Chihuahuas 10, New Orleans Zephyrs 8 in 11 innings
Key Statistics: LF/2B Carlos Asuaje 2-for-3, 2 BB, HBP, 2R, RBI; 1B James Loney 3-for-5, BB, 2R, RBI; CF Manuel Margot 1-for-2, 3B, 2RBI; RHP Fabio Castillo 7IP, 4H, 0R, 5K, 3BB
Prospect Watch: After a stunning collapse by the bullpen that saw the Zephyrs score eight runs in the ninth inning to send the game to extra innings, the Chihuahuas scored a victory when Ryan Schimpf connected on a two-run walk-off homer. El Paso was totally dominant at the plate and on the mound for the first eight innings as Fabio Castillo spun seven stellar innings in his first Triple-A start since 2014, giving up only four hits in his longest appearance of the year. The 27-year-old, who had not gone more than six innings in any of his seven starts for the Missions this year, matched or beat the hit total in three outings in the Texas League, but hadn't given up fewer than two runs in any game. ... Carlos Asuaje reached base five times in six plate appearances, pushing his on-base percentage up to .384 for the season. The 24-year-old has hit in eight straight games, collecting multiple knocks in five of them. His .932 OPS now trails only Casey McElroy among active Chihuahuas batters. ... It was a tough night for Aaron Northcraft and newly-claimed Keith Hessler, who combined to give up all eight runs in the top of the ninth. Northcraft, who had given up four runs through his first nine appearances, surrendered four singles and a pair of walks before giving way to Hessler. The lefty quickly got two outs, but then yielded a single, double and hit batter. With the go-ahead run on second, he yielded another single, but Manuel Margot recorded his sixth assist of the year at the plate to keep the game tied.
Missions 11 - Midland RockHounds 9
Key Statistics: DH Mike Olt 2-for-3, BB, 2B, HR (3), 2RBI; CF Auston Bousfield 2-for-4, BB, 2B, 2R, SB (8); C A.J. Kennedy 2-for-3, 2RBI; RHP Michael Kelly 5IP, 5H, 2ER, 6K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: Despite giving up four runs in the top of the ninth, the Missions held on for their second consecutive victory over Midland to start their homestand. Every batter in the lineup had at least one hit and eight different Missions scored at least once on the night. Michael Kelly turned in a strong effort in his first career Double-A appearance, giving up only two runs on five hits in five innings. The 23-year-old righty struck out six and walked only one. While his overall numbers for the season are only mediocre, they are skewed heavily by one poor outing in Bakersfield. ... After a rough start to the year, Mike Olt has started to find his bearings, this month, and Saturday's performance, which included a double and homer, was his best effort yet. The 27-year-old UConn product has raised his average from .213 to .272 since the start of May and has raised his OPS to .799. He does continue to post alarming strikeout rates though, whiffing in nearly 30 percent of his plate appearances this month and for the season. ...
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.
Lancaster 5 - Storm 1
Key Statistics: 2B Luis Urias 1-for-3, BB, CS (8); C Marcus Greene, Jr. 0-for-2, HBP, E (1); CF Franchy Cordero 3-for-4, RBI, SB (5); RHP TJ Weir 3IP, 4H, 1ER, 3K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: The Storm tried to rely on the bullpen to get through Saturday's game after Michael Kelly was promoted, but a four-run sixth that was fueled by a pair of errors and only one ball hit out of the infield was more than the team could overcome. Storm hitters were completely overmatched by JetHawks lefty Matt Bower, who gave up only one hit and struck out 10 over five innings in his Cal League debut. ... Franchy Cordero collected three of the club's five hits and swiped his fifth base of the season. While the 21-year-old is still settling into his role in centerfield, he is clearly much more comfortable in the field and at the plate this year than he ever was at shortstop. Encouragingly, he's struck out only eight times in his last 44 plate appearances. ... Marcus Greene, Jr. has had a rough time in his system debut. The 21-year-old, who was on the disabled list recovering from Tommy John surgery when the Padres acquired him from the Rangers in the Will Venable trade last July, was 0-for-2 and was hit by a pitch at the plate after striking out twice in his to at-bats in his first game back last night. The former 16th-rounder also had a key throwing error in the middle of the sixth inning. ... T.J. Weir got the spot start for the Storm and worked three strong innings. The righty gave up only one run and struck out three in his longest outing since last July.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
West Michigan 7 TinCaps 1
Key Statistics: 2B Peter Van Gansen 3-for-4, 2B; RF Michael Gettys 2-for-4, R, SB (15), CS (5); RHP Angel Mejia 3IP, 5H, 3ER, 0K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: Angel Mejia's first start of the year didn't go well as the righty gave up a pair of runs in the first and the TinCaps never recovered. The 21-year-old's arrival in Fort Wayne was necessitated by the shuffle of pitchers across the system over the last few days, and comes after a disappointing first season in the organization at Tri-City last year. His promotion from extended spring training is disappointing news for the Padres, who had hoped that Trevor Megill and Jose Castillo would be ready to join an affiliate by now. Both are now dealing with arm issues after Megill was originally delayed by a balky hamstring this spring. ... Michael Gettys continued his strong May with a pair of hits and a system-best 15th stolen base, though he was picked off as well. He's hitting .370 with a .500 slugging percentage this month and, perhaps most encouragingly, has seen his strikeout rate fall significantly for the first time in his still-young career. He's whiffed 12 in his last 50 plate appearances, a marked improvement over his career rate of 35 percent.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
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