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San Diego Padres Daily Minor League Report: April 24

All four teams were in action Monday night, as we approach the final week of April. The Chihuahuas were blown at home, while the Missions got a much-needed win to open a homestand. Both the Storm and the TinCaps lost on the road despite solid outings from their starting pitchers.

Reno Aces 12, Chihuahuas 1

Key Statistics: C Rocky Gale, 3-for-4, 2B; LF Rafael Ortega, 1-for-2, 2 BB; RHP Tyrell Jenkins (L, 1-2) 3 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 3 K. 

Prospect Watch: El Paso allowed five runs in the first inning, digging a hole that they failed to climb out of ... RHP Tyrell Jenkins took the loss and struggled with his command for the second straight outing. The former supplemental first-rounder allowed seven earned runs on seven hits, with three walks in three innings of work. Jenkins pitched in 14 games for the big league Braves last season and he walked more batters than he struck out. His fastball averages about 92 mph but he has also walked about four batters per nine innings in the minors. In four starts for El Paso, he has a 5.89 ERA with 13 walks and 11 strikeouts in 18.1 innings, displaying his lack of premium stuff ... Catcher Rocky Gale had three hits including a double. Gale has back-to-back multi-hit games, raising his average to .278. Gale is playing in his eighth season in the Padres’ system. 

Missions 6, Frisco RoughRiders 3

Key Statistics: SS Luis Urias, 1-for-3, RS, BB, 2 RBI; 2B Noah Perio, 2-for-4, RS, 2B, 2 RBI; RF Franmil Reyes, 2-for-4, 2 2B, RBI; 3B River Stevens, 2-for-4, RS; RHP Michael Kelly (W, 1-1) 7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB, 7 K. RHP Charles Nading (S, 2) 1.1 IP, BB, K. 

Prospect Watch: The Missions desperately needed a good outing from a starting pitcher and they received seven strong innings from Michael Kelly. San Antonio starters only threw 11.1 innings in a four-game set at Midland over the weekend. Kelly battled his command in his last outing but pumped in strikes consistently Monday night, earning his first win of 2017. Kelly allowed three earned runs and only walked one while striking out seven. 66 of Kelly’s 99 pitches were thrown for strikes ... Shortstop Luis Urias had a single and a pair of RBIs to push his hitting streak to seven games. Urias, 19, was also named the Texas League Player of the Week. The infielder is the youngest player in the circuit and is 12-for-22 over the last week. 

Visalia Rawhide 3, Storm 2

Key Statistics: 1B Josh Naylor, 2-for-4. 2 RS, HR (4), RBI; C Austin Allen, 2-for-3, 2 2B, BB, RBI; RHP Chris Huffman, (L, 1-1) 8 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, BB, 4 K. 

Prospect Watch: RHP Chris Huffman pitched the organization’s first complete game of 2017, throwing eight solid innings in the loss. Huffman, 24, came into the game having thrown 15 shutout innings to start the season before allowing three earned runs tonight. Huffman pumped in strikes all night long and induced 12 ground balls and two double plays. Huffman won’t light up a radar gun nor does he have premium stuff, but the former James Madison right-hander just gets people out ... First baseman Josh Naylor hit his third homer of the year and singled in the Lake Elsinore loss. Naylor has swung a hot bat recently, as evidenced by his .341 average with all three bombs over the last 10 games. The 19-year-old has also been noticeably more aggressive at the plate over the stretch. 

West Michigan Whitecaps 4, TinCaps 2

Key Statistics: DH Eguy Rosario, 2-for-4; LF Jack Suwinski, 1-for-3, 2B, BB; RHP Hansel Rodriguez (L, 0-2) 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. 

Prospect Watch: Infielder Eguy Rosario had a pair of hits in the loss for the TinCaps. The 17-year-old started at DH and has swung the bat well recently, hitting .289 over the last 10 games. He has also started to make more contact and has only struck out three times in his last four starts. He had 18 whiffs in the 12 games prior ... Hudson Potts went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts, ending his nine-game hitting streak. RHP Hansel Rodriguez took the loss, despite the quality start. The rightym acquired for Melvin Upton, Jr. last summer, has pitched six innings in back-to-back starts. 

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Full box scores for the night are available from MILB. 


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