Chihuahuas 7 Omaha Storm Chasers 2
Key Statistics: RF Hunter Renfroe 1-for-4, HR (11), 2RBI; 2B Carlos Asuaje 1-for-3, 3B, BB, 2RBI; LHP Frank Garces 6IP, 4H, 2R (1ER), 5K, 1BB; RHP Kevin Quackenbush 2IP, 0H, 0R, 5K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: With the El Paso starting staff taxed, Frank Garces has stepped in with three starts this month and has more than held his own. The lefty, who was last in the rotation when he was in Lake Elsinore in 2013, went six innings, giving up just one earned run for the second consecutive start. Perhaps more importantly, Garces only walked one Saturday night and has issued just three in his last 21.1 innings of work. The 26-year-old has averaged north of four walks per 9 innings in tastes of big league action each of the last two seasons which cost him his spot on the 40-man roster. If he can keep his walk rate in check, he'll likely get another chance this summer. ... Speaking of getting another chance, for the second time in as many outings since he was sent back to El Paso, Kevin Quackenbush worked two hitless innings with five strikeouts. ... Coming into the night, Padres second basemen owned an anemic .193/.269/.309 batting line with negative results from the various defensive metrics as well. With Cory Spangenberg nowhere close to returning, you have to wonder if the organization will pull the trigger on promoting Carlos Asuaje at some point soon. Even in the offense-friendly PCL, Asuaje's .337/.389/.512 line is good for a spot in the top 20. He did commit his fourth error of the campaign, but he also lashed an RBI triple to put the Chihuahuas up for good in the eighth inning. ...Alex Dickerson followed that triple with an RBI double of his own to extend his hitting streak to 26.
Arkansas Travelers 3 - Missions 1
Key Statistics: RHP Bryan Rodriguez 7.2IP, 8H, 3ER, 6K, 2BB, WP, HBP; RF Nick Torres 3-for-4, 2B, 2CS;
John Conniff is still in the Alamo City and has the recap from tonight's game.
Storm 7 - Stockton Ports 2
Key Statistics: SS Luis Urias 3-for-5, R; 3B Josh VanMeter 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2R, BB; RHP Brett Kennedy 6.2IP, 9H, 2R (1ER), 4K, BB
Prospect Watch: Lake Elsinore cruised behind a solid start from Brett Kennedy and a big night from the top of the lineup. Luis Urias had three singles in the leadoff spot and Josh VanMeter knocked a pair of doubles behind him to pace the Storm. VanMeter, who also drew a walk, has three straight multi-hit games to move his average back up above .300 for the season. The 21-year-old, who has grown well beyond his listed height and weight, now has a team-best .479 slugging percentage, while his .303 average and .369 on-base percentage trail only Urias. ... For Kennedy, his third Cal League start was his best, as he worked into the seventh and surrendered only one earned run. The 21-year-old picked up his first High-A victory and reached 100 pitches in a game for the first time as a professional. After walking four in each of his first two outings for the Storm, he had more customary command on Saturday. If you didn't catch our Q&A with Brett earlier this week, he provided some nice insights.
Lake County Captains 14 - TinCaps 4
Key Statistics: 1B Ty France 2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI; DH Brad Zunica 2-for-3, BB, RBI; LHP Logan Allen 2.2IP, 5H, 5ER, 1K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps got a rare poor outing from starter Logan Allen and took their biggest loss in exactly one month on Saturday. Allen, coming off back-to-back scoreless outings, was tagged for five earned runs on five hits and a walk in only 2.2 innings. The lefty, who turned 19 last week, had not given up more than three in any professional appearance before tonight. ... Brad Zunica had seen his average fall to just .235 earlier this week, but the big man has put together a modest four-game hitting streak now with six hits in 15 at-bats to stop the bleeding. He also has seen his enormous strikeout rate slide backward just a bit, but still has K'ed 58 times in 159 plate appearances.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards