Sacramento River Cats 7, Chihuahuas 2
Key Statistics: 1B Taylor Lindsey, 1-for-4, R, 2B, RBI; RF Jabari Blash, 1-for-2, 2B, R; RHP Michael Kelly (L, 5-1) 4 IP, 4 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K; LHP Keith Hessler, 2 IP, H, K.
Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas were done in by a six-run first and were never able to get much offense going ... The first inning carnage came at the expense of RHP Michael Kelly, who had his worst outing of the year at the Triple-A level. Coming into Friday’s game, Kelly had allowed just two home runs in 30.2 innings; On Friday, he allowed two in the first inning. Kelly did recover and didn’t allow a run after. Overall Kelly’s 4.43 ERA is still more than passable for a guy who started in High-A. As the Padres continue to deal members of the starting rotation, Kelly could get a chance in San Diego, provided he pitches better than he did Friday.
Missions 3, Midland RockHounds 2 (10 innings)
Key Statistics: DH Gabriel Quintana, 2-for-3, 2 R, walk-off HR (12), 2 RBI; 1B Luis Tejada, 1-for-3, RBI; LHP Tim Berry, 4.1 IP, H, ER, 4 BB, 8 K; RHP Yimmi Brasoban (W, 3-1) IP.
Prospect Watch: The Missions took the game in extra innings, on the strength of a Gabriel Quintana walk-off homer in the tenth inning ... Quintana has been remarkably consistent over the last three seasons, although the overall production. The 23-year-old infielder is generally good for a .250 average, 15-18 home runs, and few walks. This season has been no exception -- Quintana leads San Antonio with 12 homers, 47 RBI but has walked just 12 times in 2016. Quintana’s line this season -- .254/.293/.454 is right in line with his career average line of .263/.305/.422. At this point, Quintana is more of an organizational guy but at least you know what you are going to get at the plate ... Lefty Tim Berry pitched better in his second start for San Antonio Friday night. The former 50th-rounder out of San Marcos gave up just one hit but walked four and couldn’t finish the fifth innings. Berry, 25, did have eight strikeouts in his 4.1 innings pitched. Berry will be the next minor league veteran to eat up innings for the prospect-poor Missions going forward,
Rancho Cucamonga 3, Storm 2
Key Statistics: DH Trae Santos, 2-for-4, HR (7), R, RBI; 2B Luis Urias, 1-for-3, 2B; RHP Brett Kennedy, 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, BB, K; RHP Trey Wingenter, 3 IP, H, 2 K; RHP Colby Blueberg (L, 2-2) IP, 3 H, ER, BB.
Prospect Watch: The Storm saw their nine-game winning streak end at the hands of the Quakes ... RHP Brett Kennedy turned in another solid inning, allowing just two earned runs in five innings while notching five strikeouts. Kennedy is in the midst of his strongest stretch with the Storm, as the former Fordham Ram has allowed just one run in his last 16.1 innings. The righty has 19 strikeouts over the aforementioned stretch. Between Fort Wayne and Lake Elsinore, the righty has a 3.26 ERA with 102 strikeouts in 91 innings in 2016 ... RHP Colby Blueberg allowed a run in the ninth inning to take the loss for Lake Elsinore. The former Nevada star has lost his closer role to Phil Maton, after a dominant first-half that saw Blueberg make the California League All-Star team. Blueberg has an ERA north of six in the season’s second half with opponents batting north of .300. Blueburg is still missing bats so the location of his fastball seems to be the biggest issue.
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 8, TinCaps 7
Key Statistics: SS Ruddy Giron, 2-for-5, 2 R, 2B, RBI; DH Marcus Greene, 3-for-5, HR (3), R, 3 RBI; LF Jose Carlos Urena, 2-for-4, R; RHP Jean Cosme, 3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K; RHP David Bednar (L, 0-2) 1.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 ER, BB, 2 K; LHP Jose Castillo, 3.2 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 6 K.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps dropped their eighth straight game and were swept on the road in Wisconsin ... DH/catcher Marcus Greene Jr. is starting to heat up as the nation is covered with a heat dome. The Pomona native is 6-for-8 over the last two games, with a pair of home runs. Greene has struggled for much of the season but regular at-bats for a struggling TinCaps team seem to be helping the 21-year-old heat up. Greene has raised his average over 100 points the last two days. DH’ing the majority of the time should also give Greene’s surgically repaired elbow a chance to rest ... Shortstop Ruddy Giron had a multi-hit game as the teenage shortstop is showing signs of heating up. The 19-year-old is hitting .324 over his last 10 games and has seen his average climb to .211. Giron will have another month to prove that last year wasn’t a fluke.
Dust Devils: Our own John Conniff was on-hand to witness the Northwest League of LHP Eric Lauer, the 25th overall pick in June’s draft. Read his report here.
The AZL Padres had the night off.