Chihuahuas 9, Tacoma Rainiers 4
Key Statistics: RHP Tyrell Jenkins 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 3 K; LF Franchy Cordero 3-4, 3B, 3 RS, BB, SB (2); 2B Carlos Asuaje 2-4, 3 RBI; 3B Corey Spangenberg 2-4, 3 RBI, SB (2); SS Diego Goris 2-4, 2B, HR (1), 2 RS, 3 RBI.
Prospect Watch: The beauty of early season games is that a small hot streak can get a player back into respectable numbers. Three days ago 2B Carlos Asuaje was hitting a robust .147 and in the midst of a 2-26 slump. Over the last three games Asuaje has five hits and seen his average climb back to .222. On the bright side April has always been Asuaje’s worst month. Unfortunately for him his “worst” month last year was .284/.312/.514… LF Franchy Cordero has had a truly all or nothing season in the 13 games he has played this year. In four of them he is 9-17, with a double, two triples, four home runs, nine runs scores, a walk and only three strikeouts. for a .529/.555/1.529 slash line. In the other nine games he is hitting 2-31, with no extra-base hits, two walks and 13 strikeouts for a .064/.121/.064 line… RHP Phil Maton, who was one the last players cut in Spring Training, has had a tough early go-around in Triple-A. Maton allowed an unearned run tonight, and has now allowed a run to score in three of his six outings, with only one perfect inning. The season is still young, but he has now allowed as many runs as he did last year between Fort Wayne and El Paso combined (18.2 innings).
The Missions had the night off
Storm 4, Inland Empire 66ers 3 (10 innings)
Key Statistics: LHP Joey Lucchesi 6 IP, H, 3 BB, 8 K; LHP Jose Castillo 0.2 IP, H, 3 ER, 3 BB, K; 2B Chris Baker 2-5, 2B, RS, RBI; DH Josh Naylor 1-4, HR (2), 2 RBI; 1B Ty France 2-4,; LF Edwin Moreno 2-4, 2B.
Prospect Watch: Of the three high round draft picks in the Storm rotation, fourth round pick Joey Lucchesi has arguably looked the best. Lucchesi had a no-hitter going until the sixth inning. Not only was this the first time since being drafted he had a no-hit bid last until the sixth, it was the first time since college Lucchesi even pitched into that inning. He has now thrown back-to-back scoreless starts (11 IP, 4 H, 6 BB, 13 K), and is leading the club with 19 strikeouts…1B Josh Naylor has homered in back to back games. This might not be surprising for most power hitters, but Naylor hit only three home runs in 33 games last year with the Storm. He had only eight extra-base hits and three walks during his time with the team last year. This year while his numbers are not jumping off the page, but he still has five extra base hits and six walks in 13 games...Chris Baker had the game deciding double in the tenth inning to put the Storm ahead. After playing all last season at shortstop he has played exclusively at second this year.
TinCaps 3, Western Michigan Whitecaps 2
Key Statistics: RHP Jesse Scholtens 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 K; RF Jorge Ona 1-3, RS, BB; DH Hudson Potts 2-4, 3B, RS, RBI; SS Fernando Tatis Jr 1-4, GW RBI.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps win another game late. Hudson Potts and Fernando Tatis Jr are finally starting to show the hit tool that many scouts swooning in the AZL last season. Potts hit a two-out single in the eighth, went to second on a wild pitch, and scored on the next pitch on an RBI single by Tatis. This was Potts’ first multi-hit game of the season and he has now hit safely in five straight games and eight of his last nine. His slash line is still a horrendous at .184/.212/.286, but these are good signs of life from a player that is barely 18-years old… RHP Jesse Scholtens was still a head scratcher for opening day rotation, but now leads the organization in strikeouts with 22, and was the first TinCap player to throw seven innings this season.
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