Chihuahuas 8 Las Vegas 51s 6
Key Statistics: CF Rafael Ortega 2-for-5, 3B; 2B Carlos Asuaje 3-for-4, 2B, Sac; RF Jabari Blash 2-for-3, 2B, SB; RHP Tyrell Jenkins 6IP, 7H, 5ER, 5K, 0BB, 2-for-2, RBI
Prospect Watch: Every hitter except Christian Villanueva in the Chihuahuas line-up had at least one hit as the offense tallied 13 hits and, for a change of pace, struck out only five times against four walks on the night. Overall, the club's situational hitting was strong as they executed three sacrifices (one by pitcher Tyrell Jenkins) and a sacrifice fly. ... With Franchy Cordero having gotten the call to the big leagues, Nick Schulz made his Triple-A debut, going 1-for-4 with two RBIs, and he also stole a base. After his torrid start at San Antonio, the 26 year old from the Bay Area had seen his production plummet to just .583 this month. He'll likely be asked to play left nearly every day as long as the outfield assignments hold for a while. ...Starting in center field for just the fourth time all year, Rafael Ortega had a single and triple in five trips to the plate out of the leadoff spot. The 26-year-old Venezuelan, who signed as a free agent this offseason, now sports a .326/.380/.479 with 12 stolen bases in 15 attempts. He owns just a .590 OPS in 68 big-league games.
Missions 2 Springfield 0
Key Statistics: 2B Luis Urias 1-for-4, 2B; C Stephen McGee 1-for-3, 2B, RBI; LHP Jerry Keel 6.2IP, 6H, 0R, 5K, 2BB; LHP Brad Wieck 1IP, 0H, 0R, 2K, 1BB, S (1)
Prospect Watch: Lefty Jerry Keel made the most of his first start at Double-A this year, working 6.2 innings of scoreless ball. The 23-year-old, who John talked to in Fort Wayne before his promotion, picked up right where he left off in the Midwest League, looking a lot better than he did in his brief cameo with San Antonio at the end of last season. In his second full season after the Padres drafted him as a senior sign in the ninth round of 2015, the big lefty's sinker was on Saturday afternoon, as he yielded just six hits, only one of which went for extra bases. ... Keel probably hasn't been the second-biggest lefty to pitch in a game very often, but Brad Wieck closed out the game for his second career save. The 6'9" Texan has blanked his opponents in 13 of his 17 appearances and has whiffed 30 hitters in 18.1 innings of work. While lefties have oddly done much better against him so far on the year, he struck out the only same-side hitter he saw tonight. ... In addition to Keel, the Missions have also added Chris Huffman to the roster. The righty will make the start on Sunday. In addition, Auston Bousfield has returned to the club. He had a pair of three-hit games in Lake Elsinore and will look to carry over his production back in the Texas League.
Storm 4 Visalia 0
Key Statistics: SS Javier Guerra 2-for-4, 2B, 2R; CF Michael Gettys 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, 2K; RHP Jesse Scholtens 6IP, 6H, 0R, 10K, 0BB; LHP Jose Castillo 2IP, 2H, 0R, 2K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: In his third start with the Storm, Jesse Scholtens certainly found his rhythm. The Bay Area native kept the league's worst offense on the ropes all night, striking out 10 and scattering six hits across six scoreless frames. Across his two Single-A levels this year, Scholtens - like Keel, a low-bonus ninth-rounder - has a 2.52 ERA with a 57:12 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 53.2 innings. ... Javier Guerra had two more hits, including another extra-base shot, and has extended his nascent hitting streak to five games. Shockingly, his .218 average and 622 OPS both represent a high-water mark since last May 19. After striking out in 50 percent of his at-bats in the first half of the month, he's paired down to only 10 in the last 10 games, though he's still only walked once in his last 100 plate appearances. He sports a respectable 766 OPS at home this year, but has hit just .157/.239/.217 on the road. ... Coming off a strong World Baseball Classic showing, Jose Castillo had high expectations heading into the year, but he gave up nine runs through his first eight innings thanks in large part to awful command. But since then, he's gotten back on track in a big way, allowing just two earned runs over his last 16.2 frames. The hard-throwing lefty hasn't racked up as many strikeouts as we'd expect, but his return to form this month has been important for the team.
South Bend Cubs 5, 9 - TinCaps 4, 2
Key Statistics: 1B G.K. Young 3-for-3 and 1IP, 2H, 2ER, 0K, 0BB; SS Fernando Tatis 1-for-7, RBI; C Marcus Greene 1-for-3, RBI;
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps were outplayed in every facet Saturday, dropping both games of their double-header against the Cubs and falling to the worst record in the Midwest League. In the opener, Ronald Bolanos yielded three earned runs on five hits and a pair of walks over four innings in his second professional outing. The 20-year-old Cuban had a wild pitch and hit one batter as he used 72 pitches to get through four frames. ... In the nightcap, Hansel Rodriguez, who was brought back from extended spring training just five days after he was sent down, gave up a pair of runs over his four innings. He's had an encouraging 15:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio over his last 13 innings. ... The TinCaps didn't collect an extra-base hit on the day and only G.K. Young, who went 3-for-3 in the first game, collected more than one hit. Young also came back in the second game to work an inning to help save the bullpen, giving up two runs after the game had gotten out of reach.
Full box scores for the night areavailable from MiLB.