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The Chihuahuas had a scheduled day off. They open a homestand Thursday night.

Frisco RoughRiders 5 – Missions 2 (10 innings)

Key Stats: LHP Logan Allen 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K: SS Fernando Tatis Jr 2-4, 2 HR (3), 2 RBI; LF Josh Naylor 2-3, BB; C Austin Allen 2-3, 2B, BB

Prospect Watch:  Fernando Tatis Jr. had his first two-homer game of 2018. The 19-year-old, notably off to a rough start to the year, pulled a ball over the wall in the sixth, then came back with a game-tying opposite-field blast to lead off the bottom of the ninth. Tatis raised his season line to .200/.208/.387. That won’t impress, but illustrates early-season volatility of numbers. Tatis was hitting .183/.192/.296 going into the game. That is a 107 point increase in his OPS after one day.  This was Tatis’ second career multi-home run game. He first pulled off the feat last July with Fort Wayne. … While Tatis is clearly the Missions’ top prospect, Josh Naylor and Austin Allen continue to lead the Texas League in home runs and OPS.  Both players reached base three times Tuesday. No Missions hitter other than the big three recorded a hit. The most impressive stat might be that Naylor has now walked nine times over the last ten games with only two strikeouts.  Allen has 13 extra-base hits and now leads the league with 49 total bases in 17 games. … Lefty Logan Allen made one key mistake on the night, grooving a 3-1 fastball after a leadoff walk in the second inning. Frisco’s Eliezer Alvarez jumped it for a two-run homer. The 20-year-old hurler allowed just three other hits over six innings on the night. For the third consecutive outing, Allen struck out six and walked three.

Storm 5 – San Jose Giants 2

Key Stats: RHP Reggie Lawson (W, 2-0) 5 IP, 5 H, ER, 4 K; LF Buddy Reed 2-5, 2 RS, 3 SB (8); DH Luis Torrens 1-4, 2B, RS, 2 RBI; RF Jorge Ona 2-4, RS; 2B Eguy Rosario 2-3, 2 2B, RBI, BB

Prospect Watch: Make it four straight starts in the Cal League without allowing more than one earned run for Reggie Lawson.  The Victor Valley native has enjoyed pitching back in California, boasting a 0.90 WHIP and a .200 BAA, while striking out more than a batter an inning. Although he avoided walking a batter for the second time this year, he still needed 88 pitches to get through five innings. That’s the exact same pitch count as his last start, also a five-inning performance. …  After losing his nine-game hitting streak Monday, Buddy Reed was back to his hitting ways. He collected his ninth multi-hit game in 17 starts this year and added three stolen bases for good measure.  The eight stolen bases put him more than halfway to his career high of 15 in 2016. He swiped only 12 last year in Fort Wayne. …  With four Storm regulars batting over .300 and Luis Torrens at .298, another top prospect can be easily forgotten.  Jorge Ona collected a multi-hit game and now has a seven-game hitting streak. During that stretch, he has raised his batting average by 70 points to .246 and added 133 points to his OPS, which now sits at .690. He struck out 10 times without a walk in his first seven games of the year, but has posted a much more reasonable 11:6 ratio over his last 10 contests.

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Esteury Ruiz (back) poses with teammates in the dugout on a chilly day in the Midwest League. (Photo: Jeff Nycz)

Great Lakes Loons 5 – TinCaps 0

Key Stats: LHP Aaron Leasher (L, 1-1) 3.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K; 2B Estuery Ruiz 2-4; RHP Evan Miller 3.2 IP, H, 2 K;

Prospect Watch:  The highlight of the day came hours before the game as top prospect LHP Mackenzie Gore threw a bullpen as he recovers from a blister. The Padres will make plans for a return date once they see how the finger is doing on Wednesday. If all goes well, he could come off the DL in the next week. …  Fellow lefty Aaron Leasher had an outing to forget.  The sixth-round pick consistently fell behind hitters and battled through aat-bats  In 3.1 innings he threw 83 pitches (49 for strikes).  Leasher is another lanky lefty – a profile the front office loves. Like most tall pitchers, he can lose his mechanics and struggle with command.  He has struck out 22 hitters in just 17.2 innings this season but has also walked 11… The team managed just four hits, all singles. Esteury Ruiz hit two of them. It was his third multi-hit game in four games. The 19-year-old went two for his first 16, but has a .326/.367/.522 line since. It’s a small sample size, but more in line with his career numbers of .322/.376/.541. Subscribers have a full profile on Ruiz from Travis Barnett up on the site today.

 

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Posted by Ben Davey

Writer for MadFriars since 2011. San Diego raised. Grossmont alum. Die hard SD and sports fan. Currently keeping my day job as an AP Chemistry Teacher.

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