Fresno Grizzlies 9 Chihuahuas 5
Key Statistics: RF Jabari Blash 1-for-4, HR (9); LF Nick Buss 2-for-4; RHP Matt Magill 4IP, 7H, 6R (4ER), 6K, 2BB
Prospect Watch: Fresno pounded out six homers against the Chihuahuas pitching staff and led 9-0 at one point before El Paso put up a five-spot in the seventh inning to make the final score much closer than the game ever felt. Righties Matt Magill and Logan Bawcom both got off to very strong starts for the year, but each has struggled over recent outings. Each of the two former Dodgers farmhands had sub-2.00 ERAs through April, but Magill has allowed four or more earned runs in five of his last seven starts, while Bawcom has given up seven runs over 6.2 innings in his last four outings. ... Jabari Blash has homered in back-to-back games and has four round-trippers in his last five contests. Those blasts, though, represent half of his hit total so far in June. As a result, the big man, who will turn 28 on July 4, has seen his on-base percentage drop 30 points while his slugging percentage has crept up to .528.
Missions 3 Corpus Christi Hooks 1
Key Statistics: 2B Jose Rondon 2-for-4, R; RF Franmil Reyes 2-for-3, BB, 2SB (3), R; RHP Brett Kennedy 5.1IP, 7H, 1ER, 7K, 2BB
Prospect Watch: After getting off to a brutal start to the season, Brett Kennedy has been the best pitcher in the Missions' rotation over the last six weeks. The New Jersey native has allowed more than two runs only once in his last eight starts, largely because he's taken a big step forward in both command and control in games. Kennedy has always had strong strikeout numbers because of his ability to use a solid three-pitch mix, but he's only walked eight over his last 45 innings and has cut his opponents' batting average by working to his spots more effectively. The 11th-rounder out of Fordham continues to fly under the radar, but shows plenty of signs of being a potential big league starter. ... Franmil Reyes has been doing a little bit of everything during his recent stretch of reaching base in 10 of 11 games. But the big man pulled a new trick out of his bag on Saturday, scoring the first run on a double-steal in the fourth inning, and coming back with a second stolen base - just his third of the year - in the eighth inning. With two more hits and a walk on the night, he's pushed his slash line up to .290/.355/.464.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 5 Storm 3
Key Statistics: 2B Chris Baker 2-for-4, 2B, BB, RBI; C Kyle Overstreet 2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI, E (2), PB; LHP Eric Lauer 6IP, 6H, 2ER, 10K, 1BB, WP, HBP
Prospect Watch: It was a weird night for Eric Lauer. The lefty loaded the bases before he retired a batter, then recorded 12 straight outs. Then he went double, double, single, single to open the fifth before retiring the final six batters he faced. Some of the offense was bad luck - two of the six hits he surrendered on the night were infield choppers - and he certainly had Quakes hitters on the defensive much of the night as he posted his first career double-digit strikeout game. Last year's first-rounder has very little left to prove in the Cal League as he leads the circuit with a 2.34 ERA, has averaged just shy of six innings per start, and has issued only 16 walks in 57.2 innings. With the All-Star game 10 days away, you can safely assume Lauer's stint in the circuit is nearly finished. ... Finding any sort of timing at the plate is a really tough task for a back-up catcher who doesn't get consistent playing time, but with Austin Allen sitting five times so far this month, Kyle Overstreet has gotten his first semi-regular at-bats. The 23-year-old out of Alabama had a double among his two hits Saturday and has reached base multiple times in three of his five starts. The 2015 draftee has solid right-handed pop, and is continuing to adjust into the role of catching as a professional.
TinCaps 8 Lansing Lugnuts 4
Key Statistics: SS Fernando Tatis, Jr. 2-for-4, HR (7), SB (12), SF; 1B Brad Zunica 2-for-3, 2B, HR (8), SB (1), 2BB; 2B Reinaldo Ilarraza 2-for-5, HR (1); LHP Logan Allen 6IP, 5H, 2ER, 6K, 2BB, 2HBP
Prospect Watch: After a stellar May, Fernando Tatis, Jr. had gone cold at the plate through early June. But the talented shortstop launched his seventh homer of the year and also had a single and stolen base on Saturday. And while he has a .562 OPS for the month even after the game, importantly he's also struck out just seven times in 40 trips to the plate. It will be crucial to see If he can consolidate that better command of the zone into his game. ... Diminutive infielder Reinaldo Ilarraza connected on his first professional homer to lead off the fourth inning. While he owns an anemic .193/.251/.257 line, the 18-year-old switch-hitter is handling his very aggressive placement in the Midwest League well overall. While he's certainly never going to be big, he also has more growth ahead, and it will be interesting to see what happens once he's added some strength to his game. ... Having already been named an All-Star, Logan Allen doesn't have many more boxes to check in the Midwest League. The 20-year-old lefty came back after a few shorter starts to work six strong innings Saturday, allowing two runs - he's only given up more than that in one of his 11 games - and striking out six.
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