Tacoma Rainiers 8 Chihuahuas 5
Key Statistics: CF Franchy Cordero, 1-for-5, R; SS Luis Urias, 1-for-3, BB; RF Jose Pirela, 1-for-4, R, HR (5), RBI; LHP Jerry Keel (L, 4-2) 4 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, BB, 3 K; RHP Andres Muñoz, 1.1 IP, 2 K; RHP Eric Yardley, IP, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: El Paso went down at home against Tacoma despite the top four hitters in the lineup all likely to be hitting in San Diego at some point soon. … Franchy Cordero started his rehab assignment and singled in five at-bats Friday night. Cordero is wearing a brace on his right elbow at the plate and as Jeff Sanders of the Union-Tribune reported, it might be a permanent fixture. … Jose Pirela also began a rehab assignment and homered in his final at-bat. The utility man is recovering from an oblique strain. … On the mound, Jerry Keel struggled and took the loss. The lefty allowed a pair of homers and coughed up six earned runs. The former Cal-State Northridge hurler had a rough May, as he posted a 7.50 ERA and allowed six homers in 30 innings. … Andres Muñoz recorded four outs — two via strikeout Friday night. Muñoz’s dominance has continued in the PCL where the flame-throwing reliever had racked up eight strikeouts, while allowing just two hits in 5.1 scoreless innings. Overall, Muñoz has struck out 40 batters in 21 innings between Amarillo and El Paso in 2019.
Midland RockHounds 6 Sod Poodles 2
Key Statistics: LF Rodrigo Orozco, 2-for-4; SS Owen Miller, 2-for-4, R; C Luis Torrens, 1-for-2, 2 BB, R; RHP T.J. Weir (L, 2-4) 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K; RHP David Bednar, IP, H, ER, K .
Prospect Watch: The Sod Poodles lost at Midland, dropping their record back to .500. … Outfielder Rodrigo Orozco had a pair of singles Friday night and raised his overall slash-line to .297/.347/.400 which is slightly above the league average. Orozco doesn’t possess much power but his K% is the ninth -lowest in the Texas League. The Padres acquired Orozco on April 2 from Toronto, in exchange for Socrates Brito. … Catcher Luis Torrens had a single and drew a pair of walks in the Sod Poodles’ loss. Torrens, 22, has had a very good year offensively for Amarillo. The backstop has a 113 wRC+ and a healthy 12% walk rate. Torrens has a career-high .783 OPS through 125 plate appearances in 2019.
Amarillo Roster Move: With LHP Nick Margevicius on his way back to San Diego, the organization has promoted J.C. Cosme to Amarillo. Cosme started the second game of the Storm doubleheader Thursday night but is working primarily as a multi-inning reliever. Cosme, 23, posted a 1.48 ERA in 17 games for the Storm. He will be Rule 5 eligible this winter.
Storm 5 San Jose Giants 2
Key Statistics: C Luis Campusano, 2-for-4, 2B; 3B Allen Cordoba, 1-for-4, R, SB (6); SS Gabriel Arias, 2-for-4, R, RBI; 1B Olivier Basabe, 1-for-3, R, HR (4), 3 RBI; LHP Aaron Leasher (W, 3-4) 6 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 K; RHP Reiss Knehr (S, 1) 3 IP, 4 H, ER, 5 K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm won at home Friday, edging back above .500. … The big hit of the game belonged to first baseman Olivier Basabe, who blasted his fourth homer of the year. Basabe — a signability eighth-rounder in 2017 — finished May with a rough .162/.225/.324 slash-line. Basabe has been the primary first baseman for the Storm in ‘19 but has the ability to bounce all over the diamond. … Catcher Luis Campusano had a double and a single in the Storm victory. The 20-year-old backstop has been the Storm’s most productive position player this year and is an early candidate for the Cal League MVP. Overall, Campusano is carrying a .313/.398/.507 slash-line. Campusano has struck out just three times in his last 36 plate appearances, with all three of those coming in one game. … LHP Aaron Leasher pitched six solid innings to earn the victory. The 23-year-old has been very good this season but hasn’t drawn the accolades of some of his rotation-mates. In 10 outings, Leasher has allowed one earned or less six times though one poor outing in Lancaster inflated his ERA to 3.35. … With J.C. Cosme on the move to the Texas Panhandle, RHP Reiss Knehr, 22, took his roster spot and pitched three innings Friday to earn the save. Knehr, a 20th-round pick last year, stretched out to work as a starter this spring and should give the Storm another versatile arm out of the bullpen.
Great Lakes Loons 9 TinCaps 6
Key Statistics: C Blake Hunt, 2-for-5, R, 2B; 1B Lee Solomon, 2-for-4, 2 R; RF Dwayna Williams-Sutton, 2-for-3, 2 R, HR (3), 4 RBI, BB; LHP Ramon Perez, 4 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K; RHP Austin Smith, 3.2 IP, BB, 5 K.
Prospect Watch: John Conniff is in Fort Wayne this weekend. In-between assaulting local eateries, he has the TinCaps recap from Parkview Field.