Albuquerque Isotopes 5, Chihuahuas 2
Key Statistics: CF Franchy Cordero 1-3, HR (5), RBI, BB; PH Nick Buss 1-1; 2B Carlos Asuaje 0-2, 2 BB, SB (1); RHP Matt Magill (L, 2-2) 5.0 IP 6 H 4 R 4 ER 3 BB 3 K HR.
Prospect Watch: El Paso drew six walks tonight, but was held to only two hits as they dropped their fourth game in the last five…As Kevin Charity wrote yesterday, Franchy Cordero, 22, has been red-hot and he hit his fifth home run of the year to pull his OPS up to .838. For those of you that have followed him since he began with the Padres in 2012, his rise back to prominence has been truly amazing after his failures defensively at shortstop…Nick Buss, 30, is another one of the many former Dodgers’ prospects that populate the Chihuahuas’ roster. He was in the Angels’ organization last year before signing with the Padres as minor league free agent. Buss also played ball at San Diego Mesa College, before going onto USC. In 18 games with El Paso, the left-handed hitting outfielder is hitting .442/.479/.698 in 45 plate appearances and is 3 for 6 as a pinch-hitter.
Missions 5, RoughRiders 4
Key Statistics: CF Nick Schulz 1-3, RBI, BB; RF Franmil Reyes 1-4, HR (3), 2 RBI; SS Luis Urias 0-2, BB, SB (2); RHP Enyel De Los Santos (W, 2-0) 6.0 IP 4 H 2 R 2 ER 3 BB K; LHP Brad Wieck 1.1 IP H 2 BB 2 K; RHP Charles Nading (S, 5) 1.0 IP BB 3 K.
Prospect Watch: The streaky Missions put up three runs in the first inning and then added on with runs in the sixth and seventh to take two out of three on the road in Frisco. Since coming all the way back from a nine-run deficit on Sunday, San Antonio has won five out of six…Nick Schulz is having an amazing season with a .313/.441/.646 slash line…Enyel De Los Santos bounced back from three bad starts, but still had trouble commanding his fastball…away from the Wolff the Missions are hitting .285/.362/.471, at home .220/.285/.344…Charles Nading, 29, has an interesting back story having played with the Padres in 2010 in the AZL before bouncing around three different Independent League teams and a stint coaching high school baseball. Right now, he’s five-for-five in save opportunities, has a 1.35 ERA in 13.1 innings to go along with a 17:5 strikeout to base-on-balls ratio and might become the Padres’ own version of The Rookie
Modest Nuts 1, Storm 0 (10 innings)
Key Statistics: RF Edwin Moreno 1-4, 2B; LF Taylor Kohlwey 1-3, 2B; LHP Eric Lauer 7.0 IP 2 H 3 BB 7 K; RHP Gerardo Reyes 2.0 IP H 4 K; LHP Jose Castillo (L, 1-2) 0.2 2 H R ER.
Prospect Watch: The Storm lost on the road with a two-out double in the tenth, followed by a game-winning single for their second loss in two days after winning three straight; but the real story was Eric Lauer. After a shaky debut that saw him give up four earned runs in 3.2 innings he has allowed three in his past four starts. Tonight was the second straight game that he has gone seven innings and of the 99 pitches he threw tonight, 63 were for strikes. Lauer throws in the low 90s, but his calling card is pinpoint command to go along with a naturally sinking fastball…with the way that Cal Quantrill, Joey Lucchesi and Lauer have been throwing it looks like San Antonio will get a major injection into their starting rotation by the second half at the latest…with Josh Naylor out, the bats are hurting with catcher Austin Allen having the highest at .258.
Cedar Rapids Kernels 12, TinCaps 4
Key Statistics: SS Fernando Tatis, Jr. 3-5; G.K. Young 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI; CF Rod Boykin 3-4, 2B; RHP Austin Smith (L, 1-2) 1.2 IP 3 H 6 R 6 ER 3 BB K.
Prospect Watch: Two weeks ago Austin Smith had one of the best games of his career going 6.1 strong innings and striking out seven. But despite a game that showcased his prodigious tools, he still has yet to show the consistency that he is going to need to stay in the rotation when pitchers Adrian Morejon, Mason Thompson and Reggie Lawson begin to arrive. In five starts this season Smith has gone over four innings once, has a 7.85 ERA and a 16:16 strikeout to base-on-balls ratio. Although the opposition is hitting only .239 against him, command issues and walks have killed him with today his worst outing of the year…Fernando Tatis had his debut in the lead-off spot today and also his first three hit game. His batting average has gone up 47 points since April 24. After moving around the infield in the AZL, the organization has played the six-foot-three Tatis exclusively at shortstop/DH this season.
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