Chihuahuas 8 - Reno Aces 6
Key Statistics: 1B James Loney 2-5, RBI; 3B Alexi Amarista 2-2, 2B, 2 BB; 2B Carlos Asuaje 2-4, HR (1) 2 RBI, SB (1); CF Manuel Margot 0-3, 2 BB; SS Jemile Weeks 0-3, 2 BB; LF Jose Pierela 1-4, BB; RHP Daniel McCutchen (W, 1-0) 5.0 IP 8 H 6 R 6 ER 2 BB 3 Ks HR; RHP Leonel Campos 2.0 IP H 3 K; RHP Cory Mazzoni (S,1) 1.0 IP.
Prospect Watch: Down 4-0 after the first inning, the Chihuahuas came back with six runs in the third and two in the fourth to get their first win of the season…In addition to getting a pair of hits Loney made several nice defensive plays at first…Big night by Asuaje, who was one of the four quality prospects that came over in the Kimbrel trade…While Margot didn’t get a hit, he was on base twice and picked up his first outfield assist…Reno attempted to run on Austin Hedges once and paid for it. They stopped after that.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Missions 5 - Springfield Cardinals 4
Key Statistics: CF Auston Bousfield 2-4; SS Jose Rondon 1-3, BB; LF Nick Torres 1-2, HR (1) 2 RBI, HBP; 2B Tylor Lindsey 1-3, HR (1) BB; RHP Bryan Rodriguez 4.2 IP 8 H 2 R 2 ER BB 3 K; RHP Kyle Lloyd (W, 1-0) 2.1 IP H R ER 2 BB 4 K; RHP Jason Jester 1.0 IP K (S,1).
Prospect Watch: When the Missions win this year this is what it will look like, heavy offensive contributions by the outfield and a strong bullpen…Torres hit his, and the Missions, first home run of the season in the first inning with one on. He left the game in the top of the fifth after being hit by a pitch in the preceding frame…Kyle Lloyd struggled last year as a starter in the Cal League but still struck out 139 in 137.1 innings pitch. He should do much better coming out of the bullpen where he can rely more on his fastball/forkball combination…Missions’ announcer Mike Seager noted that Taylor Lindsey retruned to San Antonio in much better shape after a down year last season. A former top prospect in the Angels organization who came over in the Huston Street trade, he should see time at second, third and first base this year.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 6 - Storm 4
Key Statistics: DH Josh VanMeter 1-3, HR (1), 2 RBI; 3B Fernando Perez 2-4, HR (1), 2 RBILHP Thomas Dorminy (L, 0-1) 2.2 IP 4 H 5 R 2 ER 2 BB 2 K; RHP T.J. Weir 1.0 IP 3 Ks.
Prospect Watch: A tough start for Thomas Dorminey, who was one of the better pitchers in the Midwest League last summer…Nice to see Fernando Perez getting off to a good start after a down year last season. When Perez feels comfortable with his mechanics, mainly the timing on his leg-kick at the plate, he is one of the better hitters in the organization. I still believe he will be bound for Double-A San Antonio when an opening pops up..Josh VanMeter also homered tonight in his second straight game at DH…All of the Storm’s runs were off of Perez and VanMeter’s home runs.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southside Riverside News Network.
Lake County Captains 3 - TinCaps 2
Key Statistics: DH River Stevens 2-3, 2B; 2B Peter Van Gansen 2-2, 2 BB; LF Rod Boykin 0-4, 4 Ks; RHP Austin Smith (L, 0-1) 2.1 IP 6 H 3 R 3 ER 2 BB 3 Ks; LHP Will Headean 1.2 IP 2 BB 2 K; RHP Jean Cosme 4.0 IP H 2 BB K.
Prospect Watch: It was thirty-eight degrees at game time with snow fluries in Eastlake, Ohio at the time of the first pitch in Eastlake, Ohio reminding everyone of the joys of baseball in early April in the Midwest League.…Native Floridian Austin Smith obviously didn’t enjoy his frolic in the winter wonderland of northeastern Ohio, but Jean Cosme, who came over from the Orioles in a trade for Odrisamer Despaigne, looked good in his Padres’ debut. Only 19, Cosme had a 53/18 strikeout-to-base-on-balls ratio at short-season Aberdeen for Baltimore and is another talented arm for Fort Wayne…Van Gansen reached base all four times today.
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.