Chihuahuas 5, Sacramento River Cats 2
Key Stats: RHP Matt Magill 6 IP, 2 H, 4 K; RHP Carter Capps IP, K; SS Jose Rondon 3-4, 2B, HR (1), 2 RS; 1B Christian Villanueva 3-4, 2B, 3B, HR (11), 2 RS, 2 RBI; LF Nick Buss 2-4, RBI
Prospect Watch: 1B Christian Villanuueva came just a single shy of hitting for the cycle. Suprisingly enough he has more home runs (11), then he does doubles (eight) and triples (two) combined… Last year SS Jose Rondon was called up to Triple-A and flourished. In 24 games he went 24-80, with four doubles and a home run. So far in the small sample size of five games, Rondon is continuing his good season and following the trend. He is hitting 7-24 (.292) with a double, home run, three runs scored and four RBI… Carter Capps kept the same hop/slide that saw him ejected his last time out. This ump had no issue with it and Capps threw a perfect frame.
Texas South 10, Texas North 3
Key Stats: SS Luis Urias 1-4, RS, RBI; 3B Ty France 0-1; RHP Michael Kelly IP, 2 K; RHP Trey Wingenter IP, H, K; RHP Eric Yardley IP, 3 K; RHP Kyle Lloyd 0.2 IP, BB
Storm 7, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 5
Key Stats: LHP Joey Lucchesi 7 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, BB, 6 K; 3B Ruddy Giron 2-4, 2B, RBI; SS Javier Guera 2-4, HR (4), 2 RBI; DH Carlos Belen 2-4, 2 HR (3), 3 RS, 2 RBI
Prospect Watch: Before the game RHP David Bednar and LHP Logan Allen were promoted to Lake Elsinore from Fort Wayne. Bednar, who was the closer for the Tin Caps, got into tonight’s game collected two outs but gave up a hit and a walk. Allen will take Keel’s spot in the rotation… It has been a rough three weeks for Javier Guerra he finished May on a hot streak, ending the month with a .257/.259/.422 line, which had been his highest OPS month since last June (.757). He then spent the next 16 games going 7-56 (.125) with just one double, three walks and 24 strikeouts. He has managed to turn things around going 10-28 (.357), but even during this hot streak he has still struck out ten times (meaning his BABIP is .556).
TinCaps 11 – South Bend Cubs 10
Key Stats: RHP Ronald Bolanos 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, ER, BB, K; SS Fernando Tatis Jr 2-3, HR (10), 2 BB; CF Buddy Reed 2-5, RS, 4 RBI; LF Jorge Ona 1-4, HR (7), 2 RS, RBI, BB; C Marcus Greene Jr 3-5, 2B, HR (8), 3 RBI; Reinaldo Illaraza 2-4, 2B, 2 RS, RBI, BB
Prospect Watch: Ronald Bolanos returned to Fort Wayne after the birth of his child to pitch another effective game. This was his first start allowing fewer than two earned runs, and more importantly the first time he has walked fewer than two in a start. After allowing seven runs in his first nine innings, Bolanos has allowed seven runs in his last 21.2 innings… Almost two years ago the Padres traded a fan favorite in Will Venable to Texas for an unknown Rookie Level catcher who was injured. Even worse the catcher was injured. Now that catcher is tearing up the Midwest League hitting .286/.373/.506. Marcus Greene will probably hope that June never ends as he is hitting a ridiculous .319/.407/.787 with six home runs against just eight strikeouts… Buddy Reed has ten RBI over his last four games while hitting 6-16 (.375). Since returning from injury his OPS has climbed over .200 points to a much more respectable .744 for the month.
Dust Devils 4, Spokane Indians 3
Key Stats: RHP Emmanuel Ramirez 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; 3B Kevin Melean 1-3, RS, BB; SS Luis Almanzar 1-3, 2B, BB, SB (4); CF Tre Carter 1-3, 2 RS, RBI, BB, SB (3); DH Chris Mattison 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI
Prospect Watch: SS Luis Almanzar was the highest rated position player not to make a full season team. Instead he made the jump straight from the Dominican to the North West League thus far handling it like a veteran. He has hit safely in 10 of 12 games thus far , showing patience at the plate (nine walks) and playing a solid shortstop. He also wont be 18 until November. Almanzar has quick hands, a patient approach, and is able to drive the ball. Not a bad report for someone who would normally be getting ready for their senior year of high school… Kevin Melean is also riding a six game hitting streak. Melean, who was the Padres top signee two years ago, has shifted primarily to third base with Luis Almanzar and Justin Lopez manning short. Melean is a taller guy and as he fills out he might have to move away from short anyway.
AZL Padres 7, AZL Royals 6
Key Stats: RHP Michael Baez 5 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K; RF Greg Lambert 2-4, 2B, RS, RBI; SS Matthew Batten 2-4, 2 RS, HR (1), 3 RBI; 3B Jason Pineda 1-4, HR (1), 2 RBI
Prospect Watch: Great chance that Michael Baez jumps into the Top 20 by the end of the season as he was dominant in his first professional start. Baez was sitting in the mid 90s with great movement on all his pitches. He struck out seven, with five ground outs compared to just one flyout. The Cuban should be old and healthy enough to not have any sort of pitch or innings limit as he makes his way through the AZL… 32nd round pick Matthew Batten has had two hits in each of his first three minor league games including hitting his first home run.
AZL Rangers 13, AZL Padres 2 11
Key Stats: RHP Jose Guzman 4 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, BB, 4 K; 2B Kevin Alarcon 1-4, 2 RBI, BB; DH Luis Capusano 2-4, HR (2), 2 RBI, BB; SS Gabriel Arias 2-4, RS, BB; 3B Eguy Rosario 3-4, 3 RS, 2B, BB; CF Mason House 2-5, HR (1), 4 RBI
Prospect Watch: The system almost had a clean sweep with the AZL Padres 2 team blowing a seven-run lead. Third round pick Mason House hit his first big league home run, collecting four RBI in just his second game…Luis Capusano belted his second home run in three games for the AZL Padres 2. He is hitting .400 with four hits over his first three games.
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