Tacoma Rainiers 7, Chihuahuas 5
Key Stats: LHP Logan Allen 3 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 K; LF Josh Naylor 1-3, RS, 2 BB; CF Jose Pirela 1-5, 2 RBI, RS, 2B; 3B Jason Vosler 2-4, 2B, RS, RBI
Prospect Watch: Yes, you read that correctly. Jose Pirela played center field because of limited roster options and Michael Gettys‘s rough start to the year. While he did hit a two-run double and later scored to tie the game in the eighth, the outfield defensive alignment – with Josh Naylor and Jacob Scavuzzo flanking him – definitely did not help the pitching staff… LHP Logan Allen pitched slightly better in his second start but still lasted only three innings. Allen took a line drive off Jose Lobaton’s bat in the first which led to a run. He seemed more annoyed he didn’t make the catch than anything else. In the third, Allen gave up two seeing-eye singles before giving up a two-run double that might have been caught by another outfield. More shoddy defense/bad luck led to more runs, but Allen managed to strike out the last two batters of the inning to escape further damage. Allen came out to open the fourth, but after his second consecutive leadoff walk pushed his pitch count to 87, manager Edwin Rodriguez came out to get him. … Eric Yardley went four scoreless innings with his sidearm delivery. The ability to soak up innings and come back quickly between appearances could earn him time in the big leagues at some point this season, six years after he signed as an undrafted free agent.
Midland RockHounds 11, Sod Poodles 5
Key Stats: LHP Adrian Morejon 4 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 4 K (L, 0-2); CF Buddy Reed 1-5, HR (2), RBI; SS Owen Miller 3-5, HR (2), 2 RBI; 3B Hudson Potts 1-4, 2B, BB, 3 K; 2B Peter Van Gansen 2-3, RS, 2 RBI, BB
Prospect Watch: While the box score shows Adrian Morejon surrendered all five runs in a tough third inning, he battled with location all night. From the outset, Morejon didn’t appear to have command with his pitches except when he dialed back his fastball. He escaped the first two innings, but once Midland batters let him beat himself, it was a different story. Morejon walked three and hit a batter wrapped around an opposite-field grand slam by countryman Dairon Blanco. On the bright side, Morejon did come back to pitch a scoreless fourth, and did not appear injured. … Owen Miller is the only position player drafted in 2018 to open the year in Double-A. After opening the season just 4-for-26, he collected his first multi-hit game and notched his second home run of the year Wednesday. Miller skipped Lake Elsinore after impressing the Padres last year hitting .335/.395/.440 in Tri-City and .336/.368/.495 in Fort Wayne.
Game 1: Storm 10, Lancaster JetHawks 0 (7 innings)
Key Stats: LHP Aaron Leasher 4 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 3 BB, 4 K; 1B Olivier Basabe 2-5; RF Tirso Ornelas 2-4, 2 R, BB, 2B; C Luis Campusano 4-5, 4 R, 4 RBI, HR (1), 2B; CF Jack Suwinski 2-2, R, 2 RBI, 2 2B, BB; 3B Eguy Rosario 2-3, R, 3 RBI, 3B
Game 2: Lancaster JetHaws 8 – Storm 5 (7 innings)
Key Stats: LHP Tom Cosgrove (L, 1-1) 4.1 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 3 K; LF Jack Suwinski 2-3, 3 R; SS Gabriel Arias 3-3, 2B, HR (1), 4 RBI; RF Tirso Ornelas 2-4, 3B, E
Prospect Watch: The Storm totally dominated Lancaster in the first game but they couldn’t hold on for the sweep. C Luis Campusano collected a career high in hits, runs, and RBI in game one. After adding a single as the designated hitter in game two, the 20-year-old has hit safely in every game this season and has drawn five walks against only four strikeouts in 32 trips to the plate. On the year, the 2017 second-round pick is hitting .538/.594/.769. … Jack Suwinski has also been a force to open the year. After spending the last two years close to home with Fort Wayne, the Chicago-area product is enjoying his first April in California. In the three-game series at hitter-friendly Lancaster, Suwinski went 7-for-9 with two homers, two doubles and a pair of walks to push his OPS from .686 to 1.350.
TinCaps 12, Dayton Dragons 2
Key Stats: LHP Ryan Weathers 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 8 K (W, 1-0); LHP Trent Shelton 3 IP, 3 K (S, 1); 2B Xavier Edwards 3-4, 3 RS, BB, SB (3); LF Grant Little 3-5, RS, 2 RBI, SB (3); 1B Blake Hunt 2-3, RS, 3 RBI, BB; RF Agustin Ruiz 2-5, RS, 2 RBI, 2B
Prospect Watch: After a stellar season debut, Ryan Weathers impressed just as much in his second start for the TinCaps. The Padres’ top 2018 draft pick sat around 94 MPH most of the outing, adding and subtracting speed as needed and located an almost-unhittable curve for strikeouts. Only one hitter reached second base through the first five innings, and that was due to an error. Weathers got into a bit of trouble in the sixth giving up a swinging bunt single and a hard hit triple to left. However, he struck out the final two batters to minimize the damage. In 11 innings, Weathers has struck out 17 without allowing a walk. … While Weathers did not walk a batter, the TinCaps offense managed nine free passes, including multiple walks with the bases loaded. One of those walks was by Luis Almanzar, who added two more RBI on the day. In a very small sample size, Almanzar is hitting .571/.625/1.429 with RISP (4-7, 2 HR) which explains his team-leading nine RBI. … The only person with more RBI in the MWL is last years top draft pick Nolan Gorman who is also first in the MWL in total bases. Just behind him is TinCaps RF Agustin Ruiz. Ruiz had the lone extra base hit today, and now has hit safely in all six games he has played including five multi-hit games.