Rebecca Lynn/San Antonio Missions

The TinCaps offense leads the way to a blowout win in Fort Wayne.

Thursday night saw the Lake Elsinore Storm return home after playing their first seven games on the road. Unfortunately, the bats were cold and the Storm dropped their home opener. San Antonio rode excellent pitching to a shutout win while the TinCaps continued to rack up runs in the Midwest League. In the Pacific Coast League, El Paso couldn’t get the bats going and lost again in Tacoma.

Tacoma Rainiers 4, Chihuahuas 1

Key Statistics: C Jason Hagerty, 2-for-3, HR (1), RS, RBI; 2B Carlos Asauje, 1-for-3; RHP Jeremy Guthrie, (L, 0-2) 5.2IP, 4H, 3ER, 2BB, 2K. 

Prospect Watch: El Paso dropped a third straight game and went just 1-5 on their opening road trip ... All of the offense for the Chihuahuas came courtesy of backup catcher Jason Hagerty, who socked his first homer of the year. Hagerty, 28, won’t play much as long as Austin Hedges is in El Paso but he is 3-for-7 in limited duty this season. Hagerty is the lone player from the Padres’ 2009 draft who is still in the organization ... Veteran RHP Jeremy Guthrie pitched five shutout innings before the wheels came off in the sixth. Guthrie allowed four hits in the sixth and was chased after allowing his second triple of the inning. Guthrie, 37, has failed to impress in two starts, as the veteran has struck out just two batters in 8.2 innings to start the 2016 campaign. 

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

Missions 5, Springfield Cardinals 0

Key Statistics: RF Yeison Asencio, 2-for-4, BB, RS; 1B Mike Olt, 1-for-5, HR (1), 3RBI; RHP Bryan Rodriguez, (W, 1-0) 7IP, 3H, 0ER, 2BB, 4K. 

Prospect Watch: 24-year-old Bryan Rodriguez had the best outing by a Padres’ farmhand so far this season. The big righty pitched seven shutout innings and led the way to an easy win for San Antonio. Rodriguez doesn’t light up the radar guns but generally gets the ball over the plate. He threw just 80 pitches Thursday night, 54 of those were strikes. Rodriguez is the only starting pitcher for the Missions who wasn’t signed as a minor league free agent this off-season ... Speaking of guys signed to minor league pacts, first baseman Mike Olt provided most of the offense for the Missions by slamming his first home run of the year. Olt, 28, was a top-30 prospect as recently as 2013, but was released by the White Sox during spring training. Olt signed with San Diego and started the year in El Paso but was recently demoted to San Antonio. Olt should provide the Missions with a veteran source of power but he could eventually find his way back to El Paso. ... After missing four games with a minor ankle injury, Nick Torres returned to the lineup with a bang, going 3-for-4 with a runs scored.

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

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 4, Storm 1

Key Statistics: CF Franchy Cordero, 2-for-4; 2B Luis Urias, 2-for-4; RHP Martires Arias, 6IP, 2H, 3ER, BB, 3K.

Prospect Watch: The Storm avoided the shutout in their home opener by scoring a run in the ninth. Top Dodgers prospect Grant Holmes kept Lake Elsinore in check and cruised in his six shutout innings ... Righty Martires Arias took the bump for the Storm and pitched fairly well. He ran into trouble in the second after he hit a batter and allowed a triple. The 6’10 righty only allowed two hits and certainly pitched well enough to win on most nights in the Cal League ... 2B Luis Urias had a pair of hits in the Storm loss. Urias, 18, is the youngest player in the Cal League but continues to hit everywhere he goes. Urias has a four-game hitting streak going and is 6-for-16 in that stretch ... SS Javier Guerra had another tough evening, as the talented shortstop went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. While he has played only eight games in the California League, Guerra is hitting .138/.161/.172 with 15 strikeouts in 29 at-bats. Guerra’s talent is apparent but he will need to make more contact to move up the ladder. 

Roster Move: The Storm placed infielder Fernando Perez on the 7-day DL with an undisclosed injury. Perez, 22, has been the primary starter at third base for Lake Elsinore and is hitting .263, with a homer in his second season in the California League. Infielder River Stevens will take Perez's place on the roster. Stevens, 24, was playing in Fort Wayne. Stevens was hitting .286 and has already hit a career-high two home runs in the first week of the 2016 season. 

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

TinCaps 10, South Bend Cubs 2

Key Statistics: 3B Ty France, 2-for-4, 2RS, 3RBI; C Austin Allen, 2-for-3, RS, BB, RBI; DH Luis Tejada, 4-for-5, (2)2B, 5RBI; 2B Peter Van Gansen, 3-for-4, RS, RBI; RHP Brett Kennedy, (W, 1-0) 5IP, 5H, 2ER, 2BB, 5K; LHP Jerry Keel, (H, 1) 3IP, 0H, 2BB, 3K. 

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps lead the Midwest League in runs and tallied eight runs in the first two innings on Thursday ... Has anyone made a Twitter account called “How many hits did Austin Allen have today?” Well, someone probably should. The TinCaps backstop added a pair of hits and a walk in the blowout win. Allen is now 17-for-25 on the season with a homer and six RBI. Allen’s slash-line reads like something you’d see in slow pitch softball: .680/.690/.920 ... Designated hitter Luis Tejada had a career day with four hits and five RBI. Tejada, 23, has now played in Fort Wayne each of the last four seasons. Last year Tejada hit .293 and he does offer defensive versatility. Tejada’s big day moved him to second in the Midwest League in RBI with nine. 

Roster Move: Chris Goff of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reports that INF Daniel Bravo will be headed to Fort Wayne. Bravo, 21, bounced around the Padres' organization last season and played in Tri City, Lake Elsinore and for the Arizona League Padres. Between all three stops, Bravo hit .282/.314/.407, with three homers and 18 RBI. 

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


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