Max Ferguson is an under-the-radar prospect for the Storm. (Photo: Jerry Espinoza)

Oklahoma City Dodgers 5, Chihuahuas 1

Key Statistics: C Luis Campusano, 1-for-4, R, HR (1), RBI; SS C.J. Hinojosa, 2-for-4, 2B; RHP Reiss Knehr (L, 0-2) 4.2 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, K; RHP Grant Gavin, 1.1 IP, H, K; RHP Tyler Higgins, IP.

Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas fell behind 3-0 in the first and lost to Oklahoma City as the offense mustered just four hits. … Catcher Luis Campusano was the El Paso offense; he homered in the fourth inning to account for the Chihuahuas’ only run. The blast was Campusano’s first big fly of the season. The 23-year-old catcher – one of the last players sent to El Paso when spring training broke – has looked very good at the plate. With Friday’s outing, his slash-line stands at .429/.455/.667 and he’s struck out just twice in 22 trips to the plate. Last year, the talented catcher played 81 games for the Chihuahuas and produced a .906 OPS. … RHP Reiss Knehr labored through a rough first inning and gave up three runs to the Dodgers’ Triple-A club. Knehr walked two batters in the inning, then gave up a three-run shot to Dodgers first baseman Ryan Noda. Knehr fared better in the later innings but still struggled to locate his fastball. The 25-year-old hasn’t looked particularly sharp in either of his outings this season, and he has struggled to miss bats. He’s notched just four strikeouts in nine innings to start the 2022 campaign. … RHP Grant Gavin relieved Knehr and recorded four outs, allowing just one hit. The former Royal farmhand has been a workhorse in the early stage of the season, tossing 6.1 innings in four relief outings. He’s been much too homer prone (three allowed) but has a sparkling 11:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

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

Frisco RoughRiders 7, Missions 3

Key Statistics: CF Esteury Ruiz, 2-for-4, R, 2B, SB (5); LF Robbie Podorsky, 2-for-5, R, 2B; 1B Brandon Dixon, 2-for-3, R, HR (2), 3 RBI; BB, 2 SB (3, 4); RHP Matt Waldron (L, 0-1) 4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K; LHP Tom Cosgrove, 1.1 IP, H, BB, 2 K.

Prospect Watch: The Missions dropped their fourth straight game to Frisco, sealing a series loss. … The top of the San Antonio order did their jobs as Esteury Ruiz, Robbie Podorsky, and Brandon Dixon went 6-for-12 with all three RBI. Esteury Ruiz had a double and a single as part of his fourth multi-hit game of the year. The 23-year-old swiped his league-leading fifth bag of the young season. The infielder-turned-outfielder is off to a blistering .458/.606/.792 start to the season and has drawn more walks than strikeouts. … Robbie Podorsky’s multi-hit effort actually dropped his batting average. The former McNeese State star was 6-for-7 to start the season, but his 2-for-5 night dropped his batting average to .667. There has never been doubt on whether Podorsky could hit or not; his .324 career batting average speaks for itself. The bigger question has been his durability; he has never played more than 62 games in any of his previous four seasons. If he can stay on the field, he can be a major contributor. … Veteran slugger Brandon Dixon homered and drove in all three Missions runs in the loss Friday. For good measure, the former Cincinnati Red and Orix Buffalo added two stolen bases. The 30-year-old veteran is off to a .345/.364/.655 start this season. … RHP Matt Waldron kept the RoughRiders scoreless for the first three innings before things fell apart in the fourth. The knuckle-balling righty served up three consecutive hits and a walk to start the fourth inning before getting a strikeout and a double-play ball to escape without further damage. He allowed three runs to score in the fifth before being lifted with two outs. The former Nebraska hurler did strike out five batters but allowed hard contact most of the night. Through his first two outings, he is sporting a 5.59 ERA.

South Bend Cubs 4, TinCaps 2

Key Statistics: LF Corey Rosier 1-for-3, R, BB, 2B; CF Robert Hassell III 1-for-4; 2B Ripken Reyes 1-for-3, R; RHP Ryan Bergert 4 IP, 2 H, ER, 5 K; RHP Brandon Komar (L, 0-1) 3 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 K; RHP Sam Keating 2 IP, BB, 2 K.

