Wil Myers started his rehab assignment, but Buddy Reed and Lake Bachar were the stars as the Storm won. The three starters at the top of the system allowed no runs on seven hits, walking four while striking out 14 in 15 innings.
Chihuahuas 5 – Reno Aces 3
Key Stats: RHP Brett Kennedy 6 IP, H, 4 BB, 5 K (W, 2-0); 3B Diego Goris 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB; CF Travis Jankowski 0-4, BB, 2 RS; 2B Luis Urias 0-4, BB, K
Prospect Watch: Despite John’s optimism that he broke his curse on Luis Urias, Urias remains in a now-1-for-19 slump. Even more surprising is Urias has struck out in six straight games. This is a new career high, eclipsing his previous high of five games last May. He has never struck out more than three games in a row even once in his career. … While the offense managed just four hits all game, Brett Kennedy allowed just one. The 11th-round pick in 2015 has allowed just two earned runs through his first three PCL starts. The four walks Kennedy allowed match a career high set with the Storm in May 2016. The one hit also matches a career best he achieved against Midland last June.
NW Arkansas Naturals 3 – Missions 0
Key Stats: LHP Matt Strahm 3 IP, 2 H, 4 K; RHP Miguel Diaz 3.1 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 2 K; 1B Josh Naylor 0-4, K; SS Fernando Tatis Jr 0-3, BB, 2 K
Prospect Watch: The Missions managed just three hits as the four MadFriars’ Top 30 position prospects on the roster – Naylor, Tatis, Gettys, and Austin Allen – went a combined 1-for-13 with two walks… Lefty Matt Strahm, acquired in the Brandon Maurer trade last summer, is slowly progressing as he works back from the knee injury that ended his 2016 campaign. He has been on the same 45 pitch count in each of his starts but is slowly producing a better ratio of balls to strikes and getting better results. This outing, he threw only 11 balls in 44 pitches and didn’t walk a batter for the first time all year. For those excited for him to take over for Brian Mitchell, he will still need another three starts at least before we see him in San Diego (next start the goal is 60 pitches). … Miguel Diaz extended beyond three innings for the first time in 2018. The former Rule 5 allowed a one-out hit in the seventh before giving way. That runner came around on a Donnie Dewees double off Jason Jester.
Storm 9 – Inland Empire 66ers 1
Key Stats: DH Wil Myers 0-3, BB, 2 K; RHP Lake Bachar (W, 2-1) 6 IP, 4 H, 5 K; LF Buddy Reed 4-5, 2 HR (3), 6 RBI; 2B Eguy Rosario 2-4, 2B, RS
Prospect Watch: Wil Myers started his rehab assignment this evening with the Storm. He walked in the first, flew out in the second, and struck out in his remaining two at-bats. Myers should be starting in the field Wednesday before the Padres decide whether or not to reactivate him… Buddy Reed is on fire right now. A week ago, the outfielder was hitting .136/.174/.136 with no extra-base hits, and two stolen bases. Now, he’s at .367/.392/.612 with three doubles, three home runs, and two stolen bases. He already has more home runs than he did in his first season with Tri-City (51 games), and half as many home runs as he did in Fort Wayne (88 games). The 22-year-old former second-rounder is producing from both sides of the plate. … The most encouraging stat for the Storm so far is that Lake Bachar hasn’t allowed an earned run through three starts, but he still owns a 2-1 record. Even more impressively, the former fifth-round pick owns a .150 BAA and a 0.76 WHIP through 17 innings.
TinCaps 7 – Great Lakes Loons 5
Prospect Watch: We don’t often include relievers in the wrap-ups, but lefty Travis Radke faced nine batters and struck out seven of them. On the year Radke has 5.2 IP and 13 K. Radke who missed all of the 2016 season and most of 2017 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, is being eased back but looks 100% healthy. A 25th-round pick out of Portland back in 2014, the 25-year-old had worked as a starter floating where he was needed in 2015, posting a 5.51 ERA across three levels. … One of the things that have so many scouts drooling over centerfielder Jeisson Rosario is his approach at the plate. While he has been in a mini-slump as far as hits are concerned, he is still reaching base. Over his last four games, Rosario has walked nine times, against just two strikeouts. That gives the 18-year-old a .432 OBP to go along with his plus defense.