Chihuahuas 12, Round Rock Express 3
Key Statistics: CF David Dahl, 2-for-6, R; RF Brandon Dixon, 2-for-4, 2 R, BB; 1B Alfonso Rivas, 3-for-5, 3 R, HR (8), 2 RBI; 3B Tim Lopes, 3-for-4, 3 R, 2B, BB, 3 RBI, 2 SB (7, 8); LF Preston Tucker, 4-for-5, R, 2 2B, 2 RBI; RHP Anderson Espinoza (W, 2-2) 6 IP, 4 H, ER, 7 K; RHP Nabil Crismatt, 1.1 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 3 K
Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas made the 586-mile trek to Round Rock and beat up the Express, emphatically taking the series opener. … First baseman Alfonso Rivas continued his breakout campaign with three more hits, including his eighth homer of the season. He also drove in pair of runs in the victory. The former La Jolla Country Day star is closing in on his professional high in home runs. Rivas hit nine homers as a member of the A’s organization in 2019, with eight of the homers coming in High-A. With the pace Rivas is on, he could eclipse that total by the end of this series. … Rivas and teammate Preston Tucker are having a spirited battle for the OPS king of El Paso. Rivas did his best to overtake his compadre, but Tucker outdid him with four hits of his own. The former Houston and Atlanta outfielder doubled twice, singled twice, and drove in a pair of runs. Through Tuesday’s game, Tucker has a splendid 1.056 OPS, just slightly ahead of Rivas’ 1.039 OPS. … Last week, the best story in the organization was the excellent work of Anderson Espinoza, our MadFriars Pitcher of the Week after throwing six shutout innings. On Tuesday, Espinoza twirled his second consecutive gem. The 25-year-old fired six strong innings. Espinoza allowed just one earned run on four hits. He did not walk a batter for the first time this season and added seven strikeouts. Over his last two outings, Espinoza has allowed just one run in 12 innings, walking just two batters while notching 15 strikeouts. In his first 16 innings this season, Espinoza walked a staggering 18 batters. … After Espinoza departed, rehabbing righthander Nabil Crismatt took over, and threw 32 pitches while recording four outs. Crismatt allowed a run on two hits, walking one and striking out three. Crismatt was placed on the 15-day injured list on April 19 with a hip injury.
Roster Moves: In addition to receiving Crismatt on a rehab assignment, the Chihuahuas received LHP Jared Koenig from the Missions. Righthander Jake Sanchez was placed on the development list to make room for Koenig.
Missions 7, Midland RockHounds 4 (10 innings)
Key Statistics: Ripken Reyes, 2-for-4, 2 R, SB (5); CF Daniel Johnson, 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI; LF Ray Patrick Didder, 2-for-3, R; RHP Duncan Snider, 4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K; RHP Kevin Kopps, 2 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 K; RHP Michel Baez (W, 1-0) 0.1 IP, 2 BB; RHP Nick Hernandez (S, 2) IP, 2 K
Prospect Watch: The Missions won the series opener against first-place Midland to even up their record at 17-17. Missions’ catcher Chandler Seagle stroked a two-run single in the top of the 10th to put the Missions ahead for good. … Ripken Reyes had two singles, scored twice, and stole his fifth base of the campaign. The 26-year-old is in the midst of his best stretch as a professional. In 22 games, Reyes is hitting .279/.429/.389 with a homer and 12 RBI. His .818 OPS is the highest mark he has posted since his pro debut in 2019, when he spent most of his time in the ACL. … Organizational newcomer Ray Patrick Didder chipped in with a pair of singles Tuesday night. The 28-year-old Didder signed with the Braves way back in 2013 as an international free agent out of Aruba. After spending six years in the Braves system, Didder signed with the Padres organization in 2020 but didn’t suit up due to the pandemic. Didder saw time in 2021 with the Angels organization and last season, reached Triple-A with the Marlins. In 10 games with the Missions, Didder has a .624 OPS. … Righthander Duncan Snider had a bit of an uneven outing as he pitched well at times but also battled command issues throughout his appearance. The Iowa native completed 4.1 innings and allowed three runs on four hits, walking three and striking out three. Snider’s stuff has played at the Double-A level, but walks have been a major issue. In seven starts, Snider has only completed five innings once. In three other starts, he’s worked into the fifth but hasn’t been able to work long enough to secure a victory. In 30 innings, Snider has walked 20 batters after issuing just 12 in 48 innings with the Storm in 2022. Despite the free passes, Snider has pitched to a 3.90 ERA.
