Chihuahuas 4 – Las Vegas 51s 1
Key Stats: RHP Jeremy Guthrie (W, 1-5) 7 IP, 4 H, ER, 2 BB, 4 K; CF Manuel Margot 1-3, RS, RBI, BB; 1B James Loney 2-3, RBI, BB; 3B Casey McElroy 2-4, 2B, RS.
Prospect Watch: After me being a bit overly critical about Jeremy Guthrie in his last few starts, he had by far his best outing of the year. He gave up a home run to the first batter of the game, and then slammed the door shut. This was his second start of the year going seven innings, but his first one allowing fewer than two runs, and only his second quality start in seven starts.. 1B James Loney continues to be the Chihuahua’s most consistent hitter at the plate. His .336 batting average leads the team. However, even hitting in a hitter friendly league, James Loney is not showing the power that we would expect from a veteran major league player. Loney has never been a power hitter, but the Rays used his power numbers (.357 last year) as a reason to release him. While many Padre fans are wondering why Loney isn’t up with the big league club, scouts will point to the fact that he has a lower slugging percentage than INF/sometime OF Carlos Asuaje.
After going 4-14 on the road to start the season, the Missions have a day off as they head home.
Storm 9 - Inland Empire 66ers 3
Key Stats: LHP Thomas Dorminy (W, 1-4) 6 IP, 4 H, ER, BB, K; SS Javier Guerra 3-4, HR (4), 2 RS, 3 RBI; 3B Luis Urias 3-4, RS, RBI, BB; C Jose Ruiz 2-4, 2B, RS; RF Franmil Reyes 2-4, 2B, RS, 2 RB.
Prospect Watch: David Jay has the game recap from the Diamond
Game 1: Great Lakes Loons 3 – TinCaps 0
Key Stats: RHP Jean Cosme (L, 3-2) 3 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 3 K; RHP Emmanuel Ramirez 3 IP, 2 H, ER, 4 K.
Game 2: Great Lakes Loons 5 – TinCaps 0
Key Stats: RHP Austin Smith (L, 0-2) 4 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 BB, 5 K; RHP Will Headen 2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, BB, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: After missing a month on the disabled list. RHP Phil Maton came on to throw the final inning in Game 1. He allowed a run on two hits but did strikeout a batter. After striking out 58 over 32.2 innings in Tri-Cities last year, the Padres were planning on using him as a starter in 2016. However between the injury and the incredible amount of starting pitching talent that Fort Wayne currently has, Maton has thus far found himself back in the bullpen. As the dust begins to settle with Kennedy and Ashback (now on DL in LE) already promoted, do not be surprised to see Maton stretched out and back in the rotation… Speaking of great starting pitching depth, Austin Smith continued to show signs of improvement by allowing only one run over four innings while striking out five. Over his last five “starts” Smith has allowed just four earned runs over 17 innings. (2.12 ERA). During that stretch he has also struck out 16 and walked 14. On the season Smith is walking over 6 batters per 9 innings.