Chihuahuas 10 - Reno Aces 5
Key Statistics: CF Franchy Cordero 2-for-5, 2HR (4) 5RBI, 1K; LF Jose Pirela 4-for-4, 2 2B, HR (1); RHP Bryan Rodriguez 6IP, 5H, 3R (1ER), 1K, 1BB, 1WP
Prospect Watch: By the standards of Reno, this game was a pitchers' duel through six innings, tied at three. But Franchy Cordero homered in the seventh and ninth, Jose Pirela doubled in both innings as part of a four-hit night, and the Aces got a pair of late runs off of Phil Maton to make it a more typical PCL final score. For Cordero, the two blasts mean he is now one behind Ian Happ for the league lead with four through his first 37 plate appearances. While that's great production, he is also carrying an alarming 13:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, which leaves him with an odd .222/.243/.639 line. ... Pirela came up one extra-base short of the cycle as he had a single, two doubles, and a homer. The 27-year-old is off to a strong start at the plate through his first six games, posting a .421/.522/.684 line. After spending the final three months of last season on the disabled list, Pirela re-signed with the organization as a minor league free agent this winter. ... Bryan Rodriguez stepped into the Chihuahuas starting rotation once again when Zach Lee joined the big league club. Given the opportunity, the 25-year-old righty has turned in a pair of solid outings. Working around four errors behind him, the big Dominican was charged with three runs, though only one was earned - the only earned run he's given up so far this year. In an odd bit of consistency, Rodriguez has exactly one walk and one strikeout in each of his three outings this year. ... Phil Maton, the last non-roster invitee pitcher shipped out of big league camp this spring, gave up two runs, one earned, in the ninth inning and now sports a 6.75 ERA through his early work. He has, nonetheless, struck out five in his four innings of work, and issued just his first walk of the year tonight.
Northwest Arkansas Naturals 2 - Missions 1
Key Statistics: Fernando Perez 1-for-4, R; RHP Brett Kennedy 6IP, 4H, 1ER, 3K, 1BB, WP
Prospect Watch: San Antonio's bats were held in check as the Missions managed just three singles on the day and every batter in the lineup struck out at least once against Naturals righty Christian Binford, who's now started games for the Royals affiliate in four straight seasons. The lack of offense cost Brett Kennedy a chance at victory on a day he posted solid overall numbers. The 2015 11th-rounder worked six solid frames and now sports an ERA of 2.70 along with a solid 9:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in his first 10 Double-A innings. ... Adam Cimber, who joined the club earlier in the day, was the hard-luck loser after giving up a run on a pair of hits and a hit batter.The submarining righty is one of only three members of his draft 2013 class who is currently on a roster.
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 5 - Storm 3
Key Statistics: CF Michael Gettys 2-for-4, 2K; LF Edwin Moreno 2-for-4, 2B, R, OF assist; RHP JC Cosme 3.1IP, 7H, 5ER, 1K, 1BB, 2HBP; RHP Colby Blueberg 3IP, 1H, 0R, 5K
Prospect Watch: In what could be a frequent match-up in future years, Dodgers' prospect Walker Buehler stymied the Storm over a three-inning appearance and the Quakes scored enough early on to hold off Elsinore on Saturday. Michael Gettys and Chris Baker led off the game with a pair of singles, but after a line-out by Josh Naylor, Buehler recorded eight straight strikeouts. Things didn't improve when the former first-rounder gave way to the bullpen; the Storm whiffed 12 more times over the final six frames, finishing with 20 punchouts. ... Naylor did ultimately finish with a double to deep center in his four plate appearances, but the 19-year-old has struggled through his first 10 games, hitting just .178 with an OPS below .500.
TinCaps 12 - Bowling Green Hot Rods 7
Key Statistics: DH Marcus Greene 2-for-4, 2B, HR (1), BB, K, 5RBI; 1B Brad Zunica 1-for-3, HR (1), 2BB, 2K; LHP Jerry Keel 5IP, 3H, 2ER, 5K, 1BB, HBP
Prospect Watch: It was a big day for a talented, but very young, TinCaps offense that had limped through the first nine games of the year. Eight players in the lineup reached base safely at least twice, and their 12-hit attack moved the team's average out of last place in the Midwest League. Even on a big day for the entire club, Marcus Greene, Jr.'s performance stood out. Greene's two-out, bases-clearing double in the first keyed a five-run first inning, and he came back in the third with a two-run homer that was one of three round-trippers in a six-run frame. In all, he more than doubled his slugging percentage with the six total bases, and an added walk later in the game boosted his on-base percentage by 60 points. The 22-year-old from Pomona is looking to build on a breakout offseason in the Australian Baseball League, where he hit .307 with six homers in 140 at-bats. He's struggled with injuries since the Padres acquired him from the Rangers in the Will Venable trade, but he has the ability to be a middle-of-the-order bat. ... Brad Zunica hit his second monster home run of the young season, a two-run blast he pulled out of Bowling Green Ballpark. The big first baseman, back in Fort Wayne as a 21-year-old this year, is 5-for-21, but the hits include two doubles as well, contributing to a .619 slugging percentage. While Zunica has struck out 11 times, he's also drawn seven walks, a significant improvement over last year's pace.
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