Luis Urias had two home runs on Saturday. Photo: Jose Salgado

Chihuahuas 12, Las Vegas Aviators 3

Key Statistics: 2B Luis Urias 3-5, 2 HR(4 & 5) 2 RBI; RF Josh Naylor 3-5, 2B, HR (7), 2 RBI, BB; LF Alex Dickerson 2-5, 2 RBI, HR (5) BB; C Austin Allen 3-4, 2 BB; DH Jacob Scavuzzo 3-5, 4 RBI, HR (2), 2 BB;  LHP Dietrich Enns (W, 3-0) 6.0 IP 3 H 3 R 2 BB 4 K

Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas won their eighth consecutive game by hitting a team-record seven home runs.  While Las Vegas has always been among the best places to hit in the PCL, note that the Aviators didn’t have quite the same success. … Luis Urias may be disappointed in his yo-yoing between the majors and the minors, but his slash line isn’t showing it.  In nine games with El Paso, he has 15 hits with a .357/.413/.786 slash line, a much better start than he got off to last year with the Chihuahuas.  In the first half of last year in Triple-A, he hit .278/.391/.411. He’s struck out three times in 26 plate appearances since returning to Triple-A. … Josh Naylor’s seven home runs trail only Ty France’s nine for the Chihuahuas. He also sports a .402 OBP and has walked (16) more than he has struck out (14). This year Naylor has also been seeing some time in right field, in addition to his regular spot in left. … With the big club in search of left-handed hitting options, both Austin Allen, hitting .308/.405/.523, and Poway High’s Alex Dickerson, with an even more robust .357/.459./629 line, are also making a case for promotion. Allen, already on the 40-man roster, might be the easier one to bring up.

Arkansas Travelers 6, Sod Poodles 0

Key Statistics: CF Rodrigo Orozco 1-3, BB; SS Owen Miller 1-3, BB; RHP T.J. Weir (L, 2-1) 4.0 IP 9 H 6 R 6 ER 3 BB 3 K; RHP Kyle Lloyd 3.0 IP 2 H BB; RHP Andres Munoz 1.0 H 3 K

Prospect Watch: Not a lot of good to write about as the Sod Poodles were shut out on the road in North Little Rock. … Rodrigo Orozco, the 24-year old switch-hitter from Panama who came over from the Blue Jay’s organization for Socrates Brito, is off to a good start, hitting .394/.500/.636 in his first nine games. Following a slow development path in the Toronto system, Orozco never topped the .435 slugging percentage he posted in the Appalachian League back in 2015. … It was a good night for the bullpen with Kyle Lloyd tossing three scoreless innings in his second appearance with Amarillo. Andres Munoz then came in and stuck out the side without issuing a walk.  While the 20-year-old has an eye-popping 18 strikeouts in eight innings, he has also given up nine walks as his fastball command and slider continue to be a work in progress. Then again when you “sit” in the 100 mph range, patience is in abundance.

Inland Empire 66ers 6, Storm 2

Key Statistics: DH Robbie Podorsky 2-3, BB, SB; LHP Aaron Leasher (L, 0-3) 6 H 3 R 3 ER 4 BB 5 K 2 HR.

Prospect Watch: The 66ers held the Storm to seven hits, with only one for extra-bases, in a tough night at the Diamond. … Robbie Podorsky starred for the offense, reaching base three times and swiping his seventh base to tie for the club lead. He’s competing with Jack Suwinski, Tirso Ornelas and Jeisson Rosario to get reps in the outfield, but as always, Podorsky keeps putting up numbers. The 24-year old Louisiana native has a slash line of .333/.417/.333 in 59 plate appearances. … Aaron Leasher’s numbers serve as a reminder of why won-loss records say little about pitcher performance. The lefty carries a 3.60 ERA with a strikeout per inning, but he’s taken the loss in his last three outings.

TinCaps postponed

Fort Wayne’s game in South Bend was called early because of weather that included the chance of snow flurries in the evening. They will make it up as part of a doubleheader Sunday.

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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