While John Conniff was finishing up his trip in El Paso, the Missions and Storm took the field on an abbreviated Monday. El Paso lost in extra innings, while the Missions rode another excellent start by Cal Quantrill to an easy victory. The Storm lost a tough one at home.
Las Vegas 51s 9, Chihuahuas 6. (11 innings).
Key Statistics: 1B Allen Craig, 2-for-5, R, HR (1), 2RBI; 3B Diego Goris, 2-for-5, 2B, 2RS; PH-C Brett Nicholas, 1-for-2, HR (3), BB, 2RBI; RHP Walker Lockett, 6IP, 7H, 4ER, 2BB, 3K; RHP T.J. Weir, 2IP, 2H, ER, K; Colten Brewer (L, 0-1) IP, 3H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 2K.
Prospect Watch: John Conniff has the game story from his last day in El Paso. Read it here.
Missions 9, NW Arkansas Naturals 1
Key Statistics: RF Forrestt Allday, 3-for-4, 2R, 2B; SS Fernando Tatis Jr., 2-for-5, 2R, RBI; C Austin Allen, 2-for-4, R, BB, RBI; 3B Ty France, 3-for-4, 2B, R, BB, 3RBI; RHP Cal Quantrill (W, 1-1) 5IP, 4H, R (unearned) BB, 4K; RHP Erik Johnson, IP, K.
Prospect Watch: Shorstop Fernando Tatis Jr. had a pair of singles to raise his average to .208. While the opening numbers are ugly for Tatis, he is hitting .273 if you remove the first three games of the season. Tatis hit .230/.313/.349 last April with the TinCaps, so there should not be a reason for concern … yet. Tatis has not drawn a walk in 48 plate appearances in 2018. … Cal Quantrill continues a solid run of starts, notching his first victory of 2018. Quantrill pitched five innings and allowed an unearned run on four hits, with only one walk. The former first-rounder has struggled a bit with his command but hard contact is way down and strikeouts are up as Quantrill inches closer to being in the discussion for a big league roster spot. … Right fielder Forrestt Allday had three hits, including a double in the Missions victory. Allday, 26, signed as a minor league free agent in the off-season, has seen action in the Red Sox and Angels systems over his career. The speedy outfielder possesses absolutely no power (3 homers in nearly 1100 MILB at-bats) but does have a career minor league on-base percentage of .390. … Erik Johnson, the other guy the Padres acquired in the James Shields deal, pitched an inning of scoreless ball in his first appearance since 2016. The righty missed all of last season recovering from Tommy John.
Missions Notes: To make room for Johnson on the roster, the Padres transferred reliever Jared Carkuff to Fort Wayne. Acquired with Edward Olivares in the Yangervis Solarte trade, the righthander bounced around four levels in the Blue Jays system last year. He has already landed at three stops in the early going of 2018.
Inland Empire 66ers 6, Storm 5
Key Statistics: Buddy Reed. 3-for-5, 2R, HR (1), RBI; 3B Hudson Potts, 2-for-4, RS, BB; RF Jorge Ona, 2-for-5, RS, 2B, RBI; C Luis Torrens, 2-for-4, RBI; RHP Emmanuel Ramirez, 3.1IP, 4H, 5R, 4ER, 5BB, 4K; RHP Elliot Ashbeck (L, 0-1) 3IP, H, ER, 2K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm had a 4-3 lead after one but lost on a ninth-inning homer by 66âers outfielder Jared Walsh. … Outfielder Buddy Reed had three hits, including a homer in the Storm loss. Reed, 22, has been swinging a hot bat of late, going 11-for-22 during a five-game hitting streak. He is hitting .318 on the year. … Hudson Potts extended his hitting streak to nine games with a pair of singles and drew his first walk of the season. Potts has been making hard contact and putting the ball in play (just six strikeouts in 42 plate appearances). … Emmanuel Ramirez struggled with his control and walked five hitters in just 3.1 innings. He allowed four hits in four runs before being pulled. The 23-year-old has been in the system since 2013 and made six Cal League starts a season ago.
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