Tacoma Rainiers 11, Chihuahuas 7
Key Statistics: RF Adam Engel, 1-for-3, BB; 2B Tim Lopes, 2-for-5, 2 R, BB, 2 RBI, SB (3); 1B Alfonso Rivas, 2-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 2B; C Pedro Severino, 2-for-5, R, 2B, RBI; RHP Pedro Avila (L, 1-2) 3 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 5 BB; LHP Tom Cosgrove, IP, K; Moises Lugo, IP, 2 BB, 2 K
Prospect Watch: One would expect a standard PCL game to feature 18 runs between the two teams. However, Tuesday’s game wasn’t a slugfest; it was a walk around the park. The two teams combined to draw 25 bases on balls, with the Chihuahuas winning that battle 13-12 but they went just 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position and lost the series opener in Tacoma. El Paso had the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth but Tim Lopes struck out to end the game. … First baseman Alfonso Rivas had another excellent game with a pair of doubles and two runs batted in. Through 12 games, the former La Jolla Country Day star is leading El Paso with a 1.145 OPS which ranks 10th in the PCL. Rivas has displayed some power this season that he hasn’t shown before. Rivas has never hit more than nine homers in a season but he already has three in 2023. … Rehabbing big leaguer Adam Engel reached base twice in four plate appearances, including a hit and a walk before being lifted for a pinch-hitter. The 31-year-old outfielder signed a one-year deal with the Padres in the off-season after spending six years with the White Sox. … Righthander Pedro Avila started for El Paso and struggled mightily to find the strike zone. He walked five batters in three innings, throwing just 27 of 60 pitches for strikes. After pitching well last year in El Paso, the 26-year-old has battled control issues this season. In 10.2 innings, Avila has walked 11 batters. The free passes have resulted in a 13.50 ERA in four games. While the walks are a killer, Avila has allowed plenty of hard contact too, giving up three homers on the young season.
Missions 3, Corpus Christi Hooks 1 (10 innings)
Key Statistics: SS Connor Hollis, 3-for-5, R, 2B; RF Tirso Ornelas, 3-for-5, R, RBI; 1B Pedro Castellanos, 3-for-4, 2B; RHP Nolan Watson, 5 IP, 2 H, BB, 5 K; LHP Jared Koenig, IP, K; RHP Nick Hernandez (W, 1-0) 2 IP, BB, 3 K
Prospect Watch: The Missions were two outs away from a 1-0 loss when Corpus Christi pitcher Julio Robaina uncorked a wild pitch that allowed San Antonio to tie the game. In extra innings, San Antonio plated two runs, thanks to a double by Connor Hollis and an RBI single from Tirso Ornelas. … For Hollis, Tuesday represented the breakout the infielder was waiting for. Hollis had three hits, including the game-winning double. It was his first extra-base hit of the 2023 campaign. Last year’s Texas League batting champion came into the game mired in a 1-for-27 slump. Despite the struggles at the plate, Hollis has drawn six walks in 38 plate appearances. For a Missions squad that has struggled to score, seeing Hollis’ bat awaken would be a welcome sight. … Ornelas continued his encouraging start with a three-hit game of his own – all of which were singles. The 23-year-old outfielder has hit the ball in the air more frequently this season and he has a .469 slugging percentage through his first 10 games. While it’s obviously a small sample size, Ornelas has never slugged higher than .408 in a season. The Tijuana native has always shown good patience at the plate but he has never found a power stroke at the pro level. … Right-hander Nolan Watson put together another scoreless outing but did not factor in the decision. Watson went five innings and allowed just two hits, walking one and striking out five. The 26-year-old has opened the season with nine scoreless innings. The former Royals prospect pitched well at times last season for the Missions but struggled to find any consistency. Out of the gate in 2023, opposing batters are hitting just .129 against him. … Nick Hernandez pitched the final two innings and had no problem with the Hooks, earning his second victory of the young season. Hernandez didn’t allow a hit and walked one, striking out three. The 28-year-old righty, our Pitcher of the Week for his efforts against Frisco last week, has struck out a whopping 16 batters while walking just one in seven innings for the Missions this year.
