Robbie Podorsky has gotten off to a hot start in Double-A. (Photo: Corpus Christi Hooks/@cblalockphoto)

Tacoma Rainiers 9, Chihuahuas 4

Key Statistics: 2B Ivan Castillo, 1-for-2, 2 BB, 2 RBI; C Luis Campusano 2-for-4, HR (1), 2 R, 2 K; LF Brian O’Grady 1-for-4, R, RBI, K; RF Patrick Kivlehan 1-for-4, 2B, R, K; SS Tucupita Marcano 0-for-5, K; SP Brett Kennedy 3 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K

Brett Kennedy in action in 2018. (Photo: Jorge Salgado/El Paso Chihuahuas)

Prospect Watch: El Paso was held hitless for four innings by Rainers starter Héctor Santiago, who has over 900 MLB innings under his belt (and debuted in 2011), but they finally got on the board against the bullpen when Ivan Castillo lined a bases loaded single to right field. Castillo, who was a big piece of the 2019 Amarillo Sod Poodles Texas League championship team, has started out hot, going 6-for-10 in the first three games of the season and knocking in five runs. … Luis Campusano recorded his first Triple-A home run 246 days after homering in his MLB debut. The 22-year-old catcher looked much more comfortable away from big league pitching, though he did strike out twice. … Brett Kennedy logged just one inning in a rehab appearance in 2019 after shoulder surgery and wasn’t at the alternate site last summer, but the 26-year-old righty is back and healthy. Kennedy didn’t have his best stuff Saturday, but he also got BABIP’d to death, with Tacoma scoring three times in the second inning without hitting a ball out of the infield. Shortstop Tucupita Marcano got a glove on two infield singles, but couldn’t turn either into outs. The two run homer he gave up to Dillon Thomas was a no-doubter, however.

Missions 6, Corpus Christi Hooks 0

Key Statistics: LF Robbie Podorsky 1-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, K; SS CJ Abrams 1-for-4, BB, 3 K; 1B Taylor Kohlwey 2-for-5, 2B, R, RBI, K; RF Jack Suwinski 1-for-3, HR (1), 2 K; DH Esteury Ruiz 1-for-4, R, 3 K; CF José Azocar 2-for-4, R; SP Aaron Leasher 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K; RP Mason Fox 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Jack Suwinski hit 12 homers for Lake Elsinore in 2019. (Photo: Cherished Memories)

Prospect Watch: After hitting in the nine hole for the Missions’ first two games, Robbie Podorsky seems to be living comfortably at the top of the lineup. The 26-year-old speedster had a double and drew a walk Saturday and has hit safely in the first five games of the season. A 25th-round pick in 2017, Podorsky has been a contact machine during his time in the Padres farm system putting together a career .394 OBP . Podorsky missed the second half of the 2019 season with a back injury. … Jack Suwinski knocked his first Double-A homer, and he went out and got it, pulling an outside pitch over the right field fence. The wind was a factor Saturday, though it was hard to tell how the wind may have affected that one. At 22-years-old, Suwinski, a 15th-round pick in 2016 who landed an overslot signing bonus, is still younger than the average Double-A player. … Mason Fox added a few K’s to his total, using a big fastball and effective breaking pitches to neutralize the Hooks offense. He, James Reeves, and Fred Schlichtholz combined to shut down the Hooks over the final six frames, allowing just four hits and a pair of walk against six strikeouts.

West Michigan White Caps 16, TinCaps 6

John Conniff was on the scene in Fort Wayne as the TinCaps got knocked around.

Storm 9, Visalia Rawhide 8

Key Statistics: SS Euribiel Angeles 2-for-5, HR (2), 4 RBI, K; DH Brandon Valenzuela 2-for-4, HR (3), BB, K; C Gilberto Vizcarra 2-for-5, HR; LF Matthew Acosta 2-for-2, 2 2B, 3 BB, 2 R; RF Robert Hassell III 0-for-4, R, RBI, 2 BB, K; 3B Ripken Reyes 1-for-4, 3B, 3 RBI, R; 2B Jordy Barley 0-for-4, 3 K

Prospect Watch: Trailing 8-4 going in the eighth inning, Lake Elsinore got a bases loaded triple from Ripken Reyes, who then evened the score on a sacrifice fly, then completed the comeback on when Robert Hassell III drew a four-pitch, bases loaded walk in the ninth. … Hassell didn’t record a hit Saturday, but drew a pair of walks to keep his OPS above 1.000. … Only three days shy of his 19th birthday, Euribiel Angeles hit his second homer in five games. Not to be outdone, 20-year-old Brandon Valenzuela hit his third in the opening series at Visalia. … The first three Lake Elsinore pitchers combined to allow eight runs over six innings, but 22-year-old Duilio Ochoa came in to stop the bleeding and earned the win with 2 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out four while allowing one hit and walking three. The righty from Mexico had logged just three official innings after Tommy John surgery following his 2017 debut season. … The Storm will look to complete the six-game sweep against Visalia Sunday. 

Posted by Marcus Pond

San Diego -> small town Texas. Writer for MadFriars. Archi Cianfrocco supporter.

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