Jeff Nycz

San Diego Padres Daily Minor League Report: April 30

The Chihuahuas and TinCaps each had a six-run inning, but both paled in comparison the the 10-run rally the Missions mounted to claim the victory over Midland.

Chihuahuas 3, 12 - Salt Lake City Bees 0, 3

Key Statistics: 1B Jamie Romak 5-for-8, 2B, 3B, HR (11), 5RBI; 3B Diego Goris 2-for-3, RBI; Nick Buss 4-for-5, 2 2B; BB, HBP, 2 SB(2), 2R; DH Jose Pirela 2-for-4, HBP, HR (2); RHP Matt Magill 5IP, 2H, 0R, 3K, 2BB; RHP Tyler Jenkins 5IP, 4H, 3ER, 3K, 6BB

Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas swept their double-header Sunday, riding yet another strong outing from Matt Magill to a shutout win in the opener, and then posting their biggest offensive output of the year in the nightcap to move back to .500. Magill tossed five innings, giving up two hits and a pair of walks. On the year, the 27-year-old minor league free agent signee has posted a 1.55 ERA across 29 innings in five starts. While he's reined in his walk totals from past, he's also racking up strikeouts at a lower rate than when he was the minor league leader in 2012. While he's not on the 40-man roster, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him get an opportunity with the big league club during the summer. ... Nick Buss didn't make a roster out of spring training, but the 30-year-old outfielder has made the most of his limited opportunities backfilling when Jabari Blash has been in the Majors. Buss, who has spent the bulk of the last four years in the PCL, reached base in six of his seven trips to the plate Sunday and swiped a pair of bases. Through 13 games this year, he's hitting a robust .464/.515/.607 with only four strikeouts in 32 plate appearances. ... Jamie Romak clubbed his minors-best 11th homer in the first game, and came back with a four-hit game later in the afternoon. He's now leading the PCL in OPS by over 100 points at 1.274. ... Tyrell Jenkins picked up the win in the nightcap, but did so despite turning in his second consecutive rough outing. The former first-rounder, claimed off waivers this winter, has walked an astounding 19 walks, against 14 strikeouts, in 23.1 innings.

Missions 11 - Midland RockHounds 10

The Missions had a historic comeback, putting up a 10-spot in the seventh inning. John Conniff's got all the details from on-site.

Inland Empire 66ers 7 - Storm 3

Key Statistics: 1B Ty France 1-for-3, BB, 2B, 2RBI; LF Yuniet Flores 1-for-3, BB, OF Assist; RHP Chris Huffman 6 IP, 9H, 7R, (4ER), 5K, 1BB

Prospect Watch: The Storm weren't able to overcome Chris Huffman's first poor outing of the year, falling to the Angels' affiliate for the second consecutive day. Huffman came into the contest with a 1.17 ERA over his first four appearances, including a complete game his last time out. The 24-year-old from Virginia was charged with four earned runs, and seven overall, on Sunday. He allowed the first four hitters to reach base safely, then compounded his trouble by throwing away a comebacker that allowed two unearned runs. While he settled in over the next four innings, his offense was never able to overcome the early deficit. Even after the rough outing, Huffman still ranks seventh in the Cal League with a 2.17 ERA.... Ty France, pushed into the start at first base after Josh Naylor went to the disabled list, came away with a two-run double in the top of the first when he lofted a ball to center and Jared Foster lost it in the sun. The former Aztec, who posted strong numbers in the second half of last year, had come in with only three extra-base hits in his first 74 plate appearances. ... Reliever Gerardo Reyes worked a pair of scoreless innings for his second straight outing. The hard-throwing righty now owns a 0.68 ERA through 13.1 innings in nine appearances.

Roster Note: With Naylor on the disabled list, Carlos Belen has joined the Storm from extended spring training. The big corner infielder was delayed to start the year because of a shoulder impingement early in spring training. Belen has some of the biggest raw power in the organization, but has also struck out in well over a third of his professional plate appearances.

TinCaps 8 South Bend Cubs 5

Key Statistics:  3B Eguy Rosario 2-for-3, 2B, 3B, BB; RF Alan Garcia 3-for-4, R; DH Brad Zunica 1-for-4, HR (4), 2RBI; RHP Hansel Rodriguez 5IP, 4H, 3ER, 5K, 4BB

Prospect Watch: The TinCaps rode a six-run sixth inning to a victory over South Bend on Sunday afternoon. Eguy Rosario had a double, triple and a walk in four plate appearances. The precocious 17-year-old stumbled out of the gate in his Midwest League debut, but over the last 10 games, he's raised his batting average 68 points and tacked on over 200 points of OPS. Rosario has drawn a walk in five straight contests and hasn't struck out in his last four games. ...After issuing only three free passes in his first 17 innings of the year, starter Hansel Rodriguez fought his command on Sunday. The 20-year-old righty walked four in five innings while also striking out five. Rodriguez struggled in six starts with Tri-City after joining the Padres organization from the Blue Jays last summer, but is back to showing a wider repertoire than we say in his system debut last summer. The Dominican picked up his first victory since coming into the organization. ... Fernando Tatis, Jr. had a single, extending his on-base streak to 12 games.

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