Chihuahuas 8, Tacoma Rainiers 2 (F/10)
Key Statistics: DH Luis Campusano 2 for-4, 2 BB, R; LF Brian O’Grady 1-for-4, HR (2), RBI, BB, 2 R; SS Ivan Castillo 2-for-5, RBI, BB, R; LHP Daniel Camarena 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K; RHP Thompson (W, 1-0) 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER
Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas used an extra innings offensive outburst to break a 1-1 tie, plating seven runs in the 10th despite only one ball leaving the infield. The host Rainiers walked six El Paso hitters in the inning and recorded two wild pitches. … Brian O’Grady took advantage of a hanging breaking ball in the fourth inning to launch his second home run of the season, a mammoth blast down the right field line that cleared the trees at Cheney Stadium. … Luis Campusano reached base four times with a pair of singles and two walks out of the DH spot. … Daniel Camarena worked an efficient five innings, surrendering only three hits and a single earned run on just 68 pitches. The local product out of Cathedral Catholic has a 1.13 ERA across his first two outings. … Mason Thompson earned the win in relief with a scoreless outing, needing only 11 pitches to record four outs.
Midland RockHounds 6, Missions 1
Key Statistics : SS CJ Abrams 2-for-4, K; CF José Azocar 3-for-4, CS (1), 3B Kyle Overstreet 2-for-4, HR (1), RBI, R, K; RHP Martinez (L, 0-1) 4 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K; RHP Henry Henry 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, K.
Prospect Watch: The Missions were unable to generate timely offense as they dropped the opening game of the series in central Texas. … CJ Abrams had another multi-hit performance to raise his batting average to a robust .345, showcasing an advanced approach at the plate. The 2019 first-rounder has reached base in all seven of his Double-A games. … José Azocar, celebrating his 25th birthday, recorded three singles as part of the San Antonio attack. Azocar, who signed as a free agent in November, played all three outfield positions over seven seasons in the Tigers organization. … Kyle Overstreet connected on his first home run of the season in the fourth inning to account for the lone Missions run. The 27 year-old is off to a .400/.455/.600 start as he returns to the Texas League for a third consecutive season. … Adrian Martinez took the loss for San Antonio, throwing 57 pitches over his four innings of work. The 24-year-old native of Mexico spent the bulk of 2019 with Fort Wayne, in what was then Low–A.
Lake County Captains 3, TinCaps 0
Key Statistics: CF Jawaun Harris 0-for-1, 2 BB; 3B Kelvin Melean 1-for-3, K; 1B Olivier Basabe 1-for-3, K; LHP Ethan Elliott (L, 0-1) 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER (HR), 1 BB, 6 K
Prospect Watch: The Fort Wayne bats were quiet as they were held hitless into the sixth inning by Lake County hurler Hunter Gaddis. Olivier Basabe hit a two out double to stymie the no-hit bid, but was stranded at second in what would prove to be the only genuine scoring threat of the evening for the visitors. … The lack of offense spoiled a standout pitching performance by TinCaps’ starter Ethan Elliott, who went five innings in his second start of the season, striking out six. The 24 year-old, a 10th-round senior sign in 2019, now has 15 strikeouts and one run allowed across nine innings in his two appearances.
Inland Empire 66ers 12, Storm 7
Key Statistics: CF Robert Hassell III 1 for-3, RBI, R, 2 BB, K, 2 SB (4); 1B Jack Stronach 2-for-4, HR (1), 3 RBI, R, BB, K; C Brandon Valenzuela 1-for-3, 2B, RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, K, 3 E; RHP Carlos Guarate 4 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, O BB, 5 K; LHP Jose Garcia (L, 0-1) 1.1 IP, H, 4 R (3 ER), 3 BB, O K; LHP Gabe Morales 3 IP, 1 H, O ER, O BB, 6 K
Prospect Watch: The 66ers broke open a tight game with six runs in the sixth as the Storm fell to 5-2 on the season. Lake Elsinore committed seven errors in their home opener. … Robert Hassell III continues to rake in his first professional season, on base three more times while also swiping two bags. Hassell has drawn 10 walks on his way to a 1.153 OPS in his first seven games. … Jack Stronach blasted his second home run to help pace the Storm early on. The 23-year-old Helix High product by way of UCLA is off to a solid .273/.360/.591 start to his campaign. … Brandon Valenzuela had another strong night at the plate, reaching base safely three times. Defensively though, the 20-year-old backstop committed three throwing errors and struggled with several pitches in the dirt. Valenzuela remains a name to monitor going forward in a system light on quality catching prospects. … Carlos Guarate was victimized by the home run ball, allowing solo shots in both the second and third innings. After striking out the first four batters he faced, Guarate labored through four innings, having to throw 65 pitches. The lone pitching bright spot was Gabe Morales, who struck out six over his three innings of work in the losing effort.