Chihuahuas 9, Reno Aces 8
Key Stats: 1B Taylor Kohlwey 2-for-5, HR (2), E; RF Nomar Mazara 1-for-4, BB; C Brett Sullivan 3-for-3, HR (3), 2 BB, 4 RBI, PB; RHP Kyle Tyler 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 K, 1 BB; LHP Aaron Leasher 3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 4K, 0 BB
Prospect Watch: Brett Sullivan capped off a 3-for-3 night with a walk-off RBI single to help the Chihuahuas claim at least a series split. Sullivan, who connected on his third homer of the year earlier in the night, also drew a pair of walks to push his season line to .327/.400/.519. The 28-year-old was more of a contact-over-power guy in the lower part of the Rays system but started connecting on more extra-base hits in the upper minors. … Taylor Kohlwey logged the only other multi-hit night for the Chihuahuas, including his second homer of the year. The Wisconsin native is outperforming his career on-base percentage of .384 so far this year, thanks in part to 16 walks in 21 games. … Kyle Tyler, who spent more than a month in a saga of waiver wire transactions earlier this year, made his first start after four relief appearances for El Paso. The righty, who spent his first four years in the Angels system, worked two scoreless frames, allowing just one walk. He’d issued six free passes in his first 2.2 innings of work.
Roster Transactions: It’s been widely reported that former Red and one-time international free agent target Shogo Akiyama is signing a minor league deal with the Padres and will report to El Paso. The 34-year-old left-handed hitter largely struggled after coming over from NPB and was released at the start of the final season on his contract. He’ll give the Chihuahuas some depth. Heath Fillmyer was placed on the IL, Wen-Hua Sung transferred to Fort Wayne, and Domingo Leyba, headed to San Antonio. Lefty Ramon Perez and infielder Kelvin Melean have joined the Chihuahuas.
Missions 7, Springfield Cardinals 3
Key Stats: CF Esteury Ruiz 1-for-4, 2B; LF Tirso Ornelas 2-for-3, HR (2), HBP; RF Korry Howell 1-for-4, SB (4); LHP Osvaldo Hernandez 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 6 K, 1 HBP; RHP Angel Felipe 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 K, 1 BB
Prospect Watch: San Antonio rallied for the win Saturday, scoring all seven of their runs after the sixth inning while the bullpen kept Springfield off the board. Tirso Ornelas capped the scoring with a two-run homer in the eighth, his second of the season. He jumped an 0-2 breaking ball and yanked it over the right-field wall. In the last two nights, the left-handed hitter has connected on two extra-base hits against left-handed pitching, starting to nudge his slugging percentage up. The 22-year-old has his Double-A line up to .317/.358/.429, just above league average. … Osvaldo Hernandez, who came off the Injured List as part of a flurry of roster moves, struck out the first four batters he faced and recorded six K’s in his two innings of work coming out of the pen. The 23-year-old, who signed after defecting from Cuba in 2016, still works with multiple breaking balls but is throwing from a more consistent release point at this point. The lefty made a pair of starts before he hit the IL but likely profiles as a reliever if he’s going to carve out a big league job. … Angel Felipe closed out the game with a scoreless inning. The 6-foot-5 righty, who signed as a minor league free agent this winter, hasn’t surrendered an earned run through his first seven outings. He’s struck out 11 in 8.1 innings, offsetting five walks allowed.
Roster Transactions: Robbie Podorsky and Brandon Dixon both hit the IL for San Antonio. In addition to Hernandez and Leyba, San Antonio also added infielder Wyatt Hoffman from extended spring training.
Dayton Dragons 11, TinCaps 5
Key Stats: Corey Rosier 1-for-5, 3B; Robert Hassell III 4-for-5, 2B, HR (5); RHP Seth Mayberry 2 IP, 2H, 1 ER, 4K, WP
After the requisite rain delay, the TinCaps fell to the Reds’ affiliate despite a huge day from Robert Hassell III. John Conniff has the on-site coverage here.
Storm 6, Inland Empire 66ers 5
Key Stats: CF Justin Farmer 1-for-4, HR (2); RF Matt Acosta 2-for-4, 2B, SB (7); 3B Carlos Luis 2-for-4, 2B; RHP Michel Baez 2 IP, 0H, 0 BB, 1 K; RHP Victor Lizarraga 4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 K, 2 BB; RHP Keegan Collett 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K, 1 BB
Prospect Watch: The Storm got a balk-off win as they rallied to re-take a lead they’d lost in the seventh inning. The victory leaves them at 14-6 on the year. … Michel Baez cruised through his first rehab appearance since Tommy John surgery just over a year ago. The enormous righty got up to 96 and had some good ride on his fastball as he worked two scoreless innings, allowing just one lazy fly ball to leave the infield. The 26-year-old righty officially has 30 days of rehab before the Padres need to make a decision on his status. … Victor Lizarraga followed Baez on his normally-scheduled start day and labored through four innings. The righty from South Bay, who has sometimes showed an over-reliance on his changeup, used his fastball and slider more on Saturday, leading to a few long at-bats, but taking an approach that will ultimately serve him better. The breaking ball still has plenty of room to develop, but that’s exactly what Low-A is for. … Matt Acosta singled and stole a base to start the Storm’s three-run rally in the second inning and then doubled in a run in the sixth. He also made a stellar running catch going into the right field corner to keep the 66ers from pulling ahead an inning later. The Southern California has hit into a bit of poor luck so far this year, leading to a .219 average, but continues to make key plays to help the club. With the quartet of strong outfielders ahead of him in Fort Wayne, he’ll likely have to wait for an opportunity to move up, but he probably doesn’t otherwise belong in the Cal League at this point.