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Nelson Ward leads the Missions to a win

El Paso was rained out for the second time. Coincidentally both times occurred on nights when Carlos Pimentel was due to start. San Antonio and Lake Elsinore both had great pitching in close wins. Fort Wayne also got great pitching from Walker Lockett, but their offense never showed up.

Tacoma Rainers – El Paso Chihuahuas, RAINED OUT

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

Tulsa Drillers 3, Missions 6

Key Statistics: RHP Fabio Castillo 5 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K (W, 1-1); SS Nelson Ward 2-4, 2B, HR (1), 2 RS, 3 RBI, BB; CF Auston Bousfield 2-3, 2B, RBI, BB; 3B Gabriel Quintana 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Prospect Watch: After watching the Storm go through their worst ever season, the Padres shook things up by bringing in an almost entire new starting rotation including 27-year-old Fabio Castillo, who spent 2015 in the Mexican League.  He has now put up back-to-back solid starts and given the Missions a great chance to win both games. Speaking of newcomers, Nelson Ward, who was acquired in the Joaquin Benoit trade, belted his first home run of the season, which gave the Missions a lead they would never relinquish. Auston Bousfield got his first extra base hit of the season.  While this isn’t remarkable for most, Bousfield had only 20 extra base hits in 121 games last year. ... Note: Outfielder Nick Torres, who has missed the last four games with a minor sprain of his right ankle, should return to the lineup within the next few days.

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

Storm 3, High Desert Mavericks 2

Key Statistics: RHP Dinelson Lamet 5 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (W, 1-0); LF Edwin Moreno 1-4, HR (2), 2 RBI; RHP Jimmy Brasoban 2 IP, BB, 2 K (S, 2) 

Prospect Watch: The Storm won their fourth game in a row and improved to 5-1 on the year.  Last year, they did not get their fifth win until their 14th game.  Dinelson Lamet pitched five strong innings, retiring the last 10 batters he faced.  The bullpen allowed just one hit over the final four innings. ... Righty TJ Weir, a 17th-round pick in 2014, came on with the bases loaded and one out and struck out High Desert’s top two hitters.  On the season Weir has allowed just two hits over 3.2 innings, striking out five.  Tough day for Storm middle of the diamond players as Franchy Cordero, Javier Guerra, and Josh VanMeter went a combined 0-11 with 7 K.

For further reading on the Storm please see the Press-Enterprise.  

TinCaps 1, Great Lakes Loons 3

Key Statistics: Walker Lockett 6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, ER, BB, 6 K (L 1-1); RHP Nick Monroe 2 IP, H, ER, BB, 6 K; 1B Ty France 3-4, 2 2B, RBI; C Austin Allen 1-4, 3 K 

Prospect Watch: Walker Lockett once again showed why he is not long for the Midwest league.  He was dominant on the mound for most of the game.  He retired 13 of the last 15 batters he faced, pitching around two errors.  Michael Gettys was redoing his swing in the offseason.  The goal was to allow Gettys to make more consistent contact.  Thus far he has struck out 11 times in just six games…  Austin Allen only had one hit in the game lowering his batting average to a horrendous .682.  He still leads all of minor league baseball with 15 hits in the first six days of the season. 

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

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