Chihuahuas 7 – Salt Lake Bees 2
Key Statistics: CF Travis Jankowski 2-3, 2 BB; 3B Cory Spangenberg 1-5, 2 RBI, 2 K; RF Franmil Reyes 0-4, 1 K; C Raffy Lopez 2-3, HR (5), BB; 2B Diego Goris 2-4, HR, 3 RBI; SS Javy Guerra 1-4, 2 K; SP Brett Kennedy 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 9 K
Prospect Watch: After allowing one earned run in 5.2 innings, starter Brett Kennedy‘s ERA actually went up to 1.29. The 11th-round pick from 2015 out of Fordham has been impressive the past few seasons, but is off to a red-hot start in the hitter-friendly confines of the Pacific Coast League. With 28 strikeouts in 28 innings, he’s right in line with his career minor league average for K/9 (9.1). … Travis Jankowski is 19-for-36 in his last ten games (.528), and has seven walks to five strikeouts during that time. He is currently riding an eight game hitting streak, and could be someone to keep an eye on if Padres outfielder Wil Myers is out for an extended period of time. … After hitting .351/.429/.811 in the first 12 games of the season, shortstop Javy Guerra has cooled down. The 22-year-old shortstop is 9-for-45 (.200) with a pair of homers, a walk, and 17 strikeouts in his last 11 games. Even during his fast start, Guerra’s strikeout rate has been above Fernando Tatis, Jr.’s all year. … Bees starter Jaimie Barria is a top ten prospect in the Angels’ system, and held the Chihuahuas to two runs on five hits in 5.2 innings. El Paso broke the 2-2 tie in the eighth on a three-run homer by Diego Goris and a bases loaded single by Cory Spangenberg, who appeared in his first game after being optioned.
Missions 4 – Midland RockHounds 2
Key Statistics: SS Fernando Tatis Jr. 0-2, K, 2 BB; 1B Josh Naylor 1-4; C Austin Allen 2-4, 2B, HR (8); CF Michael Gettys 1-3, HR (3), 2 K; SP Miguel Diaz 3.0 IP, 0ER, 0 H, 2 BB, 3 K
Prospect Watch: Miguel Diaz threw three scoreless innings, bringing his ERA down to 1.17 on the young season. He’s averaged about three innings per outing, and accomplished the feat yesterday in 55 pitches (though he endured a 33 pitch 1st inning). His command was a bit off early on, allowing some walks and a hit batter in addition to making battery-mate Austin Allen sweat a little. He settled in and retired the final seven batters he faced. His fastball was hitting 95 and had some good tail to it. His K:BB ratio in 15.1 innings is 20:9. He worked only 41.2 innings for the big league club last year and has never topped 100 innings in a season, so the organization is going to be very slow to build up his workload this year. … Josh Naylor‘s lone hit was a little nubber just down the third base line that the catcher couldn’t get to and throw to first fast enough. He hustled down the line and looked like he might’ve beat it if he hadm’t been hit by the throw. He made it to second base on the error, which scored Fernando Tatis Jr., who had reached base via walk – his fourth free pass this season in 93 plate appearances… Allen’s 8th home run on the year gives him the most in the Texas League. He is third in the league with a 1.115 OPS. Naylor, at 1.138, still leads the circuit. … Tatis Jr. leads the league with 32 strikeouts. Teammates Rod Boykin (29) and Michael Gettys (25) are third and sixth, respectively… Reliever Robert Stock recorded his first save of the year with a 1-2-3 ninth inning, allowing a pair of routine fly balls to center and an easy grounder to third. He has 15 strikeouts and three walks in nine innings out of the bullpen this season. Stock signed as a minor league free agent this winter after spending last season in the Reds organization.
Stockton Ports 11- Storm 3
Key Statistics: CF Edward Olivares 2-4, 2 2B; LF Buddy Reed 2-4, 3 SB; 3B Hudson Potts 0-3, RBI; DH Luis Torrens 1-4, 2 RBI; SP Lake Bachar 3.1 IP, 5 ER, 3 H, 4 BB, 2 K; RP Ronald Bolaños 2.2 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 2 K
Prospect Watch: Edward Olivares, the outfielder acquired in the Yangervis Solarte deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, now has 10 multi-hit games on the year. His .309/.374/.500 slash line gives him the second-highest OPS on the team, behind Buddy Reed (.956)… 19-year-old Hudson Potts is in a mini-slump, going 0-for-18 with a walk and ten strikeouts in his last five games. He still owns an .800 OPS for the season. … Starter Lake Bachar allowed a run in the first on a walk, an errant pickoff throw, and a groundball out, followed by a solo shot in the second. Things got hairy in the fourth inning, as he walked the bases loaded and then allowed a double. Reliever Austin Smith came in and allowed a first pitch single up the middle to score both inherited runners. Bachar, who had allowed just one earned run through 20 innings in his previous four starts , saw his K:BB ratio go 13:9. For his minor league career, he has a 8.3 K/9 rate and a 2.2 BB/9 rate… Luis Torrens‘ RBI single to score Reed and Potts after a double steal put the Storm on top 2-1 in the bottom of the first. The Ports would come back to tie it in the next half inning, and then take the lead for good in the fourth.
TinCaps 10 – Dayton Dragons 1
Key Statistics: CF Jeisson Rosario 2-4, 2 BB, SB; 3B Esteury Ruiz 3-5, BB, 2 SB; RF Tirso Ornelas 0-4, 3 K, 2 BB, SB; SS Gabriel Arias 1-6, 2 K; DH Justin Lopez 2-5, 2B; SP Emmanuel Ramirez 5.1 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 10 K
Prospect Watch: Cincinnati’s top pitching prospect, Hunter Greene – who they selected one pick before the Padres took MacKenzie Gore last June – started for the Dayton Dragons. The TinCaps jumped on him for four earned runs on six hits and two walks in only two innings. He did record all but one of his outs via strikeout. Jeisson Rosario and Esteury Ruiz ripped some hard hit singles off him, but he was a victim of some tough-luck infield singles and a pair of wild pitches. He struck out Tirso Ornelas twice, on fastballs clocked at 100 MPH and 96 MPH. … Justin Lopez missed his first home run of the season and settled for a double hit off the base of the wall in right center. He had been in a 2-for-21 slump with four walks and six strikeouts coming into the game. … Rosario was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double. Very aggressive on the basepaths, he also stole his sixth base in as many attempts… Emmanuel Ramirez was activated with the TinCaps to make the start. The 23-year-old had opened the season with Lake Elsinore, but was moved off the roster in favor of Michel Baez last Monday. His 10 strikeout effort was the most he’s had since punching out 11 for Lake Elsinore last September. With MacKenzie Gore getting closer to a return after his second bullpen session on Friday, Ramirez may not get a second chance turn in the TinCaps rotation. … The TinCaps are in Dayton for a three-game set, and have outscored them 16-6 in the first two games. After setting a team high for the season with 13 on Friday, they notched 14 on Saturday.
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