Peoria Chiefs 8, TinCaps 5
Key Statistics: SS Jackson Merrill, 1-for-3, R, HR (2), 4 RBI; 1B Nathan Martorella, 1-for-4, R, HR (2), RBI; 1B Cole Cummings, 1-for-3, BB; CF Jakob Marsee, 1-for-3, R, BB, 2B; LHP Bodi Rascon (L, 0-1) 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, K; RHP Aaron Holiday, 3 IP, H 5 K
Prospect Watch: Despite a pair of homers in the third inning, the TinCaps couldn’t overcome an early four-run deficit and lost on the road in the other Peoria. … One of the homers came courtesy of Jackson Merrill, who hit a booming, three-run shot to right to get the TinCaps within a run. After a tepid start to the season, The 19-year-old shortstop has hit safely in five of his last six games. That stretch includes three multi-hit games. Overall, Merrill is hitting .231/.262/.462. … After Merrill found the seats, designated hitter Nathan Martorella deposited one over the wall for his second homer of the year. The former Cal first baseman has hit safely in eight of 10 games this season, although he is still looking for his first multi-hit effort. Overall, he’s sporting a solid .229/.341/.457 slash-line this season. … After pitching well in his first start of the season, southpaw Bodi Rascon struggled in the first inning before leaving with an injury. On a routine pop-up in the infield, TinCaps third baseman Marcos Castañon ran full speed to make the play, colliding with Rascon in the process. Castañon stayed in the game but Rascon left with the trainer. The Texas native walked a pair and gave up a three-run homer before being pulled. We will keep you up to date with Rascon’s status in the coming days. … Right-hander Aaron Holiday tied a career-high by tossing three scoreless innings in the loss. He allowed just one hit and struck out five. The 22-year-old pitched well at times last year for the Storm, typically working as a multi-inning reliever. He struck out 74 batters in 57 innings and pitched to a 4.42 ERA. This season, Holiday has allowed four runs in five innings, including an outing where he gave up three runs without recording an out. He was acquired from the A’s last year in the Sean Manaea deal.
Storm 11, Modesto Nuts 7
Key Statistics: LF Tyler Robertson, 4-for-5, 3 R, 2 2B; 2 RBI, 2 SB (5, 6); 1B Griffin Doersching, 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B, BB, 2 RBI; 2B Chase Valentine, 1-for-2, R, 3B, 2 BB, RBI; LHP Drew Pomeranz, IP, K; LHP Jesus Gonzalez, 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R (2 ER), 6 K; RHP Henry Baez (W, 1-0) 3 IP, 4 H, ER 2 BB, 6 K
Prospect Watch: The Storm returned home and used a five-run eighth inning to put away Modesto. At 8-2, the Storm are the only Padres affiliate with a winning record. … Outfielder Tyler Robertson was an absolute menace for the Storm, as the outfielder had a career-high four hits, stole two bases, and drove in a pair. The 6-foot-4 outfielder was drafted by the Padres in the 14th round last year out of Louisiana-Lafayette. Through nine games, Robertson is hitting .343/.415/.486 and is tied for the league lead with six stolen bases. … First baseman Griffin Doersching found his power stroke in the Storm win. He blasted two doubles, including one that one-hopped the wall in the deepest part of The Diamond. The 24-year-old slugger has struggled to make contact out of the gate in 2023 after flashing quite a bit of power in his pro debut. Through nine games, the former Oklahoma State star is hitting .182/.325/.242. … Rehabbing big leaguer Drew Pomeranz made the start for the Storm and tossed an incident-free scoreless inning. Pomeranz was slated to pitch in El Paso last week but his rehab was pushed back due to a neck strain. There is no timetable for Pomeranz’s rehab assignment but it seems likely that he will make at least one more appearance during this series. … Right-hander Henry Baez earned the win for the Storm, pitching around four hits and two walks. The 20-year-old Baez had some control issues but also displayed a good fastball and a wicked slider that gave the Nuts fits. He struck out six batters in his three innings of work. Through six innings this year, Baez has allowed just one earned run.