though he’s also struck out 13 times in 35 plate appearances.
Missions 2 – Frisco Rough Riders 1
Key Statistics: SS Luis Urias 2-for-4, 2B; DH Franmil Reyes 1-for-4, HR (8); C Webster Rivas 2-for-3, 2B; LHP Christian Friedrich 4IP, 2H, 0ER, 1K, 2BB; RHP Enyel De Los Santos 3IP, 3H, 1ER, 3K, 2BB
Prospect Watch: Christian Friedrich‘s third rehab start was his strongest outing yet and helped the Missions go into the All-Star Break having won eight of nine and sporting the best record in the league. The lefty, who led the Padres in starts last year but has been sidelined with shoulder and elbow soreness this year, worked four scoreless frames, only giving up a pair of singles along the way. The club will probably want to see him work deeper into at least two games before making a decision about bringing him off the 60-day DL and back onto the 40-man and active rosters. … Luis Urias, who returned to the lineup yesterday after getting hit by a pitch on Thursday, had his first multi-hit game of the month, by far his longest stretch as a professional. Even though he’s only now gotten his average for June over .200, he’s continued to keep his strikeout and walk totals equal throughout. … With a homer today, Franmil Reyes now has 19 in 122 games and an 864 OPS since the Cal League All-Star break last year. He’ll turn 22 in July. … The rehab by Friedrich gave the Padres an opportunity to manage Enyel De Los Santos‘s workload a little heading into the break. After making his last three starts on five days’ rest each, the hard-throwing righty only needed to go three innings on Sunday. Having worked 121 innings in his first full-season campaign last year, the 21-year-old hits the half-way mark having thrown 71.1. With the Missions headed to the postseason, he could be in line to work as many as 160 innings if they don’t continue to provide some extra spacing between starts.
Storm 2 – Stockton Ports 1
Key Statistics: SS Javier Guerra 2-for-4, K; DH Austin Allen 1-for-4, HR (5), 2RBI; RHP Cal Quantrill 5IP, 5H, 1ER, 5K, 1BB; LHP Jerry Keel 3IP, 1H, 0R, 4K
Prospect Watch: The Storm got a scare when Cal Quantrill stepped awkwardly fielding the final out of the fifth inning, had his knee buckle and stayed down on the field for several minutes, but the righty appeared to be alright by the end of the game. Prior to the incident, last year’s number eight overall pick had turned in a sold performance, though he did have to work around runners in four frames. Quantrill heads into the break with a 3.69 ERA and 65 strikeouts over 61 innings in 12 starts. … With the All-Star break looming, starter Jerry Keel worked the final three innings of the game, allowing only only one baserunner while striking out four. For the big lefty, it was a nice bounceback after getting hit hard in Lancaster when he arrived with the Storm earlier this week. Because he entered a one-run game and finished it after three frames, he was credited with his first professional save. … Austin Allen‘s two-run homer in the second inning was the only scoring Elsinore would need to claim the win and finish the first half with a .500 record. The left-handed slugger has seen his average and on-base percentage drop this month, but when he’s made contact, it’s been loud contact. Five of his nine hits in June have gone for extra-bases, including a pair of homers.
TinCaps 9 – Dayton Dragons 3
Key Statistics: SS Fernando Tatis 2-for-4, HR (9), BB; C Marcus Greene, Jr. 2-for-3, HR (6); RHP Pedro Avila 7IP, 6H, 3ER, 12K, 0BB
Prospect Watch: Every TinCaps hitter had at least one hit and four different players homered as Fort Wayne rolled to victory behind a strong start by Pedro Avila. Fernando Tatis set the tone quickly with a no-doubt leadoff homer to deep left-center in the bottom of the first. He added a single and walk later in the game to finish his first half with a .260/.337/.429 slash line and a team-best nine homers. After starting slowly in the cold, the 18-year-old has been trending upward since, including a significant reduction in his strikeout rate. … Hudson Potts had his third homer of the week on Sunday and carries a strong .422 slugging percentage for the month into the break. However, he’s hitting just .203, and with one walk in 65 plate appearances, has an anemic .215 on-base percentage. He has been able to drop his strikeout rate for the month below 30 percent, and he is still incredibly young for the league, but he will need to continue to show progress in the season’s second half. … Pedro Avila‘s second start since moving down to the TinCaps certainly was a big step up from the first. The hard-throwing righty gave up three runs over seven innings while posting a career-best 12 strikeouts. Impressively, 64 of his 87 pitches were in the strike zone, and he did not issue a walk. The 20-year-old Venezuelan has racked up 71 strikeouts in 56 innings across his two levels. It will be interesting to see how the club handles him when making pitching staff promotions coming out of the break.
Dust Devils 4 – Salem-Kaizer Volcanoes 3
Key Statistics: RF Luis Asuncion 1-for-3, 2B, BB, SB (2); 2B Kelvin Melean 2-for-3, BB, 2RBI; RHP Henry Henry 2.2IP, 4H, 1ER, 4K, 0BB, 2HBP; RHP Dauris Valdez 4IP, 4H, 2ER, 7K, 0BB
Prospect Watch: With so many high-profile signees in last year’s international signing class, it’s easy to look past the 2015 signees, including infielder Kelvin Melean. And while the 18-year-old Venezuelan doesn’t have the same level of dynamic athleticism as some of other Dust Devils, he’s nonetheless an interesting prospect in his own right. Making his professional debut in the DSL last summer, he posted a .401 on-base percentage walking 27 times against only 28 strikeouts. After playing exclusively shortstop last year, he’ll be in a rotation across all three infield positions with Luis Almanzar and Justin Lopez, which also will include Boomer White‘s work at third base. Melean had a pair of RBI singles on Sunday and has hit in each of his three games so far. … After righty Henry Henry couldn’t get through the third inning of his start, Dalton Erb, Dauris Valdez and Austin Smith combined to keep the Volcanoes in check over the final 6.1 innings. Henry needed almost 50 pitches, and though he didn’t issue any walks, hit a pair of batters and left with runners on second and third. He had some bad luck as three of the hits against him were of the infield variety, but the highly-regarded 18-year-old is still going to have to figure out a way to convert his raw ability into more consistent production in his second season stateside. … Smith, whose shift to the bullpen seems to be a permanent move, converted on his first save opportunity with a one-hit ninth.
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