Chihuahuas 1, Tacoma Rainiers 0 (Game one)
Key Statistics: LF Franchy Cordero, 1-for-3, RS; 1B Jamie Romak, 1-for-3, RBI; RHP Matt Magill (W, 1-0) 6 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K; RHP Phil Maton (S, 1) IP, K.
Tacoma Rainiers 4, Chihuahuas 0 (Game two)
Key Statistics: 2B Carlos Asuaje, 1-for-2, 2B, BB; 3B Cory Spangenberg, 2-for-3; RHP Tyrell Jenkins (L, 1-1) 4.1 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 2 K; RHP Mike Dimock, IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas split a doubleheader in brutal conditions in Tacoma, where the temperatures fell into the 30’s by the end of the night ... In game one, RHP Matt Magill had his second straight impressive outing, picking up the win. The former Dodger and Red pitched six shutout innings, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out six. Magill’s ERA is at 0.75 in his first two starts in the Padres’ organization ... In the nightcap, third baseman Cory Spangenberg had a pair of singles in the shutout loss. The 26-year-old has played exclusively at third base for El Paso and is hitting .280/.333/.400 through seven games.
Missions 5, NW Arkansas Naturals 4
Key Statistics: SS Luis Urias, 2-for-5, 2B, 2 BB, RS; 2B Noah Perio, 2-for-5, 2 BB, RS; RF Nick Schulz, 1-for-4, HR (2), 2 RBI, 2 BB; RHP Michael Kelly, 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K; RHP Rafael De Paula, 3 IP, H, BB, 4 K; RHP Trey Wingenter (W, 1-0) IP, 2 H.
Prospect Watch: The Missions won their home opener and have the best record in the system (5-2). The winning run scored in the bottom of the 14th inning when Auston Bousfield delivered the walk-off single on a play that probably should have been scored an error on the Naturals’ shortstop ... SS Luis Urias had his first multi-hit game in Double-A, stroking a single and a double in the San Antonio victory. Urias, still just 19, is only hitting .231 through seven games but has drawn six walks and is slugging close to .600. The fact that Urias is hitting with power while walking more than he is striking out in his first week in the upper minors is a very positive sign ... RHP Michael Kelly turned in a solid outing and was in position for the win before the bullpen allowed two runs to score. Kelly allowed a pair of earned runs but did strike out six in his five innings of work. Kelly’s command was a bit spotty, as he walked three batters but his stuff was good overall.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 6, Storm 3
Key Statistics: LF Taylor Kohlwey, 2-for-3, RS, BB, RBI; 1B Josh Naylor, 1-for-5, RBI; RHP Cal Quantrill (L, 1-1) 5 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; RHP Carter Capps, IP, BB, K.
Key Statistics: The Storm dropped their second straight game, losing on the road to their neighbors up the I-15 ... RHP Cal Quantrill started and took the loss, allowing five earned runs over his five innings of work. Quantrill allowed his first run on a soft single up the middle, after Quantrill hit a batter. Quantrill cruised through the second and third before coughing up a pair of runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. In the fifth, Rancho made plenty of hard contact, socking two doubles off of the former Stanford righty. Quantrill was able to finish the fifth inning -- he threw 76 pitches, 46 for strikes ... Taylor Kohlwey was the only Storm hitter with a multi-hit game, as the former Wisconsin-La Crosse star had a pair of singles and drew a walk. Kohlwey has had a nice start to the season, hitting .292/.469/.333 with eight walks in eight games for Lake Elsinore thus far in 2017 ... Lake Elsinore batters struck out 15 times Monday night, including four for Michael Gettys, who has struck out nine times in the last three games and fifteen times in his first 36 at-bats.
Roster Move: The Storm activated OF Edwin Moreno from the 7-day DL. To make room for Moreno on the roster, the team sent outfielder Aldemir Burgos to extended spring training.
Bowling Green Hot Rods 3, TinCaps 0
Key Statistics: CF Jack Suwinski, 1-for-3, BB; LHP Logan Allen (L, 0-1) 5 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 8 K; RHP Nick Monroe, 3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 K.
Prospect Watch: Last night the Storm were one-hit in a loss and tonight the TinCaps managed just one hit in a loss. Fort Wayne opened up a series in Bowling Green, making the 350 mile drive into Kentucky for the second time in eight games ... LHP Logan Allen was the hard-luck loser, as the lefty allowed just one earned run in five innings while striking out eight while walking just one. Allen’s fastball was sitting at 91-92 mph and touched 94 mph. Allen threw 82 pitches -- which is his career-high while pitching for Fort Wayne. Allen has 13 strikeouts in eight innings in his first two starts for Fort Wayne in 2017 ... The TinCaps offense has struggled mightily through first eight games, hitting a collective .176/.285/.259. Top prospects like Fernando Tatis Jr. (4-for-31), Hudson Potts (3-for-28), Eguy Rosario (4-for-27) and Buddy Reed (4-for-25) have all had trying starts to the season. While one bad week is no cause for concern, hopefully the bats will heat up as summer approaches in the Midwest.