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San Diego Padres Daily Minor League Report: May 29

Today, we take a day to remember all of those soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of defending America. Memorial Day was chock-full of action, as three of the Padres’ squads were in action, as the Chihuahuas bullpen couldn’t hold a lead and lost in Las Vegas. The Storm were shutout at home while the TinCaps shutout the South Bend Cubs on the road.

Las Vegas 51’s 10, Chihuahuas 5

Key Statistics: 2B Carlos Asuaje, 2-for-4, RS, BB, RBI; 1B Jose Pirela, 3-for-4, 3B, HR (13), 3 RBI, BB; SS Diego Goris, 2-for-5, RBI; RHP Bryan Rodriguez, 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K; RHP Logan Bawcom (L, 0-3) IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, K. 

Prospect Watch: Monday was your typical game in Las Vegas; high-scoring with multiple lead changes.  El Paso fell behind 4-0 in the first inning, took the lead in the fifth, then allowed six runs late to lose at Cashman Field ... It seems like overtime we do a system wrap, we talk about Jose Pirela, who continues to punish PCL pitching. Pirela had three hits Monday, finishing a double shy of the cycle. The 27-year-old utility man is hitting .330/.375/.701, with 11 dingers in May ... RHP Bryan Rodriguez was hit hard in the first but pitched well after that. The 25-year-old has bounced back-and-forth between San Antonio and El Paso, eating innings with middling results, The righty has allowed hitters to bat .292 -- a tick above his career average allowed of .286. 

Missions: The Missions had a travel day, which seems odd given the holiday. They will be in action tomorrow in Tulsa. 

Visalia Rawhide 5, Storm 0

Key Statistics: SS Javier Guerra, 1-for-4, 2B; RF Yuniet Flores, 1-for-2, BB; RHP Pedro Avila (L, 1-4) 6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K; LHP Thomas Dorminy, IP; RHP Zech Lemond, IP. 

Prospect Watch: The Storm couldn’t complete the four-game sweep over Visalia, as they managed just three hits on the afternoon ... Shortstop Javier Guerra had a double to extend his hitting streak to seven games. Guerra, 22, has looked noticeably better in May and has a .688 OPS for the month. Guerra has 11 extra-base hits this month but has walked just once while striking out 34 times. The power that Guerra has for a shortstop is impressive but he will never make it out of A-ball without improving his plate discipline drastically ... 20-year-old Pedro Avila turned in his second consecutive outing, although he took the loss Monday. Avila pitched six innings and allowed three earned runs, to go with a pair of walks and four strikeouts. The former Nationals prospect finished May with a 3.33 ERA but he struck out 35 batters in 24.1 innings. He is still quite young for the California League but the righty is more than holding his own. 

TinCaps 3, South Bend Cubs 0

Key Statistics: 1B G.K. Young, 2-for-3, HR (3), 2 RS, RBI; SS Fernando Tatis, Jr., 1-for-3, 2B, RBI; LHP Logan Allen (W, 3-2) 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 5 K; RHP Jim McDade (H, 1) 2.1 IP, H, 2 BB, 2 K; RHP David Bednar (S, 6) IP, H, K. 

Prospect Watch: In this week’s version of “Logan Allen is too good for Low-A” the 20-year-old pitched 5.2 shutout innings to earn his third victory. Allen’s 1.54 ERA in fifth in the league and he is fourth in the league in strikeouts. Allen has also allowed one earned runs or less in seven of his nine starts. The southpaw will get the call to Lake Elsinore at some point in the near future ... G.K. Young homered and singled in the victory. The big first baseman nearly homered in yesterday’s game as well, a welcome sight indeed, to a lineup that has struggled to put up runs this year. Young, who bats left-handed, is 7-for-13 over a four-game hitting streak ... RHP David Bednar pitched the ninth for his sixth save of the year. Bednar, a 36th-round pick last season, has quietly been tremendous for the TinCaps in 2016. The hurler out of Lafayette College has a 1.00 ERA in nine May outings. The righty also has struck out 29 batters in 22 innings out of the TinCaps’ bullpen this season. 

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