Chihuahuas: Our own John Conniff was in El Paso. Read his game recap here.
Tulsa Drillers 10, 2, Missions 3, 0
Key Statistics: (Game one): C Rocky Gale, 2-for-2, BB, RS; SS Jose Rondon, 1-for-2, 2B, BB; RHP Johnny Hellweg, (L, 0-2) 3.2IP, 5H, 4ER, 2BB, 5K. (Game two): C Ryan Miller, 1-for-3; RHP Fabio Castillo, (L, 1-2) 5.1IP, 4H, ER, 2BB, 8K.
Prospect Watch: The Missions had a brutal day in Oklahoma, losing both ends of a doubleheader and enduring a nearly four hour rain delay ... In game one, RHP Johnny Hellweg scuffled and took the loss for San Antonio. The former Milwaukee top prospect has been knocked around in both his starts this year and hasn’t lasted five innings in either outing this year. While the sample size is small, the Texas League is hitting .375 off of the righty from Ann Arbor, Michigan ... Catcher Rocky Gale had a pair of hits and raised his average to a healthy .300. Gale, 28, made his big league debut in September last season but is playing in San Antonio this season, since Austin Hedges requires regular at-bats in El Paso. Gale won’t hit for much power but he did hit .300 in the PCL last season and is a big league caliber backstop on the defensive side ... In the second game, RHP Fabio Castillo pitched well but the offense managed just three singles. Castillo, 27, allowed just one run in 5.1 innings and struck out eight. Castillo worked last season as a reliever in the Mexican League, but has arguably been San Antonio’s most consistent starter through two weeks.
Storm 1, San Jose Giants 0
Key Statistics: 2B Luis Urias, 1-for-2, 2B, BB; SS Javier Guerra, 1-for-3, RBI, E (4); RF Franmil Reyes; 2-for-2, 2B, BB; RHP Dinelson Lamet, (W, 2-0) 6IP, 3H, BB, 3K; RHP Jimmy Brosoban, (S, 4) 2IP, H.
Prospect Watch: SS Javier Guerra drove in the game’s only run with an RBI single in the fourth inning ... The night belonged to righty Dinelson Lamet who pitched six shutout innings to earn his second victory of the young season. Lamet, 23, pounded the strike zone and did not allow a walk, while striking out three. The Dominican righty hasn’t racked up the strikeouts like he did a year ago but opposing hitters are hitting just .160 off the top pitching prospect ... RHP Jimmy Brosoban is a name that is rapidly rising up Padres prospect lists. The 21-year-old righty has four saves, three of which came across multiple innings. The reliever has allowed just two hits in 8.2 innings of work.
TinCaps 7, Lansing Lugnuts 1
Key Statistics: C Austin Allen, 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI; CF Michael Gettys, 1-for-3, 3 RS, 2 SB (7); RHP Jean Cosme (W, 2-0); 5IP, 3H, R (unearned) BB, 7K; RHP Austin Smith, (S, 1); 4IP, 2H, BB, 3K.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps scored seven runs and allowed an unearned run in an easy victory to start a road trip ... Austin Allen had another multi-hit game and his batting average went down. Allen is hitting .615 (24-for-39) and has a .200 point lead for the Midwest League batting crown. Allen has seven multi-hit games and won the Midwest League Player of the Week for his utter domination ... Fort Wayne rocked the piggyback start to perfection as Jean Cosme pitched five brilliant innings and 2015 2nd rounder Austin Smith pitched four shutout frames to earn his first professional save. Cosme, 19, was acquired from Baltimore in the Odrisamer Despaigne deal has looked good since joining the organization. Cosme struck out seven, while allowing just three hits. Cosme has a very good curveball and has shown an ability to throw it for strikes ... RHP Austin Smith had arguably his best outing as a professional and earned the save for his efforts. The young righty has had to fight through the brutal April weather in the Midwest League which can’t be easy for a kid from Florida. Smith has had some success working down in the zone and pounded the zone with 39 strikes on 56 pitches. Smith looks like he is getting better with each start.