Salt Lake City Bees 9, Chihuahuas 4
Key Statistics: LF Rafael Ortega, 2-for-5, SB (8); SS Diego Goris, 2-for-4, RS; DH Nick Buss, 1-for-4, HR (1), 2 RBI; RHP Dinelson Lamet (L, 2-1) 5 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 4 K; RHP Christian Bethancourt, 1.2 IP, H, 2 ER, BB.
Prospect Watch: The Chihuahuas had their three-game winning streak snapped in their series finale in Utah ... Designated hitter Nick Buss didn’t make a roster out of spring training but his performance in the last few weeks will likely keep him employed going forward. The former USC outfielder hit a home run and drove in a pair in the loss. The 30-year-old is off to a .438/.486/.656 start in 14 games for El Paso. Strangely enough, Buss is one of three outfielders who appeared in the big leagues with the Los Angeles Angels last season (Rafael Ortega and Collin Cowgill are the other two) ... RHP Dinelson Lamet struggled Monday night and took the loss for El Paso. Lamet, 24, had only allowed one earned run his previous four starts combined and struck out 21 batters in his last two outings. The righty allowed a homer and walked five in his five innings of work. While Lamet has two plus pitches, his command of his fastball can be inconsistent. Overall, Lamet has impressed this season and figures to get an opportunity in the big leagues at some point.
Missions 10, RockHounds 0
John Conniff wrapped up his coverage in San Antonio and was treated to a Missions’ blowout victory. Check out his game recap here.
Storm 2, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 1
Key Statistics: C Austin Allen, 2-for-4, 2B; DH Carlos Belen, 1-for-1, 3 BB, RBI; LHP Joey Lucchesi, 7 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 9 K; RHP Colby Blueberg (W, 3-1) IP, BB, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm got the walk-off win on a sacrifice fly from Taylor Kohlwey ... Anderson Espinoza, Cal Quantrill, and Eric Lauer grabbed the pitching prospect headlines to start the season in Lake Elsinore but LHP Joey Lucchesi has been the best of the bunch through the season’s first month. Lucchesi dominated Rancho Cucamonga, allowing just one run in seven innings. Lucchesi didn’t allow a walk and struck out nine, a new career-high. He also has three straight outing with eight punch-outs. Through five starts, Lucchesi is leading the Cal League in ERA (0.96), strikeouts (36) and is third in WHIP with a 0.86 mark. The 23-year-old could be promoted shortly to Double-A San Antonio ... First baseman Josh Naylor was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a fracture in his face after a baseball hit him on a pickoff play at first Saturday night. The Storm replaced him on the roster with Carlos Belen, who singled and drew three walks on Monday night.
TinCaps: Fort Wayne had the night off. The TinCaps did make a transaction, sending OF Buddy Reed to the disabled list. He was replaced on the roster by outfielder Tyler Selesky.