CJ Abrams jumped off to a fast start in Double-A. (Photo: Corpus Christi Hooks/@cblalockphoto.com)

Chihuahuas 5, Tacoma Rainiers 1

Key Statistics: C Luis Campusano 1-for-3, BB; LF Brian O’Grady 1-for-4, HR (1), 2 RBI, 2 K; RHP Jesse Scholtens 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 6 K, 0 BB, 2 HBP; LHP Kyle McGrath 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R; RHP Mason Thompson 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R

Prospect Watch: Both El Paso and Tacoma logged seven hits, but Chihuahuas hitters strung theirs together better on the way to a 5-1 win to even the series. … Brian O’Grady capped the scoring with his first homer of the season, a two-run blast in the eighth inning. The offseason free-agent signee is hitting .250/.294/.438 on the young Triple-A campaign. … Jesse Scholtens turned in the best Triple-A start of his career, allowing just one run on three hits over five frames. The 27-year-old righty sailed through his first two professional seasons after the Padres drafted him in the ninth round in 2016, but got hit hard in his first taste of Triple-A, and never found his footing in a 2019 campaign he spent entirely in the Texas League. … Lefty Kyle McGrath, one of just two minor league players still in the organization from before AJ Preller’s arrival, tossed two scoreless innings as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery. Relying on an extreme over-the-top delivery, the 2014 draftee got a brief big league cameo back in 2018 but hasn’t been on the 40-man roster in almost three years. … Both Luis Campusano and Tucupita Marcano each went 1-for-3 with a walk.

Reiss Knehr got the start for San Antonio. (Photo: Corpus Christi Hooks/@cblalockphoto)

Missions 7, Corpus Christi Hooks 5

Key Statistics: SS CJ Abrams 3-for-5, HR (1), 2 RBI, 2 R, E (1); DH Kyle Overstreet 2-for-5, 2B, 3 RBI; RF Jack Suwinski 1-for-4, HR (2), 2 RBI; RHP Reiss Knehr 4 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 K, 1 BB, HBP; LHP Jerry Keel 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 K, 2 BB

Prospect Watch: CJ Abrams continued his torrid start, collecting his first three-hit game as the Missions rallied for a Sunday afternoon victory. The Padres’ top position prospect lined an opposite-field shot on an 0-2 pitch for his first Double-A homer in the fifth inning after spraying a pair of singles in his first two trips to the plate. Abrams, 20, has hit in five of six games for San Antonio. … Jack Suwinski connected on his second homer in as many days to put the Missions ahead in the eighth inning. The left-hander has always shown flashes of power at the plate but struggled to make consistent enough contact for it to matter in three full Single-A campaigns. … Kyle Overstreet had an RBI single to open San Antonio’s scoring and then tied the game with a two-run double. The Alabama product is hitting .375/.444/.438 with a pair of walks through his first four games split between catcher and designated hitter. … After a rough start by righty Reiss KnehrJerry Keel worked four hitless frames to give the club time for their comeback. The 6-foot-6 lefty bounced back nicely after getting hit hard in his season debut, striking out four Hooks hitters. A 2015 draftee, Keel spent the second half of 2018 and all of 2019 in Triple-A.

TinCaps Washed Out

Fort Wayne got rained out on Sunday, giving them a 3-2 series win over West Michigan. They’ll wind up with a seven-game series on the road later this year to make up the game.

Jordy Barley in action with the Storm in 2021. Photo Credit: Lake Elsinore Storm

Visalia Rawhide 5, Storm 4

Key Statistics: CF Robert Hassell III 1-for-1, 4 BB, 1 R; RF Joshua Mears 1-for-4, 2B; 1B Jarryd Dale 1-for-3, BB, RBI; SS Jordy Barley 1-for-5, SB (4), E (4); C Brandon Valenzuela 1-for-4, BB; RHP Nick Thwaits 4 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 4 K, 1 BB; RHP Levi Thomas 3 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 K

Prospect Watch: Lake Elsinore fell behind 4-0 in the first inning and went just 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position as they missed out on the chance for a season-opening sweep in the Central Valley. … Robert Hassell III reached base in all five trips to the plate, drawing four walks. The Padres’ first pick in last year’s draft got on 15 times in his 32 trips to the plate to set the tone for the Storm offense through the series. … Brandon Valenzuela extended his hitting streak to six with an infield single in the first inning. The switch-hitting backstop also walked, finishing the series with more free passes than strikeouts. … The new minor league schedule, with off-days every Monday, will make keeping pitchers on a standard five-day schedule a challenge. Because the Padres intend to build pitchers up slowly after the lost 2020 campaign, we could see more of what they did with Levi Thomas this week. After last year’s fourth-round pick started the opener and worked three innings, he came in as the piggyback guy after Nick Thwaits Sunday. The 22-year-old allowed one run over three frames.

Posted by David Jay

David has written for MadFriars since 2005, has published articles in Baseball America, written a monthly column for FoxSports San Diego and appeared on numerous radio programs and podcasts. He may be best known on the island of Guam for his photos of Trae Santos that appeared in the Pacific Daily News.

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