Chihuahuas 4, Reno Aces 3
Key Statistics: SS Luis Urías, 2-for-4, R, 2B; LF Josh Naylor, 2-for-4, 2B, RBI; RF Alex Dickerson, 2-for-4; PH Peter Van Gansen, 1-for-1, HR (1), R, RBI; LHP Dietrich Enns (W, 2-0) 5 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 2 K; RHP Phil Maton, IP, K; Fernando Rodriguez Jr. (S, 1) 0.1 IP.
Prospect Watch: El Paso won again, in a rare low-scoring game at home. … Ty France went hitless to snap his 14-game hitting streak. He did reach base on a HBP, the ninth time he’s been hit by a pitch in just 92 plate appearances. While he doesn’t especially crowd the plate, France has finished each of his three full-season campaigns with a tally in the high-20s. Despite Luis Urias’s presence, France still got the start at second, his fifth outing of the week. He won PCL Player of the Week, after homering seven times last week. … Urías had two hits, including a double Monday afternoon. The 21-year-old infielder has struggled with strikeouts in a limited sample with the big league club and will need to make more contact in El Paso to get another opportunity. He struck out once in four plate appearances in his return in the Sun City. … LHP Dietrich Enns earned the victory, throwing five shutout innings. Enns — who has big league time with Minnesota — has an ERA north of six due to two poor outings.
Roster Moves: El Paso made multiple roster moves in addition to activating Urías before Monday’s game. RHP Tyler Higgins was promoted from Amarillo and pitched in Monday’s game, while lefties Paco Rodriguez and Kyle McGrath were sent to Amarillo. The Chihuahuas are currently carrying 12 pitchers.
Springfield Cardinals 13, Sod Poodles 7
Key Statistics: Rodrigo Orozco, 3-for-3, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 BB; RF Edward Olivares, 2-for-5, 2 R, HR (4), 4 RBI; C Luis Torrens, 2-for-5, R, HR (1), RBI; LHP Adrian Morejon (L, 0-3) 0 IP, H, ER; RHP Dauris Valdez, 1.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER; LHP Paco Rodriguez, 2.1 IP, 3 H, R, BB, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: Amarillo gave up three in the first and lost on the road in Missouri. … LHP Adrian Morejon left the game after throwing just four pitches. While he was not in visible pain, catcher Luis Torrens called for the trainer quickly and Morejon’s outing was over just as fast. As of press time, there isn’t an update on his status but we will be sure to pass on information when it is available. … Outfielder Rodrigo Orozco is sure making a great impression on his new organization. The newly-acquired outfielder had three hits, including two doubles for Amarillo Monday night, drew two walks and scored two runs. Through four games, Orozco is 8-for-15, with a homer, three doubles, and five walks. … Edward Olivares also homered — his fourth of the year. The 23-year-old is 5-for-13 with two homers in his last three starts. After bringing him to instructs last fall to work on getting to his strength better at the plate, the Padres opted to add him to the 40-man roster despite a so-so showing in his first campaign in the organization. The early returns have been encouraging as the Venezuelan outfielder has nearly doubled his IsoP from his 2018 Cal League results. … Torrens also homered as part of a multi-hit game. Torrens is riding a five-game hitting streak, which has raised his overall slash-line to a respectable .250/.357/.389 on the young season… The Sod Poodles had a rough day on the injury front. Five innings after Morejon had to leave, the trainers returned to the mound after an apparent arm injury to Kaz Makita. Both pitchers appear likely to join Pedro Avila on the Injured List. The righty was placed on the IL earlier in the day and sent to San Diego to have a sore forearm examined.
Lancaster JetHawks 2, Storm 1
Key Statistics: RF Tirso Ornelas, 2-for-4, RBI; DH Robbie Podorsky, 0-for-2, 2 BB; LHP Tom Cosgrove, 5 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 6 K; LHP Aaron Leasher (L, 0-2) 4 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K.
Prospect Watch: The bats were quiet in Lake Elsinore, as the Storm lost a low-scoring affair at The Diamond. … Right fielder Tirso Ornelas had both Storm hits and also drove in the only run Lake Elsinore scored. Ornelas, 19, has been the Storm’s best offensive player (with Luis Campusano on the shelf), leading the club with 21 hits and 13 runs scored. His .402 on-base percentage ranks third among Storm hitters, trailing Campusano and Olivier Basabe. … LHP Tom Cosgrove pitched five solid innings and drew a no-decision. The 22-year-old tied a season-high with five innings and struck out six — also a season-high. After walking five last time out, Cosgrove only walked one. Despite not possessing top-tier stuff, Cosgrove has struck out a batter per inning pitched since the Padres drafted him out of Manhattan College in 2017. … LHP Aaron Leasher piggybacked Cosgrove and allowed a run on tw.o hits in his four innings of work to take the hard-luck loss. Leasher, 22, has been the Storm’s sixth starter in the early weeks of the campaign and has been used twice in the piggyback role. He has a 3.21 ERA in 14 innings this year.
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Roster move: With LHP Robbie Erlin going back to San Diego, LHP Fred Schlichtholz came up from extended spring training. It will be a homecoming of sorts for Schlichtholz, who grew up in the San Diego area and attended Coronado High. He was a 13th-rounder in 2017.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 3, TinCaps 1
Key Statistics: LF Grant Little, 1-for-2, 2 BB; SS Justin Lopez, 1-for-3; DH Agustin Ruiz, 1-for-3, BB, RBI; LHP Ryan Weathers, 6 IP, H, BB, 6 K; RHP Angel Acevedo (L, 0-2) 2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, 3 K.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps allowed three in the top of the ninth to lose a close game at home. … LHP Ryan Weathers shined once again, allowing just one hit in six shutout innings. Weathers commanded his fastball in the strike zone and touched 95 mph on a few occasions. Weathers combination of fastball/slider, with an occasional change, has baffled the Midwest League in the early part of the season. Through 22.2 innings over four starts, last year’s first-round pick walked just three batters while striking out 28. … Grant Little had a single and drew a pair of walks Monday night and has reached base in 14 of his 15 games for the season. Little leads the club with a .339 average and has a .421 on-base percentage. If there is a flaw in Little’s games, it’s that he has just two extra-base hits, both doubles, to his credit in 2019. While the Competitive Balance pick has logged five starts in center, he’s seen more action in left field, which is likely his ultimate position.
For a deeper look at Ryan Weathers’ start, you can take a look at Travis Barnett’s game story following his trip to Parkview Field.