Albuquerque Isotopes 8, Chihuahuas 1
Key Statistics: C Rocky Gale, 1-for-4; LF Nick Schulz, 1-for-3, HR (2), RBI; RHP Jered Weaver (L, 0-1) 3 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB; RHP Matt Magill, 3 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K.
Prospect Watch: El Paso was shut down by former Padre farmhand Barry Enright and lost big in New Mexico … Jered Weaver made his first rehab assignment and didn’t allow any home runs and seemingly walked away pain-free. The positives end there as Weaver allowed three runs on five hits in three innings. Weaver did not strike out anyone and threw 54 pitches. He will probably need another rehab outing or two before he can return to the San Diego rotation … The only run for El Paso came off the bat of outfielder, who hit his second El Paso home run. The former San Jose Spartan has played sparingly since being promoted to El Paso, despite flashing some power in San Antonio. The outfielder is hitting just .155/.265/.276 in a small sample. He does 11 home runs between the Padres’ top two farm teams.
El Paso roster moves: El Paso announced that Zach Lee cleared waivers and was outright to the Chihuahuas’ roster. Lee has a 5.32 ERA in six starts with El Paso and has a ghastly 15:14 walk-to-strikeout ratio.
The Chihuahuas also received rehabbing big leaguers LHP Christian Friedrich and RHP Jered Weaver and sent reliever Eric Yardley back to El Paso.
Missions 9, Midland RockHounds 5
Key Statistics: SS Luis Urias, 2-for-4, RS; 2B Noah Perio, 2-for-3, RS, BB; RF Franmil Reyes, 3-for-4, HR (9), 2B, 2 RS, 4 RBI; LF Alberth Martinez, 2-for-4, 2 RS, SB (5, 6); DH Nick Torres, 2-for-3, RS, 2B; C Stephen McGee, HR (4), RS, BB, 3 RBI; RHP Kyle Lloyd, 6.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, BB, 8 K; LHP Brad Wieck, IP, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: RF Franmil Reyes continues to hit and the Missions cruised to their second win of the second half. Reyes, 21 had a pair of extra-base hits, including his ninth homer of the year. The large Dominican outfielder has increased his on-base percentage each month and has made consistent loud contact … RHP Kyle Lloyd earned his sixth win of the year, despite less-than-stellar results. The righty allowed four earned runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out eight. The former 29th-rounder has a 3.23 in 13 starts with San Antonio this season.
Inland Empire 66’ers 10, Storm 4
Key Statistics: 3B Carlos Belen, 2-for-4, RS; C Austin Allen, 1-for-3, HR (6), 2 RBI; RHP Trevor Cahill (L, 0-1) 2.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, BB, 3 K; RHP Jacob Nix, 5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm dropped the first game of the second half against their I-15 rivals … RHP Trevor Cahill started and put up an ugly line and eventually took the loss. Cahill’s stuff looked fine and several miscues in the field led to the poor results. He did have three strikeouts and his command looked fine … Catcher Austin Allen had a rough night behind the plate, as Inland Empire stole four bases off him. He did connect on a homer, his sixth of the season in the loss. Allen, 23, has shown his plus power in June and is still walking at a good rate but hasn’t had much luck with balls in play. While his .247 average isn’t impressive, He has an .840 OPS in June.
TinCaps 5, Bowling Green Hot Rods 4
Key Statistics: SS Fernando Tatis Jr., 1-for-4, 2 RS, 2B; LF Jorge Oña, 2-for-5, RBI; 1B Brad Zunica, 2-for-4, RS, HR (10), 2 RBI, BB; 3B Hudson Potts, 2-for-4, 2 2B, RS, BB; DH Marcus Greene Jr., 1-for-4, HR (7), 2 RBI; RHP Adrian De Horta, 4.2 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; RHP David Bednar (S, 9) 2.1 IP, 4 K.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps won their first game in the second half, socking five extra-base hits in the process … Brad Zunica hit his 10th homer in the TinCaps’ victory Thursday. Zunica, 21, has always had big-time power but June might be his best month as a pro. The first baseman/designated hitter is hitting a monstrous .353/.450/.667 with four bombs this month. Zunica has also significantly reduced his strikeouts over the last month, which has surely attributed to his impressive results … If Zunica’s June has been scorching, Marcus Greene Jr. is hotter than the surface of the sun. The former Rangers’ prospect only had one hit — but it was a homer, his seventh of June. Greene has been solid all year for the TinCaps but his June has been otherworldly. He is hitting .341/.420/.841 this month … RHP David Bednar continues to impress, as the righty recorded the last five outs to earn his ninth save of the season. The former 35th-round pick only needed 21 pitches (19 strikes) to put away Bowling Green. Bednar has a 1.87 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 33.2 innings.
Dust Devils 5, Spokane Indians 4
Key Statistics: 3B Luis Almanzar, 2-for-3, 2B, 2 RS, BB; DH Luis Asuncion, 1-for-4, RS, 2B, RBI; C Jalen Washington (pro debut) 1-for-3, 2B, BB; LHP Adrian Morejon, 5 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 6 K; RHP Andres Munoz, IP, BB, 2 K; RHP Mark Zimmerman (W, 1-0) 1.1 IP, K.
Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils overcame a four-run deficit to run their record to 7-1. Luis Almanzar started at third base and had a pair of hits, including a double. The 17-year-old is off to a nice start as a pro, hitting .290/.421/.387 in eight games this season … LHP Adrian Morejon recovered after some early struggles and threw well. While he allowed eight hits, six of them came in his first three innings. He did not allow a walk while striking out six. According to Dust Devils broadcaster Chris King, Morejon touched 94 mph with his fastball.
Moves, moves, moves: The Dust Devils made several transactions today. Here are the additions and subtractions to the Tri-City roster:
Added to the roster: C Jalen Washington, C Chandler Seagle, 1B Chris Mattison, INF Westhers Magdaleno, RHP Elias Torres.
The Padres added two draft picks in 29th-rounder Jalen Washington and 30th-rounder Chandler Seagle. Washington was a captain at Ohio State and was behind the plate most of his college career, before playing shortstop during his senior year.
Mattison is a catcher/first baseman who was drafted by San Diego in the 16th round last season. He hit .162/.252/.248 for Tri-City in 2016.
Torres, 25, was signed earlier this season as a free agent out of the Tampa Bay organization. He is a former position player who made the conversion to the mound in 2016. He had a 6.06 ERA in Low-A last year but averaged more than a strikeout per inning.
Promoted: INF Boomer White goes to Lake Elsinore, RHP Will Stillman goes to Fort Wayne.
Boomer White was productive in extended spring training and his hot start has earned him a spot with the Storm, as Peter Van Gansen was promoted to San Antonio. White, 23 hit .320/.485/.400 in seven games with Tri-City.
Demoted: RHP Emmanuel Clase goes to the AZL.
Released C Tucker Pennell and C Steve Bean.
Catcher Tucker Pennell is an example of how cruel professional baseball can be. On Monday, Pennell went 4-for-4, with four RBI and a pair of doubles. Today, he was released.
The former Arkansas backstop was signed last summer as an undrafted free agent. He was 8-for-12 in his brief stay with the Dust Devils, after spending last summer in the AZL.
Steve Bean, a former Comp A pick by St. Louis was also cut as the Padres filter in draft picks to the Tri-City roster. The catcher never hit in Cardinals’ organization and only got into three games for Tri-City.
In case you were counting, that was 10 transactions today by Tri-City.
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