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San Diego Padres Daily Minor League Report: June 3

The Storm were the only Padres affiliate to pick up a victory Sunday, riding Eric Lauer's solid start on his birthday.

Salt Lake City Bees 11 - Chihuahuas 1

Key Statistics: 2B Carlos Asuaje 1-for-4, 2B; LF Jose Pirela 1-for-4, 3B, RBI; RHP Bryan Rodriguez 5IP, 9H, 3ER, 3K, 1BB; RHP Logan Bawcom 1.2IP, 6H, 7R (2ER), 0K, 1BB;

Prospect Watch: El Paso got outplayed in all facets of the game as Salt Lake demonstrated why they're the division leaders. Bryan Rodriguez made his third start since returning from his assignment out to San Antonio, giving up three runs over five innings. He's issued a somewhat astounding 27 hits in his 16.2 innings since rejoining the Chihuahuas. ... Logan Bawcom had been stellar through most of the first two months of the season, but gave up a pair of runs in his last outing. He looked to be on the way to another strong outing, retiring the first five hitters he faced. But then the minor league free agent signee allowed seven straight hitters to reach - six by hit and one via walk - to turn the game into a laugher. In the midst of the offensive onslaught, catcher Rocky Gale had Bees runner Matt Williams picked off, but the throw to complete the out got through Dusty Coleman for an error, making five of the runs that came across that inning unearned. ... Chihuahuas hitters collected only six hits on the day and were being shut out until a Jose Pirela groundout plated Rafael Ortega in the eighth inning.

Springfield 3 - Missions 2

Key Statistics: CF Auston Bousfield 2-for-3, SB (1), R; 2B Jose Rondon 2-for-4, 2B; RHP Chris Huffman 6IP, 7H, 2ER, 4K, 1BB

Prospect Watch:  Coming off a scoreless Double-A debut, Chris Huffman gave up a leadoff homer in his second outing, but then settled down and allowed only one more run over six frames. The Virginia native continues to get a lot of weak contact. He's allowed 61 hits over 55.2 innings at three levels, but he's been able to draw plenty of grounders to mitigate the damage. ... Jose Rondon had two of the Missions' six hits. It was his sixth multi-hit game in his last 10 contests. He's raised his OPS nearly 150 points over that span. ... Auston Bousfield also had two hits, and has gone 5-for-18 since coming back from his stint in Elsinore.

Storm 5 San Jose Giants 3

Key Statistics: CF Michael Gettys 3-for-5, HR (8); SS Javier Guerra 1-for-2, 2B, 2BB; LHP Eric Lauer 6IP, 7H, 3ER, 5K, 0BB

Prospect Watch: Eric Lauer celebrated his 22nd birthday in style, pitching his club to the victory. The lefty had made it through 5.2 innings giving up only one run on three hits, but then gave up four straight hits before getting out of the frame. Lauer struck out five without issuing a walk, and now sports a 60:15 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 51.2 innings across nine starts. ... Colby Blueberg worked a perfect ninth and struck out two to pick up his sixth save. The righty lowered his season ERA to 1.85, and he now has 44 strikeouts in 34 innings of work. ... Coming off his three-homer night, Michael Gettys launched his eighth round-tripper off the year among his three more hits on Saturday. After posting a 587 OPS in April, the talented center fielder has been on fire over the last five weeks, posting an on-base percentage over .400 and has dropped his strikeout rate to "only" 28 percent. ... After walking only once in May, Javier Guerra has drawn three in two days.

Dayton Dragons 4 - TinCaps 2

Key Statistics: RF Jack Suwinski 2-for-4, 2B; SS Fernando Tatis, Jr. 1-for-4, SB (10); RHP Reggie Lawson 4IP, 2H, 3R (2ER), 5K, 3BB; RHP Austin Smith 4IP, 2H, 1ER, 0K, 2BB

Prospect Watch: While TinCaps' pitchers Reggie Lawson and Austin Smith only allowed four hits, the Dragons were able to convert them into four runs thanks to a few well-timed extra-base hits. The Fort Wayne offense, on the other hand, only managed to put together two hits in an inning once. For Lawson, his third Midwest League start looked a lot like his second. Over four innings of work, he struck out five, and gave up a pair of runs on just two hits. He walked three and generally struggled with command throughout the evening, uncorking a pair of wild pitches and throwing only 46 of his 76 pitches for strikes. For Smith, his second bullpen outing was more successful than his first after getting bumped from the rotation. The big righty only surrendered one run over four innings himself, but continued a season-long struggle to find the strike zone. After walking two with out recording a strikeout, he now has an unsightly 31:27 ratio in 37.1 innings. ... While Buddy Reed had an 0-for-4 line, he had the most exciting at-bat for the TinCaps. In the fourth inning, he pulled a ball to right-center which outfielder Michael Beltre lost as he went into the wall. Reed, going hard from contact, wound up coming all the way around to score without a throw on the play.

System Note: The Dominican Summer League opened play today, though the Padres affiliate's game was suspended in the eighth inning. Unlike the last few years, no players who were stateside for spring training went back to the Dominican to open the season. We've added some notes on the roster and some of the players who didn't appear on it in our subscriber forum.

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Full box scores for the night are available from MiLB.

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