Chihuahuas 9 - Iowa Cubs 1
Key Stats: RHP Carlos Pimentel 6 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 4 K (W, 3-3); CF Manuel Margot 2-5, 2 RS; 2B Carlos Asuaje 4-4, 2B, 2 RS; LF Alex Dickerson 2-4, RBI, RS; 1B James Loney 3-5, 2B, 2 RS, 4 RBI; 3B Ryan Schimpf 2-5, 2B, HR (6), 4 RBI
Prospect Watch: Make it a 23 game hitting streak for Alex Dickerson who raised his average to .421… CF Manuel Margot is hitting .348/.380/.435 against lefties this year… With another four hits Asuaje is hitting a cool .331/.381/.506 overall including .372/.434/.500 in May. He is almost the exact opposite of Margot. While Margot is destroying lefties Asuaje is hitting just .245/.333/.347 against them compared to .369/.403/.577 against right handers. If only the Padres had someone who could hit right handers that well….
Missions 2 - NW Arkansas Naturals 1
Key Stats: RHP Kyle Lloyd 6 IP, 3 H, 2 K (W, 2-0); CF Auston Bousfield 1-4, 2B, RS; 1B Mike Olt 1-3, HR (5), RBI
Prospect Watch: Last night it was mentioned how Michael Kelly is seeing a resurgence after being promoted to AA. Tonight it is another example of a pitcher who is putting up better numbers after being promoted. After leading the organization in strikeouts in 2014 (155 in 119 innings), Kyle Lloyd managed just a 7-11 record and a 4.72 ERA in the Cal League. From seeing him multiple times, Lloyd as a pitcher that relied on a lot of movement to compensate for lack of velocity. He generated a lot of swing and misses but a lot of hard contact. This year he is showing a better ability to stay low in the zone with his movement and it is working. He is generating a lot more weak contact and seeing a lot of hitters weakly hit a grounder. His ground ball rate is way up including an 11-4 ratio today. This was his first really good start after spending most of the season in the pen, but hopefully the results continue.
Inland Empire 66ers 3 – Storm 1
Key Stats: RHP Dinelson Lamet 6 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 3 K; LHP Matt Thornton IP, 2 H, 2 ER, K (L, 0-1); SS Luis Urias 2-4, 2B, RS; 1B Luis Tejada 2-3, 2B, RBI, BB;
Prospect Watch: Well maybe Matt Thornton isn’t as ready to join the Padres as some were reporting yesterday. The damage came quickly as he allowed a single up the middle than a triple off the wall in deep right center field. A sac fly later and a 1-1 tie turned into a 3-1 deficit. He might still be activated on Friday as the Padres bullpen could use an extra arm… Most hitters salivate at getting promoted from the MidWest League to the Cal League. Franmil Reyes would not be one of them. He is currently in a 3-42 slump and hitting just .185/.238/.265 on the season. His .503 OPS is more than 200 points lower than it was in 2015 in Fort Wayne. A third of the way through the season and Reyes has just eight extra base hits, and continues to struggle to make consistent contact. Unfortunately it has been a steep fall since his MVP like .315/.387/.467 campaign in the AZL in 2013.
Lansing Lugnuts 5 – TinCaps 2
Key Stats: RHP Jacob Nix 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 6 K (L, 0-1); RHP Austin Smith 3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, K; CF Michael Gettys 0-2, 2 BB; DH Brad Zunica 2-4, RS; 1B Ty France 1-3, RS, BB
Prospect Watch: If the Lugnuts didn’t learn from yesterday that Michael Gettys has an above average arm, he showed it off again today gunning a runner out at the plate. With an outfield assist today, Gettys is now tied for the lead league, not to mention top three in runs, games, at bats, and a few other categories… With six strikeouts today Jacob Nix set a new career high (his previous was five which he hit in each of his last two starts). In addition, Nix has walked just two hitters in the month of May (19 innings) including none over his last three starts (14 innings)… It seems like the Padres/TinCaps are slowly letting go of the reigns on their young starters. After never going more than four innings in any start during the first month, the most of the Tin Cap’s starters are now allowed to go at least five per start. Still not great but at least they finally qualify for a win.