Sacramento River Cats 5 - Chihuahuas 4 (11 innings)
Key Statistics: 2B Carlos Asuaje 3-4, BB; RF Hunter Renfroe 2-5, HR (15), 3 RBI; 3B/SS Casey McElroy 2-5, 2B, RBI; RHP Daniel McCutchen 7.0 IP 5 H 3 R 3 ER K HR; RHP Jose Dominguez (L, 3-2) 0.1 IP H R BB.
Prospect Watch: In the bottom of the eleventh an error by center fielder Marcel Margot, followed by a wild pitch put a runner on third base with no outs. Closer Jose Dominguez hit the next batter, intentionally walked the second before former World Series hero Travis Ishikawa singled home the winning run...El Paso is still eleven games above .500 and has the best record of all the affiliates…Renfroe is now leading the organization in home runs and RBI with 15 and 56. There are still some questions about approach with a .337 on-base percentage, but he really isn’t far…McCutchen has looked good in his four June starts with a 1.44 ERA in 25 innings…catcher Austin Hedges sat out tonight’s game as San Diego has been careful not to rush him back from his injury.
Game 1: Missions 3 - Midland RockHounds 2 (8 innings)
Key Statistics: LF Nick Torres 2-4; 2B Nelson Ward 1-3, 2B; RHP Kyle Lloyd 5.0 IP 5 H 2 R 2 ER 3 BB 4 K; RHP Rafael De Paula (W, 2-1) 2.0 IP 2 K; RHP Jason Jester 1.0 IP H.
Game 2: Midland RockHounds 1 - Missions 0 (7 innings)
Key Statistics: DH Nick Schulz 1-2; 1B Taylor Lindsey 1-2, BB; RHP Seth Simmons, L, 0-1) 4.0 IP 2 H R BB 2 K; LHP Jose Torres 2.0 IP H BB 2 K.
Prospect Watch: Doubleheaders in the minor leagues are split into a pair of seven-inning games. In the first the Missions’ offense showed up and in the second they didn’t...In Game 1 a single by shortstop Jose Rondon brought home center fielder Auston Bousfield to break a 2-2 tie and give San Antonio the victory. In Game 2 a two-out single followed by a passed ball, then a double in the first inning gave the Rockhounds the only run of the game. The diminutive five-foot-eight left-hander Seth Simmons, got the spot start and pitched well. Simmons, 28, was drafted by the Diamondbacks in 2011 out of East Carolina, was signed by the Padres in mid-May and with the exception of one bad outing out of five, has pitched well…Nick Torres is hitting .397/.435/.587 in June…Because the Missions don’t need a closer for many of their games, Jason Jester has flown somewhat under the radar. He has a 1.96 ERA 23 IP and a 28/3 strikeout to base-on-balls ratio.
Storm 4 - Visalia Oaks 3
Key Statistics: 2B Luis Urias 1-2, BB; 3B Josh VanMeter 2-4, HR (7), 2 RBI; 1B Trae Santos 2-3, BB; RHP Walker Lockett 7.0 IP 8 H 3 R 3 ER 2 BB 9 K; RHP Phil Maton (W, 1-0) 2.0 IP BB K.
Prospect Watch: VanMeter homered in the top of the eighth with one on to tie the game up and shortstop Javier Guerra’s sacrifice fly gave Lake Elsinore the lead going into the bottom of the ninth as Phil Maton shut down the Oaks in order for the win. It was the Storm’s second win in a row after enduring a six-game losing streak…The Padres toyed with the idea of making Maton a a starter at the beginning of the year but he has really excelled in the bullpen since being promoted to the Storm. He has 19 strikeouts in 12.2 innings against a single walk and only two earned runs…With his seventh home run of the season, VanMeter has more doubled his previous output. Its hard to imagine anyone that has put on better weight since he was drafted by the Padres when he was barely 165 pounds. He has to be at least 25 pounds heavier and has 21 extra-base hits on the season…A good outing by Lockett, despite making two errors. On the season the big Floridian has a 32/5 strikeout to base-on-balls ratio and a 3.20 ERA.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 13 - TinCaps 3
Key Statistics: 2B Kodie Tidwell 0-3, 2 BB; C Austin Allen 2-4; DH Brad Zunica 1-2, 2 BB; RHP Jean Cosme (L, 7-3) 1.1 IP 7 H 7 R 2 ER BB; RHP Blake Rogers 3.2 IP 4 H R ER K; RHP Elliot Morris 2.0 IP 2 H 2 R 2 ER 3 K; RHP Nick Vilter 1.0 IP.
Prospect Watch: Fort Wayne has now dropped four out of their last five as the season is starting to get a little long for a very young team. Cosme, who has been very good all season, had his worst outing of the year…Allen appears to be bouncing back from a subpar May with a slash line of .292/.324/.462…big first baseman Brad Zunica has the “three true outcomes (walk, home run, strikeout) statistics this year. In 1203 plate appearances this year he has 76 strikeouts, a team leading six home runs and 15 walks…Morris, who had been in San Antonio until he was sent to Extended Spring had a rough TinCaps debut. He last pitched in the Midwest League in 2014 with Burlington in the Angels’ organization…utility man Nick Vilter pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, which is as usually the case, was better than any TinCap pitcher on the night.
Dust Devils 5 - Everett AquaSox 4
Key Statistics: 2B Nate Easley 2-5, SB; CF Aldemar Burgos 0-3, 2 BB; SS Chris Baker 1-3, BB; C Kyle Overstreet 2-5, RBI; RF Alan Garcia 0-2, 2 BB; 3B Westhers Magdealeno 1-3, BB; 1B Carlos Sosa 1-3, BRI, BB; DH Taylor Kohlwey 0-2, 2 BB; RHP Emmanuel Ramirez 4.0 IP 3 H 2 R ER BB 4 K; RHP Diomar Lopez (W, 1-0) 2.2 IP 3 H 2 R ER 4 K; RHP Aaron Cressley (S,1) 2.1 IP 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The Dust Devils won their debut with a combination of this year’s late round draft picks and players from the Arizona League and a few hold-overs from last season’s squad…Easly is the son of Damion Easly, who played in the major leagues and is a coach on the Padres’ AZL team. Nate was taken out of Yavapai (Ariz) JC, the same school for former Padres’ prospect Kyle Blanks, in the twenty-third round where he hit .403...Overstreet was selected in last year’s draft out of the University of Alabama and hit .202 in the AZL in 2015. He is a very good defensive catcher and if he can turn around his bat he could have a chance…Cressley has good stuff, just needs some more opportunities…the first few weeks are always interesting at this level as a lot of late round players will get to play before many of the bigger name players arrive.
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