Ruth, Carvajal lead AZL Padres

The AZL Padres were the only team in action on Tuesday evening and Keoni Ruth fell a homer shy of the cycle while Yefri Carvajal jumped on top of the league standings in RBIs.

With three RBIs on Tuesday, Yefri Carvajal took over the Arizona Rookie League lead at 15, two more than his closest competition. He also clubbed his league leading ninth double as part of a 3-for-4 day with a walk and two runs scored. Four of the top five spots in the doubles category are held by Padres and the top three in extra base hits are also held by AZL Padres' players. It was Carvajal's third three-hit game over his last six, and he has collected eight RBIs over his last five. He did, however, ground into a double play for the second time in as many days.

Keoni Ruth fell a homer shy of the cycle on a 3-for-5 afternoon. He has as many triples (3) as doubles (3) and three runs scored while also getting plunked. He extended his hitting streak to 13 games to open the year, going 25-for-52 over the stretch with five walks and just ONE strikeout. Ruth has scored a run in five straight games, touching home nine times over that span. The infielder already has nine multi-hit games on the year.

Simon Castro (1-0) picked up his first professional win, allowing two unearned runs on two hits and two walks while striking out two over four innings. Castro uncorked two wild pitches and has let six fly loose this year over 13 innings of work. The right-hander had yielded eight earned over his first nine innings in the AZL. He has held right-handed hitters to a .188 average on the year while lefties are swatting .389 off him.

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