High A Lancaster infielder Luis Castro was named California League Player of the Week for games played from May 20—26. Castro is the first JetHawk to win a weekly honor in 2019.
In six games, Castro hit .421 (8-for-19) with three home runs, nine RBIs, ten runs scored and seven walks. A lot of the
damage came in Lancaster’s 11-inning win over Rancho Cucamonga Sunday. He reached base in all seven of his plate
appearances, going 4-for-4 with three home runs, six RBIs, four runs scored and three walks.
The last of Castro’s three home runs was a three-run shot that tied the game in the bottom of the 11th inning. He became
the first Lancaster player to homer three times in a game since Roberto Ramos April 8, 2018.
Castro is tied for the California League lead in home runs. He paces the league with 39 runs
batted in, 41 runs scored, a .425 on-base percentage, a .520 slugging percentage, a .945 OPS and 89 total bases.
This is the second weekly honor in the career of Luis Castro. He was named Player of the Week in the Northwest League
with Boise last July.
In Tuesday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (24-29) lost 7-2 at Sacramento, which swept a series from the Isotopes for the first time. Drew Butera (.315) provided both runs on his third home run. Elliott Soto (.314) was 3-for-4. Chi Chi Gonzalez (3-4, 6.11) allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks, strikingo ut seven in five-plus innings. He allowed only two runs in the first five innings, but was charged with three more in the sixth without retiring a batter.
AA Hartford (29-22) won 4-2 against Portland (Red Sox). Rico Garcia (6-1, 2.13) allowed two runs on five hits, striking out seven, in six innings. Ben Bowden (1.31) struck out all three batters in the ninth for his 16th save. Alan Trejo (.299) hit his seventh home run. Tyler Nevin (.215) singled home two runs and scored a third in the three-run third.
High A Lancaster (27-23) won 9-4 at San Jose (Giants). Castro (.304) was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Casey Golden (.266) hit a two-run home run, his ninth home run of the season, tied for the league lead. Todd Czinege (.259) drove in two runs with his seventh home run. Will Gaddis (3-4, 7.33) allowed two runs on four hits and two walks, striking out four in seven innings.
Low A Asheville (22-29) won 4-3 at Rome (Braves). The Tourists won their third in a row, and eighth in 11 games. Derrik Watson (2-1, 2.20) earned the win in relief, allowing three hits and a walk, striking out seven in three scoreless innings. Riley Pint (9.45) dropped his ERA below double-figures with a shuout inning, giving up one hit and striking out one. Boby Johnson (6.15) was credited with his first save, although he allowed two runs on five hits, striking out one, in two innings. Luke Morgan (.263) was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Wil Golsan (.226) doubled to drive in a run and scored a run.