Chihuahuas 7, Tacoma Rainiers 5
Key Statistics: CF Manuel Margot, 3-for-3, RS, BB, SB (4); RF Hunter Renfroe, 2-for-4, HR (2), 2 RS, 2 RBI; SS Nick Noonan, 2-for-3, 2B, RS, RBI; LHP Greg Reynolds, (W, 1-1) 6 IP, 8H, 5 ER, 2 BB; RHP Michael Kirkman (S, 1) IP, K
Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas won their second straight over Tacoma Friday night. El Paso scored six runs off of former Padre pitcher Donn Roach ... Outfielder Hunter Renfroe homered for the second straight night in the victory. Renfroe has four multi-hit games in his last seven starts. The top prospect is hitting a robust .308/.357/.538 in his first 52 at-bats in Triple-A in 2016 ... Transitioning to another top prospect, Manny Margot had a three-hit game that included his fourth stolen base of 2016. Margot, 21, is in the midst of a six-game hitting streak in which he has seen his batting average rise to .269. Despite being one of the youngest players in the league, Margot is displaying the dynamic talent that has him near the top of all Padres’ prospect lists.
For further reading on the El Paso Chihuahuas, see the El Paso Times.
Missions 8, Midland RockHounds 4
Key Statistics: 2B Nelson Ward, 2-for-4; LF Nick Torres, 3-for-4, 2 RS, 2B; 3B Taylor Lindsey, 2-for-3, RS, BB, 2 RBI; DH Alberth Martinez, 2-for-3, RS, 2B, 3 RBI; RHP Brandon Morrow, (W, 1-0) 5 IP, 6H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; RHP Kyle Lloyd (H, 1) 3 IP, 2 H, BB, 3 K.
Prospect Watch: The Missions used a 12-hit attack to cruise to a victory on Pedro Martinez jersey night at Wolff Stadium ... Right fielder Nick Torres had three hits Friday, including a double and a triple. Torres has been red hot the last three games, going 7-for-13, raising his average to .333. Torres hit third and figures to anchor the Missions’ lineup for the foreseeable future ... Designated hitter Alberth Martinez busted out of a prolonged funk with two hits and three RBI Friday night. Martinez, 25, was arguably San Antonio’s most consistent player a season ago but opened 2016 with a 2-for-24 start. Martinez has been remarkably consistent in his career, so he should provide double-digit power as the season progresses ... RHP Brandon Morrow made his third rehab start and once again he had mixed results. Morrow did get the win but he allowed four runs, including two home runs. Morrow’s performance is more about health than results but a 7.04 ERA in the three aforementioned starts has to be a cause for concern.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News
Bakersfield Blaze 10, Storm 0
Key Statistics: 2B-SS Luis Urias, 1-for-4; RHP Michael Kelly, (L, 0-2) 2.1 IP, 7 H, 9 ER, 3 BB, K; RHP Jimmy Brosoban, IP, 2 H, K.
Prospect Watch: Friday was A tough night for the Storm as they were no-hit through seven and could muster just two singles ... At some point, one has to wonder how many chances RHP Michael Kelly will get. Kelly, a supplemental first rounder in 2011, gave up nine runs and walked three while recording just eight outs. Kelly’s ERA stands out 11.91 after three Cal League starts in 2016. Kelly now has a career ERA of 9.41 in 41.1 innings for the Storm. The righty hasn’t been effective since a 2012 stint in Eugene. It remains to be seen how much longer the organization will stick with Kelly.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
South Bend Cubs 7, TinCaps 6
Key Statistics: CF Michael Gettys, 3-for-5, 2B, 2 SB (11); DH Ty France, 1-for-4, HR (2) RBI, RS, 3 RBI; C Austin Allen, 2-for-4, RS, LF Rod Boykin, 2-for-4, RS; RHP Walker Lockett, 5 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 3BB, 2K; RHP Elliot Ashbeck, 4 IP, H, 7 K; LHP Jerry Keel (L, 0-2) 0.1 IP, H, unearned run.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps blew a five-run and lost in extra innings. South Bend pushed across the winning run on a fielders choice ... Center fielder Michael Gettys had three hits and stole two bases in the loss. More impressively, Gettys did not register a strikeout on the evening. The talented former second-round pick leads the Midwest League with 11 steals but is still striking out in 36% of his at-bats ... Catcher Austin Allen added a pair of singles and an RBI to raise his batting average to .520. Allen has an almost 100 point lead in the Midwest League batting title race ... After starter Walker Lockett struggled in five innings, righty Elliot Ashbeck threw a gem in relief. Ashbeck was the Padres’ 16th rounder last June pitched four innings and allowed just one hit while striking out seven. Ashbeck has been the swing man Fort Wayne in 2016 but has a 1.64 ERA with an opposing batting average of .139.
Notes: Fort Wayne shortstop Ruddy Giron was out of the lineup for the third straight game. TinCaps play-by-play man John Nolan reported that Giron is day-to-day with a groin strain. The injury does not appear to be serious and shouldn’t require a DL stint.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Roster moves: There has been some roster movement throughout the San Diego system the last few days. Here is a breakdown by team:
El Paso: INF/OF Jose Pirela promoted to San Diego, with RHP Leonel Campos optioned back to El Paso. Infielder Diego Goris was transferred to El Paso from San Antonio.
San Antonio: RHP Bryce Morrow was transferred to San Antonio from extended spring training. Infielder Chase Jensen was transferred to the Missions from Lake Elsinore.
Lake Elsinore: Received INF Felipe Blanco and C Ricardo Valenzuela from extended spring training, placed C Miguel Del Castillo on 7-day DL.