Kimberly Contreras

Smith and Cosme lead Fort Wayne to a series win

Fort Wayne collected the lone win today despite only getting four hits. San Antonio had the day off, while both El Paso and Lake Elsinore struggled to put runs on the board.

Tacoma Rainiers 9, Chihuahuas 3

Key Statistics: RHP Carlos Pimentel 4 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K (L, 0-1); LF Alex Dickerson 1-4, HR (2), 2 RS; DH Hunter Renfroe 1-4, 2B, 3 K; C Austin Hedges 1-3, 2B, RS, RBI

Prospect Watch: After waiting more than a week to get his Chihuahuas regular season debut, last year’s Triple-A ERA king Carlos Pimentel was comfortably out-dueled by former Padre Joe Wieland (5 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 7 K).  Pimentel gave up runs in each of the first three innings before settling down and throwing a scoreless fourth.  Even then it only ended when catcher Austin Hedges threw an absolute bullet to nail a runner trying to steal second…  Alex Dickerson hit his second home run in as many days.  After missing most of spring training with an injury, you can tell his bat speed is finally getting back to form as even his outs are hit hard…  In a well too small sample size, Austin Hedges is hitting .333 with an .842 OPS.  If he can continue to hit at even close to this pace it will be extremely hard for AJ Preller to keep him in El Paso. ... NOTE: Right-handed reliever Cory Mazzoni left the game with an apparent injury after facing only three batters. We'll get an update for you when it's available.

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

Missions - Off Day

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

Storm 1, High Desert Mavericks 4

Key Statistics: RHP Thomas Dorminy 4 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (L, 0-2); RHP Kyle McGrath 3 IP, 3 H, 2 K; DH Franchy Cordero 1-4, 3B; 2B Josh VanMeter 1-3, 3B

Prospect Watch: The Storm managed just one run on seven hits, even though four of the hits were for extra bases.  The Storm seemed to get every big hit with two outs and follow it up with a strikeout.  Despite being 5-2, the Storm lead the Cal League in strikeouts (averaging over 10 a game) while also being dead last in OPS (.620).  The Storm tried to fix this by giving struggling top prospect Javier Guerra a night off.  In his place was Luis Urias starting at short for the first time this season.  Urias started only seven games at short last season, but did play mainly shortstop playing in the Mexican winter league…  Franchy Cordero showed easy speed legging out a triple to left field.  Unfortunately a few pitches later he was tagged out trying to score on a wild pitch.  Still in seven games this season Cordero now has doubled his total number of triples last year in 126 games (2 to 1). 

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

TinCaps 6, Great Lakes Loons 5

Key Statistics: RHP Austin Smith 4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 K; RHP Jean Cosme 4 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, BB, 4 K (W, 1-0); LF River Stevens 1-4, HR (2), 2 RS, RBI; SS Rudy Giron 1-3, BB, 2 RS, SB (1); 2B Peter Van Gansen 2-3, 2B, RBI

Prospect Watch: In his second full-season start, 19 year old Austin Smith looked a lot better.  He had better command of his offspeed pitches and breezed through the lineup the first time through.  In the fourth inning, Smith nearly gave up a cycle including a leadoff triple to former AZL Padre Jordan Paroubeck.  While Smith’s numbers were a lot better, he still needs to improve on first pitch strikes.  Even counting players swinging at the first pitch, Smith finished just over 50% first strike rate… Fellow 19-year-old Jean Cosme, who was acquired in the Odrisamer Despaigne trade, had retired 10 in a row entering into the 9th inning.  He allowed three straight seeing eye singles to load the bases before exiting.  Sadly all three runs scored, but it was still a great outing for Cosme.    

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

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