Prospect Watch: The Fort Wayne offense had just five hits, and they lost to South Bend in a battle of Indiana rivals. … Left fielder Corey Rosier was the only TinCap to reach base twice. He drew a walk, socked a double, and scored one of the two Fort Wayne runs. Rosier, 22, was acquired by the Padres from the Seattle Mariners in the Adam Frazier deal. Rosier has walked eight times in 30 plate appearances batting out of the lead-off spot. Through seven games, Rosier has a .182/.400/.318 slash-line. … RHP Ryan Bergert got the start for the TinCaps and pitched well. He fired four innings, allowing just a run on two hits to go with five strikeouts. Bergert, 22, was the Padres’ sixth-rounder last year out of West Virginia. He has struck out nine in 6.2 innings pitched in his two starts. … RHP Sam Keating pitched the eighth and ninth inning and walked one while striking out a pair. The 23-year-old is back for his third stint as a TinCap, and the early results have been encouraging. Keating has fired four scoreless innings in a pair of appearances. Last season, Keating struggled mightily, pitching to an 8.10 ERA in 44 outings.

Roster Moves: The Missions placed LHP Osvaldo Hernandez on the seven-day injured list with an undisclosed injury. RHP Mason Fox was promoted to San Antonio from Fort Wayne. There was no corresponding roster move for Fort Wayne, so they have 29 active players currently.

Jackson Merrill gets out of the box well. (Photo: Jerry Espinoza)

Storm 15, Visalia Rawhide 4

Key Statistics: SS Jackson Merrill, 3-for-6, R; 2B-CF Max Ferguson, 4-for-5, 4 R, 2B, RBI, SB (4); 3B Lucas Dunn, 3-for-4, 4 R, 2 3B, BB, 6 RBI; 1B Carlos Luis, 1-for-5, R, 3 RBI; DH Marcos Castanon, 2-for-5, R, 2B, RBI; RHP Garrett Hawkins, 4.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, BB, 7 K; RHP Aaron Holiday (W, 1-0) 1.2 IP, 2 H, ER, 2 BB, 2 K; LHP Ben Miller, 2 IP, H, R, 2 BB, 2 K.

Prospect Watch: When the Storm win, they win big. Lake Elsinore won their second consecutive game over Visalia to improve their record to 3-4. In the Storm’s three victories, they have scored 41 runs. In their four losses, they have tallied just 13 runs. … Max Ferguson had his best game as a professional, notching a career-high four hits and scoring four runs. He collected his first extra-base hit of the season, a double, to plate a run in the fourth. Ferguson’s big night raised his batting average nearly 150 points – from .158 to .292. The former Tennessee Volunteer hasn’t tapped into the power he flashed during his junior year in the SEC, but he has shown a good eye at the plate. For our subscribers, Kevin caught up with Max at Storm media day to talk about his transition to professional baseball. … Lucas Dunn tied a career high with three hits, including a pair of triples in the Storm victory. The Louisville product drove in a career-high six runs Friday night. After the Padres drafted Dunn, 23, in the eighth round last year, he hit .236/.333/.394 in 34 games for the Storm. … Jackson Merrill led off and had three singles and scored a run. Merrill, 18, has four multi-hit games in seven starts and is 7-for-11 the last two nights. Merrill has yet to connect on a home run, but he is sporting an excellent .394/.459/.455 slash-line through his first seven games in the Cal League. … RHP Garrett Hawkins started for Lake Elsinore and dominated early. He struck out the side in the second inning and was perfect through three before allowing a lead-off single in the fourth. He allowed a pair of baserunners in the fifth before being lifted with one out. Overall, he allowed a pair of earned runs with a walk and seven strikeouts. This season, the big righty has struck out 13 while walking just one batter in 8.1 innings. … Aaron Holiday, acquired from Oakland with Sean Manaea late in spring training, picked up the victory in his system debut. The A’s drafted the 21-year-old righty out of Old Dominion last summer, but he logged only 5.2 innings in the Complex League before the Padres targeted him in the deal.

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Kevin Charity has written for MadFriars since 2015 and has had work featured on Fox Sports San Diego. He is a lifelong San Diego native and is looking forward to seeing the current wave of prospects thrive in San Diego.

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