Key Statistics:1B Tommy Medica, 1-for-3, 2RS, RBI, BB; SS Benji Gonzalez, 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, 3RBI; RHP Chris Smith, 6IP, 8H, 2ER, 3BB, 10K; RHP Jerry Sullivan, (W, 5-1) 2IP, 2H, ER, BB, K; RHP Jay Jackson, (S, 5) IP, BB, K.
Prospect Watch: El Paso scored three times in the 9th to cap off the sweep … The decisive blow, a two-run triple came courtesy of SS Benji Gonzalez. Gonzalez, 25, isn’t considered a prospect, but he can play all over the infield, and has enjoyed hitting in the PCL thus far. Gonzalez had a triple, a double and 3RBI. The switch-hitting infielder is batting .318/.375/.500 in six games with El Paso … Veteran Chris Smith twirled another quality start, allowing just two earned runs in six innings, while striking out ten. The 34-year-old was pitching with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League last year – now he might be a realistic option should the Padres need an arm. Smith has a solid 3.19 ERA in ten starts for El Paso, in addition to 70 strikeouts in 69.2 innings.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Tulsa Drillers 3 – Missions 2
Prospect Watch: The Missions lost again, but there was some positive news in the Lone Star State. RHP Casey Kelly turned in his best outing of the season. Kelly pitched five innings, allowing just one hit and an earned run, while striking out five. Kelly did also allow a pair of walks and committed an error on a pickoff throw. Kelly threw just 62 pitches in his five innings of work. Kelly’s ERA stands at 4.56 this year, but his progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery will be one of the biggest storylines down on the farm in the season’s second half.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.
Lancaster Jethawks 7 – Storm 3
Prospect Watch: The Storm allowed four runs in the eighth to lose on ‘Nothing Night,’ an annual promotion where admission is free and there is no in-game entertainment … RHP Ronald Herrera pitched well again, as the youngest member of the Storm’s rotation has turned into their most consistent pitcher. Herrera allowed three runs, two of which came in the first inning on a homer to league-leader A.J. Reed. Herrera, 20, has flashed potential, and is more polished than most pitchers his age. He has a 3.98 ERA through 91 innings this year with the Storm … Roster Move: INF Felipe Blanco was transferred to the Storm, while infielder River Stevens hits the 7-day DL. Blanco, 21, was hitting .209/.261/.277, with a homer and 15 RBI in 66 games with the TinCaps. Stevens was hitting .296/.346/.324 for the Storm this season.
TinCaps 10 – South Bend Cubs 9
Key Statistics: SS Ruddy Giron, 4-for-7, HR (8), 5RBI; 2B Luis Urias, 3-for-5, 2B, 4RS, RBI; 3B Luis Tejada, 3-for-6, (2)2B, 2RS, RBI; C Jose Ruiz, 3-for-4, 2RS, 2RBI; RHP Michael Kelly, 3.2IP, 7H, 6R, 4ER, 2BB; RHP Colby Blueberg, (W, 1-1) 3IP, 3K; RHP T.J. Weir, (S, 2) IP, 2H, ER, BB.
Prospect Watch: SS Ruddy Giron entered Monday’s game marred in a 4-for-38 slump that has dropped his average over 40 points. Giron snapped out of his slump in a big way, with four hits, including his team-leading eighth homer. He also had a pair of errors, his tenth and eleventh miscues of the season. Still, Giron has a penchant for the big hit, as the 18-year-old is hitting .385/.442/.718 with runners in scoring position … The Padres promoted 18-year-old second baseman Luis Urias to Fort Wayne before Monday’s game, and Urias had quite the debut for the TinCaps. Urias scored four runs and had three hits. Urias also supplants Giron as the Midwest League’s youngest player. Urias was signed as a 16-year-old out of Mexico two years ago. Urias and Giron will form the most intriguing double play combo in the Padres’ system. Urias hit .355/.487/.387 in ten games with Tri-City … After a rough start, Fort Wayne is at .500 for the first time this season, with a record of 40-40.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Salem-Keizer 4 – Dust Devils 3
Prospect Watch: 20-year-old Mason Smith had a pair of hits, and the former fourth-rounder continues to improve. After a slow start, Smith is hitting .324 in his last 10 games. The young outfielder is hitting .241/.300/.370 in his first trip out of the AZL … 2015 10th rounder Justin Pacchioli had three singles on the evening and scored a run. The speedy outfielder seems to have the makings of a lead-off hitter in the Travis Jankowski mode. Pacchioli has a .407 OBP in 42 at-bats for the Dust Devils.
AZL Padres -- The AZL Padres had Monday off.
For further reading on the Dust Devils, see the Tri-City Herald.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.