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San Diego Padres Daily Minor League Report: April 29

El Paso gets the win, Fort Wayne splits a twinbill, and the Storm potentially suffer more than their loss on the field when Josh Naylor is injured.

Chihuahuas 8 - Salt Lake City Bees 7

Key Statistics: LF Rafael Ortega 3-for-5, 2B, PO, CS; RF Collin Cowgill 2-for-5, 2B, 2RBI; C Tony Cruz 2-for-3, 2B, BB, 2R;  RHP Walker Lockett 5IP, 5H, 5R (3ER) 4K, 2BB; RHP Phil Maton 2IP, 1H, 1ER, 1K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: Carlos Asuaje's triple and Collin Cowgill's each drove in two runs to key a six-run fifth inning as the Chihuahuas put up a lead and then held on for the win in Salt Lake. For Cowgill, it was a strong bounceback after striking out three times on Thursday. The 30-year-old minor league free agent signee has a solid .288/.333/.515 line through his first 20 games in the organization. He played briefly in Salt Lake City in three different seasons when he was in the Angels system. ... Franchy Cordero returned to the lineup after he left Tuesday's game after sliding awkwardly into third base and had a pair of hits and a sacrifice bunt. Both of his hits came against left-handed pitchers, against whom he's struck out in 50 percent of his plate appearances so far. ... Walker Lockett wasn't at his best, but was able to hold on long enough to pick up the win on Saturday. The big righty was charged with three earned runs over his five innings, striking out four and walking three across 88 pitches. The organization is looking for more of what they got from him his last time out.

Midland RockHounds 7 - Missions 5

Nick Schulz had a strong night with John Conniff in the park.

Inland Empire 66ers 3 - Storm 1

Key Statistics: Josh Naylor 1-for-3, 2B, RBI; SS Javier Guerra 2-for-3; LHP Eric Lauer 7IP, 5H, 2ER, 9K, 2BB

Prospect Watch: The big news from San Manuel Stadium is that Josh Naylor had to leave the game after getting hit in face with the ball on a pickoff play in the bottom of the sixth. The big first baseman had already extended his hitting streak to eight games with an RBI double in the top half of the frame. We'll work on an update as soon as we can. ... Eric Lauer threw his longest professional outing, going seven strong innings in the loss. The lefty held the 66ers in check through the first five frames, scattering one runner across each of the first four frames. After a one-two-three inning in the fifth, he surrendered a pair of runs on a flare single and a safety squeeze in the sixth before returning for a quick seventh frame. He threw 97 pitches overall, another career high. ... Javier Guerra had a pair of singles for his first multi-hit game this year.

TinCaps 7, 1 South Bend Cubs 3, 4

Key Statistics: 1B GK Young 3-for-6, 2B, 3B, R, 2RBI; RF Alan Garcia 3-for-6, 2 2B, 2RBI; RHP Austin Smith 3.2IP, 2H, 3R (1ER), 4K, 6BB, E; LHP Will Headean 5.1IP, 6H, 4R (3ER), 5K, 1BB; RHP Diomar Lopez 1.2IP, 0H, 0R, 1K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps split their double-header Saturday, overcoming a rocky start by Austin Smith in the first game and getting shut down by Cubs prospect Dylan Cease in the nightcap. Smith, coming off one of the best starts of his professional career, struggled with his command and control, walking six before he could get through the fourth inning. The big righty, working in off-and-on rain, threw 91 pitches, only 51 for strikes.... GK Young had a big day, clubbing a double and triple for two RBIs in the opener and coming back with another hit in the nightcap. He's now got an isolated power rate of .220 through 50 at-bats. Alan Garcia has bounced around significantly over the last 12 months, including an extended stint in Fort Wayne for which he wasn't prepared last year, and an early assignment to Elsinore this year. But now the 20-year-old lefty has hits in five of his six games since joining the TinCaps. ... Diomar Lopez was promoted from extended spring training and came out strong in his first full-season league appearance, working 1.2 innings in the nightcap. The 20-year-old from Nicaragua is a smaller pitcher, but is able to generate serious velocity out of the pen. He posted a 2.98 ERA in Tri-City last year.

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