The Chihuahuas and the Sugar Land Skeeters game was rained out. They will make it up with a doubleheader on Monday.

Jose Azocar signed with the Padres in the offseason from the Detroit Tigers organization. (Photo Credit: Joe Alexander).

Frisco RoughRiders 4, Missions 0

Key Statistics: CF Jose Azocar 2-4, BB, DH Michael Curry 0-1, 3 BB; 3B-2B Eguy Rosario 1-3, BB, SB; RHP Adrian Martinez 4.0 IP 7 H R ER 2 K; RHP Pedro Avila 1.0 IP BB, 2 K.

Prospect Watch: The Missions suffered their eighth loss in their last 11 games, but the big news was that top prospect SS CJ Abrams limped off of the field in the fifth inning according to Joe Alexander who was at the game. There was no official word on his injury after the game, but it looked he may have slightly rolled his ankle. … Offensively, there was not much to write about, although Jose Azocar had a nice night. Azocar signed with the Padres this winter as a minor league free agent and is putting together a decent slash line of .284/.333/.358 on a team that, after Abrams and Kyle Overstreet, has been searching for offense. … Adrian Martinez, 24, had a nice night on the mound. The Mexicali native is in his fifth year in the organization and put up good numbers in Low-A Fort Wayne in 2019 with a 3.36 ERA in 75 innings. So far this year, he has a 2.40 ERA in four starts and 15 innings with 14 strikeouts against only two walks.

Tirso Ornelas is starting to heat up. (Photo: Jeff Nycz)

TinCaps 12, Lansing Lugnuts 7

Key Statistics: CF Reinaldo Ilarraza 2-5; LF Grant Little 2-5, 3 RBI; DH Tirso Ornelas, 2B, 2 RBI, SB; SS Kelvin Melean 2-4, 2 RBI; 1B Luis Almanzar 2-4, BB; C Jonny Homza 1-1, HR (3), 2 RBI, BB, HBP; LHP Ethan Elliott 4.2 IP 5 H 3 R 3 ER BB 4 K 3 HR

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps, after losing five of six on the road, have now won three out of five in their second homestand. Fort Wayne’s 15 hits set a new season-high with six players recording multi-hit nights. .. Ethan Elliott gave up more runs tonight than he has in his previous three starts. Still, the thin Tennesean has only allowed four earned runs in 19.2 innings this year, all on solo home runs. … Tirso Ornelas has five doubles among eight hits over his last 17 plate appearances. Despite serious struggles to rework his swing in 2019, the 21-year-old was our top-ranked position prospect coming to the Summit City this summer. … Jonny Homza has struggled offensively this year with a .152 batting average but hit a monster 384-foot home run to left field tonight. He has struck out 22 times in 15 games but still has a .350 on-base percentage thanks to 11 walks and three hit-by- pitches. … Grant Little had his first multi-hit night in his seventh game since an injury pushed back his season debut. The former Texas Tech star was the 74th overall pick of the 2018 draft, the pick the Padres received for taking on Phil Hughes’s contract from the Twins. After hitting .370 with the Red Raiders in his draft year, San Diego hopes that his second year in pro ball will be a turning point for the 23-year old.

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 9, Storm 3

Key Statistics: CF Robert Hassell III 0-3, 3 K; 2B Jordy Barley 2-4, 2B, RBI; LF Jarryd Dale1-4, 2B, RBI, SB; RHP Gabe Morales 2.2 IP 3 H 2 R ER 3 BB 4 K

Prospect Watch:  The Storm suffered their fourth loss in the past five games at home against the Quakes. … A rare bad night for Robert Hassell III with three strikeouts after he had his first off-day Friday. He is still posting a slash line of .254/.385/.460, but he has three three-strikeout games in the 16 that he has played so far for Lake Elsinore. …  Jarryd Dale stole home in the third inning on a double-steal with first baseman Jack Stronach. The Australian is only 20 years old and has been in the Padres’ organization since he was 17. In 2019 he hit .301/.358/.345 in the Arizona League at 18 and is coming off of a good winter in the Australian League, where he hit .286/.375/.661 in 88 plate appearances. In his career, he’s mainly been a middle infielder, but so far this season, he’s seen action in the outfield corners, first and third base while hitting .318/400/.500.

Posted by John Conniff

John grew up in Poway and has written for MadFriars since 2004. He has written articles for Baseball America, FoxSports San Diego, the El Paso Times, San Antonio Express-News, Amarillo Globe-News, Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette and Pacific Daily News in addition to appearing on numerous radio programs and podcasts. He can also break down the best places to eat for all five of the affiliates. There is no best place to eat in Peoria, Arizona.

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