Chihuahuas 7 - Reno Aces 4
Key Statistics: CF Manuel Margot 2-for-5, 2RBI, CS; SS Casey McElroy 2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI; RHP Michael Dimock 2IP, 0H, 0ER, 4K, 0BB
Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas continued their recent hot streak, opening their road trip with a 7-4 win in Reno. After relying heavily on the long ball over the last week, El Paso's offense on Saturday was a balanced attack, with six different players driving in a run. Shortstop Casey McElroy had a pair of hits, including a double that was the club's only extra-base knock of the day. The 2011 Auburn product will see more consistent action at shortstop after Nick Noonan went to the disabled list earlier in the day. He's hitting .313 with just an 11% strikeout rate. ... After starter Carlos Pimentel was chased when he gave up four runs on nine hits over five frames, Michael Dimock, Daniel Moskos and Derek Eitel combined for four hitless frames. For Dimock, his two inning stretch with four strikeouts was the best he's looked since just after he returned to action from his 50-game suspension. The 26-year-old righty, who joined the organization as a minor league free agent in the middle of 2014, has a 4.50 ERA, but his peripheral numbers, including 21 strikeouts against three walks and 10 hits in 16 innings all point to more success.
Missions 16 Midland RockHounds 0
Key Statistics: 3B River Stevens 4-for-5, HR, 4R, 4RBI; DH Gabriel Quintana 3-for-5, 2 2B, 5RBI, R; RF Nick Torres 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 3R; RHP Dinelson Lamet 6IP, 1H, 0ER, 9K, 5BB
Prospect Watch: The Missions turned in what was easily their best game of the year, cruising to a laugher that ended with the RockHounds rolling infielder Wade Kirkland out to the mound. Each Missions hitter reached base multiple times, paced by River Stevens, who went 4-for-5, including a ninth-inning homer. The 24-year-old infielder came into the year with one homer in 148 professional games, but now has six this season, including two each at three different levels. The Southern California native, who signed as a ninth-rounder in 2012, is hitting .278/.346/.389 across 72 Texas League at-bats, and has a 736 OPS overall on the year. ... Dinelson Lamet gave up only one hit, though he did walk five, in six scoreless frames. It was the best of four outings since the talented righty joined San Antonio as he matched a season high with nine strikeouts. He's seen a troubling uptick in walks since reaching Double-A, issuing 15 in 21 innings, but opponents have only 17 hits against 24 strikeouts so far. Nick Schulz extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a pair of singles.
Storm 14 - Lancaster JetHawks 5
Key Statistics: Luis Urias 3-for-5, HR (2), 2R, CS; DH Franmil Reyes 3-for-5, 2B, 2HR (7), 3R, 4RBI; SS Javier Guerra 2-for-5, HR (8), 2R, 2RBI; RF Michael Gettys 2-for-5, 2B, HR (1)
Prospect Watch: Storm hitters are enjoying their trip to Lancaster, blasting 20 hits, including 10 for extra bases on Saturday night. Big Franmil Reyes paced the offense with a double and two homers out of the designated hitter slot. He's had a huge start to the second half, going 7-for-15 with 15 total bases during the opening series, pushing his slugging percentage up to .416 for the first time this year. He's posted similar hot streaks each of the last two years, but has struggled to maintain it for any significant stretch. ... After a brutal April in which he reached base at only a .196 clip, shortstop Javier Guerra is in the midst of a pretty solid June that's seen him post an .815 OPS. Another 20-year-old like Reyes, the Panamanian has homered in back-to-back games. Amazingly, his 28 percent K rate this month is, by far, his best monthly rate so far this year. He also committed his 19th error of the year. Most have come on throws. ... Michael Gettys collected his first Cal League homer in his third game, launching a liner into the wind out to right field in the first inning. Interestingly, he made just his fourth appearance in right field defensively, shifting over from center in favor of Franchy Cordero. It will be worth keeping an eye on how Lance Burkhart deploys the two, who both ultimately profile best up the middle.
TinCaps 9 - Bowling Green Hot Rods 2
Key Statistics: CF Jhonatan Pena 1-for-4, HR (4), 3RBI; C Austin Allen 1-for-4, HR (5), 2RBI; RHP Austin Smith 4IP, 4H, 1ER, 1K, 2BB; RHP Elliot Morris 3IP, 2H, 1ER, 2K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps posted a season-high four homers as each batter collected a hit, cruising to a victory. Jhonatan Pena, making his second start of the year in center, got the club on the board with a three-run homer in the second, his third homer in as many days. The 22-year-old Dominican is hitting just .218 on the year, well off the pace of his 2015 in the AZL. ... Catcher Austin Allen is rebounding from a down May impressively, hitting .306 with a .471 slugging percentage so far in June. Last year's fourth-rounder now sports a team-best .835 OPS overall on the year. He blasted his fifth homer of the year in the ninth to turn the victory into a laugher. ... Starter Austin Smith had something of a bounce-back after his worst professional outing the last time out. Though he only made it through four innings and 65 pitches, the big righty yielded just four hits and one run. He has a rough 31:30 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 52.2 innings on the year.
Dust Devils 7 - Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 2
Key Statistics: 2B Nate Easley 3-for-5, R, RBI; SS Jose Savinon 1-for-4, 2B, R; RHP Jordan Guerrero 5IP, 5H, 2ER, 2K, 0BB; LHP Jose Castillo 2IP, 4H, 0ER, 4K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: Righty Jordan Guerrero came back from his rough season debut to turn in a solid outing for the Devils.The 19-year-old Floridian gave up two runs on five hits, but didn't issue a walk and struck out a pair. He was working in the mid-90s consistently this spring and will have a chance to show why he was taken in the sixth round last year. ... Lefty Jose Castillo extended out to two innings for the first time as he works back from shoulder issues this spring. The Venezuelan lefty struck out four against one walk after posting underwhelming ratios last year in the Northwest League. ... Jose Savinon, 20, has a hit in all three games at Salem-Keizer thus far, jumping out to an early 6-for-16 and only one strikeout in his first 17 trips to the plate.
AZL Padres 9 - AZL Brewers 2
Key Statistics: SS Fernando Tatis, Jr. 2-for-4, 3B, 3R; LF Tyler Selesky 1-for-3, 2B, 3R, RBI; RHP Jean Garcia 4.1IP, 1H, 2ER, 6K, 3BB, 2HBP
Prospect Watch: Jacquez Williams has three professional hits through his first four games, and all have been doubles. The club's 18th-rounder out of a Georgia high school, Williams is a left-handed hitter with some pop. He's also struck out seven times in 17 trips to the plate. ... Fernando Tatis had his second straight two-hit game and has nine total bases through his first 18 at-bats thanks to a pair of doubles and a triple. Obviously the 17-year-old, who came over as part of the James Shields trade, will be watched more closely than most AZL players, and he's off to a nice start thus far. ... Righty Jean Garcia, already a physical specimen at just 19 years of age, posted the sort of crazy line you frequently see in the AZL. He allowed just one hit, but a couple of hit batters and three walks led to a pair of runs scored. The young Dominican did strike out six, the best a Padres starter has managed early in the AZL season.
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