Josh Naylor continued to translate his raw power into game action, and a couple of players nabbed unexpected inside the park homeruns.
Salt Lake Bees 9 – Chihuahuas 4
Key Stats: RHP Brett Kennedy 5.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, BB, 2 K; 2B Luis Urias 2-5, RS, K; C Raffy Lopez 2-5, HR, 2B, RS, 2 RBI, 2 K; DH Franmil Reyes 2-5, RS, 2 K; RF Nick Schultz 1-2, HR, 2 BB, RS, 2 RBI, K
Prospect Watch: Despite another solid outing by Brett Kennedy, the Chihuahuas couldn’t hold onto the lead. They gave up seven runs in the last two innings to fall 9-4. Thirty-year-old backstop Raffy Lopez had himself quite the day, joining Josh Naylor in hitting an unexpected, inside-the-park home run and jacking a line drive past former Rockies’ player Eric Young Jr…With two more singles today, Luis Urias has now reached base safely in his first seven games with El Paso…Still without a home run after cranking 25 last season, Franmil Reyes collected a couple of singles while striking out twice…Javy Guerra cooled off a bit tonight as he struck out in three of his four at-bats.
Missions 3 – NW Arkansas Naturals 2
Key Stats: RHP Miguel Diaz 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K; LHP Matt Strahm 2.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER 1 BB, 3 K; 1B Josh Naylor 3-4, 2 HR (5), 2 RS, 2 RBI; SS Fernando Tatis Jr 2-4, 2B, K; LHP Brad Wieck 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 3 K; C Austin Allen 0-4, 2 K
Prospect Watch: With River Stevens kicking off extra innings on second base per the new MiLB rules, the Missions nabbed a win thanks to a pair of throwing errors in the bottom of the tenth. A generous ruling by the scorekeeper gave Josh Naylor an inside the park home run in the first, which he later followed up with a traditional shot over the fence for his fifth homer of the season…Fernando Tatis Jr. raised his average to .200, smacking a double to left field for his second extra-base hit and singling on a grounder up the middle… After striking out six in his season debut, Matt Strahm labored through his second outing, allowing five baserunners and coughing up two runs. … You can also check out our profile of Missions outfielder Rod Boykin.
Storm 6 – Lancaster JetHawks 2
Key Stats: RHP Reggie Lawson 5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K; LF Edward Olivares 1-4; 3B Hudson Potts 1-4, RS, K, E; RF Jorge Ona 0-2, 2 BB, 2 RS; CF Buddy Reed 1-4, SB, 2 RBI, 2 K; SS Ruddy Giron 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI, K; 2B Eguy Rosario 1-3, RS, RBI, K, 2B
Kevin Charity, who was on-site for the Storm game, brings his notes from tonight’s action…
Lansing Lugnuts 13 – TinCaps 4
Key Stats: LHP Aaron Leasher 5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 5 K; DH Luis Campusano 2-4, HR, RS, 3 RBI; LF Tirso Ornelas 3-4, RS; 1B-P Carlos Belen 2-4, 1 IP, K, BB, 0 ER; RHP Henry Henry 0.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 3 BB, K, 2 Balks
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps dropped their seventh game of the year, allowing 11 runs in the top of seventh and tossing more than 50 pitches before recording a single out. Aaron Leasher, the Padres sixth-round pick last year, followed up a rough full season debut with a 5 K, three-hit performance, effectively escaping a number of jams… Fellow 2017 draftee Luis Campusano clubbed his first home run of season to give the TinCaps an early 3-0 lead…In his second straight game without a strikeout, 18-year-old Tirso Ornelas collected three singles, raising his average to .296 through the team’s first eight games…As Fort Wayne unraveled in the seventh inning, righty Henry Henry walked three, balked twice, and gave up four hits before getting yanked with the TinCaps trailing 8-3…Two position players, Carlos Belen and Jalen Washington, pitched in mop-up duty. The former reportedly touched 92 mph on the radar gun.
The Padres released five players from extended spring training: Bryant Aragon, Luis Castro, Wilfri de la Cruz, Alan Garcia and Denzel Gowdy. We’ve got notes on each in the forum discussions. Including the rehab/injury group, that leaves 95 players currently at the Peoria Sports Complex.