Memphis Redbirds 6, Chihuahuas 4
Key Statistics: CF Franchy Cordero, 1-for-4, 3B; RF Jabari Blash, 1-for-3, 2B, BB, 2 RBI; RHP Matt Magill (L, 2-3) 5.2 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K.
Prospect Watch: El Paso jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but Memphis’ three homers gave Memphis the victory ... All three homers were off of veteran Matt Magill, who turned in his second straight clunker. The former Dodger draft pick has allowed 10 earned runs over his last two starts -- he allowed just five earned runs total in his first five starts. If Magill can get back to form, he might be a guy who picks up a few starts for the Padres this year ... Outfielder Jabari Blash had a pair of RBI and a double in the loss. Blash seems likely to be in El Paso for awhile, barring an injury. Blash needs to make more consistent contact to allow his prodigious power to play.
Missions 5, Frisco RoughRiders 4
Key Statistics: SS Luis Urias, 2-for-4, RS, 2B, BB; DH Nick Torres, 1-for-4, HR (2), 2 RBI; RHP Enyel De Los Santos, 6 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 3 K; RHP T.J. Weir (W, 1-0) 2 IP, 2 K; RHP Trey Wingenter (S, 2) IP, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: Stay hot, San Antonio! The Missions overcame an early three-run deficit to win their eighth straight. At 19-14, the Missions are tied for first place ... At this point, I think we have run out of adjectives for Luis Urias -- he is just really freaking good. He had two more hits Thursday, including a double and he also drew a walk. Urias was also catapulted into Baseball America’s updated prospect list, placing at #57 -- he was previously unranked. Urias, if he stays in San Antonio all year, could win another batting title; he is third in the league with a .344 average ... RHP Enyel De Los Santos had an uneven outing and ultimately didn’t factor in the decision. He allowed nine hits in the first three innings and just two more in his final three innings. De Los Santos has been up-and-down with the Missions this season. While we have talked about his fastball being a big-time pitch, the youngster will need to find more consistency with his off-speed stuff going forward.
Storm 6, Stockton Ports 3
Key Statistics: DH Ty France, 2-for-4, 2B, RS, 2 RBI; 1B Carlos Belen, 2-for-4, 3B, RBI; CF Michael Gettys, BB, 2 RS, 2 SB (10,11); C Miguel Del Castillo. 2-for-4, 2B; LHP Joey Lucchesi (W, 3-0) 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 K; LHP Thomas Dorminy, 2 IP, 3 H, BB, 3 K; RHP Trevor Frank (S, 2) 2 IP, 3 K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm won on the first Thirsty Thursday of the season at the Diamond. The victory got the Storm to .500 (17-17) ... It appears that LHP Joey Lucchesi is human after all. The lefty got touched up for three runs in the fourth inning, a season high. Lunches held it down in the fifth and left on the hook for the loss. Lucchesi’s ERA stands at 1.66, 2nd in the Cal League ... Michael Gettys had a hit, a walk and a pair of stolen bases in the Storm win. Gettys, 21, has looked much better at the plate in May, hitting a robust .313/.450/.500, while drawing six walks. The former 2nd-rounder is also third in the circuit with 11 stolen bases. With Gettys, the strikeouts are still the biggest concern. The outfielder has at least one strikeout in 19 straight games ... RHP Trevor Frank pitched the final two innings to earn his second save. The El Cajon product has pitched very well since coming off of the disabled list a few weeks ago. The righty has a 1.50 ERA in five May appearances.
TinCaps 10, Beloit Snappers 2
Key Statistics: SS Fernando Tatis Jr., 2-for-4, HR (3), 4 RS, 2 RBI, 2 BB; RF Jorge Oña, 3-for-3, 2B, 5 RBI; LF Rod Boykin, 2-for-5, HR (4), 3B, 2 RS; RHP Austin Smith (W, 2-2) 6 IP, 2 H, BB, 5 K.
Prospect Watch: The TinCaps delivered one of their best offensive games of the year, smacking a pair of homers in a blowout win ... Fernando Tatis Jr. had a huge game, hitting his third home run of the year. Tatis also scored four runs, drew two walks and drove in a pair of runs in the victory. The 18-year-old is in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak and has added 37 points to his batting average during the streak. For the year, Tatis has a .250/.329/.387 slash-line ... RF Jorge Oña had three hits and drove in five in the TinCaps victory. Oña’s big day at the plate put his average up to .311, although the talented outfielder has just one home run. As Oña gets more at-bats, the doubles should turn into homers as the weather heats up in Fort Wayne ... LF Rod Boykin hit his career-high fourth home run and also tripled in the victory. Boykin, 22, is a tremendous athlete and is starting to develop a little pop in his bat. Boykin has been red-hot in May, as evidenced by his .345/.441/.759 slash-line ... While offense dominated the headlines, RHP Austin Smith quietly had one of his best starts of his young career. Smith pitched six shutout innings, allowing just two hits while walking one. Smith has an above-average fastball but lacks consistency with his location and off-speed pitches. Smith allowed six earned runs in his previous start and also followed a very good start early in April with a few poor ones. Still, Smith is still very young and will need to be more consistent as the season progresses.