Chihuahuas 7, 5 Salt Lake City Bees 0, 6
Key Statistics: RF Hunter Renfroe 4-for-7, 2B, 2HR (4), OF Assist; LF Alex Dickerson 2-for-7, 2B, HR (3); CF Manuel Margot 3-for-6, 2B, SB (5), CS (3), PO; C Jason Hagerty 3-for-5, 2B, 3B; RHP Carlo Pimentel 7IP, 5H, 0R, 1K, 1BB, WP;
Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas split their double-header with Salt Lake Sunday, cruising behind a completely game shutout from Carlos Pimentel (pictured above) in the first, and then falling just short in a comeback attempt in game two. Pimentel, 26, allowed only five hits and one walk over the seven innings of the first game. He needed just 81 pitches to get through the game, inducing 12 groundouts along the way. ... Right fielder Hunter Renfroe continued his offensive tear, hitting a homer in each contest on Sunday, pushing his streak to four straight games with a round-tripper. The 24-year-old slugger has now hit in eight of nine contests. Going back to his late-season cameo last year, he sports an OPS of 1.011 in 36 Triple-A games. His homer in game two was part of an impressive run when Carlos Asuaje, Alex Dickerson and he hit three consecutive pitches out of the park. ... Manuel Margot extended his hitting streak to eight games himself, collecting a single in the first game and two hits, including a double, in the nightcap. The Dominican native has really started to hit his stride after the Padres chose an aggressive assignment to Triple-A to start the year. After collecting only four hits in his first seven contests with the Chihuahuas, he's now pushed his on-base percentage up to .354 and has only one strikeout in his last 28 plate appearances.
Missions 6 - Midland RockHounds 5
Key Statistics: SS Jose Rondon 2-for-2, 2B, SF, 3RBI; LF Nick Torres 2-for-4, R; 2B Taylor Lindsey 1-for-3, 2B, HBP, RBI, 2R; RHP Johnny Hellweg 5.2IP, 5H 4ER, 4K, 4BB
Prospect Watch: Taylor Lindsey is working to put his dreadful 2015 season behind him. The 24-year-old infielder went 1-for-3 with a double and RBI on Sunday and is now hitting .270/.378/.514 through 15 games. He had played all but six games in his career at second base coming into the season, but made his first professional appearance at first base today. While there are a number of middle infielders with versatility ahead of him at El Paso, a solid run through the early part of the season will put him in good stead to return to Triple-A, where he first debuted in 2014.... Jason Jester came back off the disabled list yesterday, and looked like he didn't miss a beat. The righty came on with the tying run on first in the eighth and got a punchout, then worked a clean ninth inning for his third save in as many appearances. A 23rd-round pick out of Texas A&M in 2014, Jester impressed in spring training with a sneaky fastball and tough breaking ball. He is one of many potential back-of-the bullpen hurlers in the system who is working multiple-inning outings early this year - a development which should be worth watching. ... Nick Torres extended his hitting streak to five games while Jose Rondon pushed his to six.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.
Bakersfield Blaze 8 - Storm 0
Key Statistics: 3B Josh VanMeter 1-for-3, E(2); LHP Thomas Dorminy 3.2IP, 8H, 7ER, 5K, 5BB
Prospect Watch: It was a rough game for the Storm offense, which managed only two singles on the afternoon, and for starter Thomas Dorminy. The lefty, who was a stalwart of the TinCaps starting rotation last year, has been hit hard in each of his four outings so far this year, failing to make it beyond the fourth inning yet. The 23-year-old has posted solid strikeout rates thus far, but has also walked 10 in 14.1 innings and opponents are hitting .412 against him. ... The Storm bullpen gave up only one unearned run in 5.1 innings on Sunday, continuing a dominant showing so far this year. Kyle McGrath and Jimmy Brasoban each spun a scoreless frame, and have now worked a combined 18.1 scoreless innings, while Jose Torres (0.96 ERA) and Brad Weick (1.74) also continued their strong work. As a whole the bullpen owns a 1.91 ERA in 75.1 innings of work.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
South Bend Cubs 7 - TinCaps 6 in 10
Key Statistics: LF Rod Boykin 1-for-3, BB, HBP, K, SB (7); 1B Ty France 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, BB; K; DH Luis Tejada 2-for-5, 2B, 2RBI; RHP Brett Kennedy 4.1IP, 4H, 2ER, 6K, 3BB
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first and Brett Kennedy was dealing through his first four frames, making it look like they might run away with another victory. But the Cubs rallied in the bottom of the fifth and the Fort Wayne offense stalled out, allowing South Bend to come back for a walk-off win and series sweep. Kennedy, 21, breezed through four, allowing only two balls to reach the outfield.In the fifth, though, the 11th-rounder gave up a double and walk wrapped around a grounder before yielding to Will Headean out of the bullpen. Headean promptly gave up a triple that brought in both runs charged to Kennedy. Headen's defense let him down after that, committing a pair of errors in the frame which ultimately allowed three more runs - two unearned - to come across. On the day, the TinCaps committed three errors, their highest total of the year. ... With both Rod Boykin and Michael Gettys in a bit of a groove recently, manager Anthony Contreras slid Boykin into the leadoff spot and Gettys into the five hole as both Austin Allen and Brad Zunica got the day off. Both Boykin and Gettys had a hit and walk. The organization would love to be able to slot Gettys in the middle of the lineup and have Boykin set the table, but both were striking out at much too high a clip early on this year to make that workable.
For further reading on the TinCaps, see the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
For the box scores of all the games please go to the MiLB.com scoreboards