Tacoma Rainiers 10, Chihuahuas 6
Key Stats: RHP Brett Kennedy 4 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; 2B Luis Urias 0-4, BB, R; C Brett Nicholas 2-5, HR (9), 2 RBI; DH Franmil Reyes 2-3, 2B, R, RBI, BB; LF Shane Peterson 2-4, 2 RBI
Prospect Watch: Because he didn’t appear in their top 30 Padres prospects, Franmil Reyes (who was on some top Padres prospect lists!) didn’t qualify for Baseball America’s Team of the Week, but the PCL Player of the Week continued his dominance. Make it eight straight multi-hit games for Reyes. That includes 11 extra-base hits, eight straight games with at least one run scored, and eight straight with at least one RBI… Newly demoted reliever Kazuhisa Makita pitched well in his PCL debut, throwing two hitless innings and striking out two. The 32-year-old, signed to a two-year deal this winter, allowed only one run in his first six outings with the Padres, but had two ugly outings in the second half of April that spiked his ERA. … After allowing four earned runs in his first five starts combined, Brett Kennedy has now allowed nine runs in his last two starts. The 2015 11th-rounder is working on incorporating his offspeed offerings more frequently. … Luis Urias was 0-4 on the day John Conniff posted his glowing profile on him. Coincidence? Maybe not.
Roster Note: Starter Kyle Lloyd, hit hard in Albuquerque on Sunday, went on the disabled list to make room for Makita. We’ll work on getting a status update shortly.
Missions 4, Corpus Christi Hooks 0
Key Stats: RHP Miguel Diaz 2.2 IP, 3 BB, 3 K; SS Fernando Tatis Jr. 0-2, 2 BB, R, SB (1); LF Josh Naylor 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI, BB; RF Michael Gettys 2-4, 2B, HR (5), 2 R, RBI, SB (5)
Prospect Watch: Miguel Diaz got the start for the Missions, but was once again on a pitch count. It took him 60 pitches (36 strikes) to get through 2.2 innings. The good news is he has only allowed 10 hits in 20.1 innings this year. The bad news is he has walked 15. The Padres seem content on keeping him at 60, as he has thrown roughly 60 in each of his last four starts. Diaz, 23, has only topped last year’s 51 innings of work once in his career. … The good news for Michael Gettys is that he has significantly cut his strikeout percentage from 38% last year to 30% so far in Double-A. The bad news is that the decrease in strikeouts hasn’t resulted in more hits as a lot more of his contact has turned into ground balls. Gettys is showing improvement in some areas and has shown flashes – like tonight – of being a five-tool talent, but he still struggles to put it all together for longer than a week or two.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 6, Storm 1
Key Stats: RHP Reggie Lawson 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, BB, 7 K; RHP Pedro Avila 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K; 1B Brad Zunica 2-3, 2B, 3B, R
Prospect Watch: Righty Reggie Lawson cruised through the first four innings, facing just three over the minimum (including an error), but the fifth was a different story. He allowed the first four runners to reach base including a bases-loaded walk. He did strike out two of the next three hitters, but the damage was done. While the three earned runs is a season-high for Lawson, it was a good rebound after walking four in five innings in his last start… With Chris Paddack and Michel Baez returning to the club, the rotation has been in a bit of flux. Last week, Lake Bachar worked four innings in relief of Pedro Avila. Tonight, Avila made his first bullpen appearance. Avila pitched reasonably except for a few self-inflicted wounds. The first runs scored after two straight bunt singles. The second run scored because of an errant pickoff throw by Avila, and the third run scored on a wild pitch strikeout. Despite the wildness, Avila’s six strikeouts were a season-high but were nowhere close to the career high of 17 he recorded last August when setting a Midwest League record.
Quad Cities River Bandits 9, TinCaps 0
Key Stats: LHP MacKenzie Gore 2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, BB, 3 K; 3B Gabriel Arias 1-1, BB; LF Jack Suwinski 1-3, 2B, BB; CF Tre Carter 1-3, 2B, BB
Prospect Watch: All eyes were on MacKenzie Gore, making his first start after a blister sent him to the disabled list nearly a month ago. He retired the side in order in the first and struck out the first batter in the second. Hitters were chasing early to fall behind in the count, and Gore would use a filthy breaking ball or change-up to put them away. That suddenly changed as hitters were no longer swinging early. Gore kept missing high and away with his fastball and fell behind three straight batters, all of whom reached base. With the bases loaded, Marcos Almonte sat on a fastball up and away and drilled it for a three-run double. Gore eventually escaped the inning thanks to Tirso Ornelas making a great catch and throw to nail a runner at the plate. The ineffectiveness looked to be due to rust, and he should be fine. … TinCaps announcers have mentioned it before, but today the Quad Cities announcers picked up on it as well. Padres player development staff has been working hard with hitters to beat the shift. Multiple times throughout the games, you could see TinCaps hitters actively trying to take the ball to the vacated positions. This resulted in quite a few strikeouts (15) but did have a few positive results. Centerfielder Tre Carter hit a soft grounder to third that would have been an easy play if the third baseman wasn’t playing in between first and second base. The end result was a double. It is a learning process (a ton of strikeouts), but one the organization hopes will make better hitters by the time they get to San Diego.
Roster Note: The good news of Gore coming off the disabled list is tempered by lefty Osvaldo Hernandez going on the shelf. The Cuban-born lefty, who turns 20 next week, just turned in his best start of the year. We’ll have more on his status in the coming days.
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