Chihuahuas 4, Fresno Grizzlies 3
Key Statistics: RF Jose Pirela 2-for-4, 2B, 2R; 1B Ryan Schimpf 2-for-4, 2B, 2RBI; C Rocky Gale 3-for-4; RHP Jose Dominguez 2IP, 0H, 0R, 5K, 1BB, S
Prospect Watch: Ryan Schimpf hit a two-out, two-run double to give El Paso the lead in the fifth inning, then the bullpen turned in four scoreless frames to claim a series split with the Astros' top affiliate. Schimpf, 28, was one of many minor league free agent signees this winter after six years in the Blue Jays organization. Though he'd played only one professional inning at first base coming into the year, he made his third start there Sunday, collecting a pair of hits along the way. Nine of his 17 hits for the Chihuahuas have gone for extra bases, keeping his Isolated Power number in line with his career mark north of .220. ... When Austin Hedges opened the year in El Paso, the Padres sent 28-year-old catcher Rocky Gale out to San Antonio to be able to catch every day. With Hedges now sidelined after hamate surgery, Gale has rejoined the Chihuahuas, where he hit better than .300 in parts of the last two seasons. Though he isn't quite Hedges' equal defensively, he does offer very good receiving skills, and his 3-for-4 day today equals a level he reached five times in 2014. ... Jose Dominguez picked up his first save in the Padres organization, working two shutdown innings that included five strikeouts. As we've noted previously, a number of back-end relievers (including several Sunday) throughout the system are regularly working multiple innings, an organizational trend worth monitoring.
Missions 5 - Midland RockHounds 2
Key Statistics: SS Jose Rondon 3-for-4, 2R, RBI, CS; C Ryan Miller 2-for-3, BB, R; RF Yeison Asencio 1-for-4, HR (1), 2RBI; RHP Luis Diaz 7.1IP, 5H. 2ER, 5K, 3BB; RHP Adam Cimber 1.2IP, 1H, 2K, 2BB S(2)
Prospect Watch: San Antonio snapped a six-game losing streak behind a three-run fifth inning that included Yeison Asencio's first homer of the season. The Missions offense collected 11 hits, led by a three single day for Jose Rondon. The 22-year-old shortstop now sits in a tie for seventh in the league with a .338 average. ... Starter Luis Diaz worked into the eighth inning to collect his second victory and the club's longest start of the year. The 24-year-old former Red Sox farmhand gave up two runs over 7.1 frames, though he also issued a season-high three walks The Venezuelan righty's strikeout and walk rates are much improved from his trip through the Eastern League last year, but his ERA, as it did last year, is still hovering north of five. ... Submarining righty Adam Cimber came in with a runner on and one out in the eighth, and proceeded to record a multi-inning save of his own. While he issued his first two free passes of the year, he also is holding opponents to a .152 average.
For further reading on the San Antonio Missions, see the San Antonio Express-News.
Storm 3 - Lancaster JetHawks 2
Key Statistics: DH Javier Guerra 1-for-3, 2B, BB, RBI, R; 3B Josh VanMeter 1-for-2, 2B, BB, RBI, R; RHP Chris Huffman 6IP, 3H, 0R, 3K, 1BB; LHP Jose Torres 1.1IP, 1H, 0R, 1K, 0BB, S (1)
Prospect Watch: Elsinore jumped out to an early lead and then held on to beat Lancaster by an identical 3-2 score for the second game in a row to claim the series win. Chris Huffman stepped back into the rotation for his second start of the season, and impressed. The righty worked six scoreless frames, pushing his ERA down to 2.86 for the year. A 14th-round pick in 2014, Huffman will likely continue to swing between the pen and rotation as other arms cycle up to Elsinore in the coming months. ... With plenty of attention on higher-profile infielders on the roster, Josh VanMeter continues to impress at the plate. The 21-year-old had an RBI double and a walk in three plate appearances and now leads the club in all three slash line categories with a .310/.385/.534. While he'd never played third base professionally before the season, he's looking to find his footwork at the hot corner, while sliding over to second base on occasion as well. ... To go with the theme of the day, lefty Jose Torres picked up a four-out save after coming in with the tying run on base in the eighth.
For further reading on the Storm please see the Southwest Riverside News Network.
TinCaps 0, 3 Burlington Bees 1, 1
Key Statistics: C Austin Allen 1-for-2, BB; LF Rod Boykin 1-for-3, BB, 3B, SB (8) 2R; RHP Brett Kennedy 5IP, 3H, 1ER, 9K, 1BB; LHP Logan Allen 2IP, 1H, 0R, 3K, 0BB; RHP Elliot Ashbeck 5IP, 2H, 1ER, 3K, 0BB, RHP Nick Monroe 2IP, 1H, 0R, 3K
Prospect Watch: Fort Wayne split their double-header Sunday as the offense continues to come back down to earth a bit even as the pitching staff continues to excel. In the opener, Brett Kennedy gave up a leadoff homer in the second inning, but otherwise kep the Bees offense in check over five innings, striking out a career-high nine strikeouts. In 22.1 innings this year, the righty from Fordham has whiffed 28 against only six strikeouts while recording nearly twice as many groundouts as flies. The 11th-rounder last year is just one of many later-round college picks who've impressed early for the Padres. ... Notably, game two starter Elliot Ashbeck also falls into that category. The righty made his first start after logging at least three innings in four of his first five relief appearances and didn't miss a beat. A 16th-round pick last year, Ashbeck also gave up one earned run on only two hits in five innings. Through 21 frames, he's given up only 10 hits and a pair of walks on his way to a 1.71 ERA. ... While Rod Boykin continues to strike out at an unsustainable pace, when he makes contact, good things happen. Arguably the fastest player in the system, Boykin collected his second triple and eighth stolen base of the year on the day and has scored 15 runs while reaching base safely 27 times so far this season. The 21-year-old Alabama native has drawn 10 walks, and continues to show plus ball-tracking in the outfield. ... Nick Monroe closed out the nightcap win with a two inning save. Last year's 21st-round pick out of UNC-Wilmington has worked multiple innings in all five of his outings, and now has 14 strikeouts against only three walks in 11.1 innings.
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