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San Diego Padres Daily Minor League Report: May 28

With all the pitching movement on the farm last week, lefties Eric Lauer and Joey Lucchesi have remained in Lake Elsinore, Joey Fuego made the case to change that today.

Las Vegas 51s 7 Chihuahuas 5

Key Statistics: CF Rafael Ortega 2-for-5, 2B, RBI; 1B/LF Jose Pirela 2-for-4, HR (11), SB; RHP Kyle Lloyd 6IP, 11H, 5R (3ER), 1K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: It was a weird game all around as Kyle Lloyd made his Triple-A debut. The Chihuahuas were held hitless by Steven Matz through five innings, then jumped the 51s bullpen for a five-spot in the sixth inning. The key hit was Jose Pirela's laserbeam grand slam out to left field, which was his 11th homer to establish a new career high.The 27-year-old now owns a .316/.377/.592 line for the year, an OPS about 170 points higher than his career Triple-A line coming into the year. Pirela and the club continue to hunt for a defensive home for the Venezuelan. After playing a lot of middle infield in the Yankees system, Pirela had been deployed primarily in left field since being acquired in a trade for right-handed pitcher Ronald Herrera. This season, Pirela has made more starts at first base than he had in his career previously. ... After the offensive outburst, Lloyd, who had escaped big innings despite allowing eight hits through five innings, gave up a pair of doubles three doubles, shoehorned around a would-be inning-ending grounder which Diego Goris threw away at third base. Lloyd wound up charged with five runs, three earned, over his six innings of work. He recorded only one strikeout and didn't walk anyone, but five of the 11 hits he yielded went for extra bases. He induced 11 ground ball outs in the game. ... Rafael Ortega extended his hitting streak to six games with a single and double in five trips to the plate in the leadoff spot. The 26-year-old, a capable defender in all three outfield spots, is hitting .331 in his first season in the organization after signing as a minor league free agent this winter.

Missions 7 Springfield 1

Key Statistics: SS Luis Urias 3-for-5, 3R; 2B Jose Rondon 2-for-3, 2B, BB; RF Franmil Reyes 2-for-3, 2B, HR (5), 3RBI, SF; RHP Chris Huffman 7IP, 5H, 0R, 6K, 0BB

Prospect Watch:  Chris Huffman's first start at Double-A went about as well as anyone could have hoped. The righty tossed seven scoreless innings, scattering five singles and only allowing one runner to reach second base. After a solid campaign for the Storm last year, Huffman posted a 3.16 ERA over an eight-game return this spring - though he had one unfortunate spot start for El Paso in which he didn't record an out. The former 14th-rounder has significantly reduced his walk rates this season, issuing just eight over 49.2 innings. ... Franmil Reyes' six total bases was his best total this month. The big right fielder pulled his fifth homer of the year to left-center and then came back with an RBI double in his final at-bat. After a strong April, the 21-year-old had an OPS below 700 for the month prior to today's outburst. ... Luis Urias has been held hitless in eight of 48 games so far this year. Today was the sixth time he's had at least three hits in a contest. Only three hitters in all of minor league baseball - all three in the PCL - have more hits than Urias on the season.

Storm 4 Visalia 1

Key Statistics: CF Michael Gettys 1-for-2, 2B, 2BB, K; 1B Carlos Belen 2-for-4, 2B; SS Javier Guerra 1-for-4, RBI, R, E (8); LHP Joey Lucchesi 7IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 9K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: With the Padres making significant promotions of pitching prospects throughout the system, some people are getting antsy to see Joey Lucchesi and Eric Lauer moved up to San Antonio. Lucchesi's sterling performance on Sunday will certainly build support for that idea. Lucchesi got the best of Cody Reed, another high-profile lefty who's dominating the Cal League, in their showdown, allowing just three singles over seven innings. Lucchesi set down 15 consecutive Rawhide batters at one point and matched his season high with nine strikeouts without walking a batter. He's struck out 30 percent of the batters he's faced this year while allowing only 54 runners to reach safely in 53.1 innings. When his eventual promotion to San Antonio does come, Visalia batters will be especially glad to see him go. Over three games against the Rawhide, Lucchesi worked 17 frames without an earned run and struck out 22 against only 10 hits allowed. ... Reed was nearly as dominant against Storm hitters. All the Elsinore runs came in the fourth inning when he suddenly lost the plate and opened the frame with a walk and two hit batters. Javier Guerra then topped an infield single to drive in the first run and extend his hitting streak to six games. Carlos Belen then chopped a grounder to third, but the throw home got through catcher Tyler Baker and two more runs came around. Guerra scored the final run on a double-play grounder by Yuniet Flores. Belen, who had a single and double on the day, was the only Storm hitter to collect multiple hits. ... Austin Allen returned to the lineup after he left Saturday night's game when he took a hard sweep tag to the head when he got picked off first base. The big catcher took one of the hit-by-pitches from Reed and also took a swing follow-through off his helmet on Sunday, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him get a breather tomorrow.

South Bend Cubs 3 - TinCaps 1

Key Statistics: DH Tyler Selesky 2-for-3; RHP Reggie Lawson 4IP, 4H, 2ER, 5K, 2BB; 

Prospect Watch: TinCaps hitters continued to limp through their road trip, tallying only eight singles and extending their streak without an extra-base hit to 85 at-bats. They've scored only 10 runs while losing seven straight. Tyler Selesky, who rejoined the team from extended spring training last week, was the only TinCaps hitter to reach base more than once Sunday. ... Reggie Lawson's second appearance in full-season ball went better than his first. He allowed two earned runs over four innings, both coming on a two-out triple by one-time Padres draftee Vimael Machin into the right field corner. The big righty struck out five, but three of the four hits he surrendered went for extra-bases. After failing to get out of the second inning in his debut for the TinCaps, the Padres' competitive balance pick in last year's draft need 72 pitches - 40 for strikes - to get through his four innings this time around.

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