Tacoma Rainers 11, Chihuahuas 8
David Jay was in El Paso and between appearances on a local radio station with Lou Ferrigno, a.k.a. the Incredible Hulk, still found time to make it to the Chihuahuas game. You can read his account here.
Missions 16, Midland Rockhounds 13
Key Statistics: SS Luis Urias 4-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI; 2B Noah Perio 2-5, RBI, BB, SB; LF Nick Schulz 1-3, HR (5), RBI, 2 BB, HBP, SB; RF Franmil Reyes 3-5, 2 RBI, BB; 1B Fernando Perez 4-6, 2 2B, HR (3), 5 RBI; RHP Brett Kennedy 1.1 IP 5 H 8 R 8 ER 3 BB 2 K; RHP Eric Yardley (W, 1-0) 2.2 IP 2 H 4 K.
Prospect Watch: According to Missions’ play-by-play broadcaster Mike Saeger, the all-time record for runs in a Texas League game was 56 between then Double-A El Paso and Beaumont in the early 1980s. While the Missions and Rockhounds didn’t quite make it there, they gave it a run…The box score of the game is a must-read, but a few things stand out…Luis Urias is red-hot with his second straight four-hit game. Since April 8, when Jose Rondon went down with a leg injury, Urias has played every single game at shortstop and watched his batting average climb from .167 to .357. Additionally, he has ten extra-base hits in 14 games, which is tied for the lead in the Texas League, to go along with a .419 on-base percentage. If he has the ability to be a serviceable shortstop, this is a major find for the organization. When Rondon returns, my guess is he will see more time at second and third than at shortstop…Somewhat lost in the Urias hoopla, has been the stellar play of Nick Schulz, who is leading the Texas League in home runs (5), slugging percentage (.735) and second to Urias in total bases at 36. Oh yeah, he’s also hitting .347…A very big night for Fernando Perez, who saw his batting average rise from .216 to .263 tonight and Franmil Reyes may be making believers out of people who were wondering if his second half in Lake Elsinore was real with a .316/.350/.474 slash line with the Missions.
Lancaster JetHawks 4, Storm 1
Key Statistics: DH Edwin Moreno 2-4, 2B; RF Alan Garcia 2-3; RHP Pedro Avila (L, 0-1) 6.0 IP 6 H 2 R 2 ER BB 5 K.
Prospect Watch: Pedro Avila, who came over from the Nats in the Derek Norris trade, had a much better outing than his previous two, but it wasn't enough…tough night for CF Michael Gettys with three strikeouts on the night to give him 26 in his first 14 games…SS Javier Guerra is capable of making spectacular plays at shortstop, but he’s off to a very slow start in his second trip around the Cal League at .137/.200/.255 with 22 strikeouts in his first 13 games. Something needs to change offensively after he posted a .591 OPS in 2016 for the Storm.
Great Lakes Loons 6, TinCaps 4
Key Statistics: RF Jorge Ona 2-4, HR (1), RBI; CF-RF Jack Suwinski 1-4, HR (1), RBI, BB; SS Fernando Tatis, Jr. 2-4, SB (4); LHP Jerry Keel 5.0 IP 4 H 2 R 2 ER BB 9 K; RHP Will Stillman (BS, 1) (L, 0-1) 1.1 IP 2 H 3 R 3 ER 2 BB K.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps three game winning streak came to an end despite another strong outing by Jerry Keel. So far in three starts Keel has a 2.76 ERA with a 22/2 strikeout-to-base-on balls ratio in 16.1 innings. Keel, along with Logan Allen, Will Headean and Jesse Scholtens, have all made strong early cases for promotion to Lake Elsinore if and when the Padres decide to promote a few of their starters to Double-A…a few “firsts” in the game as both Jorge Ona and Jack Suwinski hit their first Midwest League home runs…with two hits tonight, Fernando Tatis, Jr. now has hit in five of his last six games and is four for six on the year in stolen bases. The strikeouts are still high, with 21 in 14 games but he’s been very good in the field and has delivered some big hits in the past few games….3B Hudson Potts has a seven game hitting streak and has seen his average rise from .125 to .203…the Padres knew all of the eighteen year olds - and younger - were going to struggle initially, but they also had a strong belief that all of them had the ability to work themselves out of slumps So far, it looks like they may be right.