Chihuahuas 6, Reno Aces 4
Key Statistics: 1B Ty France, 3-for-4, 2 R; C Austin Allen, 2-for-4, R; RF Jose Pirela, 2-for-4, R, 2B, 4 RBI; RHP Bryan Mitchell, 2.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; LHP Dietrich Enns (W, 1-0) 4 IP, H, 4 K; RHP Luis Perdomo (S, 1) 2 IP, 3 H, K.
Prospect Watch: El Paso overcame a four-run deficit to win in Reno. … First baseman Ty France had three singles and scored a pair of runs Friday. France has hit safely in the last five games and is sporting a .351/.419/.595 slash-line in the early part of the season. … Jose Pirela carried the offensive by doubling in a pair of runs in the seventh and plating two more in the eighth with a two-run single. Pirela, 29, has played all three outfield positions for El Paso and is hitting a healthy .297/.381/.459 to start the year. … LHP Dietrich Enns relieved an ineffective Bryan Mitchell and earned the win, pitching four scoreless innings. Enns, 27, was signed as a minor league free agent in the offseason. Enns pitched in a pair of big league games for the Twins in 2017. Last year Enns saw time for Triple-A Rochester and Double-A Chattanooga for Minnesota. … RHP Luis Perdomo pitched the final two innings to notch his first save as a professional. Perdomo was moved to the bullpen this spring and thus far the results have been encouraging. The former big leaguer has walked just one batter in 6.2 innings.
Sod Poodles 5, Corpus Christi Hooks 1
Key Statistics: CF Buddy Reed, 1-for-3, R, HR (5), 2 RBI; 2B Peter Van Gansen, 1-for-3, HR (1), R, RBI; SS Owen Miller, 1-for-4; RHP T.J. Weir (W, 1-0) 5 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, 6 K; RHP Dauris Valdez, 2 IP, H, BB, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The Sod Poodles rode a pair of homers to their second straight win at home. … Buddy Reed homered for the third straight game out of the leadoff spot for Amarillo. Reed is 8-for-20 during his current five-game hitting streak, with four homers, 12 RBI and three walks. On the flip side, the former Florida Gator has punched out six times during that span and has struck out 12 times in 41 plate appearances. His five homers are tied for the league lead with teammate Brad Zunica. … Third baseman Hudson Potts went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts as his early season struggles continued. Potts is hitting a paltry .086/.143/.200 and is tied for the league lead in strikeouts. Potts, 20, looked good in the spring but will need to make an early-season adjustment to find his stroke. … RHP T.J. Weir wasn’t with Amarillo to start the year but he jumped into the rotation and pitched five solid innings to earn the win. Weir, 27, has been in the Padres’ system since 2014 and has bounced around in a variety of roles. With Pedro Avila returning to Amarillo, Weir could head to the bullpen or perhaps back to extended spring training as he waits for another opportunity.
Inland Empire 66ers 3, Storm 2
Key Statistics: C Luis Campusano, 1-for-3, BB; LF Jack Suwinski, 1-for-4; 2B Eguy Rosario, 2-for-3, R, BB, 2B; RHP Mason Thompson (L, 0-1) 3.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, K; LHP Travis Radke, 4.1 IP, 3 H, 4 K.
Prospect Watch: The red-hot Storm bats were quiet in a loss at home to Inland Empire. … Second baseman Eguy Rosario had a pair of hits, including a double. The 19-year-old is repeating Lake Elsinore this season and the early returns have been encouraging. Rosario has four multi-hit games already this season, to go with a .860 OPS. … RHP Mason Thompson struggled Friday night and took the loss. The right-hander struggled with command and walked five and struck out just one batter. Thompson has looked strong all spring and pitched well in his season debut. … LHP Travis Radke relieved Thompson and pitched 4.1 scoreless innings. The 26-year-old lefty has pitched 9.1 innings of scoreless relief out of the Storm bullpen. The lefty isn’t overpowering but has been able to carve out a nice career thus far.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 5, TinCaps 2
Key Statistics: CF Grant Little, 1-for-4; DH Blake Hunt, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI; 1B Lee Solomon, 1-for-3, R, HR (1), RBI; LHP Joey Cantillo (L, 0-1) 4 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K; RHP Carlos Belen, IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, K.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps lost on the road at Bowling Green. … First baseman Lee Solomon homered in the Fort Wayne loss. Solomon, 22, had a nice year in the AZL a season ago after San Diego selected him in the 25th round. The former Lipscomb star is just 3-for-23 to start the year but he does possess some pop, as he homered seven times in the desert in 2018. … LHP Joey Cantillo took the loss but pitched pretty well. The southpaw struck out six hitters in four innings but allowed a two-run homer in the third inning. The 19-year-old hurler has 14 strikeouts in 8.2 innings and has allowed just five hits. The Hawaiian-born hurler is one of the more underrated players in a deep Padres system.