Las Vegas 51s 6 – Chihuahuas 4
Key Stats: RHP Carlos Pimentel 6 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, BB, 6 K (L, 2-2); CF Manuel Margot 1-4, 2 RS; 2B Carlos Asujae 3-4, 2B, RS; RF Hunter Renfroe 1-4, 2B, RBI
Prospect Watch: One bad inning was the difference in the game. Carlos Pimentel cruised through five of the six innings. Unfortunately the third inning saw five runs cross the plate. Pimentel was the PCL pitcher of the year last year with the Cubs going 12-6 with a 2.95 ERA. This year he hasn’t been able to duplicate those results. With today’s loss Pimentel is now 2-2 with a 6.19 ERA… Carlos Asuaje just continues to hit. With three more hits today, Asujae has seven in his last three games, and has raised his season average to .321. In the hitter-friendly PCL that average is only good for 20th in the league and second to James Loney on the team. His current .850 OPS is also second on the team (Renfroe .910), however Asuaje plays second, a position where the Padres are desperate for any consistency, and with another injury tonight, might be calling on Asuaje to put on the Padre uniform.
Corpus Christi Hooks 5 – Missions 3
Key Stats: RHP Bryce Morrow 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 5 K (L,0-4); RF Nick Schultz 3-5, 2B, 3B, RBI; LF Nick Torres 1-5, HR (4), 2 RBI
Prospect Watch: The Missions fall to 10-22 on the season after another loss. Outfielder Nick Torres hit his fourth home run of the season in a losing effort. This is notable as Torres hit just five home runs all of last year. With this extra power has come a higher strikeout percentage. Last year he struck out just 18.4% of the time, this year he’s up to 26.1%. This pretty significant increase in strikeouts can help explain the significantly lower batting average and on base percentage… After pitching well in San Antonio last year, former closer Brandon Alger can’t seem to duplicate his success. He has allowed at least one earned run in six of his nine outings. His walk numbers are up, strikeout numbers down, and he has allowed 13 ER so far this season which is already more than half of his season total from last year.
Storm 6 – Inland Empire 66ers 1
Key Stats: RHP Dinelson Lamet 6 IP, 4 H, BB, 7 K (W, 5-1); SS Javier Guerra 1-5, RS; 2B Luis Urias 2-4, RS, 3B, 2 RBI, BB; RF Franmil Reyes 1-3, HR (2), 2 RBI, BB; LF Edwin Moreno 2-4, 2B, RBI
Prospect Watch: Dinelson Lamet continued to be the ace of the Storm, and possibly the top performing pitcher in the organization, earning his fifth win in another dominating start. His ERA is now at a blistering 1.18, good for second in the Cal League. He has not allowed more than two runs in any start this season. Most staggering, Lamet has allowed just one earned run in his last five starts (29 innings). During that time he has struck out 30 while allowing just 19 hits… Franmil Reyes hit just his second home run of the year. While that number might seem low for a power hitting outfielder, Reyes hit just eight home runs last year in 123 games, so two home runs in 30 games puts him right on his average. Not matching his career average is the .500 OPS, which is more than 200 points behind his career norm.
TinCaps 2 – Great Lakes Loons 1 (7 innings)
Key Stats: RHP Walker Lockett 5.2 IP, 4 H, ER, 4 K; 2B Peter Van Gansen 1-3, RBI; CF Michael Gettys 2-3, RBI
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps got another great start by Walker Lockett even if he didn’t get the win. Lockett actually left the game with the tying run on base, but Trey Wingenter gave up an RBI double to the first batter he faced. Even so, in five of his seven starts this season Lockett has allowed no more than one earned run. He leads the team in innings pitched, going at least five innings in every start. While this is his fifth season in the Padres organization, Lockett is still just 22, and should be the next pitcher bound for Lake Elsinore after Brett Kennedy was promoted earlier today… It has been documented already that Michael Gettys was not happy about not getting promoted to Lake Elsinore. As such both the Fort Wayne coach and the roaming coaches have been talking to him about what he needs to improve on to get promoted, namely strikeout rates. Last year Gettys struck out 31% of the time. This year he is at 31.7%, so no improvement thus far. However his OPS has gone up 80 points (.699 vs .617), and through just over a month, Gettys already has 14 stolen bases (compared to 20 all last year).
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.