Sacramento River Cats 20 Tucson Padres 5
Key Statistics: C Cody Decker 2-3, 2B, HR (2); LF Travis Buck 2-2, BB, OF Assist; RHP Jorge Reyes 0.2IP, 6H, 8ER, 1K, 3BB
Prospect Watch: Cody Decker was one of the few bright spots for Tucson Sunday. The 26-year-old slugger entered the game in the fourth inning to make his third professional appearance behind the plate. Despite having knuckle-baller Eddie Bonine on the mound for two frames, he was solid defensively and collected a double and homer in three at-bats. … With a former first baseman behind the plate, former catcher Jairo Gomez made his Triple-A debut on the mound. The 21-year-old made the conversion to pitching this spring and has spent the majority of the year in Peoria working on refining mechanics. He was shuttled to Tucson to absorb a few innings through their roster juggle and the righty gave up five runs in two innings. He was likely headed back to extended regardless of the performance. … Speaking of conversions, utility infielder Jesus Merchan toed the rubber in an emergency mop-up role. The 32-year-old, who had never pitched in his 13 professional seasons, worked two scoreless innings, giving up a pair of hits and a walk.
For further reading on the Tucson Padres, see the Arizona Daily Star
San Antonio Missions 1, 1 NW Arkansas Naturals 4, 0
Key Statistics: CF Rico Noel 3-5, BB, HBP, 3SB (31); RHP Matt Andriese 6IP 4H, 0R, 5K, 1BB;
In the nightcap, Matt Andriese tossed six strong innings, giving up only four hits and a walk while striking out five. The big righty from Riverside sports a 2.08 ERA for the month. While his strikeout rate has fallen a bit to 17 in 26 innings, he has issued only two walks and has averaged twice as many grounders as fly balls in May. While national prospect-watchers continue to sleep on him, Andriese is positioning himself to be a solid big league starter capable of eating a lot of innings. … Rico Noel snapped a bit of a dry spell, swiping three bases in the first game. The speedster reached base five times in seven plate appearances with three hits a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Despite having gone nine games without a stolen base, he is still second overall in the minors with 31 on the year.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News
Modesto Nuts 11 Lake Elsinore Storm 5
Key Statistics: RF Yeison Asencio 2-5, 2B, 3RBI; C Robert Kral 2-5, 2B; 3B Duanel Jones 1-5, HR(1), E (14)
Prospect Watch: Check out John’s on-site report.
Ft. Wayne TinCaps 6 Bowling Green Hot Rods 5
Key Statistics: 2B Maxx Tissenbaum 2-4, HR (2), 2RBI; 3B Gabriel Quintana 1-4, HR (5), 3RBI; RHP Joe Ross 6IP, 9H, 4ER, 4K, 0BB;
Prospect Watch: Infielder Gabriel Quintana continued his hot May at the plate, blasting his fifth homer of the season to help the TinCaps snap their season-worst five game losing streak. For May, the 20-year-old is hitting 321/333/512. He’s going to make Jose Valentin’s job interesting when third-rounder Fernando Perez is ready to go later this season. Don’t be surprised to see him get some time at second base at that point. … Joe Ross almost made it through two months without a surrendering a homer, but the former first-rounder surrendered a two-run blast as part of a three-run sixth inning that cost him a shot at the win. He had given up only five hits and one run before that final frame.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards