Reno Aces 6 - Chihuahuas 1
Key Statistics: CF Manuel Margot 1-for-4, SB (1), R; RF Hunter Renfroe 1-for-4, RBI, OF Assist; RHP Justin Hancock 5IP, 8H, 5R (2ER), 4K, 0BB, 72 Pitches
Prospect Watch: The top of the first went exactly the way the Padres front office is hoping many frames will go in the future as Manuel Margot lined a single, stole second, and then came around to score on a Hunter Renfroe RBI single. But then the Chihuahuas offense went dark and managed only two more singles over the next 8.2 innings. ... Starter Justin Hancock had mixed results as he was charged with only two earned runs - one of which came across after he left the game - in five-plus innings of work. But the righty also had a critical throwing error on a comebacker in the third inning which ultimately contributed to three unearned runs coming across. On the positive side, Hancock did not issue a walk, a feat he managed in only two starts last year, and struck out four. ... With Alexi Amarista having rejoined the Padres, the daily infield shuffle looked a bit different on Sunday. Mike Olt, Nick Noonan and Ryan Schimpf got the starts going around the horn, with Jemile Weeks entering late to play short as part of a double-switch. Expect to see plenty more variations on infield defensive positioning over the next month.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Missions 3 - Tulsa Drillers 0
Key Statistics: SS Nelson Ward 1-for-4, R, RBI, 3SB (3); RHP Luis Diaz 7IP, 4H, 0R, 3K, 1BB
Prospect Watch: Luis Diaz made his system debut a memorable one, tossing seven scoreless innings to help the Missions to a victory to open their series against Tulsa. The Venezuelan, who turned 24 on Saturday, yielded four hits over seven innings before handing it over to bullpen. Diaz had a nightmare campaign for the Red Sox in 2015, posting a 5.47 ERA in Double-A and seeing his walk rate skyrocket. For San Antonio, however, he scattered four hits over seven innings and issued only one free pass. He needed just 76 pitches to get through his seven innings. ... Utility infielder Nelson Ward, who came over to the Padres from Seattle in the offseason Joaquin Benoit trade, got the nod to start at shortstop, where he acquitted himself well. The 23-year-old from Georgia also swiped three bases, including third base twice, while reaching base twice on the night. ... Diego Goris, who came into the year with only 51 career starts at first base, has now been there for three of four Missions games this season.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.
Storm 7 - Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 6
Key Statistics: CF Franchy Cordero 3-for-4, 3B, BB, 4R; 3B Chase Jensen 2-for-4, 2SB (2), 2R, RBI;
Prospect Watch: Part of the reason the Padres moved Franchy Cordero from shortstop to the outfield was a concern that his defensive struggles carried over into his at-bats. While the 21-year-old is still figuring out some of the nuances of playing center, he's off to a much-needed fast start at the plate. The left-handed hitter went 3-for-4 with a triple and walk, and scored four runs Sunday. On the young season, he's scored each of the seven times he's reached base safely. ... Infielder Chase Jensen made his first start of the year and was the only Storm hitter other than Cordero to collect multiple hits. The Riverside native will see action all over the field this year as manager Francisco Morales works to balance his innings with Josh VanMeter, Fernando Perez, and primary starters Luis Urias and Javier Guerra. Jensen was the only player in the starting lineup who didn't strike out Sunday.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Press-Enterprise.
Tincaps 14 - Lake County Captains 4
Key Statistics: C Austin Allen 3-for-4, 2B, BB, 2RBI, 3R; 1B Brad Zunica 3-for-4, 2B, HR (2), HBP, 3R, 4RBI; SS Ruddy Giron 4-for-6, 2 2B, 3R, 2RBI, 2K; LHP Logan Allen 3IP, 3H, 0R, 5K, 1BB
Prospect Watch:There simply aren't enough superlatives to describe the way Austin Allen and Brad Zunica have started the season for the TinCaps. Allen is 11-for-14 through four games with three doubles and a homer. Zunica, who finished a triple short of the cycle on Sunday, blasted his second homer in as many days and sports a cool .600/.667/.1.067 triple-slash line through his first 18 plate appearances. ... Austin may not even be the most important Allen on the Fort Wayne roster. Logan Allen, the youngest of the four players acquired for Craig Kimbrel in November, made his system debut and worked three scoreless innings. One member of the minor league coaching staff we talked to this spring thought the 18-year-old could hold his own at Double-A right now because of the mix of stuff and mental approach he's shown. The Floridian allowed leadoff hits in each of his first two innings, but worked around them, including by striking out the side in his second frame. ... Allen was supposed to directly follow Jacob Nix, but Nix struggled in his season debut, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks in only 1.2 innings.
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.