Chihuahuas 4, Colorado Springs Sky Sox 1
Key Statistics: 3B Christian Villanueva, 3-for-4, HR (3), RS, 2 RBI; SS Dusty Coleman, 2-for-4, HR (4), 3B; RF Jabari Blash, 1-for-4, RS, 2B, RBI; RHP Dinelson Lamet (W, 3-2) 6 IP, 5 H, ER, 2 BB, 9 K; RHP Phil Maton (S, 7) IP, BB, K.
Prospect Watch: RHP Dinelson Lamet returned to his dominant form, pitching six outstanding innings in the El Paso victory. Lamet, 24, had allowed 12 earned runs in his previous 13 innings before Thursday’s start. Lamet’s fastball/slider combo has been lethal at times throughout his career but his continued progress with his changeup will be needed in order for him to stick as a starter. His stuff has been dominant this year, as Lamet is averaging a career-high 11.5 K’s per nine innings to start the season ... Third baseman Christian Villanueva had a pair of hits, including his third homer in the game Thursday. The Mexican-born infielder is 7-for-20 with three home runs over his last five games after starting the year 0-for-14. While the Padres seem set at the hot corner, Villanueva is youthful and talented depth option, should an injury arise.
Roster Moves: With RHP Kevin Quackenbush’s most recent promotion to the big leagues, RHP Chris Huffman was promoted to El Paso. Huffman started the year back in Lake Elsinore and has a 2.63 ERA in seven games (five starts). Huffman will get a chance to see if his stuff plays in the PCL, although it could be short-lived. Adrian De Horta was promoted to Lake Elsinore from extended spring training.
Corpus Christi Hooks 6, Missions 1
Key Statistics: 2B Luis Urias, 2-for-4; CF Nick Schulz, 1-for-4, HR (9), RBI, RS; RHP Kyle Lloyd (W, 4-4) 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; RHP Rafael De Paula, 2 IP, H, 5 K.
Prospect Watch: Luis Urias continued to do Luis Urias things, as the infielder had two more hits Thursday night. John talked to Urias about his approach at the plate - he has used a bigger leg kick to generate more power. Urias is hitting a robust .342/.431/.490 and is second in the Texas League in hits, with 51. Urias is starting to crack top-100 prospect lists and it wouldn’t be shocking to see him in the top-50 going into 2018 ... Centerfielder Nick Schulz hit his ninth homer - tied for the Texas League lead in the loss. After a blistering start, Schulz went through a 3-for-31 stretch this month but has hit safely in his last three games. Overall, his numbers are still quite impressive and he has been a big reason why the Missions have played so well this season ... RHP Kyle Lloyd couldn’t replicate the magic of his no-hitter and took the loss, allowing five runs (three earned) in five innings of work. Lloyd allowed some loud contact and got the ball up in the zone much more than he did last time out. Lloyd has a solid 3.42 ERA which looks even better when you eliminate one horrendous start (8 ER in 1.2 innings).
Storm 2, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 1
Key Statistics: RF Auston Bousfield, 1-for-3, 2B, BB; SS Javier Guerra, 2-for-4; LHP Eric Lauer, 7 IP, 4 H, R (unearned) 9 K; RHP Zech Lemond (H, 3) IP, 2 H, K; RHP Colby Blueberg (S, 4) IP, H, BB, 2 K.
Prospect Watch: The Storm won a pitcher’s duel on the road and picked up a game over first place Rancho Cucamonga ... LHP Eric Lauer dominated the Quakes’ lineup, allowing just an unearned run in seven stupendous innings. Lauer struck out nine, without walking anyone and lowered his ERA to 1.56 -- which leads the Cal League (teammate Joey Lucchesi is second in the league). Lauer talked to us recently about the friendly competition in the prospect-laden Storm rotation. While Lauer’s dominance has been noted on numerous occasions on MadFriars, his win on Monday night was the first of 2017 and just the second of his career ... Shortstop Javier Guerra had a pair of singles in the Storm victory. Guerra’s offensive numbers overall are ugly but the shortstop has looked significantly better at the plate over the last few weeks. The strikeouts are still a concern but the 21-year-old still has the talent to figure things out.
TinCaps: John Conniff is spending the weekend in Fort Wayne. Expect interviews and all kinds of reporting onsite. Read his game report here.