Opening Day in the minors

The Padres might have had problems scoring runs, but that wasn't the case on the farm. The three teams that played scored a combined 25 runs, capped by huge days by Abraham Almonte and Brett Wallace. On the pitching side Casey Kelly returned to the mound for El Paso and Ryan Butler made his first professional start in Lake Elsinore.

El Paso Chihuahuas 11 - Tacoma Rainiers 4

Key Statistics: RHP Cory Mazzoni 2 IP, H, 3 K; RHP Casey Kelly 1 IP, BB; CF Abraham Almonte 5-5, 2B, 4 RS, RBI; 3B Brett Wallace 3-5, HR (1), 4 RBI; LHP Jason Lane (W, 1-0), 5 IP, 10 H 4 ER BB 2 Ks HR.

Prospect Watch While Jason Lane got the start and the win, it was Cory Mazzoni and Casey Kelly who stole the spotlight. Kelly made his first AAA appearance since 2012, while Mazzoni was extremely impressive as he continues his transition to the pen. Offensively top prospects Tommy Medica (1-4, 2B, RS, 2 RBI) and Rymer Liriano (1-5, RBI) both contributed but were overshadowed by home runs by Wallace and Cody Decker, as well as a great 5-5 performance by Almonte.

For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.

San Antonio Missions 4 – Tulsa Drillers 10

Key Statistics: RHP Justin Hancock (L, 0-1) 3 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 4 Ks; 3B Casey McElroy 2-3, HR (1), 2 RBI; LF Yeison Asencio 3-4, HR (1), 2 RBI.

Prospect Watch Hunter Renfroe returned to AA, and struck out in half his at-bats but he did go 1-4, stole a base, and scored on the McElroy home run. After spending only one month in Fort Wayne and skipping straight to San Antonio, Trea Turner didn’t make contact in his AA debut going 0-3 with a strikeout. Tayron Guerrero pitched a perfect inning, which is a nice change for the flame throwing reliever who can't find home plate.

For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.

Storm 10 – Modesto Nuts 3

Key Statistics: RHP Ryan Butler (W, 1-0) 5 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, K; CF Auston Bousfield 2-3, 2B, 2 RS, RBI, BB; LF Nick Schultz 2-4, HR (1), 3 RBI.

Prospect Watch During the offseason the Storm lost two of their best projected hitters (Jake Bauers and Dustin Peterson in trades), had Turner skip a level, and had Josh VanMeter and Franmil Reyes remain in Fort Wayne. Despite all of that the Storm still looked pretty formidable offensively putting up 10 runs. Auston Bousfield looked like everything the Padres wanted when they drafted him, he reached base four times, scored multiple runs, and was sleek defensively in center… Ryan Butler made his first pro start after dominating in the pen last year. Even in his final inning he was still sitting in the mid 90s which is a great sign..

For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.

Fort Wayne had their season opener postponed

They will play a pair of seven inning games tomorrow. Tonight’s scheduled starter Thomas Dorminy will start the first game tomorrow.

For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.

For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards.


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