Tirso Ornelas will be someone to watch for the Storm. (Photo: Cherished Memories)

Chihuahuas 12, Reno Aces 7

Key Statistics: 2B Esteban Quiroz 2-4, 2 BB; Seth Mejias-Brean1-3, HR (1) 2 RBI, BB; 3B Ty France 2-5, 2 RBI, BB; CF Michael Gettys 3-5, 3B, HR (2) 2 RBI; 3B-SS Chris Batten 2-5, RBI; LF Jose Pirela 3-4, 2B 2 RBI, BB; RHP Chris Rowley 2.2 IP 6 H 5 R 5 ER; LHP Kyle McGrath (W, 1-0) 2.1 IP 3 H R ER BB K HR

Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas claimed their third straight victory after falling behind 6-1 in the sixth inning. El Paso then put up six runs in the bottom of the frame and added four more in the eighth inning. … Michael Gettys finished a double short of the cycle to lead the El Paso offense . After a strong spring, Gettys got off to a brutal start, going 2-for-22 with 13 strikeouts in his first six games.  In his past three games, he’s 6-for-13.  Long-time readers know he has a ton of tools, but he has to make consistent contact for them to play. … Jose Pirela is hitting .341/.426/.512 after his third straight multi-hit game. … Ty France is the offensive star of the team thus far, slashing .357/.429/.571 in ten games. He has already been hit by four pitches.  After playing mainly third last year for Double-A San Antonio, he’s played first base for eight of the ten games.

Sod Poodles 5, Corpus Christi Hooks 4

Hudson Potts broke out of his season-long slump at Hodgetown on Saturday night. (Photo: John Moore/Amarillo Sod Poodles)

Key Statistics: 3B Hudson Potts 2-2, BB; DH Jorge Oña 2-4; C Webster Rivas 2-3, RBi, BB; SS Chris Baker 1-4, 2B; RHP Lake Bachar 5.2 IP 7 H R ER 2 BB 4 K; RHP Tyler Higgins (W, 1-0) 2.0 IP H 2 K.

Prospect Watch: On a cold night in Amarillo, the Sod Poodles got their first series win as they also won their third straight game…Hudson Potts, who is off to a slow start, had his first multi-hit game tonight. Coming into the game he was hitting just .086. … Jorge Oña, after battling two years of nagging injuries, is on the opposite side with a fast start. He’s hitting .314/.415/.486.  … Chris Baker doubled in his first Double-A at-bat after joining the club from extended spring training this week. … Buddy Reed, after hitting four home runs in his past three games, slowed down with an 0-4 night and three punchouts.

Storm 8, Inland Empire 66ers 2

Luis Patiño didn’t quite have the same stuff as he did a few days ago at Inland Empire. (Photo: Jerry Espinoza)

Key Statistics: 1B Olivier Basabe 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB; RF Tirso Ornelas 2-4, HR, (1) 2 RBI, BB, K; SS Gabriel Arias 2-5, RBI; CF Jeisson Rosario 0-2, 3 BB; RHP Luis Patiño 3.0 IP 2 H R ER 5 BB 4 K; RHP Caleb Boushley (W, 2-0) 3.0 IP 3 H R ER BB; RHP JC Cosme 2.0 IP 5 K

Prospect Watch: Luis Patiño struggled with his command in his home debut at the Diamond, but Tirso Ornelas gave the San Padres prospect fans something to watch for the drive north.  Ornelas, number 17 in the MadFriars Top 20, hit his first home run of the year to right. Like many Storm hitters, Ornelas has jumped off to a fast start, hitting.333/.438/.564 in his first 47 plate appearances.  The Padres believe that the left-handed Ornelas, 19, will get to his raw power well as he ages because of his superior plate discipline. … The five walks allowed set a career-high for Patiño, who needed 65 pitches to get through three innings. After posting a 4:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio for Fort Wayne last summer, the 19-year-old hurler has struck out 11 against eight free passes in eight innings of work for Elsinore. …  Olivier Basabe earned Northwest League all-star last year is also someone to watch.  Basabe, 21, who will be primarily at first base this year for the Storm, can also play second, third and left.  The Padres took him in the eighth round of the 2018 draft out of Faulkner University and he hit .296/.349/.440 between Tri-City and Fort Wayne in 2018. … J.C. Cosme continues to make an impressive transition from the rotation to the bullpen. The 22-year-old righty struck out five of the six batters he faced Saturday and now has 11 in six innings for the year.  

TinCaps 3, Bowling Green Hot Rods 0
(suspended fourth inning)

The TinCaps jumped ahead 3-0 with two outs in the top of the fourth inning when rain interrupted the game.  The will resumed the context Sunday afternoon as part of a doubleheader. … OF Michael Curry, who was just called up from Extended Spring had a three-run home run and RHP Gabe Mosser, who pitched well in his 2019 Midwest League debut, threw three scoreless innings before the game was called.

For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.

Posted by John Conniff

John grew up in Poway and has written for MadFriars since 2004. He has written articles for Baseball America, FoxSports San Diego, the El Paso Times, San Antonio Express-News, Amarillo Globe-News, Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette and Pacific Daily News in addition to appearing on numerous radio programs and podcasts. He can also break down the best places to eat for all five of the affiliates. There is no best place to eat in Peoria, Arizona.

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