Chihuahuas 6, Iowa Cubs 3 (12)
Alex Dickerson Watch: The El Paso slugger started at first base and went 1-for-5 with his eighth home run in the victory Thursday. The hit extended his hitting streak to 24. Dickerson turned 26 on Thursday.
Key Statistics: 2B Carlos Asuaje, 2-for-5, RS, BB; CF Manuel Margot, 1-for-5, HR (3), RS, RBI; C Rocky Gale, 2-for-5; RHP Jeremy Guthrie, 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 K; LHP Daniel Moskos (W, 4-0) 1.2 IP, 3 K; RHP Jose Dominguez (S, 3) 0.1 IP, H, BB.
Prospect Watch: El Paso scored three runs in the 12th, capped by a two-run double by Ryan Schimpf to take 3 of 4 from the Cubs’ top farm team .... Center fielder Manuel Margot only had one hit but it was his third dinger of the year. Margot has put up solid but not necessarily spectacular numbers in his first season in the San Diego organization but is continuing to improve. Margot is hitting .287/.365/.416 with a couple of home runs in May. Margot is also 9-for-11 in stolen base attempts this month ... RHP Jeremy Guthrie turned a solid outing, pitching six solid innings in the El Paso victory. Guthrie’s overall numbers still look ugly -- 7.00 ERA, opposing hitters with a .304 average, but Guthrie’s road/home splits give a little reason for optimism. Guthrie has a 10.62 ERA in four home starts and a decent (by PCL standards) 4.81 ERA in six road starts. Guthrie still might represent the Padres’ best option in the minors should they need another starter (other than the recently demoted Colin Rea) which is a testament to the lack of depth in the upper minors more than Guthrie’s performance.
Missions: John Conniff was live at Wolff Stadium covering the game for MadFriars. Read his report here.
Storm 3, Inland Empire 66’ers 1
Key Statistics: 3B Josh VanMeter, 3-for-5, (2) 2B, RS, SB (3); CF Franchy Cordero, 2-for-5, 3B, RS, 2 RBI, SB (8); RF Franmil Reyes, 2-for-4; 2B River Stevens, 2-for-3, BB; RHP Walker Lockett, 7 IP, 6 H, ER, 5 K; RHP Martires Arias, (W, 1-3) 0.2 IP, 2 K; RHP Colby Blueberg (S, 8) IP, K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm scored three in the ninth, capped by a Franchy Cordero two-run triple ... On the subject of Cordero, the left-handed center fielder continues to impress and has been one of the bright spots of the system in 2016. Cordero had the aforementioned triple and also swiped his eighth bag. Cordero is now hitting .283 on the year ... RHP Walker Lockett pitched beautifully, allowing just an unearned run in seven innings of work. Lockett needed only 81 pitches and didn’t allow a walk. The big righty struggled in his first outing but righted the ship against Inland Empire. He has a 3.65 ERA through two Cal League starts.
TinCaps 5, Lansing Lugnuts 3
Key Statistics: C Austin Allen, 3-for-4, HR (2) RBI; CF Michael Gettys, 1-for-3, HR (2), RS, RBI, SB (20); RF Jhonatan Pena, 2-for-4, HR (1) 3 RBI, RS; LHP Thomas Dorminy, 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, BB, K; RHP Phil Maton, (W, 1-1) 2 IP, H, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: Fort Wayne trailed 3-0 and scored five times in the final three innings, with all five runs coming via the home run ... Michael Gettys is continuing to blossom in his second full professional season and hit his second homer of the season in the victory. Gettys is hitting .424 over his last 10 games but more impressively the 20-year-old has struck out just five times in his last 33 at-bats while drawing five walks as well. Gettys is hitting .309/.386/.436 this season and is tied for the league lead in stolen bases with 20 ... Catcher Austin Allen had three hits and also homered in the victory; his first blast since April 9th. Allen got off to a blazing start but was just 3-for-36 over his last ten games. Despite the prolonged cold streak, Allen is still hitting .336, good for third in the Midwest League.
Roster Moves: There were quite a few moves in the system today, here is what is going on:
Signings: The Padres signed free agent pitcher Seth Simmons, who was recently released by the Arizona Diamondbacks, per a report on MLB Trade Rumors. Simmons, 27, was a 40th round pick in 2011 out of East Carolina. Simmons was 2-0, with a 5.33 ERA in 14 appearances between Double-A or Triple-A for the Diamondbacks’ organization. Simmons has worked exclusively as a reliever in his professional career and has pitched a 2.97 ERA in 242 career minor league games and has averaged nearly 12 strikeouts per nine innings. There is no word on the assignment yet but he figures to join El Paso or San Antonio.
San Antonio: Received RHP Rafael De Paula and transferred RHP Louis Distasio to extended spring training. De Paula’s stay in El Paso was brief, as the hard-throwing righty appeared in just one game, throwing a scoreless inning. De Paula has a 3.80 ERA in 15 games this season. Distasio, 22, has appeared in nine games throughout the Padres’ system and has pitched to a 6.52 ERA in nine games.
Fort Wayne: Placed outfielder Rod Boykin and infielder Peter Van Gansen on the disabled list; INF Nick Vilter and INF/OF Tyler Moore placed on the roster from extended spring training.
Boykin, 21, hurt his wrist in pregame batting practice on Tuesday, per TinCaps broadcaster John Nolan. The speedy outfielder was hitting .220/.295/.288 in 41 games for Fort Wayne this season. Van Gansen, 22, was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to Monday when he hurt his ankle in pregame warmups. The infielder out of Cal Poly is hitting .245/.313/.280 in 40 games this season.
Moore, 22, was a 29th round pick in 2015, out of South Carolina - Aiken and went 0-for-4 in his TinCaps debut, starting at second base. Moore has been working in the outfield and did play all over the infield for the AZL Padres last season. Vilter, 22, was drafted in the 9th round in 2014. Last season he appeared with Tri-City and Fort Wayne and hit .208/.332/.292 with a home run in 2015. He has played all over the infield in his professional career.