Chihuahuas 4, Reno Aces 1
Key Statistics: LF Josh Naylor, 1-for-4, HR (3), R, RBI; Ty France, 1-for-2, 2B, HBP (6), BB; 3B Matthew Batten, 1-for-4, RBI; LHP Jerry Keel (W, 2-0) 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 4 BB, 4 K; RHP Eric Yardley (S, 1) IP.
Key Statistics: El Paso won at home to creep above .500 for the season. … Left fielder Josh Naylor only had one hit but was it ever a doozy. Naylor launched a solo shot to right field that left the bat at 110 mph and traveled an estimated 455 feet. Naylor hasn’t lit the world on fire in 2019 but he continues to draw a ton of walks and has just a 15.5% K-rate in the season’s first few weeks. … Ty France extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a double in four plate appearances. France also drew a walk and was hit by a pitch — his sixth of the year. France leads the PCL in hits with 28 and runs with 20. He is tied for the league lead in RBI with 21 and is in the top-five in just about every other offensive category. Not bad for a former 34th-round pick. … LHP Jerry Keel turned in his best outing of the year with seven strong innings in the El Paso victory. Keel has a 3.74 ERA in four starts but he’s walked 14 batters in 21.2 innings, which isn’t a recipe for success in the PCL. Keel has allowed just one homer which has helped him limit the damage against him.
Roster Moves: With Jose Pirela in San Diego temporarily, outfielder Connor Panas takes his spot on the roster. The Padres acquired the 26-year-old from Toronto in December, for LHP Clayton Richard. The former Canisius star hit .232/.296/.359 with Double-A New Hampshire last year.
Corpus Christi Hooks 8, Sod Poodles 7
Key Statistics: CF Rodrigo Orozco, 2-for-4, 2 R, BB, RBI, 2B; RF Edward Olivares, 2-for-4, 2 R, HR (3), 2B, BB; 3B Hudson Potts, 1-for-4, RBI; RHP Pedro Avila (L, 0-1), 4.2 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5K; RHP Lake Bachar, 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, BB, 6 K.
Prospect Watch: Amarillo rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth but ultimately came up just short. … Rodrigo Orozco had two more hits, including a double for the Soddies. Orozco, 24, is 4-for-9 in his first two games as a member of the Padres’ organization. He was acquired earlier in the month for OF Socrates Brito. This is the first crack at Double-A for the switch-hitter from Panama. Last season he hit a solid .304/.375/.389 in High-A with Toronto. … Right fielder Edward Olivares doubled and slammed his third homer of the year Friday night. The former Blue Jay farmhand has shown plenty of power this year but has only a .269 on-base percentage in the early going. … RHP Pedro Avila struggled in his return to Amarillo and ultimately took the loss. The righty allowed six earned runs and three homers in 4.2 innings. Avila did notch six strikeouts but will need to keep the ball out of the air in Amarillo, which has been favorable to hitters in a small sample this year.
Inland Empire 66ers 7, Storm 2
Key Statistics: DH Tirso Ornelas, 1-for-3, R, BB; RF Jack Suwinski, 1-for-4, R, HR (3), RBI; 3B Eguy Rosario, 2-for-3, 2B; RHP Luis Patino (L, 1-1) IP, H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K; RHP Elliot Ashbeck, 3 IP, 3 H, R, BB, 3 K; RHP Caleb Boushley, 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm dropped their fifth straight game to drop to .500. … Outfielder Jack Suwinski homered Friday for the Storm. The 20-year-old to snap a 2-for-21 run over the last seven games. Suwinski has homered three times and has drawn nine walks on the year. Lake Elsinore has a lot of notable prospects in their lineup but Suwinski is a name to watch this year. … RHP Luis Patiño struggled Friday and only lasted one inning. Patiño started the outing by allowing a triple, then walked the next three batters to plate a run. Patiño then notched a strikeout before walking in another run. Walks weren’t an issue for Patiño last year in Fort Wayne but he has struggled mightily in his last two starts. Over four innings, the 19-year-old has walked nine batters. When you factor in his first start, Patiño has walked 12 batters in nine innings. For some perspective, Patiño didn’t walk his 12 batter last year until July 5th — his ninth start in Fort Wayne.
Game 1: West Michigan Whitecaps 12, TinCaps 3
Key Statistics: RF Dwanya Williams-Sutton, 2-for-3, 2 RBI; DH Grant Little, 1-for-3 R; LHP Joey Cantillo (L, 0-1) 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, ER, 2 BB, K; RHP Tom Colletti, 3.2 IP, H, 2 BB, 4 K.
Game 2: TinCaps 2, West Michigan Whitecaps 1
Key Statistics: SS Tucupita Marcano, 1-for-3; 3B Luis Almanzar, 1-for-3, R; RHP Gabe Mosser (W, 1-0) 5 IP, 3 H, ER, 8 K; RHP Carlos Belen (S, 2) 2 IP, H, 4 K.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps split a doubleheader to improve to 9-7 on the season. … Outfielder Dwanya Williams-Sutton had two hits in game one and walked twice in the nightcap. Williams-Sutton, the Padres’ fifth-round draft pick last year, has quietly started hot for Fort Wayne. The slugger has drawn ten walks and owns a .434 on-base percentage. The Midwest League suppresses power — especially in April — so Williams-Sutton should heat up with the weather. … RHP Gabe Mosser has been one of the biggest surprises of the young season and Friday night was no exception. Mosser tossed five innings, allowing just one run on three hits, without a walk. In three starts for Fort Wayne, the 27th-round pick has walked just one batter while punching out 16 in 15 innings. Mosser pitched exclusively out of the pen a season ago, but his spot in the rotation seems safe for the foreseeable future. … It was a different story for Joey Cantillo in the opener. The big lefty didn’t make it out of the first inning, giving up four runs, though just one was earned. While he didn’t give up loud contact, the 19-year-old issued a pair of walks and wasn’t able to bounce back after an error by Juan Fernandez at first base on a ball that could have bailed him out of the inning. … Xavier Edwards missed both games and hasn’t played since leaving Tuesday’s game with a minor leg injury. He appears to be healthy though and should return to action shortly.