TinCaps 6, Dayton Dragons 0
Key Statistics: DH Carlos Luis, 3-for-4, R, 2B, 3 RBI; LF Nathan Martorella, 1-for-3, 2 R, BB; RHP Jairo Iriarte (W, 2-2) 6 IP, BB, 8 K; RHP Alan Mundo, 1.2 IP, BB, K; RHP Adam Smith, 1.1 IP, K
Prospect Watch: It was a historic night in Dayton, Ohio, as Jairo Iriarte, Alan Mundo, and Adam Smith combined for the third no-hitter in Fort Wayne history in a 6-0 TinCaps win. … Iriarte dominated Dayton’s lineup from the onset, striking out the side in the first inning. Iriarte’s fastball sat at 96 mph – up a few ticks from what we saw last season. His changeup had great fade and he also had his breaking ball working. Iriarte completed six innings for the first time on the year, walking just one with eight strikeouts. Iriarte flashed above-average stuff at times in the Cal League last season, but he’s taken a big step forward this year. The 21-year-old has struck out 39 hitters in 26 innings, allowing just 15 hits. Iriarte still has some consistency issues with command, but he has some of the best pure stuff in the system. … After Iriarte left the game, Alan Mundo came out of the bullpen and recorded five outs, walking one and striking out one. Mundo contributed to a no-hitter for the second time in as many seasons. Last season, he recorded the final six outs for the Storm, as he and Garrett Hawkins collaborated on the first no-no in Storm history. In nine games with the TinCaps, Mundo has a 4.60 ERA. … Righty Adam Smith got the final four outs, including a long fly ball to the track that put the exclamation point on a memorable night. The 23-year-old was the Padres’ 14th-round pick in 2021, out of UNC Wilmington. Smith battled injuries last year and appeared in just two games, but has been a reliable arm in the TinCaps’ bullpen this season. In 11.1 innings, Smith has a 2.35 ERA. … The last TinCaps no-no was turned in by former Padres first-rounder Max Fried and three other pitchers back in 2013 (h/t to Fort Wayne’s Broadcasting and Media Relations Manager, John Nolan).
Roster Moves: Lefthander Jason Blanchard was promoted to Double-A San Antonio before Tuesday’s action. Righty Jose Geraldo was reinstated from the development list to take the roster spot vacated by Blanchard.
Storm 4, Inland Empire 66ers 2
Key Statistics: C Anthony Vilar, 2-for-4, R, 2 2B, RBI; DH Albert Fabian, 2-for-4, R, HR (6), 2 RBI; CF Samuel Zavala, 1-for-4, R; RHP Henry Baez (W, 3-0) 5.2 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 BB, 5 K; RHP David Morgan, 2 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 2 K; RHP Will Geerdes (S, 3) 1.1 IP, H
Prospect Watch: After a rough trip to San Jose, the Storm returned home and defeated Inland Empire. … Catcher Anthony Vilar doubled twice Tuesday night, perhaps a sign that the Storm catcher is breaking out of a prolonged funk. After hitting .379/.509/.733 in April, Vilar came into Tuesday’s game mired in a 2-for-32 slump. The two doubles were his first extra-base hits since April 28. This season, the former Miami infielder has a .947 OPS overall. … Albert Fabian added two hits, including his team-leading sixth homer of the year. Fabian’s six homers are tied for the fourth-most in the Cal League. In 62 games last season, Fabian hit 12 homers with the Storm, earning a promotion to Fort Wayne, where he scuffled down the stretch. Fabian has returned to the Storm this season and posted a .800 OPS. … Righthander Henry Baez bounced back from his worst outing of the season with a strong showing to earn his third win. Baez retired the first 10 batters he faced and, through five innings, allowed just an infield single and walk. He came out for the sixth inning for the first time all season and wound up issuing a pair of walks and a single before giving way at 76 pitches. Baez struck out five and induced consistently weak contact. The 20-year-old Baez has been excellent in 2023, holding opposing batters to just a .180 average in his first taste of full-season ball. As a result, Baez has a 2.49 ERA in six games (five starts).