Salt Lake City Bees 6 – Chihuahuas 4
Key Stats: 2B Luis Urias 3-for-3, 2 2B, 2BB; C Raffy Lopez 2-for-5, HR (6); 1B Diego Goris 3-for-5; LF Allen Craig 1-for-3, HR (2), HBP; RHP Luis Perdomo 7IP, 8H, 5ER, 8K, 0BB, 4HR
Prospect Notes: Luis Urias made the most of his first start since leaving Wednesday’s game with a minor hamstring strain. The 20-year-old infielder collected a single, pair of doubles and two walks in five trips to the plate. He’s now 7-for-12 with five walks and two strikeouts in his last four starts, including that shortened outing on Wednesday. His hot streak has pushed his OBP back over .400 for the year and he has more than doubled his extra-base hits total in that brief span. Urias missed time with an ankle sprain last year, and when he returned, took several weeks before he found his stroke again. The quick turn-around on this leg issue is a positive sign. … Luis Perdomo surrendered four home runs in his second start in Triple-A. That’s three more than he issued in his four ugly starts for the big league club. On the flip side, one could optimistically note that he didn’t issue a walk and struck out eight in his seven-inning outing, and more than two-thirds of his 97 pitches were for strikes. The soon-to-be 25-year-old has gone seven innings in each of his first two outings with the Chihuahuas, a total he reached only once in his last 24 starts in the majors. Perdomo had walked 12 in 21 innings between the big leagues and his El Paso debut coming into the game. … The Padres have not announced a corresponding roster move at El Paso after recalling Travis Jankowski to fill Wil Myers‘s roster spot. The Chihuahuas now have only three active outfielders on the roster, leading to a start in left field for Allen Craig Sunday. The former big-league All-Star clubbed his second homer but is still carrying a .706 OPS through 13 games.
Missions 14 – Midland RockHounds 0
Key Stats: DH Austin Allen 4-for-4, 3 2B, BB, 3RBI; SS Fernando Tatis Jr. 1-for-3, 2BB, 2B; 2B River Stevens 2-for-5, 2B, HR (2), 5RBI; 1B Josh Naylor 2-for-5, 2B; LHP Logan Allen 7IP, 3H, 0R, 6K, 1BB
Prospect News: While the offense offered plenty of fireworks, the pitching by Logan Allen may be the most important storyline of the day from San Antonio. The 20-year-old lefty retired the first 11 batters before giving up a single on a nubber to third base one pitch after getting squeezed on what could have been his fourth strikeout of the game. He yielded singles in both the fifth and sixth, but retired both on double-play grounders and escaped a leadoff walk in the seventh by getting two strikeouts and pop-up. Allen has recorded exactly six strikeouts in each of his five starts for the Missions, though his seven-inning outing Sunday was his longest of the year. He had walked at least three in each of his first four starts but allowed just the one Sunday. Opponents are batting only .229 against him, with most of the damage coming in a rough outing against Arkansas in his second start of the year. … Logan wasn’t the only Allen boy with a big day Sunday. Austin Allen, in the lineup as the designated hitter, collected three doubles and reached base in all five trips to the plate. The 24-year-old slugger reclaimed the Texas League lead with a 1.196 OPS, while his .776 slugging percentage paces the circuit by almost 100 points. He’s also cut his strikeout rate down to 15 percent through the first month of the season. … Fernando Tatis Jr. walked twice and had a double in five trips to the plate. After drawing just one walk in his first 20 games, the 19-year-old has drawn five in his last 11 plate appearances. He added 57 points to his still-anemic OPS over the weekend and struck out only once in 13 trips to the plate. … River Stevens doubled and homered and drove in five runs on the day. One of only three players left in the system from the 2012 draft, the former ninth-rounder has an ISoP mark of exactly .200, nearly triple his career mark entering the year. … Ty France, always an on-base machine since he was drafted in 2015, has only walked eight times so far this year. But the corner infielder has been hit by a pitch nine times – more than 10 percent of his plate appearances. He got plunked 27 times last year and 28 in his first full season of pro ball.
Stockton Ports 6 – Storm 2
Key Stats: DH Jorge Ona 2-for-3, 2B, BB; RHP Michel Baez 3IP, 8H, 5ER, 4K, 3BB; RHP Austin Smith 3IP, 1H, 1ER, 3K, 1BB
Prospect News: The second start of the year didn’t go better for Michel Baez. The big righty, who was delayed out of spring training after offseason back soreness, labored through three innings of work and gave up five earned runs. The Ports opened the game with three singles and a walk against Baez, though two of the hits were not well hit. Baez then looked to be on the verge of bouncing back, striking out two in a row, but he grooved a 1-1 fastball that Luis Barrera turned around for a two-run double. Baez escaped the second inning without allowing a run despite walking two but yielded four more hits in the third inning before striking out the final two batters he faced. There were some good signs even as Baez got beat. With his fastball sitting in the mid-90s, Baez recorded four strikeouts and three more outs were grounders. Two of the hits he surrendered were of the infield variety, and two more certainly might have been fielded before they went through. But through two starts, Baez has struck out only six against five walks and sports a 1.63 WHIP. … Fellow Cuban Jorge Ona represented the bulk of the Storm offense Sunday. His double was the club’s only extra-base hit of the day, he had the only walk, and his two hits represented half of the team’s total. After hitting only .176/.263/.294 through his first 10 games of the season, Ona has hit in 10 of his last 11 contests, including seven multi-hit outings, to nudge his OPS up to .736. … Both Austin Smith and Dauris Valdez have had a few clunker outings this year, but the righty relievers combined for five innings of one-run, two-hit ball. Each struck out three and allowed only one run. … Chris Baker was activated from the disabled list while fellow infielder Ruddy Giron went onto it. Baker was hit in the head by a Jordan Guerrero pitch in a spring training intrasquad game and had been following a concussion protocol at the start of the season.
Dayton Dragons 4 – TinCaps 3
Key Stats: RF Tirso Ornelas 2-for-4, R, K; 1B Carlos Belen 2-for-3, BB, 2RBI, E (4); SS Gabriel Arias 1-for-3, BB, K; LHP Nick Margevicius 5IP, 7H, 4R (3ER), 4K, 0BB
Prospect News: Dayton’s clean-up hitter, Stuart Fairchild, lined a two-out, two-run triple the other way and scored on a throwing error by Carlos Belen to give the Dragons a 4-1 lead. The TinCaps plated two and had the bases loaded in the sixth, but couldn’t score anymore and dropped the series finale before a scheduled Monday off day. Lefty Nick Margevicius was charged with three earned runs over his five innings of work, but the Fairchild triple was the only extra-base hit he allowed on the day. Last year’s seventh-round pick bounced back after issuing five walks in his last outing, avoiding the free pass Sunday and striking out four more. He owns a 35:6 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 26 innings so far on the season. … Aaron Leasher, who had been in the rotation, came on in relief Sunday. Taken one round ahead of Margevicius, the Morehead State alum worked three perfect innings. With an off-day Monday and MacKenzie Gore apparently on track to return from the disabled list in the coming week, watch for how Leasher is used as we head into May. … Belen had his third straight multi-hit game and has drawn at least one walk in seven straight. While the 22-year-old, who spent last year in the Cal League, sports an .885 OPS, he’s also striking out at a higher rate than he did last season.