Las Vegas 51’s 2, Chihuahuas 0
Key Statistics: 3B Diego Goris, 3-for-4, 2B; LF Jose Pirela, 2-for-4; RHP Bryan Rodriguez, 5 IP, 3 H, BB, K; RHP Logan Bawcom (L, 0-1) 2 IP, ER, 3 BB, K; RHP Phil Maton, IP, H, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: Despite the early-morning start, El Paso still had a crowd of over 8,000 to watch El Paso lose the finale of a long five-game set ... Soft-tossing righty Bryan Rodriguez pitched well in the spot-start, since Zach Lee, the scheduled starter was promoted to San Diego. Rodriguez, 25, eats innings but his lack of stuff is evident in the fact he averages just 5.8 strikeouts per nine innings. He has two strikeouts in six innings this year ... Third baseman Diego Goris had three hits, including a double. The versatile utility-man was El Paso’s first baseman during their PCL playoff run and this season has started at shortstop, second base, and third base. Goris dabbled with catching last year and while he doesn’t draw walks, the organization clearly values his versatility ... RHP Phil Maton bounced back from a rough outing to start the season with a clean inning Monday. Maton, 25, allowed a two-run homer and took the loss Friday. He does have three strikeouts in his two innings of work this season.
Missions v. Arkansas Travelers PPD
Notes: The Missions were rained out in Arkansas and will play a doubleheader tomorrow. One note of interest: The Missions placed infielder Jose Rondon on the seven-day disabled list with a hamstring strain. Infielder Felipe Blanco took Rondon’s place on the roster.
One interesting development to watch will be how much time Luis Urias plays at shortstop. Blanco is an organizational guy and Noah Perio has mostly played second throughout his career.
Visalia Rawhide 5, Storm 2
Key Statistics: SS Javier Guerra, 1-for-4, 2B, 3 K; DH Ty France, 1-for-4, 2B; LHP Eric Lauer (L, 0-1) 3.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K; RHP Zech Lemond, 2.1 IP. H, 4 K; RHP Jose Ruiz, IP, BB, K.
Prospect Watch: LHP Eric Lauer made his Storm debut and was done in by one pitch -- a grand slam off of the bat of Visalia second baseman Fernery Ozuna. Lauer’s command wasn’t great -- he walked three in 3.2 innings, although he did strike out seven batters before being pulled ... Javier Guerra did have a double in four trips to the plate but also struck out three times. Guerra is 3-for-21 with eight strikeouts in his first five games of the season. Despite the struggles at the plate, Guerra has looked good in the field ... RHP Zech Lemond relieved Lauer and allowed just one hit and hit a batter in 2.1 innings pitched. Lemond added four strikeouts to the ledger as well. Lemond didn’t make a team out of spring training but was added to the Storm ‘pen prior to Monday’s game. A move to the bullpen full-time should benefit the talented righty ... Lemond took the place of RHP Trevor Frank, who was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, as reported by Storm broadcaster Sean McCall during Monday’s game.
South Bend Cubs 5, TinCaps 3
Key Statistics: CF Buddy Reed, 2-for-5, R; 2B Reinaldo Llarraza, 2-for-3, 2B, 3B, R, SB (2); RHP Hansel Rodriguez (L, 0-1) 5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 4 K.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps battled rain but were still able to get the game in. They were done in by two Cubs’ homers and lost at home ... The Padres sent five teenagers to Fort Wayne to begin the season and Reinaldo llarraza has been the best of the bunch in the first week of 2017. The 18-year-old had a double, a triple and stole a bag. He is 4-for-10 with a pair of walks over his last three games. llarraza was part of A.J Preller’s first international free agent class in 2015 ... RHP Hansel Rodriguez flashed plus stuff in his first outing in Fort Wayne but has done in by two homers. The young righty, acquired last year in the Melvin Upton deal, struck out four over his five innings of work ... Hudson Potts had a single in four at-bats. Potts, still just 18, is 2-for-20 with eight strikeouts in his first five games in full-season ball.
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