Adrian Morejon had a career-best outing as he led the Storm to the only victory in the system.
Tacoma Rainiers 8, Chihuahuas 5
Key Stats: RHP Walker Lockett 6.1 IP, 11 H, 6 ER, BB, 5 K; LF Cory Spangenberg 2-5, 2B, RS, 2 RBI; 2B Luis Urias 1-4, 2 RBI, BB; CF Shane Peterson 2-3, 2 RS, BB.
Prospect Watch: All good things must come to an end. After starting the month 20-for-30, right fielder Franmil Reyes finally went hitless, going 0-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. He still has a slash line in May of .606/.667/1.424/2.091. … Luis Urias has walked at least once in 10 of his last 11 games. On the year Urias once again has more walks (22) than strikeouts (21).
No game for the Missions
The Missions open a homestand Thursday with our own David Jay on-site.
Storm 1, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 0
Key Stats: RHP Adrian Morejon (W, 1-3) 7 IP, 3 H, BB, 7 K; RHP Lake Bachar IP, 2 K; SS Kelvin Melean 2-3, RS; CF Edward Olivares 2-4; DH Eguy Rosario 1-2, BB.
Prospect Watch: Adrian Morejon was the storyline in Lake Elsinore as he turned in the best start of his career. The 19-year-old lefty pitched into the seventh inning for the first time in his career and he came up one shy of his career high with seven strikeouts. Morejon had faced the minimum up until a two-out walk in the fifth. The next batter singled, to give the Quakes their only at-bat with a runner in scoring position, but Morejon escaped with an easy grounder. The Cuban phenom finished off the night by retiring the final four batters he faced. … Kelvin Melean scored the only run of the game on a two-out passed ball in the seventh inning. The 19-year-old Venezuelan, who is playing almost every day with two infielders on the Storm disabled list, led off with a single and advanced when second baseman Deion Tansel was plunked. Melean alertly advanced to third on a pop foul down the first base line to be in a position to score. A defense-first shortstop, Melean has only hit in three of his last 10 games but has two hits in each of those contests.
Quad Cities River Bandits 7, TinCaps 1
Key Stats: RHP Emmanuel Ramirez 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K; 2B Estuary Ruiz 1-3, HR (5), RBI, BB; C Juan Fernandez 1-4, 2B.
Prospect Watch: The good news, 18-year-old top prospect Jeisson Rosario is fifth in the Midwest League in line drive percentage. The center fielder is averaging a line drive on over 32% of the balls he puts into play. The bad news, he has put the ball in play once, striking out six times in the last two games. Even with the sudden flurry of strikeouts he still has as many walks (26) as strikeouts (26). … Second baseman Esteury Ruiz hit his fifth home run of the season in the ninth. While his slash line is still nearly 200 points lower this year than last (.812 to .997) it should be mentioned the difficulty of playing in Fort Wayne in April and that his OPS is the second highest on the team.
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