Chihuahuas 7, Fresno Grizzlies 5
Key Stats: CF Michael Gettys 2-5 HR (6), RBI, SB (1); SS Luis Urias 1-4, HBP, 2 R, 3 K; RF Josh Naylor 2-5, R; LF Alex Dickerson 4-5, 2B, R, RBI; C Austin Allen 2-5, 2B, RBI; 1B Jason Vosler 2-4, 2 HR (5) 2 RBI
Prospect Watch: If it seems the Chihuahuas finish every game with multi-hit games throughout the lineup and someone with multiple home runs, that’s because they do. As a team, El Paso is hitting .321/.392/.595. They lead the league by a wide margin in all three categories and, with, 65 homers in 26 games, have 14 more the second place team. In the newly turbocharged offensive environment of the PCL, Alex Dickerson is hitting .378/.480/.622 and doesn’t crack the top 10 in OPS. Dickerson has now reached base safely 16 times in the last five games. … While many have explained the extra offense due to tighter wound MLB balls being used, one key aspect to look at is strikeout totals. While Luis Urias continues to strikeout at a concerning clip, fellow top prospect Josh Naylor has turned making contact into a science. After striking out seven times in his first four games, Naylor has struck out seven times over the last 21, including only once over his last seven games. Naylor has always been a good contact hitter, but he has gone 12-for-31 with four doubles and a pair of homers for a .387/.472/.710 line with just the two strikeouts over the last nine days.
The Sod Poodles had a scheduled day off
They begin a homestand Wednesday against Springfield with Reggie Lawson on the mound and John Conniff will have the game story along with pictures of his chicken-fried steak.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 8, Storm 3
Key Stats: RHP Mason Thompson (L, 0-4) 3 IP, H, 3 ER, 6 BB, 3 K; RF Tirso Ornelas 2-5 2B; SS Gabriel Arias 2-2, R; DH Robbie Podorsky 2-4, R, RBI, SB (8); C Luis Campusano 1-4, 2B, BB
Prospect Watch: It has been a tough month for any member of the Storm not named Gore or Campusano. Jeisson Rosario has one of the best eyes at the plate in the Padres’ system but has struck out 10 times in the last four games and 33 in 24 games. Olivier Basabe, who torched Tri-City last year hitting .313/.371/.480, has struggled to a .235/.354/.346 line and is mired in a 1-for-22 slump. Esteury Ruiz, who was thought of by many as the key piece in the Matt Strahm deal, has 10 stolen bases but is also hitting .218/.258/.276. Mason Thompson, who was finally healthy and was sitting mid-90s with great movement on in spring training, can’t find the strike zone. He walked three in the first, two in the second and hit a batter, and walked another in the third. The Texan now has 19 walks in 18.1 innings. On the bright side, all of these players are a hot streak away from being back to their normal averages… One of the few highlights this year has been SS Gabriel Arias. A defensive wizard at shortstop, Arias is also hitting .300 with a .376 OBP. He singled and scored the first run of the game, then came up in the third after a Luis Campusano double and laid down a beautiful bunt single. But to encapsulate the Storm season thus far, Arias was picked off trying to steal and injured his knee on the play. No word on the severity of the injury as of yet.
Kane County Cougars 7, Tin Caps 4
Key Stats: LHP Ramon Perez (L, 0-1) 4.1 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 K; RHP Henry Henry 2 IP, H, ER, BB, 4 K; 2B Xavier Edwards 2-4, 3B, R, RBI; 3B Tucupita Marcano 4-5, 2 RBI
Prospect Watch: The Tin Caps left 13 runners on base, and were outscored 7-0 over the last six innings. After we noted last week that Xavier Edwards did not have an extra base all season, he has tallied three of them. Edwards hit his first triple of the season and is 10-for-19 with a pair of doubles and the triple in his last six games. He’s scored six runs and drawn four walks against just one strikeout. His April line of .347/.417/.403 might not seem overly impressive compared to the gaudy numbers of El Paso, but the Midwest League has an average OPS of .670, 150 points below the PCL average of .820 and is notoriously tough on young hitters from warm-weather states. … Fellow infielder Tucupita Marcano is also finishing the month strong. Marcano collected his first career four-hit game and has reached base safely in eight straight games. Since the streak began, Marcano has raised his OPS from .466 to .681.