Chihuahuas 8, Las Vegas Aviators 6
Key Statistics: RF Josh Naylor, 1-for-4, 2 R, BB, RBI; DH Alex Dickerson, 3-for-5, 2B, R; C Austin Allen, 1-for-3, 2 R, HR (3), BB, 2 RBI; 1B Connor Panas, 2-for-5, R, HR (2), 4 RBI; 3B Matthew Batten, 2-for-3, R, 2B, BB; RHP Cal Quantrill, 4.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K; RHP Robert Stock (W, 1-0) IP, H, ER, 3 K; RHP Phil Maton (S, 1) 2 IP, H, 4 K.
Prospect Watch: It seems the new ballpark in Vegas favors hitters as much as old Cashman Field. El Paso and Las Vegas have combined for 19 homers in the first three games of the series, including six Friday. … First baseman Connor Panas had one of the homers — a grand slam in a six-run first for the Chihuahuas. Panas is 6-for-14 with El Paso, with a pair of homers since joining the club last week. He came over from Toronto in exchange for Clayton Richard this winter. … Unheralded infielder Matt Batten had two hits and drew a walk Friday night to bump his line to .367/.392/.531 in 58 plate appearances since joining El Paso. Batten, 23, has appeared at all four infield spots for the Chihuahuas, though he’s spent the most time at third base. He’s improved his speed and contact rates since the Padres drafted him in the 32nd round in 2017 out of Quinnipiac. … Catcher Austin Allen homered and drew a walk in four plate appearances. Allen is slugging .508 for El Paso, almost identical to his production in San Antonio last year. … RHP Cal Quantrill pitched better than his line indicated and ultimately took the no-decision. Quantrill worked into the fifth and allowed two earned runs, each coming on solo HR’s. Quantrill’s three walks represent a season-high, as the righty tried to limit balls off the plate. After a disastrous first start, the former Stanford star has allowed two earned runs or less in his last four outings.
Sod Poodles 6, Arkansas Travelers 2
Key Statistics: CF Rodrigo Orozco, 2-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R; RF Edward Olivares, 2-for-4, 2 R, BB, RBI; SS Owen Miller, 2-for-4, BB; 3B Hudson Potts, 2-for-5, R, RBI; LF Nate Easley, 2-for-4, R, SB (2, 3); RHP Reggie Lawson (W, 2-1) 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K; LHP Kyle McGrath, 3.2 IP, H, 2 K; RHP Blake Rogers (S, 2) 0.1 IP.
Key Statistics: The Sod Poodles got the win on the road in Arkansas. Rodrigo Orozco had a pair of doubles and scored two runs in the Amarillo win. The switch-hitter has 5 multi-hit games in seven contests since joining the club and has also drawn six walks. Orozco has taken over the leadoff spot and center field duties, relegating Buddy Reed to the bottom of the lineup and a corner when they both start. … SS Owen Miller extended his hitting streak to five games with a pair of singles. Miller got off to a slow start but his recent hitting streak has raised his average to .276. … Third baseman Hudson Potts had his second consecutive multi-hit game — an encouraging sign that his early-season slump is ending. Potts is 6-for-18 over his last four games, which has raised his average from .156 to .195. While his strikeout rate is still alarming at 37 percent, it’s also trending down on the road trip. … RHP Reggie Lawson earned his second victory, pitching five innings on Friday night. Lawson tied a career-high with nine strikeouts while allowing two earned runs. Lawson has deployed a slider this season, which has taken his stuff to another level. Lawson is averaging 14.5 strikeouts per nine innings — which would represent a career-high. His 6.61 ERA isn’t impressive but one poor start has skewed the results. … Blake Rogers picked up his second consecutive save, recording the last out after a strong 3.2 inning appearance by Kyle McGrath. Rogers added velocity in an offseason throwing program that also helped him significantly increase his stride length. The righty is one of only five signed players still active from the 37th-round or later in the 2015 draft.
Storm 2, Inland Empire 66ers 1
Key Statistics: LF Jack Suwinski, 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI; SS Gabriel Arias, 2-for-4; RF Tirso Ornelas, 1-for-3, 2B, BB; RHP Ronald Bolaños, 6 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 6 K; RHP Steven Wilson (W, 1-0) 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K; RHP J.C. Cosme (S, 1) IP.
Prospect Watch: The Storm got a two-run double from Jack Suwinski in the seventh to get by the 66ers. Suwinski got off to a quick start but he is just 5-for-36 over his last ten games. The 20-year-old outfielder has flashed more power in the Cal League and his four homers lead the team. … Gabriel Arias had a pair of hits to raise his average to .299. Arias was back at shortstop, a night after starting at third base. In the early part of the season, Arias has shown an improved approach, yielding a .379 on-base percentage that’s nearly 100 points higher than last April’s. … RHP Ronald Bolaños turned in another good start, a very positive turn for a guy who has fallen off of the radar. Bolaños allowed one run in six innings while walking just one batter. The 22-year-old Cuban has struck out six batters each of his four starts and has allowed opponents just a .185 average in 2019; a far cry from the .282 clip batters tagged him for a year ago.
South Bend Cubs 7, TinCaps 4
Key Statistics: SS Xavier Edwards, 2-for-3, R, RBI, 2 BB, SB (7); 3B Tucupita Marcano, 2-for-4, BB; RF Agustin Ruiz, 2-for-5, RBI; LHP Joey Cantillo (L, 0-2) 2.2 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K; RHP Henry Henry, 2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, K.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps lost on the road to South Bend. … SS Xavier Edwards had a pair of hits and also drew two walks Friday night. Edwards also swiped a bag but was picked off and thrown out in another attempt. Edwards’ two hits raised his average to .344 — good for eighth on the circuit. Edwards also has more walks (9) than strikeouts (7) in the season’s first month. … Outfielder Agustin Ruiz had two more hits and drove in a run. Ruiz, 19, is currently second in the Midwest League with a .362 average. While the hot start is encouraging, the teenager is being aided by a BABIP north of .500 and he has struck out in 30% of his plate appearances, so some regression is likely. However, his smooth left-handed swing is something to watch this season. … LHP Joey Cantillo lasted just 2.2 innings — his second consecutive poor outing. The Hawaiian lefty has struggled with command this year, although he has posted some gaudy strikeout numbers. Cantillo has walked six batters in his last 3.1 innings which has been the bulk of his issues. He has struck out 19 batters in 11.1 innings.